Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New from Catrice this spring 2016!

I'm such a traditionalist (total boring makeup junkie) when it comes to seasonal makeup and I've been dying for spring to finally arrive so I can start playing with makeup again.  I always feel like the first couple of months of the year can be very blah in terms of beauty, but it's March and I'm ready to start experimenting again!  Catrice sent me a load of products to test out recently and while I'm still making my way through them, I wanted to highlight some instant favourites and one not so favourite.

Catrice's makeup is cheap as actual chips and while you might think that you'll end up saving money because the products are so affordable, the reality is you'll spend even more buying a few products.  I mean who actually goes to a makeup stand and buys one thing?  Crazy talk!

Catrice Blush Shading Palette - CorALL I need
Catrice's Blush Shading Palette in CorAll I need was an instant hit with me and not just because of that absolutely perfect shade in the middle...  That does my heart good seeing colours like this and what's better is the formula is so lightweight, soft, blendable and I am hooked.  That pink shade on the end is infused with gold shimmer and is very spring time appropriate, but it's the middle coral shade that has my heart.  And I like to use the highlight shade on the end to add more dimension to my cheeks and cheekbones.

The swatches below are in the opposite order to the photo above, just to confuse you.  But look at the coral shade, second from the left... Isn't it perfection?  The swatch on the very right is the coral and highlight shade layered FYI.  While the swatches on my arms are quite strong, the pigmentation level is on the medium end of the scale, so if you tend to go overboard with blush like me, this makes application a bit easier.  And if you do like to go wild on the cheeks, the shades are easily buildable.  I loved this so much that I went out and bought a different trio to test out so I'll report back on that.

The absolute star of the show and the product that has knocked my Hourglass highlight out of rotation is the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder.  It only comes in one shade but hopefully they'll bring out more because the formula is second to none and I would like a gold version and maybe a rose gold one too thanks very much.  We're talking finely milled, no chalkiness, easy application and the most gorgeous glow ever to adorn your cheekbones!

They say you can apply a light layer all over the face and I can't see myself doing that to be honest, but as a regular highlight, it is stunning and I can see it selling out big time.

There was just one disappointment in this bunch and it was the Nude Sands palette.  At first look, it reminded me of something along the lines of Bobbi Brown with the shades and I thought it was going to be a no brainer, but the colours didn't translate to my eyeballs unfortunately.

If barely there eyeshadow is your thing then you might love this but I like more pigmentation when it comes to my shadows.

Finally is the Catrice Ultimate Colours lipstick in the shade 440 Hugs and Hibis-Kisses.  I am obsessed with this shade and yes, it totally matched the jumper I was wearing that day.  It reminds me of a flamingo and has the perfect balance of pink and coral that I love.  I've worn it dabbed into my lips as a stain, or lashed on for full on glam and this is going to be a firm favourite of mine long into the summer!  It feels nice and moisturising on the lips, has pigmentation to knock your eyeballs out of your head and works really well with my skin tone.  I am hooked!

So three out of four ain't bad sure it's not?  These are all under the €5 mark, so proper bargains and as soon as you see them on counters, I'd get swatching.  Now Catrice stands can be slow to be updated with new products, so visit them often.  Any excuse to make you go visit chemists eh!

Now I'm off to play with more bargain beauty bits from Catrice and shall report back with my findings!

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