Oh, C’est Extraordinaire! Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire

Edward Bess Secret Affair FOTD

After my major success with Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss (you might have noticed how often you see this quad in photos), I wanted to try more Edward Bess. When his new line of Blush Extraodinaire (in the US it goes for 43 USD) came out, I picked up Secret Affair and let me tell you: this secret affair is sweet!

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire, Ultra Slick Lipstick packaging

(Along with Secret Affair I also picked up Island Blossom, a new Ultra Slick Lipstick)

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire packaging

Let’s get it out of the way before I can start raving about the blush itself: sorry Edward, but I am not a fan of the packaging. It looks fine, but it feels too light and plastic. Also, the enclosed brush is rather scratchy. I have washed it and used a conditioner, but nothing changed. For something that has a luxury price tag, I would personally love to see more attention to details.

Edward Bess Secret Affair

The blush itself however, pretty much makes up for everything else! Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinare is a peachy coral with extremely fine light-reflecting particle that just looks like a natural sheen when it is on the cheeks. The formula promises “a light and ultra fine texture, extremely soft to the touch, gives cheeks a natural glow, goes on sheer and blends so smoothly. Radiant finish stays color true.” This about sums the blush up for me except for the “goes on sheer” part. It has a candy scent that is quite strong in pan, but once on my cheeks I can’t smell it anymore.

Edward Bess Secret Affair blush

The texture of Secret Affair is silky without being powdery. Not even a little bit. I use my Le Métier de Beauté Blush Brush. It is the softest blush brush I have, but still a light dab in the pan picks up quite a bit of product. I tend to flick some off before I put the brush on my cheeks. However, it blends very easily, so you don’t have to worry too much about going overboard! Secret Affair also has great lasting power. I have tried it on top of foundation, BB cream, even just a tinted moisturizer. With or without a setting powder, the color stays vibrant and true all day!

Edward Bess Secret Affair label

This is how Secret Affair swatches:

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire swatch

A couple more photos with Secret Affair on me:

Edward Bess Secret Affair blush FOTD

Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraodinaire FOTD

On my lids: Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss. On my lips: Edward Bess Island Blossom (to be reviewed soon)

Bottom line: Except for the slightly disappointing packaging and enclosed brush, Edward Bess Secret Affair Blush Extraordinaire is all kind of extraordinary. It’s silky soft, not even a little bit powdery, blends really easily, and stays true all day. If there is any room of improvement, it would be for the packaging because there’s nothing I can nitpick about the blush itself!

Have you tried any of the new Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaires? Is so-so packaging a deal-breaker for you?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://willworkformakeup.blogspot.com/ Tiffany

    So gorgeous on you, Sunny! I actually quite like the look of the packaging, but then again, if it’s really light, I could see it feeling not as luxe too. This is definitely a me color – I need to check it out soon!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks, Tiffany! I like the style of the packaging, but I’d be really happy if it had a little more heft. After all, this does come with a luxury price tag! The blush itself pretty much makes up for it though!

  • http://beautyreflectionsblog.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    PRETTY PRETTY blush Sunny! Gahhh, so many blushes, so little time! :)

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks, Tracy! You should check these out! I am already wondering if I need Bed of Roses!

  • http://www.colormeloud.com Sara_beautime

    This one looks so gorgeous on you. I am also determined to get one color but I can’t decide. First I wanted the lightest pink because I don’t have many blushes like that, and the one I have (dior rose glow) I have been using constantly. But then a few bloggers said that was way too pale for them, then I thought of this one and wondered how it would compare to the Chanel blush from spring collection, Frivole. Do you maybe have that one to compare it for me?

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks, Sara! Sorry but I don’t have Frivole. I swatched it a while ago, and I wouldn’t say they could be dupes. Frivole is very apricot on me. My skin tone tends to pull all the orange/tangerine out in a shade. I hope that makes sense!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    very subtle :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Eva, you can definitely build it up, but essentially this is not a very bold color. That’s perfect in my book since I never make my cheeks the focal point of my looks ;)

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Oh no no no…WHY did you show this to me, Sunny?? You KNOW how I feel about pretty peachy/coraly blushes!! :P I love EB’s powder formula but only have 1 Quad Royale at the moment. Definitely need to get my hands on this blush–it’d be sooo pretty for summer! But MAN am I going broke right now :P *sigh*

    • Sunny

      Aww sorry, Becca! I haven’t tried a Quad Royale but when these came out I jumped at them ;) Now I need to look into the Quad Royales!

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com Caise

    it looks so natural on you! I love it!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Daria! You can definitely build it so it becomes a brighter pop though! I already piled a bit more on for the photos, but blushes never show up on photos the way you see them in real life!

  • http://icarias.blogspot.ca Icaria

    Oh quelle tristesse! This is not available in my area! Beautiful color and the texture does seem dreamy! Lovely on you! :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Helene, isn’t Edward Bess available in Sephora? I’ll probably have to be happy at least I have access to the brand online, since I doubt it’ll ever be available here in Belgium!

      • http://icarias.blogspot.ca Icaria

        No, sadly only online. I’m like Thomas, I have to touch before I can believe. :D

  • http://softly.nothingspaces.com Carina

    Beautiful! I can’t say that packaging is necessarily a dealbreaker for me, IF the product is spectacular. I am usually swayed by packaging, though, in the sense that I’d buy stuff for packaging. Sad habit, but I can’t help it!

    • Sunny

      Haha I try not to be swayed by packaging in the sense that if the product is good, it’s good. However, good packaging definitely adds to it!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Pretty! I usually hate those built-in brushes that come with powders anyway, so I don’t mind that.

    • Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I don’t really use them unless it’s an emergency, so it’s not a big loss. Still, if the packaging were better this thing would be PERFECT!

  • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com Procrastinator

    Ooooh, what a gorgeous corally peach! The thing that made me go WHOA in this look though, was the eye shadow! LOVE.

    • Sunny

      Haha it’s Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss! I switch eyesahdows up in photos nowadays just so that I wouldn’t bore you guys. Otherwise I just reach for this (and Burberry Pale Barley. I think they work really well together)!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Haven’t tried any EB yet but some day. :) This looks like a cooler version of Chanel Frivole! What do you think?

    • Sunny

      Hey Liz, sorry but I don’t have Frivole! I swatched it a while ago, and since my skin tone pulls all the orange/tangerine out, Frivole is a lot less pink than Secret Affair on me. I hope it helps!

  • http://www.pinklavenders.com Rainy Days & Lattes

    I love the name of this blush…very fitting for a coral-y color :)
    the formula looks really smooth…I’d love to try some EB blushes sometime!! Thanks for posting this, =)

    • Sunny

      Hey Jen, you’re welcome! You should lay your hands on some Edward Bess at some point! I haven’t tried SO much from the brand, but so far so good!

  • http://thehappysloths.blogspot.ca/ jasmine

    Oh I think I like the top you are wearing, I can’t see the whole thing but the pattern looks very nice!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jasmine! It’s actually a dress with red flowers. I think they’re poppies!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com Redhotjillypeppers

    I love these peachy colours ! Looks great on you !

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Jill! I’m saying this will work really well on you, too!

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog peggy timmermans

    It is really lovely! Very natural too!

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Peggy! I’m more into blushes that I can wear with anything, since I never make my cheeks the focal point of a look!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    Oh wauw, gorgeous ! Too bad the packaging is kind of plasticky.

    • Sunny

      I know! The blush itself definitely makes up for the packaging though!

  • http://wandsandpliers.wordpress.com wheetnee

    First- I love you earrings in the first picture!! Peach coloured blush is my favourite and my go-to colour! The shade is gorgeous on you! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks, girly! It was meant as a pendant, but I thought it’d make a great pair of earrings so I bought two and added hooks! They are pretty heavy though!

      I bet Secret Affair will look lovely on you as well!

  • VickyM

    Very pretty blush :) I love pink and coral for blush.

    • Sunny

      Hey Vicky, I’m big on coral blushes but I don’t have many pinks! I should change that. The problem is whenever I think pink, I think about the candy type of pink that will probably not be flattering on my skin tone. Well, there are more pinks out there!

  • http://www.strawberryblondebeauty.com/ Nic @Strawbry_Blonde

    I’ve wanted to try E Bess for ages – must get around to it. This looks gorgeous on you.
    Nic x

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Nic! You should definitely pick something up to try! I really like the aesthetics of the brand!

  • http://www.glambunctious.com Kristen @ Glambunctious

    This color is divine! I agree about the packaging, though – if it’s gonna cost me a sizable chunk of change, I want bells and whistles! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Kristen! I’d cut the brand some slack because I heard there were production problems (it was moved to China for a while before being moved back to the US). I think the thing with a new brand is they don’t produce as much, so maybe the cost and so on makes it difficult. Still, I do expect to see improvement!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    Hi Sunny, EB Secret Affair looks so natural and beautiful on you!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks, Dovey! I love effortless blushes, and this is definitely one of them!

  • Hannah

    The little prince! I love that book.

    The blush looks lovely, but definitely outside my price range. I think I’ll pull out the corals in my collection and play around with them now, though….

    • Sunny

      Hey Hannah, yay someone paid attention to the backdrop haha

      Edward Bess certainly comes with a luxury price tag, so I understand. You should give corals more love! It’s the season!

  • http://www.bellachique.be Teri

    This is just the perfect peachy coral blush that I have been looking for! I love how subtle it is on you, and that lippie is just so pretty!

    • Sunny

      You’re welcome to play with it, Teri!

  • http://skdesign.sugel.net/ Tim Powell

    I’m so happy that the brand is bringing production back to the US and I think the quality is coming back. The compact is still plastic and lightweight, but the product formulation is top notch. There is no velvet pouch, as had been included in Blush Imperial. I don’t mind, because I think all the love went into the blush itself. I wouldn’t have minded if they left out the super scratchy brush. I’ve been waiting to give my Edward Bess love affair another try and this new blush has me falling hard. SWOOOOOOON!

    • Sunny

      Hey Tim, I heard the same story about the packaging! You should definitely take a look at Secret Affair. There’s nothing I can nitpick about the blush itself!

  • http://papayapieces.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/first-attempt-jam-making-strawberries-figs/ Sofia

    Sunny that colour looks lovely (problem: never seen this brand in Spain). Anyway, in this makeup, like a sexy exotic Bond girl! :)

  • http://papayapieces.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/first-attempt-jam-making-strawberries-figs/ Sofia

    I think I didnt type the word ‘you’ between makeup, and like… (Shows I’m sleepy)

    • Sunny

      Haha thanks, Sofia! Edward Bess is pretty much only available online out of North America, or even the US. You kind of have to trust your gut feeling and the swatches available in the blogosphere ;)

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Sunny, this looks really nice on you. I love peachy coral blushes. It’s my go to color for most of the days.

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Angela! Secret Affair is an easy shade to wear for sure!

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  • http://twitter.com/lifesentropy Jane Candor

    The color is so divine.. I need this. I’ll try it out next time I’m at the counters, love it!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jane, definitely take a look at this! So jealous you’ll get to play with them at a counter, too! Wish I could do that!

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