Edward Bess


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4.2

46 products

232 reviews

74% would repurchase

Recent Edward Bess Reviews

Lipstick -Edward Bess -Ultra Slick Lipstick in Secret Desire

on 12/10/2018 2:21:00 PM

I recently discovered Edward Bess when it was on sale at Hautelook. I picked up Secret Desire and Pure Impulse for $9.99 each. I absolutely love how creamy and moisturizing they are. My favorite drug store shade is the Flower brand Bare Pout. (I am fair skinned, light neutral, btw) It is a great, bright peachy color that is perfect when mixed with a topper shade, but a little too light on its own. I think I found my perfect, face flattering color when I apply either one of these shades on top. Going to stock up before it's too late.

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Lip Gloss -Edward Bess -Deep Shine Lip Gloss

on 12/8/2018 7:51:00 PM

Nude Satin is the shade I purchased and it's my lips but a tad deeper, so it's the perfect color for a polished look. I tried this shade applying with a q-tip on the back of my hand at the counter and since I wouldn't use public testers of lip products for hygienic reasons I was hoping for the best, took the plunge and bought it for $35. And the shade is in fact as beautiful on my lips as it was on my hand in the store and works well for my light skin tone and pigmented lips. I happily gave it two stars for the color. Unfortunately, this is where the good ends for me. The issue is the formula, and that obviously can only be tested directly on the lips. The texture is far too thick and sticky for my liking and I also found this gloss very hard to remove, while I prefer moisturizing, smoother gloss formulations with Pat McGrath's lip glosses being my favorites. But the shade Nude Satin of Edward Bess caught my eye. Sadly, the formula is a no go for me and will prevent me from trying other shades.


Lipstick -Edward Bess -Ultra Slick Lipstick

on 7/9/2018 5:52:00 PM

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I purchased both Secret Desire and Night Orchid during a Hautelook event as it is unlikely I'd pay retail.
Secret Desire is a soft peach pink which could be construed as nude but pulls warm and peach on my very fair complexion. I always wear lip liner as my natural lip edge is not very defined.
Night Orchid has zero orchid /violet tones but is actually a light pink coral. I love warm pinks and wear both of these during warm weather.
Neither have any shimmer or satin finish.
EB Ultra Slick lipstick is more sheer than a cream lipstick but thicker than a gloss. As I'm trying to transition away from full on matte formulas this is a nice method. Also, the wear time isn't very long but that is to be anticipated when not wearing matte.
I wouldn't say either of these are terribly unique colors but they do impart a casual elegance to otherwise dupeable colors.
I think for me the selling point is my affection for the ever charming Edward Bess, his mission is similar to Bobbi Brown's original mission to bring reality to cosmetics without looking boring. He's accomplished that with a smaller inventory and much better hair.

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Bronzers -Edward Bess -Desert Sun

on 5/6/2017 11:29:00 AM

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This isn’t something I use in the dead of winter when I’m at my fairest, but if I already have some summer color, faux or natural, this is great for the cheekbones and the tops of my shoulders, and anywhere else that I want to deepen a tan.

I ordered Desert Sun because I had been dissatisfied with light bronzers such as Too Faced Milk Chocolate, which is golden on me but not really tan. I already had Charlotte Tilbury’s original, lighter shade of Bronze & Glow (she later came out with a darker variation), and while it’s perfect for a subtle look for winter, it really isn’t dark enough for me in summer when I’ve visited the beach or applied sunless tanner. For reference, in Charlotte's Light Wonder Foundation I can wear Fair 2 when I'm pale but I easily go up to Fair 4 when I've had some sun, or up to Medium 6 in Magic Foundation.

I also recently purchased Tarte Hotel Heiress, which is in the middle between my Tilbury palette and my Edward Bess bronzer. Desert Sun is by far the darkest I own. It's darker than Benefit Hoola (original shade), too. Desert Sun is suitable for medium, already tan, or deep skin tones rather than pale skin. What I like about Desert Sun is that it’s not yellowish or orange or sparkly. It’s matte and it’s brown. It doesn’t fade easily, so I don’t have to reapply it later in the day. Because it’s a dark, richly pigmented shade, a fluffy brush is required to blend it. The little fan brush that comes in the compact is almost useless. It's a little scratchy and flimsy and I'd rather have sleeker packaging with no brush at all instead of the bigger compact required to house this one. For the body I prefer to use a big bronzing brush such as the one Charlotte Tilbury makes, and for smaller areas, Wayne Goss #14 or #2.

If you’re very fair, I recommend that you check out the lighter shade, Daydream, because you'll probably find that Desert Sun is too dark. But if you have a tan, amber, golden or deep complexion and you're frustrated with light bronzers that just don’t show up enough for you, give Desert Sun a try.

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Eyeliner -Edward Bess --Defining Eyeliner

on 3/1/2017 8:07:00 PM

I bought this on sale; it is not worth the full price. This is a drier formula, which I usually like because I have more control over my line. It does transfer a bit when tight-lining. The color is really nice though. Deep brown is a flattering dark cool brown. There are better eyeliners out there though, so probably would not re-purchase.

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