My favorite local cosmetics brand recently launched their 2015 Collection: Inspirasi Papua Colors of Asia. The adverts are eye-catching, but what caught my eye was the double-sided lipsticks. I swatched them yesterday.
Below are swatches of the lipsticks, in sets of 3 swatches where the first is the lipstick swiped fully, and the next two a swipe of each side of the lipstick.
PK 01, a muted pink and a beige/flesh tone color
PK O2, a red and a peachy pink
PK 03, a burgundy and a strongly yellow orange.
The most wearable amongst these would be PK 02. The red is definitely office friendly. The most stand-out color is the burgundy side of PK 03. The orange side PK 03 is strongly yellow for an orange; it’s not really flattering for the medium-toned Asian skin. However, I’m quite sure that mixed together, the two colors of PK 03 can yield the brownish red that is the 2015 Pantone color of the year (Marsala).
Now comes the tricky part: application. As you can see, swiping the lipstick full on will not yield a meshing of color. You have to manually mix the colors either with a brush or fingers. Not easy and potentially messy. Further, applying only one side of the lipstick to the lips is also tricky and a bit uncomfortable as we’re so used to applying lipsticks blindly, don’t we? I wonder what would happen to the lipstick in the long run if only one side is used often.
Anyway, with a price tag of Rp48,000, these lipsticks are affordable. You get 3 colors in each tube, and bonus points if you like all three. I did not buy anything yesterday as I wanted the tote bag that was bonus for purchases of Rp250,000 and the store was out of the totes. They’re still available online though, but I might just call ahead first to see if they still have the totes in stock. These lipsticks are also great souvenirs to give to your foreign friends since the packaging is very Indonesian and the color is quite universally flattering (especially PK 02).
In the picture below, lip color is the burgundy side of PK 03 after I wore and erased the orange side. You can see that the result is a brownish red and quite different than the hand swatch. The hand swatch color is more accurate.
EDIT 6 JANUARY: The giveaway is closed, and the winner is Makeup Train! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll email you to ask for details of where to send the palette. Thanks!
One of my favorite looks is the grey smokey eye. There is no grey in the Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette), but alas, there is a black and a beautiful icy blue (marked with the orange arrows above). Voilà!
“Ok, you’ve convinced me. This is a versatile palette. But surely it can’t handle the current trend too, the rose gold explosion?!” Aah but it can, it can! There’s a few golds and a few reds in the palette, so why not? Through a precise and calculated technique, i.e. randomly dipping a brush in one color then another, I found that you can arrive at various shades of rose gold. The first experiments yield more of a sunset orange. But after several tries, I found that the peach and red (marked with blue arrows) yield a sufficiently rosey gold; mix it with the other golds (also marked with blue arrows) to make it more vibrant.
And it’s giveaway time! I would like to send one of this Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette) to an international reader (someone not living in Indonesia; shipping cost via the postal service is included). All you gotta do is comment on this post, about anything, and I will use a random number generator to choose one winner on Monday, 6 January 2014 at 9pm my time (GMT+7). Be sure to include your email in the comment.
I hope everyone will have a cozy time with their loved ones as we count down to the new year. See you next year!m
I have palettes and makeup galore enough for 10 lifetimes. Of a whole household of women. Trust me. And I love them all equally, so it sometimes take a while to rotate amongst them. But this past week has been a Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette) Week.Here are a couple more eye looks. For both looks, NYX HD eye primer and Illamasqua fine pencil in Peace (for eyebrows) were used.
The first stars the amazing color on the rightmost of the second from bottom row, placed in the outer v. It is a maroon red, that translated into a golden dark brown with a hint of red. I mix it with the gold from the first row up top, second from the left, for the inner corners. Other colors playing sidekick are marked by the star shape (a black to intensify the outer v and for the bottom lash line; and a light peach for highlighting under the brows). Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Black mascara is on the lashes.
The second look stars the pink right smack on the middle of the second row from the bottom, placed in the inner corners. It’s a bright pink on the pan, but translated to a soft pink with a slight purple sheen on my skin. Mixed in with the bunch are the colors marked with the heart shape (a very light pink for the rest of the mobile lid, mixed with black in the outer v; black mixed with the purple for the bottom lash line; and a silver white as highlighter under the brows). Bourjois 1001 Cils mascara in blue completes the look.
It just occurred to me that I have hardly reviewed a local, Indonesia beauty product on this blog. Eyeshadows are what local brands excel in, and my absolute favorite is the Sariayu 25 years anniversary eyeshadow palette. It is a collection of 25 eyeshadow colors from various Sariayu collections over the years (1987 – 2011). It is still being sold at various Martha Tilaar Shops (the umbrella brand of Sariayu) which you can find at various malls in Indonesia. It used to be available online as well, but I think you’ll need to hurry as stocks may be dwindling. I note that the price has increased by at least threefold since I bought it (2011).
I will do an in-depth review later, but for now a quick look at two of the colors, a navy blue and a brown taupe color (top row third and second from your right, respectively). The colors in this palette are all very pigmented, and these two are no exception. The thin strip of blue line is done using a wet brush; note the extra brightness that liquid brings out. In the pictures below where the blue is worn to line the upper lid, and the taupe the lower lashline, but used dry.