Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream - Current Collection Swatches & Review11:38
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I have a bumper post today featuring a bunch more of the Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Creams for your viewing pleasure. I had to chuckle at them bringing out new five new shades just as I was putting together the full collection collage, isn't it always the way? :D I can't wait to check out the new ones though, especially BAE-JING and SAN-FRAN-DISCO.
For today, though, I have nine of the permanent shades currently available in New Zealand, along with one of the limited edition metallic shades from the AC/ME collection, which was last year's holiday release. I have already reviewed the other pictured shades, so I'll link those posts below.
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MI-A-MEE | RO-MA | MAL-I-BOO
SHANG-HI! | LUN-DUN | TOK-I-O
Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D | DOO-BAI | BUDA-PASH
Velourlips (10ml for $15-17.50NZD) are a liquid-to-matte lipstick formula with a thick, mousse-like formula. Thicker than the Lime Crime Velvetines and Kat Von D Everlasting Love formulas, more similar in consistency to NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams but perhaps a bit fluffier and thicker again. Colour pay off varies depending on the shade but is mostly very pigmented and opaque. They have a sweet, candy-like scent.
The packaging is simple and functional; a lip gloss style tube punctuated with a cute heart and lace trim for some extra appeal. Inside is a doefoot applicator that applies colour evenly and precisely (where the formula allows).
Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs
MIL-A-NO* is a pale warm nude with very fine silvery shimmer. It's a bit of a finicky one to apply, you need to work very quickly to apply an even layer, because it does NOT play nicely if you try applying a second layer. If you need to even out an area, it's best to wait a good couple of minutes for the first layer to dry, then carefully pat extra product just where it's needed. I found the shimmer emphasised uneven texture, but despite its flaws, I really love the colour of MIL-A-NO*. It wore for six hours on me and was a little drying.
RO-MA* is a neon pink with warm leanings. Like the other neon Velourlips, I struggle to work with the formula; though pigmented, it's simultaneously streaky, thick and prone to balling up. You can see in the swatch the small balls and clumps of product. On the plus side, it wears for eight hours on me without being drying, so if you nail the application at least you won't have to worry too much about touch ups!
Mmmmmf. Has there ever been a more perfect strawberry red than BAR-THA-LONA*? Somehow I doubt it. It has mostly opaque colour pay off, applies easily and wears for eight hours without being drying.
Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D* is a rich chestnut brown with lots of gold shimmer. It's the sheerest colour I've tried in the range, but it builds up without any fuss whatsoever so I find it hard to hold that against it! The colour is so different to everything else in my collection and I just adore it. Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D* wears for six hours on me and is somewhat drying.
Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D* was part of the trio of limited edition metallic Velourlips released with the AC/ME collection for the holidays last year, but all three shades are still available on Australis' website (which sadly only ships to Australia) and I've seen them in pharmacies still too.
BUDA-PASH* is a gorgeous deep brown leaning burgundy with great colour pay off. My camera washed the closeup out a bit, but the full makeup look below is colour accurate. It lasts for five hours on me without being drying and leaves some staining.
Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs
I've actually reviewed RIO-D, MAL-I-BOO and TOK-I-O before, but since my photos have improved markedly since then, I thought I'd redo them to include in this post.
RIO-D is a neon orange-coral. The formula is just as fussy as the other neons, pictured is the best swatch I've managed to get in the year or so I've had this lipstick. Despite that, I really love the colour and I can't think of a dupe that quite straddles the line between neon orange and coral the way RIO-D does. RIO-D wears for six hours on me, is lightly drying and I experience some flaking over the course of wear.
Oh, MAL-I-BOO, how I wish I could love you! Sadly time has not improved my experience with this lipstick, it remains as chalky, streaky and clumpy as when I first tried it. It wears for six hours on me and like RIO-D, it flakes a little during wear. It's also drying.
Be still my beating heart! SHANG-HI! is a vibrant plummy-fuchsia with rich, opaque pigmentation. It applies super smoothly without emphasising texture, almost giving a soft focus effect - unusual for a matte! SHANG-HI wears for five hours, isn't drying and leaves behind heavy pink staining.
TOK-I-O is the perfect grape purple with mostly opaque colour pay off. True purples are gradually becoming more readily available from mainstream brands, but Austalis definitely lead the charge on this one. It takes two and a bit layers to become opaque and is prone to clumping and emphasising uneven lip texture, so you'll need to work quickly to spread it evenly across the lips. It lasts for six hours on me and is moderately drying. I really love TOK-I-O, it sparked my love for purple lipstick in a big way!
DOO-BAI is a wonderfully opaque deep berry. It applies smoothly without accentuating texture and lasts for eight hours on me. I did find it to be a bit drying. Again, the close up appears a touch lighter than the makeup look, it is undeniably vampy, which I love.
What I liked:
- BAR-THA-LONA, RO-MA, DOO-BAI wore for eight hours
- MIL-A-NO, RIO-D, TOK-I-O, MAL-I-BOO & Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D wore for six hours
- SHANG-HI! wears for five hours
- SHANG-HI!, RO-MA, BUDA-PASH and BAR-THA-LONA aren't drying
- Most shades apply smoothly
- Sweet candy scent
What I didn't like:
- RO-MA, MAL-I-BOO, & RIO-D are streaky, thick and prone to clumping
- TOK-I-O is prone to clumping
- Rhi-Rhi-Wine-D, TOK-I-O, RIO-D, MAL-I-BOO, DOO-BAI and MIL-A-NO are a bit drying
- MIL-A-NO, RO-MA, MAL-I-BOO & RIO-D are difficult to layer
- RIO-D and MAL-I-BOO flake a little as they wear
Where to buy:
- Selected pharmacies (NZ)
- Farmers (NZ)
- Kmart (NZ & Australia)
- Big W, Priceline & selected pharmacies (Australia)
- Makeup.co.nz (NZ)
- Beautybliss (NZ)
- All Cosmetics Wholesale (International)
What do you think of these shades of Velourlips? Are you looking forward to the new ones?
*Provided for review
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