Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review

Palette Of The Month| Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Life’s A Festival’ Palette Review

Note: Other product pictured in feature image, not from the same collection, they were added for decoration.

Hey everyone, Today I’m sharing with you my part one of two reviews for my monthly palettes review. You may recall that last year I was going to do a review on two Toofaced palettes (Sweet Peach and Life’s A Festival), and then I took a bit of a break because of health reasons. But I decided at the start of the year that I would start up again and so I’m finally giving my thoughts on them. 

In this review I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the ‘Life’s A Festival‘ eyeshadow and highlighting palette, in my part 2 I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette. I’ll let you know whether my thoughts have changed, do I still love it or not, you will just have to wait and see.

My thoughts on the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Life’s A Festival’ palette.

You might not know this about me but I’m a huge lover of unicorns and mermaids so this is palette right up my ally so to speak. I know what you are thinking how can someone who is into punk rock and wears band tees be a lover of unicorns and mermaids. Well, I guess I’m just really eclectic in my tastes. I’m just as much a lover of fantasy and fairytales as I am punk and rock n roll. Have you seen my beauty room? its really shows that side of me.

The Packaging

I think the packaging on this palette is actually really cute, and totally what I would expect to see from something inspired by unicorns and rainbows. I love that the interior features a holographic print, it speaks to my inner 90’s kid. We were all about holographic fabrics and prints, I remember having tops with holographic smiley faces, so I’m all for the holo finish.

Though while I think the packaging is super cute, the shape can be annoying to store because of it not a standard shape (rectangle, square etc) like most eyeshadow palette packaging.

I found the mirror an okay size but the packaging would mean having to hold the whole thing up and you would just have the part with the eyeshadows kind of just hanging because it doesn’t stand up on its own. It’s not hugely practical, But I tend not to use the mirrors in most packaging anyway. I prefer having a small beauty mirror in front of me it just makes it easier for me personally.

I actually like that you have the ability to fold the front of the packaging underneath or behind so that it’s not so bulky on the table or if you have limited room.

The Eye Shadows:

This palette contains 12 eyeshadow which contain 0.8g/ 0.03 oz each or a total of 9.6g/0.36 oz and 1 highlighter that contains 3g/ 0.11oz.

The eyeshadows are made up of 9 shimmers with a combo of normal and duo chrome, 2 mattes and 1 satin as well as a duo-chrome unicorn highlighter.

I love some of the shades in here they are really pretty but I do feel like this palette is definitely a secondary palette, which is why I decided to use an accompanying palette this month because I just felt like this palette didn’t have a lot of depth to it and was mostly shimmer eyeshadows so I felt like it would make it harder to get a decent look out of.

I did find a few of the shades in this palette were kind dry (particularly the mattes but also some of the shimmer shades).

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Shimmers:

The shimmer eyeshadows vary in formula, some are good and some I was left feeling disappointed, particularly with ‘Rainbow Lite‘ this is such a pretty looking shade in the pan but on the eyes is a different story it’s crumbly and can look kind of crappie on the eyes. I tried it wet, dry and with glitter glue and I just couldn’t get it to look as good as I wanted which is quite disappointing because it looks like such a unique and pretty colour.

I did a look with this shade when I first purchased it and It looked amazing but for some reason, since then I have found it a real struggle to get to look that nice again.

I did have quite a few shades in this palette that I do really like, ‘Artist Pass‘, ‘Mystic Rain’,Euphoric andBeamin were among my favourites in this palette. 

Mattes & Satin

The mattes are okay but they are kind of powdery nothing like formulas in TF more permanent palettes.

Funtasy the purple satin shade leaves much to be desired, this shade could have been so good and it could have paired so nicely with the other shade but I just felt l had to build it up too much and it just didn’t have the depth I was looking for. I had to dip into other palettes to really get the look I was looking for.

“Unicorn Tears’ The Duo-chrome Highlighter

Unicorn Tears‘ is the duo chrome highlighter in this palette and it is inspired by a lipstick that Toofaced have been selling for quite a while and I think was also part of the inspiration for this collection. As well as them obviously wanting to join in on the unicorn, mermaid and rainbow trend.

I think the colour is nice I loved using it along with some of the more blue, purple tones in this palette, particularly as an inner corner highlight. It is a little bit chalky to the touch but Its quite a unique colour, it has a blue/ purple/ pink kind of shift from what I can tell. And While I do love a colourful highlighter I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I felt about this as a face highlighter. I just felt like it just didn’t apply that nicely on the face, but it is stunning as an inner corner highlight, so at least its still usable.

The Eye Looks

I’ve included three looks as per usual but for the third look, I wanted to share a photo from my Instagram from last year showing you how paired with other palettes this palette can create some beautiful looks.

The first two looks are just using shades from the palette. I also want to point out that for some reason I was having a hard time getting some of the shadows to stick to my eyes, I’m not sure if my eyelids were just having one of those days or if it was the eyeshadows, it could very well have been a bit of both.

