I love all things Edward Bess and his new Threads of Silk Multi-Use Powders ($45 each for 0.42 oz/12g) are beautifully crafted glowy powders with a lovely satin luminous finish. There are two shades Bellisima and Ciao and they have the most amazing woven pattern that has a mix of three shades in each compact. These are made in Italy and are infused with real silk which I think is incredible! I added a few snapshots from my trip to Italy last year. We visited a few cities and it was amazing. I hope to go back someday. They have a very unique texture - they are clearly powder and soft to the touch but the product is dense. It has a slightly hard texture although it's not stiff and very easy to use and blend. Color is easy to pick up with a brush and apply to anywhere you want color - eyes, cheeks or temples.
I think this year seems to be the year of glowy highlighters. There are many to pick from with a wide variety of textures. This year alone I have reviewed quite a few new formulas including the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powders, Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powders, Anastasia Glow Kits, Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighters, Natasha Denona Glow System Highlighters and NARS Hot Sand Duos. Picking the right highlighter for you depends on what kind of texture and degree of shimmer you want. Color is also important. For those who like a natural visible glow but don't want the high frost or extreme shimmer, the Edward Bess Threads of Silk Powders are probably your best bet because true to Edward's style they are perfect for the classic beauty lover who wants to look polished and a better version of themselves.
The shimmer on both is visible - on the arm + flash the colors look like they could be frosty but they are not. I usually photograph my swatches with a flash and any light (whether it's sunlight or flash) captures the complexity of the colors and catches the pearl particles. I did a quick look (scroll down) to show them on the eyes and cheeks and they have a very pretty sheen.
Bellisima is the more neutral nude option. It looks beautiful on the eyes as an all over wash - the bronzy tones makes for a nice lid contour. The pink adds a bit of warmth and depth. The ivory mix to it gives it a lovely sheen. On the cheeks it can pass on my medium skintone as a nude blush although it has a highlighter feel.
Ciao has a mix of warmer tones with a soft coral sheen. On my medium complexion I can wear it as a blush but it could also pass as a highlighter to add on top of bronzer or regular blush.
Since you may not be able to see these in person (they're available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and QVC), I've included a lot of photos in different light. They glow depending on how the light hits these powders. I really recommend both of them.
A closer look at each powder with the individual shades swatched and then swirled. I like the effect you get when swirling the colors, plus the way the colors are woven together it's almost impossible to not mix the shades:
Simple beauty look with:
Ciao Threads of Silk Powder on the cheeks
Bellisima Threads of Silk Powder on the eyes as an all over wash
Bottom line both winners. These are some of the prettiest most natural looking highlighter powders I've tried. If you want more of a traditional kind of highlighter, my holy grail cream highlighters are his All Over Seduction Highlighter (all three shades reviewed here). Both are multi-purpose wonders that you can use anywhere you want a glow. Lasting power was very good for both on me lasting from early morning until evening without fading or darkening. I love that they come in a large sturdy mirrored compact (same size as the Flawless Illusion Foundation swatched/reviewed here).
You can find both shades online at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and QVC. In store at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills and Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. If you can get to a counter I recommend it. The reps are very helpful and friendly.
Have you tried these yet? What did you think?
Many thanks to Edward Bess for sending me such beautiful items for review.