This review is for the Australis Velourlips matte cream lipstick in HON-O-LOO-LOO, DOO-BAI & SHANG-HI! which retail for $10.49 AUD.
What Australis say about this matte cream lipstick:
“Highly pigmented lips are the look of the moment, and this lip cream takes it to the next level with its beautiful matte finish! The creamy long-wear formula glides on easily with its doe foot applicator, finishing to a velvety matte look with intense, full coverage colour payoff. Perfect for when you want lasting, matte colour that moves with your lips without flaking. Time for a change from gloss! It applies creamy, lasts all day and finishes with a soft suede look. A matte lip cream that moves with your lips so you don’t have to worry about caking and flaking.”
Decent colour pay off, nice smell, non-drying, and a good range of colours. If you are a fan of liquid to matte lippies, these won’t be what you’re used to.The Australis Velourlips aren’t bad, but they do take a little getting used to.
They smell good, they’re cheap, good value for money, and they are easy to find anywhere in Australia (where lots of other brands are more difficult to find in stores). They also ship internationally.
If too much product is applied it becomes crumbly, which feels really gross. This makes reapplying them after eating and drinking kind of annoying, but a few simple tricks make it easier. Not all Australis products are vegan, but all of the Velourlips range are.
The Extended Review:
All of the following photos were taken in natural daylight and they have not been edited. I applied no liner, and only one coat of each shade for comparison purposes. While I wasn’t initially hugely impressed with the Velourlips range, I have a few tips for how to greatly improve how they wear.
The range comes in the usual long tube, and has a doe foot wand applicator. The tube closes tightly and doesn’t leak, but the tube itself does feel a little cheap when compared to other liquid lipsticks.
I reviewed one nude, one pink and one red from the range. SHANG-HI! ended up being quite a bit deeper than I expected, but the other two darken only slightly when dry.
These smell so good. Like grape flavoured bubblegum, or a grape slush puppie, or whatever your favourite grapey thing is. If you don’t like grape candy then these probably aren’t the best purchase for you – although the smell does fade away when they dry. They are also great value for money. Each tube has 10ml (0.34 fl oz) of product compared to 2.6ml (0.088 fl oz) in the Lime Crime Velvetines, and 3.25ml (0.11 fl oz) in the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips. You can see my review of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip range here.
Australis don’t claim that the Velourlips are a traditional (is it too soon to say that?) liquid to matte lipstick, and they aren’t. These don’t dry to a super matte finish, and they aren’t completely transfer proof, but this also means that they are less drying than other liquid to matte lippies. My biggest problem with this product is its tendency to “ball up”, or feel crumbly. When I first wore these I didn’t apply a very thin coat, and soon after it had set I licked my lips and rubbed them together – as I often do – without thinking. The result was pretty gross, and after removing the product from my lips I didn’t try again for a few days… I’m weird about textures. Especially on my face.
This range certainly has its pros and cons, and if you have decided that you want some matte lippies to play with that are inexpensive and good value, these could be a great first stop (if you come from the land down under).
HON-O-LOO-LOO is a warm nude, with more of an earthy tone than a pink tone.
DOO-BAI is a deep, true burgundy red. It is cool toned, which will help teeth appear whiter.
SHANG-HI! is a warm magenta shade that varies quite a bit depending on how much product is applied, and the natural skin tone of the wearer.
Makeup Artist Tip:
Apply only a very small amount of product. Try using the supplied brush and a lip brush and see the different results. Add more product, play with it, and see how they work for you. I suggest that you wear these around the house and get a feel for them before you introduce them into your daily routine. Find out what I mean when I say crumbly and gross, and don’t do it when you’re on a hot date or in an important meeting. When it’s time for a touch up, remove as much of the product from your lips as you can without making a mess, and then reapply. Remember, the best results will be had from the smallest amount of product.
Due to the nature of the Velourlips, I would only apply more than one thin coat for fashion photoshoots, and instances where length of wear is not important. That being said, I can’t imagine that I would choose this range for professional purposes.
Have you tried Velourlips? How do you think they compare to other liquid to matte lipsticks? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know.
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Australis Velourlips Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, Fragrance , Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 15850:1 (Red 7 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake).
~ This range was purchased for review purposes. All opinions within this review are my own, and true to my experience. I will always be honest about how a product performs regardless of whether the product was supplied or purchased.