Australis have done it again. Another on-trend release that immediately reminded me of a high-end dupe. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for me to track down the new release and put it to the test. As soon as I saw them pop up on Instagram, I knew they were trying to go for a Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops dupe and I was all for it. But are the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial and Australis Liquid Strobe Illuminating Drops all that similar? Read on to find out…
Firstly, let’s talk aesthetics. The packaging of the Australis option is a little bulkier, not quite as streamlined. The Australis bottle & dropper is very similar to the foundation matching drops that they released recently. The formula is a little thicker in the Australis formula than the Cover FX formula but blends out just as easily. I don’t actually use the dropper functions for either of the products, though. Instead, I lightly swipe the dropper onto the cheekbones to dispense a little product before blending.
My preferred method for applying either product is a damp beauty sponge. I always make sure to apply them before using any powders as they tend to remove the product underneath if applied over the top. It’s also important to work fast, preferably one cheek at a time as the product can dry down quite quickly. The Australis is actually a little easier to work with. The Cover FX can take a little longer to seamlessly blend out and it needs to be done pretty much instantly or it can be quite obvious where you first applied it. A little goes a long way. And once it’s set, it’s not budging.
Cover FX’s Celestial shade is a metallic pearly champagne, perfect for my pale skin. Whereas the Pink shade from Australis is a sheerer peachy pink with a hint of golden glow to it. A little warmer than it appears in the swatches. The Cover FX shade is a little more pigmented. Upon closer inspection, the Australis product looks like it has quite a noticeable golden-pink reflect.
Left: Cover FX Celestial, Right: Australis Pink.
But realistically it all comes down to the finish on the skin and when it comes to intensity, Cover FX kills it. Immediately, the swatch of the Cover FX drops is intense, metallic and highly reflective. When blended out it continues to look seriously glowy on the skin. In comparison, the Australis formula is glowy, sheeny, but also sheerer. It just doesn’t provide the same intensity of the cheekbones. Instead, it imparts a soft kind of dewy glow to the skin rather than the metallic sheen that the Cover FX option provides. It’ll all come down to your preference of what sort of finish you’re after.
In the end, it depends what you’re going for. Either way, these options are great if you’re looking to prolong the wear time of your powder highlighter. Layering it over the top ensures you’ll be glowing all day long. The budget Australis formula is actually a little easier to work with, for beginners or for those who don’t have a lot of time on their hands. But the two shade colour range isn’t going to work for everyone’s skin tone. It can be built up slightly but won’t ever reach the sheen that the Cover FX can offer.
Personally, I like them both but for different reasons. The Cover FX is my go-to for nights out or when I’m getting really glammed up as it prolongs the wear of powder highlighters while giving a really intense glow without ever looking glittery. The Australis product is a little more suited for an every day, glowy makeup look. But obviously, there is a huge price difference. If you’re just trying out the trend, it’s definitely worth grabbing the Australis offering first to see how you go.
Have you tried either of these products?
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