The packaging is minimalist (no tiny brush) and sturdy with a full-sized mirror. The powder texture is silky, and I love that the shape is round for ease of access. It comes with a velveteen pouch, which protects the case from scratches and provides a little bit of padding to keep the innards from shattering if you are rough on handbags.
Early last winter, I finally purchased this bronzer in the color Daydream, but I did not try it on until recently. Who wears bronzer in the Northeast in winter? Plus, I could not get past what seemed like an overly warm color in the pan, a yellow-gold brown, and my skin doesn't do well with gold. I had read reviews by people as fair as I, but most of the reviewers were warm-toned. My skin is a milky porcelain pink color, like strawberry skimmed milk. I was afraid Daydream would turn into a nightmare on my skin, but I finally swiped some across my cheekbones and at the hairline, and it wasn't terrible.
Of course it's warm—a sun tan is usually warm. In fact, the color is nearly a perfect match for the tiny sprinkling of freckles that emerge across the bridge of my nose in summer. Even still, I still think this bronzer sits too golden on top of my skin. I also think some of us were just not meant to wear bronzer.
I see no obvious shimmer, but the powder is not a flat matte, more of a satin finish with not one sparkle or fleck. Applied properly, it should look natural outdoors at high noon during the Summer Solstice.
Out of curiosity, I compared Bess Daydream to Armani Beauty Sheer Bronzer in shade #1, the only other bronzer I own. How different they are. Edward Bess is a satiny warm golden brown, while Armani is a shimmering warm rosy brown. I applied the swatches quite heavily below, and I never realized how shimmery Armani was until I heaped it on.
Here's a Zuneta video that shows Edward Bess applying his bronzer to a model:
For application, I used the Edward Bess Luxury Face Brush (reviewed here), a decent tool for applying bronzer to my face because of its dense, tapered end, but the density might also deposit too much color. I prefer using the Make Up For Ever HD (synthetic) brush, which applies any product in an extremely sheer layer.
Bottom line: A beautiful bronzer that performs well, just not a love for me.
Be sure to read The Unknown Beauty Blogger's excellent tutorial on How to Put on Bronzer.
All photos mine.