Besame Cosmetics Review


After I received Besame 1930’s Mascara in my first Wantable Makeup Box, I became quite intrigued by the brand.  I’m a fan of anything vintage and I love that Besame is not only bringing back colors from the era of Old Hollywood, but also packages their products in compacts and tubes that could easily pass for genuine collectibles straight from the dressing table of your favorite Golden Age star.  In creating the look of Besame, founder Gabriela Hernandez was inspired by advertising she found in period magazines, as well as original 1940’s lipsticks belonging to her grandmother.  As their website’s mission statement claims: “Besame is committed to creating truly unique artful cosmetics, hand crafted to empower women to feel feminine, elegant, and glamorous. Besame is dedicated to creating responsible luxurious products that enhance beauty and improve well-being.”

They certainly have glamorous down pat.  The products are lovely to look at.  My items arrived in a sheer red bag – an elegant touch – and the boxes and tubes themselves are almost too gorgeous to keep hidden in a makeup bag.  I purchased their Classic Color lipstick in Red Velvet which is described as “a deeper red suitable for everyday wear. Neutral and subdued.”  I’m always a little leery of red lipsticks because of my sallow complexion.  Reds often look either too orange or pinkish on me, but the Classic Color is a very true red.  I wouldn’t necessarily call it “neutral” or “subdued” since I feel that by nature, a red lipstick seldom fits either of those descriptions, but it wasn’t too much by any means.  The formulation is creamy and high pigment with one coat being more than enough to give you complete coverage and a bold lip.  One thing that especially pleased me was that the color doesn’t stain your surrounding skin if you err a bit in your application.  I think everyone has experienced using a dark lip color at one time or another, getting it a little outside the lines and having to use a dab of concealer after wiping it off, so you don’t have a tell-tale stain.  As dark and rich as the Classic Color lipstick is, it came off as cleanly and smoothly as it went on.  It stayed put and didn’t stray, which is a bonus for those of us with concerns about fine lines around the mouth.

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I tried the lipstick alone, and then together with a coating of the other product I purchased, Besame Black Liquorice Lip Glaze, which is part of their 1920’s Deco Collection.  This glaze, which contains real liquorice, is a deep russet shade.  The application is smooth without any tackiness or stickiness and the color is not as bold as it appears in the tube.  Worn alone, it is much more subtle than the lipstick, but still a deep color.  Worn over the lipstick, it takes the dramatic look of the Classic Color lipstick to a whole other level and that level is “Vavoom!”  Neither of these products are for the timid, but if you seeking the full-on bombshell look of Rita Haywood or Hedy Lamarr, Besame is definitely for you.


Besame Red Velvet Classic Color Lipstick worn alone


Besame Black Liquorice Lip Glaze worn alone

Besame has a range of other products including lip balms, rouge, powders and more.  You can also purchase Gabriela Hernandez’s book “Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup” at their website,


The Classic Color lip stick and Lip Glaze worn together

Wantable August Makeup Box

I received my first Wantable Makeup box today and it was a smash hit!!  This is just the sort of box I’ve been looking for.  Wantable has a very thorough preference survey, which I’m sure is a major factor in them hitting the mark so perfectly for me. It allows you to specify what products you dislike, like or love and they promise never to send you anything you won’t like.  Not only do I enjoy that aspect, but I was pretty dazzled by their lightning fast shipping.  My box shipped quickly to begin with and then arrived a day earlier than scheduled. Color me impressed!  Here is what I received:

The outside box:


And the inside, including the “thank you” note and product information sheet, (drum roll, please):


Here is a look at the contents of the box in their entirety:


I received:

Michael Marcus Blush Beautiful in “Bashful”:  This is a bright rose powder blush.  Very pretty and somewhat similar to the Tigi Blush in “Lovely” that I got from my last Glossybox before I cancelled that sub.  It is more cherry toned and also more matte though, as the Tigi has a slight shimmer and more of a lilac tone.


Besame 1930’s mascara in “1102”, which is black.  I really like the feel on application.  It is described as “a classic formulation from the 30’s, with only 7 all natural ingredients including conditioning oils and food grade colorants.”  Not only is it beautifully presented in an appropriate 30’s style tube decorated with flowers, but it has the most incredible scent.  I hardly know how to describe it, except that it’s slightly reminiscent of nutmeg and vanilla.  Delicious!  I wish I had a perfume in this scent.  I can tell Besame is going to be a favorite brand, since I love anything and everything retro.


Next is a Face Stockholm Lipstick in “Future”.  This is an attractive, conservative rose color that I would definitely buy.  Nothing terribly groundbreaking or adventurous about it, but it was a safe choice for my first box.  It goes on silky smooth and feels light and moist.  Here it is on and in the tube:

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I also received a Cailyn Linefix Gel Pencil in “Black”.  At first I was a little worried, since I had said I didn’t like gel or liquid eye liner, but this is actually a pencil.  It’s another black eye liner, and I’ve received 2 others in recent boxes, but it’s perfectly fine.  It draws a nice smooth line and I’ll give it a try and see how well it holds up:


The last product was a Echo Vie All Natural Lip Balm sample.  It didn’t have a color name, but since it looked pink in the container but went on clear, that makes sense.  It has a nice texture, is not sticky or tacky feeling and has a bit of mint scent.  It’s a little hard to get your finger in the tiny pot, but it was a sample after all.  A nice extra and prettily presented in a tiny linen bag:


Wantable has made a great first impression on me!  I also ordered a single Wantable Accessory Box, which I should receive soon.  If it pleases me as much as this box did, I’ll have a new favorite subscription for sure!

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