Look 1

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Sorry For the blurry picture, I didn’t notice until editing them.

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer topped with concealer for an even lid colour (but you can use whatever suits you best) and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow : I used ‘Desert Vibes‘ as a transition colour, on my lid I used ‘Sunset Dreams’ ‘all over the lid and then placed ‘Euphoric‘ in the centre of the lid. For my inner corner, I used a mix of both ‘Fun In The Sun‘ & ‘Beamin”.

For the Lower Lash Line, I used the shade ‘Fireflies‘.

To finish off this look I used a black mascara and a white eyeliner pencil on the waterline.


You can see here that it got a bit patching with ‘Desert Vibes’ it’s quite a powdery shade and I just felt like it was hard to use and would just blend away sometimes.

Look 2

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Image has had some editing to clean up small flaws, mainly the eyeliner turned out crap so I had to fix it a bit in photoshop.
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Image has had some editing to clean up small flaws, mainly the eyeliner turned out crap so I had to fix it a bit in photoshop.

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer topped with concealer for an even lid colour (but you can use whatever suits you best) and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow: I used ‘Young & Free’ as a transition colour, I then added ‘Funtasy’ on the outer corner and in the crease, winging to out slightly. I then added ‘Dusk Teal Dawn’ on the inner portion of the lid, I also placed ‘Artist Pass‘ in between the teal and purple.

For the lower lash line I added a dark blue eyeliner and blended it out with ‘Funtasy‘, I then added ‘Dusk Teal Dawn‘ towards the inner corner and then added ‘Unicorn Tears’ as an inner corner highlight.

I added some purple winged liner and Mascara to finish of the look.


Funtasy‘ looks much pinker than purple like in the pan, it’s can also be a little bit patchy and hard to blend at times. I wish it had more depth and had been more on the purple side it could have been a great shade.

Look 3

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review

As well as the ‘Lifes A Festival’ Palette I also used the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne ‘Kaleidoscope Dreams’ Palette for this look. If you don’t have this you could substitute the purple & pink in this look for something close in your own collection.

What I used to create this look:


Base: eyeshadow primer and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow: For this look I added ‘Dye’ (from the KL Palette) on the outer corner and into the crease, blending it out with a clean brush. I then added ‘Spitfire(also from the KL Palette) in the middle of the lid and ‘Rainbow lite’ (from the Life’s A Festival Palette) on the inner portion of the lid.

I took ‘Dye’ on the lower lash line and added ‘Euphoric’ as an inner corner highlight. To finish the look off I added some white eyeliner to the lower lash line and some lavender coloured mascara to the lashes.


Like I said earlier in the post I’ve since had a lot of trouble using ‘Rainbow Lite‘ which is a pity because its a stunning colour. ‘Dye‘ is similar to what I would have liked from ‘Funtasy‘ both colour & depth wise.

Final thoughts

I think a majority of the palette is good but there are a few so so shades and it’s mainly just the formula of those shades isn’t that great.

This is the one thing I have found with the limited edition palettes from this brand is that compared with the permanent products they vary way too much in quality, meaning the quality isn’t always the same overall there products.

But in saying that I don’t regret purchasing this at all, there are some great shades in here and I can always pair this with another palette to get the look I’m going for.

I’m sure by now this palette is sold out everywhere seeing as it was limited edition but I still wanted to do my review on it anyway, because why not. This year for me is all about getting used out of my makeup collection instead of always wanting to purchase new stuff.

Would you like to see me review some more older, discontinued or limited edition palettes like the Urban Decay ‘Electic‘ Palette (which is discontinued)? or should I just do three looks using it? Let me know.

Thank you for checking in to see my latest post, I’ll be sharing my part 2 with the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette really soon.

Next months palette is…

Violet Voss ‘Flamingo’ Eyeshadow palette

Being summer I can’t get enough bright fun colours so I wanted to dip into another fun colourful palette for February. 

This palette is fairly new to me and I’ve had a play here and there but I can’t wait to try it out some more and share my thoughts with you.

See you soon,

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This series was inspired by Kat from Kitsnitch Monthly Palette Reviews.


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Maui Moisture Agave Hair Products Review | Life Of Dahlia

Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage + Agave Hair Products Review | Life Of Dahlia

Hi Everyone, I’ve been trying out some new hair products, which is very unlike me. While I love trying new products when it comes to my hair I find something I like and keep using it. Especially with having vibrant colour treated hair I like to keep using products I know aren’t going to fade my colour quickly or dry out my hair. 

I often find products with sulfates irritate my scalp and most definitely fade my hair, I also like to steer clear of products that have parabens in them as much as possible. 

Maui Moisture was a brand the jumped out at me recently, enough so that I wanted to look more into the brand. They claim to be Cruelty-free, Vegan and a more natural alternative. They use a blend of aloe vera juice and pure coconut water instead of regular water.

