I need another foundation like I need a hole in my head. BUT when the Edward Bess Sheer Satin Foundation was on sale at Beauty Ticket one day (for $20 off it's normal price) I decided that another hole in my head wouldn't look all that bad. I pulled the trigger and ordered the Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation in 01- Light.
In the picture I admit I was worried about the color. I was told by those in the know that the light shade really was light. I figured if it was a terrible color match I could give it to a friend...but seeing that my only friend is Siri, the digital assistant on my new iPhone 4s, I don't think that would work.
So let's walk though a few things here.
Edward Bess, Male model turned cosmetic guru. Develops a line of lipsticks that the whole cosmetic world falls in love with. Expands on that line to eye shadow, then blush then foundation then skin care. This guy is whiter than me. You would think that he might develop a few foundation products that could match my casper ass. Well he did. The Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation in Light is LIGHT. Pay no attention to the color in the pan. It is an illusion. It is a ruse. This foundation is for light skinned users.
First lest look at the quality. Shall we?
Sturdy plastic case...same heft and weight as a Chanel compact.
The raised EB in the center. Well that's a plus since those are my initials as well. I still have friends that call me "EB"...even though I'm officially "EW". EB just sounds better. So it's like having a personally monogrammed makeup line. Sorry to all you losers without EB as your initials. You'll either have to suck it up and walk around with an incorrectly monogrammed compact foundation or change your name.. Elmira is a lovely name. Elmira Buckworth. It just rolls off the tongue. I hear changing your name if fairly easy these days. Just ask Ocho Cinco.
The compact foundation fills and ample pan and underneath is a clever sponge storage. The foundation, as I mentioned looks so much darker in the pan. But as you will soon see, it's not as dark as you think.
OK. Before I go on with the whole, look at my face pictures. Can I just say that looking as an untouched, virgin compact foundation is almost as thrilling as looking at a brand new lipstick. Look how clean and smooth the surface is. Look at all that potential, just beneath the placid surface. Oh how it calls to me. It whispers promises of perfect skin, airbrushed perfection. Oh Yes. I do hear makeup speak to me. Usually when I don't take my meds....but that's beside the point.
So I swatch the foundation. The exquisite formula is neither greasy or crumbly. It melts into the skin and LOOK! It's not as dark as the pan. In fact. I think it's actually MATCHING my inner arm. Is the possible? Now look at it blended.
What's that? You can't really see it? I KNOW! At this point I haven't even put the Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation on my face and I'm already swooning.
OK. For the next part of this review. I ask politely that you remove small children from the room, for I am about to show you a picture of my face SANS foundation. Makeup Free. Bare. Minus Photoshop. Ready?
OK. This is what I look like in the morning. It's not pretty. I apologize. But I think this is necessary to prove my point about this foundation.
OK. Next picture. Still, I recommend that small children and impressionable pets be kept from the room. Here I am with JUST the Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation in Light: no concealer or powder. Still not a very pretty picture. I hope you have not eaten today because I fear you losing your lunch looking at these pics on a full stomach.
Next picture. A complete look with concealer, powder, blush, eyeshadow, eyebrows, lipstick, etc. MUCH better. And considering that I normally look like an ogre, the Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation covers up my hideousness quite well. I am now safe to enter into society without harming small woodland creatures but just looking at them.
But I can do better. With a special makeup tool used by celebrities all over the world. I too can have perfect airbrushed skin.
See? Isn't it great? Of course this is Photoshop. No one really looks like this in real life. Oh but one day. One day cosmetics will advance far enough that I will be able to put on a few inches of makeup and look like I have no recognizable facial features like all the magazines. Ahh a Dream!
Oh but what about the foundation?
OK. Since you all actually want to know about performance and stuff like that I'll run it down for you.
1. It applied like a dream. I used my Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush for application, however you could use the sponge that was supplied with the product.
a) The coverage was medium using the brush. Not sheer. I suppose if you used the sponge the coverage would be more sheer. I did not find the foundation to look "cakey" on me.
2) It wore very well. Even with my oil slick of face, this foundation wore well throughout the day and needed very little as far as touch ups.
3) The foundation removed well using my oil cleanser, but using regular soap and water, not so much. I'm not saying it is hard to remove, I'm just saying that I'm a huge proponent of oil cleansing and if you aren't using it now, you should be.
4) I did not experience any oxidization wearing this foundation, but I have read that others did experience this. Your results may vary. I did get two small whitehead pimples while wearing this foundation. Which means that my extra sensitive skin wasn't in favor of the foundation. That doesn't mean that YOU will break out from it, it just means that my skin is extra sensitive. Your results may vary.
|Gratuitous Photo of Edward Bess. Taken from http://edwardbess.com/|
Do you NEED this? YES if you are looking for a nice cream to powder compact foundation. If you have normal to combo skin and you do not have extremely sensitive skin. I think that this is a great creme to compact foundation for the price I paid....which was $40. This retails for $60. I have to say that if you are not able to buy this on sale, I would recommend that you see if you can test it before you purchase.I shudder to think how absolutely nasty the testers at Sephora are, so if you have a department store that carries Edward Bess cosmetics call to make an appointment to get a makeover with this foundation, or just stop by and test it out yourself. IF you can find it for $40, pull the trigger before it's too late. If you have very dry skin or very oily skin, you MIGHT like this but it really depends on the priming you do to your face before application. If you are concerned about breakout or are sensitive to silicone...NO. you don't need this. You will probably break out by using it.