Sunday, April 14, 2013

Edward Bess Black Sea Mousse Foundation with Brush - Light 02 and Medium 03

Press Sample        

Edward Bess fans like myself were ecstatic to learn he had his first debut on QVC this past Friday on the Lisa Robertson Show where he launched his new Black Sea Mousse Foundation with Expert Blending Brush (exclusive to QVC.com). I caught the end of his appearance on TV Friday night and by that time, Fair and Light had already sold out. Edward was kind enough to send me samples to try and I was beyond thrilled. Some product information along with my testing experience, thoughts on the formula and color selection.

The Black Sea Mousse Foundation is a breakthrough mousse foundation formulated with anti-aging ingredients inspired by the Black Sea to help reduce the appearance of the visible signs of aging. It has an innovative air-whipped mousse texture that floats on the skin for the feel of wearing no makeup at all, while still providing full coverage with its pigment-rich formula for a flawless complexion in an instant. QVC set comes in five shades, Fair, Light Medium, Tan and Deep (1.5 oz) with the Expert Blending Foundation Brush (prices online at QVC subject to change). In case you missed the segment, you can watch the Video online (click below, models are wearing Light and Medium, Edward demonstrated application of Fair):


I've been lucky to have really good experiences with his Compact Foundation (I use Beige) and his new Complexion Cream (I use Medium, reviewed here). Foundation is one of the trickiest makeup items to find because of color/skintype/coverage matching preferences. I almost never buy foundation without trying first. Since this was a gift from Edward (sight unseen), as I opened my package I kept my fingers crossed.



Color thoughts: When I opened up Medium 03 first and was surprised at how dark it appeared. The next shade down Light 02 also appeared quite dark. I tested both, each on separate days all over the face to see how the color looked. I was relieved to find that these blend out on the skin beautifully and once blended don't look as dark as they do in the pots.

Light is an exact match for my skin, although sometimes that exact match ends up looking a bit too light when applied and blended all over. This can sometimes be fixed by mixing in something darker or setting with a darker powder. Medium is visibly dark on my skin when swiped, but blended out for a pretty good match as well. I wore this and it looked just slightly too dark. So what's my color? I would say I'm in between, but closer to Light which is a 95% good match on me right now. I was happy to find that it does warm up on the skin slightly but doesn't darken or oxidize.

Formula thoughts: The formula is really incredible. Years ago one of my holy grail matte-finish foundations was Chanel's Double Perfection (the one that came in the black squeeze tube). I literally had a meltdown when they discontinued it and was sad they never re-released it. Edward Bess's Black Sea Complexion Correcting Mousse Foundation is the closest thing I've found but better in terms of wear, texture, blendability. The video segment on QVC will show you how well this foundation covers. It's lightweight but gives full natural coverage and dries to a semi-matte finish. You don't need to set with any powder. On the 2.5 days I've tried this I found it lasted well into the afternoon without requiring any touchups. I like that it's full coverage but not heavy.

Brush thoughts: I applied the foundation with the Expert Blending Brush and it really provided perfect streak-free application.


Photos of Light and Medium below, they look really dark in the pots:



I swatched them along my jawline on a bare face, swatched heavily, blended only a little bit. Light 02 might be a bit hard to see because it matches closely. Note this photo was taken under artificial light which makes my skin look more yellow than it is in real life.


Since it can be hard to gauge the colors, I highly recommend you look at QVC's color chart. I debated what other foundations to compare these to. Formulas and textures can impact the color and blending will affect how certain colors mesh with one's skintone. I picked a few to show, it's not as comprehensive as I'd like, but foundations are difficult for me to photograph accurately. They tend to dry and darken if I don't photograph right away.

I picked the other foundations I have that are creamy pot formulas. Dolce & Gabbana's Perfect Creamy Foundation has a wider color selection but a more dewy finish while the Edward Bess is matte. I've always been in between shades for Dolce & Gabbana and currently mix Warm 100 and Natural Beige 120 (see the Dolce & Gabbana review/swatches here).


I only swatched the Dolce & Gabbana Warm, but added Edward Bess's Complexion Cream in Medium for comparison purposes (that review is here).


I'm overall very pleased with Edward's new Black Sea Mousse foundation. The formula is really best in class with the coverage, texture and blendability. Huge thumbs up. The color selection however is limited, leaning towards the darker side. The formula is melds with your skin so it is possible that you don't need an exact match (these days I've been buying 2 shades in NARS, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana anyways). I do think fairer skin ladies with yellow or olive tones might find it challenging to get a good match. Right now the foundations are exclusive to QVC.com and the lightest shades are on waitlist. I hope that Edward might consider extending the color options in the future. I was really lucky to find a good match in Light.

