Reviews: Besame Cosmetics

Cosmetic mascara

Whenever a brand new mascara hits the market, it's always tough to know if it will live up to its high expectations.   Besame Cosmetics, for instance, had a large hype that resulted in their cake mascara selling out incredibly fast at Sephora.  So it is safe to say that Besame Cosmetics lives up to those expectations and even possibly exceeds it with their vintage-inspired makeup line featuring their much-talked-about cake mascara.  

It is also especially intriguing for those wanting a more hygienic option of mascara since the open air and ability to clean the applicator brush after each use makes it unlikely to accumulate bacteria in the long run.  Of course, there are always a lot of factors that go into choosing a new mascara, regardless of how many wonderful things you have heard about it.  That's where we come in.  We will be going over all the pros and cons of this hit mascara and review the cake mascara as compared to other popular mascaras as well in this detailed review.

Comparison Table

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What is Besame Cosmetics?

Besame Cosmetics is a vintage-inspired makeup brand that is becoming increasingly popular and is bringing back forms of makeup that were all the rage in the '20s.  They gained a lot of attention by bringing classic mixing powders back to the forefront and are in the spotlight once again with their cake mascara that comes in palette form.  

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When applying Besame Cosmetics cake mascara, dampen the brush that is included in water and put a drop of water on the cake mascara to get the product onto the brush.  It will then evenly distribute the product throughout the lashes for a full, dramatic look. It can also be used as an eyeliner or a brow filler using the same technique with different brushes.

Product Specs

The black cake mascara by Besame Cosmetics is packaged in a collectible tin that any fan of the 1920s era or vintage-inspired items, in general, will be sure to love.   It also includes a small applicator brush that looks almost like a miniature toothbrush and helps to achieve long lashes with no flaking or clumps.  It is a completely buildable mascara since you can wipe your brush after each application before getting more product, resulting in a clump-free mascara application.


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The pricing of this cake mascara is reasonably affordable in terms of higher-end makeup lines and mascaras in particular.  You can get it for around $25 typically, though the price can fluctuate.  This product is currently being sold at Sephora stores as well as on the makeup brand's website.

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How it Compares

We picked a couple of similar products available on the market to see how they compare.   

  • Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
  • Rimmel Wonderful Wonderlash Lift Me Up Mascara
  • Chanel Inimitable Mascara

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Ease of Use

When using Besame Cosmetics cake mascara, it can seem as if it is going to be a difficult task, especially to those of us who have little experience in cake mascara applications. But it only seems that way at first. In reality, it is far easier to apply once you get the hang of it. Because it does take a small amount of practice, it is receiving a 4-star rating from us. Generally, it is a simple technique to master, though, and will leave you with gloriously long lashes, so it is worth the time and effort to learn how to use this cake mascara properly.


This is a very versatile product that allows you to utilize it for more than just mascara application.  This is because you can also apply it as an eyeliner or even a filler for your brows as long as you use an angle brush to do so.  It is highly pigmented as well and will give you the length and fullness in your lashes you have always wanted.  It is also very hygienic and can survive well-past the shelf life of most other mascaras, which is usually only six months.  Plus, it comes in beautiful vintage-inspired packaging that is hard to resist.


  • The cake mascara lengthens, separates, and volumizes lashes
  • Clump-free application thanks to the applicator brush
  • Very hygienic/Less prone to bacteria
  • Great vintage-inspired packing
  • Multi-functional for different application uses


  • It takes some practice to apply correctly
  • Not easy to apply on the go

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The Benefit Roller Lash Curling And Lifting Mascara is in the classic but feminine tube packaging.  It is known for enhancing lashes that need help with lifting and curling as the name states.  It also is a very good quality mascara with a formula and wand applicator that makes the lashes immediately lifted and volumized.

Ease of Use

This Benefit Mascara is definitely easier to apply since it is a wand applicator that comes in tube form.  That being said, it also may be more likely to have exposure to bacteria since it is in a tube.  It is definitely easier for those on the go or who typically apply their mascara quickly.  


This mascara helps to separate and lift lashes to give a fuller look. It seems to be especially helpful for those with short lashes that have difficulty lifting their lashes. The product's formula is a great quality and gives lashes a wonderful curl.  It does seem to lengthen but not as much as the Besame Cosmetics cake mascara.  


