Australis – Powder Cream Foundation

April 14, 2009 by  
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Australis – Powder Cream Foundation

Description: This make-up evens out skin tone and texture, transforming from a cream into a silky powder upon application. Contains vitamin A, C, E and avocado oil for antioxidant protection along with an SPF 15. Available in four shades: Nude Beige, Natural Beige, Discreetly Beige and Tan.

Price: $13.45 AUS
Availability: Priceline and variety stores
Overall Star Rating:

This cream to powder compact foundation is the perfect product for the busy woman. In one easy step your foundation is on. It is a cream formulation that glides onto the skin very comfortably and turns to powder, giving you a comfortably matt finish.

It did not go shiny at all on my T-zone and a few of our panellists appreciated this fact too. For the price this is a fantastic buy even if you just need it to touch up with during the day.

I’m thoroughly surprised just how great this product is. Foundation is normally one makeup product that I don’t skimp on – only Chanel, Laura Mercier, Yves Saint Laurent, etc ever go near my skin. This Australis compact provides a smooth cream to powder finish that’s completely blendable and flawless. There is neither the dreaded powdered mask look nor any heaviness on the skin that cream compacts can often feel.

My skin is definitely going through a good patch at the moment, it is very clear, but still it’s far from perfect – eg. it can be quite blotchy & uneven in the morning. Yet very little of this foundation is needed to smooth the texture and provide a flawless finish. Of course nothing beats compacts for super speedy application in the morning and for easy touch ups. Only a couple of negatives. 1) Only 4 shades available so a good match may be hard to find. 2) The sponge, while providing a good finish, leaves a latex smell that lingers for a short while. Otherwise excellent value for money!

I’m not really a foundation person at all, so I was a bit sceptical about using this product. I have tried liquid foundations but never a ‘cream to powder’ foundation before – and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Application took a little experimenting. I initially thought the colour might be a bit too dark for me (Discreetly Beige), but when applied lightly it was perfect.

My face didn’t feel like it was ‘caked’ on with product and it lasted throughout most of the day. And I loved that it has a 15+ SPF – great for day wear. I was worried that my skin may dry out, but this didn’t happen and my T-zone stayed shine free. I would buy this product again maybe in a different shade as I think it is excellent value at $13.45. The packaging of the foundation was excellent. I carried it with me in my handbag.

I wasn’t sure how matte the product would be, considering it looks like a cream in the compact. I struggle with oily skin so I was worried that this would make my skin look even oilier throughout the day. The foundation goes on smoothly and like the description claims, it turns to a powder finish. The shade I received suited my skin as it is still quite tanned from summer, however I may not be able to wear it into winter when my skin goes fairer.

I used this product for touch ups to my already made-up face throughout the day and it had much better coverage than the compact powders I usually use. The texture is quite unusual in the compact, it’s a heavy cream similar to some concealers, however it applies beautifully. I found that it didn’t cake too much even though I was applying it over the top of my regular foundation.

I was initially concerned that it might not be matte enough for my oily skin, however it did a great job of keeping me shine free. The compact contains a sponge that does a great job of applying the product. You can use the corners of the sponge to apply foundation to tricky parts like under your eyes and your nose. Definitely one for the desk drawer.

I had not used a powder cream foundation for ages as my skin is quite oily and I find they do not usually suit me. However, this product is great. It glides on beautifully with the sponge provided and blends very evenly.

It is very light and natural and it was hours before I found I needed a very light touch up. The colour was perfect for me and I had several comments about how fresh my skin looked. As I always try to choose products with an SPF, I will certainly use this one again. It is excellent value.

This foundation has quite a plain packaging with a very thin application sponge. I found that this foundation didn’t really suit my skin type as it didn’t really set properly and was a bit flaky on my drier cheeks. Even after 30 mins on my skin it was still coming off on my phone and glasses.


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