AUSTRALIS | Face-A-Holic Jumbo Compacts - Review + SwatchesTuesday, September 03, 2013
Australis is a brand readily available in New Zealand and I have tired a few products from them before as they are good quality and affordable and they have no animal testing which is amazing! These Face-A-Holic Jumbo Sized Compacts were on a daily deal site called Grabone for only $7 each! I couldn't resist trying them and they looked so pretty inside, especially the Touch and Glow compact.
The compacts are huge, much larger then I thought they were going to be - much larger then the size of my palm, coming in at 11.5 cm diameter! This big size means that there is ample amount of each product and makes it easy to get your brush into the individual products. I hate when you get a compact but the blushes are so small you end up picking up all the other products on your brush - no one wants blue eye shadow smeared across their cheek!
Both of the compacts come with a pressed powder in the same shade - Deep Natural, which suited my skin but would be limited to other skin colours. I would say it is best for a light to light/medium skin tone, but the blushes and bronzer would suit many different colours.
001. FACE-A-HOLIC // Complete with Blush, Pressed Powder & Bronzer
The original Face-A-Holic compact is a perfect everyday makeup wear. The Blush in 'Rosy Cheeks' is dusty pink colour, which is nicely pigmented but also easy to build on if necessary. The Pressed Powder in 'Deep Natural' helped to mattify and set my foundation, and it did help to keep everything in place for a couple of hours, but I would rate it as a middle of the road kind of powder. The Bronzing Powder in Sunkissed was a product I really enjoyed. It is quite a deep bronze, with tiny hints of gold flecks but doesn't look to shimmery or glittery on the skin. There are no orangey undertones and it gives a healthy glow to the skin.
I think this would be perfect for travel as it has 3 basic everyday face products, but the size does hinder it slightly. But if you had the room, it would make a perfect travel companion.
002. FACE-A-HOLIC // Touch and Glow - Complete with Paparazzi Perfect HD Blush, Pressed Powder & Illuminator
This compact was the one that caught my attention - how gorgeous does the blush look?! The Paparazzi Perfect HD Blush in 'Flash It' has a marbled, watercolour wash of 4 colours ranging from a bright pink to a deep bronze. Depending on how much or how little you swirl your brush in them, the blush colour can range from a bronzed/pink colour to a more lighter apricot shade. Each use provides a slightly different colour then the last and creates a perfectly customised blush colour. It has the same Pressed Powder in 'Deep Natural' as the original Face-A-Holic and instead of the bronzing powder, it has a light pink shimmery Illuminator. When blended on to the skin, it gives off a light shimmering glow, without being packed with glitter, so looks quite natural on top of the cheek bones.
Unfortunately I found out that these compacts were limited edition BUT I have found each individual product available to buy separately, except for the Illuminator.
Pressed Powder in Deep Natural - find it here // AUD $11.95
Bronzing Powder in Sunkissed - find it here // AUD $12.95
Blush in Rosy Cheeks - find it here // AUD $9.95
Paparazzi Perfect HD Blush in Flash It - find it here // AUD $12.95
I think all the products alone are great value for the quality, I was just lucky enough to find them so cheap - watch those deal sites ladies!