I don’t often review a single single eyeshadow, but I am writing this blog post to warn you. Catrice do some lovely single eyeshadows but as with any brand they can be a bit deceiving. Do I mean by that that the single shadow in Lime Pie is bad? No, but this product is one that I felt a little bit tricked by and I want to prevent anyone from making the same mistake I did. Because the way this looked online and what it ended up doing once I started using it are miles apart.
Review: Catrice Art Coleurs eyeshadow single 390 Lime Pie
I mean, at this price point, who is complaining? At just €2.89 this is a good single shadow for the price point. I used to own a tonne of Catrice singles way back in the day and I have felt for a long time that their singles are of a better and much more consistent quality than many of their palettes. Catrice can do a good eyeshadow and some of the shades I used to own were some of my first duochrome shades and I also know that once I am in need again of a cream colored single for setting my eyeshadow base with that Catrice will be the brand I go to. But what is wrong with this shade? Let me break it down for you.
What does this eyeshadow have to offer?
When Catrice announed their new Spring/ Summer 2022 collection I was super excited for Lime Pie. This new single shade looked stunning in their promo pictures: a vibrant but wearable lime green/ yellow. You can understand my disappointment once I got it home and it looked like this. The vibrancy is nowhere to be found, it is far less green than the name implies and in the pan this looks like just another pale gold shade. Here I was hoping Catrice was bringing something unique into their collection and instead they are doing the most boring shade on the planet. So that is my main reason for wanting to do this review. If you have seen this promoted online, just know that many pictures make this look much more excited than it actually is.
What does the shade look like?
So Lime Pie is probably the worst name they could have given this shade. It is a pretty highlighter like shade, I will give Catrice that, but I associate lime with vibrant yellow/ green shades and while there is a hint of something green here it really doesn’t show up once you start using this. It has quite a vibrant white base with a mix of champagne gold. That’s what I get most from this so if they had named this more along the lines of champagne I would perhaps been a little less mad at this product. Then again, in the promo pictures this was made to look so much greener than it does in real life, so I really feel like this was just bad marketing.
What does this shade swatch like?
If you were to ask me to objectively look at this eyeshadow and rate whether it is a good shadow: it is. This is vibrant, smooth, there are no visible sparkles and yet this shines into the high heavens. It is best applied with fingers for the fullest effect but this is one of those Catrice shadows that makes you wonder: is it a powder or a cream? That’s how buttery this feels. It is by far one of the best quality shadows I have come across from Catrice in a long time and this shows me again how good Catrice’s formula can be if they really commit. It’s just not the shade I had expected it to be.
How does it apply in a makeup look?
I think if you stumbled upon Lime Pie in store you would easily be able to fall in love with this. Bad marketing aside, this shade is stunning. For this look I used it in my inner corners and it is such a great shade for doing that. A shade this light I would be unlikely to use all over my lid, but you can do that too of course. Because this being so vibrant I feel it isn’t as some other shimmers I have in my collection though. I just don’t love these very light champagne like shades anywhere but in my inner corners. I would have given this more bonus points if it were a more versatile shade.
My final thoughts
If you were like me hoping that Catrice had released a stunning lime/green/gold then I hate being the one breaking the news to you that Lime Pie sadly isn’t that. What it is, is a stunning, vibrant champagne gold with the slightest hint of green that only shows up in certain lining. So for all those magpies out there this is a stunning metallic shadow that you can use perhaps even as a face highlight (I find eyeshadow to be too pigmented to be used on the cheeks, but hey, you do you). I can think of more than one use for this, but I personally wouldn’t go beyond inner corner highlight with a shade like this. And that is why, the Catrice single eyeshadow in Lime Pie was a disappoinment to me.
Would I recommend the Catrice eyeshadow single Lime Pie?
It really depends. If this eyeshadow fills your void for a good metallic, vibrant shimmer, then yes, go for it. The formula is stunning! If, like me, you were hoping this to be a bit more unique and something different then this product isn’t great for you. It is just another metallic and one at that that I feel many people will already own in their collections.