They provided me with products to review, and I got to choose the products, so I chose a lipstick and a powder. I had an ulterior motive in choosing the powder- I have been searching for a good powder for some time and have not been happy with the ones I have tried so far. Besame's is a "Brightening Violet Powder," which sounded intriguing. The packaging is so lovely- I really don't want to throw away the pretty box. When you open the outer lid of the box, there is a cute little message inside before getting to the actual product.
|Besame's Lovely Packaging!|
I have a soft spot in my heart for products like this because one of the first beauty products I owned was a round powder tin with a big puff. I'm not old enough to remember the times when this was first made- mine was probably made in the early 1980s during the 50's revival that was happening then. But it still feels really special and feminine to me.
My second item was a lipstick- no retro look is complete without a strong red lip. Besame Cosmetics has their own signature red, but I chose Red Velvet because it had a bit of a burgundy tone that suits me better. I don't typically wear strong red lips like this, but sometimes I do a sort of quasi-retro look so I thought it would be fun to try it out.
The packaging on this item is beautiful as well. The bullet lipstick, inspired by the founder's grandmother's 1940s lipsticks, comes inside a velvet bag in a box.
Wow, I really like this powder! I've tried several recently and they tend to settle in my skin and show the little lines that are starting to form now that I am 40. This powder does not- it's very light; almost translucent. Sometimes I use highlighting powders, but an issue I have with them normally is that they are usually also shimmers, which is fine if you are feeling shimmery that day, but with a retro look you really want a matte finish.
|Pretty 1940's inspired Besame lipstick|
Both of these items would make lovely gifts since the packaging is just as pretty as the product inside, especially if you have a retro-glam girl in your life.
I tried both products in a look with no other makeup. I just put on some all-in-one moisturizer, which I am testing for another post, and then put on the lipstick and the powder. I was curious about the powder because it really is violet in color! When you first put it on, it does look violet, but smoothing it out gives a nice brightening look that blends with your skin tone. My skin is naturally quite pale.
|I'm a supermodel|
The lipstick is pretty good too. It's not particularly moisturizing, but it's not drying either. I have dark lipsticks that are moisturizing, but they then tend to bleed outside of your lips. It's lightweight and just simply adds color to your lips. I'm a bit of a lip product junkie, and I think I have lipsticks I like the formula of better overall, but this one is high on the list. If I were buying a lipstick for a retro girl or for a gift, I would seriously consider Besame Cosmetics.
Guess what! This post contains affiliate links and ads for Besame Cosmetics. However, I was not paid for my opinions and they are my own.