I recently stumbled across SAMIKA, an online beauty store that stocks a handful of covetable international brands. The ones we keep hearing about, you know, but never know how to get hold of barring travelling friends and the forever-unreliable postal service. ColourPop, Ben Nye, Bdellium, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics… I was gobsmacked.
And then I saw OFRA. Granted, it’s a weird AF name for a makeup line but until you’ve tried their liquid lipsticks, you won’t know what Kathleen and Manny MUA have been going on (and on and on) about for the longest time. I have five shades now (Laguna Beach, Mocha, Santa Ana and more recently from SAMIKA, Plumas and Manhattan) and they are all incredibly consistent when it comes to formulation. OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks smell like cookies. They go on light but with phenomenal colour payoff and zero streaking or cracking. They dry matte, but you cannot feel that they’re on your lips. At all. They also last the entire day. In fact, I’d really like to know how OFRA managed to make their product so very pigmented but lightweight at the same time. When you compare it to a smushy, painty smeary liquid lippie (like Stila’s option) you can’t go back to wearing anything else.
The only real fail is the original OFRA packaging – newer shades like Manhattan have gold foiled writing on the tube – sure, it’s clean (read: boring, like comfy granny panties) and the applicator makes these liquid lipsticks easy to use, but it’s meh quality. The words fade off the tube after just a few uses and it they look grob. I just don’t want to pull one out of my handbag to show it off to a friend. And I should be able to do so, because quite frankly (I sound like my gran here), these OFRA Liquid Lipsticks are incredible.
PS: Plumas is my favourite shade. It looks sparkly, but it isn’t. Like a highlight that glows instead of shimmers. It’s lovely!
Buy OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick on SAMIKA for R250 each.