Monday, November 30, 2009
Guest Review by Joeybunny - Edward Bess Dusk Eye Shadow and Night Romance Lipstick
I am in love with Edward.
No, not Edward Cullen (this bunny is strictly Team Jacob), but Edward Bess. Edward Bess is this gloriously handsome 23 year old who has worked very hard over the past couple of years to create his own eponymous makeup line. Ok yeah, it seems a little strange for someone who’s only about a year or so older than me to have his own makeup line, but clearly Edward recognized that he had a vision and worked hard to achieve it because quite frankly, his makeup line is the shit.
Or in more sophisticated language befitting of such gorgeous makeup, Edward Bess makeup is luxurious, elegant, and rich. There, that sounds better!
Edward Bess’ line is only found in Bergdorf Goodman in NYC, home to my other favorite niche makeup line, Paul and Joe Beaute. Clearly, this sucks for the majority of you fine readers, but luckily not for me (I swear I’m not trying to rub it in, guys). Strangely enough, despite my semi-permanent residence in Bergdorf’s Beauty Level, I had been avoiding Edward Bess. Why? The makeup (and gorgeous Edward) frightened me. I wasn’t chichi enough for Edward Bess. Not grown up enough. Not sexy. This line is for the woman with confidence, the woman who doesn’t need bright colors or overly shimmery textures to stand out. Give her a nude lip and a smoked eye and she’s good.
This is not me. Or at least, this wasn’t me. The little makeup devil on my shoulder (aka Lina of TheBeautyLookBook) had long been prodding me closer and closer to the Edward Bess counter with her tempting product pictures (see HERE, but be warned!). A bunny can really only take so many pictures of gorgeous taupes and pretty lipsticks. So finally, one day on my way to work I stopped at the Edward Bess counter. I caved, I admit!
Krista, the counter manager, was sweet and very pretty - a perfect poster child for the makeup line. I told her I wanted Dusk eyeshadow and a pretty, non-nude lipstick. She showed me the newest editions to the lipstick range, and I picked Night Romance, the darkest of the three. She also dabbed on some Afterglow All Over Seduction (a gorgeous creamy highlighter) onto my face, and sent me on my merry way. But not before I had time to create about 10 new lemmings, sigh. I felt as if I had somehow earned the right to let Edward’s products grace my visage.
(An aside: A mix-up of eyeshadow shades caused me to return to the counter later that evening to pick up Dusk. Edward himself was there, and he not only apologized profusely for the mistake, but also had a very lovely conversation with me about myself and what I enjoy about makeup. I came pretty close to a Nars-like mental breakdown - explanation HERE) - and I’m pretty sure Edward was wondering why my face was so red. He was so sweet and so damn good-looking I lost my cool and composure.)
Now, the products are quite pricey. The eyeshadows and lipsticks are each $29. But before you say “Oh Joey WTF I’m not paying that much!”, let me interject. First off, any niche makeup line is going to be pricey. Bergdorf doesn’t sell cheap stuff. That’s a given. Secondly, I have some ridiculously discerning taste in makeup. I am critical as hell when it comes to testing products, because although I may live in NYC and work on the Upper East Side, I’m not rich. I’m just out of college and my ass cannot be spending $30 on a crappy lipstick. So, the moral of this mini-rant is that this lipstick and this eyeshadow are very well worth the $60+ I spent on them.
Dusk is a taupe for the taupe connoisseur. I can tell you that this is a taupe unlike any of the others I own, and I know Elvira hasn’t seen one like this either. In the pan it appears a warm stone color, a medium to deep shade with a subtle shimmer. On my hand there’s more of a brown undertone, the gold shimmer glistening (yes, this eyeshadow glistens more than it shimmers). On my eye it is a bit deeper and the grey undertone is more apparent. I’d call this a perfect neutral taupe. In order for a taupe to be perfect for me, it has to be wearable on its own with just a smudge of black pencil liner. This one is just...wow! It is incredibly pigmented but builds easily. I do a wash over the lids and more concentrated color in the crease and outer V. My eye smolder and seduce. I am in love with how long-wearing and concentrated this eyeshadow is, and I plan on buying every other shade in the collection (there are six).
Night Romance lipstick pairs well with Dusk. It’s a deep mauve-berry-pink color that is neutral to cool-toned. I am neutral-warm and this lip color brightened my face like no other. It delivers a nice pop of color that didn’t seem over the top or scary. The lipstick formula is pigment-rich and almost balm-like. My lips stay hydrated while wearing it, and the color stays through eating and kissing. This may be one of the classiest lipsticks I own (as we all know I love me some dark brows and deep purples on the lips)!
So, I’m clearly no longer afraid of the Edward Bess counter. In fact, Edward now has a new devoted fan. Tomorrow I’m picking up a fairly large order from the counter, and I’m thrilled! For those of you who are interested in ordering from the line, you can either visit Edward’s website (www.edwardbess.com) or call the lovely ladies at the counter at Bergdorf (and that number is 212.872.8826). I’m not responsible for any crazy hauls!
EDIT! Here is a picture of Joeybunny wearing Night Romance Lipstick!
isn't she so cute?