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Face of Australia – Small haul and mini review

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Face of Australia is an Australian drugstore brand that was on sale at Big W a couple of days ago, and they are already products that I was  intensely curious about, so I decided to pick up a small selection. I got the Budge Proof Eyeshadows from top to bottom in Poison Ivy, Violet Days and Midnight Sky. I picked up one blush in Primrose, and 4 lasting looks lip cremes in (from left to right) Many Moons, For-red-er, Rubies and Love Berry.

Budge Proof Eyeshadows

These were on sale for just over $5 each, and are a creme to powder long lasting eye shadow, budge proof, so they claimed. They were cheaper than the Maybelline Color Tattoos, but definitely do not perform as well. They have a sheer, powdery texture and come off quite blotchy when applying as a swatch or on the lids. The best performer was Poison Ivy, the deep green colour, which has flecks of glitter but is quite powdery when applied. They budged from my lid pretty quickly unfortunately, making their name completely inaccurate! It’s a product that you can *make* work, but it takes a bit of effort, which is a shame, because in the pots the colours are really seductive and pretty, but on application, pretty disappointing. I’m glad I only got these on sale!

Blush

I only got one shade of blush in Primrose and it swatched very sheer and slightly powdery on my arm. Fortunately, when I applied it on my cheeks, it was sheer but buildable and had good colour payoff. It didn’t feel or look cakey after building up the colour a bit, and the pink is quite a cool but natural shade, and is quite pretty on the face. A nice blush, not a massive standout, but nice overall.

ImageFrom left to right: Poison Ivy, Violet Days and Midnight Sky, plus a swatch of the blush in Primrose.

ImageFrom left to right: Many Moons, For-red-er, Rubies and Love Berry.

Lasting Looks Lip Cremes

Wow. These are impressive drugstore lipsticks! I had not heard or read about these lipsticks and stumbled upon them in my local K-Mart and bought one shade, close to my own lip colour, Many Moons. Many Moons is a mauve-y ‘my lips but better’ shade with a nice natural sheen. I was impressed by the sleek packaging, the creamy texture, the long wear time, the colours and the LACK OF TASTE! Yay! FINALLY a drugstore lipstick that had low scent and nearly no taste whatsoever. I absolutely *hate* the ‘lipstick’ taste of all lipsticks, I think drugstore lipsticks in particular can have a very strong plastic-based lipstick taste and I particularly find that is the case with Covergirl and Maybelline lipsticks. As much as I love the big name drugstore lipsticks, I am always put off by any sort of taste.

All of the shades I picked up are creamy, opaque, long lasting and are very flattering colours. There’s no glitter in the product and they feel very moisturising and have good wear time. These are my favourite lip products, to date, and I hope they don’t discontinue them!

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Overall I was happy with the products, but let down by the eyeshadows. I would definitely try more lip products from this brand, or at least expand my selection of lip cremes. I think they’re divine. I’m not really sure what is happening with this brand as it’s only a small drugstore Australian brand and while I think it’s been around for a while, I’m not sure if the sale is indicative of a discontinuation or not. I don’t know how popular it is online, but I don’t see much written about it, which is a shame in the case of the lip products as they are very impressive. At the time of writing this, I was unable to access the website (it was down? or had some weird error message) and saw they could only be purchased online via Priceline Australia’s website. I have seen Face of Australia in-store at Big W, K-Mart and Priceline in Australia, if you’re curious about this brand.

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Millie’s thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked palette

“I don’t need makeup, mum”, says Millie. “Even the Urban Decay Naked Palette cannot enhance my already abundant beauty.”

