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Face of Australia Studio 54 Glitterati nail enamel $4.95AUD/13ml

Face of Australia Studio 54 Glitterati nail enamel $4.95AUD/13ml

Today I have for you Studio 54 from Face of Australia’s Glitterati collection.

Studio 54 is densely packed with small and medium bits of rose gold glitter.

Face of Australia Studio 54 Glitterati nail enamel $4.95AUD/13ml

Face of Australia Studio 54 Glitterati nail enamel $4.95AUD/13ml

Despite the density in the bottle (looks can be deceiving…), I found it was a bit sparse when applied. However, it wasn’t sparse enough to be all like “Oh, must pack on the coats!” Pictured is 2 coats of Studio 54 over a polish that I’ve forgotten. This is probably up there as one of my favourites out of the Face of Australia Glitterati range.

Face of Australia Dancing Queen and Lookin’ For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Dancing Queen and Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Dancing Queen and Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

And to finish off my swatches of what I have from the Face of Australia Glitterati Nail Enamel collection, here are the final two –

Dancing Queen – small black hex glitter, medium gold hex glitter suspended in a clear base

Face of Australia Dancing Queen Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Dancing Queen Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Lookin’ For Some Hot Stuff – tiny red round glitter, small black, red and light pink hex glitter, silver/white bar glitter suspended in a clear base

Face of Australia Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Dancing Queen and Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Dancing Queen and Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

I used a nude undercoat – Essence Cafe Ole and pictured is 2 coats of each, topped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat.

Face of Australia Dancing Queen and Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Dancing Queen and Lookin' For Some Hot Stuff Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Dancing Queen would have to be my least favourite out of the polishes I got from the Glitterati collection. I just don’t like the colour combination and every time I look at it, Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow comes on in my head.

Face of Australia Funky Town Glitterati Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Funky Town is the last of the milky glitter polishes from their Glitterati range.

Face of Australia Funky Town Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Funky Town Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Funky Town has small round bright blue glitters, small black hexagonal glitters, medium light copper hexagonal glitters and medium black square glitters. All that is suspended in a dusty medium shade of blue that’s almost leaning blurple (blue-purple) in some lights.

Face of Australia Funky Town Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Funky Town Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

The blue base is so opaque that the glitters are either covered up or almost covered up. It makes for a great subtle manicure involving glitters but again, I was just a bit disappointed. I applied two coats and found that the glitters were just peeking through the base colour. If the blue base was a tad more sheer, it would have been quite nice as the glitter combination in this is very cool.

Face of Australia Funky Town Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Funky Town Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Heart of Glass Glitterati Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Heart of Glass Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Heart of Glass Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Second Face of Australia Glitterati polish I’ve tried, Heart of Glass is a milky pastel pink with red heart glitter, large red and small magenta square glitter, magenta hexagons – large and small, and small hologram bars, hexagons and round glitters. Phew, what a mouthful! The milky pastel pink base is quite sheer which allows for a nice ‘jelly’ effect. In two coats, you’ll get some glitters which are slighltly covered by the pink base and some glitters still shine through.

Face of Australia Heart of Glass Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Heart of Glass Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

I had high expectations for this as nearly every review I read on the blogosphere, loved it. I was left disappointed. The consistency of Heart of Glass was too runny and the glitters were way too sparse. The hearts, whilst very present and visible in the bottle, did not appear when I was applying the polish. I have not had any luck to date with the heart glitters. The glitters in Heart of Glass doesn’t dry as ‘chunky’ as Boogie Wonderland and all the glitters did not curl on the nails.

Face of Australia Heart of Glass Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Heart of Glass Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Such a shame as Heart of Glass looks very pretty in the bottle but not so much when applied.

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel

A lot of fuss was created over the release of the Glitterati polishes from Face of Australia. I have a couple from the range so I will slowly be featuring them here over the next few weeks.

Just a quick note that these are limited edition so get going!

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Boogie Wonderland is a pastel pale blue with a bunch of different glitters in different colours: you’ve got your hexagon glitters in blue, purple, silver, pink and orange. Bar glitters are also present in green, silver and blue.

The formula was slightly thin. Usually, this would pose a problem for me but with so much glitter present in the lacquer, I find that the thin formula worked best.

To apply, I did 1 thin coat on each nail and then went over them with a dabbing motion and finally, a quick smooth over.

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Boogie Wonderland does dry quickly and has a sort of ‘chunky’ texture. However, this was mostly fixed up by a top coat. There were still a few rebel bar glitters hanging out and just curling (!!) but it wasn’t annoying or anything.

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Wear time was average for me – about 5-6 days before minor wear and tear.

