Remember that blog post I teased a little while ago? Well, it’s finally time! Many of you already know that I’ve been planning an in depth review of Bésame Cosmetics’ Snow White inspired line of cosmetics and artifacts, and here it is! From the first “Storybook” eyeshadow palette released, to their cosmetic travel bag, I’ve acquired (almost) the entirety of the collection thanks in part to Bésame for sending me free products to review, and to my pocket book because some items I just HAD to have right away. That being said, despite being a Bésame Cosmetics lover for many years, I wanted to give an in-depth review talking about the ins-and-outs of this collection. What you absolutely NEED, what you can do without, and let’s be honest, what looks prettiest sitting on the shelf.
For those who aren’t entrenched in the world of Bésame and all the beauty it brings, their Snow White collection was created in official collaboration with Disney for Snow White’s 80th anniversary. This meant that they could combine their stunning vintage aesthetic with Snow White’s 1930s color palette. After looking through and researching the original artwork and colors used for the animation by the Disney Ink & Paint Department, Bésame carefully chose colors to recreate, and proceeded to make the most beautiful Disney-inspired makeup line in existence.
Since this is such an extensive line of cosmetics and I don’t wish to overwhelm you, I’m going to take it one batch of products at the time.
While Bésame is famous for their lipsticks (this collection boasts 11 shades alone!), I want to start my review by focusing on their eyeshadow palettes since this is a realm less explored by the brand. I’ll start out with a caveat: I am personally not much of an eyeshadow wearer. My general routine is a soft, subtle brown on the lids, and white along the lashes and brows to brighten them. As such, my opinions might differ a bit from the gals who regularly experiment with shadow and take a more current approach with their makeup. I’m all about doing my best to recreate vintage images!
The first item released from the line was the “Storybook” palette (which is sadly no longer available, and I’m lucky to have snagged to start my collection). Of all of the cosmetics featured in the Snow White collection, this item is by far the most beautifully packaged – easily the purest jewel in the mine. From start to finish, this palette is pure Snow White. Not only is the whole thing packaged in the book that opens the original movie, but inside houses a small mirror, a detailed diagram of where each of the 20 shades presented were used on Snow White for her original artwork, and suggestions on how to recreate her face with their products.
The colors themselves range from nudes to bright blues, reds, and yellows, making this quite the versatile palette. As is my preference, all shades are matte. Since my palette has gotten quite a bit of use since I bought it and is no longer pristine, I linked an image from their Instagram showing off the colors. It’s an accurate depiction of the shades, albeit the tiniest bit more muted than they are in real life. The pigmentation on these, when applied, is on the softer side and very blendable. They can be built up if desired, but I personally stay away from extreme shadows.
My current go-to shades for daily use (and what I’m wearing in the picture above) are Pastel 105, a white with just a hint of warmth to blend out under the brow bone and line the eye, Saddle 104, a light nude brown for the lids and to blend out to the brow, and Saddle 106, a soft brown with the slightest red undertone for the crease. I also find myself reaching for this palette when I want a 1960s look. The blues work wonderfully for the era, and I find the formula never settles into my creases, so I don’t have to worry about the brighter colors becoming a problem. Of the 20 shades, the bright red is the only one I haven’t found a use for (although this might be a deeply intrenched aversion from the one time I tried red shadow in my mid-teen emo days and was told I looked injured).
On the flip side of this first palette, is Bésame’s recent release of two new eyeshadow palettes (which were shown in the original sneak peeks of the collection, but didn’t drop until last month). Unlike the “Storybook” shadows, the “Keep Singing” and “I’m Wishing” shadows are presented like traditional palettes and simply decorated with a color snapshot of the moment that inspired each one. As such, they’re a bit sturdier, hold more shadow, and are easier to keep clean. Luckily, the wear seems to be the same as the first palette, so I never have to worry about crease problems or fall out.
Of the two, I have found the “I’m Wishing” palette to be much more useful than its sister. Although I’ll dip into one color for a look, I don’t find that the primary colors found in “Keep Singing” lend themselves to a single, cohesive eyeshadow look. The only exception to this is that when I run out of my every day shades from the “Storybook” palette, I plan to use this one. The White as Snow and The Fairest shades from “Keep Singing” work nicely for a similar nude look. That being said, this is a great supplemental palette to “I’m Wishing” because it helps add depth to dark 20s and 30s looks, and the only unwearable color for me is the bright yellow Destiny shade.
“I’m Wishing” easily features my favorite collection of colors of the lot. The stunning rosey hues and pigmented blues are great for anything from 20s to 60s (and beyond!) I used this palette to create my dramatic, 1930s look pictured straight above, and was incredibly happy with the blending of colors (we ignore the brows – too thick to be tamed without going the glue route!). A few days before that, I was able to use the palette for a soft pink version of my normal 50s/60s look.
If the packaging is irrelevant to your decision, and you can only afford one palette, I would say “I’m Wishing” is the way to go for a makeup user like myself. At $38, it’s about half the price the “Storybook” palette was, and I would say just as useful (and a bit more unique) in the shades it offers. The “Keep Singing” palette can probably be skipped as a base palette, but helps serve as a supplemental palette and technically completes the eyeshadow collection. And, of course, if you can get your hands on the “Storybook” palette, just do it. Don’t even think about it.
Two items were released in this category: the “Ever After” translucent pearl powder, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.
The “Ever After” translucent pearl powder comes in a pretty little compact showing an image of Snow White on top that was taken from an original Snow White trading card, a mirror inside framed by a pretty little bird and bunny (a frame style echoed on the mirrors in their two newer eyeshadow palettes), and a small puff to apply.
As someone who’s never opted for a pressed powder for setting due to her dry skin, I was nervous to try it when it arrived in my selection of items to review. I needn’t have been worried as this is a very soft powder and goes on smoothly. I can’t seem to discern much of the boasted “pearl” feature – on my face or in the compact, so this is a subtle addition at best, and shouldn’t be used as a reason to purchase. I do appreciate that it’s a tinted translucent, but it’s a very pale tint, and I wouldn’t suggest this product for those with darker skin. The puff, while cute, is quite thin and flimsy. Although I do use it in a pinch, I would suggest using something sturdier to apply.
It definitely mattifies my face, evens it more overall, and helps set makeup more than the loose powders I have from Bésame; however, I find the affects of the brightening powders to be more my taste for my skin type overall. I’ve been using “Ever After” regularly since receiving it, and I’m still undecided on whether I would purchase this for myself again at $35.
The “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge is one of my favorite Snow White items. I’m a sucker for Bésame’s cream rouges, so I was over the moon when I saw that they planned to include one in the collection. This one also has the best story of the lot. Before Bésame’s release, I had had no idea that actual blush was used for Snow White’s cheeks in the film. Since Bésame’s goal was to recreate real shades from the movie, using the “With a Smile and a Song” blush is essentially using the same blush that Snow did. Not that I’m a sucker for that type of thing, but…I definitely am.
This formula goes on just as smoothly as their previous two shades (Apricot and Crimson), and is just as easy to apply. I personally prefer applying it with my fingers and then blending it out with a blush brush as I find when the brush is used directly in the tin, it leaves it streaky in the jar and on the face. Bésame’s blush brush specifically works better with their powder blushes than their cream as it’s too soft. Color-wise, this shade is like the Apricot rouge’s lighter, pinker cousin. At $20, it’s more expensive than their current other two rouges, but “With a Smile and a Song” also comes in a much smaller container. As this formula of blush lasts for ages, I don’t really have a problem with it and would certainly repurchase if the need ever arose.
And now, without further ado, we come to the lips. A whopping total of 11 shades of lipstick were released in the Snow White collection: the “7 Dwarfs” Mini Lipstick Set, “Snow White Red,” “Make A Wish,” “Love’s First Kiss,” and “One Bite,” as well as a trio of lip balms (the only item I’ve yet to acquire).
Since I’m going to be releasing more youtube videos specifically reviewing and comparing their formulas like this one…
…I’m actually not going to go as in depth with the lipsticks, but more talking about the highlights of the products overall.
