Base Makeup Edward Bess

Edward Bess Flawless Illusion Transforming Full Coverage Foundation

January 14, 2016

Last fall, Edward Bess launched a new foundation formula called the Flawless Illusion Transforming Full Coverage Foundation ($49 for .27 oz/7.7g, made in Italy). It’s a compact cream foundation that I’ve been putting to the test for a few months now and I deem this another winner from his line. There are five shades in total: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep. It’s completely scent free and comes in a solid cream format. It does offer full coverage that I find is easy to build and unlike many other solid cream foundations this one feels completely weightless on the skin. The finish is truly flawless – it melds into the skin for a natural finish, not dewy or matte, but somewhere in between. It smooths out the skin beautifully with really good coverage but looks like skin. It minimizes pores and fine lines. It’s pure love. Here’s a look at all five shades, first is with flash:

Under natural light, no flash:

Swatches below, applied with fingers:

As with most full coverage foundations I do believe you need to prep the skin properly before you apply foundation. I’ve tested it with and without primers, I don’t think you need to add a primer with this one, but make sure your skin is properly moisturized and the foundation will glide onto the skin smoothly (I really love this one over beauty oils like the Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil or Kate Somerville Dilo Oil).

In terms of wear and lasting power, I found it lasted all day without separating anywhere. I do set with powder like I do with all my foundations. Over the last part of the year when we had a heat wave and lots of sunny
weather here in Southern California my match was Tan. Now that I’ve
started to lighten a bit my match is currently Medium – it’s a neutral
beige, not yellow or pink, but a true neutral. Additionally there is a new brush that Edward launched called the Retractable Buff and Blend Brush. It’s one of the larger kabuki brushes I’ve tried and incredibly soft. It’s made of synthetic hair and is very dense, but still very soft. You can use it with this foundation or powder. I prefer to apply the cream with fingers or a damp beauty blender sponge. This brush can act as a nice foundation buffer if you work it in with a circular motion.

A few swatch comparisons. I’m a huge fan of many other Edward Bess foundations and creams – unfortunately I’m out of a few of them because I’ve used them up. Here’s what I have to compare, with a couple NARS shades as a baseline in case you’re my skin twin. In my foundation testing experience, NARS Punjab is one of the most yellow/olive toned foundations I’ve tried. Santa Fe is one shade lighter but pulls more neutral/pink. I hope this helps show the undertone of the Edward Bess foundations below.
Edward Bess Complexion Correcting Mousse – thicker and richer in coverage
Edward Bess Sheer Satin Compact Foundation – sheerer and more dewy in coverage
NARS All Day Luminous Foundation – has a more coverage

Bottom line yet another winner from Edward Bess’s line – he can do no wrong. This spring seems to be the season of new foundations – many of which seem to be focused on a getting a glowy and dewy look. If you are in search of something that is more natural in finish but still offers full coverage, the one from Edward Bess is worth a look.

You can find the Edward Bess Flawless Illusion Transforming Full Coverage Foundation at Edward Bess counters. Online at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, QVC and Edward Bess.

Foundation kindly provided courtesy of the amazing Edward Bess.

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  • Candice Petersen January 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I am always on the hunt for a great foundation!! These look awesome!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:53 am

      So many foundation launches right now! I really like the one from EB 🙂

  • Emmys Beauty Cave January 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    This looks like an amazing foundation! I will definitely be looking into this x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:53 am

      Yay! I hope you can find a match!

  • Brianna Allum January 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Do you use the brush? Or how do you apply it?

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:53 am

      Application review is detailed in the post above. You can use the brush to buff, but I like fingers or a beauty blender.

  • sookhyun January 14, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I found this beautiful compact but after application noticed the product settled into my pores. Also for the price, I think it's unacceptable for talc to be the first ingredient.

  • alittlekiran January 14, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I would love to see it on your skin, I have not heard of this makeup brand so would love to know a little more about it. To Google . . .

    Kiran |

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:54 am

      There are some helpful videos on QVC that demonstrate before/after and application.

  • Ashley Elizabeth January 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    This looks like an awesome foundation!


  • Leanne Page January 14, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    This sounds brilliant. Definitely going to try to get my hands on this! Thanks for sharing xx

  • Clever Girl Reviews January 15, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I wonder if Fair would be light enough for me.

    • Sabrina January 18, 2016 at 6:54 am


  • klgpjjecfs January 15, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Sad that he only has one shade of foundation for brown people. 🙁

  • adia January 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I've been looking for a full coverage foundation for special occasions, and think this may work IF a shade works. Disappointed in the limited range of colors.

  • Merin Tom January 18, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    oh Wow! Love the post!I have been on the look out for a new foundation!!