PROS: highly pigmented, multitasking, long-lasting
One of my favorite hobbies is watching Old Hollywood films. The actresses of that era, especially Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, Myrna Loy, Claudette Colbert, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, and of course Audrey and Marilyn as well as Lucille Ball, have been huge inspirations for my style, both fashion and beauty.
So through my quest to find vintage-inspired cosmetics I discovered Besame, one of the best out of the many beauty brands with a retro image. Besame actually reproduces updated versions of cosmetic formulas, colors, and packaging of the past, which is pretty amazing! Crimson Cream Rouge is one of their standout products.
AVAILABILITY: www.besamecosmetics.com, Amazon, and various online boutiques
APPLICATION and APPEARANCE ON CHEEKS: Matte finish. No need for a brush, just your fingertips! Only a slight, very very VERY light tap is needed for each cheek when applied over foundation. Besame recommends applying it underneath however, and I second this tip. Because that way, you can apply much more generously (as it can be difficult to get the proper amount) and you can achieve a natural, glowing, 'lit-from-within' look.
If you accidently over-apply when using over foundation, blend a little concealer or foundation into it to reduce the intensity.
When using rouge under foundation, apply moisturizer first. This makes the rouge more 'spreadable.' I personally like to place it on the cheekbones and spread it all the way to the temples (or vice versa).
APPLICATION and APPEARANCE ON LIPS: On the lips, even though this is not a drying product, I recommend applying lip balm first. Make sure nearly all of it is absorbed or tissued off before applying rouge. You can use your finger to get a 'stained' appearance with a single light layer, or apply more heavily for a completely opaque look. Very buildable. You can use a lip brush for a more precise look. Comfortable to wear, with a near-matte finish.
COLOR: A beautiful shade of true red. Should flatter all skin tones, as it seems rather neutral to me. Because of its natural appearance, it will complement any lip color when used as a blush.
PERFORMANCE: Lasts all day on average on the face, lips may need touching up after eating/drinking.
SCENT: Cherry-scented. Very light. A tad medicinal, but I still really like it! Not detectable once applied.
PACKAGING: The metal vintage reproduction tin that contains the product is gorgeous. Red with metallic gold accents. Although stunning, it isn't the easiest or most convenient thing to maneuver. To open, pinch the lid while twisting the bottom portion clockwise. Closing it is very difficult for me, haven't figured out any tricks to make it easier yet but I basically just put the lid on top and push it down once it is aligned with the bottom.
LONGEVITY OF PRODUCT: Extremely pigmented and concentrated. I've had it for over 9 months now and I haven't even made a dent in it yet! Granted I do not use it on a regular basis but I know I've applied it at least 30-40 times on the cheeks, a few times on the lips...it goes to show you how little you need! Great value!