Bésame Cosmetics Classic Lipstick in 1941 Victory Red

besame3*purchased by me

If you’re not familiar with Besame Cosmetics, the brand creates beautiful vintage reproductions of products used in the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. From Sephora: “The vision of designer and cosmetic historian Gabriela Hernandez, Bésame recreates modern versions of classic luxury makeup.”

I absolutely love this concept because I like history and the 1940s is my favorite era for style. That is one reason I was drawn to their lipstick in 1941 Victory Red, described as a “strong, cool vibrant red.” Each lipstick shade is reproduced from an actual color worn during its specified time period (isn’t that amazing??).

besame2Victory Red,  Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in It’s Cherry

Since this lipstick is a satin matte finish, I was concerned that it would be too dry for me, but that is not the case! It’s actually quite comfortable and wears for hours without needing a touch up, especially if I’m not eating or drinking anything. I’m one of those people who removes lipstick before eating anyway, because I don’t want to eat it or have it all over my face. It also doesn’t have a strong scent; I can’t stand when I find a lipstick color that I like, and it smells so strongly that it’s nauseating to wear.


The color is simply gorgeous. It is a bright, cool red: my favorite kind! These days if I wear red I’m usually sporting NARS Cruella, so I wanted something different. This lipstick has a lot of sentimental value to me as well, since I’m a hopeless romantic and my grandparents got married in 1941 (and they were married for 69 years, until my grandfather passed away).


The lipstick has a unique shape; a wide tip that tapers on each side. I thought this would be strange, but I actually like the shape. It’s really easy to apply evenly on the sides with the tapered ends.

Now that I’ve tried this one, I want to try other colors. There’s actually a fantastic mini lipstick set available on Sephora right now for $25 that has several colors, which is very tempting to try!

If you’re looking for a new red, Besame has several gorgeous shades to choose from!

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