I don’t know about you, but I get pretty excited when I find a cosmetic brand that offers a range of products that can rival high end brands in terms of quality and performance, but are sold at a gloriously low, very non-high end price points. Australis have been on the scene for a LONG time (they’re a whole 25 years young), and while I have hazy memories of young budding beauty addict me having a play with a few of their wares way back in the day (it probably would have been something glittery and very badly applied, knowing young me), it’s only just recently the I’ve rediscovered Australis and dived headfirst into the range. I thought I’d share with you my current faves from the range…
Fresh and Flawless Powder in Natural, $11.95*
This excellent powder does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a very mattifying powder (perfect for combo skins like mine) and with a few dabs it achieves an even, flawless (funny that) complexion. You can see it in action in this post. F&F is getting a LOT of use lately, especially on days when I want to guarantee my makeup lasts all day long. The compact comes with it’s own sponge and mirror so perfect for taking out and about.
IntensifEYE Wet or Dry Eyeshadow Quad in Choc-A-Block, $13.95
This is such a handy little “smokey eye in a snap” palette. The lightest shade is a beautiful champagne shade that I’ve been using to highlight the inner corners of my eye, and I double it up as a brow bone highlight. The two middle shades are my favourites from the the palette – a gorgeous light brown and a rich chocolate brown, both sporting a subtle gold shimmer. I use the darkest shade on a wet angle brush as an eyeliner. And voila! Easy smokey eye achieved.
Velourlips Matte Lip Creams, $9.95
You might have noticed Hon-O-Loo-Loo popping up in Monday’s Best of the (almost) Nudes post, but along with this one I also have Lun-Dun and Mi-A-Mee making up my trio of Velourlips. I have posted a full ode to these babies here, but the need-to-knows are they have kick-ass pigmentation, a comfortable feel on the lips and they last and last and last.
Full On Foundation Stick, $12.95
I touched on this foundation in my “Bad Skin Day” Edit post, and it’s still top of the pops when I find an angry looking complexion staring back at me in the mirror. It’s a full coverage foundation, but don’t let the somewhat heavy texture of the cream scare you – it blends out to a lovely soft finish which makes your bad skin day history.
AC ON TOUR Palette, $16.95*
We couldn’t talk about Australis without mentioning one of their recent cult releases, a complete contouring and highlighting kit. I’ve really been enjoying using one go-to palette for shaping my face rather than the three or four separate products I would usually reach for. The top middle banana powder teamed with my NARS Creamy Concealer makes me permanently look well rested, the highlight shade is a lovely subtle champagne shimmer, and I’ve been using a mix of the dark shades to provide a natural-looking contour. An excellent addition to any makeup maven’s stash.