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Dusty Girls Face Products Review

16/07/2016

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I mentioned in my last MooGoo post that I got to go to a lovely blogger lunch with the ladies from MooGoo and Dusty Girls. MooGoo (skincare), Dusty Girls (natural vegan makeup) and Dr Zoo (pet products) are Australian cruelty free sister brands. I am so obsessed with MooGoo so I was really excited to try the products from Dusty Girls. Today, I have a review of the face products in their collection, including their foundation, tinted cream, bronzer and blushes.

Dusty Girls Vegan Face Products Review and Swatches - Polish and Paws
Dusty Girls Face Products

The Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Foundation is a loose powder that comes in 10g for $29. They advertise it as being suitable for all skin types, but especially sensitive skin as it is filler free. The Natural Mineral Foundation comes in 7 shades, with cool, warm and neutral undertones in the fair and medium varieties. I don’t have this product so I went in store to swatch the ‘fair’ shades from their range. I really love that they have thought about undertones as a lot of brands just make everything with a yellow undertone – and that makes someone like me, with really pink undertones, look ill. Unfortunately, their ‘fair’ shades are really what most brands would call ‘light’. I am very fair and typically require the lightest shade that a brand has to offer, but all the colours are too dark for me. I could possibly make the Sunset Tones work with how light the powder is, but it is just far too yellow for me. I left the powders on my arm for many hours to see if I had a reaction, but there wasn’t any sign of irritation, so I think it will be a suitable product for other sensitive skinned people out there, I just wish there were lighter pink or neutral colours to choose from.

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Foundation swatches, Fair Minerals with Sunrise Tones, Fair Minerals and Fair Minerals with Sunset Tones (L-R) - Polish and Paws
Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Foundation swatches, Fair Minerals with Sunrise Tones, Fair Minerals and Fair Minerals with Sunset Tones (L-R).

The Dusty Girls Earth Cream is a tinted cream that can be used in the same way a tinted moisturiser or BB cream would be. It is advertised as being lightweight, natural looking and radiant, and ideal for acne prone skin. It comes in a sturdy pump bottle, that isn’t easily broken, and costs $18.50 for 50ml. I have the cream in the ‘light’ shade but there is also a ‘medium’ shade available. As with the Natural Mineral Foundation, the light Earth Cream is too dark for my skin tone, but I have still tested it by wearing it on days I’m home. Before I tried the Earth Cream, I read some bloggers reviews on it, and the consensus is that this cream is great for oily skin, but my skin is combination to dry, so I was hesitant that this would work for me. The cream is quite thick when you pump it out of the bottle, but it spreads out on the skin easily, and it doesn’t cake or cling to the drier parts of my skin. It does have a slight balling effect when I spread it out (like a primer can do if you put too much on) but the balls fall off easily and quickly and seem to have no effect on the look of the cream at the end. It has light coverage, so if you have an active red pimple, you will need some concealer too, but you can also layer this cream on top of itself, as long as you let the first layer dry before doing the second. The Dusty Girls ladies also mentioned that you can use the Natural Mineral Foundation over the Earth Cream if you want more coverage from these products. The Earth Cream feels really nice on the skin and the finish looks nice despite my drier patches at the moment. I seems to work with combo to dry skin types as it has shea butter, vitamin E and quite a few oils that are good for all skin types. I haven’t been able to test the wear out in rain and wind in winter, or heat and sweat in summer, but I think it would be a cream I would enjoy using if it were in my colour. Some people like that there are only two colours available as they find it easier to choose a colour online, but I’m not one of them. I would really like it if this cream came in a lot more colours, especially one for very light skin, and colours that suit darker skin tones too.

