Sunday, 14 August 2011
Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Foundation in 04 Beige
A couple of months ago I bought a foundation from Niche brand Eward Bess. It had been hanging around in my cupboard for some while before I finally used it. This will be an elaborate review with lots of pictures and I will compare it with two other foundations.
I needed a foundation to match my spring-complexion: I picked 04 beige, which turned out to be a good match colourwise.
The foundation comes in a cheap 'velvet' sleeve, similar to the one that Dior has with their eyeshadow quads:
The case it made of plastic and feels like it. The monogram looks sleek and business-like. White against a black background: rather classic:
Opening the case brings you to the standard formula of a mirror and foundation-pan:
The double underlayer is for the sponge:
So far so good.
Although good? Let me continue my review.
I found it a bit patchy-looking on some parts of my skin, especially the zones that were not-so-perfect, for example, my undainty pores on my nose.
The next pictures show what I mean on a part of my arm. My arms are not particularly old and do not have large pores at all, but look how it doesn't really cover the imperfections.
So I wondered: Did Edward Bess merely created this foundation for perfect skins only? (and if yes, why? because perfect skins do not really need foundation)
In order to see if my other foundations performed better, I compared this one with two others.
First, I compared it with a fluid foundation. Not just any fluid but quite a good one: the NARS sheer glow foundation in Santa Fe:
First picture shows them unblended: However, the NARS already performs so much better in forms of covering the 'pores':
Sheered out and blended: Perhaps the difference is not so obvious as before, but if you click and zoom in you can see the NARS just being the refined one of the two. On the pores of the skin this is even more obvious:
I wondered it this was part of it being a cream foundation. So I picked up another cream foundation from another rather niche brand Scott Barnes:
Honestly, the Scott Barnes gives out a better glow and covers the imperfections and possible wrinkles and pores just a bit better.
There are a lot of positives about this foundation. One of it is that it is really scentless and doesn't really irritate the skin. Secondly, the colour is quite a neutral one and fits my skintone just perfectly. Another positive is that you can brag about the brand, because I guess few of your girlfriend will have it.
The negatives have been stated in this review: it looks too patchy on the imperfections (pores etc) and I really expected more from a foundation that is around 50 euros for simply 5 grams of product.
Further on, the case is plastic and looks rather cheap. I do not get the luxury factor I can get with other foundations in similar price-ranges. Or, look at the Scott Barnes case, that one has a luxe feel with the combination of matte and metallic.
Price-wise, I would rather opt for the NARS that is around 33 euros for 30 ml of product. That makes Edward Bess about 20 times more expensive without the payoff.
If you are still interested?
Please comment in the comment-section that you are interested and put your email-adress in it as well. You will get the product as shown in the pictures, slightly used with sanitised brushes. I will draw a winner on Tuesday 16 August at 12 noon CET.
I will add some extras as well, but those will be a surprise.