Edward Bess keeps showing his talent for creating makeup elegant items that enhance and compliment the face and natural coloring without stealing the show. His colors often appear deceivingly demure but upon application you see how rich and flattering they are. The cream blush (called "Compact Rouge For Lips and Cheeks") is such an item. It comes in two shades, Island Rose (a cool-toned pink) and my choice- After Sunset- a warm pink with mild brown undertones that can go on sheer and light for the naturally pale or be built up for a summery sun-kissed glow. The texture is not greasy or shiny and looks very natural on the face.
I use just a little either on the apples of the cheeks or when I'm in the mood to go for a more defined cheekbone look. The blush blends easily and seamlessly either with one's fingers or a synthetic face brush (synthetic fibers don't absorb cream and liquid products). I tried using this rouge on the lips, but the texture is not quite as creamy as I would have liked and the color is too sheer to show (my lips are naturally a dark rose color). So for me this Edward Bess blush is a cheek-only, but I'm perfectly fine with it. It's quick and easy to apply and very foolproof- I can put it on when in a hurry and not worry about messing it up. The slim compact in its little sueded pouch is also great on the go and doesn't take up much space (I just wish it was easier to open without endangering my nails).
Bottom line: An instant classic.
Edward Bess Cream Blush Compact Rouge For Lips And Cheeks ($38) is available exclusively from Bergdorf Goodman (in-store only) and edwardbess.com.
All photos are mine.