Edward Bess and the Model Test

I popped down to see the Edward Bess range on Wednesday afternoon; it was a horrible, muggy, drizzly afternoon and I was thoroughly depressed. Things that cheered me up: Edward Bess knowing who I was already, thanks to a (long-forgotten, I thought!) TV documentary, Edward Bess making appreciative and encouraging sounds as I basically tested out every single product on my face, Edward Bess sitting in a very dignified manner whilst I ate a massive raspberry muffin next to him and dropped crumbs all over the table. Many crumbs stuck to my newly-applied Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss, but he didn’t bat an eyelid.

The general aim behind the brand seems to be to produce cosmetics that are simple and wearable yet totally luxurious, and Bess definitely seems to have hit the nail on the head. I loved pretty much everything except the glosses, because glosses generally just get on my nerves. Things stick to them, things like small insects and muffin crumbs (see above). It’s unusual for me to like every shade in a range, but Bess’s colour palette is streamlined and focused on ‘suit-all’ neutrals. He loves a nude lip and a smokey eye, which is my absolute favourite look, and I feel as though I could quite literally pick from the collection ‘blind’ and I’d end up with products that I adored.

They are on the pricey side, with concealers coming in at £30 (ouch) and a lipstick at £24, but these were never supposed to be run-of-the-mill cosmetics – there’s a ‘Lip Wardrobe’ in a handmade box for £310, for crying out loud! Take a look at my video and see what you think of the colours that I have been road-testing. I’m wearing Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow in ‘Dusk’ (£22) and Ultra Slick Lipstick in ‘Secret Desire’ (£24). The products most definitely pass my Model Test, which involves putting on makeup in the morning and seeing if they can survive a day of castings, sweaty public transport and (now and again!) the gym. The eyeshadow didn’t budge, the lipstick was a gorgeously moisturising ‘classic rose’ – not, as I state in the video, a ‘darkish nude’. The pink only shone out when I looked at it in daylight!

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  1. m
    July 16, 2010 / 4:24 pm

    I saw ‘This Model Life’ too :)
    and you were by far my favourite model.
    I love your writing too – Its so funny!
    I’m reading about 10 blogs at the moment and yours is my favourite

    • admin
      July 16, 2010 / 4:53 pm

      Ah, thanks!! Glad you like it – and I can see you also like Levis? Keep a look out for an upcoming Levis post!

  2. July 16, 2010 / 5:25 pm

    I’ve heard so much about Edward Bess and I’m really looking forward to checking out his new range – especially the lipsticks!

    Sami xx

  3. July 16, 2010 / 8:39 pm

    And very, very lovely he is indeed! As are the products, I am booting at myself now for not ordering Dusk. It was going to but ended up getting a lipstick and creme blush instead. I should have got that too now seeing it on you.

    I went later on, on the Wednesday and can honestly say I was blown away by the range. This is totally my kind of make up! You wear it very well as always :)

    • admin
      July 17, 2010 / 7:14 pm

      Oh but the cream blush is gorgeous too! Good choices!

  4. July 18, 2010 / 5:55 pm

    Hey lovely,

    Loving your video clips – you’re so cute on camera! See you at Kennaland soon I hope x

    • Ruth Crilly
      July 18, 2010 / 7:20 pm

      Yes! Let me know when you’re going to be there! x x

  5. Emilyjane
    August 12, 2010 / 3:41 pm

    I read your blog because I recognised you from ‘this model life’ too! I love your reviews and I’m so pleased your career is a success, I felt so sorry for you when I saw you in New York in the documentary. x

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