They also claim to have No mineral oils, silicones, parabens, No SLS or sulphated surfactants and No synthetic dye in their products. Their range is supposed to be eco-friendly with the of use of post-consumer recycled packaging, which I think is great and more brands should be making moves to this kind of thing. Their products are also gluten-free.

They have a range of products for different hair types including curly, dry and damaged, for chemically damaged, just dry hair and weak hair. I picked up the ‘chemically damaged’ one which is the ‘Strength & Anti-Breakage with Agave’ because I thought this might be the one best suited to my hair. From the information on the brand’s website because their products are all free from sulfates I could use anything from their range though because I have bleached my hair in the last couple of years I felt like this one would be better suited.

My Thoughts on the Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage + Agave Range

Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Brackage + Agave Range

Packaging

I love the packaging It looks like a juice bottle and I feel like this really fits with the brand’s aesthetics and gives a fresh look to the products. I also love that the brand uses recycled materials to make their product packaging, I would love if more brands would move towards this type of packaging.

Cost vs Amount of Product

Maui Moistures products are a bit more expensive averaging at $19.99 in Australia, both the shampoo and conditioner contain 385 mL each and the hair treatment contains 340 g which I don’t think is to bad for more natural products without sulfates. My normal shampoo and conditioner are 300ml for $15.99, for a few extra dollars I get an extra 85 ml but I wouldn’t pick it up just for that reason, because I don’t think it would be worth it just for that alone.

Maui Moisture Agave shampoo

Shampoo

The Shampoo was nice I found it lathered really nicely for a product without sulfates (this is usually what helps create that lather in your shampoo) and it left my hair feeling very clean. 

Though I find I need quite a bit I have quite a lot of hair and It just tends to absorb products quite quickly, but even with that I found that it has taken me a while to get through the shampoo.

I also did not notice my hair colour fading too quickly, I felt like it was similar to how it would fade with my normal shampoo and conditioner.

Maui Moisture Agave Conditioner

Conditioner

The conditioner was okay but I did find with this range that even after using the conditioner my hair did still feel a little bit dry for a product that claimed it should add moisture. I will usually leave conditioner in for a bit while I finish other parts of my shower routine and then rinse it out.

I still felt like I needed to add an extra product into my hair to add extra moisture, so I’m glad that I also picked up the hair treatment.

Maui Moisture Agave hair treatment

The Hair Treatment

I actually really enjoyed this product, I was probably my favourite out of the products I picked up. On the packaging it advices that you can use this product as a leave-in or deep conditioning product or as a replacement for conditioner. I have tried it the first two ways several times and I found I really liked it as a leave-in treatment which I typically prefer. But If I was to repurchase this range I would skip the conditioner and purchase this instead.

I found that a little goes a long way, if your doing it as a leave-in less is more so to speak, if you put too much in it can end up being too much and needs to be washed out because it weighs your hair down a bit. But its quite nourishing and left my hair feeling moisturized and less frizzy than normal.

I also feel like 340 grams is quite generous as this should take most people quite a while to get through. I’ve been using it for a few months and have barely used half that.

Final Thoughts

I did read a few reviews before trying this product and a few people claimed that it dried their hair out a bit and left it feeling stringy, not knowing what kind of hair these people had I felt like I had to try it out for myself to make a decision on it.

Overall I didn’t mind it, I felt like the shampoo cleaned my hair pretty well, though I could have skipped on the conditioner and gone straight for the treatment, I just felt like it didn’t do that much for my hair. I felt like it could leave my hair feeling be a bit dry without the treatment but I didn’t feel like it left my hair feeling stingy at all.

I do really appreciate when a brand that takes steps to be more natural and more eco-friendly as well as cruelty-free. For hair and skincare, I prefer a more natural product so I was very happy that I got to try this product even if it didn’t hit all the marks for me after trying it. 

Do I think the prices are over-priced? Not really I feel like its pretty comparable to similar brands out there on the market, Though I personally look out for sales when purchasing or repurchasing products as much as I can. Obviously, that’s not always possible depending on what you are purchasing but I would definitely say if you are interested a product and can get it on sale then I would do that.


Have you tried this brand? What were your thoughts? Is there anything that you would recommend trying? let me know.


I hope this review was helpful, I’m happy to be back and writing and reviewing some things that I have been trying out.

If you’re interested in checking ‘Maui Moisture’ out, you can do so via their website. If you are in Australia you can find them at your local Priceline or Woolworths stores.

Until next time,

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Flora & Fauna Summer Vegan Beauty Box 2018

Flora & Fauna Cruelty-Free & Vegan Summer Box | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, I don’t know how long some of you have been following me but circa 2012-14 I used to get beauty boxes and review them. It has been a long long time since I’ve purchased beauty or subscription boxes but since going cruelty-free I wanted to look into seeing if there were any cruelty-free boxes out there.

