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!
I’ve had this Elf Mineral Foundation SPF15 in my stash for at least a year, but just found it again whilst spring cleaning this long weekend. This is actually pretty good for a mineral foundation: great coverage that can be layered from sheer to full; good lasting power and oil control properties: some sun protection (useful for the morning commute): and a standard, no-nonsense packaging. I actually like the fact that this one takes a bit of product to achieve full coverage, unlike some mineral foundations that are so concentrated that even one sheer layer is hard to achieve.
Unfortunately, the shade ‘Fair’ (the lightest shade in the line-up) is way too red for me, and layered for full coverage, is plainly too dark (see the difference with my lighter neck in the picture below). I’ve also about given up on mineral foundations as it takes too long too buff out the color, and used in the morning after a night treatment of gentle peeling (retinoids, vitamin c, etc), is just too much exfoliation overall.
However, if you are around NC30 and have neutral undertones, this would be a good one to try, I think. Elf products are priced very attractively (this one is priced at $5), and if you’re thinking of trying mineral makeup, this is a good one to test the waters. If you’re fair-skinned though, you’ll probably not have a match as even the lightest shade (Fair) is pretty dark.
I never though I’d be able to afford something from Judith Leiber. Well, I was wrong. The other day, I spied a little box on the counter of a little spa. What could be in that box? Voila, a spanking new purple nail polish! At Rp110,000. 😀
Really, sometimes Asia cracks me up. Asian makeup, especially. But this one is well done: nice box (if a bit sloppy), prety opaque color (that’s one layer in the picture below) and what a price! This baby came home with me. And I would like more, but could not find info on the brand online (except for one swatch of this exact same color). Whoever you are, you did a great job. Judith would be proud. Also? Judith probably don’t have rights over her name on nail polish, so you better get cracking at patenting it, ’cause you have a great idea right there.
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).