Dusty Girls Natural Tinted Earth Cream Review - Polish and Paws
Dusty Girls Earth Cream

The Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Bronzer comes in one shade called Sunshine. Sunshine is a pressed bronzing powder that has warm, golden undertones with a soft shimmer throughout. The 15g compact costs $25 and comes in an orange pan with a clear lid that has the Dusty Girls logo on it. It is advertised as being suitable for all skin tones but it is far too warm for me to be able to use as a bronzer, let alone contour colour. This will however be a good colour for anyone with darker light skin tones and medium skin tones. I have swatched this bronzer quite a few times now, trying to get it to work for me, and it hasn’t irritated my skin any of those times. It contains Macadamia and Jojoba Oils as well as vitamin E. I would really love to see Dusty Girls make a cool toned bronzer/contour colour, as I would go out and buy that.

Dusty Girls Sunshine Bronzer, Golden Delicious and Pink Ladies Blush swatches and review - Polish and Paws
Dusty Girls Sunshine Bronzer, Golden Delicious Blush and Pink Ladies Blush swatches (L-R).

Dusty Girls also make a Natural Mineral Blush that is $25 for 15g. They have two colours, Pink Ladies (soft pink shimmer), and Golden Delicious (gold and terracotta tones). Pink Ladies will suit light skin with pink or neutral undertones and Golden Delicious will suit medium to dark skin tones and those with more yellow undertones. These pressed blushes have natural micas, jojoba and macadamia oils as well as natural vitamin E ‘to increase the staying power’ of the blushes. I own Pink Ladies, but I went to a stockist multiple times to try and get swatches that would show the true colour of all the cheek products. Golden Delicious is advertised as being a matte blush (as opposed to the shimmer that Pink Ladies has) but if you look at my swatches, you will see that Golden Delicious actually has a nice sheen to it. There are noticeable little sparkles/glitter in the Pink Ladies blush but they don’t really transfer to the skin much, so there isn’t a lot of shimmer on the cheek, which I prefer. I have used various synthetic blush brushes with Pink Ladies and they have all worked. It isn’t one of those pressed powder products that only picks up with a certain type of brush. I have found it easy to put on a thin layer so that I don’t end up looking like a clown, but it is also easily built up for anyone with a darker skin tone than me. Pink Ladies is such a beautiful pink colour, it isn’t too neon or too pastel, so it gives the perfect flush of colour. It thankfully comes in quite a big pan, so I won’t need to replace it any time soon, but if/when I do run out, I will be repurchasing the Pink Ladies blush.

Dusty Girls Sunshine Bronzer, Golden Delicious and Pink Ladies Blush swatches and review - Polish and Paws
Dusty Girls Sunshine Bronzer, Golden Delicious Blush and Pink Ladies Blush swatches (L-R).

The packaging on all of the Dusty Girls products is well thought out. The products come in a textured cardboard box with a push out draw that the product sits in. Each box has lots of information about the product, so it is useful to keep, but you can recycle them when you’re done, which is great. They also make a little synthetic kabuki brush that you can use with all of their powder products. It is a decent brush for $12.50, and very soft, but there are others in my collection that I will reach for over the Dusty Girls one. The brand is vegan, cruelty free, natural and made for sensitive skin, which are values I appreciate in a company. Out of all the face products, the Pink Ladies blush is certainly my favourite. I would really like to be able to use their base products (Mineral Foundation and Earth Cream) but the shade range needs to be increased. My main issue with the brand is that the colours mainly cater to those in the middle of the skin shade spectrum. I think it would be great if they made products suitable for very fair skins (like mine) and products for darker skins too. If I could access products that suited my skin tone then I think Dusty Girls could make up a large proportion of my daily use products. I still have the other products from Dusty Girls that I will review which include eyeshadows, lip gloss, lipstick and mascara. You can sign up to my email updates if you would like to be notified when that blog post is live. I also have more MooGoo products to review and the Dr Zoo pet products as well.

