Monthly Archives: February 2018

Things I don’t love: Australis lip liners

Welcome back to my ‘things I don’t Love’ series where I discuss products I didn’t like, or that just didn’t work for me.  This week’s focus is pencil lip liners.  Now, I was initially excited to try these lip liners from Australis, as I enjoy my Australis face base products so much and was keen to try other things in their range. As soon as I swatches these lip liners though, I knew they weren’t going to be my thing.

In a nutshell these are hard and waxy.  Boo!


swatches: Lady in Red (top) and Kiss Me Quick (bottom)

Yes, they can be pigmented and the colours are super pretty but they just aren’t the sort of formula that I prefer in a lip liner.  I don’t like to have to really push a pencil with pressure across my lips to line them.  I just don’t.  I’m looking for a creamy formula that is matte and lasts well.  And that is just not what you get with these.  I tried them a couple of times but to be honest I just didn’t enjoy them, never reached for them and now I am decluttering them basically unused.

If you like a firmer, waxy lip liner then you may really enjoy these but if you are looking for something a bit creamer and smoother to apply then I recommend trying the Essence lip liners (which are cheaper and infinitely better!) or the ColourPop lip liners which also have a really nice formula (full review coming on the ColourPop liners!).

So that’s it!  Have a great day 🙂

ColourPop: You Had Me At Hello – eyeshadow palette

I’m not going to lie.   I am really enjoying the ColourPop pressed eyeshadow palettes. They are budget friendly and cruelty free and a lot of fun.  I actually received the ‘You had me at hello’ palette for free as part of one of the ColourPop holiday sales and I am so glad that I did.  This is a great little palette.


First row swatches: The Knot, Moon Struck, Two Peas, Candygram

Firstly, there are equal numbers of mattes and shimmers.  Woot!  Secondly there are two really great transition shades in ‘Two Peas’ (warm tan brown) and ‘Winning Ticket’ (cool mauve brown).  And then a nice selection of mid-toned mattes for deepening up the crease in both warm and cool tones as well as a pigmented, dark neutral brown if you really want to smoke things out for a more dramatic look.


Second row swatches: Winning Ticket, FBO, Look-See, Fool’s rush

I very much enjoy the berry vibes of some of these colours which I think are complemented well by the warmer shades provided.  Plus, the shimmers are really lovely and in such a nice range of colours!  There is a great taupe, a berry, bronze, copper, gold and champagne, all of which are pigmented and reflective and apply beautifully with your finger or with a little fixing spray on your brush for a stunning result.  You really can get multiple very different looks from this one little palette.  I also want to note that this palette doesn’t have any glitter shades which I personally appreciate.  It is well curated in my opinion.


Third row swatches: Pulling Strings, Want U Back, DTR, Sparks Fly

These shadows wear really well for me without creasing or fading.  I have been impressed.

Oh – and this palette has a mirror!  If that is important to you – then score!! (You do pay extra for the privilege though.  Their standard palettes are $16 and this one retails for $18)

I think my only word of warning in regards to this palette is that the matte shades really do give a LOT of kick up when you dip your brush in.  A LOT.  This isn’t a deal breaker for me as they blend really nicely and as long as I tap off my brush I haven’t had any issues with fallout.  But if loose powder in the pan drives you nuts then you won’t like this.  (To be fair, this can be an issue across the whole ColourPop matte eyeshadow range but I noticed it more in this palette than others I have tried).


I love the novelty of being able to rearrange the shades in these magnetic palettes – this is how I placed my shadows so they made more sense for me.  I think that option is such a cool feature!

If I was to change one thing in this palette I would swap ‘Pulling Strings’ which is a medium mustard brown matte, for a light cream matte as this would make this an all-in-one perfect travel palette for me BUT that is based on my fair skin preferences. The good news is that these palettes are magnetic so I can always swap out a pale matte from another of my ColourPop palettes if I want to take this one travelling. Bonus.

Overall: great little palette.  If you like these shade colours then I would definitely say it is worth the money.

Have a great day!


E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadows

Since becoming a mother I have found myself more and more attracted to liquid and cream eyeshadows that you can throw onto your lid, blend with your finger and then run out the door.  Some days no one has time for makeup, let alone powder shadows that need brushes and time to blend.  As such, I have been trialling a few new products including these Molten Liquid Eyeshadows from E.L.F.

