I’m not one to get overly hyped out about new makeup products on the market, I’m pretty happy with buying cheap if it does the job or more expensive if that’s what’s needed, but I certainly don’t get caught up with brands.
However, when Besame Cosmetics released their new 1941 Victory Red Lipstick with a limited edition pin, I had to have it. I own countless red lipsticks but I adore the little golden bullets that house my Besame ones.
I’ve always found the ‘Beauty Is Duty’ slogan in WW2 rather fascinating. Women viewed it as a patriotic duty to look the best they could during these rationed times and as much as the male soldiers were expected to present a certain level of groomed appearance, women serving in the army were also issued with red lipsticks!
Victory Red has been created by Besame to be a exact replica of this lipstick thanks to lots of research and sampling. It’s a beautiful red and has fast become one of my favourites since receiving it a few weeks ago.
This lipstick is the same creamy semi-matte finish like the rest of the Besame lipsticks. It’s rich in tone, easy to apply, lasts well during the day and is highly pigmented.
I wear red lipstick just about every day and for years, I’ve been applying it the same exact way- conceal, foundation, lip liner and lipstick.
I recently posted a video showing this process using Victory Red and had a number of comments from people not understanding why I conceal my lips first.
The answer is simple… longevity. It not only helps to prevent feathering and bleeding, but I believe it helps keep the lipstick on longer. Plus, you get a more pigmented, richer result.
It doesn’t dry my lips our or feel heavy but of course everyone is different.
To get rich, highly pigmented base for Victory Red, I lined and filled in my lips using the Besame Masterliner Lip Pencil in Red. It’s become my favourite lip liner thanks to it’s smooth application and dense colour but it certainly doesn’t last as long as a regular pencil so I try not to use it everyday.
You can see from the above picture that even the ‘Red’ end of the Masterliner Lip Pencil is still very pink- in fact it matched the colour of my Miss Candyfloss dress I was wearing perfectly!
Once I’ve got a good outline with the pencil, I find it easy enough to apply the lipstick without a brush. The colour of Victory Red is so gorgeous, pretty much a perfect red in my eyes and very close to one of my longtime favourite reds- Natio RUSH.
I’m really glad I snagged Victory Red while it still came with the limited edition pin- it looks like it’s all sold out now!
If you haven’t tried a Besame lipstick before, take a look at their range as there’s a colour for everyone! My other two favourites are Red Velvet and Red Hot Red.
For those of you outside the USA like me, I’d recommend finding a local retailer or ordering from the Besame Australia website– shipping from the USA website for me was SUPER expensive and took nearly two weeks just to ship. But, if you wanted the Victory Red pin, that was the only way to get it as no-one else had it in stock. I’ll definitely buy locally for any other future purchases.
Do you have a Besame collection? What is your favourite shade?
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