REVIEW: La Mav Organic Skin Science Makeup

I love supporting Australian brands, so I was keen to be gifted some products from La Mav Organic Skin Science. Claims to be a brand ‘free of harsh chemicals’ … I’m pretty over the use of buzzwords like ‘organic,’ and phrases like ‘free from harsh chemicals,’ because the true meanings of those words and phrases are usually nothing like what they’re being used for in advertising. To avoid this blog post turning into a super long rant heres a couple posts I found online about what the words chemical and organic actually mean! Anyways, I do love that La Mav Organic Skin Science promotes using their products to unmask your natural inherent beauty 🙂 :).

I also enjoy the fact that the brands seems to be created by someone who looks to be of Indian decent. Finally something for us brown girls, and even located in our home country Australia!

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The Products

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Vegan Eyeshadow Brush (RRP $29.95, on sale for $19.95): A bit large for detailed eyeshadow looks, but great for putting shadow all over for setting the primer or for quick one colour over lid looks.

Vegan Angle Brush (RRP $29.95, on sale for $19.95): This certainly isn’t the easiest eyeshadow brush to use, but with practice it works fine. It’s longer than I prefer, and a little on the thick side, but it good quality.

Vegan Kabuki Makeup Brush (RRP $29.95): I really like this brush. Quite dense compared to most powder brushes which I like. I think this is a great brush for setting the face with powder and for bronzing up the face and neck.

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Sunkissed Bronzer (RRP $29.95 for 3g): Quite orange on me and a bit light for my skin tone, so more of a blush for me. But it still blends nicely and thankfully isn’t full of gross chunky glitter.

Mattifying Powder (RRP $29.95): I like the fact you can close off the powder, so it doesn’t get everywhere in the lid.

Organic BB Crème (RRP $39.95): Colour is good for my skin. Might be a bit dark for others. Feels weightless on the skin but actually provides some decent coverage. Applies best with fingers or a buffing brush. A ‘traditional’ pointed foundation brush just results in lots of streaks. Don’t need much of the product, one pump is enough.

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Vegan Eyeshadows (RRP $22.95 for 1g): I find the packaging surprisingly easy and mess free to use. About as messy as a normal pressed eyeshadow, so very impressed. The messiness of a loose shadow is what would turn me off normally. Considering the price and poor wear time of these eyeshadows, I personally wouldn’t recommend them. Unless you are someone who is super keen on only using vegan eyeshadows. Individual analysis of shades:

Champagne – Nice all over shade to set things and brighten a little.

Cognac – (bronze) Definitely my favourite shade! It is a gorgeous bronze with a sheen and glitter. It is a stunning shade to just put all over the lid, blend out the edges, and done!

Sandstone – (brown) This is a very smokey shade. Very pigmented, but does blend out with a blending brush easily (thankfully!). Looks a little muddy/dirty on my skin tone, but that’s probably because I’m rubbish at using cool toned eyeshadow.

Black – I would only use a black eyeshadow for a subtle liner on the upper lash time. The few times I’ve tried with this product, it has always ended up transferring below my eyes within a couple hours! Definitely will not be using this shade again, since I have other black eyeshadows. Unless I decide to be a panda for a day (legit possible).

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Lip Treatment (RRP $21.95): First impression was actually negative. I found the smell unpleasant. The consistency on the chunky side. Feel on the lips not great. My tip to make this product work is to only apply a very small amount and then work it around the rest of your lips. The smell gets better with time. This product was much better after trying it once then leaving it for a couple weeks. I might actually use it now, would definitely recommend opening it, then closing it and not using for a couple weeks, before actually using the product when you first get it.

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I can tell that this is a well thought out makeup line, especially the base products. I really love the BB Cream. I will continue to use it as a foundation on days when I put on a whole face of makeup. I also have been and will be using the Kabuki brush to apply my setting powder everyday, since it’s tops. The other products are all reasonably quality, except the eyeshadows which I would pass on.

If you’re a ‘organic/natural’-makeup loving Australian, I would recommend La Mav Organic Skin Science, especially the base products.



  1. 04/07/2016 / 8:00 am

    Thanks for the review Mel! I’ve heard of La Mav before (I’ve used their Jojoba & Argan Oil exfoliator on & off for years – just re-purchased it + the Rose Hydrating Mist to try), but never thought about trying their makeup range because the BB cream is waaaaaay too dark for me. Can’t say I’ll be rushing out to try anything though.

    • MEL
      10/07/2016 / 1:46 pm

      I’ll have to try the Jojoba & Argan oil exfoliator, sounds great!

  2. I love reading your reviews, it’s not all fluff and rainbows, you get the real thoughts on the products which helps people to save their money!! That black is insanely pigmented though, perfect for panda days.. Perhaps halloween… always fun!!)

    • MEL
      10/07/2016 / 1:46 pm

      Thanks so much Jackie, that means a lot. Yes, definitely perfect for a panda day 🙂

  3. 04/07/2016 / 11:34 am

    I love la mav, their skincare is beautiful and the eye shadows are really lovely too! The bb cream didn’t sit with me too well and I didnt’ reach for it as often, and it did go off after a few months (which is good in a sense knowing that there’s not too much preservatives maintaining the product).

    • MEL
      10/07/2016 / 1:47 pm

      I’ll have to make sure to use the BB cream quickly. Thanks for the tip!

    • MEL
      10/07/2016 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks Beth 🙂

  4. 05/07/2016 / 10:39 pm

    Gee wiz Mel, it’s just SO refreshing to read your honest reviews! I’ve read raves about La Mav, but it seems that like most companies, they have some hits and misses too – thanks doll. Love the colour of the lip treatment – looks so good on you xxx

    • MEL
      10/07/2016 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks so much Kat, really appreciate your support! I’m all about that honesty

    • MEL
      10/07/2016 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks for reading Ingrid!

  5. 13/07/2016 / 7:07 pm

    I actually really love this review! Very open and very honest! I have read about this company before and I was keen to try their products. I will however might stay away from the eye shadows as they do look pigmented enough (but that black

    Awesome review and keep it up

    • MEL
      13/07/2016 / 7:52 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! If only the black one didn’t get everywhere, it would be great! 🙁

  6. 15/07/2016 / 9:15 pm

    Good reviews on what looks like products worth a try. Thanks for the post.

  7. 17/08/2016 / 11:19 am

    Love your post. Never tried any of the La Mav range before, love the lip colour and eye shadow colours.

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