I recently came across a site called Flora & Fauna, which is basically a one-stop shop for cruelty-free, vegan, ethical and eco-friendly products. Flora & Fauna also offer a quarterly box that you can purchase, which is amazing because it allows you to try a range of products.

Today I’m going to share my first box with you, and what I recieved in it.

Flora & Fauna Summer Vegan Beauty Box 2018

About The Flora & Fauna Cruelty-Free & Vegan Summer Box

Like I said Flora & Fauna offer a quarterly box that you can purchase, you have the choice of either purchasing a single box or paying for all four yearly boxes at once. However unlike other boxes you basically need to get in before its gone, there is no sign up for the box like with a subscription unless you pay for all four at once then you will be guaranteed to get a box. 

Each box costs $34.95 and you receive up to 8 products in the box in both full and sample size, each box is valued at over $100 worth of product.

I picked up the ‘Summer Box‘ earlier this month and I’m excited to be showing you what I received in it.

What I received in my box

In my box, I received 6 full-size products, a greeting card, and a sample product. I’m very happy with the products that I received in this box I love that I get to try something’s that I would never have picked out myself as well as discover some new cruelty-free and ethical brands. 

The ANSC Perfume | Flora & Fauna Summer Vegan Beauty Box 2018

The ANSC Perfume 15ml RRP $29.95

This perfume is by a company called ‘The ANSC’ or ‘The Australian Natural Soap Company’ they are based out of Melbourne and makes a range of soaps, perfumes and essential oils that are all natural, cruelty-free, vegan and made from Australian ingredients.

I certainly wasn’t expecting a perfume in my box but I honestly went into this with no expectations of what I was going to receive. Looking into this brand I love what they stand for and I would love to try some of their other products. I just love trying different soaps and I love supporting Aussie brands or businesses when I can.

Green + Kind Cleansing Bar RRP from $10.95 
Green + Kind Konjac Sponge RRP $7.95

Green + Kind are an ethical focused brand that aims to make products that will have a minimal impact on the environment. They believe that we can find better alternatives to the things that we use every day and make sure they are also good for us.

Green + Kind is actually created by the founders of Flora & Fauna, they are very passionate about our planet and want to make products that are eco-friendly, ethical and work. They are also focused on conservation of the environment, as well as both marine and land animals.

I received two Green + Kind products in my box including a ‘Cleansing Bar’ and one of their ‘Konjac Sponges’. The ‘Cleansing Bars’ are developed to support skin types, they are made from natural ingredients and with conscious packaging. they are cruelty-free, palm oil free and without parabens or sulfates. 

I’ve never tried a cleanser that came in bar form before so I’m definitely interested in trying it out, I just find it so intriguing and I would love to move towards using more products that create less waste.

The ‘Konjac Sponge’ I also found quite interesting I have never seen anything like this before, but apparently, it is made from fibers from the Japanese Konjac Plant and is meant to gently cleanse and soothe the skin by removing dirt and oil. It has apparently been as a beauty tool for centuries.

Green + Kind have a range of different sponges available for different skin types I’m guessing. From what I’ve read you are supposed to soak them and then they can be used with your favourite cleanser, it also gently exfoliates your face and can be used daily.

This is such an interesting product and I’m really intrigued and can’t wait to give it a go.

Buddy Scrub Charcoal Body Scrub Flora & Fauna Cruelty Free & Vegan Summer Box

Buddy Scrub Charcoal Body Scrub RRP $15.95

I love a good body scrub, I usually go for a standard sugar or coffee scrub but this product looks interesting because I have never tried one with charcoal before so I can not wait to use this in addition to using my other scrubs.

This body scrub is from Buddy Scrub and is Australian Made, natural, vegan and cruelty-free. Its free from sulphates, parabens, synthetic ingredients, harsh detergents, mineral oils, PEG and EDTA.

The Buddy Scrub brand also make a range of coffee scrubs, body wash, oils and lip care products. 

This particular one includes sea salt and sugar to gently exfoliate your skin and has activated charcoal and coconut oil to leave your skin glowing. as well as jojoba oil and grape seed oil to help keep the skin feeling soft and clean it also including some essential vitamins and minerals.

I was reading the back of the packaging and I thought the way they wrote the directions and ingredient description was very amusing, I love when a brand takes that extra step to teach you about the product but adding a little bit more than just the standard description.

I can’t wait to try this and maybe in the future try more from this brand, I love a good lipscrub and while I usually make my own I would love to try one from a brand like this.

Dr Bronners Liquid Soap | Flora & Fauna Summer Vegan Box

DR Bronner’s Liquid Soap 59ml RRP $5.95

I’ve heard of Dr Bronner’s before but I never knew too much about it until now. This soap is actually very interesting its a concentrate and it can be used in a lot of different ways and when I say a lot I mean a lot of different ways.

