I await the Bésame Cosmetics Disney collections with bated breath. When the brand released its first collaboration to mark the 80th anniversary of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, it included one of my all-time favorite lipsticks called Make a Wish. I also totally nerd out over these collections because Bésame does research in the Disney Archives to create modern formulations of the exact colors and shades used in the artwork and animation cels from Disney’s animated films. The 1959 Collection released in honor of the 60th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty (arguably the most aesthetically unique of all the classic Disney films) included three lipsticks that I had to have.
Tested November 2019
Price: $24 each
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I have numerous shades of the Bésame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipsticks, which are faithful recreations of real vintage shades from the 1920s-1970. If you are in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend a field trip to Bésame’s Burbank store to explore and test their products. The shape of the Bésame lipsticks is really great, as they have a wedge shaped bullet that allows you to use the sides to line the lips and the flat edge to fill them in. It might take a minute to get used to applying this way, but it works so well. The three Sleeping Beauty lipsticks in this limited edition collection, Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty Pink and Make It Blue Make It Pink, are the same formula as the brand’s permanent lipstick range.
I’ll start with the shade I like the least, Make It Blue Make It Pink. This is a color changing lipstick, which means it starts out pale blue in the tube and adjusts to the pH of the wearer’s lips to create a personalized pink. When you first apply, it looks kind of horrifying as a pasty white-blue but, within about two to three minutes, it does fully transform into a pink shade.
Although it’s an incredibly clever riff on the sequence in the film where the fairies keep changing the color of Aurora’s dress from blue to pink as she dances with Prince Phillip, the pink that it morphs into on me is a little hard to wear. It has a lilac tone to it, and is VERY bright on my skin. I noticed that the center of my lips seemed to produce a deeper pink than the edges, making it a bit two-toned. It’s fun, but not necessary, and I don’t think I would buy it again.
What I would buy over and over again are the other two shades based on Maleficent and Princess Aurora. Maleficent, a favorite Disney baddie, is based on the character’s lip color in the film. It’s a darker berry-pink that would flatter a wide range of skin tones.
For a richly pigmented lipstick, this has incredible staying power. I wore the shade for about 4 ½ hours, which included my morning cup of tea, and although some of the satin finish had worn away, the actual color was still vibrant. It didn’t settle into my lip lines, didn’t bleed anywhere and left a colorful stain on my lips for hours. This is kind of an ideal lipstick: easy to apply, great color payoff, a shade that brightens the whole complexion, long wear time, and a sticker price of less than $25.
Sleeping Beauty Pink, a nude-based pink, is also beautiful and a truly great everyday lip color. It’s a satin finish (not too matte, not shiny), and is full coverage with one swipe.
What I appreciate even more than the gorgeous shade is the little boost of confidence I experience wearing this color. This is a recreation of the exact ink and paint color used on Aurora, and the fact that I’m wearing the same shade of lipstick as an actual Disney princess is like a little secret I can take with me as I go out into the world. In a way, it represents everything I love about makeup and the way it can make me feel all rolled up in one lovely little lipstick bullet.