Monday, March 19, 2012

Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation in Light 01 - Review, Pictures, Swatches


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?


Velvet case.

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.

I digress.


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.

34 comments:

  1. Ahahaha :D I really enjoy your reviews. You have such a hilarious sense of humor. I too await the day we can just photoshop ourselves to perfection in real life! Edward Bess makes me feel really ugly, lady. Have you ever seen a prettier man?

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    1. Andrej Pejic has to be seen to be believed. He's even prettier.

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    2. Thanks!! I know EB is a beautiful man. He makes other women look ugly! LOL. And Andrej Pejic just looks like a girl. I'm sorry. He does.

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  2. Great and thorough review(as always)Elvira,but I have to say you are way harsh on yourself doll,you look perfectly fine 'in the nuddy'(as we like to say here in OZ)and certainly NOT ogre-like.I think we all prefer ourselves slightly 'enhanced' by all our powders and pencils but it has to be said that your fabulous spirit is evident in ALL the above pics.xx
    p.s. not a fan of Twlight,but I've always thought EB would have made a far superior Edward than Rob whatshisface.

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    1. If I'm not going to be critical of myself who is? LOL. Thanks. You are so right about the Twilight thing! I wonder if Edward Bess can act. If he can, they should recast the roll w/ him in it for sure!

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  3. ok, first, you are not an Ogre. Second, I want Edward Bess' hair. Now. third - omg you look like a porcelain doll in the airbrush. I wish I had airbrush for my everyday life and living lol
    Finally, this foundation looks incredible!!

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    1. EB's hair is amazeballs! I want it too and I WISH photoshopping airbrush was real life too!

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  4. I got the same foundation, same color, same deal. I do love it...but I found the coverage was too heavy using a brush - had to go over it with a sponge. And I am old - old enough to be your mother, I'm sure!

    I like you better without the air-brushing, by the way!
    ;-}

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    1. You are NOT old enough to be my mother. Maybe a more mature sister. And yeah. When I use a damp sponge the coverage is much lighter.

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  5. Oh now you make me want a hole in my head too...LOL! You are too funny girl. It looks great on you. And that picture of Edward Bess...he is the most beautiful man ever! I want to run my fingers through his hair.

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    1. Thanks! His hair is awesome isn't it? I'm jealous of it!

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  6. Ah, Edward Bess. Is there anything he can't do.

    I'm not sure I love the yellow tones in the foundation? Even when blended they looked noticeable on your arm. But I thought it worked on your face... I'd have to try it. I have a considerable amount of blue/pink in my skin.

    Edward's skin is ridiculously perfect. It's not makeup in his case.

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    1. My inner arm is insanely PINK! So remember that when you decide if this foundation is for you or not. Also remember that you can sheer this out so there won't be a huge line of demarcation on your jaw/neck line. That being said. If you are insanely pink in the face, this yellow might counteract the pink tones. You never know.

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  7. I just barely missed getting this on Beauty Ticket. As in, by the time I got there, they didn't have shade 01 anymore. I was crushed.

    Luckily for me, I have 8,432 foundations already and had put some away (because my bathroom can't hold 8,432 foundations at one time), so I appeased myself by going through my extra bags of makeup (this is starting to make me sound really gluttonous) and revisited some products I hadn't used in awhile. However, I'm still wanting desperately to try the EB lipsticks. I just don't trust the online swatches, and he hasn't arrived in Atlanta yet.

    Thanks so much for the review!!

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    1. Good for you? I'm not sure if I should applaud you for re-visitng your stash or to stage a foundation intervention. I'm not one to judge. I have 8,431 foundations. I have one lipstick which I like but I don't thin it's worth the $$...IMO.

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  8. All I hear about all E.B. things is that they are beautiful. And I have none so far. :/

    But I have a question for you not related to this foundation. It's about the powder you used here. It doesn't look too matte or "flat". What is it? Very nice!

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    1. Hi! Sorry it took me so long to respond. I tried to respond on my iPad but it was being wonky. OK the powder I used was IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Silk Powder I didn't like it at first, but after people told me I was being an idiot I quickly saw how awesome the stuff is. I use it exclusively now!

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  9. I always wondered what his foundation would be like but I admit the color in the pan for Light scared me. I'm glad to see it looks so great on you, since we're probably equally pale.

    Thanks for reviewing! I think it's the first one i have seen on this stuff. Everyone is too busy dying over Intimate and Smoke and Daydream.

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    1. Yes. When I had the chance to buy it on sale I couldn't resist. I wouldn't have tried it otherwise...based on how it looks in the pan.

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  10. OMG I love you! I still can't get over how that looks in the pan. I suppose it doesn't matter if it's light enough. It looks fairly yellow toned so I guess it's a no go for me anyhoo. Thanks so much!

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    1. It's not as yellow as you would think. My iner arm is VERY VERY pink tones so on my face the yellow isn't as obvious.

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  11. You need to have a spit-take warning on your blog posts. From now on, I shall not read your blog while drinking coffee. *wipes coffee off monitors and walls* The "airbrushed" photo at the end almost killed me. LOL!

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    1. It is a well known fact that keyboards LOVE coffee. You are doing your system a favor by doing spittakes!

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  12. Adore this review, primarily because my initials are indeed EB! What a winner!! Even my blog moniker is EB, gosh I've thought this through haha

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    1. YOU MUST PURCHASE ALL THINGS EDWARD BESS! At least that's the justification I'm using.

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  13. I never knew he was a model...

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    1. Yes. How could he not have been. He's so pretty!

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  14. OMG he looks like Brooke Shields!

    Also, I want to be photoshopped before leaving the house every day. Wow.

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    1. HE DOES!!! I though he looked like someone else! and yeah. I wanna be photoshopped every day too!

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  15. I'm kinda new to your blog (via way of Temptalia) and I love your reviews! They are funny and for the everyday woman. It also doesn't hurt that I have found someone who is as pale as I am! It is SO hard to find foundation. People who are anything other than 'very fair' just don't understand! I probably have at least 14 foundations sitting in my drawer right this minute. Everything from a $1.99 Rimmel to a $60 Dior. It's frustrating! I'll definitely be checking out your past reviews on foundations now that I've found you. Thanks!

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    1. Hi! I love Temptalia. Welcome! May I recommend purchasing a bottle of FACE atelier Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus. It will lighten every foundation you own. It's a miracle. Plus it helped me "use up" all my foundations so I wouldn't feel so guilty any more.

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  16. I'm sort of a lurker here, reading many of your posts but not commenting. Today, I had to comment for two reasons. well, two comments and a question. First, you DO NOT look scary in the first pic, or even the second. You look like a normal woman who has just gotten out of bed. Second, your sense of humor should win a prize (maybe it already has?). I rarely laugh out loud when reading, but you did it to me, Elvira. And I had to clean up the coffee I spit everywhere. Oh, and the question: can you please tell me what kind and shade of lip product you have on here? I have the same complexion as you do(vampire white), and it looks great on you, so just maybe it would look half as good on me. Maybe. Thanks and thanks for the laughs ;+)

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Damn. I feel horrible but I can't for the life of me remember what lip product I was wearing in that picture. I think, and don't quote me on this, I was wearing Kevyn Aucoin Nude Lip Liner with a sheer pink gloss from Barry M over top.

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  17. Hello elvira! thought you look better without the photoshop! is this foundation greasy? i read on alot of reviews saying its very sheer, you are the first who said its not! =D

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