I had a longish layover in NYC on my way back from India, so I deposited Mr. Salt in the fifth floor coffee shop of Bergdorf Goodman for some quality swatching time. (It wasn’t nearly enough. I have been TOTALLY bitten by the New York bug and cannot wait to go back, swatch more, and meet my ultra-fabulous NYC sisters-in-blogging.)
New York is unfairly well endowed when it comes to brand availability — nowhere else will you find Paul & Joe, Edward Bess, or Ellis Faas. Bergdorf Goodman itself is also a New-York-only brand: the women’s store and the men’s store are across the street from one another (though anyone can shop online).
And Bergdorf Goodman itself is an experience. It just feels like an older building: the footprint is small for the square footage of the department store. The spaces are all quite narrow, like too much makeup, jewelry, handbags — too many counters — have been installed in an older building. On the first floor (very posh jewelry and ultra designer handbags), I asked a sales clerk if they carried Rebecca Minkoff (which I’ve been wanting to see in person). ”What is that?” he asked kindly. ”Handbags,” I said. ”Price point?” Uhhhhh. ”$300-$500?” ”Fifth floor, if we have it,” he said.
Clearly I was not in Kansas anymore. (For the record, BG does not carry Rebecca Minkoff.)
Beauty is on the -1 floor, and I can’t think of a brand I didn’t see there. Their Chanel counter is GORGEOUS, but I was too shy to take a picture — that won’t happen again. Their fragrance offering is also amazing. But my first mission was to find Edward Bess.
Edward Bess is a newish, smallish, eponymously named, boutique makeup brand. I didn’t have the good fortune to meet Mr. Bess, but I hear he’s usually at the counter in the evenings.
His line has been getting a lot of love from those who have tried it, and as a fan of neutral eyeshadow, I was definitely intrigued. The brand currently offers six shades of eyeshadow ($30 each), and two shades of waterproof, mechanical eyeliner ($29 each).
Nude is a lovely light beige. Intimate is a wood brown, similar to Dusk (though Dusk is slightly darker and cooler). Escape is fox-brown. Mystery is a warm reddish wood — teak? Night is a sheer black with no shimmer (the other shades all have a tiny, tiny, subtle bit of shimmer to them).
Edward Bess: Nude, Intimate, Escape, Mystery, Dusk, Night, Deep Black, Deep Brown