This product can be used as a face, body and hair cleanser as well as a toothpaste (which I found interesting but not really sure if I would want to go there) as well as a cleaner around your house like for washing the dishes or laundry detergent, mopping, all-purpose cleaner as well as washing your windows. It’s so crazy, the possibilities really are endless.

The brand that creates this product is Dr Bronner’s as I mentioned before and in addition to this soap, they also make a range of different types of soap products including variations of the liquid soap, some bars & pump soaps as well as shaving soaps, toothpaste and lotions.

I received the smallest size of this product but it is also available in two additional sizes, a 237 ml & 473 ml.

After reading up on this I’m very intrigued and I can’t wait to try this out, the only question really is what do I try first?

Happy Skincare Moisturiser | Flora & Fauna Summer Vegan Beauty Box

Happy Skincare Perfectly Happy Light Anti-oxidant Cream RRP $34.10

I’m always happy to try new skincare, especially moisturizers or serums. This moisturiser is a light anti-oxidant cream with vitamin c to brighten the complexion. Its aimed toward normal, oily & combination skin.

The brand that created this product is Happy Skincare and they combined pure Vitamin C with exotic Australian bush extracts and the beauty mineral MSM to provide nourishment, brightening and rejuvenation to the skin. It’s also free from parabens and mineral oils. 

All Happy Skincare products are Australian made and owned, vegan and made with all natural ingredients. They are based out of Newcastle and specialize in skincare for “mature and sensitive skin, dry skin, acne and pimples, chemotherapy and radiation therapy patients, eczema, irritated skin, diabetics and people living with lymphoedema.”sourced from the Flora & Fauna website.

I received the ‘Perfectly Happy Light Anti-oxidant Cream’ the larger size or full-size (50ml) but it is also available in a sample size (12ml). They also have a range of other skincare which consists of cleansing balms to different types of scrubs as well as face masks, lip balms and more.

earth greetings card | flora & fauna summer vegan beauty box

Earth Greetings Blank Greeting Card RRP $5

One of the additional items I received in my box was a cute little handmade card and tag from Earth Greetings. All Earth Greetings cards are made from post-consumer waste and are Australian Made.

I think this is so cute and I love that its made from recycled materials, I might pass this on to my mum I know she will love it or maybe I’ll hold on to it to add to a birthday gift next year. I personally very rarely give people cards because I just feel like most people don’t hang on to them these days so I feel like its a waste but I would love to see more card, gift tags and wrapping paper being made from recycled materials.

Earth Greetings is an Adelaide Based company which is really exciting and they also make wrapping paper, pencils made from recycled newspaper, journals, tea towels, pens and decorations made from bamboo.

All their paper-based products are made from recycled paper and they use vegetable-based dyes for printing their products. I’m loving some of the stuff this brand has to offer and will definitely check them out in the future for things like cards and gifts. 

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil | Flora & Fauna Summer Vegan Beauty Box

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil Sample: Fullsized RRP $33.95 for 100ml

Lastly I recieved a sample for a Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil, which is made up of a combination of natural based plant oils and extracts. Its suppost to help reduce the sign of cellulite by supporting the body’s own regulating and regenerating processes.

This is not a type of product that I use very much mainly because I never find them that effective (more so in sample size) I may pass this on to someone else, I don’t know we will see I might just use it to use it up.


We are finally at the end of this post, I’m super excited to try some of these products out, there are some really interesting products that I find quite intriguing. 

I’m also grateful for finding Flora & Fauna it really gives me hope for continuing to transition to more cruelty-free, ethical and eco-friendly products in the future. In addition to purchasing this box, I also purchased some organic cotton rounds, a bamboo toothbrush and some reusable produce bags for my mum to use. 

I’ve been slowly moving away from using things like makeup wipes (its taken me a while) and regular cotton rounds to more organic and eco-friendly cotton rounds for removing my makeup or for cleansing with micellar water. I’ve also transitioned from a plastic toothbrush to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, I’m also currently using herbal toothpaste instead of regular toothpaste, partly because of health reasons.

I’m also trialling organic feminine hygiene products as well, so having access to a site like Flora & Fauna is fantastic because they have so many brands and so many products in pretty much any category you could think of. While its quite overwhelming at first because of the sheer amount of products available on their website it is a great resource for sourcing more eco-friendly and ethical products.


If you are interested in checking out Flora & Fauna or any of the brands mentioned you can find them all available via their website.

I hope you enjoyed this post,

Until next time

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Trying Australis Cosmetics Eyeshadows For The First Time|Metal & Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review|Life Of Dahlia

Hey Beauty and Makeup Lovers, I’m back with a mini review on the Australis Cosmetics ‘Metal & Matte Eyeshadow Palette. If you are an Aussie chances are that you have used products from Australis before, I’m sure like me many of their products have been a staple in many other peoples makeup kits over the years.

