Edward Bess Blush Imperiale #01 Soft Orchid: Swatches & Review

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Though my first experience with this brand wasn’t very successful (I think you remember Compact Rouge — cream blush+lipstick which I didn’t like) I decided to give this brand a second chance and tried Edward Bess Blush Imperiale. Now I know it was wise decision.

Blush Imperiale — is pressed powder blush with matt finish. It has a very good quality — extremely fine milled, nice application, very wearable and lasting. You don’t get too much product at the brush so you can control the color you get better. It is quite sheer just in one layer, looks very natural, but there could be a bit more pigment. The finish is not chalky, very soft, just don’t add to much layers of the product.

Two things that have disappointed me:

1. Poor Color Selection — just three shades cool pink tone, warm burnt rose, dark pink sunset. It’s said that all color are classic and wearable. I believe this basing on the experience with my color, but three is definitely not enough to choose.

2. There’s a little mount of product which appears to be more expensive than other luxury blushes (if it matters for you). All products of this brand I’ve seen so far do look very small, like girls toys in size. Still I was surprised to find only 3.5 gr (0.12 oz) of the product for 42$. The most expensive blush I’ve ever had is Cle de Peau Blush Duo — 47$ for 5 gr (w/o box), but they are better pigmented and has this soft glow that it hard to explain, but it really wins the battle.

#01 Soft Orchid — is a cool-toned pale-pink shade with matt finish. I have several light pinks in my blush collection. Some of them appeared to be more of tea rose or dusty rose. I picked another two to compare with Soft Orchid. UNE Healthy Glow Mineral Powder is more neutral and a bit peachy. Frankly speaking this is not a blush, but rather a face powder for complexion highlighting. But I use it as powder and as blush, eyeshadows and highlighter. Ok, it’s too light and another shade. Fred Farrugia Blush #03 has better color payoff, tends to go to lilac when compared with Soft Orchid. Though it has better pigmentation it doesn’t look as natural as Blush Emperiale, so I choose the latest for soft daily looks.

It took a while to ayer the color so that it would be visible on photo (camera shot «eats» color). Still you can see it is very soft and delicate.

Availability: online at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Zuneta (international delivery) or see official website (selected offline stores can be found at edwardbess.com)
Price: 42$ for 3.5 gr/0.12 oz.
Limited Edition? No.

Final Thoughts: this is a good pressed powder blush — finely milled, nice application, very wearable and lasting. Color payoff could be just a little bit better. What was disappointing:

1. Small amount of the product and thus higher price comparing to other luxury brands (the quality is though very good).
2. Poor shades selection — only three. While it is stated that they are «human» and classic colors, I think just three is too small amount to choose from.

Color selection is more important for me personally, because quality is good. It’s definitely better, than Compact Rouge and I wish I’ve started shopping Edward Bess from pressed blush. Anyway, now i have experience in both products.

*Item reviewed in this post was sent for consideration by online-shop Zuneta and Edwards Bess brand.

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