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!
(Along with Secret Affair I also picked up Island Blossom, a new Ultra Slick Lipstick)
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.
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.
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!
This is how Secret Affair swatches:
A couple more photos with Secret Affair on me:
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