As a series of lipsticks, the Snow White shades generally lean toward pinks and peaches. Of the 11, only one is a red, two are darker brownish purples, and one is a shimmery top coat. My favorite of the lot is, of course, “Snow White Red.” I bought this one to add to my collection because I’m a red lipstick kinda gal, and I knew I had to have it soon as it dropped. It is also one of four full-sized shades sold individually, while the other 7 were released in miniature form as a set. It’s what I’m wearing in the images where I’m in my purple dress, and in my blue, and has become my go to shade along with their “Victory Red,” and “Bésame Red.” Its formula is comparable to the ones I reviewed in the video I just linked, so it comfortably lasts for ages without budging.
The same can be said about the formulas for their “Make a Wish” and “Love’s First Kiss” full-size shades. “Love’s First Kiss” (as worn right above) has fast become my favorite pink shade as it’s bright without being quite as…neon as shades like their “Exotic Pink.” I adore the subtle purple worked into the shade, and love the way it looks with my skin tone. “Make a Wish” (as worn right below) is a coral color with just the barest hint of rose to keep it from being a true orange shade. It’s softness makes it a very wearable coral, and would be a good option for those wishing to branch out from reds (or those who distinguish between day and night shades).
“One Bite,” on the other hand, the final of the full-sized lipsticks released, wears closer to their medium-darkness shades (think “Merlot” and “Red Velvet”). Its formula leans toward the watery side making it easier to smudge, fade, and sink into lines than its sister lipsticks. Lipliner worn all over the lips is a must for this shade in order to keep an even look throughout the day. Although it looks thoroughly purple in the image below, it definitely has more of a brown tint to it, which is something new for me. I’m not 100% sold on how it looks, but I have a suspicion that when I get my hair touched up to pure black, I’ll like it better.
The “7 Dwarfs” minis are a perfect option for those looking to expand their lip color wardrobe without investing in a bunch of shades they might not use. For $35, you get to try 6 shades plus a top coat. The only negative with Bésame’s lipstick minis is that it’s QUITE easy for the lipstick to just…slip right out of their containers. They’re not housed in a particularly sturdy way, so one has to be a bit careful when applying. This is the case with all of their minis – not just the “7 Dwarfs.”
Each color represents one of the dwarves, and each tube is decorated with the silhouette of the relevant dwarf. Of these shades, my favorite is Grumpy’s. It’s a beautiful color that doesn’t resemble any of Bésame’s other lipsticks, and is incredibly flattering on my skin tone. Sleepy, Bashful, and Happy work wonderfully for my brighter 50s and 60s looks, and I love Sneezy for 30s and cold-weather looks. My least favorites are Doc’s (I ain’t about that nude lip) and Dopey’s (I have difficulty actually using it as a top coat and never have a need for a pearly sheen by itself). I will say that it can be trying to remember which shade goes with which dwarf when trying to find the color I have in mind, but dang is the packaging idea adorable, making the slight inconvenience totally forgivable. Like the “Storybook” palette, I think these lipsticks show how this collection goes that extra mile in theming, and is a must-have for Snow White and Bésame collectors alike.
To purchase the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, head here.
To purchase the “Snow White Red” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Make a Wish” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “Love’s First Kiss” lipstick, head here.
To purchase the “One Bite” lipstick, head here.
At the End of the Day
If you’re reading this review, you’re most likely one of three things: an avid Bésame Cosmetics fan (such as myself), an avid Snow White fan (such as myself), or a vintage cosmetics lover (such as myself). I can wholeheartedly say that this collection will satisfy all of the above.
For those hoping to expand their cosmetics range, I would suggest the “7 Dwarfs” mini lipstick set, and the “I’m Wishing” eyeshadow palette. For those looking for key Snow White themed items, I would suggest finding the “Storybook” eyeshadow palette, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the Snow White cosmetic travel bag (which you can find here for $35). And for those just joining the vintage-inspired cosmetics train, I would suggest the “Snow White Red” lipstick, the “7 Dwarfs” lipsticks, and the “With a Smile and a Song” cream rouge.
What are YOUR must haves from this collection?
Miss Lark Bahar