The contouring trend is long over, but Catrice still decided to launch a new contouring palette. They did one that is excellent, which I reviewed a long time ago, but sadly that was discontinued. So now they have decided to bring it back, but rather than a shimmery highlight and a contour shade, the reincarnation has a matte highlight banana powder, a matte contour shade and a translucent setting powder. How did I get on?Read more
I think one of the most anticipated new releases by Catrice is their professional face palette. I know I got excited when I saw this in store. It is on the pricier side of Catrice products, but if it works well, then it might very well be the first drugstore face palette that actually works. My first impression was good, so let’s see how I feel after using it for some time.
Catrice Professional Makeup Techniques Face Palette 010 Volume One
Face palettes are quite new additions to my makeup collection. I’ve been curious to try some, but didn’t quite know where to start or what to pick. I heard good things about the cheap and cheerful Freedom palettes. I decided to pick one that seemed to do it all, as that is what I want a face palette to do. I need it to blush, bronze, contour and highlight all in one go. Let’s see how this Freedom Bronze & Baked palette gears up.
Freedom Pro Blush Palette Bronze & Baked
Summer is here! Quite rapidly this weekend the weather changed and we’ve been having sun filled skies and high summer time temperatures. When it’s this hot and the sun is shining so brightly, it is of course important to use a good SPF. Since I spend my days mostly indoors in the winter time and my skin is hardly exposed to the sun in the winter months, I always forego SPF during those months. However, the minute the sun peeks out, I start slapping on that SPF. And I have found my favorite facial SPF that causes no break outs, yet keeps that nasty burn at bay.
That Sleek makes some great eyeshadow palettes was already know to me, but I had yet to try their face palettes. I am familiar with their blushes, but their bronzers and highlighters I had never tried before. So when I was in the UK and stumbled upon this palette for fair skin I was curious to see what it would be like.
Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Fair
Sleek is a brand known for its amazing pigmentation and great quality products at a reasonable price. Their blushes are super pigmented and their eyeshadows blend nicely. For the longest time the Face Form palettes weren’t high on my list. That was until I swatched them in store. The color fair seemed to have a bronzer light enough without becoming muddy, a warm toned champagned highlight that complements my skin tone and a pretty blush that is close to Sleek’s Rose Gold which is a dupe for NARS Orgasm: one of my favorite all time blush colors.
Sleek Face Form palettes come in the same black packaging as the eyeshadow and blush palettes. The outer casing (in my case it was unfortunately torn, but it was the last one they had) is the only way you can tell them apart in an easy way. The palettes always look sturdy but the click closure has led to some broken nails the past. Since all the palettes are identical, I ended up labeling mine on the front so it is easy to see which one is which.
The palette comes in Sleek black packaging with the brand name printed on the front in glossy letters. The name of the palette can be found on the back. Sleek Face Form palettes retail for 9.99 pounds in Boots and Superdrug at UK drugstores or online on their official website Sleekmakeup.com. The palette is available in Fair, Light, Medium and Dark. I chose Fair, but I do feel that both Light and Fair looked very similar in the pan.
When you open the palette you are rewarded with a mirror that stretches the full length of the palette. That is one thing that I like about Sleek. They don’t waste product by adding in flimsy brushes or covering up half the mirror. Their products are all about the product and so you receive a fair amount of product in their palettes. One palette contains 20 grams of product.
The color selection here is spot on I feel. These look they are going to be wearable face colors for someone with my skin tone. Since the packaging was torn in store, I opened up the palette to see whether the product itself was still in tact and that’s when I truly fell in love with this product. Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?
The bronzer is a light chocolate brown shade. It reminds me of Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer which I have. That is a very nice light bronzer that is great for pale skin like mine. Even though I am not as fair at the moment as I usually am I love how this is a matte bronzer that will look good on me whether it is summer or winter.
The highlighter is a warm toned champagne color. It reminds me of The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer, but it is in fact a lot more subtle on the cheeks (for a full review of that, click here). Where this looks quite intense in the swatch, it is easy to blend this out and give yourself a sheer but glowing finish. Using a light hand is still recommended, but with a good highlighter brush I find that is no problem.
