Secret affair, one of the new blushes from Edward Bess in the Blush Extraordinaire range, is a winner. It's a pink coral (or coral pink?) shade, decidedly on the warm side but not orange at all. The texture is somewhat finer than that of the older Edward Bess Blush Imperiale shades and has a very subtle shimmer (Blush Imperiale is matte) that imparts a glow without any visible particles. The blush is of moderate intensity but pigment level can be built in seconds. It's very easy to blend and works well with every brush type I tried.
The texture of Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire makes the shade appear slightly different depending on the light. Artificial and low yellow light brings out more of the coral, while bright daylight enhances the pink. You can see that in both cases, Secret Affair is a little cooler than other blushes in this color range, such as Le Metier de Beaute Echo (an almost brown base and a crumblier texture in comparison to Edward Bess), Burberry Blossom (the most orange of the group and most pigmented), and Tom Ford Love Lust (more shimmery than Edward Bess).
As I mentioned last week, Edward Bess returned production of his makeup back to the US:
Bottom Line: I'm eagerly awaiting the other shades.
Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Secret Affair ($43) is available from Bergdorf Goodman.