Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Australis Totes Smokin' palette

This palette is a mystery. If you Google it, you won't find any official product information and the first few links that come up are reviews by some great Aussie beauty bloggers. So, is this palette discontinued, or a new addition...?

I first saw a review on this palette over on Mishelle's blog, last November. She does a great comparison of dry vs. wet swatches so definitely check out her post! I thought it was a really nice, budget-friendly palette. Then I also saw another great review by Esteem Beauty a month later, so if I only just bought this last week, how can this be a new product? Confusing!

Anyway, I managed to score this palette for $4.83 at my local Target. This fact itself is astounding, my local Target is equivalent to a barren wasteland, where everything is very suss looking. I saw a few of these palettes, and picked up the one with the least tatty looking box.

Front and back of the cardboard box
On the back you can see that the bottom left hand corner is a little frayed, other than that, all good!
'Kit is complete with a double ended sponge applicator' - omg no way I must buy it now

 Very sleek looking black case. The case is glossy so it easily shows up fingerprints.

 Back of case

 It looks so pretty! The mirror is a great size and you get quite a lot of product for each shade too. 

 A versatile mix of bronzey browns, purples and blending shades

Swatched dry with that life changing sponge applicator. The first three shades are a little chalky and the second shade (which is a matte shade) started to crumble a little. The last four shades of the palette are much more pigmented. My favourite shade is the fifth one. The most pigmented one is the second last one.

Overall, this is a very good palette for the price I bought it for. I created a smokey eye using the two purple shades and a silver shade from a different palette. With the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer it had okay-ish lasting power. I find that TFSI can make even my BYS shadows last 12+ hours with no creasing, but the purples from this palette did seem to fade a little bit. I think that might be because these shades lean towards being matte, rather than shimmery colours which I usually wear.

If you see this palette, don't hesitate to buy it, it offers a nice range of colours without hurting your wallet :)

Have you used this palette? What do you think?


  1. I agree with you about the purples fading a little however I do still love this palette :) I'm glad you picked it up at such a cheap price!

    1. They're pretty colours so it's ok! I'm also glad, thanks for posting about it otherwise I would have been clueless lol :)

  2. Looks like a great range of shades :) x

    1. It's not what I usually go for, so its a nice way to try out new shades :)


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