Bésame Classic Color Lipstick in 1920 Besame Red – Photos, Reviews and Swatches

Bésame Cosmetics is one of my greatest discoveries this 2015. The first pair of lipsticks that I bought and reviewed were 1930 Noir Red and 1940 Red Velvet.

Besame Red Review and Swatch

For this post, I will feature one of their most popular shade when you talk about the best red lipsticks in the market. As mentioned before, I was looking for the perfect red lipstick when I found out this brand. A number of people recommended Besame Red, but when I made my order I decided to try Red Velvet first. So now, let us not waste your time and move to the review! 😀


Bésame lipsticks are packaged in a red box designed with brand’s signature chrysanthemum flowers and gold imprints. The size is also smaller than the usual lipstick box.

Besame Cosmetics box_packaging

The packaging of this lipstick is inspired by the 1940’s lipstick bullet. With its small size (3.5 g), it perfectly fits in the pocket of your purse. The gold-plated casing gives a sophisticated and luxurious feel when you hold it.

Please note that if you order thru Sephora.com, there is NO red pouch included in the box. I think you will only get it if you order directly from their website.

Besame Lipstick Review

This is a photo of Bésame lipstick when compared to the sizes of other brands.

Besame Lipstick Size

Bésame Lipstick size

(L-R) YSL Rouge Volupte, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, MAC & Bésame


*please note that due to the difference in undertones, the shades may look brighter or darker to different people.

For your reference, I am NC25 in MAC Pro Longwear Foundation.

1920 Besame Red

Besame Red Packaging

Besame Red Hot Red Packaging

Described as true red with a cooler, blue-toned base with a semi-matte finish. As promised by Bésame, it gives off a rich color with just one swipe.

1940 Red Velvet is darker as compared with Besame Red. While some were saying that this is somewhat similar with  MAC’s Ruby Woo, I would disagree on that. In my opinion, Ruby Woo is richer. (Or maybe at least for me when I used them.)

Besame Red and Besame Red Velvet

Besame Red

Besame Red3


  • Bésame lipsticks are priced at 22 USD each.  The price may be a little bit high for a lipstick but given the formula and performance of the product, it is definitely worth the amount that you will pay for.
  • In Singapore, the price varies as it depends on the current foreign exchange, but in average it is being sold between 40 – 44 SGD.



  • Highly pigmented and very opaque.
    • It gives off a very rich color with just one swipe.
  • Ease of Application
    • I love how they designed their lipsticks (square end) because it makes the application easier and even without the help of a lip liner.
    • The lipstick felt comfortable and light on the lips.
  • Long wearing
    • I wore Besame Red for almost 8 hours. After meals and drinks, the color faded a little BUT! all I had to do was press my lips together (once or twice is enough).
    • After meals, the lipstick was still intact and I did not experience any bleeding/feathering.
  • It has a vanilla scent same with MAC lipsticks and Colourpop Lippie Stix.
  • My lips did not flake out even after wearing it for hours.
  • I feel that my lips were moisturized while wearing them.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Cruelty-Free.


  • Availability
    • Bésame Cosmetics is not available in Singapore. I got my lipsticks from my reliable source of imported beauty products here. (PingBong).

If you do not want to buy from a local seller here (Carousell), you have 2 other options:

  • order directly from their website and pay for the (not-so-inexpensive) international shipping fee (average rate of 44 USD for Singapore) OR
  • order thru Sephora.com. Though this option only works if you have friends/relatives in the US who can help you with your orders. See the complete details of Sephora’s International Shipments here.

***Take note that only 7 shades are available in Sephora website. How I wish that shades like Carmine and other pink shades can also be available. 😀

This is by far, the BEST lipstick formula that I have ever tried. So if you are looking for a lipstick to try, you can give this brand a chance and I promise that it is worth your time and money. The formula is so good that my lips looked and felt lovely, both in person and in the photos. ❤

Makeup of the day:

  • Foundation:  MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC25)
  • Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe and Brow wiz in Medium Brown
  • Eyeshadow 
    • Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette
    • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop 
  • Eyeliner –K-Palette Real Lasting Eye Pencil (1-day Tattoo) in Black
  • Blush – Nars Orgasm
  • Contour – Kat Von D Light & Shade Contour Palette
  • Highlight – Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Light to Medium Shade

…her perfect red lipstick was not a choice but a warning

– Michael Xavier

xoxo berryduchess

8 thoughts on “Bésame Classic Color Lipstick in 1920 Besame Red – Photos, Reviews and Swatches

  1. Hello Sara,

    thank you for visiting my page 😀 my i love them all but if I will rank them, Red Velvet will be my no. 1, followed by Red Hot Red. Maybe you can try the Red Hot Red for your first Besame lipstick 😀

    hope this helps!

  2. Hi, I have read all your Besame reviews and I am trying to decide on my first Besame purchase. I was wondering what your favorite red lipstick is from them. Which do you think is the most flattering on someone with a similar skin tone? I have light skin but have warm yellow/olive undertones.

Let me know your thoughts :)

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