Australis recently added 5 new colours to their range of Velourlips Matte Lip Creams. I was pretty excited by this, since the original colours were a bit too bold for my usual style. The new colours are MIL-A-NO, a pale nude; HON-O-LOO-LOO which is a slightly darker nude, HO-CHEE-MIN which is a pastel pink, LUN-DUN, a lilac shade, and MI-A-MEE which is a watermelon pink. I swatched them all, and settled on purchasing MI-A-MEE.
Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Creams all come in a tube with a doe foot applicator, like many other similar products such as the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, or Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. It is angled at the tip which allows for a precise application, and is especially important around the cupid’s bow. I really like the logo and packaging – it’s bright, and seems fun, and you can easily tell the diferrent shades apart.
Whilst it might look slightly creamy in the swatch above, I can assure you that it dries to an extremely matte finish, more than the NYX equivalent ever did on me. I applied my new Velourlips for the first time when I was going to be spending the day at the famous Eumundi Markets, and knew I wanted a long wearing colour to survive through eating and drinking many delicious things. Unfortunatly, Velourlips wasn’t quite up to the challenge. The picture below is me at 8am, ready to hit the markets. I’d had a coffee by then, and the Velourlips didn’t even transfer onto the cup much so I was feeling pretty smug about how well it was going to last.
What was left was kind of flaky, and it really wore off in the middle which looked just terrible. I reapplied it, but having two layers over part of my lips almost made it look worse. Ideally I would have removed it completely but this wasn’t really an option when out and about, so I just got on with it. I was pretty disappointed by the performance of the Velourlips – I had heard such good things about how long they lasted but it just was not a success for me. I’ve worn it for a second day, and much the same happened again. I was just going to write this off as a failure, and not blog about it, but I decided I wanted to share my experience with people, and also see if I could try and get some suggestions to make it look better or last longer. A lot of beauty blogs only talk about products they love, and while I understand focussing on the positives, that can mean that some really sub-par products come out seeming fine because no one talks about
Does anyone have any tips for me on how to get better performance out of Australis Velourlips – application techniques, preparation, anything? I really like this colour, and I don’t want the almost-$20 to have been a waste!
If, for some reason, this post makes you want to buy some – Australis Velourlips matte lip creams are available from Kmart, Farmers and other Australis stockists in NZ, for $17.50. In Australia, they are $9.95 and available from Kmart, Priceline and other Australis stockists.