I am ba-hack! Yes, this is the first review I am posting in almost three months, but when Catrice launches new products, I of course have to get the review train started again. Not sure whether this means I will be able to write reviews again on a regular basis, but I am hoping I can get something up a few times a week from now on. But let’s get to the products. This review is for the Catrice Clean ID Hyper Hydro Skin Tint. This is part of their new Spring/ Summer 2022 collection and I have many many thoughts. So let’s get to it.
Review: Catrice Clean ID 24h Hyper Hydro Skin Tint 002 Neutral Ivory
Why not start on a positive note? This product is an affordable product at just €5.95. It comes in 10 available shades of which 002 Neutral Ivory is the lightest shade available. For once, the 10 shades don’t just seem to be 10 shades of beige either: the line seems to go deep and there is also some variety in the deeper shades. Is Catrice finally learning that in 2022 having not that many shades is no longer acceptable? Maybe, because as you can see below, Neutral Ivory is also not my shade as it is too dark and yellow toned for my fair skin with a cool to neutral undertone.
What does this skin tint have to offer?
Whenever Catrice releases a new base product I am all over it. The brand can do some lovely foundation like products, but they can also get it very very wrong. This products boasts about being hydrating, great for sensitive skin and containing squalane and hyaluronic acid. The packaging is a dream: an easy to use squeezy tube that allows you to control how much product you use every single time, plus it is hygienic. The tube is plastic which also means this is great for travel as you can chuck this into a makeup back and not worry about it.
What does the foundation swatch like?
When swatching this out on the back of my hand I wasn’t at all worried about how this might perform on my face. It looks a bit dark once blended in (as you can see in that last picture) but overall the texture felt very pleasant and very much reminded me of the Urban Decay Hydromaniac. So I was excited. It blended into the skin and looked very natural with a pretty dewy look and a light coverage: exactly what I love in a foundation like product.
What is the coverage like?
Before we get into it, you should know I tried this product 4 times: once on camera and I wasn’t exactly sure about how I felt about it. The second time I tried it, I took the pictures for this review. The coverage on this product is barely there. This is super sheer. It says it’s buildable but even that is a stretch. When I tried it a third time, I went in with three layers and that’s when I finally saw the kind of coverage I like and I prefer a sheerer coverage product. So that is saying something. I felt with just one or two layers this doesn’t do enough and you might as well forego wearing a skin tint to begin with.
What is the shade match like?
I already pointed out that this is too dark. Once applied all over the face and with the rest of my makeup done, the shade of this is the least of my worries as you will see below. The shade is not great though. It oxidizes quite badly and as you can see here, the color just doesn’t fade into my neck at all. It’s about 5 shades too dark and it looks very yellow. When a product pulls too yellow it can easily makes you look sickly as jaundice is usually an indication of many different illnesses. So this is not a good look and match wise it is a disaster as this is the lightest shade available and it’s simply a nightmare.
Why I do not recommend this product?
That’s right! The reason I came back to write this review for you is to warn your for this one. Because this product DOES NOT like to play together with other products, especially powders. I have used this product several times. The first two times I used a primer underneath and a powder on top. With a primer this product causes your primer to pill off your face and the foundation no longer blends into the skin. To make sure it was this skin tint and not the primer I did try another primer again and it definitely isn’t the primer.
When I didn’t use a powder on top, it looked better but the best look I got out of this was if I wore NOTHING under or over this. So no skincare, no primer, no powder: nothing. If you go in with anything else this product will ball up, cake up and disappear in patches off your skin. Still, I would not recommend buying this: I needed three layers to get any kind of coverage and it just wasn’t a look I liked. It was best applied with a brush (I tried a sponge, fingers and a brush and felt the latter was a much better way to apply this product).
My final thoughts
Catrice can do so many great things, but their new Clean ID Hyper Hydro Skin Tint is not it. I felt this product has everything to it that I don’t like: I need too many layers, it settled down matte and it didn’t last well. There is just nothing great about this. It is patchy, it cannot be used with other base products to make it last, or look better on the skin and it just does nothing for me at all. And I think that this won’t work for anyone: if you have oily skin this will just adhere to your oils and cake up. If you have dry skin this will just accentuate all your texture. So please, if you were interested in this product, all I can say is: stay away and save your money. This is not worth it, not even at this price point.
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