Besame Cosmetics: Delicate Rouge Blush Review

When it comes to make up, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. I love the way it can transform the face, enhancing features whilst concealing others. I also adore the way it can be used alongside a vintage look to further enhance that look. For instance, a classic red lip immediately finishes a retro 1950s style.

In some ways, I feel I should be more adventurous with make up, and question why this is not the case. I am adventurous with my clothing and hair, experimenting with different styles and genres. Maybe, when it comes to make up, I am a tad cowardly. Of course, I love a red lipstick. In fact, pretty much all my lipsticks are shades of red, from dark berry to bright corals. I tend to steer clear of pink, as I find it makes me look a tad unwell (perhaps I have just been using the wrong shades for my skin tone).

My usual make up products consist of: very light touch of foundation, powder, blush, eyebrow pencil and lipstick. Generally, I do not wear eye make up (as it usually ends up irritating my eyes or melted-off into the crease of my eyelids. Not attractive). But, on occasion I do  *and let it be noted, for these pictures I am indeed wearing eye make up – eyeshadow, mascara and a swipe of white liner in the inner rim*.

Anyway, whilst I may not be wildly adventurous when it comes to make up, I am of course interested in it. One such company that commands my complete attention is USA based Besame.

Launched in 2004, the company specialises in recreating authentic colours and formulations. Usually, when a cosmetics company focuses on vintage shades, they tend to hone-in on the 1950s or 1960s. Besame however, cover the entire first half and beyond of the twentieth century.

I was lucky enough to receive two matchbox testers of their Red Hot Red and Besame Red lipsticks from a make up masterclass with Vanessa Frankenstein last year (which you can read about here). Not only are the colours period appropriate, but the packaging is so beautiful.

So, onto the point of this rambling, long blog post. A few weeks ago, I had to go away for a few days. Upon packing my blusher, I accidentally dropped it, and it broke. So, I now found myself in need of a new blusher to replace my old one with. Immediately, I thought of Besame. But, there was a problem. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ALL THE UK STOCKISTS OF BESAME? Seriously, if anyone knows the answer to this question, please let me know in the comments. I checked all the places that I had known did at one point or another, stock Besame – only to find them all no longer carrying the brand. Through an Instagram conversation with Eleanor (@valle_mortis) I discovered that Beauty Bay were stocking Besame in the UK. At this point, you may cry ‘but why did you not just purchase from the Besame website?’ – because they only ship to the USA. And even if they did ship to the UK, I dread to imagine the shipping and customs charges.

Now, onto the actual product. The sturdy outer cardboard box is beautifully illustrated, and lists all the ingredients, along with the shade number. Opening the box, a gorgeous round compact is revealed, that fits nicely into the palm of the hand. Unscrewing the lid, a little round mirror is contained affixed to the inside. The blush itself is generous, at 4.5grams. To attempt to put that into context, my previous blush – Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush only contains 2.5grams.

The blush features a beautiful Besame logo, which I know will eventually wear away with use. To apply, I dabbed my brush into the product. Initially, I was surprised at how loose the particles were. With my Bourjois blush, I had to work the brush right into it to get any product. However, with Besame Delicate Rouge, the product particles are very loose, so you only need to dab gently at the product with your brush. I then spotted the blush onto each cheek. Next, I used the back of my hand to swirl away the excess blush from the brush, then proceeded to work the brush into each cheek to blend the blusher.

The shade I selected was 1915 Rose, and I absolutely adore it. Compared to my previous Bourjois blush, the difference in tone when I compared the two side-by-side did disturb me initially (I used 74 Rose Ambre in Bourjois). However, the 1915 is a beautiful pink rose shade. It recreates a natural flush perfectly, putting me in mind of a heroine from a romantic novel (Room with a View anyone?)

I have a feeling this blusher is going to last me a very long time, not only due to the actual amount of product it contains, but also due to not needing to actually apply all that much. Initially it may seem lunacy to spend over £20 on a blusher, but providing I don’t drop this one(!) I imagine I will be using it for a good few years.


  • Blusher – Besame Delicate Rouge in 1915 Rose. Find via Besame’s website, or on Beauty Bay if in the UK
  • Brush used – Real Techniques Multi Task Brush (purchased as part of a set from Superdrug last year)

Where to find Besame Cosmetics in the UK

*This may be subject to change/edits in the future, but as of October 2016 this information is assumed correct*

If anyone knows of any additional UK stockists of Besame, do let me know in the comments!

Until next time dears!



