Edward Bess • Ultra Slick Lipstick in Tender Love • Lipstick
|Would buy this product again.||50%|
Age: Unknown Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
FIrst time using an Edward Bess lipstick and it will NOT be my last. Product goes on like a dream... smooth, creamy, hydrates, wears well, just lovely. Sadly, the color, Tender Love, does NOT work for me. LIke the reviewer before me, this shade went on much darker than I expected based on the reviews and color swipes I saw on other sites. This color goes ORANGE on me. Yep, orangy-brown. I can see the pink in it on my finger/back of hand/white piece of paper but on my lips, it's orangy brown. Now, how to make this work? Simply place a BRIGHT PINK lipgloss over it (in this case, Chantecialles "LOVE") and I can now wear it. Edward Bess also makes a gloss in this bright pink, so, perhaps it's all part of the master plan, lol. In any event, Tender Love is a brown with pink lipstick, that on this NW10 with pink undertones chick, goes orangy-brown. NOT a MLBB shade and NOT one I will ever reach for as there are much better color matches out there (I'll find one at his counter, I'm sure). Quality is 10+. Worth the money.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I feel mixed about including a critique of color in a lipstick review, because color is so subjective and unique to each individual. I will say something about this color, however, as a warning to other prospective buyers. I was stupid enough to buy this lipstick sight unseen, having read positive reviews of it and because I really wanted to try an Edward Bess lipstick. Well, alas, this color does not work for me. This shade was much darker than I was expecting. I guess I was expecting an MLBB shade, like MAC Viva Glam V, or MAC Modesty, both of which I love. This, though is definitely very dark on me and is not flattering. I can see, though, why people love this lipstick formula. It is very moisturizing and applies like a dream. It is quite pigmented, which with the right shade, would be lovely. I guess I'll wait to visit a NM counter before I buy another shade!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I own around 8 Edward Bess lipsticks, and Tender Love is one of my favorites. This mid-toned, tea rose is the color I reach for most often, the one that goes with all my outfits and looks appropriate in any setting. I agree with lipstickfashionista's review that Tender Love is a more wearable version of MAC Twig--a lipstick I'd have kept had it been less drying. Tender Love is pigmented, slightly rosier (less brown), and far more moisturizing. When I swatch it on the back of my hand, I can see hints of red. My lips are fairly pigmented so this really is a MLLB shade, but if your lips are pale or have low pigment, this *could* be a dark neutral--like MAC Twig.
Like all Bess Ultra Slick lipsticks, Tender Love glides on with a slick and moisturizing texture. It immediately imparts a subtle sheen that does not smear or migrate or bleed and settles into a semi matte finish. When the color fades, I can blot off the remainder and then reapply over the stain left behind. When I have smacked away all the shininess, I like to add a dot of clear gloss to my bottom lip (any gloss will do) and press my lips together to add a bit of youthful glow back.
Ultra Slick Lipsticks contain a subtle scent of wild figs that quickly dissipates. I normally detest fragranced lip product (avoided Chanel Hydrabase, Dior, L'Oreal, and Estee Lauder lipsticks for more than a decade), but the fig does not bother me. Most days I don't even notice it. Tender Love is HG for me, and I even love the slim metal casing. It might be worth noting that the price has increased from the original review, from $29 to $32 per tube.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
I'm going to add my love for this lipstick. It is a wonderful MLBB shade, beats out my former HG NARS Dolce Vita (which was hard to do, many have tried and failed). Amazing application, feels wonderful on (not drying at all), lasts, and is the prettiest rosy/brown/mauve I have seen. I have fairly pigmented lips and it is just slightly deeper than my natural lip color. Very easy to wear-- sophisticated and natural at the same time.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This is a wonderful lipcolor! Perhaps one of the best I've ever tried. This is a pinkish brown color that is somewhat similar to Mac's Twig--however, it has a little less brown in it (is a bit more on the rosy side than the Twig). It is also far more moisturizing and has a bit more of a sheen to it than the Twig does. This has become my HG daily lipstick. Most hydrating lipsticks do not have good color payoff, while most long last lipsticks are drying. However, this one is the best of both worlds, long lasting AND hydrating. It also has a subtle "fig" scent that is very pleasant--it's both floral and woodsy. Give this a try!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is my first Edward Bess lipstick--I was so impressed with his eye shadow I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I was happily correct. It's a *pretty* color--a rosy mauve that's your-lips-but-much-better-and-slightly-deeper, not too cool but not warm, that will make you look pretty, too. The texture is divine--creamy, moist, and weightless on the lips. It smells lightly of wild figs, and it is a heady scent--not cheap or cheesy in the least. The staying power is quite good, even for a semi-matte lipstick, and when it wears off it leaves a beautiful stain behind. My only complaint is that this lipstick is almost *too* creamy and pigmented. I find applying it with a lip brush or just dabbing it on lightly and pressing my lips together works best for me. It's packaged in a sleek black tube that's slightly shorter than a conventional lipstick tube, and it snaps shut securely so there are no worries when you toss it in your bag. Yes, the price is high ($29), but given the quality and the luxury of this item (and I think that's a phrase I've never used in conjunction with a lipstick--applying and wearing it is an almost sensual experience) and the gorgeous, flattering, light-up-my-face-and-take-ten-years-off-too shade, I'll be buying at least one more.
BTW, there are wonderful, accurate swatches at The Beauty Look Book blog: