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While we’re glad that hot rollers and garter belts are no longer in vogue, we can’t deny the appeal of vintage beauty. We’ve found the easiest way to channel the classic makeup from glam periods past is to stock up on this lipstick and cream rouge pair. Bésame founder and beauty historian Gabriela Hernandez painstakingly recreated her line worn by Hollywood’s leading ladies of a bygone era—think Jean Harlow, Vivien Leigh, and Marilyn Monroe. The Classic Color Lipstick in Besame Red is made with extradense, long-lasting pigments, and the gold-plated tubes come in luxe red velvet pouches. The versatile Crimson Cream Rouge, a lip and cheek cream, takes its influences from the ’30s with a red and gold floral tin.
What I love the most about this lipstick is that it is a true cool-ish red that doesn't turn pink on me -- it actually stays red-red. I'm docking one star because the shape of the lipstick is an unusual wedge shape, which makes it awkward to apply without going over your lipline (you could easily use a brush or your fingertip, though), and the formula's a little dry. The cream rouge is a little less pigmented than the lipstick, but looks great on the lips and cheeks, and it's easy to blend out on your skin. It's still pigmented enough that I'd imagine it would show up on the very darkest skintone.
The packaging is beautiful and sturdy and looks great on your vanity.
I love this stuff! I was actually more excited about the rouge when I ordered it, but since I don't have a classic red lipstick I bought the duo. I was pleasantly surprised by the lipstick. I get compliments everytime I wear it. I wore it for a night on the town and didn't have to reapply even once! it is matte and doesn't feather and will stay on your lips even through drinking and eating for 12+ hours. Seriously impressed! the rouge is just as nice, I was just in complete shock by how amazing the lipstick is!
On a side note, I am cooled toned and very fair skinned. This is more of a blue red lipstick so if you are warm toned, I would consider getting a shade other than besame red. But if youre cool toned, this is the best lipstick ever!
I have both of these (the lipstick and blush) - they both stay on all day - I might put some chap stick over it because it is a little dry (matte), other than that, I absolutely love this product.5
The rouge is good as a lip tint! The red lipstick is creamy and long lasting. The packaging is BEAUTIFUL.5
I bought this lipstick based on the great reviews and I was not disappointed. The lipstick is a beautiful candy red that stays on all day. The cream is good for lips as well. I don't use it on my brown cheeks because it looks too clownish.5
Just a small swipe is all you need! Really nice color and product lasts several hours, especially on your cheeks.5
As if the beautiful packaging isn't enough to make you fall in love with this product, the color and lasting power of the pigment will win you over. Great product!4
I feel like I'm using my Grandmother's rouge and very, very red lipstick. It's pretty much a stain which is a nice way to get through meals and a full night out. The rouge is lovely and easy to use with your finger or a brush and melts right into your skin. But the lipstick is one of those that men hate because it truly will stain their clothes and their face if you kiss them on their cheek or lips. Yes I'm naughty enough to mark my man. The two are perfect together because they colors match exactly and look great on. I am very fair skinned so if I can wear it I think just about anyone can wear a real red. BRAVO Birchbox for another great set of products.5
I love the vintage look of these products and the formulas are incredible, so pigmented, so emollient, I just love everything about them.
I love them so much that I bought an additional set to gift a friend!
I was looking for something in a red lipstick and rouge that was really classic, yet quality. I am very impressed and satisfied with this product the lipstick does not stain your teeth even without having to put your finger in your mouth traditionally to get access off and a portion of your lips. The lipstick stays on for hours without feathering are becoming cracked or dry at all.5