Recently, as I was doing a little errand in the pasar (our wet, traditional market), I stopped by a corner cosmetics shop and asked what they have in stock in terms of eyebrow pencils. They swatched a few, and as on previous occasions, they were all not the right color. I then noticed one shop attendant, who seemed to be a trainee. Her done brows were the right color — as opposed to the brand sales reps with their too brown-red brows. When I asked her what she’s using, she pointed to these nondescript pencils, priced at Rp5,000 (about US$0.50).
I asked to see the one marked ‘brown’, and swatched it. Voila! Just what I needed, the right shade of brown that is not too light, too dark, too red. It came home with me, and I’ve been happily using it ever since. The brand on the pencil says ‘Davis Cosmetics Eye Brow Pencil 402 net1.2g Brown’. In less than one week the lettering on the pencil started to disappear. I’ve switched its cap with one from another brand, which has a brow brush on it. Although I’m somewhat concerned at the lack of ingredients list and the fact that there is little information on ‘Davis Cosmetics’ online, for now this random find is a new favorite.
The background of the pictures is a drawing by Salvador Dalí, one of the illustration on my Taschen 2012 Calender (Contemplation before the Five Regular Bodies Metamorphosed into Corpuscles).