Thursday, 10 November 2011
A review on Bèsame lipstick
Like so many others I have been looking with longing on the beautiful products from Bèsame. So stylish and with such design, looking so much like make-up packages did on the good old days. And everyone who tried seemed to rave over the quality, especially the lipsticks. I have been a bit scared to order anyway, just because I have felt unsure on what colour to choose. Luckily Bèsame offers samples on six of their lipsticks, namely:
Bèsame Red, a cool-toned true red.
Cherry Red, darker cherry red, cool-toned.
Red Velvet, darker red, neutral
Red Hot Red, a warm-toned true red
Carmine, a orange red
Merlot, a brownish red.
The samples are very generous- the website says 10+ applications from one and that is true. I understand that these samples used to be shaped like small lipsticks, but now you get them in a little pot, so you need to use a pencil to apply them. You do get a pencil in the sample pack too, of not too shabby quality.
I must say that I am very impressed with the quality of these lipsticks. I’m notoriously bad in remembering touching up my lips during the day, so I’m very pleased to find that my lips usually look good but the end of the day, even if I forget to touch up. I usually just do one layer of lipstick, bit the excess off and then forget about it and usually the lipstick has faded a little, but it’s still clearly there. It also fades evenly. The one exception was the day when there was a crème sauce involved in my lunch. Fat dissolves most lipsticks, I think. I find the formula very easy to work with and I don’t find the lipsticks at all drying.
As for the colors, I like them all, except Merlot, which is a bit too brown for me. I was a bit surprised over Carmine as I’m not fond of orange lipsticks, but I find it much more of a coral-shade and quite flattering too. I was also a little surprised over Red Hot Red, as I prefer cool-toned lipsticks, but it does work on my skin tone. However, my favorites are definitely Red Velvet and Bèsame Red.
I’m not very good at taking pictures of lipstick, so I’ve only managed to cover there of my samples. Still, you may find it interesting.
Red Hot Red
I suppose I ought to take the cons too, which has nothing to do with the quality or the design of the lipsticks. The Classic Color lipstick cost $22 and it is significantly smaller than the average lipstick, which do get you less lipstick for a rather high price. However, these lipsticks are much pigmented so I don’t think it’s quite as bad a deal as it may seem at first. If you are on a budget it may still be too expensive too. Bèsame also sell lipsticks in “normal” lipstick size for $35, but there are only three shades. One of those, Red Velvet, can also be purchased as a small lipstick. And just because the lipsticks are rather expensive, I also think it’s a con that the samples set aren’t available at all times. You can buy them at the moment, but I purchased my samples set in August from What Katie Did, because right then I could get it from Bèsame. (And right now you can’t get it from What Katie Did anymore).
Will I buy again? Yes, absolutely as I really liked the quality. And I’m hankering for one of the lipsticks just because they are so beautiful, so when my samples finally run out, I’ll definitely get one of two.
I always think that one should read more than one review to get a more rounded idea of a product, so here are a few other thoughts;
Casey on Red Velvet
Yes, you can see I'm happy about my lipsticks!
Pictures not taken by me have been borrowed from: http://www.besamecosmetics.com/home.cfm)