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Australis Luxe Lips and Velourlips Review

31/07/2016

Australis Cosmetics recently launched a range of 6 new pigmented lip glosses called Luxe Lips. I went and bought a couple to review for you today and I also swatched all the colours so that you can see what they have on offer. I figure it is also a good time to review the Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Creams and the new About That Base Lip Primer. Australis are an Australian brand who are accredited by Choose Cruelty Free, so they definitely don’t test on animals. They have quite a few vegan friendly products and label them all on the website so that they are easy to find – The Luxe Lips, Velourlips and Lip Primer are all vegan.

Australis Luxe Lips, Velourlips and All About that Base Lip Primer Review - Polish and Paws
Australis Luxe Lips, Velourlips and All About that Base Lip Primer Review

The Australis Cosmetics Luxe Lips lipglosses are advertised as long lasting pigmented lip glosses that you can pair with Velourlips or wear alone. This is a lipgloss product that is designed to have lip care benefits too as it contains Vitamin E, Rosehip and Apple Seed Oils to help moisturise your lips. There are currently 6 shades in the range which are nth shore, eye-full-tower, sth-beach, big-ben-efits, good-times-square and at-lantis. I swatched all 6 in store and then chose to buy eye-full-tower and big-ben-efits. My arm swatches show how pigmented the glosses are and they look very similar to that on the lips. At-lantis applied patchy to my arm so I don’t know how well that would apply to the lips. The lipglosses are very pigmented and can easily be worn by themselves because of the colour pay off. The texture is quite thick and sticky so it can be hard to apply them along the lip line, but being lipgloss, they aren’t hard to clean up. The applicator looks like a flat paddle brush which picks up enough gloss for one application. There is quite a strong sweet smell but it doesn’t put me off, however it may affect those sensitive to strong scents. The thick, sticky texture seems to be the reason why the gloss stays on the lip for 3 hours. Many of my other lipglosses have disappeared well before then. They do disappear when eating and drinking but they don’t end up all over my face by the end of it. I really like the colour of eye-full-tower and I can see myself wearing it again, big-ben-efits however is too much of a barbie pink for my liking. I don’t mind sticky lip glosses if they work well but the stickiness will put certain people off the Luxe Lips range. My lips don’t feel dry or flaky once the gloss has worn off, which I really like. I hope they bring out more wearable shades, like a much more muted version of big-ben-efits. They are on the Australis website and in stores now, selling for $12.95 each.

Australis Cosmetics Luxe Lips lipgloss swatches and review - Polish and Paws
Australis Cosmetics Luxe Lips lipgloss swatches

Australis have had the Velourlips Matte Lip Creams in their range for a while now, and they frequently add new colours to the line up. I own ro-ma, bar-tha-lona and shang-hi! but I went in store to swatch the whole range so that you can see all the colours they sell. The Velourlips are advertised as a highly pigmented, long wearing lip cream (with doe foot applicator) that gives a full coverage velvety matte finish. When I first bought my Velourlips, they were the first liquid to matte lip product I had tried. At the time I thought that my lips must just be too dry to wear matte lips products, but I have since tried many other brands including Jeffree Star, Dose Of Colors, theBalm, Colourpop and Anastasia Beverly Hills, so I can now compare how different formulas perform. With all liquid to matte lip products, you want to start with freshly exfoliated lips and it is best to work as quickly as possible when applying them as they can dry really fast, but you also want to ensure that you only apply one thin layer for the best results. I do this with my Velourlips, but I find that when they dry down, my lips end up feeling like a desert. Liquid matte lipstick formulas all tend to be drying but the Australis (along with Colourpop) are the worst for my lips. After a little while, I have found that the Velourlips can start flaking off my lips, so the formula just doesn’t work well for me. The release of the new Australis lip primer has given me a chance to give them a second go. I can now wear Velourlips out of the house, as long as I have put the About That Base lip primer on first. Some of the colours can stain (shang-hi leaves a slight stain for me) but the majority of the colour will come off with an oil based cleanser or makeup remover.

