Bésame is a line of cosmetics inspired by authentic vintage beauty products and makeup. I’ve been using their lipsticks for years. Now that it is winter, I’m currently in a cream blush/gel stain makeup mood. I want a dewy complexion so I’ve switched to cream-based products.
Besame 1938 Crimson Cream Rouge is exactly what the name implies. It’s a vintage inspired red cream rouge for lips and cheeks.
The packaging: Besame is a great brand because they’re dedicated to every detail. This is a painted tin that really does look like it could be from the 1930’s-1940’s. The tin is actually larger than I expected based on the photograph on the brand’s site.
The color, the finish, etc. : Crimson is a blue-based cherry red. As you can see it’s very red in the packaging. The finish is a nice satin matte finish. There’s no shimmer. There’s no scent. The company says this color should work with all complexions. I think it would look very natural “flush” on a variety of complexions.
As you can see, the color is really concentrated. It blends out really easily without being streaky. Plus, it looks really great over my veins, sorry about that.
My experience: The product is very concentrated so it doesn’t take much. Start “light” and build up if needed. I dabbed a little on my cheeks with my fingers and then blend with my fingers. It’s so easy to use. I was also impressed by how long-wearing this product is. It lasts as long (or longer) than a cheek stain; however, it has the pretty finish of cream blush. I also applied it to my lips using a lip brush. With this, more pigment is distributed so the color is brighter and well, more crimson!
I’m pleased with the results. I love cream-based products and multi-purpose products. I’ve been sick for two weeks and I’m getting over pneumonia. I feel like this does help me look alive and healthy. FYI – I just applied this over AmorePacific Cushion Compact. I’m wearing a coat of mascara and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in my brows. As far as makeup looks go, it DOES NOT get any easier than this!
Overall, I’m very pleased with this product. I love the color and the formula. *Technically* if you wanted a vintage inspired “cream rouge” look, you could use a matte red lipstick as a blush. I’ve tried this and well, it doesn’t turn out as nicely as this does. The lipsticks don’t wear as long or the texture isn’t that great. This product has been much better and easier for me to use.
Retails for $22 at Bésame. There’s also a warm peach color too.
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