My most recent nearly-blind purchase, Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Secret Affair, was born from my fear that my most coveted pinky-coral blush (Rosebud) wasn't going to be restocked before Sephora's recent sale was over.
I ended up getting both. Whoops.
Fortunately, I ended up really, really liking Rosebud and Secret Affair. The two are not similar to each other, but Secret Affair does belong in a small core group of deeper, more vibrant sheeny corals.
Secret Affair is a yummy coral; the powder is quite finely milled and silky-smooth. It's hard to pin down the texture: it's not as creamy as Burberry or Dolce & Gabbana, but it's not as dry-satin as Shiseido. It glows with a pink essence.
|Admit it. You want to lick this picture. I know I do.|
I took this picture and then I realized Burberry Blossom was much, much closer than either of these two. Whoopsie. I rock at color.
|No flash; wobbly hand|
Though Blossom is closer, it's not a dupe; it is more shimmery and it pulls both more red and more orange than the decidedly coral-pink Secret Affair. Secret Affair also has an almost clandestine duality: it looks coral but mysteriously also looks pink in certain lights. It's not duochrome, by any means, but it is very successfully complex and alluring.
|Finish-wise, it's not unlike watercolery Shiseido|
Fun fact: I went back to edit this entry and found that I'd titled it "Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Filled with Desire," so it was obviously on the brain.
Did I succomb? Stay tuned.