Little known fact about me; I'm a huge history nerd. Very well known fact about me; I am a huge makeup nerd. This brand, Bésame, perfectly marries the two with their historically accurate, yet safe to wear, cosmetics ranging from cake mascara to powders to fragrance, and to lipstick which is what I'm going to be reviewing for you today. I picked up the lipstick in "Chocolate Kiss", their 1970s shade, when I was at The Makeup Show LA. Let's take a closer look at this baby!
The packaging is heavily vintage inspired. The brass colored tube with a domed top is accented by the Bésame logo, stylized flowers, and two simple stripes near the base all of which are deep burgundy. When you take off the cap the Bésame logo is also found on the tube. Unlike most other modern lipsticks, "Chocolate Kiss", along with the rest of the line, has two slants instead of one and no tapered tip. Initially I struggled to find a way to apply the lipstick with this odd shape, but now fully appreciate how precise this design can be.
"Chocolate Kiss" is a gorgeous deeper, rosy-brown nude with a natural satin finish. The texture of this lipstick has a bit of drag to it when applying, but is quite comfortable on the lips and has a pleasant buttercream scent. I think that the slightly difficult application actually leads to better wear time because the tenacity of this lipstick is quite impressive! This is definitely one of the most long-wearing lipsticks that isn't specifically marketed as being so. It still transfers on to drinkware and does need a touch up after some rather enthusiastic snacking, but alone this goes hours and hours without fading or feathering. The excellent performance and cute packaging makes this a win in my book and I look forward to trying more from the brand in the future!
Size: 0.12 oz
- Unique shape creates very precise application
- Super pigmented
- Fun historic design
- Difficult to find offline
- Application could be smoother
Cruelty free: Indeed!
Final thoughts: Even though these aren't as readily available as most lipsticks, they're definitely worth a look-see! The color range is a bit limited, but they tend to be crowd pleasers on the red end of the spectrum, and I'd really like to see some expansion into peaches, nudes, or the like. If you're in the market for something a little different and good quality, I'd give these a go.