It was my first time in Saskatoon (a very flat city. I know that the prairies are flat, but it's one thing to know and another to see. It was honestly a bit unsettling), and I was asked to be master of ceremonies for the wedding, so Tango Red got a workout for its last test: I wore it for fourteen hours total, drinking and eating and drinking and eating, talking, and chewing my lips anxiously. The guy at the hotel in charge of the reception kept asking me oddly specific questions that I had no idea how to answer, mostly because it wasn't my wedding. But all went off with a hitch, and at 2:30 in the morning after a snack of poutine with a few friends, old and new, I was still mostly wearing it. So spoiler: this is a long-lived lipstick.
Bésame has gained a following from being the featured makeup line on Agent Carter - and for being a brand that plays tribute to the history of makeup. Each lipstick shade is a remake of a previously popular shade. The aesthetic is delicate and old fashioned and girly. I like it.
I originally tried the Bésame formula via a packet of lipstick matches that Rae sent me - I've heard the formula differs a bit from the matches to the tubes, but I can't say I noticed any major differences between the two. I originally tried Red Velvet, but I didn't think it was the most flattering lipstick on me. I then turned to Bésame's other colours to see if there would be one that I liked better. I ended up choosing Tango Red, because I bought a dress with bright pinky reds in it to wear to the wedding, and it looked like it would go, based on my unscientific assessment of the colour swatch on Sephora's website. It matched perfectly.
The tube itself is less hefty than I expected. I really like the way that the bullet is cut - it lets you line your lips with the narrow edge and then you can use the flat sides to fill in the lips. I'm going to try to preserve this, because it works beautifully. The formula itself feels very classically lipsticky, but remains non-drying and a bit lighter than I expected. It wears fairly evenly and the longevity is amazing.
On the day of the wedding, I applied it sometime between 12:45 and 1PM. At the church, I drank a ton of water while helping set things up. After the ceremony, I drank some more and then we hit KFC (popcorn chicken and fries and some Coke, in case you cared). Then we headed back to the hotel, where I drank a beer, chewed my lips, and then fixed some smudges. This was probably around six o'clock. I did touch up the inside of my lips but probably didn't have to. Then I went to the reception where I: did loads of talking because I was the master of ceremonies, had a three course meal, had several drinks, and kissed various people's cheeks. Post reception (about 1:30AM), I went to eat poutine with friends, and I had a bottle of water. At about 2:30, I washed off my makeup, and my lipstick, while faded somewhat, was still mostly intact.
Some iPhone selfies the day of th wedding. I used some shadows from Bare Minerals THe POsh Neutrals palette for my eyes.
Colour me impressed.
I do wish that Bésame had a wider range of lipstick shades, because I really only like Dusty Rose 1969, aside from Tango Red. I also find the pricing on Sephora Canada a bit odd - some of them are $22 and others are $27. For what reason, I don't know - they're all $22 (I'm assuming USD) on Bésame's website, and maybe Sephora Canada hasn't realized the discrepancy? Not that I want them to, but hey.
When you find a poutine-proof lipstick, you hold onto it.
My poutine didn't look as pretty as this - this is my partner's breakfast poutine from the next morning. My waffles are in the top right corner.