Review & Swatches: Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation

edward bess satin compact foundation (0)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.

Left: With the Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact – Right: bare face


Color Palette: Sixties Inspired?

Androgen – Forbidden Flower – Delicate Hummingbird – Blue Roan

There’s a color palette that I’m loving the past few months. It’s a combination of mauvey purple on the lids (I used Rouge Bunny Rouge ‘Delicate Hummingbird’), with a navy eyeliner (Rouge Bunny Rouge ‘Blue Roan’), bubble gum pink on the cheeks (Illamasqua ‘Androgen’ which translates warmer on my yellow tones) and peachy beige lips (Edward Bess ‘Forbidden Flower’, as close as can get as my HG nude beige color). It’s a fun color palette that is still work-appropriate.

fotd rbr blue roan delicate hummingbird

Dupe Alert: Midnight Bloom and Mrs. Mia Wallace

urban decay mrs mia wallace and edward bess midnigt bloomDing ding ding, we have a dupe!

On my lips, Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick in Midnight Bloom is virtually indistinguishable from Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace (Pulp Fiction limited edition).