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Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick

September 16, 2016

Edward Bess’s Ultra Slick Lipstick ($35 each for 13 oz/3.6g, made in USA) have been a long-time favorite. The first one I bought was Pure Impulse which today still is my holy grail pinky nude. Over the years some shades have come and gone, a few new ones have been added but Pure Impulse is one of the originals that stayed. I ordered mine sight unseen many years ago and couldn’t be happier I discovered his line from a photograph in a Bergdorf Goodman catalog. At that time it was the only store that carried is makeup and had I not seen it, I might have just missed out. Today you can find his line at a few more stores. I’d recommend visiting his website edwardbess.com to stay updated on the latest store openings. For online I usually buy his products from Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman (both owned by the same parent company). Products are also available at Net-a-Porter. If you’re in Paris, Colette carries his products in store.
A quick peek at the counter in Bergdorf Goodman:

The Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick is a medium to full coverage fig-scented lipstick. All his shades are creams, as of today there are 13 total. I find there to be a good range from light to deep, from natural to bright so there’s bound to be at least one you will like. I have stuck with a few classic neutrals for years such as Pure Impulse, Tender Love, Demi Buff and Night Romance. Edward has been kind to send some over the years and he has a keen eye for matching color to skintones. If you are ever able to meet him in person I highly recommend you do so. It will be a memorable experience!

As many of you may not have immediate in person access to his product I ordered all of his shades to swatch and review for you as a reference. Having played with the line in person on numerous occasions I knew that most of the colors are colors I would wear anyways and his lipstick is so so good I think everyone should own at least one. If I were forced to wear one brand of lipstick the rest of my life it would be Edward Bess’s and you can quote me on that.

Texture-wise these are creamy and feel very comforting on the lips. I usually wear them alone without a lipliner although Natural Lip Definer is a classic that works with most of the neutral lipsticks I own, not just in his line but in other brands too. You can find it swatched and compared to a ton of other lipliners here. They are fig scented but it’s the best kind, not too sweet and not fake. Lasting power is good as long as you don’t eat or snack. Coverage is medium to full.

Onto the colors:

Colors as I see them described below. All are creams so there’s no shimmer. The finish has a slightly glossy sheen but I’d say they are more satiny and creamy. They feel amazing on the lips and are among the few that don’t make my lips peel by the next day.
  • Nude Lotus is a true light pale flesh nude, this is too pale for me to wear alone but it looks amazing layered over brighter corals like Island Blossom
  • Naked Blossom is a peachy light nude neutral
  • Pure Impulse is my perfect neutral nude
  • Island Blossom is the prettiest coral peach that’s bright but not garish
  • Deep Lust is a classic mahogany brown, looks good on everyone I’ve seen it on!
  • Midnight Bloom is a classic red
  • Desert Escape is a neutral medium pink brown (the original one used to be more brown)
  • Rose Demure is a cool-toned rose mauve
  • Demi Buff is a pinky neutral with a hint of brown
  • Tender Love is a medium rose
  • Night Romance is a classic raspberry shade (this is my mom’s favorite and the only other lipstick she’ll wear is by Estee Lauder so for her to like one this is a big deal)
  • Blushed Orchid is a cool-toned baby pink
  • Endless Dream is the best bright pink I’ve ever tried, bright but still refined

Swatched on bare lips:

One last look:

The Bergdorf Goodman Rewarding Beauty Event is happening now through the 18th online and in stores. If you’re interested in other Edward Bess products you can click on the tag at the bottom of this post to see previous reviews. I’ll link a few below:

Black Sea Hair Hero (the most fun review I’ve ever done)
Daydream Bronzer (in my Summer Bronzer Edit)

Bottom line a winner in all aspects: color selection, texture, packaging (classic!), scent and lasting power. If you’re new and want to know where I think you should start for the Bergdorf Goodman Rewarding Beauty Event, I’d say:
  1. Pick one lipstick color
  2. Daydream Ultra Luminous Bronzer is my holy grail bronzer, it’s not orangey, isn’t frosty and gives life to the face
  3. All Over Seduction is my holy grail cream highlighter, I like Afterglow because it has more color on my skin, but Sunlight is also very good
  4. His Retractable Buff and Blend Brush is really good and super soft
  5. If you like neutral-ish kinds of lips, Natural Lip Definer will go with a lot of colors
As you can tell I’m a true Edward Bess fan. His products have never let me down and I love that in a beauty world that is constantly pumping out new innovations that he’s kept a very well-edited line of classic staples that will help you look like you but make you feel like a more polished version of yourself without changing a lot.

You can find Edward Bess at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, or online at Edward Bess.

Pure Impulse, Demi Buff, Endless Dream, Tender Love, Island Blossom, Rose Demure, Naked Blossom gifted by Edward. All other shades purchased by me. 

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  • JN

    Island Blossom is a pretty color. Great review

    • Hi JN! Island Blossom is such a good peachy coral!

  • Anonymous

    Such classic looking colors! I like the look of Rose Demure and Night Blossom the best.

  • Rose Demure looks stunning! I love so many of these shades!

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  • Kristina aka cubicledweller

    Endless Dream, Desert Escape are calling to me πŸ™‚

    • Endless Dream is such a pretty bright!

  • I bought the original set when Edward first launched it at Bergdorff's so many years ago and many of the colors are still available today. That's quite a testament to the classic nature of EB's superlative lipstick. He creates elegant, timeless colors that never look fusty or outmoded. Whether you embrace the pale, covet MLBB shades, or love deeper sensual colors, Edward is sure to have a shade to suit you. The one thing you won't find, though, are trendy colors and finishes–no blue matte lips here! LOL. My perennial favorite is Tender Love which is a go-to shade I've repurchased several times. It always looks modern and relevant to whatever is currently in fashion. When you think of EB, think sophisticated elegance and refined chic.

    • Tender Love is such a classic color – I think it might possibly be one of his universally flattering shades!

  • How helpful to see all the colors together. For those of us who live far from civilization, this is just great. πŸ™‚

    Unfortunately for me, I can't tolerate the scent of EB lipsticks. There are very few cosmetics that have a smell I can't bear, and I'm so sad these are the worst for me. (I also don't like fig-scented perfumes, so that's certainly part of it.) I'm particularly sad about this because EB's natural lipliner is my HG. It's perfect. And I have a few EB blushes that I adore. So I appreciate the line–and wish he'd drop the strong scent on the lipsticks so I could wear them! Well, those of you who can, please wear a little extra for me. πŸ˜‰

    • Hi SoSuSam – sorry to hear you don't like the scent, but I can see how it might not be everyone's cup of tea! Have you tried Burberry Kisses since the reformulation? Best unscented lip products I've ever tried!

  • Endless Dream looks STUNNING on you Sabrina!!! Lovely post, per usual πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina. I've discovered your post/blog just at the right time. I've used Tom Ford Lip colours for a while now and although they are fab, I really fancy a change. I tried Laura Mercer which just didn't work on my lips. I love the sound of Edward's collection. I am not able to visit one of his counters so will be ordering without seeing them IRL. I was wondering which colour you think would work with with a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair?

    • Hi Anonymous, sorry to hear that the LM didn't work for you! I think picking a color will depend on what shades you gravitate towards, I think Rose Demure would look nice for a soft pink. Tender Love if you like a slightly deeper rose. Night Romance if you like berries or raspberry colors.

      If in doubt – call the Bergdorf Goodman Edward Bess counter and ask for someone who works with the line. They are very helpful and friendly!