Thursday, January 12th, 2012

By Kimberly Nissen, Local Contributor – Australia

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Kimberly started her working life early at the tender age of 15. For most of the past 10 years, she has worked for some of the biggest media corporations her sunny country has had to offer. She always wanted to become a writer, but with no training and never having finished high school, it didn’t look like it was going to happen, but then she created The Plastic Diaries and The Styleless Diaries. She also co-founded the first niche-specific blogging event in Australia, the Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend.


The Best of Face of Australia

Australian beauty brands are different to the rest of the world. While striving to make the perfect product is a universal goal, I feel the Australian approach to beauty is simplistic. In general, we like easy to use, understated, realistic beauty. We live an outdoor, active lifestyle and we want to look good without interfering with it. One brand that I believe encapsulates the Australian beauty culture is Face Of Australia.

Face Of Australia is an Australian owned and made brand of color cosmetics. Their philosophy is to make products specifically designed for Australian consumers, who want a high quality, innovative range of cosmetics at an affordable price.  Being an Australian beauty lover can be difficult due to our lack of access to international brands and their high price points. Like most women, I wanted to stay on top of color trends and try products containing the latest ingredients and developments. Face Of Australia is one brand that consistently brings on new products that are often better than the luxury alternatives.

Discovering their products changed my life not only in bringing me the products I wanted, but also restoring my faith in the Australian color cosmetic market. Because of them I started to try more Australian brands, and I have never looked back. Plus, they are 100% against animal testing and that means a lot to me.

The Products

I couldn’t leave without telling you my top 3 products by Face Of Australia. I have already mentioned a couple of these previously but they are that good they deserve another mention.

  1. Liquid Eyeliner (AUS $8.95 rrp) is my holy grail liquid eyeliner.  The brush head is super fine and the long handle makes controlling the application extremely easy. Once dry, it doesn’t budge.  It’s available in four shades:  Black, Brown, Charcoal, and Navy.
  2. Face Base Primer (AUS $11.95 rrp) is my favorite primer to date.  The oil-free formula is hydrating and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. It does all the things a great primer should do, but why I like this one is that it is fragrance-free and doesn’t clog my pores.
  3. Lip Quench Moisturizing Lipstick SPF30+ (AUS $9.45 rrp) is beautiful range of lipsticks that has one key factor that makes it a standout to me:   SPF30+. The lipsticks are nourishing, the colors are gorgeous, and they don’t have that icky ‘lipstick smell’ but all of that is just icing on the cake to the fact they provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.  Available in 13 shades: Malibu Barbie, Forbidden Fruit, Pink Champagne, Nude Satin, Lychee Crush, Iced Almond, Ruby Delight, Power Surge, Pink Ambition, Pure Plum, Silver Rose, Sweet Nectar, Cocoa Cherry.

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7 thoughts on “The Best of Face of Australia

  1. Thank you Temptalia for these international contributions! I’m going to be moving to Australia next month and these posts are immensely helpful. And thanks to Kimberly for the suggestions, I’ll definitely have to try out the lipsticks, I always wonder why more brands don’t produce more lipsticks that contain SPF!

    • I am so glad this post was helpful to you, Jeanne. Australia is a great country and we have really exciting offerings to share with the world. I am so thankful for Christine handing over a bit of Temptalia so we can share our little country with you.

      Oh, and the SPF thing is really important here so you will find a lot of products with SPF that you wouldn’t find elsewhere in the world. I can’t wait for you to join us next month!

  2. I have to give a shoutout to Face of Australia’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. It’s INCREDIBLE. Gets rid of every trace of eye makeup (even when I use my hardcore long-lasting mascaras) without making my eyes sting like most other removers. Seriously amazing!!

  3. Sarah

    Wow i feel a sense of honour that Face of Australia has made it to Temptalia. Ive been using their tinted moisturiser for many many years. I normally purchase it when its on sale so for the price, you cant go wrong with the light, non greasy formula and even though there are only 3 tints to choose from the colour match is great. Thanks for getting a great aussie brands name out there.

  4. Avatar of Alice Alice

    I love quite a few of Face of Australia’s products! My top two would definitely be the liquid eyeliner and the face primer as well. Love seeing some Australian brands on Temptalia!

  5. Avatar of Julie Julie

    Just purchased the liquid eyeliner after a few people recommended it. Thanks Kimberly!

  6. Definitely agrees with what’s being said here and proud to see temptalia acknowledging beauty brands from all over the world.

    FOA HD liquid liner pens are awesome (waterproof and does not budge or smear).. the primer is as said, is lovely and would recommend for such affordable price. :)

    YAY to SPF! Australia’s sun is not something to be taken lightly off