Sunday, 19 June 2011

Edward Bess Private Eyes - the ultimate in eyeshadow

I have heard so much said about Edward Bess in the last year, aside from his model looks and fabulous hair, but have debated for ages and ages which of his classic products to try.  I had made up my mind to go for the eyeshadows in Storm and Intimate, but after stalking Zuneta for weeks it was not to be. It seems so many other bloggers had spread the word about Edward Bess it was proving impossible to keep in stock. Luckily Zu came to my rescue and suggested I went for the Private Eyes kit so here it is in all its glory.

Edward Bess Private Eyes - £110 from
Before I rave about the actual contents, I want to mention the ultra luxurious packaging it comes in. I have tried to photograph it but it doesn't come across too well so I will attempt to describe it. Beautifully wrapped by Zuneta (plus it arrived less than 24 hours after I ordered), I tore off the paper and bubble wrap to reveal a sleek black lacquered box. Once this was opened, I found a soft black silky drawstring bag protecting the embossed leather case. Reminiscent of a game of pass the parcel, this slid open to reveal the 5 eyeshadows and 2 mascaras inside. If you are worried about saving the planet in terms of excess packaging, I don't think you will like this kit!

Now onto the contents. Edward Bess started his makeup line with his Lip Wardrobe, a similarly luxe box filled with 10 lipsticks and 5 lip glosses. The Private Eyes Collection is almost the eye version of this, featuring his first five eyeshadows and two mascaras, one black and one brown. The shades featured are (in the order they appear in the box:
  • Night - deep charcoal
  • Dusk - dark taupe
  • Mystery - chocolate brown
  • Escape - bronze brown
  • Intimate - classic taupe
These are not the most exciting colours out there and to be honest, if I saw them at the counter I would probably have skipped then and headed along to the heady colours of Nars, but that would be my loss. They all work beautifully together and never has it been so easy to put together a smokey eye or a work look. Edward Bess has created the eyeshadow equivalent of a capsule wardrobe. If my house burnt down and I had to buy all my makeup again from scratch, I would be tempted to just get the whole Edward Bess line.

Here are some individual pictures of the shadows and swatches, but you don't really see the true value of these colours until you wear them. The shades have also come up a bit lighter than they are in person.

Edward Bess Eyeshadow in Night

Edward Bess Eyeshadow in Dusk

Edward Bess Eyeshadow in Mystery

Edward Bess Eyeshadow in Escape

Edward Bess Eyeshadow in Intimate

Swatches left to right: Night, Dusk, Mystery, Escape, Intimate

Swatches left to right: Night, Dusk, Mystery, Escape, Intimate

The swatches tend to make the shadows look a little grainy, but the only one I would say this is true of it the darkest, Night. The other four apply easily and effortlessly.

I like slightly grungy looking shades that don't make me look like I have a black eye, and it can be difficult to get the balance right. I got a MAC Christmas set of colours I thought would achieve this and they were foul. Many people may wonder what is so special about 5 fairly mundane looking eyeshadows, before you even mention the price, but the work is all done for you. I have many eyeshadows that I adore and my instinct is to go for brights, but I wish I had got this set a long time ago. Sometime too much choice can be a hindrance and Edward Bess has found his niche by carefully selecting only the most necessary shades. Nothing is surplus to requirements.

I can't rate this kit highly enough for the selection of quality colours it contains. I haven't tried the mascaras yet but that was not the reason why I got it. I wanted Intimate, it was out of stock and the only way to get it was the Private Eyes Collection. I don't think I've ever been so grateful that a product wasn't available.

As you can only really appreciate the colours when applied, I've done a quick face of the day using Intimate and Dusk eyeshadows that I hope to post tomorrow.

The Edward Bess Private Eyes Collection is available for £110 from You are basically paying for the shadows and getting 2 mascaras for free. If Zuneta ever do another 20% off event, I would highly recommend this kit.


  1. Its so nice seeing all the shades together, had I not already had some of the shades I would have gone for this kit myself :)

  2. Oh how gorgeous! Can't wait to see a FOTD with these beauties x

  3. The kit sounds Fantastic, I must admit i've not heard anything about this brand so thanks for sharing x

  4. This kit is amazing! I was scared to buy it without testing the shadows first, but now that I have, this kit is a dream! Will you end up getting Nude as well to complete your collection???

  5. Replica - I had been going to get just a couple of individuals but then thought the kit was better value. It is Zu I have to thank really x

    Leanne - It is lovely, sadly I doubt my FOTD will show it off at its best but at least it will give an idea. It does make my eyes look very green, always something I like x

    Madame Gourmand - Do look up some other blog posts about Edward Bess, London Makeup Girl and Replica have some great swatches of a range of products. I struggled to find suitable lip colours in the range but the eyeshadows are pretty much faultless x

    Product Doctor - You read my mind! Am just about to order Nude, feel incomplete without it! x

  6. I'm a little jealous! If only the substituted the color Escape for Nude, I'd have bought the set ages ago. Congrats on your splurge! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on his mascara. For some reason I don't think that particular kind is sold any more. I have it in Brown.

  7. Zuzu - I'm not sure if I imagined it but I think the kit is cheaper than I thought when I looked at it about 6 months ago and the mascara might be why. He's just come out with a new one and this is definitely the old one. Do you like it? I think the only way this kit could have been even better would have been with the addition of nude. If it makes you feel better, this is my reward for completing my law exams, although I should probably have waited to see if I passed first (results out in a week) x

  8. I think this set looks fab...Wish they stocked Edward Bess products in Dublin:(


  9. Wow, it's like you hit the makeup lottery! Congrats! I think that is a great reward to gift yourself for all your hard work and dedication with your exams. Good luck with those results! Looking forward to your face of the day!

  10. I have lusted after this for so, so long, imagining I might pick it up for Christmas or a birthday, but now I reeeaaallly want it! Gorgeous packaging too. I'm such a smokey eye fiend xx

  11. Beautiful!! If this set had of come with Nude instead of Night I would have scooped it up in the beginning before I started purchasing the singles. Such a lovely set!