In the next few days, I will be posting my recent VIB Rouge haul in bits and pieces with corresponding review; that way, I can give you my final thoughts and recommendations in time for your holiday shopping. First on the list? lipstick junkies, say hi to Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in 1933 Merlot ($22, 0.12 oz).

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BESAME COSMETICS CLASSIC COLOR LIPSTICK, 1933 MERLOT, REVIEW, SWATCH

1933 Merlot is described as dark brown brick red with creamy matte texture. The faux gold case with red floral imprints reminds me of old Hollywood glamour, just what the brand embodies: vintage elegance. Both sides of the tip are cut slanted, and for the most part, it is designed for precise application along the lip line. Well not for me. This one requires patience because the tip is not congruent to the size and shape of my lips. Meaning, it isn’t your swipe-and-your-good-to-go type. Apply slowly or better yet, use a lip brush to prevent unsightly errors.

BESAME COSMETICS CLASSIC COLOR LIPSTICK, 1933 MERLOT, REVIEW, SWATCH

There are seven shades (in varying reds) available in the Classic Color line. Interestingly, the years written beside the lipstick name indicate the year that color was originally produced. 1930s marked the era of pencil-thin eyebrows and lipstick obsession (popular colors were maroon and raspberry red, my jelly jams in present time!)

BESAME COSMETICS CLASSIC COLOR LIPSTICK, 1933 MERLOT, REVIEW, SWATCH, TOM FORD BLACK DAHLIA, TOM FORD VELVET CHERRY, TOM FORD WES, TOM FORD PAVLOS

Do you own a similar shade? Here’s Besame 1933 Merlot in comparison to my men, I mean Tom Ford lipsticks. Tom Ford Matte Black Dahlia (review here) and Tom Ford Lip Color Wes (review here) are pulling more berry tone while Tom Ford is Lip Color Pavlos (review here) is on the brown side. Tom Ford Matte Velvet Cherry (review here) is quite close to Merlot, pigmentation-wise.

BESAME COSMETICS CLASSIC COLOR LIPSTICK, 1933 MERLOT, REVIEW, SWATCH

The longevity of 1933 Merlot is relative. It does not budge, feather or fade if left untouched but practically gone after a meal or upon wiping.  Make sure you exfoliate your lips and moisturize prior to application because it does accentuate dryness, a pretty common occurrence amongst matte and dark lipsticks.

Final thoughts: The phenomenal pigmentation compensates for the tricky application. If you’re into mattes and/or adore old Hollywood beauty vibe, Besame Classic Color Lipstick is worth checking out.

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