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Things I don’t Love: Australis – Pretty Pastels 4 in 1 Palette

I purchased this Pretty Pastels Palette from Australis during a sale on their online store.  The packaging of this palette is really nice.  The outer palette is black matte with bright pink, metallic embossing.  It also has a nice mirror which would be good for travel.

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I really like the idea of palettes that contain all the powders you would need to do a quick makeup look so when I saw this on their site during the sale I thought it was worth a try.

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This palette is a little bit of a mixed bag for me.  It contains three eyeshadows, a blush, bronzer and face powder.  I love one of the powders in this palette and I don’t love the other five, which is a bit of a bummer.  So lets discuss the details.

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Eyeshadow swatches

I’m going to start with the eyeshadows.  The colour range is very neutral and very soft in colour.  I don’t enjoy the formula of these shadows at all.  The texture is very loose, dry and chalky.  The pigmentation of the two lighter shades is quite poor and ends up looking a bit sparkly without any specific colour pigmentation.  The darkest shade is more pigmented but the formula doesn’t allow for easy blending and you really need to tap off the brush otherwise it is fall-out central!

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matte blush, shimmer bronzer and pressed face powder

Next up we have the three face products.  I like the pink shade of the blush but again, the formula is SO powdery and it literally doesn’t matter how gently you tap into this product it kicks up heaps of dust.  I tap off the brush and the run it over the back of my hand to remove excess product and THEN I apply to the cheeks, otherwise it can be a bit clownish.

The bronzer also has a similar formula and the shimmer seems to break up the formula so that it is quite loose and the pigmentation on the skin isn’t long lasting.  Also, this is quite orange for my complexion so I don’t ever use this as a bronzer.  Today I used it as an eyeshadow, but it lacks pigmentation and is too chalky to work well on the eyes either.

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This photo was taken after using the palette to complete my makeup today.  As you can see – lots of powder kicks up!

Lastly, (drum roll please) we have the pressed face powder.  This is LOVELY.  It is soft, smooth and finely milled.  It applies beautifully to the face and sets my foundation perfectly.  The texture and formulation is so markedly different it is hard to believe that this came from the same lab as the other products in this palette.  I will keep this palette just for this powder.

Overall, I don’t love the Pretty Pastels Palette from Australis.  The quality is lacking in the majority of the contents which is such a shame as the packaging, pressed powder and overall concept are really great.

I only paid AU$5 for this in the sale, and despite being disappointed overall, I think the pressed powder alone is worth that money 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

 

Australis Cosmetics Haul!

I have been looking for a new foundation.  We are coming into summer and it is about to get extremely hot and humid and this is the time where my makeup starts to break down.  I had already decided that I was going to try something from Australis Cosmetics as I haven’t tried a foundation from them before and they are a great Australian, cruelty-free brand SO when they had a 48hr flash sale last week where everything on their website was 50% off I thought it was the perfect time to try some face products from their range.

I haven’t tried these products yet so this is going to be a haul rather than a first impression or review but I look forward to feeding back to you with some reviews once I have given these a really good try 🙂

'Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder' in Natural

‘Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder’ in Natural

The ‘Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder’ is one of the most popular Australis products so I am excited to give it a go.  They advertise it as being a 2-in-1 foundation and pressed powder so we will see what kind of additional coverage it offers.

'Mix it Foundation' in Nude

‘Mix it Foundation’ in Nude

The ‘Mix it  Colour Correcting Foundation’ claims to be a creamy, light-weight, water based formula that will provide medium coverage.  I am hoping that the water-based formula of this foundation will hold up to the summer humidity without breaking down too quickly!

'Stay Put Longwear Foundation!' in Nude

‘Stay Put Longwear Foundation!’ in Nude

This foundation claims to be long-lasting, smudge-free and contains a SPF15 with up to 16 hours of wear.  If you live in Australia you know that SPF is really important and again, I’m keen to put that ‘long-lasting’ claim to the test through the summer heat.

'CC Foundation' in Nude

‘CC Foundation’ in Nude

I actually brought this ‘CC foundation’ out of pure curiosity.  I haven’t used a CC cream before and at 50% off – it seemed like a good time for experimentation.  I do get redness on my cheeks so I am hoping that this may help to colour-correct that.

Pretty Pastels Palette

Pretty Pastels Palette

Lastly, as an impulse buy, I picked up the ‘Pretty Pastels Palette.’  This palette looks like it will be good for travel.  It contains a face powder which is a good colour match for me as well as a blush and bronzer, and three eyeshadows.  The colour products in here all contain some shimmer but they are certainly pretty pastels.

So that is my Australis 50% off haul.  Australis do ship internationally so if you are interested you can find their online store here.  If you sign up to their newsletter you get a 25% off coupon which is a good deal.

Have a great day cruelty-free makeup lovers!