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Recently Australis added to their popular Velourlips range with 4 new shades.

I knew from the sneak peeks that Oh-Saka! which is described as a dusty rose would be coming home with me.

If you haven’t tried out the Australis Velourlips formula, I suggest you give it a go. The formula is quite moussey similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams but I find they last a little longer on the lips, just try and keep the application light, so it doesn’t crumble. At only $10.49AUD a pop they are one of the better and cheaper liquid lipstick formulas on the market and also one of the most readily available. Plus they smell like blackcurrant lollies… yummmm

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When I first swatched this I thought it was quite similar to a few other liquid lipsticks I own, I thought i’d do a bit of comparison showing it with Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita.

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As you can see above, this isn’t really a dupe for either of those shades but they are in a similar shade range. Oh-Saka! is definitely much more rosey than the other 2. I’m kind of glad it makes me justify the purchase more! lol!

I did look at it a bit further though and also have compared it with Colourpop Lippie Stix in Lumiere, which i’ve shown below. This is definitely a closer match shade wise; with Oh-Saka! being just that bit deeper and again more rosey. Lumiere being a lipstick formula (even though it is a matte) is a also little more hydrating. However, Colourpop shipping to Australia is RIDICULOUS! So if you’ve had your eye on Lumiere this is a great and cheap alternative.

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Have you tried the Australis Velourlips? Is there another shade I must own? (help me buy the things!).

 

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When it comes to lipstick I like the formula to be long lasting and matte, this is why liquid lipsticks are one of my favourite beauty products out there. As you can see from the picture above, I’ve tried out quite a few brands (and this isn’t even all of them, just the ones I wanted to mention). So from your budget buys to your more high end I’m going to give you the scoop on each and what I love / don’t love about them.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream RRP $12.95AUD (Shade – Zurich) – These aren’t technically liquid lipsticks but I still wanted to feature them anyway, they are a good starting point if your a bit scared to try the other long lasting liquid lipstick formulas. These are soft & creamy and dry down to be matte. They definitely aren’t long lasting and likely won’t make it past your first cup of coffee in the morning. The colour range is great ranging from nudes to vampy dark purples. Unfortunately the Target Australia stands i’ve seen them at here are always lacking and are never restocked so buying online is probably your best bet. I’m looking forward to trying the new NYX Lip Lingerie range if we ever get it here.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet RRP $24.00AUD (Shade – Pink Pong) – These are one of my favourite drugstore liquid lipstick options. The formula is quite watery and you do need to layer it up but the colour packs a punch (even the nude shade, which I also own) and they are super long lasting. You do need to be a little bit accurate with application because once these dry they are a bit of a pain to get off the skin. I’ve mentioned and swatched this shade before in another post here.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick RRP $29.00AUD (Shade – Androgyny) – I’m loving the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks right now and particularly this shade Androgyny. I find they go on really pigmented and aren’t overly drying on the lips. I’ve heard a few people mention they find the applicator a bit hard to work with but I haven’t had too much issue and just take my time applying it. The range has some pretty cool colours and is worth checking out if you’re after something a little different. I have Doll Parts on my wishlist next which I’ve heard is actually quite a good dupe for Posie in the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit.

Australis Velourlips RRP $10.49AUD (Shade – Mi-A-Mee) – I’m pretty sure these were the first matte liquid lipsticks that were made by an Australian company. The shade range is ever growing and they have some pretty cool colours (I would love to see a mauvey brown though). They aren’t my favourite formula of the liquid lipsticks I own but because they are pretty affordable it’s a good way to try out this type of lipstick to see if it suits you. I still really like these and will continue to pick up shades that interest me (especially on sale…Wooo!).

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Colour RRP $18.00USD (Shade – Trinket) –  I’m sorry to do this but this was a limited edition shade that they sold at IMATS LA and one of the things I couldn’t pass up, its a stunning mauvey brown (my typical shade of late) with golden glitter throughout. Yes the glitter transfers on your face but the shade is so beautiful that you really don’t care. I had to mention this because this formula is absolutely amazing, so pigmented, matte but it feels really nice on the lips. Plus it smells like creamsicle which is just everything! I do hope they come out with more shades because you know I’ll be stocking up. I’ll pop up a lip swatch of this at some point just to show how stunning it is.

Lime Crime Velvetines RRP $31AUD (Shade – Utopia) – Even though i’m no longer supporting this brand (just google Lime Crime and tonnes of information about dodgy business practices etc will come up) I did want to mention them here since they were the first liquid lipsticks I really got into. I still love the shade Utopia but I have found a really good dupe in the Australis Velourlips shade Shang-Hi. Now that I’ve tried many other brands as well I’m glad i’ve found better then Lime Crime. However they are still around if you want to try their products.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick RRP $6.00USD (Shade – Succulent)  – I frickin LOVE Colourpop, when these got released I’m pretty sure I was daily stalking youtube for swatch videos while compiling a list of what shades to get. Once you order Colourpop it becomes a slight additiction… I constantly have a wishlist for their products! There have been mixed reviews on the matte liquid lipsticks, personally I like the formula but I may have gotten lucky with the shades I own. I find them pigmented and super matte. They are slightly drying but that’s to be expected with this type of lipstick. I’m actually wearing Trap as i’m writing this and it’s been going strong since 7.30am this morning. They have such a large range of colours and more being released all the time. Also, if you want to try and dupe the Kylie Lip Kit’s they have some similar shades, it’s also rumoured her lipsticks were made by Colourpop. Ooooo controversy! If you are ordering from them try and split your order with a friend, that’s what I do since we’re both Colourpop addicts 🙂

