Edward Bess Quad Royale in 02 Monte Carlo – Review and Swatches
This was another one of my first purchases post-ban. I love trying out new brands and when Edward Bess offerings came out I was anxious to try them out. Of course, the “Golden Coral” colored Quad caught my eye and it was in my shopping cart pretty quickly. Here are my thoughts…
EB describes the Quad Royale as a “Palette of four coordinated shades to sculpt and highlight the face.” For $45.00USD you get .25 oz of product. Monte Carlo has a peach champagne highlighter, a darker peachy highlighter/blush, a peach toned bronzer and a peachy-pink blush. In retrospect, I should have gone with the considerably less shimmery 03 Summer in Capri. There’s also a “sand” toned quad called 01 South of France.
This product costs more and has slightly less product than my Dior Amber Diamond, so while EB might be a newer brand – it’s pricing itself in the high-end range.
This quad comes packaged in a sleek black compact. With a shiny reflective surface, it’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet. I’m also not a huge fan of the included travel brush. Its a bit too coarse to be a highlighting brush and too thin to be a successful blush-brush. It also doubles the size of the compact. Luckily, the top of the inside of the compact makes use of the size by hosting a large, clear mirror.
Like I said above, Edward Bess refers to Monte Carlo as a Golden Coral. While the blush section is a peachy-pink, overall this palette has a lot more Peach than coral or gold. The product images are good and fairly accurate – so this seems more like a difference of opinion on color rather than inaccuracy.
I think that the top image is more accurate for bottom-two shades, but the highlighters are better represented by the bottom, close-up. Here are the swatches!
Okay. So, shimmer shades are almost always going to be very pigmented. If nothing else – the shimmer inevitably shows through. This was definitely the case with me…
But to be honest, I had a hard time with the blush and bronzer! Both of them had to be REALLY packed on to show their color. With that said, once I’d gotten the quantity right – the color was lovely. I just have to get a better grasp of applying shimmery shades. Obviously, this is not how I would wear this quad out. But I think all the colors are well represented. By the way, have you noticed that, that blue tee is my favorite trying-on-makeup-just-for-the-blog shirt? Haha.
This is a pretty fall-outy product. It’s a given, considering the amount of shimmer. The powder is really soft and you’ll find yourself with a lot more fallout if you use Edward Bess’s provided brush. When I want to use all the shades, I swirl the center where their four respective corners meet. Otherwise – I wish that the shades were distributed into strips and not the awkward blocks. It makes it hard to pick up just ONE color. I’ve been known to use a large blending brush for the highlighters rather than an actual highlighting brush because they are just such small sections.
I must admit, I was very impressed by the wear. You all know I get oily cheeks, especially in this hot weather – but the EB wore for a good 6-7 hours before fading off slowly. Truly remarkable!
Mixed feelings to be sure! I am not in love with the design of the compact, the color allocation or the brush. But a versatile peach-toned highlighter/bronzer/blush that wears forever on oily cheeks? That is something worth $45.00 in my book!
It’s a bit pricy, especially for a new brand.
I think the brush could be removed and the colors distributed into a smaller, but more useable compact.
Color Accuracy: 8/10
Lots of golden shimmer and one corally blush a golden-coral palette does not make. But the product images are wonderfully representative.
Shimmery products will almost never suffer from a lack of pigmentation. But it did take some building to get the full effect of the color.
It’s got a bit of fallout. I don’t suggest you use the provided brush.
Overall: 78% (C+)
Peach, champagne, pink or gold? What’s your highlighting shade of choice? I tend to favor golden-toned highlighters myself!