I have had this Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation (retails US$60 on his website, but I got it on sale) for at least 1.5 years, but have managed to use it only a few times. As I was wondering whether I should toss it, I tried the stuff again and am again amazed at the good coverage and texture of this foundation. After all this time, the cream is still wonderfully creamy, and the color and texture unchanged. So, I decided to keep this compact and to use it more often.
The reason for not using this more often is that it has very poor oil control. Additionally, application will take slightly longer time compared to liquid foundation, which I can pat all over and be done in 30 seconds. However, this foundation still fills a function in my arsenal, as it has great, natural coverage with minimal product, is not cakey, dries down quickly, and shade 04 (beige) is a good match for my face. I like to use this for short, evening events; I might also take this on travels in the future, and for events where I remain indoors in an air-conditioned room all day (which can really get chilly here in Asia). The compact comes in a velvet sleeve with a good-sized mirror and an applicator sponge (which I have yet to use).
Edward Bess really does good foundation. Another of his, the Complexion Correcting Mousse Foundation, is also pretty good – I should do a dedicated review of it soon.