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Vintage Makeup Review: Besame Cosmetics

Besame Makeup

Besame Makeup

I’m not incredible into makeup, but I have become a convert to makeup by Besame Cosmetics. Their colors are great and super pigmented and their packaging is adorable. They’re a more expensive brand, but everything I’ve ever gotten from them has been long lasting and worth the money. Today I’m going to do some capsule reviews of various products in case you’re wondering whether to take the plunge or not, as well as show you some of the color combinations I use regularly from them.

Souffle Foundation in Bisque: This is the lightest color of souffle foundations that Besame offers, which works for my fair skin with pink/reddish undertones. This stuff is expensive, but a little bit goes a long way and it makes a great makeup base or concealer if you’re in a hurry. I don’t wear a ton of makeup in the summer since it just melts in the heat here, but I will dab some of this on under my eyes and throw on some lipstick or cream rouge as I run out the door.

Violet Brightening Powder: This stuff is a really lovely finishing powder that helps your makeup stay put and smooths out your skin. It also smells amazing, which is as good a reason to try it as any. I love this stuff, but for $22 it isn’t essential.

Besame Crimson Rouge and Red Velvet Lipstick

Besame Crimson Rouge and Red Velvet Lipstick

Crimson and Apricot Cream Rouge: This stuff is amazing and everyone should own it. It works on both your cheeks and your lips and it only takes a tiny amount to create great natural color. This makes it pretty and cost effective. It’s also great to throw in your purse if you don’t want to carry around lots of makeup with you. To use it, gently tap the rouge with two of your fingertips and then apply it to your face or your lips.

Besame Lipsticks: All of Besame’s colors are based on shades that were used by Hollywood stars. They even list the year each color was popular in case you’re going for a specific era. I tend to alternate between my two favorites, Red Velvet and Coral. As you can see, the coral comes out more like a golden apricot on me. I love it, but if you’re looking for a more traditionally orange coral you might want to try their Carmine shade instead.

Apricot Rouge and Coral Lipstick by Besame

Apricot Rouge and Coral Lipstick by Besame

If you don’t know what color lipstick is right for you, Besame sells generously sized samplers on their website so you can try several shades.

Have you tried Besame Cosmetics yet? What do you think of them?

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  1. How did I miss this post?! I love Besame products. I am also not a big makeup person but the pretty vintage style packaging and the idea that these are colors and I believe formulas as well that are modeled from what people would have used back then really appealed to me. I recently got some things to play with like the crimson rouge cream and the red lipstick sampler. It is amazing how much fun the crimson rouge cream is and how much of a difference a little tint on the cheeks can make! I found that it goes well on the lips too like a balm. I’ve been wanting to try the violet lightening powder… it sounds like you didn’t like this one that much though? Did you find that it didn’t really make too much of a difference on your skin? I also recently picked up one of their compacts for 50% at JBR Clothing! They still have them on sale here:

    🙂 So glad to see your review of these products!

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