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When Besame Cosmetics came out with a Brightening Violet Powder a while back I was very tempted to try it. I love the idea of brightening my face. I feel it can look sallow and dull at times. The thought of the intoxicating scent of powder and violets combined with the old 1940's nostalgia of the packaging and the promise of brighter looking skin...well it was all too much to resist. In a moment of weakness, which is usually the case when ordering something from Besame, I ordered JUST the violet powder. I was a good girl and didn't pick up another red lipstick to add to my ever growing collection.
As I waited patiently for the violet powder to arrive I realized I had not done my research before ordering it. I do like most Besame products, and the owner is fabulous with communication if you ask her a question. But something about the sweet violets pictured in the advertisement made me ignore all my regular processes and just purchase without thinking.
When the powder arrived I was excited and hesitant. I carefully opened the packaging and removed the small hexagonal box from the shipping box. I then carefully turned over the box and read the ingredients. It was there that my heart sank...just a little. TALC.
Talc was one of the ingredients. It's not a bad ingredient per se, it's just that in certain cosmetics it might break me out. But this talc was in a finishing powder. Perhaps it wouldn't harm my skin like some talc in foundations have in the past.
I opened the sweet violet adorned paper packaging to reveal the classic creme and crimson Besame packaging with the distinctive chrysanthemum design on the lid. I unscrewed the lid and inside was a very plush white velvet powder puff. So soft and so pristine. There is something to be said about a brand new powder puff. So pure, so much promise. So elegant and delicate at the same time. Oh how I used to dream as a child about applying powder from a luxurious puff whilst sitting at my dressing table. It was always like something out of a 1940's movie. No excessive makeup, just what one needed to make themselves look beautiful. A large powder puff, red lipstick, creme rouge and cake mascara....but I digress.
The Besame Violet Powder comes packaged in a smart plastic container, resembling the Bakelite of the 1940's. The container has a clear plastic cover to keep the puff out of the powder when not in use. Clever and sanitary all at the same time.
One you pop open the lid holding access to the powder, a few pre-drilled holes allow the powder to sift through. The delicate scent of violets fills the air. It is not cloying or crude. It is simply as if a very classy woman walked past you and the sillage of her violet perfume lingers ever so slightly in the air. The violet perfume of the powder is complimented by the subdued violet color of the powder. It wont transfer to your skin in a ghostly purple mask, the powder is milled so fine that once applied, with a large fluffy brush or with the enclosed lush feeling puff, the powder imparts a fine gaussian blur to the skin brightening the tone and diffusing fine lines. It is as if one has lifted their complexion and set it with a fine matte finish.
My nemesis, Talc, gave me no trouble whilst wearing this fine spun powder, but I also save this powder for special occasions so I don't wear it every day. Granted every day should be a special occasion, but for me, I like to save the Besame Violet powder for every once in a while. I don't want my nose to grow used to the scent and not recognize it as a treat or something mundane. I want to save this powder for special days when I need that extra lift from the violet scent or the extra feeling of glamour form the packaging and application, or that extra feeling of being a 1940's movie starlet as I apply the powder to my face and I awaken the light that shines within us all.
Do you need this? YES, if you are looking for a brightening powder. I have seen reviews on line that suggest that this can be suitable for any skin tone. Bust as you know, I'm white as Casper the ghost so your results may vary. This retails for $22 on the Besame website and can be purchased there or at the Besame Boutique in Glendale, CA.
So what say you? What is your trick for keeping your complexion looking bright and fresh?