*Products in this article have been sent to me on a gifting basis

I’m really excited about makeup brands that do something with a twist. Bésame is one of those brands. With makeup inspired throughout the ages, dating back as far as the 1920’s, it was hard for me to not be interested in what they have to offer. Bésame kindly sent me out some products to review, and here is what I thought of them.

“Bésame Cosmetics was created by artist, cosmetic historian, and designer Gabriela Hernandez after a life-long love affair with vintage beauty. At 12, Gabriela immigrated to the U.S. from Buenos Aires, always fascinated by her grandmother’s sophisticated beauty routine. She fully realized her passion for the creative arts with a fine art degree from Art Center in Pasadena, California, and became a photographer, art director, and published author (Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup, Schiffer). With her creative background, historical know-how, and cherished memories of her grandmother’s makeup, Gabriela finally developed the beauty brand of her dreams, filled with rich, historical details in wearable long-lasting formulas. She wanted Bésame to bring romance back into the makeup industry, allowing women to feel excited and passionate about their own beauty rituals again.” – Bésame Website

I recently went on a trip to Lisbon, which is when I decided to start using these products. The city along with the vintage feel of the makeup seemed so compatible, so I anticipated trying them out, and couldn’t wait to. I decided to keep everything that Bésame had sent me boxed up until my first full day there, I couldn’t wait to try out the lipstick especially since it was definitely what had originally drawn me interested to the brand.

1922 – Blood Red Lipstick – $22

As far as reds go, I’ve never found a red that looked good on me, I always look in photos and think it looks a bit naff, so I tend to go pinkier-red shades since I know I suit pink.

When I was going to try this one on, I decided that if I hated it, it would come right off and I’d put one on that I was more comfortable in. Turns out, this is the best lipstick I’ve ever put on my lips. The applicator is a bit unconventional, it has a straight top instead of an angled top, but it makes it so much easier to apply the lipstick.

The colour itself is beautiful, it’s my favourite red and I wore it nearly every day of my stay. It’s such a classic red and I felt like it really complimented my skin tone, and when it was on it just looked so smooth and creamy.

The only con to this is that eating and drinking is a bit of a task. It does move, it’s not like a liquid lipstick where you don’t really need to worry about reapplying, I did carry the lipstick around with me every time I wore this and we went out, because it did need reapplying a few times. I drank with a straw, and ate as neatly as possible, so it wasn’t much of a hassle.

Because of the shade, I expected it to be a drying formula, where my lips would look chapped and a bit irritated, but it was actually not the case, my lips looked hydrated, felt smooth and when it came to taking it off, my lips didn’t stain which is always a bonus.







1920 – Black Cake Mascara – $25

This mascara is definitely different. It doesn’t come in a tube, and you have to put a droplet of water onto a slab of product, until its wet enough to apply to your eyelashes. It comes with a cute little brush and is packaged in a really attractive tin. I found this really tricky the first time I used it, and I was really worried about it making a mess, but after the first time I found it really easy to apply and I was less anxious about messing it up. My eyelashes definitely looked full without looking false, and the brush supplied made application a lot easier, but I can’t say this is a product that I’d go out of my way to buy just because it takes getting used to. The results are fabulous though and I do recommend this if you’re willing to try something a little bit different.

Brightening Violet Powder – $22

This is the best powder I’ve ever used. No exaggeration. I used the sponge to blot the powder onto my face and then used a Real Techniques brush to just wash it over my face and finish off my foundation.

It works perfectly fine as a setting powder, and it’s translucent as well which means it’s not going to interfere with your foundation shade. Like I said above as well, I used the sponge they supply, it just made dipping it into the product so much easier as well, I felt like dipping a brush into the pot didn’t really do much, and I ended up with too much loose product on my brush, so when I used the sponge I noticed a massive difference, the perfect amount of product would go on it, meaning my face didn’t end up looking extremely cakey because of an overuse of powder.

I used this every day on my trip, and it’s now become a staple in my every day makeup routine as well, the tub it comes in is so cute and I really feel like I’m using a vintage powder because of the packaging.











Overall I’d give my experience with Bésame a solid 8/10 – the products really are unique and are of such a high quality. I’m really grateful to have been given the opportunity to try out their makeup, and I highly recommend it!


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