Face of Australia Carnivale Collection – Review, Photos, Swatches

Face of Australia Carnivale Collection 1

Face of Australia has released their latest limited edition collection of nail polish, the Carnivale collection. Embracing the current nail art trend for textured nails, the Carnivale collection is a range of 4 matte and 4 glitter polishes with a grainy, three dimensional textured finish. I have 4 of these polishes to show you today.

Face of Australia Carnivale Collection 2

I apologise in advance for the condition of my nails and cuticles – I have spent the last 2 weeks packing care packages for the Makeup Utopia Bushfire Campaign, and it has taken it’s toll on my hands, but I wanted to share these lovely polishes with you before it’s too late!


FOA Masquerade 1

Masquerade is a dense purple microglitter with teeny tiny purple hex glitter. It appears to have a small amount of silver microglitter spread throughout as well, and has an intriguing matte finish that makes the glitter polish a little different from the norm.

FOA Masquerade 2

Midnight Fireworks

FOA Midnight Fireworks 1

Midnight Fireworks is a pale gold microglitter with tiny pewter-gold hex glitter throughout. It has the same matte finish as Masquerade. It makes a stunning feature nail, and would also be a show-stopping special event manicure (New Years Eve, I’m looking at you!)

FOA Midnight Fireworks 2

My Island Home

FOA My Island Home 1

My Island Home is a soft beige brown with a matte finish and a sandy texture. It makes a lovely almost-nude manicure with a difference, and is a perfect work-appropriate way to rock the textured nail trend in an understated way.

FOA My Island Home 2

Summer Lovin’

FOA Summer Lovin 1

Summer Lovin is a gorgeous neon coral-pink, and is a perfect colour as we come into warmer weather here in the southern hemisphere. I can picture myself wearing this shade on my nails, lying poolside with a fruity mocktail during the Christmas break. Anyone have a pool they can lend me?

FOA Summer Lovin 2

These polishes are bang on-trend and executed beautifully. My recommendation is to stick with 2 thin coats – one coat looks a little strange, and three coats looks a little bit chunky.

I found these polishes to wear well without any base coat or top coat, with no chipping or visible tip wear for 4 days (great wear for my soft nails). As soon as I paired these with a base coat, I found they started to chip. They are a little bit of a pain to remove, but I used the aluminium foil method and it took the polish clean off.

I’m impressed with these polishes and will be picking up at least one more shade in the range, Ferris Wheel, a stunning teal green (see Jen’s swatches HERE).

Like all Face of Australia polishes, these are a bargain at $4.95, and are available at Priceline, or you can check here for other stockists.

These polishes were sent to Makeup Utopia for editorial consideration.

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