Edward Bess Pure Impulse + Soft Whisper = Nude Perfection

February 25, 2010

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Edward Bess. I’ve loved every single lipstick and lipgloss that I’ve purchased from the line and I have to say I’m surprised that I’ve had so many “yays” considering all the colors were purchased sight-unseen.

I’ve already featured some product photos and reviews on Pure Impulse Lipstick and Soft Whisper Lipgloss in previous posts, so today, I’ll bring you a lip swatch of the two used together.

For those who haven’t read those reviews, here is the run-down on Edward Bess Lipsticks & Lipglosses:

* Pure Impulse Lipstick – This is one of my holy grail nudes. Note that “nude” is subject to interpretation, but for me it’s a natural beigey-nude that enhances my natural lip color but better in a light-nude way. Edward Bess lipsticks are full coverage, rich and creamy. They blend on the lips like a dream. There is a slight fig scent which I don’t mind. Another surprising find, since my nose is ultra-sensitive. The lipsticks have a natural slightly glossy finish making them non-flat looking.

* Soft Whisper Lipgloss – This is equally pretty in my opinion. I find beauty in simplicity. It’s a pretty beige color without shimmer. It’s slightly warmer than Pure Impulse – but very close in color. Just not quite as nude. The pigment is medium with a slightly sticky finish, but not overly so. His lipglosses also have a fig-scent.

Granted, some may find these boring. But all I can say is that I love this lip combination. It’s simple, classic, easy to wear and coordinates well with other shades. Can they be easily replicated with other brands? Perhaps, but I love that I can wear Pure Impulse by itself without feeling the need to tweak the color with a different shade of liner or gloss. Soft Whisper compliments the lipstick perfectly adding shine and a bit more depth.

A few notes before you read on:
* I have received mixed reviews on swatches. Please take them with a grain of salt! I am not an expert at swatching or photographing swatches.
* Some of you like the swatches and some of you have asked me to stop swatching. There lies the blogger’s dilemma – what to do when you received mixed feedback?
* This lip-swatch article is my compromise-solution for requests on full-face photos.

Please bear with me while I try to figure out how to best photograph lip swatches. Thanks πŸ™‚

*UPDATE* FYI: I am a Chanel Shell Teint Innocence which is light-medium right now. This is the equivalent of a MAC NC30 but a tad darker, not quite as deep as the NC35 color. YMMV depending on your natural lip tone. For some of my darker medium-skinned friends this isn’t quite as peachy as it looks on me and goes on more of a beige with nude/grey base.

Here is Pure Impulse applied alone, no lipliner or gloss:

The Lipstick + Lipgloss:

I used this today with Edward Bess’s Daydream Bronzer + Lancome’s Miel Glace Blush on the cheeks and it was a pretty natural look! Do note that the cheek products were added after I took these photos, which is why you can’t see anything but powder/foundation.

Edward Bess products can be purchased from Bergdorf Goodman or EdwardBess.com in the US.

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  • Anonymous

    I don't care what anyone says – love your swatches. Don't stop, its one of the reasons I read your blog.

    Thanks, Jen

  • That is really a pretty color. I love nudes. I always read your blogs as i like very much your taste.

  • So do the Edward Bess Lipsticks have a natural sheen on it's own?

  • I love alll your posts, esp the ones where you share outfit, shoe, bags, make-up…You have amazing taste….:)

  • I love Soft Whisper…its such a gorgeous shade. Cannot wait til EB comes to the UK x

  • That lipstick is gorgeous! Definitely wanna give this a try. Nice post and thanks for the swatches!

  • Just do what you love doing and don't listen to anyone! I love all your posts and all your swatches. And everything else!
    EB will soon be available at zuneta.com. UK shop but they ship Worldiwe.
    PS.I was very surprised to find out that EB is so young.

  • Anonymous

    I never heard of this makeup line, but it looks good. I love your swatches, and actually it does help me. Even though I have a way different skin tone.

  • People actually asked you to STOP swatching??? I think you must have encountered some Bitter Betty's. Swatching is just full of complete win and so appreciated by the majority of us:) Keep doing what you are doing doll!

  • Like I said girl – don't listen to the haters. They have a choice whether to read your blog or not! I love your blog – do not change a thing! You are the reason I know about Edward Bess and I'm sad I don't live in the Bergdorf beauty department!