Australis if you didn’t know are quite a well-known brand here in Australia (assuming some of you who are reading this may not actually be from Oz), they are an affordable cosmetic brand that you can be found stocked at your local Priceline, Big W, etc. I personally have been using their products off and on since my teens, but this is my first time trying one of their eyeshadow palettes. I’ve had their cream shadows in the past but this is the first time I have picked up one of their eyeshadow palettes.

I decided to pick this up after hearing good things about their ‘Neutralize Nude‘ limited edition palette, which contains 20 eyeshadows in various nude tones in both matte & shimmer formulas. I had been umming and erring about that one but when I saw the ‘Metal & Matte palette I thought I would enjoy it more so that’s why I went for that one instead.

The ‘Metal & Matte palette contains 12 (net wt: 9g/0.32 oz) eyeshadows in both matte & shimmer formulas similar to the ‘Neutralize Nude‘ palette but includes a range of nudes, golds and deep berry shades.

What I Love

Packaging

First off the lettering on the packaging looks really cool and speaks to my inner rock chic, but the packaging its self is nothing special it’s just a simple plastic packaging with a black base and clear top. And as I’m writing this I have discovered that the eyeshadows actually have names which are available on the back of the packaging, I seriously rarely look at the back of packaging I’m sure I’m not the only one, it would have been great if they could have had maybe a cardboard packaging and printed the names below the shadows or something like that so that its easier to read them.

But I mean if your just the average makeup user it probably doesn’t matter anyway.

Colours

I really love the colour scheme even though it’s definitely something I’ve seen before and I probably have something similar in my collection but I think it looks quite versatile with some lighter nudes and golds as well as some deeper burgundy and plum shades. The colours in the palette I think would create some awesome smokey grungy looks with a pop of beautiful metallics.

Cruelty-Free & Vegan-Friendly

Not only are Australis Cruelty-Free and Accredited by Choose Cruelty-Free but they have many Vegan-Friendly products, including the ‘Neutralize Nude‘ & ‘Metal & Matte‘. If you are interested in finding out more about their Vegan-Friendly products you can find a full list of them here.

My Thoughts On The Eyeshadow Formulas

Metallic Shimmers

I think the metallic shimmers look beautiful both in the pan and on the lid, they remind me of the Australis’s ‘Metallix Cream Eyeshadows’ I’m not a huge fan of those they are just too much for me and with my eye shape they don’t really work but the ones in this palette work fine on me so far.

Once on the lid, I think they look beautiful, the pigmentation is quite nice as well as the colour range but it does take some effort to apply. I found that I needed to take quite a lot on a flat packing brush to get them to transfer nicely on to the lid and then I needed to dip back in multiple times. I think they work easier by using your finger, this isn’t a huge bother but I do prefer to use a brush to apply eyeshadow its less messy and I can be more precise.

I accidentally swatched groupie twice opps.

Mattes

I feel like the shade range of the Matte eyeshadows looks pretty good, it includes a white, light brown, beige, medium brown, berry and deep plum, to match with the colours of the metallics, However, I just thought the formula was okay. The pigmentation is pretty average, and some of the shadows took quite a bit of time to build up. I felt like they kind of end up looking a bit muddied together if your not careful, but for $20 I didn’t have high expectations, I think these are still workable but the shimmer are definitely the heroes in this palette.

Eye Looks

Look 1

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer (I used Nutrimetics Eyeshadow Primer but you can use whatever you have) set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow : I used the shade ‘Mosh‘ in the crease as a transition, I then went in with ‘Entourage’ to deepen up the crease a little bit. I went in with ‘After Party’ on my outer corner and swept it into my crease just a little bit, I used ‘Flame’ on the inner portion of my lid using a brush but then went in with my finger to give it an extra pop.

I used ‘After Party‘ again but on the lower lash line with a small pencil brush and added ‘Spotlight‘ on the inner corner.

Look 2

What I used to create this look:

Base: Eyeshadow primer (I used Nutrimetics Eyeshadow Primer but you can use whatever you have) set with an ‘White Noise’.

Eyeshadow: I used ‘Groupie‘ as a transition shade in my crease and then I went in with ‘Entourage‘ in the crease and outer corner. I used ‘Glam’ on the inner portion of my lid and ‘Flame‘ on the outer portion.

I finished it of by using ‘Entourage‘ on the lower lash line with a pencil brush and added a mix of ‘Backstage’‘Spotlight‘ as an inner corner highlight.

Look 3

I wanted to include a smokey look using the red shades in this palette.

Base: Eyeshadow primer (I used Nutrimetics Eyeshadow Primer but you can use whatever you have) set with an ‘White Noise’.

Eyeshadow: I used ‘Mosh’ as a transition shade and then went straight in with the metallics which I then smoked out with the mattes. I used ‘Rockstar‘ on the inner portion of my lid and then went in with ‘Notorious’ on the outer portion. I smoked these out using a combo of ‘Encore’ and ‘After Party.’

