[Local] Review and Swatches: Purbasari Lipstick No. 82 Mirah

Purbasari Matte Lipstick No. 82 Mirah (4)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!

Purbasari No. 82 Mirah (left) and compared with Colour Pop Too Sexy and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Prague
Purbasari No. 82 Mirah (left) and compared with other matte lipsticks, ie. Colour Pop Too Sexy and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Prague

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Purbasari Matte Lipstick No. 82 Mirah - ingredients
Purbasari Matte Lipstick No. 82 Mirah – ingredients

 

Review and Swatches: Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in ‘ Venezia’

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Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick ‘Venezia’

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.

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