  • Eileen

    Your swatches are great! I think we all know that colors will look different on different skin tones and just because your skin tone isn't the same as mine doesn't mean there's not a lot to learn from viewing your swatches. They are invaluable for giving us a good idea about texture, opaqueness versus transparency, etc. Keep up the good work. You're one of the best beauty bloggers out there!

  • i love your swatches sabrina! i love it when you show us how u coordinate makeup colors with outfits and accessories. please continue! πŸ™‚

    this color of nude is very beautiful. unfortunately we don't carry edward bess in toronto..

    ~ Adelaide.

  • Oh and question, what nail polish are you wearing in these photos?

  • Hey Sabrina! I think your swatches/photographs of swatches are great… obviously one has to be objective when judging a product by a swatch photo! Continue to do your swatches please… I have found them very helpful in the past! And they are soooo neat!! Love it!
    Now for the gorgeousness that is Edward Bess… πŸ™‚ beautiful lipstick/gloss combo, I can't wait to try his lipsticks. Will you be doing an Edward Bess lipstick, lipgloss series/post.. that would be awesome! Pretty FOTD.. what did you have on your eyes?

  • Oh nevermind, I read the rest. Thanks again Sabrina!

  • Are you SERIOUS? People have asked you to stop swatching? I can't believe the nerve of people. If they don't want to see your swatches, they don't have to look at your blog. I know bloggers like to post what people like to read or see, but I'm speechless. There aren't enough blogs out there that offer such variety of brands and descriptions/swatches. Your swatches are SO incredibly helpful and in my opinion, your blog is so professional and your pictures are always so great and accurate. Don't change anything about your blog! It's perfect and it's the way you made it and the way you wanted it to be.

  • Preti.

    OMG i love love your blog..i have never followed a blog before. This color looks amazing, its so hard to find a nude that is'nt too pale/white. Please ditch the negative comments..you are doing a awesome job!!!!!

  • Bonnie

    I totally agree – I love your swatches and find them very helpful. I will never understand why some people are so negative!

  • Gorgeous lips! This has become my new favorite nude lipstick too, although – and herein lies the beauty of differing skintones – it's more of a flat grey-beige on my lips.

  • Hi girls, thanks for your comments/support!

    Yes – I have received requests to stop swatching. Their opinions seemed genuine. I never really know what is relevant or not to my readers. It's a toss up whether something I write or photograph will be helpful or not.

    Lakshmi – I will update the post, but it's Abalone Shell by MAC.

    Joey – thanks for your comment. I should have added that! One of my friends here also bought Pure Impulse, she's the same shade as you and "flat grey-beige" is exactly how she looks on her.

  • That is a gorgeous combination.

    I like to find as much information as possible from varied sources if I'm buying something I can't try myself first, so I find swatches very helpful, and I do understand that skintones can affect how colours read – again, that's the beauty of there being quite a few bloggers now, there are lots of different skintones to see swatches on.

  • I would hope everyone realizes that the only accurate swatch is one on their own skin – stop complaining girls!

    Please keep swatching! I love them πŸ™‚

  • I always say the same thing Sabrina! You should do what YOU love! Passion translates through the medium it is moved to express itself through! In other words, if you have a passion for swatches, swatch! The ones who "get" what you're doing will appreciate what you do and what you have to offer, and the ones who don't need to go and find what appeals to them. You are never going to appeal to everyone! So do what YOU love AND your following will find YOU!

    There is an interview in the March Vogue with designer Isabel Marant. In the article she talks about 'confusing times' which, essentially, were times when HER esthetic was not the look de jour. She talks about what I am trying to say here! BE YOURSELF! It's always worth it in the end!

    The writer also makes a reference to the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (he also wrote The Tipping Point), if you haven't already read it, do! I think you might find it interesting!

    Personally, I LOVE your blog! It's original, thoughtful, informative and beautiful to look at! !here isn't another one like i out there! It's a standout!

  • Sabrina, I actually asked what you had on your "eyes" to go with the lips/cheeks, but that nail polish is pretty too… πŸ™‚ at first I thought it might be RBL Plie…

  • Fantastic post! I love your swatches – please don't stop doing them. This nude lipstick/gloss combo has pushed me to place my first Edward Bess order. Thank you πŸ™‚

  • i so agree with kellie!!! and i have to say that your have really really really sexy lips. you don't need and plumper for sure. WOW!

  • I hope this doesn't come across weird but you have the perfect lip shape!

