Oh Edward Bess, we meet at last! The relatively new brand has achieved a cult status and quite a legendary reputation. After reading so many positive reviews (especially on The Beauty Look Book and Café Makeup), I picked up Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad (68 USD/56 euros) on Zuneta.
Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quad comes in sleek black packaging with a velvet pouch. The compact isn’t too hefty, but nor does it feel like cheap plastic. The quad contains 7 grams (0.25 oz) of product, which is rather generous.
All three Edward Bess Primsette Eyeshadow Quads (the other two are called Sun and Stars and Over the Moon) contain the same base shade, so actually they are more like trios than quads. The enclosed applicator has a brush end and a sponge end.
Cosmic Bliss contains a matte off-white/light beige base shade, a light fawn/taupe with satin finish, a mid-tone neutral brown with a pinch of gray mixed in, and a mid-to-dark rich brown with a copper sheen. All four shades are smooth, pigmented, and extremely blendable. I actually like to use the base shade all over my lids. It disappears into my skin, creates an even canvas for the eyeshadows, and makes blending even easier. It also makes the eyeshadows a bit more subdued. If you want all the shimmer and sheen to stand out, you might not want to use the base all over.
Here is the swatch:
I’m holding the compact in my hand so you can see roughly how big it is:
I did two looks with Cosmic Bliss. The first one is what I wear with the new Dior Addict Glosses. I used the base shade all over my lids, the lightest taupe to my socket line, the mid-tone brown on my main lid, and the darkest shade in my outer v:
For the second look, I used the lightest taupe on the inner half, mid-tone brown on the outer half, and the darkest shade in my outer v:
You can definitely make it more dramatic by skipping the base shade and using the darkest shade all over the lid. It’s a quad that’s hard to use wrong!
The only slight complaint I have about Cosmic Bliss is that the powder is so fine that brushes seem to kick more loose than necessary. The shades don’t produce any fallout or look powdery on, but your regular MAC brushes might disturb more powder. When I tried it with my Le Métier de Beauté Eye Shadow Brush however, it was just fine. Just remember the softer your brushes are, the less powder excess there will be!
Bottom line: Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad packs four wearable neutral shades that might not be as dupable as you might think. The quality is magnificent, and virtually no color placement could go wrong with it. I personally appreciate it a lot because it doesn’t lean too warm or cool, and for me this is a modern take on neutrals!
Have you heard of Edward Bess or tried anything from the brand? I might try a lipstick next, since this is what made their name!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
PS: Outside of North America, Edward Bess can be found on Zuneta. Until midnight of March 11th, you can get 15 pounds off on orders above 50 with code SPRING (which means this quad will cost around 40 euros instead)!