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 have had this Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation (retails US$60 on his website, but I got it on sale) for at least 1.5 years, but have managed to use it only a few times. As I was wondering whether I should toss it, I tried the stuff again and am again amazed at the good coverage and texture of this foundation. After all this time, the cream is still wonderfully creamy, and the color and texture unchanged. So, I decided to keep this compact and to use it more often.
The reason for not using this more often is that it has very poor oil control. Additionally, application will take slightly longer time compared to liquid foundation, which I can pat all over and be done in 30 seconds. However, this foundation still fills a function in my arsenal, as it has great, natural coverage with minimal product, is not cakey, dries down quickly, and shade 04 (beige) is a good match for my face. I like to use this for short, evening events; I might also take this on travels in the future, and for events where I remain indoors in an air-conditioned room all day (which can really get chilly here in Asia). The compact comes in a velvet sleeve with a good-sized mirror and an applicator sponge (which I have yet to use).
Edward Bess really does good foundation. Another of his, the Complexion Correcting Mousse Foundation, is also pretty good – I should do a dedicated review of it soon.
I’ve somewhat simultaneously finished a few hair products these last few weeks. Here are four which I’ve been using in the last year or so. Yes, it takes me a while to use up products as I usually have a few in rotation at any given time. The four products are reviewed below in order of preference, from most preferred to less preferred.
As a reference, my hair is fine and curly, currently shoulder length. I typically use these hair products in lieu of a conditioner, leaving them on the lengths of hair for a few minutes to a few hours, depending on what I’m doing at the time. And I think silicones are a very good thing for the hair.
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask (~US$32 for 7oz/200gr)
I am enamored by the whole Carol’s Daughter range, and want to try ALL of them. However, they are not cheap, and since they are bulky, transport cost adds a substantial premium. I splurged on this hair mask as it’s received many favorable reviews, and I love the scent of Monoi (a mixture of coconut oil and tiare flowers – kembang kamboja).
The first thing to be noticed about this product is the scent, definitely, which is quite strong. You need to love it, or at least be indifferent to it, as the scent can linger for a few days. I love it, and on days I have this on, I don’t even bother with perfumes or any kind of body scent any more. This mask has a very thick consistency, and will not drip when used on relatively damp (not dripping wet) hair. It is very good at retaining curls, does not weigh hair down, and helps control frizz. I also like this to wash my hair (the so-called a conditioning wash or co-wash, sans shampoo), as it really rinses off the scalp very clean. I am now eying the complete Monoi set, and I am sure I will repurchase this mask in the future.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask (~US$7.50 for 6oz/170gr)
This product also has very good reviews online, and I ordered it on a whim of an Ulta Sale. It really is deeply moisturizing. I use this after coloring my hair (bubble hair color is a favorite, lately), and it really helps minimize the crunchy, dry feel of hair after the process. Triple moisture is for the trilogy of olive, which “penetrates to the center,” meadowfoam seed which “helps moisturize the middle,” and sweet almond which “wraps the surface”. Whatever.
You require very little product of this for the whole hair, and I probably have used this tub the longest amongst the four reviewed here; dare I say even two years? I found, however, that it’s not great for co-washing as it does not rinse off the scalp completely, leaving a filmy residue. The scent is a floral clean one that is very strong when used, but rinses off and is quite subtle for about half a day, disappearing after a day or so. I will probably repurchase this one as well one of these days.
Syoss Moisture Intensive Care Treatment (less than Rp100,000 or about US$8 for 200ml)
This one is available locally, at a reasonable price, so I tried it. Generally, it’s pretty ok, does moisturize and retain curls well, though I need quite a bit more product compared to the two above (perhaps because silicones are lower on the ingredients list, so the coating effect on hair can be achieved only with more product). I also found the scent somewhat plasticky – it does not bother me but also does not give pleasure. I would probably not repurchase, and prefer to try other similar products available locally.