I smoked out the lower lash line using ‘After Party‘ and a clean blending brush , I added ‘Spotlight‘ again for an inner corner highlight.


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Palette of the Month Morphe Brushes 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eye Shadow Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

Palette Of The Month – Morphe 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eyeshadow Palette Review + Looks | Life Of Dahlia

Hi Makeup Lovers, I’m back with another ‘Palette of the Month‘ review, If you have read my post from last months review you will know that I have been playing with the Morphe ’39A Dare to Create Artistry’ palette. I know that Morphe is a brand people either love or don’t love and I have to admit most of their palettes are a pass for me because they often have way too many similar shades but this palette really stood out to me because I thought it just had a very unique colour scheme.

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When I saw this featured on some of my favourite influencers channels I straight away looked into whether Morphe were cruelty-free or not. I never mentioned this but last year I decided that I wanted to start transitioning to cruelty-free makeup and beauty products, so it’s important to me to look into a brand’s cruelty-free status. While Morphe does not have a certification, Cruelty-Free Kitty has information on Morphe’s status which confirmed that they are currently cruelty-free and do not sell in China and do not have a parent company that they are under.

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The Warm Tones

I purchased my palette through Morphe’s Australian site, which went live a few months ago, this is a great thing for Aussies because before that you either had to purchase through the .com site or through a reseller, who would often only have a small selection of their products.

Now I’m going to get on with my review of this palette and let you know what I loved and what I thought could be improved or changed.

My Thoughts On The Morphe 39A Eyeshadow Palette.

What I Liked About It.

I loved the range of colours and finishes in this palette, I loved the blues, greens and the warmer tones on the top right-hand corner. I’ve quite enjoyed playing with these types of colours in the palette it had been lots of fun and I’ve been able to create quite a few really interesting looks.

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The Cool Tones

I found the eyeshadows had nice pigmentation and most of them blended quite nice. Most of the mattes were quite easy to work with and the shimmers looked nice when applied. I tried applying them both dry, wet and with glitter glue, I personally found they worked better wet or with a glitter glue, but that’s something I’m okay with because I’m used to doing this anyway. They do work okay dry but I feel like they look better wet or with glitter glue, I think they just pack a bigger punch that way.

While this eyeshadow palette has a lot of bold pops of colour I feel like they can be used to create either bold or toned down looks. I also think its great that they have different transition shades as well to suit different looks or different skin tones I think that pretty cool but I’m not sure they needed to be huge pans, that’s just my thoughts though.

What I Didn’t Like or I Would Change About This Palette.

Okay so there is a lot that I like about this palette but there are some things that could be improved or changed, some of the things I am going to mention are not a total deal breaker for me at all but I will mention them anyway.

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The Browns: Not Swatched is Exposed & Muse (which is a Black) Because I Forgot

I think that this palette has way too many browns, but as far as I know, that’s typical of Morphe, for some reason they think you need like a dozen or so browns with slightly different undertones. I think some of the variations are great like warmer browns to go with the warmer tones, a greener toned one for the greens and a cooler toned for the blues but the rest are not necessary (I feel like four in the top left corner looked way to similar. Stroke, Frame, Mass, Cut Crease.) I feel like they could have added some purples or orange or yellows or just something else in that top left-hand corner.

I also would have loved to have seen some lighter tones in here as well like a basic cream but that’s not that necessary I’m sure most of us have one if we need one. Also, something for the inner corner or brow bone would have been great, like maybe some duo-chromes with a pink shift to go with the red tones, a blue shift to go with the blues and a green shift for the greens, etc.

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The Transition Shades

I found a bit of staining particularly with the red toned shades, but that’s not a deal breaker for me I’ve had that happen with plenty of other eyeshadows and it doesn’t bother me because its only temporary. I just wanted to mention that in case that’s something that bothers other people.

I also found that the eyeshadows did crease throughout the day even with a sticky base like glitter glue but I didn’t notice any fading at all, so that’s a plus.

I noticed a bit of fall out with some of the deeper colours, particularly the blues and I found the green matte’s finicky to work with some time I had no problems and other times they just blended away and were super patchy. 

One last thing I thought could have been improved upon is that this palette comes with a plastic sheet with the names printed on it, I, to be honest, haven’t even paid attention to it, I was like what they have names? The packaging has plenty of room for the names to be printed on under the pans I think this would have been great to see or just don’t name them at all.

Final Thoughts

I thought this palette has some very unique shades in it, I kept being drawn to using some of the blues and the green they just spoke to me, but that red shimmer is also beautiful however I felt like I had to dip in multiple times and use a damp brush get it to apply nicely. I already have dips in the pan because of this.

I thought that this palette had a nice range of mattes to shimmer ratio and I loved that they added in a brown with different undertones to go with the different colours.

