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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Australis Totes Smokin' Eyeshadow Palette

Recently, whilst shopping at my local Target, I came across this great little palette by Australis. The Totes Smokin' Eyeshadow Palette, with its perfectly balanced mix of warm gold, copper and taupe tones as well as deep cool toned purples, is a great go-to palette for creating gorgeous day or night looks all year round. At just $7.85 you can't beat this little powerhouse in terms of value for money, with each colour costing under $1!!!

The robust and compact packaging of this palette, in combination with its versatility, makes it the ideal travel companion. It's made of durable hard wearing plastic and features a full size mirror; it snaps shut securely insuring piece of mind!

The first and lightest shade in the palette is a gorgeous neutral, shimmery tone with subtle gold undertones which is ideal as an inner corner highlight. It has excellent colour pay off and the buttery consistency is reminiscent of several Urban Decay shadows I have used. Next is a simple taupe with a sight shimmer, which pays off as more of a sheen on the lid, perfect as an all over lid colour, this little number is fast becoming a favourite. The copper shade, with exceptional pigmentation and a stunning sheen, is another stand out. It's a versatile shadow which can be used in the crease or as an all over colour and is the perfect addition to any gold smokey look. The deep brown shade, with subtle almost copper undertones, features small amount of glitter and transfers nicely to the lid. The pigmentation is not exceptional, however it is very workable with the other shades in the palette.

The lilac shade contains small blue-ish/purple glitter particles, as gorgeous as the colour is in the pan, its pay off is weak on the lid and is probably my least favourite of the eight shades. Having said that, it is nice as an inner corner colour as it blends nicely with the darker shades to create a gradual smokey eye look. The deep purple tone features an almost silver glitter which transfers nicely to the lid, perfect for creating a night time party look. Next is a very unique  deep brown, almost black shade with slight gold glitter particles, I love this as an outer corner colour, or for deepening and darkening the crease. Colour pay off is decent, however it is slightly powdery so watch out for fall out! The bright purple shade is beautiful for providing a pop of colour to the lid or crease, nice for adding a little something extra to your smokey eye.

Below is a simple gold/bronze smokey eye look I created on my gorgeousl friend Chloe. I used the four gold/brown tones to create this look, working from the lightest in the inner corner, blending with the two mid tones and finally deepening the crease with the darkest shade. I absolutely loved working with these shadows, they blended beautifully and added just the perfect amount of drama to Chloe's big, breath-taking eyes.

Overall, the  Australis Totes Smokin' Eyeshadow Palette, is a great buy and a beautiful palette to use. As the name suggests it's ideal for creating gorgeous smokey eyes, however it is versatile enough that it can be used for day or night time looks. As a frequent flyer I personally love this palette for its compact size and range of quality colours. For me it's a brilliant travel companion, one which i enjoy traveling with in the future. If you're on the look out for a good quality, low cost palette I highly recommend checking out the  Australis Totes Smokin' Eyeshadow Palette, for the price you really can't go past it.

Thanks for reading! Hope you found this helpful. Feel free to comment below, let me know what your favourite budget palette is!

Until next time.... 

xo Lisa xo


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