australis cosmetics velourlips

This is my first beauty review post. Every since 2012, when I did my first skincare collaboration with Manenocte, I’ve had readers requesting that I review more beauty and skincare products. Four years later, I finally relented. To be honest, I wanted to the whole time, and the only reason I didn’t is because I am terrible with makeup and skincare. Godawful. I’m scared by it all, frankly. But now I’ve realised, why not do a guide for those of us that have no idea what we’re doing? The red wine-loving smokers who want to wear lipstick but always ruin it? The ones who pick up a colourful blemish wheel, and have NO IDEA WHAT IT IS OR WHAT TO DO WITH IT?! The ones who have been buying the wrong colour foundation for years because they just cannot fathom the options now: colour correcting cream, tinted primer, bronzing primer, liquid foundation, powder foundation, BB cream, CC cream, blurring cream – WHAT?! So these posts; they are for you people. I know next to nothing, my skin is far from blemish-free, and it took me ’til the age of 18 to buy my first lipstick: this is how I get by. This isn’t so much to teach you, but to reach out to you in solidarity. Red wine stains and all.


I contacted Australis Cosmetics about their current range, and they kindly sent me some of their products to review. I contacted Australis because they are currently absolutely killing it with their branding, their digital presence, and most importantly, their product. Australis sent me two colours from the Velourlips range – PA-REE (a dark nude), and NY-CEE (a bright red). The range’s bio on the Australis Cosmetics site advertises long-lasting coverage, a matte finish, no flaking, and highly pigmented colour. IMG_5819


I’m impressed. Personally, I am a smoker (so along with leaving half my lipstick on a cigarette every few hours, I also have slightly dry lips), I’m constantly drinking from a bottle of water every few minutes, and I also love red wine. I have tested all of these things while wearing Velourlips, and the coverage is damn impressive. The coverage lasted around 4 hours after a night out on the red wine. A reapply is necessary every 3-4 hours, but just in the centre of your lips – anything that goes on as a cream will become revert back to a bit more of liquid texture if you immerse it in another liquid. It depends how messy an eater and drinker you are, I guess. 3-4 hours with just the centre of your lips needing a slight touch-up is completely excellent in my opinion. Haven’t found a matte lipstick with better lasting coverage yet.

Matte Finish

I’m always very cynical about matte lip colour. How many times have you bought a ‘matte’ lipstick, and its still slightly glossy? I bought one once, and it ended up being glittery – those bastards. This isn’t something you have to worry about with Velourlips. Its slides on glossy and creamy, but give it a few minutes to dry (DO NOT DRINK RED WINE AT THIS STEP. I REPEAT, NO WINE YET) and its perfectly, completely and wonderfully matte.


I find this an interesting selling point by Australis, purely because I thought flaking of lipstick had a huge amount to do with the lips that its being applied on. Again, I’m an idiot smoker, so my lips can get quite dry sometimes. However, they’ve claimed ‘no flaking’, so I’ll go ahead. They must have some kind of magical moisture powder in there, because my dry lips didn’t cause either of the colours to flake at all. When I tried PA-REE, I put a light layer of clear balm underneath. But when I used NY-CEE (to test out the flaking theory) I didn’t use a spot of balm, and it still didn’t flake. Quite amazing really. My lips are only dry-ish though, so if you have super dry lips, use some balm first – anything that’s matte zaps the moisture.

Highly pigmented colour

Well this barely even has to be talked about – there’s some serious pigment going on here. Go over your lips once with the wand, and the full force of the colour is there – no need for a second layer. Putting on a second layer literally does nothing more for the intensity of the colour, and it makes your lips feel weird, so don’t do it. The only thing I hope is that they bring out a bigger range of colours. Some darker reds and browns would be too perfect with this lip range.

Other notes

  • It moves with your lips. Its always a paranoia of mine that when I use a stain or cream on my lips, that it will make me feel like I just had Botox and can’t move my mouth properly. Its a bit of a strange feeling at first, but it definitely moves with you when you talk, laugh and smile.
  • The next day you might have to give the lippy a rest, and overnight cover your lips with Vitamin E oil or something else super moisturising. This isn’t a reflection of this particular product. It purely comes from what I mentioned before – anything that’s super matte gets rid of all moisture, so you need to make sure you make up for it after you’ve cleaned it off.
  • I’m pretty bad at trying to clean off red lipstick; I somehow always make my entire face a lovely shade of pink. I thought this might be the case with this product, because of the strong pigment. The clean-up for Velourlips: I wiped this off with Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water, then washed my face with my normal cleansing routine. It came off easily, and there was no residue or pink colouring left on my lips. The PAR-EE colour came off with ease too, and also left no flecks or pigment. Australis really did think of everything with this product.



