I love makeup and have been obsessed with old Hollywood glamour since I was 9-years-old. That’s why I love Besame Cosmetics and was thrilled to be sent some makeup goodies to play with.
When I first learned about Besame Cosmetics, I was intrigued by the founder, Gabriela Hernandez, and her inspiration behind the brand.
Bésame Cosmetics was created by artist, cosmetic historian, and designer Gabriela Hernandez after a life-long love affair with vintage beauty. At 12, Gabriela immigrated to the U.S. from Buenos Aires, always fascinated by her grandmother’s sophisticated beauty routine. With her creative background, historical know-how, and cherished memories of her grandmother’s makeup, Gabriela finally developed the beauty brand of her dreams, filled with rich, historical details in wearable long-lasting formulas. She wanted Bésame to bring romance back into the makeup industry, allowing women to feel excited and passionate about their own beauty rituals again.
I fell in love with the inspiration and the packaging is exquisite — the vintage glamour of it. It seemed like something that Joan Crawford or Marilyn Monroe would have displayed on their vanity.
Gabriela Hernandez really takes the time to seek out vintage makeup and colors and then recreates the product. AND they are cruelty free.
It’s easy to fall in love with makeup on line (I blame YouTube) but it’s another thing to love it in real life. Bésame Cosmetics did not disappoint me. And I’m eager to buy more from the brand.
Let’s Talk Lips
All of the lipsticks are lipstick shades are true replicas from a decade and/or year. The color I was sent was C208: Bésame Red – a true replica of a color from 1920.
It’s the perfect shade of red that will complement many skin tones. It’s creamy, super pigmented and long-lasting. As a mom who works outside the home, I don’t like reapplying lipstick throughout the day. But I’ve put on this lipstick in the morning and it’s pretty impressive. I can drink coffee, eat cereal and don’t have to reapply until well after lunch.
About The Setting Powders
Real talk: I’m over 40, I have some serious bags under my eyes and I have oily/combination skin. Concealer is my BFF and this gal needs a setting powder to keep it from creasing. I received the Mini Powder Set and love it!
The set contains a 3g mini violet, mini vanilla rose, and mini vanilla powder. They leave a natural matte finish and do not show in flash photography.
After applying foundation and concealer, I dip a damp beauty sponge into the setting powder to set my concealer. As I wipe off the excess I apply it to my nose, forehead and chin – the places where I can get greasy (Trust, a gal can get greasy!).
TIP: I’ve used these setting powders with a brush and a beauty sponge but prefer to apply with a damp beauty sponge. Play around and figure out what works best for you.
What I love about the Bésame brightening settings powders is that I can mix and all three together to perfect a powder for my skin tone. I can also use them individually to brighten and correct as needed. I typically apply under eyes and around nose to conceal darkness/redness.
I appreciate that the powders don’t cake up – no one wants cake face. And they don’t dry out my skin. The scent is light and appealing. Again, as an oily gal, I love that they keep my skin matte and bright.
More ab0ut Bésame
Bésame has been making luxurious cosmetics inspired by the golden age of cinema in Los Angeles, California since 2004. We are a family company driven by a passion for quality and design that touches everything we make. Mixing history, science, and art to create exceptional products that inspire and define the power of the classic woman.
Besame Cosmetics can also be found at Sephora.
I received Bésame Products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.