  • Your lips look beautiful! Please do not stop swatching. You are almost entirely to be credited for my fast-growing Edward Bess collection. )

  • It's unbelievable to me to think that there are those who would have the nerve to tell you how to run (or write, rather) your blog. If they can do a better job, then by all means, why DON'T they?

    Your swatches have helped me to see things I cannot see for myself, and it makes no difference that your skintone is different from mine. What matters is that you take incredible pictures, with perfect lighting, and all of that helps me to decide for myself whether or not something will work for me (as someone mentioned, I can see details of a product with your swatches, such as shimmer, opacity, etc).

    You do US a favor by doing such things, and just as it is with TV, if one doesn't care for it, change the channel πŸ˜‰

    I, for one, am staying tuned!

    (And you have THE best lips ever! There. I said it. πŸ˜‰ )

  • I love your swatches, they're great! This lip combo looks gorgeous on you. So pretty and natural =)

  • Alix

    These colors are GORGEOUS on you! As for swatches, do as YOU like — it's your blog!

  • Sabrina, it's your blog, you get to set it up however you want. So, I'm with the others– do what you love. (I find your swatches helpful, if that makes any difference!)

  • I've always thought that your swatches are lovely! This color is beautiful on you! The application is perfect too.

  • Thank you again ladies. I had no idea so many of you would be this supportive. You definitely lifted my spirits today. I had been getting worried because of the criticism I've been receiving – which is part of the reason why I moderate comments. I was about ready to quit blogging because I thought this blog was truly getting pointless.

    Thank you again. Hugs and kisses to you all.

  • Ooh, definitely a beautiful nude combo on you!

    And … in my opinion swatches are always a good thing. I love yours. =)

  • Noo!! This is my nr 1 fav blog!!! :O
    Dont stop please! You shouldnt listen to haters!

  • Please don't stop swatching! I love when you swatch your day's look altogether!

    I love this lip combo on you! Thank you so much for the different angles!

  • Sabrina, please don't stop swatching! It's the #1 reason why I love your blog so much.

    Gosh, I can't believe the rudeness of some people out there. If you don't like the swatches, then close your browser window! Unbelievable.

  • Koren

    Yours is my absolute favorite blog: the writing, the topics, and, yes, definitely the swatches. It's fresh and always interesting. Please don't stop!! Oh, and I love Edward Bess and am now tempted to try this lip combo. (By the way, it was your EB articles that convinced me to try the brand, so thank you!)

  • Liliana

    Hi, even though swatches are a controversy, I find yours always very well done and as a very good complement to the review you make. Your reviews are very thorough, informative and helpful. I do appreciate all the effort and time you put in this blog. Thank you! and please do keep doing swatches πŸ™‚

  • bisbee

    Wow – I love your blog – I will start visiting regularly.

    I really don't understand why on earth anyone would ask you to stop swatching! I go from blog to blog LOOKING for someone to show me what products look like worn on a real person! It doesn't matter if someone has different coloring than me – it still helps tremendously!

    And I agree – you have the BEST lips!

  • Why would anyone *not* want swatches? They're the most helpful part of makeup blogs! Your swatches are well-lit and photographed and I find them incredibly useful.

  • Thanks to these lovely swatches, I just pulled the trigger on my first Edward Bess order. I really it doesn't look grey-beige on me…hopefully the lip gloss will warm it up some if it does. The EB website is pretty pricey now; lipsticks are $32, gloss is $30 and shipping was $13…ouch. Love your blog!

  • This is my very first comment on your blog (which I read often and ADORE), and I absolutely love your swatches…please don't stop doing them! I know that photographing swatches is pretty tricky, and you do a good job of it. I must say that I like the photos of the products on your lips even better than the hand swatches.

    The lipstick looks GREAT on you, as does the combo with the gloss. Isn't it an awesome feeling to find the perfect nude?? I am African-American, which makes nudes that much trickier, but this looks like a combo that just might work for me.

    Please don't stop blogging. I really appreciate the intelligence of your blog, I love the fact that you take time to ponder the bigger questions in the cosmetics world (the more analytical posts), and I am head over heels for the amazing color stories that you produce. I also love that you don't focus on MAC–too many bloggers act like that's the only brand on the planet, and I honestly don't find their products very interesting. You focus on the niche and luxury brands from a knowledgeable POV, and that makes this blog unique. Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate what you're doing. πŸ™‚