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

Face of Australia Boogie Wonderland Glitterati Nail Enamel $4.95AUD

I have grown to appreciate Face of Australia, especially their polishes. Come on – at under $5 a bottle, it’s a bargain! And the thing is, the quality is right up there with the likes of OPI, China Glaze, Essie etc Plus, they’re also easily available at Priceline, Target, K-Mart, Big-W etc

Face of Australia Party at the Gap Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Party at the Gap nail enamel

Face of Australia Party at the Gap ($4.95AUD/13ml) was released as part of the Barbados collection a while back. Apologies for featuring this so late. I do know they’re still available at some Priceline and Big W stores still.

Face of Australia Party at the Gap nail enamel

Party at the Gap is a gunmetal grey with metallic silver shimmer. There are also some very nice multicolour shimmer flecks as well but it was so hard to capture. Very pretty. It dries fast and again, has a very soft and fluffy consistency.

Face of Australia Party at the Gap nail enamel - natural light

It wears well with chips appearing at the 4 days mark.

See my swatches of some other Face of Australia Barbados collection polishes – Let’s Go Scuba Diving, You Blue Me Away and Orange You Glad I Came?

Face of Australia Let’s Go Scuba Diving Nail Enamel

Face of Australia Let's Go Scuba Diving nail enamel - natural light

Slowly getting through this backlog! One at a time…

Face of Australia Let's Go Scuba Diving nail enamel

Let’s Go Scuba Diving is a shimmery teal with blue and silver microshimmer. It’s stunning! Again, the formula felt very soft, fluffy and sorbet-like.

Face of Australia Let's Go Scuba Diving nail enamel

These polishes are amazing. I achieved 90% full opacity in just one coat and they’re very quick drying.

You can definitely see some bald patches here and there but I was in a rush to get these swatches done – apologies!

Face of Australia Let's Go Scuba Diving nail enamel - artificial light

Wear time without a top coat is about 2 days before minor tip wear starts appearing.

Face of Australia Let's Go Scuba Diving nail enamel - natural light

Face of Australia You Blue Me Away Nail Enamel

After seeing that BIg W had $3 off Face of Australia products a couple of weeks ago, I headed out and grabbed another 3 to add to my little stash of Face of Australia polishes.

Face of Australia You Blue Me Away

You Blue Me Away is a metallic foil with loads of silver shimmer. The formula was amazing. Seriously. Super fast drying and again, like Orange You Glad You Came?, had like a fluffy sorbet consistency….

Face of Australia You Blue Me Away

I was lazy and did one coat only. If I was a nail extraordinare, I probably would’ve applied it more carefully to make it look nice and pretty.

Face of Australia You Blue Me Away swatch - natural light

Face of Australia Orange You Glad You Came? Nail Enamel

A few weeks ago, I saw some huge hype about the new Face of Australia Barbados nail enamel collection all over my Twitter feed. Why? Because it was a collaboration with the MBBE (Melbourne Beauty Blogger Event) ladies! What an exciting opportunity to be a part of the development process.

Being a broke university student, I settled on just one – Orange You Glad You Came?

Face of Australia Orange You Glad You Came?

Packaging

Not much to say here – square, easy grip handle…

Face of Australia Orange You Glad You Came?

I love the names! It’s very OPI :)

Product

Orange You Glad You Came? is a mandarin peachy shade with lots of gold shimmer.

Face of Australia Orange You Glad You Came?

This went on smoothly. It only required two coats to achieve opacity. One thing I noticed was the polish itself was light and fluffy – like sorbet! I’m not sure why that is.

It’s a gorgeous Summer-y shade that looks kinda neon when applied. It’s been on for about 3 days with minor tip wear only.

(Excuse mah cuticles..)

Face of Australia Orange You Glad You Came? swatch - artificial light

Ingredients

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Diacetone Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Dimethicone. May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Mica (CI 77019), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Bismuth Oxychloride, Aluminium Paste, Silica, Violet 2 (CI 60725), Guanine (CI 75170), Carmine (CI 75470).

Face of Australia Orange You Glad You Came? swatch - artificial light

Purchase

$4.95 each (bargain!) at Priceline, Target, K-Mart and selected pharmacies nation-wide.

Face of Australia – Iron Ore Molten Metallics

Face of Australia Iron Ore molten metallics nail polish

The lucky last polish from my previous Face of Australia polish haul. I haven’t had the chance to bring out my polishes to play due to work but seeing as I have this week off, I thought I should finish swatching the Face of Australia Molten Metallics polishes :)

Face of Australia Iron Ore molten metallics nail polish

So..Iron Ore has a black base with bits of rainbow shimmer throughout. It’s a nice alternative to the usual flat black polishes.

I did my usual 2 coats but this is without a top coat. Without a top coat, it’s a bit flat. Not too matte but it isn’t shiny either. It applied ok. Not as bad as troublesome as White Gold was but not as perfect as Flaming Lava. Somewhere in between.

Natural light