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Get a glow on the go with this silky, smooth cream formula that imparts a rich, luminous tint on lips and cheeks. This versatile formula instantly brightens for a radiant touch of color you’ll adore.
Edward Bess is a recently-added high-end brand at Sephora. The company’s Compact Rouge For Lips and Cheeks comes in 3 different shades. The shade Island Rose–a raspberry pink–is reviewed, below.
This rogue comes in a circular, black, plastic compact with a mirror inside the snap-shut lid. Edward Bess also provides you with a felt cover for the compact. The packaging is very small, so the mirror included is of limited use.
The rouge has medium creaminess. The formula doesn’t feel oily or sticky.
Island Rose has good pigmentation and the color blends out smoothly and fairly evenly. You can layer the product or keep it sheer.
Although the product initially adhered well to the cheeks, I found that it faded noticeably at the 4th hour of wear. By the end of the day the color had faded significantly from the cheeks.
I also tested Island Rose on the lips. The formula fares well, with wear at about 3 hours before the color fades. It’s not moisturizing for the lips, but it also won’t dry them out.
The product does have a sort of sickly-sweet sent, though, which baffles me considering this product is supposed to go on your cheeks. When applied on the lips, I could smell it faintly, which made wearing the color unpleasant.
Overall, I wish this product were more creamy, lasted longer on the cheeks before fading, and didn’t have a scent.
Ease of Use: 9/10
Like with a lot of cream blushes, you’ll need to take a bit more time blending this product out because it easily becomes splotchy on the skin. Application to the lips is very straight-forward; you don’t have to worry about layering or blending.
For $38.00 you get a meager 0.05 ounces of product. Even an equivalently-expensive brand like Givenchy sells its Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm for $31.00 and gives you 0.17 ounces to work with. The Compact Rouge is exorbitantly priced given the amount of product it contains.