Sitting at home, bored, recovering from surgery, with your laptop to keep you company, can sometimes lead you into trouble. Like ordering make up online. Whoops.
I saw on Instagram a post from Australis about their new Metallix eye shadow range, which I had been meaning to pick up from Priceline for ages. I had just ordered the ColourPop shadows, and I am still waiting for them to arrive, due to a shipping error where they ended up in Brazil.. :\ But the good folks at ColourPop have resent my order, and I am waiting for it to arrive any day now! Be sure to keep an eye out on the blog for that!
Grab yourself a cup of tea, and get comfy, this post is a long one!
I managed to order all 6 colours in the Metallix range, I went to the Priceline website to compare, and they only had 3 colours available. I ended up picking out two lipsticks, a Colour Inject Moisturising Minerals, and a Cray for Colour lip crayon.
First let's get into the eye shadows. There has been a lot of talk about these in the Australian beauty community. Australis hyped them up prior to launch on their Instagram page, and it worked! I needed to get my hands on these, but every time I went to Priceline, I could never get them.
There are six colours in the range; Guns and Rose Petals, Pearl Jammin', Gold Gaga, Jay Zed, Lana Del Grey, & Plum Diddy. You can tell where they got their inspiration from..
The first one I want to talk about is Guns and Rose Petals. It is a bit of a mixture of colours, some lights it looks like a pink champagne, then it can be a very silvery/rose gold. I found this colour to be a little patchier when applying versus the other shades, probably because it is the lightest of them all. I did also notice that after being on my arm for a few minutes, it almost dried to what resembled cracked dirt? Still a nice colour, but would be suitable for a base, or maybe the inner corner of the eye.
The second colour was Pearl Jammin'. This was much more of a goldy colour, and it went on more opaque than Guns and Rose Petals did. I didn't notice any drying with this colour.
Then we have Gold Gaga. This colour definitely had more of a copper tone to it, even slightly rose gold when applied, and once again was more opaque, with better colour pay off with the first initial swipe.
Getting into the darker colours, we have Jay Zed. This is definitely more of an bronze/olive colour, and this is where I started getting impressed with these shadows. From my initial look into the pot, I couldn't see myself wearing this colour, but once I had swatched it, I had a different opinion. This had great colour pay off, and only took one swipe on my arm.
Lana Del Grey was the 5th eyeshadow I purchased. This is a totally different colour tone to the others. In some light it is a purpley/smokey grey, but then in other lights, it almost has a steel blue look to it. I really enjoyed this colour, and it went on quite opaque, with only one swipe. It definitely doesn't come out as dark as it looks in the container.
Last shadow was Plum Diddy. This colour when I initially opened up the delivery box was the one I thought that I wouldn't get much wear out of it. It is a chocolate/burgundy, very deep looking colour, and applies very evenly, with great colour pay off. It still would be the colour I reach for the least, but I want to give it a chance and try it out with some looks.
After I removed the swatches from my arm using the Garnier Micellar Water, I was left with the remnants of a late 90's / early 2000's primary school disco. These shadows are glittery, and metallic (as the name suggests). So if sparkle is not your thing, maybe don't go for these bad boys. I think my favourite out of them all would have to be Gold Gaga, and Lana Del Grey.
The consistency of these is not quite a cream, not quite a shadow, but somewhere in between. They're certainly not as sticky/dry as the Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoos are, I find those a little hard to work with. But I would definitely recommend applying these with your finger. If you aren't comfortable with that, you could use a synthetic flat brush to apply the shadows. The Australis website also says that these contain Vitamin E & Antioxidants to soften and hydrate the eyelids. Which would explain why they seemed a bit more pliable than the Maybelline range.
All in all, I'm pretty impressed with them, and I am keen to try them out to see how long lasting they are on the eyes.
Next up I got two lipsticks (I needed to make free shipping somehow.. ;)
I got the Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick in Flamenco, and the Cray for Colour Lip Gloss in Flamingo. Going with an F theme apparently.
The Colour Inject lipstick had good colour pay off, and is more of a semi-gloss finish. It wasn't drying, and didn't fall into the cracks in my lips which is good because they are SUPER dry at the moment. From the Australis website, it says that their Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral range contains Kakadu Plum, which is high in vitamin C, it also contains Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Avocado Oil, & Titanium Dioxide which acts as a UV filter. I did find the lipstick to be quite softening, and I have had it on now for about 3 hours, and my lips still feel quite soft.
Secondly was the Cray for Colour lip gloss. Now, this is not a lip gloss. It is definitely more of a lip crayon with a semi gloss finish. It has a wind up bottom instead of sharpening it, and it is quite thin, but it did make outlining my lips quite easy. Australis says this lipstick contains Castor Seed oil, Lanolin, Aloe Extract, & Vitamins A,C,E. I didn't find this lipstick drying at all.
While the colour isn't my usual colour, as I have olive skin, some paler pink lipsticks can wash me out a bit, looking at the photos, it doesn't look too strange. It was definitely a lot more sheer than the colour inject lipstick, so I did have to layer it a couple of times to get the right colour. I did find that this colour/formula tended to stick to the little dry bits on my lips more than the colour inject. So before you wear this, I would give your lips a light scrub with a toothbrush, or the Lush lip scrub.
I discovered that if you are new to the Australis website, you can sign up to their email list, and receive 25% off your first order! Plus side is that they pretty much have everything in stock that is sold out at Priceline.
I am excited to give the eyeshadows a real road test! Has anyone got these? How are you finding them so far? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!