22 July 2015

Antipodes Scientific Organic Beauty: Makeup Collection Review & Demo

As many of you probably already know, I'm a huge fan of the New Zealand skincare brand Antipodes, who do an amazing job at combining science with nature, and offer a wide range of certified organic skincare products, that contain highly effective ingredients to nourish and treat many different skin types. Antipodes try to derive all of their ingredients from nature, they are cruelty-free and their packaging is all 100% recyclable. It's great to find a brand which such a high standard of ethics as well as great quality products that really work. I am a huge lover of their Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum as well as their Aura Manuka Honey Mask for fighting breakouts and evening out my skintone (you can read more about those here).

Antipodes were kind enough to send me some products to try from their new Makeup Collection. Wait ... say what? This amazing skincare brand is now doing makeup products?!?! I was super excited to hear about this!!! Of course I had to review these products for you all so I can let you know my thoughts.

The makeup products I received were true to the skincare packaging from Antipodes, minimalistic but well-designed. I received a mineral foundation, kabuki brush for application and a natural lipstick to try!

Antipodes Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige 03* $43 AUD

The Antipodes mineral foundation comes in a plastic jar that screws on and off. The inside has a plastic covering with small holes at the top to assist in tapping out product onto the lid for application. I chose the shade medium beige 03 which I found to be a good fit for me, although it leaned quite yellow-toned so many not suit all skintones. The other shades available are pale pink 01, light yellow 02, and tan 04. This is a decent shade range, but the shades available may not suit everyone and I hope that they continue to grow their shade range in the future.

The foundation provides light coverage that is buildable and gives a very natural finish to the skin without even looking like you are wearing makeup. It blends very evenly into the skin with a dense buffing brush using circular movements. I found this foundation did a good job of covering over redness and blemishes, and also felt comfortable on the skin. It contains SPF 15 and would be suitable for all skin types. I used this on a day when I was out for a walk for around 45 minutes and I found it lasted well through the heat and sweat.

Antipodes Kabuki Brush* $26 AUD

The Antipodes Kabuki Brush is super cute and mini which is great for throwing into your purse or makeup bag for quick touchups throughout the day. Personally, I prefer to use a pressed powder for touch-ups as they are less messy than a loose mineral powder, so I would probably end up using this with a pressed powder. The brush itself I found to actually be a little rough, and not as soft as I was expecting. That being said, it is very dense and did a great job at blending out the mineral foundation.

This was by far my favourite item from the Antipodes Makeup Collection that I received. It is a gorgeous lipstick in the shade April Sun in Cuba which is described as a red-orange shade, but on me, it leaned more towards a cool red shade, almost a fuchsia in these pictures. In person, it does run slightly more orange. It's an easy shade to wear to brighten up your makeup look and feel more presentable when you're in a rush. If you're scared of wearing a deep red, you may find this one easier to pull off in a makeup look.

I love the formula of this lipstick, it glides on easily and felt creamy and moisturising on the lips while still giving a nice pigmented finish. These lipsticks are made from 99% natural ingredients and contain avocado oil to keep your lips feeling plump and hydrated. They also come in 5 other shades which I am now super interested to try!

Antipodes April Sun in Cuba Lipstick and Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige
Wearing Antipodes April Sun in Cuba Lipstick and Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige

Antipodes April Sun in Cuba Lipstick and Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige
Wearing Antipodes April Sun in Cuba Lipstick and Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige

Antipodes April Sun in Cuba Lipstick and Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige
Wearing Antipodes April Sun in Cuba Lipstick and Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige

I was pleasantly surprised with these makeup offerings from Antipodes. The highlight from what I was able to try was definitely the lipstick which was both moisturising and pigmented and felt really nourishing on the lips. I'd definitely recommend the foundation for those that would like a more natural everyday coverage and may find liquid foundations too much hassle to blend out everyday. This foundation can easily be built up for custom coverage and is easy to apply with a dense kabuki or buffing brush. The kabuki brush itself didn't wow me, it did a good job at applying the foundation but I'd say most of you already have a brush in your makeup collection that could do a similar job so I'd skip this one if that is the case.

Overall, I am looking forward to trying some more makeup products from Antipodes! You can purchase their makeup products through their website, however shipping to Australia can be a little pricey ($25 AUD) so your best option is to purchase Antipodes Makeup from David Jones. Their skincare products are also available locally from Priceline, and hopefully soon the makeup items as well!

*These products were kindly sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. However all reviews are 100% honest and my own. I was not paid to provide this review and this post is not sponsored in any way.


  1. That lipstick is GORGEOUS on you!!!!

  2. You look so pretty, loved the lipstick shade !

  3. Antipodes Scientific Organic B23/7/15 10:19 am

    Hi Sarah. Thank you for sharing the love of Antipodes Makeup, you do look gorgeous! #lovethearoha

  4. Yayy, Sarah.. this brand sounds so promising!
    Well, maybe I just have to stalk their website and look around.
    I'm quite interested about their aura manuka honey mask, well because I have an acne prone skin.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, hun!
    Have a great day!

    Jhem |