This reds palette is the real deal. I’ve been playing with it for a couple of months and as far as reds are concerned, all is GOOD. The Besame Cosmetics Vintage Reds Pro Palette offers five reds raging from deep wine reds to more orange/ true red colors. My favorite on myself (see image) is Merlot, a truly 1930’s red that applies and feels semi matte, to me the perfect balance for a lip color with this pigment. Mattes are great but in winter time, they can be challenging, and I end up relying on lip treatments before I start makeup on my client/ model.
When I bought my Besame Cosmetics Vintage Reds Pro Palette, I called the Besame store in Burbank, CA and had it shipped to me in NJ. For a while I’d been in desperate need for true reds, reds that don’t fray and look good on camera. I try lots of lipsticks regularly and I gotta say, palettes always win because when I need to come up with a color, I can just look at these and in my head decide to use them as they come or mix with a different medium to alter the shade. If and when I mix my colors, I use the Makeup Forever Flash Palette, I can create any color with a good base of red and make them more fuchsia with white or warm them up using an orange/ yellow.
Back to Besame, I hope you like the swatches. As most of you know, I do makeup professionally and although I have many drugstore and prestige brands I like, my preference always lies with pro brands. The range of colors in this palette is Besame Red, Cherry Red (as seen on Jessica Lange in American Horror Story), Red Hot Red, Red Velvet (as seen on TV show Agent Carter) and Merlot (see my photo). These colors can also be purchased individually on the Besame Cosmetics website. I just love being able to scoop product out and customize. Pigment is strong for these colors, ingredients are squalene, vitamin C and aloe and there is a soft vanilla after taste/ flavor.
This month Besame Cosmetics will be hosting its official Sephora launch in New York City. There will also be a private event hosted at Chic Studios, New York on Janurary 30th. Gabriella Hernandez will be in town to do a demo on historical makeup looks, this is a very unique opportunity for makeup enthusiasts. If you want an invite and live in the area, drop me your email address below. Space is limited.
***This palette was my own purchase using my pro artist discount***
**All opinions and views are my own.