New From Edward Bess: Soft Orchid, Soft Smoke & After Sunset

April 26, 2010
I featured a sneak peek of the newest items from Edward Bess about a month ago and am happy to report my presale finally arrived! I am thrilled with my new purchases – the colors are amazing in texture and finish. The new items I ordered:

Soft Orchid Blush, Soft Smoke Eyeshadow Trio, After Sunset Compact Rouge

I had the pleasure of speaking to Edward over the phone and he was so kind to give me detailed descriptions and he was spot-on in comparing the new shades to his existing line. To recap:

  • Soft Smoke Eyeshadow Trio: which has a pale color similar in concept to their Nude eyeshadow, but brighter less creamy/beige, a soft dove-grey which is described as EB’s first true grey (a sister shade to Dusk which isn’t a true grey since it has a more mossy finish), a deep dark charcoal not quite as dark as Night Eyeshadow
  • Soft Orchid Blush: soft cool pink
  • After Sunset Compact Rouge: described as a burned rose, almost bronzey reddish-brown

I don’t have swatches but I do have comparisons to some other colors, so hopefully this will help you get a better idea of the shades:

I really like Soft Smoke for a good smokey eye. It’s what I wanted Chanel Smokey Eyes Quad to be (but was just not the right combination leaving me with tired eyes). The shades are similar in color family to Night, Nude and Dusk, but just as Edward described, are definitely different in undertone and finish.

The new Soft Orchid blush looks coolish in the pan but is very flattering giving a soft pink glow.

After Sunset is equally stunning – something I know darker skinned girls would definitely love. But as a light-medium girl right now, I think it’s very flattering on my skin as well since it blends out nicely.

All were purchased from Bergdorf Goodman for their giftcard event. For more info about the line, click on the Edward Bess Tag below and you’ll find lots more articles and reviews on his products that I’ve tried plus a few guest articles from other EB fans!

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  • OOOOOH so pretty.
    I love the Soft Smoke trio and After Sunset rouge. I think the Soft Orchid blush would be too cool on my skin. It looks lovely in the pan. I'm resisting the urge to place that onlne BG order. I want more P&J stuff too after reading Joeybunny's review.

  • Hey, Sabrina! The After sunset is beautiful and sheers out very nicely on pale skin. Did you get a GWP? I thought there was supposed to be one if one purchased all 3 new items.

  • thank you for always showing us these items! you have introduced me to many promising brands I would not have known of without your blog.

  • Gorgeous Sabrina!!! Everything looks great, I decided to pass on the two new blushes for the time being but they are top on my wishlist!! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  • Soft Smoke looks AMAZING.

  • Anonymous


    RRRRRRRRRRRRReally nice! Wow – I think I need to check these out in person. Thanks so much, Lina.


  • Oh, these are gorgeous!!!! I hope you'll swatch soon??

  • When you purchased the eyeshadow were you able to purchase it individually or did you have to buy it as part of the 3 piece set (that included a mascara and eyeliner)? I was told I had to buy the 3 piece set for $125. Thanks

  • Thanks so much for the lovely pics and review! It's always good to hear about new EB things. Does the quality match his earlier items?

  • Eileen

    That smokey eye palette is gorgeous. EB is right up there with a number of MA's who realize that very few women actually look good in nothing but pure black, gray, and white (Besides, that's so 1960's!). Most of us need a little color as an undertone. It looks like EB has succeeded in capturing that necessary hint of color. One of the many things I like about his shadows is the play of color within their depths. Stunning! Thanks, Lina.

  • I can't wait to the EB range launches here in the UK in June, I really hope we get those items, I can see myself having quite a large EB collection πŸ™‚ thanks for the great pictures and review.

  • Lexi – I love the Island Rose it's not too cool on me. I will check with a few of my GGG friends to see what they say about this one.

    SB – Yes, I did get the GWP, but I already featured the island rose compact rose before πŸ™‚

    Estelle – I haven't decided whether or not to swatch. I think it would be better to wait for Karla's swatches on these!

    Veuve – The quality is just as great as his previous items πŸ™‚

    Eileen – Couldn't agree more. He really has great products, each unique in their own special way.

    Replica – That's great EB is launching in the UK soon!

    Emily – Yes, I purchased the trio individually.