Beauty On A Budget: Australis AC/ME Eyeshadow in "Plum Diddy" And "Bronzonce"

Saturday, 25 October 2014

If you're from Australia or read a lot of Australian beauty blogs then you would have heard about some of the great new products from Australis. A lot of beauties are hyping up the AC On Tour Contour & Highlighting Kit (seen here) as it's the drugstore/budget alternative to the Anastasia Contour Kit. There are 3 powder highlight colours and 3 powder contour colours. 

But for me the unsung hero has to be the AC/ME metallic foil finish eyeshadows. They're a cream shadow that has a similar texture to the Maybelline Bouncy Blush.

I bought these at the Priceline near my parents house when I was visiting. I was in a HUGE hurry and didn't get to swatch them so I picked up two of the colours based on the colour I could see in the packaging. 

"Plum Diddy" (top swatch) is a gorgeous plum with brown undertones. It has glitter in it, but it's not overpowering. 

I've found when I use this on my eyes, it becomes more chocolatey black the more layers that I do. 

"Bronzonce" is a stunning rose gold shadow that really lives up to the "foil" claim. 

The first day I wore them, I applied it with my Rae Morris Creme Shadow Shader (brush 8.5) instead of my fingers. I've found that the "Bronzonce" has more of a impact and I don't need to build it up as much as "Plum Diddy."

Because it's a "wet" formula, I ended up having my mascara smudge around my eyes. 

The next day that I used "Bronzonce," I set it with a powder eyeshadow. I used "Chopper" from the Naked 2 palette as they are very similar colours. I have also used "Half Baked" from the Naked 2 palette to set it too. This worked so much better and I didn't feel like my eyes were greasy or wet since the powder helped set it. If you have oily eyelids I would suggest setting these with either a eye primer or powder shadow. 

I haven't used a powder to set "Plum Diddy" as I need to go through my eyeshadows and find a similar colour to set it.

The final colour available is called "Jay Zed" which looks like a golden shade with a khaki undertone. I tried to buy it from Priceline yesterday, but the store near my work had 3 of them... which were all testers!! I'll try again on Monday to pick it up. 

At only $7.95 each, they're inexpensive enough to get all 3 colours!

Also available in the AC/ME range are 3 nail polishes (see here) and 3 Velourlips (see here). 

Have you been able to pick up any of the AC/ME products? I'm hoping to pick up the contour kit for a Christmas giveaway but am struggling to find it :(
Amy, XO

PS Both Priceline and Big W currently have a free clutch GWP when you spend $15 or more on Australis products. 

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  1. These looks beautiful! I have too many shadows that are similar to the rose gold one but I would consider picking up Plum Diddy it looks divine!

    1. Becca, you have much more restraint than I do. I have a draw full of colours that are basically the same colour ;)

  2. Great swatches! I need these, especially the rose gold :)

  3. These look so so so pretty. I freaking love a good metallic cream shadow! xo

    1. Aren't they the best!! Too bad that there aren't many affordable ones available.

  4. These look so gorgeous!!! I need it in my life hahaha
    love you blog xx

    1. Hahahahaha aren't they amazing! I have a very long list of "must haves" in my life :)

  5. These remind me of stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows :) especially Bronzonce (love the play on Beyonce) looking like Kitten from that range. Affordable dupes are always welcome in my collection. Thanks for the tip about applying a powder product over it!

    1. I haven't used the Stila's eyeshadows so I can't say if they're similar or dupes. But now I'm interested in the Stila ones :)