Edward Bess Night Romance Lipstick

November 29, 2010
The focus of this particular review is on Night Romance Lipstick by Edward Bess – a luscious raspberry pink cream. It has a smooth creamy texture that gives full coverage in one swipe. In my opinion, his lipsticks work just like a lipstick should. No tweaking or extra layering required.

Night Romance by Edward Bess was one of my first lipsticks from his line. About a year ago, I ordered the Fall 2009 Lipstick Set which had Night Romance, Forever Yours and Tender Love – a trio of berry pinks. All 3 are classic colors that you can wear year round and can take you from day to night with ease. Each shade from last fall are very similar to each other. Night Romance is the coolest-toned of the three and has the most color. I’d describe it as a cool raspberry color. Forever Yours (reviewed here) is more neutral but close in color. Tender Love has a more reddish undertone. They all look very similar and the difference is in the undertone. You might ask, what’s the difference? It’s hard to put into words, but these links might help you out:
  • You can see all three lined up here
  • You can check out Karla Sugar’s swatch line up on her blog, linked here
  • Also check out Blogdorf Goodman’s feature, linked here
Night Romance:

It’s a sophisticated classic and I love it. I was initially worried that it would be too cool for my skin, but it has the right amount of depth to make it work. It’s brighter on me because I have a lot of natural pink in my lips, so I’ll dab a bit of powder or foundations on my bare lips before applying.

* Chanel Tulip Noire Nail Polish on nails

Many might wonder if these are worth the high price tag of $32? For me they definitely are. The formula is creamy and moisturizing. It’s lightly scented with a soft fig scent. They don’t dry out my lips and they feel amazing. So many of those classic cream-finish colors by MAC and Bobbi Brown are gorgeous in the tube and swatched on my hand, but on my lips turn out to be a different story. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to fall in love with classic colors MAC Spirit, Captive or Twig. For some sad reason, they just don’t work on my lips. Edward Bess’s lipstick selection, while small, has great wearable colors for me.

Onto more swatches. On the back of my hand, you can see the blueish tones make the lipstick look different depending on what angle and lighting the color is in:

Here is a photo of me applying it on the lips. I had blotted my lips down with a bit of foundation (it’s a bit uneven) but you can see how well the Edward Bess Lipstick covers the lip:

In direct sunlight:

With the flash, indoors:

I know many of you will see these swatches and think to yourselves, “this doesn’t look the same on me!” For your reference, I have olive undertones and use Chanel’s Shell and Beige foundations in Teint Innocence and Lift Lumiere. This is the equivalent to what’s in between a MAC NC30 and NC35. Also note that I have pink lips naturally. To get a better feel for what this might look like on you, some other great resources to check out:
  • The Non-Blonde’s Review of Night Romance, linked here
  • Modesty Brown’s Review of Night Romance, linked here
  • Josie’s Review on Pink Sith, linked here
Of course, the girls at the Edward Bess counter at Bergdorf Goodman are amazing at describing colors and can help you narrow down the options better than I can. In the US, Edward Bess Cosmetics can now also be found online at places like Neimanmarcus.com, Bergdorfgoodman.com, EdwardBess.com, instore at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills and Neiman Marcus Houston.

FYI, Bergdorf Goodman has their $25 off $100 event coming soon. I believe in the next week. They have a new lipstick and gloss set out along with a new blush that I am eagerly waiting for. You might want to take advantage of this event to save a bit. I believe there is a GWP but I’m not 100% sure what it is. I recommend calling the girls to check out what they are offering this time.

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  • This color is gorgeous! I have yet to try anything from Edward Bess, but this lipstick sounds amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the colour is really gorj , love it!!

  • This lipstick is gorgeous!

  • Night Romance is one of my favorites, it's very very wearable.

    I can't wait to see the new lipsticks and blush– have you seen any of them irl yet?

  • Anonymous

    Hey Miss Lina,

    Terrific review. I *almost* bought this the last time I was at BG. "Luscious raspberry cream" is a perfect way to describe this color, too.

    I plan on trying the blush when the BG $25 sale starts. It looks REALLY nice in the pan…hope it looks nice on.

    I *heart* you so for wearing my favorite Chanel polish color…Tulipe Noir rocks!

    Hope you (AND your readers) have a great week.

    Leslieal ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you for the mention. I love Night Romance, it's a really feminine colour and the formula is so comfortable to wear. It looks lovely on you.
    MB x

  • gorgeous !!!!!!

    thanks for sharing !

  • What a lovely colour.

  • this is a stunning colour. I have recently ventured on Bess eyeshadow in Intimate and I believe he has some excellent idea of what looks naturally good on a woman. Your mouth already looks really stunning so you might pull off a lot of dodgier types of lipsticks.
    However, I believe your story that MAC or Bobbi Brown look good in the tube but can look and feel differently when wearing it. That is why I prefer a lipstick that has that dewiness in it.

  • gyc

    such a pretty colour, it really compliments your skin tone!

  • Eileen

    I am continually amazed by the subtle difference in the tube that produces such a distinct difference on the lips. I bought Night Romance and Tender Love after getting a description of them from Susan at Bergdorf's. Both shades are beautiful, but look quite different on my lips. Night Romance is decidedly berry and Tender Love is decidedly brick. Both of these are real "grown-up" shades that add polish and dash to a neutral eye look, but telling you that is like preaching to the choir seeing as you are our guru of neutrals ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like many of you, I'm eagerly awaiting EB's new releases: lipsticks, glosses, and blush–especially the blush!

  • I pulled out Forever Yours right after I read this. I bought that shade for my sister based on your review/swatch. As I was eagerly purchasing my EB goodies at Bergdorf's I had to have them throw in a tube for me as well! I agree – it's worth the $32 because it's just so damn moisturizing and if I find a lipstick that doesn't make my lips itch, peel or burn I will buy it regardless of the price! This is why I don't own many MAC lipsticks. Their price is great but not worth the damage it does to my lips!

    Also, when my daughter is begging me to put 'lisstick' on her tiny pout, I pop Forever Yours on her. She yells out "PINK" and smiles. I know this is wrong but it's just so cute and I hide it from her reach!

  • I have been reading your blog for a while now, and I realize we share things in common about makeup:

    1. we like variety by having an array of colors to choose from
    2. we love sharing are finds with the beauty world and where the same shades in makeup even though I am a bit darker than you, but I have a lot of the colors you wear

    I did read your post about tips which did help, but may u please show us advice on how to take great photos?
    your lips are at the best angle. I would appreciate if you do a post on photography angles. Where can I find edward bass?

    that edward bass lipstick looks great on you.

  • sorry the lipstick I meant is edward bess (type-o).

    what nail color is that you are wearing?

  • This looks beautiful on you! I have Forever Yours and you will be surprised how different it looks on me… its not at all reddish and more of a subtle rose color! I love it!!