Dusty Girls Vegan Pink Ladies Blush Review and Swatches - Polish and Paws
Dusty Girls Pink Ladies Blush

The Dusty Girls website has a list of Australian stockists that you can get the products from, plus they are available on the website. They also have UK and US websites and distribution centres so that everyone can enjoy these products. If you don’t live in Aus, USA or UK, then you can buy from the International/Australian website (they ship to Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates). You are also able to buy Dusty Girls and MooGoo products in the same order by clicking “Jump to Moo Goo” after putting your Dusty Girls products in your cart. They are working on a new website that will enable you to also buy Dr Zoo in the same order too. Do you like the look of the Dusty Girls face products? Is there something in particular that you will be picking up to try?

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

Love, Alinta

10 Comments

  • Ingrid Ingrid 25/07/2016 at 8:23 pm

    I love the look of the Pink Ladies blush. Even though I have more of a medium colouring I think this would still be my first pick from the range you featured.

    • Alinta McMurdo 25/07/2016 at 11:23 pm

      It’s really pigmented so it would work for you too 🙂

  • Shell 26/07/2016 at 10:34 am

    I have the same problem as you Alinta – very fair/fair skin with cool/pink undertones & every “light”, “porcelain” or “fair” foundation/tinted moisturiser/BB cream/CC cream is too dark or yellow-toned for me! I don’t know why companies don’t cater enough for us – light & medium aren’t the only skin tones out there!

    But enough rantage from me…I’m tempted to pick up the Pink Ladies blush at some stage. I’ve swatched it before & thought it was nice, but I think I was turned off by the shimmer. I might still give it a go though.

    • Alinta McMurdo 26/07/2016 at 11:14 pm

      Ugh I know! I am still struggling to find a concealer that isn’t darker than my skin :/ even the Urban Decay one that lots of fair people like isn’t quite light enough. I think I have to invest in some sort of white additive, but that won’t help with things being really yellow toned. I am not a big fan of shimmer or glitter blushes but I like pink ladies, so you might too 🙂

  • Lily (@lilynotlouise) 26/07/2016 at 4:27 pm

    this brand sounds and look so lovely I’ve been dying to buy some but I can’t justify buying more makeup when I have so much waiting to get used at home! I will however pop this on my list 🙂

    Lily not Louise

    • Alinta McMurdo 26/07/2016 at 11:15 pm

      Oh I know! I have a huge pile that I haven’t even tried once, it’s terrible. I need to get better at not buying new things lol

  • lubzsays 27/07/2016 at 1:47 pm

    I love the pink lady blush. It looks so pigmented and beautiful!

    • Alinta McMurdo 28/07/2016 at 5:52 pm

      It is a great blush 🙂

  • A Bella Adventure 06/08/2016 at 8:21 pm

    I have heard of this brand before but haven’t tried any of their products. The Earth Cream and Blush both sound great!

    • Alinta McMurdo 16/08/2016 at 10:33 pm

      I was like that with MooGoo. I had heard of them but it took me ages to pick up their products. Very happy I did though, both brands are great 🙂

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Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. 
#elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    I know I promised a blog post on these a very long time ago but that didn’t happen so here’s some swatches instead. These are some of @elatecosmetics cruelty, vegan and sustainable pencils. There’s the 4 EyeColour Pencils Gleam, Mystic, Evolve and Merit which are buildable and easy to blend. I’m so pale that Gleam and Mystic and almost my skin colour but I still use them for highlights. Then there’s Hearth the EyeLine pencil which is a neutral brown. And finally the LipColours Enigma and Ardent which I’ve shown you how to use as lipstick and blush previously in a video. I probably get the most use out of Mystic and Ardent. Mystic is a good neutral shade on me and Ardent is one of my fave lip colours. Which one is your fave? Anyone who wants to buy Elate in Aus can head to the Flora and Fauna website (affiliate link on my blog). Also tomorrow is my birthday and a present I would love is photos of people attending the reproductive rights rally in Melbourne. Please go tomorrow, wear a mask, and take a photo of yourself and send it to me 😉 best birthday present ever. #elate #elatecosmetics #elatebeauty #loveelate #lovealinta
    3 months ago
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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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