Edward Bess Threads of Silk Powders in Bellisima and Ciao

May 24, 2016

I love all things Edward Bess and his new Threads of Silk Multi-Use Powders ($45 each for 0.42 oz/12g) are beautifully crafted glowy powders with a lovely satin luminous finish. There are two shades Bellisima and Ciao and they have the most amazing woven pattern that has a mix of three shades in each compact. These are made in Italy and are infused with real silk which I think is incredible! I added a few snapshots from my trip to Italy last year. We visited a few cities and it was amazing. I hope to go back someday. They have a very unique texture – they are clearly powder and soft to the touch but the product is dense. It has a slightly hard texture although it’s not stiff and very easy to use and blend. Color is easy to pick up with a brush and apply to anywhere you want color – eyes, cheeks or temples.

I think this year seems to be the year of glowy highlighters. There are many to pick from with a wide variety of textures. This year alone I have reviewed quite a few new formulas including the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powders, Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powders, Anastasia Glow Kits, Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighters, Natasha Denona Glow System Highlighters and NARS Hot Sand Duos. Picking the right highlighter for you depends on what kind of texture and degree of shimmer you want. Color is also important. For those who like a natural visible glow but don’t want the high frost or extreme shimmer, the Edward Bess Threads of Silk Powders are probably your best bet because true to Edward’s style they are perfect for the classic beauty lover who wants to look polished and a better version of themselves.
The shimmer on both is visible – on the arm + flash the colors look like they could be frosty but they are not. I usually photograph my swatches with a flash and any light (whether it’s sunlight or flash) captures the complexity of the colors and catches the pearl particles. I did a quick look (scroll down) to show them on the eyes and cheeks and they have a very pretty sheen.

Bellisima is the more neutral nude option. It looks beautiful on the eyes as an all over wash – the bronzy tones makes for a nice lid contour. The pink adds a bit of warmth and depth. The ivory mix to it gives it a lovely sheen. On the cheeks it can pass on my medium skintone as a nude blush although it has a highlighter feel.

Ciao has a mix of warmer tones with a soft coral sheen. On my medium complexion I can wear it as a blush but it could also pass as a highlighter to add on top of bronzer or regular blush. 

Since you may not be able to see these in person (they’re available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and QVC), I’ve included a lot of photos in different light. They glow depending on how the light hits these powders. I really recommend both of them.

A closer look at each powder with the individual shades swatched and then swirled. I like the effect you get when swirling the colors, plus the way the colors are woven together it’s almost impossible to not mix the shades:


Simple beauty look with:
Bellisima Threads of Silk Powder on the eyes as an all over wash

Bottom line both winners. These are some of the prettiest most natural looking highlighter powders I’ve tried. If you want more of a traditional kind of highlighter, my holy grail cream highlighters are his All Over Seduction Highlighter (all three shades reviewed here). Both are multi-purpose wonders that you can use anywhere you want a glow. Lasting power was very good for both on me lasting from early morning until evening without fading or darkening. I love that they come in a large sturdy mirrored compact (same size as the Flawless Illusion Foundation swatched/reviewed here).

You can find both shades online at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and QVC. In store at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills and Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. If you can get to a counter I recommend it. The reps are very helpful and friendly.
Have you tried these yet? What did you think?
Many thanks to Edward Bess for sending me such beautiful items for review.

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  • Kari May 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    These are just gorgeous. I had to go ahead and order Bellissima for myself.

    Today seems to be a day of great beauty purchases. I was additionally able to take advantage of the Flash Sale Space NK is offering using early access for N.Dulge members and snag a By Terry Gold Jewel Lip Kiss palette on sale at quite a discount. If anyone passed around the holidays or loved it so much they want a backup, I thought it might be of interest.

  • Candice Petersen May 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    These are abolsutely gorgeous! I love the embossing

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  • Amanda Hollingsworth May 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Just stunning……I have to find these in the UK. Any ideas?

  • Amanda Hollingsworth May 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Found them on Beauty Bay and have ordered Bellisima. Thanks Sabrina. Xx

  • Clever Girl Reviews May 25, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I really liked Bellisima as a highlighting blush for us pale people.

  • Sarah May 25, 2016 at 4:27 am

    These are so beautiful! I need them both!

  • DSK Steph May 25, 2016 at 6:51 am

    You look beautiful, Sabrina!

  • Anu K May 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Love seeing ur face shots..do post them frequently. . 🙂

  • Annahita May 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Your face is just… stunning.

  • Eileen May 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    You look lovely, Sabrina. Your understated chic and EB's refined elegance is the perfect combination for a look that is at once pulled together and casual. I agree with Annahita. I think we'd all like to see more of you.

    As for the blusher/highlighters, I bought Belissima. I have naturally rosey cheeks and so when I wear something like Belissima, I don't need to add any additional highlighter or blusher. It gives a lovely natural glow that is the quintessential me-but-better look. So classic! So Edward Bess! I hadn't thought to use it on the eyes, but now that I see it on you, I'll have to give it a try.

    When I first got mine, I did notice that it seemed more compacted than the other highlighters I had purchased this year and so I decided to use my TF blusher brush (soft, dense, goat hair) with it and that works perfectly. I sometimes wonder if, with these very complex patterns, the manufacturer uses some sort of overspray to protect the pattern during the rest of the manufacturing and distribution process so that when it finally arrives in our eager hands, it is still as beautiful as the day it left the plant. Remember Chanel's beautiful spring blush with the embossed camellia flowers? The pattern was so delicate and was quite hard for the first few uses. Once the protective top layer was gone, though, it was considerably softer. I'm finding the same thing to be true of Belissima.

  • Chris May 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    These are gorgeous! I don't know why, but Bellisima reminds me of By Terry Light and Tan palette, I think because the colors are reminiscent of it. I am having such a hard time choosing products lately because they all seem fabulous. I think almost everything looks good on you, so I'm tempted to buy everything.

  • Isabella May 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    You look so gorgeously chic and glowy!
    Would you say that they give a similar effect as the chanel coups de minuit? I loveeee that one since I'm more into a subtle glow and have been using that one rather non stop since gotten it, but I'm looking for alternatives.

  • Eesha Thakur May 26, 2016 at 7:31 am

    These are so incredibly beautiful and looks so pretty on you <3

  • Stacey Jane May 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

    These are so beautiful-this is exactly why I love make up so much!

  • wefadetogray May 30, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    You look so beautiful and radiant! Greetings from far away lands <#