Last year, I went gaga over Sariayu’s Merak Kasmaran collection, inspired by the Javan peacock. This year’s collection is Rimba Sumatra (the Jungle of Sumatra), a solid mix of staple colors. But this year, I’m less excited about the colors than about the packaging that is the Beauty Kit.
The Beauty Kit is essentially a makeup palette, containing 4 lipsticks, 6 eyeshadows, two blushes and a face powder. The sales person told me the kit includes all of the eyeshadow and lipsticks of the Rimba Sumatra collection. I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen such a user-friendly palette from a local beauty brand.
The lip products are a good combination of coral, a pinked rose, an orange and a browned red color. They apply really smooth and natural on the lips, drying semi-matte. After wearing them for a couple of days though, I felt my lips tight and starting to shrivel, an indication of dryness (which does not happen with the full size version of the lipstick in Nias which I also have). So, wear a good, moisturizing balm, underneath these lipsticks, and moisturize your lips every night.
The eyeshadows in this kit are all shimmery, but not over the top, and includes a rose, lime, silver, orange, golden brown, and black. The golden brown color is especially beautiful, with a slight tinge of olive. With an eye primer, these eyeshadows last at least 12 hours with no caking.
Two blushes are included, a peachy pink (in real life, it’s not as orange as in the picture above) and a tan color (I think this is more a bronzer than blush). A two-way cake powder is also included; it’s a bit too beige and light for me, but still usable. All the colors in this kit are pigmented and easy to apply.
There’s a few things, however, that I would have done differently had I been Ibu Martha Tilaar. I would put the printed graphics of Rimba Sumatra (like the one gracing the cardboard box) on the Beauty Kit casing, even if just in sticker form. I’d also get rid of the obnoxious fragrance and all the (useless) brushes, and include a lipgloss instead. At Rp85,000 however, this kit is still a good value for money.
Another thing I like is that Puri Ayu stores now use bio-degradable plastic bags, which degrade in a matter of weeks (if placed in soil) rather than hundreds of years for conventional plastic. Way to go, Martha Tilaar Group!
So, who’ve tested or bought this palette? What do you think?
*This product can be found at Sariayu counters and Puri Ayu stores (where I bought mine) nation-wide.