These ultra cheap Purbasari Lipstick Color Mattes have been making local waves for a while now, but I’ve only been able to acquire one recently. They’re really down-market, so your best bet in finding one is at cosmetics shops in the traditional or wet markets where they’ve been selling briskly.
I got No. 82; on the bullet, it is called Mirah (ruby, in English). I could not find the color name on the box, though. The color swatch on the box is actually quite accurate – it is a berry red. Visually the bullet looks nice, but feels flimsy.
Mirah is a true matte that goes on thick and opaque in one swipe. If you like precise application of your lipsticks, then you will need to use a lip brush. The lasting power is very good (no fading even after 4 hours with many drinks), and it does not stain cups when you’re drinking. Mirah lasts through a moderate meal, leaving a good amount of stain on the lips. It feels dry, but not to the point of discomfort. This actually reminds me on a Lancome matte lipstick I had, in this exact color, in the late 90s, ha!
Overall, this is a great product for its price of only Rp29,000 (about US$2!). I am not a big fan of the matte lip look, but Mirah also looks great glossy. At this price, purchasing more will satisfy cravings for new makeup without breaking the bank!
The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks and Love Flush Long Lasting 16-hour Blushes have been getting good reviews online. At US$21 and US$26 they are expensive for me, so I waited patiently until a travel set come around. It recently did, and at $36 for the set ($6 per item) it is very good value. This limited edition set is packaged for gifting, with individual boxes for each sub-set of coordinated blush and lipstick, so that might be an added convenience if you are giving these away.
There are 3 sub-sets of coordinated blush and lipstick: a peachy pink blush with a beige lipstick; a pink blush with a soft warm pink lipstick; and a maroon blush with a berry lip color. All the colors are in the permanent line, so you could get full sizes of these if you like them enough.
I really like all three blush colors in this set; they are easy to use and blend, relatively opaque, and have very good lasting power (at least 6 hours before fading, on my oily skin). Tarte’s 12-hour blushes still outperform these in the lasting power, but these are still very good. The pan is tiny – below I’ve given size comparisons – therefore very convenient to take with you daily for touch-ups, or to take during your travels.
The lipsticks I really, really like, especially the colors Peony and Fig – I might need to get full sizes of these! Nude, the beige brown lip color, is just not for me as it washes me out, but the quality is as good as the other two. I like the applicator (a squeeze tube with a sponge applicator attached), the texture, and the lasting power of these lipsticks. There is a noticeable scent, but it doesn’t bother me.
Bottom line, this is a beautiful, useful and fun set that I have no regret purchasing, and would recommend to anyone.
My preference for liquid lip colors is for opaque ones, so I often shun lip glosses. The Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are marketed as lip gloss but I really like the formulation, staying power and feel of these. I chose Rieuse as it was one of the most opaque in the line up, but I was never able to get it to show its true color on my lips, even atop nude beige lip colors.
Recently I got the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar in Memento. It’s a beautiful warm, light peachy pink on my lips, really like it. One day, on a whim, I layered Rieuse on top of Memento, and voila! Rieuse in all its glory! So, yes for layering liquid on liquid products (just wait a bit for the first layer to settle).
Incidentally, the whole OCC Lip Tar line in the old, squeeze tube packaging is being discounted online at Sephora, as the packaging is being replaced. They are great value at $9 for 10ml, grab what you can of the few left.
One of the most enjoyable things about makeup for me is finding items in my stash that, although purchased separately, go together well. Here’s a recent example. I finally got a Colour Pop Lippie Stix in a color that I love: Too Sexy, from the Back to Cool set (limited edition). Described as “deep red violet with a subtle blue flash in a matte finish,” I don’t have anything similar in my collection of 100+ lip colors. The color is absolutely pigmented and looks great on me; one swipe is all I need for opaque coverage; and it is long lasting.
If I can find fault with it, it is that it feels dry on the lips, yet slightly tacky. Not the most comfortable feeling. I tried layering a few lip glosses on top but nothing felt right, until on impulse I reached for Maybelline Copper Pink (Rose Cuivre is the French name on the label – it would’ve been sexier to name it Copper Rose, methinks). I bought Copper Pink in Phnom Penh circa 2009 or 2010, so time to finish it up before it goes bad – that’s why I’ve had it in rotation for the past few weeks. The combo of Copper Pink on top of Too Sexy (I use tapping motion so that the color do not blend too much) seems like they were made for each other, even though they are generations apart. Each is pretty on its own, but together they make a very attractive and multidimensional couple! It’s my current favorite combination, and a great way to finish up Copper Pink!
Do you have a ‘match made in heaven’ story of your stash?
The Stila All Day Liquid Lipsticks have been getting positive buzz in the blogosphere, and as a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, I could hot help but feel left out having not one of these lipsticks yet. Face with the opportunity came to purchase one, however, I was at lost of which to get. The fiery red Beso? The orangey Tesoro? No se cuál comprar!
After a few back and forths, I finally settled on Venezia($24), one of the newer summer edition. Described by Stila as ‘bright red’, it is more of a bright coral on my lips. It is indeed what others have written about the Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick: opaque, true to color, long-lasting. However, I also like Venezia as a stain – on its own or topped with gloss. In a jam, it is also good as a blush. It is slightly drying if you wear it sun up and sun down, or a few days in a row, but that isn’t a deal breaker for me, as I very seldom use the same color lipstick a few days in a row.
I truly like this lipstick, however, it is about on par with my loved NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, at about quadruple the price. So I will not be buying any of this lipstick anymore, but Venezia is a keeper.
ColourPop has been creating so much buzz that as a card-carrying (or rather, product-hoarding) makeup aficionado, it’s getting embarrassing not to have tried something of theirs. So, when the chance to snap up a lightly-used ColourPop Lippie Stix came up (retail US$5), snapped I did.
‘I Heart This’ (not to be confused with the ColourPop eyeshadow with the same name) is described as a ‘red based fuchsia in a matte finish.’ Red-based fuchsias make up about a third of my lip stash, and most times when new to a brand and buying sight unseen, this is the color I get (and thus, the comparison galore with what I thought were similar ones).
This lipstick does not disappoint. It is opaque with one swipe, very comfortable on the lips, long-lasting, and the pen-like format is really nice for precise applications. One drawback for me is that it’s slightly drying after a full day non-stop wear.
Bottom line though, I like this lipstick, and thinking of trying out another color, perhaps a mauve-y beige that is my natural lip color. My collection is missing a long-lasting, nude matte color.
I didn’t like the first batch of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks that I got, but somehow kept buying them because they’re often on sale on Asos, and I was a bit perplexed at the hype they were getting. The latest one I tried was Ole Flamingo. Now, I’m pretty glad I persisted, because Ole Flamingo is actually pretty decent. Very good lasting power, and opaque in one swipe. However, I have got a few lipsticks in this color already, so decided to let this go as well.
I also got Happy Nude Year, but it was an unhealthy beige color. Meh. I even forgot to take a picture wearing it. Here’s a round up of all the colors I tried. I’m eyeing the Aqua version of this lipstick – from what I see online, the colors are fresh and lively.