Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow in Nude ($30) does not get much attention compared to his other eyeshadows. There's nothing special about it in the pan; in fact, it looks like just about any other base eyeshadow color.
Nude is not terribly exciting, but maybe that's the point. Sometimes the plainest colors work best. Nude is beige with cool yellow undertones that goes with everything. Yellow is not a color I would normally be drawn to, but what sets this shadow apart from others of its ilk is that it brightens the eyelid area and make me appear fresh and well rested without adding color. Nude looks like a second skin and makes my eyelids glow with radiant good health. I often wear it by itself on weekends, and it gets a huge amount of use in the summer. In fact, Nude is one of the few eyeshadow I have repurchased.
The finish is somewhere between a matte and shimmer, similar to Laura Mercier Sateen or Becca Demi Matte formulations, and the texture is outstanding. Creamy and superfatted, you could apply it with a fingertip. Nude is less pigmented than Intimate or Dusk, but that is exactly how I would want it to be. I use a big fluff brush to apply from lashes to brow and then press/roll the finish with my fingertips so the extremely fine microparticles lie flat and augment that glowy look. Edward Bess eyeshadows are perfect for maturing eyes.
The following swatches show the eyeshadows in different lighting conditions:
|Indoors, natural light--swatched heavily|
|Outdoors, indirect sunlight|
If it appears powdery, that is because I had to swatch heavily to get the pigment to show up. However, this eyeshadow is so finely milled, I can use any brush (even a low quality one), and there is no skipping or dragging. I like to use the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush (reviewed here) to apply base, lid, and crease colors for an everyday, neutral Bess eye:
- Nude from lashes to brows
- Intimate in the crease
- Dusk on the outer edge of the lid and then just under the outer third of my lower lash line.
Bottom line: If you already have a base you're happy with, there's no need to get Nude, but if you are looking for a new base, Nude is a lovely color that provides instant eye brightening.
All photos mine