I loved that they included different transition shades, I thought that it was a great way to make this palette more inclusive or at least that was my thoughts on why they were in there I could be wrong about that. Being on the fairer end of the spectrum I’m not sure what these would look like on darker skin tones.

While I found that the shadows did crease throughout the day even with a glitter glue for the shimmers or just a sticky base, I found they had great lasting power I didn’t notice too much fading even after wearing it for hours.

I only noticed fall out on some of the darker shades, even during the day, something that I haven’t experienced too much with other palettes that I have tried (I mean other palettes not necessarily Morphe as this is my first palette from them). If this is something that bothers you just keep that in mind.

Makeup Looks

I was hoping to include four eye looks using this eyeshadow palette but unfortunately, I’m dealing with allergies at the moment because its spring and my eyes are watering like crazy. I’m having a hard time applying eyeshadow in certain areas so if it looks patchy on the outer corner of my eyes its because of that and not the product. I’m not as happy with these eye looks as I would like but because of allergies, there isn’t much I can do.

I was also hoping to film each look but I was just getting frustrated when trying to apply it on both eyes it just looked horrible so I decided to scratch that idea and just post the pictures. Once my allergies settle down maybe I’ll try and film some more videos.

I didn’t touch up any of these photos or do much editing at all because my photoshop is being silly, normally I would clean things up like stray eyebrow hairs, etc; so apologies if they look a bit rough.

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Palette of the Month Morphe Brushes 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eye Shadow Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

Look 1

For Look 1 I played with some of the warmer tones in this palette.

Base: I used an eyeshadow primer and set it with a powder similar to my skin tone.

Eyeshadows: I used ‘Bare‘ as my transition shade, then went in with ‘Vivid‘ and ‘Vibrant‘ in the crease and outer corner. I then darkened the outer corner with ‘Passion‘ and ‘Forever‘. On the lid, I used ‘Spark‘.

For the lower lash line I went in with ‘Forever‘ and smoked out with ‘Vivid‘. For the inner corner I had to use a shade not in this palette because they have no light shimmery shades, I used a rose gold shimmery highlighter.

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Palette of the Month Morphe Brushes 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eye Shadow Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

Look 2

This looked didn’t turn out anywhere near as nice as I wanted I found it hard to get eyeshadow to stick to my outer corner.

Base: Again I used an eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.

Eyeshadows: I went in with ‘Canvas‘ & ‘Sunder’ as my transition, I then dipped into ‘Cat Eye‘ to deepen up the crease, and I then added ‘Slice’ to deepen the crease even further and continued it into the outer corner. I added ‘Pine’ all over the lid and blended into the browns, but I had trouble it looked very patchy, so for the lid, I used ‘So Glam‘ one of my favourite shades in this palette and I used a shimmery green from another palette for the inner corner.

For the lower lash line, I used ‘Pine‘ again and ‘Slice‘ towards the lash line on the outer corner.

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Palette of the Month Morphe Brushes 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eye Shadow Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

Look 3

For look 3 I went for some mermaid vibes with some of the blues in this palette, I’ve done this look a couple of times and I love it.

Base: Like before I used and eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.

Eyeshadows: I did use a transition though it’s not noticeable in the final look, I used ‘Bare’ one of my favourites in this palette. I then went in with ‘Indigo’ and created a defined look bringing it a fair way up my eye and then into the outer corner. This is an okay shadow but it can be a bit patchy and requires a fair bit of building.

I then added the shade ‘Colour’ on my lid, which is a greeny blue with a black base and the added ‘Tailor‘ on my inner corner. For the lower lash line, I used ‘Indigo‘ and blended it with a clean tapered brush.

Next Palette Of The Month

TooFaced Cosmetics ‘Sweet Peach’ & ‘Life’s A Festival’ Palette’s

For November I’m actually going to be doing a double post with back to back reviews of the Toofaced CosmeticsSweet Peach‘ & ‘Life’s A Festival‘ Eyeshadow Palettes. I decided to do this because I felt like the ‘Life’s A Festival‘ palette would be harder to work with because it only has a couple of matte shades and consists mainly of shimmers. So I decided to include the ‘Sweet Peach‘ Palette because it has a variety of finishes and tones, I thought these two palettes would work great together.

I’m not sure whether I will do a couple of weeks with each or mainly use together, maybe a bit of both. I just want to make sure I get to use all the shades in the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette as well to give a decent review.

I have reviewed the ‘Sweet Peach‘ before, I think I currently have it drafted because for some reason my pictures stopped working, If I get that sorted out I will re-post it. It will be interesting to see if my thoughts have changed or if they are still the same.

I’m really excited to start playing with these during November, I’m finding myself being drawn to more spring summer shades and I think these are perfect for this time of year.


Thank you for checking out my review, I really enjoyed playing with this palette during October, and I already know that this has definitely become a favourite of mine.

Until next time,

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This series was inspired by Kat from Kitsnitch Monthly Palette Reviews.


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