Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Besame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder

Have I mentioned that I love packaging? I LOVE PACKAGING. And damn, Besame Cosmetics has got their shit together on that front.

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.

36 comments:

  1. Man, you look FLAWLESS. I love how your headband, earrings, and eyeshadow all work nicely with the 'violet' theme.

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    1. Thank you! I wear this product fairly frequently, but I chose this picture since it seemed purple enough.

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  2. Holy crap Robyn, you look gorgeous!!!!

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  3. Your makeup is really gorgeous!
    I have melasma and lavender powder is great for evening out the brown patches.

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    1. Interesting! I usually hear that it is used to cancel out yellowness, but, for a lot of people, it could probably even out brown as well!

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  4. Beautiful photo! Do you take your photos with flash? I can never get decent indoor photos of myself, but yours are always flawless. Probably my camera is just too crappy.

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    1. I do not take photos with flash! I recommend finding a really good window (test whatever windows you can) and taking a few test photos. Natural light always looks best!

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    2. Ah, I think it is just the terrible lighting in my current place then. One more (minor) reason to move. Thanks.

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  5. I really love Besame. I have the entire line except for the balm and violet powder. Gabriela is very gracious and I've yet to find a product of theirs that wasn't top notch. It is expensive and rather tiny in quantity, but overall I love the glamorous aspect of the packaging. Thanks for the review!

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    1. It can definitely be worth it to spend a little more for something that makes you feel super fancy.

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  6. I do have one question: I would think that it would be the opposite. Wouldn't warmer people want to use this to cool down our complexions? That's why I wanted it.

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    1. I think it's common for people to choose products to cancel out tones in their skin. The problem is that if all your skin is warm, you're going to have to dust your whole body with this, or your face will be a different color than your neck and shoulders! If your face is much warmer than your body, then this could work if you're not using foundation. (But if you are using foundation, I recommend matching to your neck anyways, so, even if your face is warm, it would be covered and this wouldn't be relevant!)

      Sorry if that was a little garbled. Hopefully that made sense!

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  7. I'd never heard of this brand before so I went to their website after reading this and just, holy gold compact, Batman. Those are GORGEOUS and I kind of need one.

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  8. Your skin looks amazing. You look retouched! Perhaps it is more special than you initially thought (at least in photos)!

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    1. Well... thank you! Flattering lighting and a good skin day are no small players here.

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  9. Two things: 1. You are ridiculously photogenic. 2. I had to have this product, so I just ordered it and some lipstick as well.

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  10. It's cute! And I'd definitely find it worth trying, as I have occasionally ended up with bases a bit too yellow for my neutral-skinned self. It's too bad there's a floral fragrance, though. Most florals hate me.

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    1. Aw. That is too bad. I love the scent!

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  11. You are gorgeous.
    That headband (?) is everything.
    And so is that hair.

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    1. I think the word is 'regal'.

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    2. Thank you!

      (I DON'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE ALL THESE COMPLIMENTS.)

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  12. The powder looks really cool, is it possible to see a before and after so that I can have an idea of how effective this powder is?

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  13. Robyn, you look amazing! I've been wanting this powder forEVER and you just pushed me over the edge to order. Thank you!

    By the way, for anyone on the fence about Besame stuff, their lipsticks are top-notch in my opinion. And if you're curious to try them but aren't willing to commit $22 for the experiment, they sell these adorable little matchbooks with samples of two of their colors for $6. I'm so glad I started with that, 'cause I found out that the color I was lusting after wasn't great for me (but another one I wouldn't have bought turned out to be perfect). So I hope that helps someone.

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  14. I love the whole concept of this product - vintage packaging, vintage idea (violet powder! Seriously, people!), gorgeous!

    Ditto to the headband in that last photo - rock it!

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  15. You look AMAZING! The headband really pulls the whole look together with the eyeshadow and the earrings and everything.

    I can't really tell by the photo but how do you have your hair done up? It looks great and as someone with (almost) equally long hair I want to know how you keep it off your neck and looking nice.

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  16. OK, SUPER dumb question, but: how do you tell if you are cool or warm toned? I have some unfortunate redness in my cheeks, I can only wear warm neutral eyeshadows, but my lipsticks need to be cool-toned or I look just terrible.

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  17. I want their cream rouge SO BAD. And their cake mascara fascinates me, as I'm lucky enough to have pr abundant/long lashes but while the roots are black, the ends are near translucent.

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  18. Where can I purchase this? I need this! And where can I purchase that gorgeous purple blush from Anna Sui that you reviewed ages ago?

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    1. The violet powder is available on the Besame website ( http://www.besamecosmetics.com/ ) and the Anna Sui blush is available on Beautylish right here: http://www.beautylish.com/s/anna-sui-rose-cheek-color-100-mystic-rose
      I have been lusting after those too ;)

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  19. Maybe I've just been buying the wrong products, but the price for this, especially given the great aesthetic and packaging, seems okay to me. I was using MUFE HD microfinishing powder, which is $34 for 0.3 oz ($113.33/oz) and L'Oreal sells a translucent powder for $15.99 for 0.15 oz ($106.60/oz), so the violet powder does more and is a little cheaper.

    Also, have you seen/know anything about using corn starch as a finishing powder? I've seen a bunch of blogs about it and I use it as a dry shampoo, but I can't find anything more credible. Or if that's not interesting enough, maybe a post about general DIY/homemade cosmetics?

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  20. A question about this product, if I may - you're pretty pale, usually the palest colour in a lot of foundations. Do you think someone even paler than you could wear this? Most of the foundations you mention on your blog are pretty darn pale but are just a shade too dark on me, and I've found that the best match for my neck is Illamasqua Skin Base in 02. I ordered a violet finishing powder from another company online because I wanted to experiment with a sort of otherworldly glow look and thought a violet powder might be the way to go, but it's actually a little darker than my skin, so it just makes my face look dirty. Do you reckon I'd be likely to have a similar problem with the Besame powder? Thanks for taking the time to read, and for your excellent and often hilarious reviews. My friend has started doing "if this perfume was a fictional character it would be X" on his facebook thanks to you.

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