  • Lifts and separates lashes
  • Great for on the go application
  • Curved wand helps to curl lashes
  • Volumizes the lashes


  • May be a bit pricey for those on a budget
  • Not as hygienic and more prone to bacteria since it is in a tube
  • Lengthens the lashes only to a moderate degree

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For a drug-store makeup brand, Rimmel has created a wonderful formula to lift and separate lashes.  They also have included a great applicator to assist in this process.  Plus, the added benefit of it being scented with cucumber gives it a little something extra.

Ease of Use

This is another mascara that is in the classic tube packaging, so it definitely makes it easier for those in a rush or on the go.  Much like the Benefit Mascara, it has a higher chance of accumulating bacteria since it is encased in a tube rather than being exposed to open air.  But since it is in the classic tube, even casual users of mascara should have an easy time using this mascara without having to learn a new technique.


This is a good formula, especially considering it is not a high-end makeup brand and is a great price for those who are on a budget.  It lengthens beautifully and has a great cucumber scent to it that many who use it find very refreshing, especially in the morning.  It also, like the name states, lifts the lashes and separates the individual lashes, as well.  While it is definitely a good quality formula, it isn't quite as good as the quality of the formulas of the higher-end makeup brands.


  • Fresh, cucumber scent
  • Easy application process
  • Budget-friendly pricing
  • Lengthens lifts and separates the lashes


  • More susceptible to bacteria from being in a tube
  • Good quality but not as good as the high-end makeup brands

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This Chanel Mascara comes in a black tube with gold accents and has a standard bristle wand applicator.  The formula itself is perfect for lengthening and volumizing and still separates the lashes while holding the curl to the lashes it creates.  It is highly recommended by those who use it.

Ease of Use

Besame Cosmetics was the only one on the list to be in cake mascara form, so this is yet another instance where the mascara comes in the traditional tube packaging.  That means that much like the other mascaras, it is easier to apply when in a hurry or on the go, but it still is much more likely to have exposure to bacteria than the cake mascara does.  It is also easier to apply since it is in the classic packaging instead of the vintage-inspired cake palette from Besame Cosmetics, though.


This Chanel mascara is great for those with short lashes that have trouble holding curls or lift of any kind.  It lengthens, separates, and volumizes the lashes rather beautifully.  The formula is, of course, very high quality, which shouldn't be too much of a surprise since it does come from the Chanel brand.  It is very neck-and-neck with the Besame Cosmetics cake mascara in terms of the lengthening and volumizing it can achieve for the lashes with its formula.

Though, Besame Cosmetics is better overall at separating the lashes thanks to its applicator.


  • Lengthens, volumizes, and separates the lashes
  • High-quality mascara formula
  • Easy to apply


  • On the pricier end of the mascara spectrum
  • It is more prone to bacteria due to being in a tube


It is always going to be a matter of preference and taste when choosing a mascara as well as assessing what your own specific needs are.  Aside from the quality of the mascara itself, those purchasing makeup of any kind will look at a variety of factors before going through with what they are considering buying. For one, there's the cost of the item. After that, it's time to assess what each mascara (or makeup product) can do for the type of lashes you have and what will be the best option based on that.  

Knowing all of that as well as the information that was provided in this review, we still would say that Besame Cosmetics is a wonderful option for most individuals looking for the next great mascara.  It will immediately lengthen and volumize your lashes while separating them and keeping them clump-free thanks to the unique applicator and packaging.

Plus, the couple of cons it has are easy to work around; especially when considering the learning process around applying this new form of a mascara.  Once you practice, it will become old hat and, in turn, will be a staple in your everyday routine.

That is not to say that the other brands are anything to look past, either.  They are all great mascaras, particularly the Chanel Inimitable Mascara, and have different benefits depending on what you are looking for.  The fact remains, though, that Besame Cosmetics is very much here to stay and is a great product overall which is why we give it a 5-star rating.

So if you are looking for not only a great mascara that is perfect to go from day to night and is in vintage-inspired packing to boot, then we believe that Besame Cosmetics cake mascara is the right choice for you.


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