‘Besame’ Got Me Feeling Some Type of Way

While I was living in Los Angeles, I stumbled upon this quaint makeup store in Burbank. The aesthetics of the store drew me in and when I entered, it felt like I went back in time.

Besame has been making luxurious cosmetics inspired by the golden age of cinema in Los Angeles, California since 2004. Besame is a family company driven by a passion for quality and design that touches everything they make. Mixing history, science, and art to create exceptional products that inspire and define the power of the classic woman. Artfully crafted, Besame cosmetics offers something truly different, nostalgic and glamorous.

Since I never heard or tried anything from the brand, I did some digging and found out that Besame was well-known for their iconic lipsticks.

Did you know that Besame recreates exact replica lipstick shades that were launched in the past?

For instance, Besame Red, one of the many lipsticks made by the brand, is an exact shade replica of a color in the 1920’s. They have a range of nostalgic lipsticks, from the packaging, to the names, I knew I had to try this star product for myself.

Here’s a little backstory on the lipstick shade and how it came about:

I did some shopping and I got myself the Mini Lipstick Set; so I could try a few of the best-selling Besame shades. Duh.

Descriptions of each shade:

Noir Red (1930) 

A deep plum, boysenberry red. Goes on dark and dramatic on lighter skin tones and a bit lighter berry-red shade for dark skin tones. A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe.

Cherry Red (1935)

Deep, rich cherry red that can be worn as a sheer rose stain or opaque. A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe.

Red Velvet (1946) 

A deeper red suitable for every day wear. This neutral undertone red looks wonderful on all skin tones. A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe.

Dusty Rose (1969) 

Natural rose for every day wear. Looks like your lips but better! Best on light-to-medium skin tones. A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe.

Chocolate Kiss (1970) 

Neutral milk chocolate brown, especially flattering on red-heads A great nude shade for medium to dark skin. A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe.

The lipstick itself comes in a mini gold cap with a red plastic base.  The shape of the lipstick itself is very unique, and has a flat edge (which makes it relatively easy to line and define the lips compared to your generic, drugstore lippie)

The formula of the lipstick is luscious, creamy and very pigmented. These lipsticks have a natural matte finish to them, and they are the least bit drying.

Swatches:

Since then, I have also tried their Cake Mascara and Vanilla Brightening Powder – but more of that in a different post.

My expectations were met above and beyond, and I can clearly say that Besame Cosmetics is very well one of the most unique, creative and glamorous beauty brands in the market.

Applying a Besame product isn’t just a “thing-you-do”, it is an immersive experience. The story behind the brand, and the way the brand taps into the history of beauty definitely makes it spectacularly, one of a kind.

Try it for your self. You will not be disappointed.

 

PS: If you are interested in learning about the history of cosmetics and the origin of the beauty industry through the decades, I highly recommend you check out this book:

Compacts and Cosmetics: Beauty from Victorian times to the Present Day

Til’ next time..

 

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