SO, all up. Velourlips is well worth your time. If you have dry lips, it might be a bit more difficult to work with (but all matte lip colour will be). It’s perfect for a night out, because the touchups will be extremely minimal, if any. And thank you, thank you THANK YOU Australis Cosmetics, for finally creating a truly matte, affordable lip colour – you are lifesavers. I’d love to see more of a colour range, but knowing Australis Cosmetics, they’ll already be well ahead of me on that one.



an open letter to media makeup

To Media Makeup,

Recently, on local creative page that I am a part of on Facebook, I came across a post from one of your students. The student was seeking a model for a shoot as a part of one of her assignments for you. In her post, she claimed that for a whole day’s work, the model would receive one image for her time, and would have to purchase every other image for her portfolio.

Is the way Media Makeup conducts their assignments? I couldn’t find any information on your website about it. IMG_4225


[I spent half an hour staring at my computer; dumbfounded; trying to start this paragraph.] A model having to purchase her photos? I can’t honestly believe how ridiculous it is that I should have to explain it. I’ve had modelling agencies warn me that if someone tries to charge you for your own photos, to get outta there quick smart, because they are scamming you. Creatives have been fighting this for years, amateur or professional. Listen to us! We are not slaves or servants. You are seeking models (or any type of creative) out as amateurs/professionals that deserve to have their time compensated in one way or another. Why? Because they have a skill that you do not possess, that you need. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE HIRING THEM.

Your student sent me a personal message after I commented on her post, asking why I was so upset, and that I shouldn’t be because she herself has to purchase the images too. Which, of course, made my head nearly implode. You charge $11,800 for a diploma in Makeup, plus the student has to buy pictures of their own work? Who are these photographers you are are using, and why are they and you yourselves, scamming students who are just trying to learn? I’m beyond astounded.

I’ve been modelling for six years, and working as an editorial stylist for three. I consider my skill of considerable worth, and I charge accordingly. Now, considering how you are conducting and letting your students be a part of the aforementioned shoots, I’ll have to assume that perhaps you’ve never been a part of a professional, creative photoshoot for example a magazine, or advertising. IMG_4226You see, the way it works is that each creative person (photographer, creative director, model, makeup artist, hair stylist, so on) are compensated for their time, in the monetary amount decided by themselves, or an agent. Photos that are created on this shoot are not exchanged for monetary value (unless being used for licensed advertising, but thats a whole other issue), they are distributed to the team because they deserve those images; those images are their work.


You are a school. You are responsible for students. These people are passionate fresh minds, and you are responsible for helping shape their ideals, their creativity, their confidence, and their self-worth, both today and for the rest of their careers. By showing them that people in creative fields will pay money to work, you are not only lowering their inevitably low self-worth when they launch themselves into the creative work force, but you are also lowering the standards of local creatives everywhere. By the end of their course with you, they should know that 1) you do not pay for images you work on yourself, 2) sometimes it’s okay to work for free when starting out, but only if you feel confident that the images will be worth it for your portfolio or experiences, and 3) you deserve to get paid for what you do, because what you do is important and wonderful!

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Advertising on a creative Facebook page is not the greatest of ideas for your students. The page itself is used for TFP or paid work, and generally, trying to charge creatives for their own time while receive incredibly hostile feedback – not something that students need at the blossoming stages of their career – ESPECIALLY if they expect the creative to be experienced/skilled (like in this post, ‘Model needs to be confident with posing’). Professional people will get angry (somewhat like I am now) at your students for trying to get them to work for free or trying to charge them for their time and skill. If your students are planning on advertising for amateur models or creatives for their assignments, it comes highly recommended that you allow your students to do it TFP. That means time for prints, by the way. I can confidently assume you might not have heard of that term because you were too busy trying to make money. Please feel free to get back to me via email to explain this process, and why you are ripping off local creatives, and the students that you are entrusted to protect and teach.


Chloe Sargeant

– I have protected not only the student’s name (as she is at no fault whatsoever) and also the name of the creative Facebook group, to protect the admins who played no part in the interaction at all –



To all my lovely readers,

Thank you dearly for your unwavering support in 2012. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, some crazy downs, and many insane highs, but the one thing I could always fall back on was Swim with the Current, and all my amazing readers.

I hope you all have an amazing holiday season, a delicious Christmas dinner, a New Years Eve that lives up to the hype, and a fresh, cleansing, and relaxing beginning to 2013!

Merry Christmas!

Love from the biggest Grinch of them all,

Chloe x