Yesterday, I wrote about what I’ve been spending my own money on, and the Besame Mini Lipstick Set was one new thing that I just couldn’t pass up!
Besame is one of my favorite cosmetic brands because it reminds me of my mother. It’s vintage all the way. Besame exalts vintage glamour, especially Hollywood glamour.
I’m glad that Besame has come out with sets of minis. They did it last year with the mini set of their fragrances ( reviewed here). It was a wonderful way to try out all the scents to help me decide which work best with my body chemistry. And now they’re repeating what I assume was their success with minis by introducing a mini set of five of their iconic lipstick shades. Like the fragrance set, the lipsticks are also years:
- 1930: Noir Red
- 1935: Cherry Red
- 1946: Red Velvet
- 1969: Dusty Rose
- 1970: Chocolate Kiss
Each shade is a replica of an actual lipstick from the year that is its name. I was actually a bit surprised at the variety in the mini set. Because Besame is known for red lipsticks, I didn’t expect to get a dusty rose and a brown-nude shade. Nice. Right off the bat, I know that 1969, the Dusty Rose that my friend Renu from Cosmetopiadigest will want to add to her collection of Dusty Rose lippies, will be one that I too will wear often, most likely everyday.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, they come in cute mini-versions of Besame’s full size red flower-decorated golden bullet lipstick case and the mini fragrances in the photo below.
The mini lipsticks are quite small, definitely deluxe sample size at 1.75″, but I know they’ll last me long enough to know which shades I’ll want to purchase in full size. Actually, because they’re so tiny, they’re terrific to pop into an evening bag or to slip into a pocket if you’re without a purse.
The lipsticks are lightweight, somewhat hydrating, and very comfortable to wear because they contain hydrating ingredients. They have a semi-matte finish. They are full coverage on my lips with one swipe (although the swatches probably could have used two swipes, but I hated to waste the lipstick!). They’re also blunt shaped on both sides making them quite easy to apply. I was also pleasantly surprised that they are as long-lasting as they are (I’ve gotten about 5 hours even with drinking water and munching on a couple of fun size Snickers) since they’re not positioned as long-wearing lipsticks.
Here’s how Besame describes the lipsticks:
“A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe. Our vintage reproduction reds are the exact shades used by your favorite Hollywood starlets.”
Let’s take a look at the swatches:
I think my favorites, or the ones I’ll wear most often, are 1969, 1970 and 1946. Here’s me wearing 1946:
The Besame Mini Lipstick Set is priced at $25. It’s currently out of stock on the Besame website, but I believe it is still available at Sephora. Full size versions of the lipsticks are $22. I’m thinking about scoring a full size or two during the upcoming Sephora sale. Besame is cruelty-free and parabens-free.
So, what do you think about this cute little set? Could it be something you’d pick up during the Sephora VIB sale? Which shades are your faves?