Besame Brightening Violet Powder is a faintly lilac-colored setting powder that smells like an explosion of florals. It's purported to brighten up sallow complexions. For cool-toned ladies, I think that the slight purple hue is perfectly for cooling down foundations that lean a little bit too yellow.
The cardboard housing the violet powder opens up like origami, revealing gorgeous drawings of violets.
Consistent with Besame's vintage image, the internal packaging is 1940s chic.
Inside, the jar has a little cotton powder puff. This is cute, but functionally worthless, unless you like applying your powder in unwieldy, heavy segments, a little at a time. Still, I feel like this powder-puff is one of the things that sells the "Oh, of course this is vintage!" vibe. This is especially necessary because...
...it covers a totally modern and convenient hunk of plastic with holes for convenience in application.
The color doesn't whack you over the head with it's purple-ness, which means that this is probably wearable for many people. I would especially recommend this for people who are fair, light, or medium-skinned and cool-toned. On darker skin, I suspect that the light color would look ashy. On warmer skin, I think it might cool down your face too much. I feel that the color is so subtle, though, that, for most people, I wouldn't get too scared. Its most evident effect will be leaving your face matte.
Is this literally the most special thing you could ever buy? No. It would not be impossible to get similar results from a different product. However, the quality of the product is great, it feels super fancy thanks to its excellent smell, and the packaging is unparalleled. If you've been eyeing it, I think you should grab it. As Donna and Tom might say, 'Treat yo self!'
|Besame Violet Powder on Human Face|
The Besame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder retails for $22 for 0.21 ounces of product, putting it at a relatively pricey $104.76 per ounce. For comparison, Bare Minerals' Mineral Veil is $20 for 0.3oz, or $66.67 per ounce.