Beauty Expert contacted me to ask if I'd like to try the new Besame Voluptuous lip kit they've recently started to carry. As this particular girl can never have enough reds, I jumped at the opportunity.
The Voluptuous set is the first product in the new line that Besame is launching. The lipstick is full size (4g) and comes with a matching twist up lipliner and lip brush for £25. It would make a nice gift; the products come packaged in a matching box, and as a set it's a lovely indulgence. Although the lip brush is a good texture it's not portable, having no lid on it; you could keep it in the plastic resealable bag it comes in, but that doesn't really match the elegance of the rest of the packaging. I'd prefer to just buy the lipstick and liner for slightly less, and I do wonder if Besame has limited its appeal by only selling as a set of three items. This being said, I was very impressed with the lip liner, and I don't usually bother with matching lip liners; I think you can see in the picture that I have a much sharper and cleaner lip line than when I just use a red lipstick on its own (as I normally do.) It also matches the lipstick absolutely perfectly.
This has the traditional Besame vanilla scent, and the satin texture. The Voluptuous formula is easier to apply and less heavy than the Enchanting formula, and the bullet feels less fragile than the smaller Enchanting, although as it is less pigmented it does not have quite the same longevity as the Enchanting formula. It still lasts well and fades evenly on me (without the red ring of horror appearing around my lipline when it fades) but I do need to reapply after lunch, whereas the Enchanting lasts all day.
Red Velvet is a great red; it's a slightly muted red that isn't too warm or cool. If (in Besame Enchanting) Carmine is a Grace Kelly colour and Red Hot Red is a Marilyn Monroe, Red Velvet is the Lauren Bacall of reds. It's what I call a casual red (like Kevyn Aucoin Dantique, Lipstick Queen Rust or Julie Hewett Coco Noir); in that it is definitely red, but doesn't shout "Look at these RED lips" when you enter a room. The Voluptuous Lip Colour Set is also available in Champagne and Rapture Rose.
This picture is of the Red Velvet lipstick applied, with the Red Velvet liner then applied around my lipline afterwards to sharpen the line.
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