Sunday, 7 November 2010

Review: Bésame Voluptuous Lip Colour Set in Red Velvet

A few weeks ago I posted about a new red lipstick I had allowed into my relatively small inner-circle of scarlet-hued beauties. As a capricious 20-something female with a penchant for classic Hollywood-style glamour, I am hugely selective about the red lipsticks I allow into my stable (filled only with the best, most racing thoroughbreds). I like the strong, screaming and stubborn - and who wouldn't? Red is a colour which can often put the frighteners on many an unaccustomed lady, but when you want it, you want it to be strictly non-migratory (such as the African swallow... thanks Monty Python) and to last the distance.


I think the main thing I find frustrating about the red lip, though, is the little question of lipliner. I once hustled to NARS after having purchased the ultimate Cruella de Vil lipstick - Red Lizard - and was approached by a sales lady inquiring if I needed any help in a twinkly-sweet-customer-pleasing voice. I explained: I needed a lipliner which matched exactly; no half measures. I wanted a screaming lipliner to match my screaming lips. She looked blank and pulled out a little drawer, displaying the paltry selection of various nudes before starting dubiously towards the darkest one, uttering the fatal words 'This might go?'

Anyway, before this post is overtaken by a rant, I'll stop with the digression and get to the point. It's rare that I'm genuinely impressed by all-in-one type kit products because there's always one product which lets it down. When I received a little kit from Bésame to review, care of Coco Beau, I was understandably a little wary and was beady-eyed from the beginning.

The product in question is a Voluptuous Lip Colour Set in Red Velvet, a vintage-boudoir-inspired set containing a lipstick, lipliner and a lipbrush. Bésame feel like a brand with a flair for finishing touches - the brush, the mini velvet travel sleeve and a helpful set of friendly tips make for a nice addition without being patronising. In short, this is a one-stop easy-install model for instant glamour with vintage-styling which would look great with a lightbulb mirror, and a matchy-matchy feel which is kitsch and appealing.


THE LIPSTICK
Both colour and texture-wise, the lipstick in this set is between MAC's Dubonnet lipstick and Red Lizard by NARS. It has a warm-pinkish lean within the classic red range and is creamy and smooth to apply with a satin finish rather than the classic Hollywood matte. The lipstick screams with pigmentation - perhaps down to the mineral formula - and is a full-on red which can easily be sheered out (but why should you?!) Lasting power is great; I wasn't counting the first time, but I consistently get great wear out of this whilst both eating and drinking and it doesn't feel drying on the lips. I do detect a hint of vanilla-y waxy scent from this, which doesn't bother me, but may well bother others. This lipstick, interestingly, does contain a veritable apothecary of intriguing ingredients, though: rose wax for silkiness, and aloe, green tea and botanical oils to protect and soothe.

Lipstick and lipliner swatched together.


THE LIPLINER
My favourite thing about this set are the matching products which tie it all together. The lipliner is, of course, a perfect match for the lipstick and all the hard work is done for you here. It is an automatic pencil and twists up smoothly with no need to sharpen. It is creamy and smooth and works well on its own too, as well as underneath the lipstick, and it's lovely and easy to apply with no dragging on the lips.

THE BRUSH
The brush is a petite little thing which at first sight may look a little flimsy, but don't knock it 'til you've tried it. It's actually perfectly ergonomically designed to fit between the thumb and index finger, the bristles are soft and are staying firmly put. They're just stiff enough to glide around the contours of your lips but not too stiff to hurt. One main criticism I do have, though, is the lack of a little lid or protective cover to stop the residual product from getting all over your makeup bag. It's a small detail, but for me, one I would have liked to see.

ALL IN ALL, I have to say I love this little set - it's definitely a La-Z boy set with everything included and pre-matched for you. I love the packaging and style of the whole set, and the way it's carried through, even down to the lipbrush, and the product itself is exemplary - beautiful on a fair few skin tones, creamy, pigmented and moisturising and the one-way stop for Hollywood-style glamour for those of us less-inclined to play matchy-matchy with finding a lipliner in the bewildering world of brands! brands! brands! and sell! sell! sell! It retails at £30 from Coco Beau, and you can investigate the other shades here.

* This product was sent to me for review from Coco Beau. I am neither affiliated with Coco Beau nor Bésame Cosmetics, and I do not receive financial compensation for reviewing the products - and I wouldn't show you them if I didn't love and truly recommend them.

8 comments:

  1. I want. That is all :)

    Great review, you look fabulous in that pic, red lippy really suits you.

    xxx

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  2. Gah! You make me want things I shouldn't. Naughty!

    Kelly x

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  3. This kinda red looks gorgeous on you girl!You do look like an old-Hollywood star! :D
    And the packaging is so beautiful!I love anything vintage-looking!
    xx

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  4. siiigh just lovely!

    I must admit I hadn't heard of coco beau or besame - but I'll def keep a wee eye out now

    and this red is just gorgeous on you - perfect!

    a x

    www.girlinthecityglasgow

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  5. siiigh just lovely!

    I must admit I hadn't heard of coco beau or besame - but I'll def keep a wee eye out now

    and this red is just gorgeous on you - perfect!

    a x

    www.girlinthecityglasgow

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  6. @loveaudrey thank you my love! I'm still learning to feel completely comfortable in it, but I just love how it looks in photos, so classic and elegant :) xxx

    @Kelly Could always ask Monsieur Ant for a stocking filler ;) x

    @Fern Oh, you are far too lovely :) x

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  7. @Ria Such a gorgeous set with lovely detailing, no? I love :) I feel so classic and elegant in red lipstick :) xx

    @girlinthecity I hadn't heard of Bésame either until I was sent this, but I'm seriously impressed! Coco Beau are a lovely small company specialising in high-end, good-quality and harder to find makeup. Really friendly bunch and lovely business manner :) xx

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