I've briefly mentioned how I discovered the line. Edward Bess is a very exclusive luxury makeup brand that is available at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. My interest was peaked by rave reviews from other loyal Edward Bess followers - many of whom did not have immediate access to the line due to it's exclusivity to Bergdorfs in New York.
Descriptions like "wonderful texture, lovely packaging, intensely pigmented, timeless and modern" told me I had to check it out and see what all the fuss was about. For me, the personal experiences of others and word-of-mouth is the closest alternative to trying something yourself, so I contacted a few other fans for the 411.
Each of them was kind enough to email me detailed descriptions and recommendations along with comparisons to other brands. I can't thank them enough for their help!! I've asked a few who have helped me to share with you why we all love Edward Bess's products and let them tell you in their own words.
Up first is Leslie Cook, a retired Marketing VP in her early 60's, loyal fan of Edward Bess.
Tell us about yourself: My name is Leslie Cook. I am 61 (most people guess me at around 45). I think I look younger than I am because I am such a TOTAL skin care and cosmetics addict and always use the best products. I take good care of myself (in other words, I am very high maintenance). I've never had plastic surgery, lasers, injections, etc. but I hope to someday if I can afford some of it.
Can you describe your skintone and hair color to us? I am very fair with highlighted brown hair. I have blue/red undertones.
What's your beauty style? My beauty style is to make the most of my best assets while still taking trends into account. I don't want to look like a teenager, but since I do look younger than my age and am thin and in good shape, I can dress in more contemporary styles than most women my age so I like my makeup to look modern and hip as well. I wear my hair in a long layered "youngish" style, too. I wear a variety of fun tinted designer glasses (can't wear contacts and couldn't get Lasik due to corneal damage).
How did you discover Edward Bess and why do you love his line? I discovered EB thanks to a lovely friend at Makeupalley.com, Michele D. I fell in love with EB because of the incredible quality of his products. The textures are fantastic. The products are easy to apply and stay on beautifully for many hours, don't cake or flake and look fabulous ON a real person (not just in the packages or on models' pics in magazines). I love Edward's selection of wearable colors and his gorgeous sleek packaging. I also love the fact that his collection is so versatile. I can wear his neutral colors camping and look natural (but not bland) hiking in harsh, bright sunlight or I can wear his deeper shades 'glammed' up for a cocktail party or a night on the town. No matter what I choose, his products always look flawless, chic and elegant and are incredibly flattering.
What are your favorite EB products? My favorite products are his:
- Ultra Slick Lipsticks (love the fig scent, smoothness and longevity with no caking & there are plenty of great shades for every skin tone, outfit and occasion)
- Concealer (covers beautifully but looks natural and is the perfect portable size to carry in your purse for touch ups)
- Eye Shadows (silky smooth, flattering true "shadow" colors which accentuate the eyes, don't just lay on your lids and the combinations are endless.....from pale to very deep and dramatic)
- All Over Face Brush (works wonderfully for blending and is also very compact and portable)
- Gorgeous (shimmery but not fakey) cream high lighters
Is there anything you don't love? My least favorite product is his mascara. It's NOT bad, but I'd prefer a thinner brush as I have scrawny lashes (thinner brushes cause less clumping on me).
So tell us about the other brands/products you love: There is no other makeup line that even comes close for me now that I've discovered Edward Bess. I have, in fact, given away most of my colors from other lines. Chanel colors come in a distant second (and I still have a few of those). I also use and love Kanebo Sensai Brightening Primer and Creme Foundation when I want more coverage than I get with just EB concealer (such as for a formal evening event) and, finally, Serge Lutens mascara comb.