It is well known in the fashion industry that style and trends are cyclical; what was cool once will inevitably become cool again if given enough time. Apparently, this holds true in makeup as well, as is evidenced by the new (old?) Besame Cosmetics Cake Mascara.
Besame Cosmetics is known for releasing modern recreations of classic luxury makeup products; I already have some experience with the brand through their lipsticks, and I've been quite impressed with the quality. There's something very satisfyingly luxurious about using a high quality, vintage-esque product, especially with all the cheap, quick options for makeup that are now available. It's easy to get a tube of mascara that will make your lashes dark and long, but I want to also enjoy the process of applying it, if that makes sense.
Besame. Because I got mine from Sephora, I got the standard three free foil packet samples...
I ended up using MAC's Fix+ instead of regular water since using water with your cosmetics, unless it's purified, can contaminate them with chemicals and/or bacteria. I'm not sure if it was the Fix+ or if there is something in this product that irritates my skin, but my eyes felt itchy after applying it. I waited to see if the feeling would go away (sometimes, with regular mascara, my eyes will feel weird for a bit but then feel fine), but it continued so I washed it off. This products removed easily with a cleansing water, so it's definitely not water-proof, but even after using a cleanser (one I've used multiple times) and plain water to rinse, my eyes still feel tight and itchy. My eyelids don't look red or irritated, and there weren't any ingredients that I saw that I knew would cause me irritation, so I have no idea what happened (I also washed the applicator before using it, so it's possible that I didn't rinse all the brush shampoo out). Depending on how long it takes for the itchiness to do away (or if it gets any worse), I'll give this product another try using plain water to see if that helps; I've never had a bad reaction to a mascara before (except ones with a ton of added fragrance) so I really have no idea what caused it.
Is this mascara worth it? It really depends on what you're looking for; if you love the idea and the vintage-aesthetic, it's definitely an interesting piece of makeup. If you have light-colored lashes and are looking for a way to add color and definition, this is an excellent product...as long as there's nothing in it that irritates your skin. It is on the expensive side at $25 (you get about the same amount of product as a Perversion or Better Than Sex mascara, which retail for around $22), but since it's in a cake form, it's likely to last longer without drying out or going bad than a regular mascara.
Thanks for reading! <3