I’m sure you know by now that Edward Bess is boutique makeup brand, available only in Bergdorf Goodman in NYC and on his website. I had the chance to swatch a bit of the line during a recent (and too brief) layover in New York.
At this time, Bess’s sole lipstick formula is called Ultra Slick lipstick. I’m not entirely sure why it’s named that —Â the colors seem creamy and offer medium-to-full coverage, but the words “Ultra Slick” didn’t spring to mind as I swatched them.Â There are 14 shades. If I were taller I could have fit them all on one arm.
The lipsticks are $32 each, and are supposed to be fig-scented. The lipsticks did not have a very strong fragrance (but I suspect this might be a result of tester de-scenting, because the lipglosses are VERY strongly fragranced). The fig scent is also different from Estee Lauder’s fig scent.
Sundown is a yellow-brown that reminded me of MAC Siss (and Thai iced tea). Nude Lotus is a nude peach beige. Pure Impulse is a slightly mauvey pink. Natural Attraction is a warm caramel-rose brown, Natural Seduction is a warm yellow brown. Secret Desire is a natural, somewhat muted, peachy peach-pink. Forbidden Flower is lighter and peachier than Secret Desire. Night Orchid is a strong pink coral. Tender Love is mauve (and I have a very hard time telling it apart from Forever Yours).Â Maybe Forever Yours is just slightly more berry, and Tender Love just a bit more red/rose. Deep Lust is autumn leaf red-brown. Night Romance is deeper and more clearly berry than Tender Love and Forever Yours. Midnight Bloom and Eternal Passion are both blue-reds, but Midnight Bloom is deeper; Eternal Passion is brighter.