Bésame Classic Color Lipsticks in 1930 Tango Red and 1931 Carmine – Photos, Reviews and Swatches 

And we are up for another set of Bésame lipstick review. 😉

Besame Carmine and Tango Red Review and Swatches

If it is your first time in my blog, you can check my previous reviews here.


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

For reference here is the list of my foundation shades:
NC25 (MAC Pro Longwear Foundation) / 1.5 (MAC Matchmaster) Y225 (MUFE Ultra HD) / Light 4 Deauville (NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation)


Besame_Tango Red_Review

Bésame describes this as a peachy orange-red with a semi-matte finish. With the description, I was expecting a more orange colour but when I swatched it, I find that this shade leans more on deep red-orange.

Besame_Tango Red_packaging

Besame_Tango Red_packaging

Besame_Tango Red Swatch

Besame_Tango Red_Review



When Bésame announced that new colours will be available at Sephora USA (that includes Carmine) I got really excited.  Besame lipstick is without a doubt a great product but I’m really curious with this shade.

Described as a bright orange with a semi-matte finish, this colour is perfect for golden and olive skin tones. This reminds me so much of the lip colour in the 1940s.



Besame_Carmine_Review and swatches


  • Bésame lipsticks are priced at 22 USD each.  
  • 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
    • The square end of their lipsticks is simply fantastic because it makes the application easier;
    • You can achieve the perfect shape with no mistakes even without the help of a lip liner.
    • It was comfortable and light on the lips.
  • Long wearing
    • It stayed for more than 7 hours on my lips.
    • 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 there was no bleeding/feathering.
  • It has a vanilla scent same with MAC lipsticks and Colourpop Lippie Stix and it wears off after a while.
  • 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.



  • Bésame Cosmetics is not sold 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.


***There are now 7 11 shades available in Sephora website😀

This remains as the BEST lipstick formula that I have ever tried. I personally recommend this if you want to try red lipsticks but you have a bit of a dry/mature lip texture. (And NO, this isn’t a sponsored post – never was!)

Their formula is so forgiving on the lips and you will not suffer any dryness or blotchiness. 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. ❤

Makeup of the day:

  • Foundation:  La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation in Warm Ivory
  • Concealer:  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Light Pale
  • Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe and Brow wiz in Medium Brown
  • Eyeshadow – Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Cocoa Mirage 
  • Eyeliner –Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black
  • Blush – Tom Ford – Ravish 
  • Contour and Highlight 
    • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Light to Medium Shade
    • I also used Maybelline’s Instant Age rewind Brightener Illuminator underneath.


“Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.”

– Grace Kelly




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