Sunday, 29 May 2011

LOTD: Besame 'Carmine'

This Lip Of The Day is brought to you by Besame's Classic Colour Lipstick in Carmine*.

Besame Cosmetics is a range created to resurrect a more glamourous age, the packaging is sheer 40's feminine luxe and the colours are true retro, pin-up tones.

Carmine is a very orange/red coral, but it's not sheer; it's a semi-matte with an extreme density of colour. I needed barely any to get my lips covered. The lipsticks are infused with Vitamins A, E & C, aloe & green tea and unlike some mattes (*cough MAC cough*), this formula manages to remain softening & didn't dry my lips at all.

I got about 4 or 5 hours wear before it needed touched up, which I think is pretty good, but I was more amazed by the fact my lips didn't dry out. The shape of the bullet is unusual, but I found it surprisingly easy to apply - I was worried the flat edge would be too big to maneuver, but actually it gave a really nice clean line - this was photographed without a lipliner.

Overall, this is a really wearable red, especially if you like orange toned reds (as opposed to cool blue toned ones). The price (£22) is definitely reflected in the luxurious packaging & the formulation of the lipstick. If you like the look of this, you can pick yours up from Coco Beau & whilst you're there, check out some of the other delights, such as the Powder Compacts.

*PR Sample


  1. This is an absolutely beautiful colour. It might be worth mentioning that this is the new larger size for £22 - when I saw the packaging I thought it was the original (tiny) Enchanting lipstick, which Cult Beauty sell for £11. I'll be interested to try the new ones to see if they've changed the formula at all.

  2. @Grace interesting, I was unaware that it comes in a smaller size! This is def a full normal bullet sized (3.5g). I was really surprised by how 'non drying' it was, especially for a matte lip. really impressed! x

  3. Oh, the color is really gorgeous. Looks perfect even for a fair skin tone! I love the packaging. I wonder if they ship to the states?

  4. That looks really good on you and so well applied! I'm a bit too clumsy with a lip brush for deep reds! x

  5. and what a lip it is!!!! gorgeous and expertly applied :D


  6. Love this colour - looks perfect on you.

  7. gorgeous shade :) funny enough i havent tried the knife was scared of chipping them? but will try it now, thanks again i do love the palette x

  8. This looks gorgeous! Been lusting after besame