Photography me (obviously with an iPhone). PY Artistic Adapatation
Before I explain my love of Disney, I have to tell you about Bésame Cosmetics. It is an unusual beauty company that was founded in 2004 by artist, cosmetic historian and designer, Gabriela Hernandez. Hernandez has a love of vintage make up which is reflected in the product selection and packaging that you see with the cosmetics. I love what they have written on their website:
“Through a keen eye for color and historical expertise, we recreate modern reproductions of classic luxury makeup from the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, designed to make women feel elegant, inspired, and empowered by their beauty.”
Bésame collaborated with Walt Disney on an 80th Anniverary Collection for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (or should we say little people now?). The company painstakingly matched the colors from the original color palette provided by Disney’s Ink and Paint Department to create the beautiful palettes and lipstick colours in the collection.
I LOVE Disney but it isn’t always easy finding products that do not feel childish as much as I may appreciate the cute stuffed animals and snow globes, there comes a time when you have to move on. There is an innocence and a lot of childhood memories that come with Disney and the movie adaptations of the fairy tales that I used to love so much growing up. Cinderella is, has been and always will be my favourite princess but I love Snow White too! These beautiful cosmetics are a perfect tribute to this beloved film. The packaging is, by far, the most perfect that I’ve seen out of any collabs Disney has done in the past with any of the cosmetic giants. MAC, Lorac and Sephora also worked on collections, but nothing has ever been done with this kind of attention to detail.
I went a little crazy and bought the Snow White Travel Bag, Icon Book Bag (a makeup case), the Ever After Translucent Pearl Powder, the Keep Singing and I’m Wishing Eyeshadow Palettes and all 4 Classic Colour Lipsticks (Snow White Red, Make A Wish, One Bite and Love’s First Kiss). I can’t give you a true review of all of the products, I’ve only tried the eye shadow once. They are almost too beautiful to touch. I can tell you that the lipstick is long lasting and true to the colour in the tube. It’s intense and likely more pigmented than what you may be used to. There is even a specific way to apply their lipsticks – here is a link to see how https://besamecosmetics.com/blogs/blog/how-to-apply-besame-lipstick It really works – my lipstick stayed on all morning AND because of the unique shape of the bullet, I didn’t need a separate lip liner. It is perfect, but it does take a little getting used to. You cannot put this product on with a heavy hand.
One more tidbit about the company itself. They have AMAZING customer service. Sephora only carried a very limited collection of the Snow White line, so I bit the bullet (lipstick bullet that is) and ordered them from the US site. I pre-paid duty and shipping so that there wouldn’t be an issue on delivery. Sure enough, I got a notice from UPS that they tried to deliver my product twice but duty wasn’t paid. I had proof of payment, so I contacted them and they basically told me that if they tried to deliver it one more time it would get rejected, and that I had to pay the duty AGAIN or go to their depot which is out of my way. I explained my situation to 3 different people and they all told me that it wasn’t their problem and to contact Bésame. I thought that I was going to get the run-around from them, instead, they could not have been more helpful. They looked into everything, confirmed that I had indeed paid the duty and they gave me a full refund on the duty and threw in free shipping for the hassle (which wasn’t their fault). Not only is their packaging impeccable, but so is their customer experience.
These products (minus the powder) and others like a mini-lipstick collection, lip balm, rouge and a scarf are still available their website. If you are interested, and a Disney lover, I highly recommend the collection, particularly their lipsticks.