There was never a question in my mind as to what my first product review brand was going to be, it had to be Catrice! I have been using Catrice for about two years now and have re-purchased quite a few items over and over again so safe to say, I absolutely love it. I’ve always said that there’s no point in a brand having a low price point if the products are not good or only a bit meh but Catrice knock it out of the park in terms of quality and price in my opinion.
The brand themselves are German and the company that owns Catrice also owns Essence with Catrice having a slightly more “grown up” range of products. Twice a year, 25% of their range is updated making sure they are staying on trend. They are also a cruelty free brand.
So first up on my list of favourites is the HD Liquid Coverage Foundation. Anyone that was following me on Snapchat or currently follows me on Instagram knows how much I love this foundation, as I type, I think I’m about to start bottle number five! It currently only comes in four shades, Light Beige, Rose Beige, Sand Beige (this is what I wear) and Warm Beige. The bottle itself is glass, has 30ml of product and a pipette style top. Four shades is not a great range for such a popular foundation although Catrice also do Lightening and Darkening drops which I’ll talk about later so you’ll probably manage to create the perfect shade for you. Price wise, it comes in at €7.95.
The texture is surprisingly lightweight given that it’s a HD Foundation, it’s got quite a liquid consistency. In the winter I tend to apply it with my Nima Flat Head Kabuki (I drop the foundation directly onto the brush head) but in the summer, when I want a lighter coverage, I use a little less of it and I drop it onto the back of my hand and apply it with the Nima Jane brush which is a duo fibre brush.
I am quite oily around my t-zone and I do find that this lives up to being a mattifying foundation although I would still have to powder once during the day. I generally wear my makeup for 12 hours before I get to take it off and it lasts really well throughout the day with no evident wearing around the nose area.
Next up we have the Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer. This stuff is absolutely amazing and is one of the best under eye concealers I’ve ever used. This comes in five shades, Natural Rose (my shade), Honey, Light Natural, Porcelain and Light Beige. You’re probably thinking that because it’s high coverage, it’s not going to suit you if you are of a certain age and have fine lines and wrinkles but it’s actually quite the opposite, this is why I love it! I’m in my late 40’s and I wear this all day every day (well the days I wear makeup anyway!) and believe me when I say it doesn’t crease or settle into fine lines at all. Now the trick if you are a bit older is to go easy with the amount you use and don’t feel you have to put huge triangles of concealer on like all the “young ones” – you don’t! Less is more, I simply swipe a small amount under each eye and use the Nima Terrie brush (a miniature version of the Flat Head Kabuki) to tap it into the skin. And as with all under eye concealers, don’t forget to set it with a light powder. And do you want to know the best bit? It’s €3.95 for 5ml. Seriously!
Then we have the Catrice Camouflage Cream. I adore this and am on pot number three! This is basically a very high coverage concealer cream – DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use it under your eyes!! This little pot of magic comes in three shades, Fair, Ivory and Light Beige (my shade) and is around the €3.50 mark. It’s used to correct irregularities in the skin so for me, I use a flat concealer brush to cover the red veins on my cheeks before applying my foundation. The trick with this and any other skin perfecting product which you are putting on before foundation (i.e. colour correcting creams, primers etc.) is to give them a few minutes to dry before you apply your foundation. This cream won’t budge once it dries and although it’s thick, your foundation still goes on perfectly over it without any clinging or caking. I wouldn’t be without this beauty!
The Catrice Lightening and Darkening Drops do exactly what they say on the tin, I find them brilliant for toning up or toning down a shade I am wearing. The nozzle is quite small so you don’t have to worry about adding in too much to your foundation. I tend to just mix it on the back of my hand with a little spatula, I put the foundation on my hand first and then add whichever of the drops I want. Penneys also sell great little mixing palettes which you can use too but I find the back of my hand just fine. They’re priced at €3.95.
Catrice’s Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder is one of the best mattifying powders I’ve ever used. It only comes in the transparent shade so it suits everyone. It’s quite a fine powder so while I’m oily, I think this would suit dry skin too without being patchy or clingy. It doesn’t come with an applicator pad but to me that’s a good thing – we all lose them anyway plus they get disgustingly dirty, yuck! Because of it’s light texture, even though it’s a mattifying powder, it doesn’t dull down your makeup or make it look flat, it just keeps the oils at bay during the day. I generally re-apply a light dusting once over my t-zone once in the day and that’s enough. One of my favourite things about this powder is not the powder at all but the fact that the compact comes with a big ass mirror – that’s a huge plus for me, I think all powder compacts should be flip-lid and have a mirror (Rimmel take note!). Price wise, this is again, totally affordable at €5.49.
The newest item to my Catrice collection is the Catrice Prime & Fine Goodbye Pores Primer. I’d heard great things about this and I will always try anything that claims to blur my pores, anything! I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and am really impressed (I actually typed imporessed there by mistake, ironic eh?) I literally just use this on my cheeks at either side of my nose where my pores are most prominent, I put a small bit on my forehead, nose and chin and that’s it. The consistency is like the Benefit Porefessional and what I love is that it dries quickly into the skin. One of the most annoying things I find with primers is waiting for them to dry, I haven’t time in the morning when I’ve another 57 things to put on my face (slight exaggeration I know, maybe 53) but this dries relatively quickly so I can move onto my next step. Does it blur my pores? Yes. Will it be staying long term in my collection? Yes. It’s priced at the €4.99 mark.
Last up in my favourites is the Catrice Glam & Doll Blackest False Lashes Mascara. I’ve actually lost count of how many of these I’ve gone through. The Catrice mascara range is quite big and I’ve tried a few different ones but keep coming back to this one. I have very fine lashes so need definition and separation and this does the trick perfectly.
This doesn’t transfer or slide during the day, it doesn’t clump, it’s perfect for definition and the wand is small enough to be used for the lower lashes too. It’s one of the best budget mascaras on the market in my opinion at €4.50.
So that’s it, my first product review, I hope you enjoyed it and that maybe you’ll trying a few bits based on my recommendations, let me know if you do. Until next time.