|Australis AC/ME Cream Eye Shadows: Bronzonce (left) and Plum Diddy (right)|
The packaging on these cream shadows is relatively standard, as far as I can tell. It's a little black plastic pots with a black screw-on lid, and the name of the brand and collection is emblazoned on the top in a glorious metallic pink. On the reverse side of the packaging is the shade name and other miscellaneous details, so you always know which glorious musician you're embodying.
|Australis AC/ME Cream Eye Shadows: Bronzonce (left), and Plum Diddy (right)|
Use thy fingers.
If you're in possession of a cream shadow brush or a concealer brush (I say concealer because those brushes are built to work with creamy products), by all means, use them -- and if cream shadow brushes essentially have the same head as a concealer brush, all the better! I wouldn't really bother working with standard shadow brushes myself -- while they do apply colour, it can be quite sheer and will take time to build up; I find that I generally get the best pigmentation and easiest application from using my fingers.
Onto the colours!
"Bronzonce" (rhymes with Beyoncé) is a metallic, glittery, shiny bronze-y gold. Over the top of a primer, it can go on and on all day with very little fading or creasing on my excessively oily lids. Without a primer, I find that it can still go a fair distance -- about four to six hours, depending on hot it is outside or how oily my lids decide they want to be.
"Plum Diddy" is a blackened purple-ish plum with red glitter and a shiny metallic finish. I find that this is such a nice, dark colour that I want to be careful with application, especially when using my fingers, just to avoid it looking too messy. I like to generally spot-apply it to whichever area I want to use it in, and then use a fluffy blending brush to sheer it out and blend it with any other products I'm using.
I more often than not tend to use these shadows together. A favourite look of mine is to use "Bronzonce" all over the inner two thirds of my lid, then put "Plum Diddy" onto my outer third. I use a blending brush, as mentioned just earlier, to bring the latter shade into my crease and neaten the overlap between the cream shadows... And voila! As far as using a liner goes, I will only ever use my Maybelline Hyper Glossy liner -- these shadows have a kind of almost-tacky creaminess to them that my pen liners don't like all that much.
Padawan Product Rating: B+
Do they have that metallic foil finish? I would say so, though I don't have anything else to compare it with. Do they have intense coverage and a high colour pay off? Yep, they sure do, though you will want to use your finger for best results. Are they softening and moisturising to the eyelids? I wouldn't necessarily say that they are, but they are quite comfortable to wear -- they never dry out on my lids. Overall, I think that these shadows are worth getting if you're interested -- and at $7.95 each, they're not a bad price, either!
What is your impression of these shadows?