Above: My mom and I with the kind and generous Edward Bess!
Foundations, especially from difficult to find lines, are an all-encompassing pursuit for me. That is probably why I have not just one but TWO Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundations in my possession. To be fair, I bought one in the winter months and the other in the summer. I love everything about the Edward Bess line; the colors, the simplicity, the scent and the fact that, as an LA girl, I can run into him at his counter Neiman Marcus a couple of weeks out of each month make the high-end cosmetics price worthwhile.
To date, Edward Bess only has one foundation in his line...it is a multi-tasker! Here is the rundown:
Cost: The foundation compact is $60 and can be purchased at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman or at www.edwardbess.com. The compact is slim and sturdy with a useful mirror and a separate lower compartment for the sponge that is included, making it a great portable item to toss into your purse. While $60 is a lot for some to spend on foundations, it is at the same price point as D & G's foundations, Koh Gen Do's products and even Dior's Airflash, so the cost does not feel exorbitant.
Color: The foundation comes in five colors: Light, Bare, Nude, Beige and Natural; I found #3 Nude to match my NC 20-25 skin perfectly (it is a light, yellow-based neutral) and #4 Beige (a bit deeper and more golden than Nude) worked well for my summer skin (in the NC 30-35 range). I imagine that both of these colors (singularly or mixed) would be suitable for most with light-medium skin.
Texture: The name perfectly describes the nature of this foundation...it is somewhat sheer, definitely satin in finish and also in a cream makeup format. It definitely has some "slip" when applied and the coverage can be built up to one's taste. I forgo the sponge and use my Hourglass retractable foundation brush or Sephora air brush to get the most natural coverage and application.
Wear: The foundation is not purported to be long wearing, but I find that with primer (I love the Koh Gen Do Make Up Base in Yellow), I can get six to eight hours of crease-free bliss. My skin feels balanced and doesn't get oily despite the creamy texture of the product.
Scent: Like all Edward Bess products, there is a light fig scent, though it is less prominent in the foundation than in the lipsticks and bronzer (to be reviewed soon!)
Overall Grade: The EB Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation is in my regular foundation rotation, which, in light of the foundations I have experienced, is quite an accomplishment. While it doesn't provide as much immediate coverage as the D & G Perfect Finish and the Armani Designer Lift (also slated for eminent review...swatches above), it is quintessential for those "light makeup moments" or times when your aim is to minimize imperfections rather than to make up your whole face. In light of this product's delightful adaptability, I give it a 93% A.