The Lipstick Diaries Entry #3: Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream



I think everyone knows about Australis Velourlips. How could they not? It's a great product - super matte, super-long lasting, and cheap enough to boot. There's a great variety of colours, not to mention the fact that Australis just announced the release of travel sized Velourlips in packets of five shades. How awesome is that?! It's great for people who love to travel, or for people who want more variety in lip shades, but don't want to fork out roughly $10 for each shade. And travel sized products are always JUST SO CUTE!

Every time I see a tiny or smaller version of something, I just go absolutely bonkers over it. When I was in Japan about five years ago, I found a mini bottle of Kewpie mayonnaise and proceeded to take over 100 photographs of it, weeping at how freaking cute it was.

Am I crazy? Probably.

Anyways, back to the Velourlips. I truly love these nifty little things, though I have my complaints, of course. Two, actually, although one of them is mainly due to my incompetence. I have excellent fine motor skills and will happily make extremely detailed miniatures out of clay, take part in cross-stitch, and even draw intricate designs flawlessly.

BUT!

When it comes to applying matte lipsticks with a doe foot applicator, forget about it. I can never establish perfect edges, and it's difficult removing mistakes without screwing up my foundation!


Aside from my inability to wield the lipgloss wand like a master, the only other complaint that I have with the Velourlips is that it is very drying. It's great for long lasting results, but after 6 hours of wearing it, you start to feel as if you've been stranded in the desert for two whole days without water. Wearing lipbalm under the lipstick screws with the lasting power of the Velourlips, so it's a choice between dryness or lasting power. Unless you wear a lipliner on top of the balm, and under the Velourlips, that is.

Australis Velourlips in NY-CEE
When you look at the colour in the bottle, and swatch it against your hand, it looks more appropriate for cool skin tones. I assure you that this is not the case, because somehow, this just works on everyone, and the colour is incredibly bold and very pigmented. You only need to do one coat for an even coverage, but two coats works best for a deeper colour and longer lasting colour. I've gone five or six hours wearing this lipstick without needing to touch up. Oh my ghad! You can see white hair in this photo! Call the ambulance, we've got a problem!

Australis Velourlips in DOO-BAI
Ever since I saw that Australis had released this colour, I was super keen on having this in my collection. It's a very sexy shade, and makes my lips look more plump and shapely. It's an edgy, vivacious and exciting shade, and I do not regret buying this colour. However, because this is such a dark shade, at least two coats is required for an even coverage as it is a bit sheerer than the NY-CEE shade, and more coats for a much deeper colour.

Would I buy this again? Yes, I definitely would. I've got my eyes on the five-pack travel sets!

On an unrelated note, today, I tried baking with my translucent powder, and I didn't particularly want to do a post on this until I actually had conclusive evidence that it actually made a huge difference. I don't know how I feel about the baking craze. It actually looks quite cakey in the mirror and in person, though it makes a world of difference in photographs. You can barely see that I am wearing baked-on powder in these photos, yet it perfectly hides my dark under eyes, my blemishes and makes me look like I have flawless skin. Is it worth using a decent amount of translucent powder? Only when I have to do photography like this, which is rare. It's a waste of money to bake your face for every social event.


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