I own the colours ‘brushed copper’, ‘rose gold’ and ‘liquid gold’, from the range of six shadows and each eyeshadow contains a total of 2.6g of product.  The packaging is a practical lipgloss style tube with a doe foot applicator which I find practical and easy to use.

In terms of formula, these eyeshadows are a very thin texture so ‘molten liquid’ is an accurate description, although it is not so liquid that it will drip from the applicator.  These do dry down completely and in good time too so I would recommend applying to one eye at a time and blending the edges before moving to the next eye.  To be honest, I actually find that these are much easier to blend with a shader brush than my finger.

I think the key observation for me is that these are sheer.  You can build them up some, but I would say that two layers is about the limit before the product starts to lift as you apply it.  I would describe these as a base liquid pigment with lots of micro, micro glitters suspended in it.  While they are shimmery, they lack opacity so they aren’t going to give you blinding shine.


Molten Liquid Eyeshadow swatches (top to bottom): Liquid Gold, Brushed Copper and Rose Gold

I find that these do wear quite well for me.  It isn’t the longest wearing eyeshadow I have in my collection, but it certainly functions to get me through the day looking a bit put together.  They don’t crease on me but I would say the base pigment does fade so if you have them on for a long day by the time you remove them mainly the glittery shimmer remains.

Of the three shades I own I think that ‘Liquid Gold’ is probably the most streaky when first applied and definitely needs to be built up.  My favourite colour for tone and opacity is definitely the ‘Rose Gold’ shade.  Very pretty.

Overall, these are a handy little product for a quick look.  This is ‘pop to the shop’ sort of makeup for me.  Life changing? No.  Must have?  No.  Do I regret buying them?? NO.  They are cheap and handy but nothing special.

If I was going to recommend a cream shadow I would still say the ColourPop Super Shock shadows are a better buy in the same price range or if you want to try something else from E.L.F. their smudge pots are also a cream shadow and a superior formula in my opinion.

Have a great day!

Comparing ‘Naked’ dupe eyeshadow palettes: MUA vs Makeup Revolution

The Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette is a cult favourite and for good reason.  It offers a nice ranged of colours with a combination of matte and shimmer formulas.  I don’t own the Urban Decay original ‘Naked’ palette so I can’t comment on the quality of the Urban Decay formula but it has been successful enough that HEAPS of rival companies have duped them.  Today I’m going to be comparing two such affordable dupes from the companies MUA (Makeup Academy) and Makeup Revolution (TAM Beauty).  The two companies offer similar dupe palettes for the same budge price of 4GPB (approximately AU$8) – but which one is better for the price?


MUA – undressed palette

I originally purchased the ‘Undressed’ palette from MUA as it was a firm favourite with good reviews.  It comes in basic plastic packaging with a clear front window and contains 9.6grams of product presented in round pans.  The shades are named and these are provided on the back of the palette (for what that is worth to the average consumer).


Undressed swatches – top row

I don’t love the formula of these shadows.  The first ingredient in these shadows is talc, followed by Mica.  They are really dusty and kick up heaps of product when you dip your brush in – particularly the mattes.


Undressed swatches – bottom row

These blend ok but if you over work them they blend away to nothing.  The shimmers are quite dry and I find they perform infinitely better with some fixing spray.  I won’t say they totally lack pigment but they aren’t fantastic.  I really wasn’t that impressed with this palette.


Makeup Revolution – Redemption Palette: Iconic 1

When Makeup Revolution released their ‘Naked’ dupe, the ‘Redemption Palette – Iconic 1’ I was tempted to give it a go because the MUA version had been underwhelming.


Iconic 1 swatches – first 6 shades

The ‘Iconic 1’ is a slightly larger palette with similar basic plastic packaging and a clear front window.  The pans are rectangular (and a little narrow to be honest!), but you get quite a bit more product for your money with a total of 14grams of eyeshadow.  The first ingredient in these shadows is Mica followed by talc.  These shadows will also kick up when you dip your brush in but they are nowhere near as dry and dusty as the MUA version.  Overall I find them to be creamier and more pigmented in comparison and much easier to work with.  They are better quality shadows by far in my opinion. The Makeup Revolution shadows also last longer on my eyes which is great.


Iconic 1 swatches – final 6 shades

Both of these palettes are budget products so, to be fair, you aren’t really investing much to try either of them BUT I would argue that the ‘Iconic 1’ palette from Makeup Revolution is not only better value in terms of quantity of eyeshadow, but in my opinion it is also much better quality.

Have a wonderful day!