Rudy Hadisuwarno Ginseng Creambath (less than Rp50,000 or about $4 for 200ml)
This works ok, and is cheap, but the moisturizing effect on hair is minimal, and there’s no silicones to coat and give shine to the hair (which might be a good thing for some people). I think it’s targeted at scalp care with ginseng extract at 3%. I actually quite like the scent, and it’s acceptable for co-washing though a bit more runny compared to the Carol’s Daughter Monoi or the Neutrogenal Triple Moisture masks. You might be interested to know that this is advertised as having UV filters – which it does with 2% Octyl Methoxycinnamate. I will probably not repurchase as it I still need to put on more product to moisturize and control frizz on top of this – not an efficient way of going through my hair wash day.
I’d love to hear your favorite hair masks, especially if you have similar hair as mine.
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.
They are tinted moisturizers. Period. BB cream, CC cream, ZZ cream… those are marketing rather than functional categories, for me. Over 15 years nothing has convinced me otherwise, so there!
My initial bout with BB creams weren’t a success, mostly they were ashy and gave too much glow. In the last couple of years, a few have wowed me: Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion, Kate BB gel cream, and Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. They’re swatched below.
Rohto Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion was the first finding amongst the trio, based reviews of Keto (who sadly has ceased blogging). Although she didn’t like this too much, it sounded like something I would like and the shade match seems good. It’s not until a few years later that I was able to find this item – in slightly used condition so the price was also right. Verdict? I really like this. It is lightweight yet provides sufficient coverage, which can be taken up to medium. The finish is very nice, especially atop moisturizers. The sun protection is a great bonus. The shade is spot on (I aim for MAC NC25).
Kate BB Gel Cream was bought on a whim when I saw this in a store in Manila, and was able to swatch it in person. There’s been a mini hype of this product, and so it went to my cart. Verdict? The shade OC-D is great, but the finish is too dewy for me. It is also thicker and provides higher coverage at one layer. I’ve let this go, but for those looking for a dewy finish and is around NC25 with strongly yellow tones in their skin, this might be worth a try.
Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream in shade Rose Beige was acquired late last year, and it’s the best of all the above. On its own, this shade is a bit too apricot-y for me, in a good way. It gives that peaches-and-cream kind of complexion which is slightly unnerving given one’s age. Ehem. What’s amazing with this CC cream is that it’s such a great addition to my other foundations which are mostly slightly too red. This CC cream evens out everything, making my already HG foundations even better! How about that. This is a must have for me, and I hope Bourjois does not discontinue this – I am hopeful as this brand is quite good about keeping their line up for longer.
Urban Decay has been getting props for their Revolution Lipstick an I’ve been wanting to try one, but was too lazy to pour over colors to make a choice. One day Temptalia had a post on makeup that people have back-ups of, and the one single item that got the most quote was the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace, a Pulp Fiction limited edition item. I looked around the blogosphere for swatches and when I saw Lipstick Rules wearing Mrs. Mia Wallace, I pressed the button. Two months later, the pretty is here.
Red lipstick is a staple, isn’t it? Of my stash, Edward Bess Ultra Slick lipstick in Midnight Bloom is the closest in terms of color and texture to Mrs. Mia Wallace. In fact, on my lips the two are identical. [I should do a post on Edward Bess lipsticks as they are my number one favorite lipstick of all time, really].Another beloved red is similar in color though not as opaque: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty in Rouge Doux.
In terms of texture, opacity, lasting power, and overall feel on the lips, this one is really worth the hype, and I can see why many people consider getting back-ups of this. Urban Decay describes this as deep blood red, and it’s spot on. It’s a posh color for sure, a blue red which makes my teeth really white. I will not be getting back-ups though – I’m not even sure if I’m even keeping this one. It’s too dark and somehow too posh on me, which makes it not an everyday staple (and also why I’m not into the cult MAC Russian Red and her sisters). All’s not lost though, since I really like the Revolution Lipstick texture and might get other color(s). If you’d like to try Mrs. Mia Wallace, Urban Decay still sells it online (it’s sold out everywhere else it seems).