Edward Bess Prismette Sun and Stars is OK, I Guess

Friday, September 23, 2016

 I recently had some online credit that was about to expire and with no better alternative, my eye gravitated towards this Edwards Bess quad. 'Sun and Stars' looked like it had potential to be a great travel/office friendly set of colors.

There's a creamy matte nude, a burnished tan with fine shimmer, a soft khaki, and a charcoal.  The shadows are very fine in terms of texture, especially that matte nude- it's like soft silk! They do however, leave me wanting when it comes to color payoff .

The top portion has primer, the bottom swatches are the sames shades sans eye primer. Bright sunlight.

I like the left two shades but the right two are very underwhelming. For $68 a quad, I'm of the mind that all four shades should knock your socks off. To get maximum color payoff, I had to apply these with a sponge tipped applicator and really pack on the shadow while the primer was still a bit damp on the eye lid.
Here's the shadows indoors, indirect sunlight. I think this picture better illustrates how the shadows look most of the time. Without bright, direct sunlight, these shadows look satin/matte.

Also used:

 Kanebo KATE Brow Pencil, Tarte Clean Slate Eye Primer, Holika Holika Magic Pole Mascara

Blending these colors out really results in a loss of dimension, appearance wise. The colors lose pretty much all luster and look drab. I was happiest using the copper as a monotone, all-over-the-lid shade with the charcoal as the defining shade and nude under the brows. The khaki looks so murky on my eyelids (more like a smudge of dirt than anything), which is why I didn't find myself reaching for it all that often.

This quad is ok... Actually no, taking into account price, it's pretty disappointing. I guess those credits had to be spent on something, eh? Thankfully, not 'real' money spent on this Edward Bess Prismette quad.  Overall, I'm sorry that this was my introduction to Edward Bess.

Have you tried anything recently that was a poor introduction to that brand?

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