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick RRP $30AUD (Shade – Lolita) – I picked up my first Kat Von D liquid lipstick at IMATS LA in January, it’s love. When I bought Lolita I was tossing up between that or Lolita II, you should have seen my order sheet I crossed it out about 3 times before I settled on Lolita. The shade is stunning and right up my alley (apparently it’s always sold out here). Again the formula is great on these they are pigmented, smooth, matte but creamy and last a loooong time. When you apply them they suggest not rubbing your lips together and letting each layer dry completely before adding anymore to get the best application. I’m loving the Kat Von D brand overall at the moment and am keen to add more to my collection.

Do you have a favourite liquid lipstick? One I need to try out? I’m a tad obsessed 🙂

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Contouring, Strobing, Kim K’ing… It’s the makeup “thing” people are doing. Most brands have gotten on board and bought out their own versions of the Contour Kits. Providing you a few shades of highlight and contour shades to get your face looking slimmer, highlighted and Instagrammable.

2 of my favourite budget brands have bought out their own versions and of course I’ve snapped up both of them. I remember the hype surrounding the Australis AC On Tour (get it… A Contour… lol) kit when it first hit the shelves, it was an instant sell-out and finding it was like finding gold at the end of a rainbow. Eventually I managed to get my hands on one in the 2nd round of restocks :). Recently Models Prefer have bought out their version, with mirror (yes it’s bolded on the front of the packaging) again, I needed this even though I had the Australis version.

A week after I filmed this, Australis repackaged the original version of the kit with 2 new shades medium & dark (and added a mirror). The one I’ve got is still available but it is now the Light shade of the kits.

In my video I compare them and do swatch comparisons of the shades, yes they are actually different and let you know which one I like the best. Feel free to Subscribe, Like all that good stuff 🙂

I would love to know if you’ve tried these and if you have a preference?

Both of these kits are available at Priceline and are priced at $16.95AUD

 

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I’ll start with the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Come Naturally (available from Priceline & Target for a mere $4.70). I think this may be a limited edition shade but if you scavenge through your local Essence stands you may find one. The shade is one of those soft greigey, mauvey shades that are quite on trend at the moment. The formula is a satin finish and feels hydrating on the lips. I don’t think i’d really call it longlasting but for a lipstick under $5 it does a pretty good job.

After wearing it a few times I thought to myself how amazing would this be as a matte lipstick, so I went about and did a little research on how to transform a lipstick into a matte shade. I then stumbled across the Australis Matte Me Mattifying Lipstick Base (RRP $12.95AUD), I’d seen this in store before and really not given it a second thought, big mistake HUGE. This is awesome, you simply pop this over your lips to matte them out and then apply any lipstick on top and it turns them matte. What is this trickery?

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A couple of things to note though – you can do this same thing with baby powder, and i’m pretty sure that is one of the main ingredients in this lipstick, I just think it’s just easier to pop this on the lips underneath the shade you want to matte out. It does also lighten the colour slightly, as well as being slightly drying so make sure before you use it you’ve prepped your lips. The wear time also isn’t as great as from the bullet matte lipsticks, and it doesn’t really work too well with lipsticks that have a glossy/high shine finish, satin formulas seem to work the best.

All these things aside though, this is for sure a game changer!

I’ve also put a couple of swatches of it using some other lipsticks in my collection so you can see what I mean by it working more so for lipsticks with a satin finish. The first lipstick swatch is straight from the bullet, the 2nd swatch is with the Australis Matte Me Mattifying Lipstick Base underneath. From the left the shades used were Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Come Naturally, Face of Australia Lipstick in Malibu Barbie & Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart.

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I can’t wait to try this with so many more of my lipsticks! Have you tried it and it worked amazing with any colours? Let me know!

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Australis Nail Colour Friend Like MeI haven’t bought myself a nail polish in ages! I did a huge cull last year and then kind of got over buying all the new shades that came out. The other day Big W had a bit of a sale on Australis goodies and this nail polish shade just stood out to me. The shade is called Friend Like Me (awwwww!).

I thought it was part of a new collection but apparently it’s just one of their regular range, I actually showed my friend Ange and she said she had it and I had even commented on her nails awhile ago when she was wearing it. I call that subconscious purchasing.

The colour is stunning, a gorgeous pastel blue that has a hint of brightness to it.

Let’s talk application, wear and all the technical details you generally want in a nail polish review. Application was pretty good, this is a definite 2 coater though, one just doesn’t cut it. Wear for me has been good I applied this Sunday and today is Friday and it’s still on my nails, I have got a little bit of tip wear on my other hand but I think that is due to me being impatient and not waiting for my nails to fully dry before I went about my day. FYI – I use the Orly Bonder Base Coat & Seche Vite top coat for all of my nail polish applications.

I’m keen to check out the Autumn collection that Australis has recently released, it looks like there are some pretty colours in there. Uh oh… the nail polish obsession could be coming back.

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