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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