15 thoughts on “Besame Cosmetics: Delicate Rouge Blush Review

  1. Cate says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only who noticed a severe lack of Besamé stockists in the UK! I’m so glad that someone is selling them again now, though and at decent prices. I will definitely be making a purchase in the future. xx

  2. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Cate, I know! I kept seeing all these beautiful posts on Instagram from various like-minded vintage girls, so I assumed it would be easy to get hold of Besame products here in the UK. But it was definitely not the case! It was only through Eleanor on Instagram that I realised Beauty Bay stocked Besame. I did numerous internet searches, all to no avail – and none of them actually showed up Beauty Bay as a stockist either. Hopefully they are going to get stocked on Cult Beauty from November, as one of their Instagram posts alluded to. I know they did have an European stockist with the Vintage Hair Lounge, but that is no longer the case. The same goes for What Katie Did and Deadly is the Female (although Deadly is the Female did have a very small selection of Besame products still listed on their website at heavily reduced prices last time I checked).

    I now really want to try out some of their darker lip shades, so fingers crossed these products get stocked for us here in the UK! 🙂 xxx

  3. Sarah says:

    Very pretty!
    On another note, if you ever happen to drop it, I know how to easily fix it! Just chop the remaining powder(if there are large chunks) in the compact itself with a plastic knife. Put a few drops of rubbing alcohol in and stir until it becomes a paste. Smooth it in the compact, tap it on the counter to help it settle in, and leave the lid off for about an hour. Then put a paper towel or tissue over the makeup and tamp down using a plastic lid or anything flat. Leave the lid off until completely dry, and use as normal! This also works for eyeshadows and other powder products. Hope this helps!

  4. Fraulein Nina says:

    So glad there now appears to be a UK stockist again. I had a chat recently at a fair with the old primary UK stockists and they seemed to have some anger against Besame because they randomly started pulling out of the European market and chose to start going with Sephora. When I ordered my Victory Red lipstick I had to go through US friends and still got an £18 shipping bill. Yikes.

    The blusher looks absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Wow, thank you so much for that wonderful advice! And for taking the time to type it all out, that’s amazing! I shall definitely remember that (although of course I am hoping not to drop this blusher!) 🙂 xx

  6. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Nina,
    Oh no, that shipping bill is awful! I am so so glad that some stockists have started to appear again for us Besame fans in the UK. Also, I noticed that Beauty Bay seem to have re-stocked some of the full size lipsticks (although not the shades I wanted to buy – typical!)
    The blusher really is lovely, and as a little goes a long way I suspect it will last me ages! With the bonus of looking nice on my dressing table at the same time 🙂 xx

  7. Carla says:

    That blush is so lovely on you!! ❤

    And I /vaguely/ recall reading when WKD took Besame off their site, was they were going through a different distributor all of a sudden, and told a lot of UK stockists too late. I'm hoping you get more stockists soon!!!

  8. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Carla,
    I’m just SO glad that there are some stockists for Besame in the UK again now! And when I realised that the usual places that I knew had previously stocked Besame, but were no longer doing so – I thought what is going on? But hurrah for Beauty Bay! And hurrah for Instagram for connecting us vintage gals so we can pass on knowledge to each other! 🙂 xxx

  9. Christina says:

    I always want to have a look at beauty products before I buy. I’m very fussy with colours, if the tone is off slightly, I won’t wear it. And as they are quite pricy I didn’t want to take the risk. Ooh, your bed jacket is lovely, such a shame that the bed jacket has lost favour, so glad there are girls with taste that still sport them!

  10. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Christina, I know exactly what you mean – it can be so tricky buying makeup online! It’s so difficult to judge the colours, and whether they will work on your skin tone etc. Luckily, I think I made the right colour choice with this blush. I was looking at some blushers by The Balm, but all of their shades seem scarily bright in the packaging (although I’m sure they dilute once on the skin). But it was so difficult to decide, so when I realised there was an online stockist of Besame in the UK, I went with them instead. I do like going to Boots and testing out lipstick shades though! 🙂 xx

  11. Laura says:

    I loved the post, I became addicted to Besame when I was living in the State and its so annoying that I can’t find it back in the UK. I see you linked both Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty but neither of those seem to stock it anymore. Any you know where is still stocking Besame in the UK? Thanks

  12. Galina says:

    Sadly as of Feb 2019, there is no trace of Besame on Beauty Bay or Cult Beauty. I’ve managed to find a limited range at and I hope someone can add to this list over time!

  13. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Galina, it’s such a shame that Besame now seems really difficult for us to buy in the UK. I will check out the range available at the sites you mention, thank you so much for the information! I suspect that Besame are reducing their stockists as they now offer worldwide shipping, so are probably pushing for customers to purchase direct from them rather than third parties. But personally, I prefer to buy from within the UK as I feel safer about the postage times etc.

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