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??).
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!