Ever since I discovered Besame Cosmetics four years ago, I have been totally hooked on their gorgeous, vintage packaging and amazing product line! Whether it's their intensely-pigmented lipsticks or their smashing foundation, Besame nailed it when it comes to combining vintage aesthetic with product quality and performance!
Besame Cosmetics is based in Glendale, California and is lead by the amazing Gabriela Herandez and her husband, Fergus. I have had the pleasure of speaking with them both over the phone (questions regarding orders or products) and not only are they very nice, their adoration and dedication to their work is incredible. Simply put, when it comes to customer service and quality, I cannot recommend Besame Cosmetics enough!
Less than two weeks ago, I received my most recent order from Besame. I purchased the brand new lipstick shade in "American Beauty" and the re-formulated, re-released Besame Souffle Foundation in the shade "Bisque."
Let's start with the lipstick! According to the Besame website, the Classic Color Lipstick in "American Beauty" (.12 ounces, $22 USD) is a faithful reproduction of a popular lipstick shade from 1945. And let me tell you, this lipstick is indeed a 'beauty' of a shade! It is a vibrant cranberry-red with a pink-blue undertone. The color itself falls between the bright "Besame Red" and the lush, darker cherry-toned red, "Cherry Red." Imagine if "Besame Red" and "Cherry Red" had a baby. The result would be "American Beauty."
In addition, for those of you familiar with Make Up For Ever's Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #45 (available at Sephora and Sephora.com for $19 USD), that color and the "American Beauty" are very similar, if not the same shade. For further reference, MAC's lip pencil in "Cherry" is a perfect match!
And as for all of my other Besame shades, "American Beauty" boasts a strong color payoff with a semi-matte finish that clings to the lips without drying, bleeding, or feathering!
Here is me wearing the lipstick:
As I stated, I also bought the re-issued Besame Souffle Foundation (.56 ounces for $38.00) in shade "Bisque." "Bisque" is the lightest shade in the range (there are 5 shades total). For reference, I am a MAC NW15, a Giorgio Armani 02, a Bobbi Brown Porcelain, and in most brands I am considered an "Ivory." I have oily and sensitive skin that is neutral yet leans pink. This "Bisque" shade is absolutely perfect for my skintone!
Besame had a previous version of this foundation that had a creamy, whipped consistency. It came is a jar container that was discontinued and then re-released in a squeeze tube. The tube version of the foundation was phased out and is now back it its original jar form. This new foundation is a firm, concealer-like texture that is very smooth and pigmented. A little product goes a long way! I use a wedge sponge for application and the foundation goes on like a dream.
Further, this foundation is not only different in texture, it features a new, skincare ingredient called "Collageneer."
Besame describes Collageener on its website as follows:
"Collageneer®, a patented active ingredient derived from Lupin seed
coatings, has the ability not only to increase the synthesis of type I
collagen (the most abundant collagen, which diminishes with age), but
also to promote production of a high quality collagen that gives the
skin its firmness and elasticity.
This extraordinary foundation provides outstanding coverage with a
light and silky smooth texture for a flawless face. Can be used for
full coverage as foundation or concealer.
Available in 5 shades, packaged in vintage style cream glass jars. Fragrance-Free, Paraben-Free."
Here is me wearing both the lipstick and foundation:
I have been wearing the Souffle Foundation daily since I received it and it has not caused any breakouts or irritations! I use a blot sheets to maintain my look throughout the day and I have not experienced any caking or oxidation (turns orange). I simply love this stuff!
In addition, today I tried a new method of foundation application I saw on RuPaul's Drag Race last night. (They are replaying Season 1 on Logo on Monday nights). Nevertheless, I noticed one of the drag queens using a hair dryer on her potted, full-coverage foundation to sheer it out. This morning, used my hair dryer on my foundation for 10-15 seconds. I let the surface get a little shiny and I stopped. I then applied with a sponge and wow! The result was just smooth, smooth, SMOOTH!! My skin looks even better!
So, if you are looking for a pretty berry red and/or a new foundation, you have to give Besame's "American Beauty" lipstick and re-released Besame Souffle Foundation a try!