Did you watch Edward on QVC last Friday? Have you had a chance to try the foundation? If so please share what color and perhaps other brands/shades you use to help the rest of us who are debating whether or not to try.

This post contains a press sample provided without charge for review. For more information please see the About/FAQ section.

17 comments:

  1. I saw it on twitter! I was so excited for him, looks like he did a great job! I'm not too sure where I can watch the episode tho, any idea Sabrina? I'm so stoked about this foundation, I love the idea of the mousse, it sounds just divine! Let's hope he get's more yellow toned shades too, I'm quite yellow and really interested to try it! ^^

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    1. Hi Teri, you can click on the QVC screen shot above to take you to the website, or here http://www.qvc.com/Edward-Bess-Black-Sea-Mousse-Foundation-with-Brush-Search-Results.product.A232023.html?sc=A232023-SRCH&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-A232023&catentryImage=http://images-p.qvc.com/is/image/a/23/a232023.001?$uslarge$

      Near the top, above the product photo it says PHOTO on one tab and VIDEO next to it. To view the episode, click on VIDEO. Took me a while to find it - it wasn't really clear. Hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks for the heads-up, Sabrina! I'm watching it now! I might be able to find a match in the line-up, but it's true that the shade selection seems to start with fair-medium.

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  2. Thanks for the review. given all the great properties, I would love to try it but I am B20 in Chanel, I think the lightest shade would be too dark for me. I hope he extends the shade and renames it because the names are somehow confusing. I am curious about the video and will be watching it soon!

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  3. Hi Sabrina, I loved all the photos and details in this post! I'm particularly impressed by the shade ; I really like how Edward chose a shade with slight peach tones (as opposed to a simple yellow tone). I think these kinds of colors look better on me --- and it looks like a great match against your skintone as well!

    Oh, and I enjoyed the aesthetics of the black pots' shape as well!

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  4. I''m a huge fan of mousse foundation. I love my drugstore ones, but I'm very interested to try this out. I wonder when this will be available at other retailers.

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  5. Beautiful photos! I'm intrigued about this foundation b/c I love one with good coverage that doesn't feel heavy.

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  6. I tried this via my SIL who ordered it in both the Fair and Light. I wear Kat Von D's Lock It foundation in #42 (the lightest shade offered) and it's a perfect match. Sadly, this foundation was much too dark : ( Fair, on my skin (obvious cool undertone), was dark and shockingly orange.

    That said, the texture was amazing and the finish was beautiful. I have dry skin and the product reminds of the Max Factor Whipped Cream foundation from the late 70's and the FIRST L'Oreal Whipped Cream foundation from the late 80's; both had that soft, mousse texture and were amazing on dry skin. If it hadn't been for the poor shade match, I would have ordered a few jars of it.

    The Light looks like a perfect match for you : )

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  7. I tried this via my SIL who ordered it in both the Fair and Light. I wear Kat Von D's Lock It foundation in #42 (the lightest shade offered) and it's a perfect match. Sadly, this foundation was much too dark : ( Fair, on my skin (obvious cool undertone), was dark and shockingly orange.

    That said, the texture was amazing and the finish was beautiful. I have dry skin and the product reminds of the Max Factor Whipped Cream foundation from the late 70's and the FIRST L'Oreal Whipped Cream foundation from the late 80's; both had that soft, mousse texture and were amazing on dry skin. If it hadn't been for the poor shade match, I would have ordered a few jars of it.

    The Light looks like a perfect match for you : )

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  8. Thanks so much for the great review Sabrina, and especially for showing the ingredient list. I'd love to try this if he eventually offers more shades. As a MAC NC10-15 I'm sure Light would be too dark for me.

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  9. Wow, this is really a comprehensive review! It really looks like a luxurious foundation and the blending brush looks exquisite :)

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  10. Thanks for this great review, Sabrina! I'd love to try this out, but not sure which color would match me (light or medium).

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  11. Ooh, Light should be an almost perfect match for my skin colour too!! Let's hope this won't be a sold-out QVC exclusive forever!

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  12. Very interested in this foundation...but from the comments above and others I've seen, I'm sure the lightest color would be too dark and yellow for me.

    Hopefully he will offer more shades in the future!

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  13. This is the best makeup I've used and I've used MANY..............got mine on QVC and it's no longer available at the Q...I'm 69 years young with healthy skin, usual things..wrinkles etc.... if anyone knows where I can buy this wonderful makep, please post...thanks...

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  14. I too tried this foundation and lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvved it. It does not seem to be available on QVC
    anymore!!!!!!! I am 66 and it treats my skin so well.......................Does anyone know where
    i can buy edward bess black sea mousse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kathryn

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    1. It's back on QVC and available to order (Item #A252362).

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