Good afternoon class,
Personally I love to hate (or hate to love?) wearing lipstick. I think we have a sibling relationship. It annoys the crap out of me but I still love it unconditionally. The thing I think that irks me the most about wearing lipstick is reapplying. I NEED to invest in a wee mirror for my classroom at school – that would be a godsend. However at school presently it’s way too annoying to reapply my lippy or touch up my makeup because I’m always so busy and I can’t be bothered taking my wee makeup bag all the way from my classroom to the bathroom. Yep. I’m lazy. But also I think I’d get laughed at. I am one of the only makeup wearers at my school! At least, a full face that is. So basically by the end of the day I look like the witch off The Wizard of Oz… melting. I’m meltingggg!
Where I’m getting at with this wee rant is that the discovery of Matte Lip creams was the purpose of my existence. It made my life worth living again. A lipstick. That stayed put. Didn’t wear off. I didn’t rub it all over my face. I don’t get it on the mugs at school. I barely need to reapply. Alleluia!
I’m going to talk today about one of my favourite brands of matte lip creams – the Australis Velourlips. Note: this is part 1, which means yes! There will be a part 2 and perhaps even a part 3 so stay tuned for that!
I first heard about the Australis Velourlips when they were released in NZ as a free gift with the “Girlfriend” magazine which is a teen mag here in NZ/Australia. It felt weird buying 2 copies of this magazine aimed at 13 year olds with a huge picture of Tay Swizzle on the front but I did enjoy reading about 1D. Plus I was able to nab two of the three colours released with the magazines. A bright pink called “MAL-I-BOO” and a bright orange called “RIO-D”. The pink itself got me hooked. (I get the chills over bright pinks). Since then I’ve purchased 3 more shades and I have another one in the mail (haul coming soon).
I absolutely love these lip creams because they do last a really long time on the lips. They’re creamy, they’re cheap as chips (around $14 at Farmers or Kmart, $9.95 in Australia), they have heaps of shades (and are about to add some more!) the packaging is simple and sturdy AND they’re kiss proof 😉
I find with application of these – some people complain that they flake off or dry out their lips. I don’t have this problem. I find the best way to apply them is to put some lip balm on 10 minutes before you want to apply. Then I only apply one thin-ish layer. If you try to layer them up or reapply over top that is when they start to become dry and flakey. A thin layer however looks opaque, lasts for ages and doesn’t dry as much.
Obviously I’d have to be kidding myself if I said they weren’t at all drying. They’re matte lip creams so they dry to a matte formula on your lips. They’re not glossy or wet or moisturizing but that’s not their purpose. They are definitely a little bit drying so if you tend to have dry lips then make sure you put some balm on before hand. Otherwise you should be fine!
I find that if you are going to reapply after eating or after a few hours it’s best to just take all of the colour off your lips and start again. As I said earlier reapplying over top is a disaster. DON’T DO IT. For the love of God!
The shades I have are ones that I don’t have in my collection in this sort of formula. I love all the shades and I haven’t found any difference in formula between them. I’ve attached swatches below – apologies for the weird arm shot there.
I really love the bright pink colour – MAL-I-BOO because it just makes your lips the focus of your face. They really pop with that colour! Oranges tend to look awful on me so RIO-D is my least used because of that but it’s still a gorgeous colour. I wear PAR-EE with my Chi Chi lip liner in the colour Totally Nude and it looks very Kylie Jenner-esque. The other two are lovely as well, LUN-DUN reminds me of Snob by MAC.
Overall, super pigmented and opaque on the lips, you don’t need much product, cheap, kiss proof!!, lasts a long time, don’t reapply or layer, and lip balm if you’re dry.
My recommendation would be: go and buy them. Go and buy one. Or two. Or all of them! You seriously won’t regret it! You know I love the brand Australis and there will probably more Australis reviews to come!
Have you tried the Velourlips? Did you like them? Which other matte lip creams should I try?
Due to popular demand: a haul will be coming very soon, as will some drugstore faves, tutorials and of course some more reviews! Let me know if you have any requests. xx