Part of the fun of a makeup addiction is the fact that there’s always something new coming out. While sometimes that means that people have been applying their makeup with bra inserts and balloons, for me it means new brands, new formulas and new obsessions. There have been a couple of brands that have popped up lately and I’ve been really enjoying trying them out. And the best bit? They’re all home-grown Australian.
Garbo & Kelly
There’s been some sizeable hype surrounding this brand since they launched in Australia, namely at Adore Beauty. And after getting my hands on a couple of products, I can understand why. Word on the street is that this Australian brand founder trained with Anastasia Beverly Hills herself. That’s not so surprising when you take a look at some of the products in their range. The packaging is beautiful and the products I’ve tried so far have impressed.
The Master of Illumination Highlighting Kit* reminded me straight away of the ABH Glow Kit, with the handy addition of two matte shades as well. The formula and shade choices in this palette are truly impressive, it’s been getting quite a workout lately. The Angled Contour Brush* is a rose gold dream, to begin with, and although I’m not normally crazy about dual-ended brushes, both ends perform really well.
I’ve heard awesome things about the eyeshadow palette from friends, too, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more and more from this brand soon.
Garbo & Kelly Master Of Illumination Highlighting Kit – Grace, Greta, Ava, Charlie, Lana, Garland.
Platinum Beauty Makeup Brushes
We all know a new brush launch is always going to get my attention, especially when they’re at an awesome price point and really easily accessible. Launching exclusively at Woolworths, I was super excited to try out these precision cut, synthetic brushes. The handles are sleek and simple in gunmetal grey and although the most expensive single brush comes in at just $19.99, they feel super weighty and luxe.
The Base Blending Brush* is an awesome size for blending in liquid foundation formulas and feels super soft on the skin. The Contour Eye Brush* reminded me straight away of my favourite eye blending brush, the Sigma E40. And the Essential Collection* stays true to it’s name with a buffing brush, an angled contour brush and a smaller tapered powder brush included with a handy travel brush case.
I think I’ll need to dedicate a whole post to the range ASAP so keep an eye out for that!
I’ve already quickly touched on the Full Brow range but I thought they were worth another mention as an awesome Melbourne-born brand. This capsule collection of brow products is fun, bright and functional. The packaging is a little different but really beautiful and they have an extensive shade range to cover everyone’s needs.
The Brow Powder in Blonde* has been getting quite a work out with me lately. I’ve found it’s the perfect way to naturally fill in sparse spots in my brows without looking too heavy or ‘drawn-on’. The Brow Wax* is lightweight and effective when it comes to keeping brows in place all day and making sure they don’t lose their shape. Their dual-ended Brow Brush* has been an awesome addition to my collection, too. With a simple angled brush, designed for use with the powder, on one end and a spoolie on the other.
I’ll always love the ‘big’ makeup brands, sure. But there’s something just as awesome about finding smaller, local brands to support and love too.
Are you interested in trying out any of these brands?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!
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