I’m inclined to agree, little pup.Image“The shadows are impressive, being such warm and everyday-wearable neutrals that have very good colour payoff and smoothness, and as much as they’d go with my fur-tone, I already have such gorgeous hues in this fluffy coat.” Millie muses. Image

“What’s that calling me?” Image

“Nap time calls. Being this beautiful takes a lot of sleep, don’t you know?”Image

My favourite eyeshadow palettes

Thought I’d share a few of my favourite eyeshadow palettes. I don’t have a butt-tonne, but I think with the right selection, you don’t necessarily need a gazillion palettes. I think a carefully edited collection of shadows will see you through for a while, and with tight purse strings, I don’t have a choice anyway.

Now, I know everyone and their grandmother has posted about the Urban Decay Naked and Wet N Wild palettes, and unfortunately I’m going to have to jump on that bandwagon too – they’re just too good not to mention. These three palettes, from top left to right, Urban Decay’s Naked 2 and Naked 1, and the Comfort Palette from Wet N Wild, are my staples for a neutral eye look. Image

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I bought my Naked Palettes online from beautybay.com and the Wet N Wild palette from E-Bay, and they are some of my best beauty buys EVER. If you can only buy one palette of neutral eyeshadows, pick one of the Naked palettes, or the comfort zone palette for a more limited selection of neutrals.

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You know a palette is well loved when it looks nice and worn!

My next palette of choice is the Rockstar palette by The Balm. This palette contains a mix of eyeshadows leaning on the neutral / neutral darks and all of the shadows are named with a musical pun based on bands/artists/musical terms. Super cute. The rave reviews regarding the balm shadows are warranted – the shadows are buttery and pigmented, fall out is minimal and the pricing is fairly good for the amount and array of eyeshadows you get in this palette. Included in the mix is also a blush, highlight and two lip cremes which also perform quite well. I bought this palette at David Jones, a department store here in Australia. The price of this palette is significantly higher here than the original U.S. Retail price, but even at the inflated cost, I think it is well worth it for what you’re given.

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Excuse the obnoxious finger prints in the lip cremes above! I try to use a lip brush when I can, but sometimes I err on the side of laziness and just use (clean) fingers.

So, that’s pretty much it for my *favourite* eyeshadow palettes in my collection, but I have a few honourable mentions that are worth mentioning.

A couple of Australis palettes and a Chi Chi Eyeshadow palette. All fairly neutral but have a little bit of sparkle, nothing over the top though.

Australis Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Eyeshadow Palette:

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Below: ‘Totally Busted’, a selection of champagne, purple, pink, grey and white slightly creamy slightly powdery (I would say the consistency is 50/50 of both) with a slight shimmer. Works well over a base of a similar tone/colour, but fades over the day without one.Image

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Here we have the same brand and eyeshadow type in ‘Snap Attack’. A selection of taupe greys and browns with a highlight and a brown-based champagne colour. Again, works well on top of a similarly coloured base or a primer rather than alone. Easily blended and very affordable.Image

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Lastly, a neutral Chi Chi eyeshadow palette in ‘Basic Instinct’:Image

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Six medium dark neutrals that aren’t as pigmented as the previous palettes and do apply a bit powdery but work well over a primer or a base and offer a good budget friendly alternative to Urban Decay or The Balm (or any other mid to high end shadow). There is some fallout when applying these, but nothing that can’t easily be cleaned up with a makeup wipe, or by simply applying your foundation/concealer last. I purchased the Australis and Chi Chi palettes at Priceline (drugstore/pharmacy).

So there you go, my favourite eyeshadow palettes, mostly neutral because I think it’s impractical for me to have a huge range of too colourful shadows (that won’t be used in the end).

Makeup – Face of The Day

On my eyes: Urban Decay Naked palette, Essence liner on my lower waterline, prepped with Too Faced Shadow Insurance (I’m describing this all backwards, aren’t I? Hah) and a few coats of Covergirl’s Clump Crusher mascara.

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Millie watching me apply… not sure if I have her approval!

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Wearing Maybelline Color Vivids on my lips in ‘Vibrant Mandarin’. Note, didn’t wear foundation, only applied a bit of The Balm’s Time Balm concealer in mid-medium.

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Excuse the pores!