Saturday, May 4, 2013

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Secret Affair

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.

Crazy, nu? 

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
Flash; sparklayyy!
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
This is my first Edward Bess purchase and that lithe Rembrandt painting of a man had me pining inconsolably after his light pink blush, the aptly-named Filled with Desire, in less than no time.

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.


  1. Lovely swatches!

    Hey, did you Frankenstein depot the Burberry blushes? howdja do that?

    1. Thank you!

      I have never performed surgery on a Burberry blush in full packaging. I had gotten a tester of Blossom, was wondering what to do with it since I had no room in my freeform magnetic palette, and realized that the brush space was equal to the size of the blush space. Freeing the blush from the plastic tester case was pretty easy using a large candle. And then I just plopped the hot, glue-heavy pan into my Misty blush case, where it fitted snugly, making the SEXIEST BLUSH DUO EVER. *mad scientist laugh*

      As part of my heavy-duty fearful research before attempting to depot my only chance at pre-reformulation Blossom, I looked at Bern's very helpful tutorial: