Sunday, March 31, 2013

Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector


Edward Bess recently released a new face cream he calls the Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector ($56 for 1.79 fl. oz./53 ml). I have been dying to try this for several months but wasn't able to get to a counter to test in person until mid-March at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. The Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector is lightweight tinted cream that acts like a tinted moisturizer/foundation. It has light diffusing properties that makes the skin look glowing and flawless. It comes in four shades, I found both #1 Light and #2 Medium disappeared on my skin when applied along the jawline. I felt like I was in between shades but decided to go with the darker option Medium 02 since I have a slight tan now. The finish is transparent so more forgiving if you don't have an exact match.

I've been testing for a few weeks now and have been impressed with the results. Although it's quite sheer and almost transparent-looking when blended, when applied all over the face it brightens and evens out the entire face in a natural but noticeable way. I found that it made the skin look healthier with a slight dewy glow (not too dewy though). My skin has been relatively clear now so I don't need much coverage (even though I usually like medium-to-full coverage for foundation and powder). I do think it's too sheer for my taste to wear alone (this is just my preference), but it is sufficient with just a light dusting of loose powder to set. I've been using the Edward Bess Cream in Medium 02 several ways:
  • all over with powder foundation dusted lightly on top (I like Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel)
  • all over with a heavier foundation layered in areas that I want more coverage
  • all over with a soft loose powder layered on top

Lasting power is like most other foundations. It holds up quite well until a little after noon and needs a bit of a powder touch up after lunch time. For color comparisons on other foundations I've used/been using:

Shades I used to use but are too light now:
  • Edward Bess Satin Cream in Beige is more neutral/olive compared to the Medium Complexion cream (I'm out at the moment so I don't have it to swatch)
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska was the best match for me when the Tinted Moisturizers first came out, although it was slightly too light (I usually mixed in a little darker foundation to make it work), this is lighter and more yellow than the Edward Bess Medium
  • Dolce & Gabbana Cream Foundation in Warm 100 (reviewed here) is more yellow and lighter, it's a bit too light for me now (although the powder version in Warm 100 is still a good match) 
Shades I currently use:
I was hesitant to post swatch comparisons because it's difficult to tell what a cream looks like unless blended out and blending out usually makes the foundation disappear on the skin. Please note that the swatches below are not blended out to show what the color looks like straight from the tube. Each has different intensity which affects the way it looks once blended out. Also note that the inside of my arm where I swatch is about 1.5x lighter than my face and the rest of my body right now (I tan quickly).

Left to right: Dolce & Gabbana Cream Foundation Warm 100, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Alaska, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Groenland, Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector in Medium, Chanel Perfection Lumiere 30 Beige, Urban Decay Naked Beauty Balm.


Overall I give it a huge thumbs up because I love the way it makes my skin glow. I would have liked to see a few more color options but the sheerness allows the skin to show through so it's quite forgiving if you don't have an exact match. Based on my recollection of in-store testing, Light seemed to be about 1.5 shades lighter than Medium. Both disappeared on the back of my hand with a little bit of blending.

I purchased my cream from Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills. It's also available online at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Sephora (ingredients listed on Sephora's website).

Have you tried Edward's Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector? If so, what shade do you use?

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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for this review! I didn't even know this existed. Does it have even sheerer coverage than your average tinted moisturizer you think? And how do you think it would fare on combo/oily skin types? Thanks, Sabrina :)

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    1. Hi Tiffany - it's been a while since I've used a tinted moisturizer (other than NARS which I feel isn't like a traditional one). I would say it has the same amount of coverage as your average tinted moisturizer. For oily skin I'm not sure how it would wear - mine is normal and it works perfectly. I haven't seen many reviews yet - I'm hoping others who have tried will chime in.

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  2. Thanks for the review, Sabrina! I might have to wait for some more reviews before I can determine my shade (I'm most probably somehow darker than you), but glad to hear it's rather forgiving! For the moment I'm drooling over the new blushes and lipsticks. I see CORAL *drools*

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  3. I was so hoping you'd review this! I think my dry skin would love it. Thank you!

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  4. Hello! Would you share the list of ingredients for this product? Thank you!

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    1. Ingredients are listed on sephora.com, hope this helps!

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  5. Do they have darker shades than that? I would need something darker than the Medium 02, I think.

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    1. Yes there are 2 darker shades, I did not swatch or test them, but the color names are online (linked above). I highly recommend the associates who work for Edward at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills or Bergdorf Goodman in NY - they have always been helpful over the phone and can help with a color match.

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  6. hi sabrina. i wear the nars tinted moisturizer in alaska, and i often wonder if it's too yellow for me. anyway, i was wondering how you would compare the nars product to edward bess' in terms of results-- do you think one had better coverage, made your skin look better, etc.? I'm debating switching products on the tinted moisturizer front, esp as summer approaches, but not sure where to jump... thanks :)

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    1. Both look good on the skin and have a similar natural look. The NARS has more coverage. The EB is sheerer and more dewy.

      If Alaska is too yellow check out the next shade Groenland - NARS extended shade options.

      I can't recommend one over the other- I like both a lot. If you want more coverage I would say stick with the NARS. Hope this helps some.

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  7. Thanks for this review, Sabrina! I am considering this but I'm a bit concerned Light won't be light enough for me - I'm either Finland or Terre Nueve in NARS (I don't own it; going by in-store swatches) and am not sure the EB Light will work. I'll have to see if I can get a sample or talk to a SA who would know better, I think.

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  8. thanks for share..

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  9. Ooh, I really want to try this now. It's so hard when you have a deeper complexion (I wear NARS tinted moisturizer in Annapurna) because of the fear of looking ashy or it just doesn't blend in well.

    Hmm...I may have to place a call with the Beverly Hills NM...so much for trying to pay off my NM account in order to buy a pair of Ferragamo flats!

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  10. The texture of this looks (and sounds) divine! When this first came out, I wanted to try it sooo bad but I know it probably wouldn't work so well for my very oily skin. Sometimes I REALLY wish I had normal or dry skin :P

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  11. i was looking at this online last night, so thanks for the review! :) I'll definitely keep my eye out to check out a proper shade match in person. :)

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  12. hmmm this looks very interesting - I think I might try it for my dry skin. I was thinking of trying the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizing Balm but was wary of the sunscreen in that formula - this one might be a nice alternative. Thanks for the review!

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