Velourlips Ro-ma, Bar-tha-lona, Shang-hi! and Oh-saka! swatches and review - polish and paws
Velourlips Ro-ma, Bar-tha-lona, Shang-hi! and Oh-saka! swatches

There are a lot of people who do like this product and don’t mind the drying feel but there are also many who are like me and don’t enjoy the formula. If you don’t mind the dry feeling then these products are great as the shade range is huge, they are one of the easiest matte lip creams to get a hold of in Australia and the price point ($10.49) is a lot lower than some of the other brands making liquid to matte lip products. Not included in my swatch picture are the 4 limited edition AC Gems Colours (moon-stone, quarts and all, to paz or not to paz and em-ruled city). In the picture below I have swatched (left to right) mel-burn, mum-bai, san-fran-disco, bae-jing, los-angel-es, doo-bai, buda-pash, bar-tha-lona, shang-hi!, ro-ma, ny-cee, rio-d, mi-a-mee, mal-i-boo, ho-chee-min, tok-i-o, lun-dun, par-ee, hon-o-loo-loo and mil-a-no.

Australis Cosmetics Velourlips swatches and review - Polish and Paws
Australis Velourlips swatches

There are 4 new shades being added to the collection rad-elaide (greige), phenom- penh (purple based nude), oh-saka! (dusty rose) and mo-zam-chic (classic brown). They have already launched in stores but most have sold out of them. Australis expect to have the 4 new shades restocked in stores in 2-3 weeks and they cost $13.95 each. I loved the colour of oh-saka! so much that I bought it.

Australis Velourlips swatches - oh-saka, phenom-penh, rad-elaide and mo-zam-chic - Polish and Paws
Australis Velourlips swatches – oh-saka, phenom-penh, rad-elaide and mo-zam-chic (L-R)

Alongside the Luxe Lips, Australis have just launched a new lip primer called About That Base. About That Base is advertised as being a smooth, transparent base that can be used under any lipstick or lip cream to help the colour last. It can also be used by itself as a conditioning lip treatment as it contains Vitamin E, Jojoba and Shea Butter. It comes in the same packaging as the Velourlips, with the same doe foot applicator, but it is in a white tube, not a coloured one. It is easy to apply and has a nice light formula that dries down to satin texture. It’s not moisturising enough for me to use it as a lip treatment alone (I have so many lip balms for that purpose) but I really like it as a lip primer. I have been looking for a cruelty free lip primer for a long time now. The ones I have tried previously have either been really drying, chalky or chunky, the Australis one isn’t like that at all. It does make application of lip products easier and helps to smooth lip lines slightly. As I said above, I can’t wear Velourlips by themselves, but I can wear them with this primer. It makes a barrier between the drying lipstick and my lips so that they don’t immediately feel like they are as dry as a desert. I can’t wear them for many hours but I can now use them for short trips out of the house. The price point of the lip primer is slightly more expensive than the other two products I mentioned at $16.95, but it is well worth it.

Australis Cosmetics Luxe Lips, Velourlips and All About that Base Lip Primer Review and Swatches - Polish and Paws
Australis Luxe Lips, Velourlips and All About that Base Lip Primer Review

Australis have just installed new product stands/displays in stores to accommodate the new products they are releasing. They have new colours in their contour kit range, new cream blushes called “cheeky tiny”, eyeliners, brow products and a range of makeup brushes. I swatched the 4 cheeky tint blush colours and the new ac on tour cream contouring and highlighting palette in cool and the ac on tour powder contouring and highlighting palette in lighter than light on snapchat but I can do a blog post on them if anyone is interested. The Australis Cosmetics Luxe Lips range, being a sticky gloss, may not be a favourite for some people but it has a good amount of pigment for an affordable gloss. The Velourlips line has a colour to suit everyone, but loving this product will depend on how well you deal with the feeling of dry lips. About That Base is a good lip primer that should suit everyone. I have previously blogged about one of my favourite Australis products, the Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder, but I also want to do a blog post where I list my favourite and least favourite products from the brand. If that would interest you, let me know. Don’t forget to sign up to email updates to be notified when my next blog post is up. Will you be getting any of the new Australis products?

