Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow in Nude ($30) does not get a lot of love, certainly not 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 was the third eyeshadow in the trio that I purchased almost two years ago. Thanks to fantastic online swatches and reviews, I knew without question that I wanted to buy Intimate and Dusk (reviewed here) but I was on the fence about Nude because I already owned several workable ivory-colored base shadows like Shu Uemura M 800, NARS Edie, Stile Ecru, and so on.
No, Nude is not terribly exciting, but maybe that's the point. Sometimes the most plain colors work out the best. Nude is soft ivory 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. Nude looks like a second skin and makes my eyes 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|
|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 crappy 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.
I have linked to the following Edward Bess/Zuneta video before, but I think it bears repeating. In it, Edward applies his eyeshadows (Nude, Intimate, and Mystery) to a model.
Bottom line: If you already have a base you're happy with, there's probably no need to also get Nude, but this is a really lovely color that provides instant eye brightening. .
Edward Bess products are available at Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus stores, as well as at the Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Edward Bess online stores. In the UK, Edward Bess is sold at Zuneta.
All photos mine