Catrice, in all seriousness, how are you kicking ass with pretty much every new release? I'm not expecting an answer on the blog or anything, I just wanted to say bravo and keep doing what you're doing. A couple of weeks ago, I was sent some new products from budget brand Catrice to test out and of course, I started with the mascara and brow pencil. They've now proven their worth to me, came to London and are in use every morning as I try to get ready against the clock.
Mascara first. Just when I thought Catrice wouldn't be able to top their Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara, they big fat did with this gem. The Catrice Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara just does more, gives more, is more and I'm all about more is more when it comes to lashes. The wand is only massive, like properly huge so if you don't mind something big coming close to your eyes, then you'll be grand. I find it deposits enough product to give lots of volume to the lashes, but without weighing them down or clumping. There are little spikes on the domed tip of the wand which helps add a bit of extra somethin' somethin' to the outer lashes along with coating the lower lashes.
It doesn't flake on me, it doesn't smudge and it keeps the curl all day, so when I'm going home from work boggle eyed, I still look relatively awake! And hello, I totally forgot to mention the price. It's €4.50. Four actual fifty. Would you be well?
Eyebrows next. I've been trying out brow pencil after brow pencil for ages now and have found some brilliant products over the months. The Catrice Slimatic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil has stolen my heart and helped my brows look relatively normal!
This has a twist up mechanism and a spooly at the end. The pencil itself is teeny tiny meaning I can be really precise and do proper looking brow hairs and get a nice sharp edge. It's a softer pencil than any of the other brow pencils I've used in the past and I thought it meant I was going to go overboard, but that wasn't the case. And while I like to think it's because I know what I'm doing, it really isn't. The product is just really easy to use. Another worry I had with the product being so soft was that it might wear off during the day. Usually waxier pencils stay put for longer but after testing it out, I can attest that it doesn't move for the whole work day and longer and it didn't come off when I was walking around London in the snow for the day. It comes in three shades and I've got the lightest. And here's the clincher. It's €3.50. I know! I'll 100% be purchasing this myself because it's not often a whopper product comes along like this and is under a fiver.
It's worth noting that because the formula is softer than most other brow pencils I've tried, I have to twist up the pencil part a couple of times with each use. Because of that, I actually finished this one after about 3 weeks' use. That's the fastest I've ever gone through a product and I'm glad I waited on posting this so I could let you know that. Now as I said earlier, it's €3.50 so I don't mind going through it quickly. But let's say I got a month out of each pencil, that's €42 a year. I get about 3-4 months out of the likes of NYX's Micro Brow pencil and Urban Decay's Brow Beater pencil. They're €11 and €18 each, so do your sums and see what works best for you.
Finally we have The Precious Copper palette. This is an aul beaut of a palette and if you like your shimmery metallic shadows, then you're going to love this. I generally go for warm bronzes in the summer, but I can start early, it's ok. The shadows are buttery soft and can be applied dry or wet, if you want a really foiled metallic look. They blend easily and once you tap off the excess and I haven't had an issue with fall out when lashing it on. I always use primers with every eyeshadow I use as I've oily eyelids and everything creases on me and once I prime the lids, I'm good to go for the day with these shadows.
I'm totally impressed with these three products and the fact that they're bargain-tastic makes it all the better! I've had so many snaps from people who've picked some of these up and this makes me happy because I'm totally confident that they're going to love them. These products are on Catrice stands now nationwide and in Penneys and if you don't see them yet, keep checking because some stands can be slow to stock new bits.
Think you'll be trying any of these products? And FIY, I'll be showing you this look in an upcoming video!