P.S. You can see links to other beauty bloggers recent posts at Fabulous and Flawless.

Love, Alinta

14 Comments

  • Kez | acaciasdreams.com 01/08/2016 at 10:14 am

    I loved reading this review as it was a completely different point of view to mine, I had absolutely no drying out or flaking from the Velourlips, but couldn’t stand the thickness and stickiness of the Luxe Lips. Its so interesting to see how people like or dislike different products! I love those paw print swatches by the way, what a perfect touch!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

    • Alinta McMurdo 01/08/2016 at 3:17 pm

      I think a lot of people will be in the same boat as you with the Luxe Lips, but I grew up wearing sticky gloss so I’m just used to it lol. I have a feeling the Velourlips react differently to different people saliva or something, as I know quite a few people who love them and quite a few who had flaking etc like me – similar to the colourpop ones where half like them and half don’t – they flake on me too so there must be a similar ingredient as none of the other brands do it. They’re a great price if they work for you, much better than paying triple that for another brand 🙂

  • Ingrid Ingrid 01/08/2016 at 4:13 pm

    Wow! That’s a lot of swatching you did! The paw print swatches are cute!

    I like the look of the Luxe Lips lip glosses. I don’t mind wearing lip gloss as long as it’s not a really windy day with my hair blowing onto my lips! I hate having dry lips however so I’ll be giving the Velourlips a miss.

    • Alinta McMurdo 01/08/2016 at 4:23 pm

      Yep, and I went in store a few times and swatched things I didn’t post as I went back again to include more colours lol. My local priceline manager is so good to me, she knows when I come in that I’m there to swatch something haha
      I’m the same, I won’t wear it on a windy day but the stickiness doesn’t bother me otherwise, whereas dry lips makes me crazy 🙂

  • Space of Beauty 01/08/2016 at 7:20 pm

    I love the paw print swatches they are super cute!
    I have a soft spot for Australis, it was one of the first brands I purchased, many many years ago!

    • Alinta McMurdo 03/08/2016 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you 🙂 yeah, they were one of my first too.

  • maxtheunicorn 01/08/2016 at 10:29 pm

    I love your swatches! I’m keen to try the Luxe Lips as they are glossy, but I have a few Velourlips and I don’t think the formula is for me. The paw prints are so cute!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Alinta McMurdo 03/08/2016 at 3:30 pm

      The Velourlips aren’t my fave liquid lipsticks just because I don’t like the dry feeling but the Luxe Lips are fine for me as I don’t mind sticky 🙂 and thanks, I screwed up the paw prints so many times but I got there in the end lol

  • Leah 01/08/2016 at 10:32 pm

    Cutest paw print swatches! I love Velourlips – one of my go tos for matte lippies!

    • Alinta McMurdo 03/08/2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks 🙂 that’s good that they work for you 🙂

  • kats (@katshepsutt) 07/08/2016 at 11:41 pm

    Awesome swatches Alinta, and I just adore the paw print ones – I’ve saved this page to help me next time I go shopping! Those new Velourlips Matte Lip Cream shades are amazing – I want xxx

    • Alinta McMurdo 16/08/2016 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 I hope the swatches help you to buy the perfect shade for you x

  • Sarah 11/01/2017 at 1:46 am

    Is oh-saka limited edition??
    I got it few mths ago and LOVE it but only bought One at that time n been wantin to stock up but NONE of the stores haf it and it isnt even on priceline or australis website! So weird!!

    • Alinta McMurdo 13/01/2017 at 2:33 pm

      It’s on the Australis website so it’s probably just a popular shade that priceline can’t keep in stock 🙂

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    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life - it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life – it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    7/9
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.
    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love – then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him.
    We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that.
    Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

    Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring.
    Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

    Love, Alinta
    6 months ago
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    9/9

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