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!
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?