The blush in here is a vibrant coral shade with golden sheen. It is very similar to Sleek’s Rose Gold, but not quite like that classic. And since Sleek’s Rose Gold is a dupe for NARS Orgasm that is what you can compare this with. I feel this blush has more gold in it than Orgasm though, but it is absolutely stunning on the cheeks. As with the other two products: a little goes a long way. So use a light hand and a fluffy brush (I prefer a Real Techniques stippling brush for applying Sleek blushes).
On the swatches are intense. As you can see, the highlighter is a tad powdery and not as silky as its The Balm counterpart. That I think is the reason why the highlight of this isn’t as intense as with Mary Lou-Manizer. The bronzer seems to have a bit of an orange undertone on my arm, but I find that on my cheek it works really well and doesn’t look muddy. The blush is on a whole other level. Look at that shine!
And just so we can all admire the prettiness close up: the swatches from another angle.
On my cheeks I only applied a very subtle layer. Like I said, I have fair skin so I don’t want to look like a muddy disco ball that’s been out too long in the sun. The gorgeous golden sheen of the blush is a bit lost in these pictures, but I think that may be, because the highlight is ‘taking over’ and overruling the effect. The bronzer mimics the hollow of my cheek nicely and the three shades go perfectly together on my skin.
I can conclude that if you find the right Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush palette in the shade for your skin tone, that you have a one-stop-shop for all things face in one handy compact. This would be a perfect palette for travel as you have all you need in one go. That’s why I feel this may very well come with me on my US/ Canada trip this summer. The colors are gorgeous, pigmentation is like you could expect from Sleek and the product blends like a dream and stays on nicely. Yes, I’m in love.
Would you buy this product? Why?
You can have all the fancy make up in the world, if you don’t have the proper tools to apply it, it will never look good. Good brushes don’t have to cost a fortune either, which is good. I have cheapy brushes from drugstore brands, but when you want something a bit more special, you have to pay a bit more. I’ve yet to try very expensive brushes and the reason for that is that I fell in love with Sigma brushes when I first tried them. When they launched their kabuki line a while ago I was set on getting a few. I ordered the F80, F82 and P80 in January of this year and by now I’ve used them enough to give you a review of them.
Sigma brushes, in my experience, are sturdy brushes that do their job and they don’t cost as much as a MAC or Bobbi Brown brush. One thing I did notice when looking up information is that these have gone up in price. I ordered these on the official Sigma website and at the time the F80 and F82 cost 18 dollars and the P80 cost 16 dollars. Now the F80 and F82 cost 21 dollars each and the P80 costs 18 dollars. In Dutch websites you pay the price in dollars in euros. Another point I’d like to add here is that Sigma has started packaging and shipping their brushes in such a way that Dutch customs now pick them up as a parcel with imported goods, so beware that when you do order straight from the official website you will very likely be quoted additional import costs in order to receive your package when you’re in Europe.
Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Face brush
What Sigma says:
It is indeed a dense brush and even though the company recommends this for foundation, I use this to apply my MAC Prep + Prime transparent finishing powder. It gives a good coverage of powder without it looking cakey. It is also great for buffing out heavily applied blush or toning down the look of too much bronzer. It is easy to clean despite the dense hairs and it keeps its shape nicely. To me this is a must have brush as I use it on a daily basis.
Sigma F82 Round Kabuki Face brush
What Sigma says:
Another dense brush and this one I do use what it was meant for: for applying liquid foundation. Ever since spring however, I have been using BB cream rather than foundation and I find that applies better with my fingers, so this brush has been lying about gathering dust these past few months. However, now the weather is colder and I’m upping my skincare, a BB cream is too rich so soon I will be whipping out my foundation again along with this brush. I find it makes foundation easy to blend into the skin without giving too much of an exfoliating effect. Since the brush is quite stiff I feel it works well with liquid, watery foundation like the MAC Face & Body foundation I’ve used it with. With a brush that splays too much, you can’t control the coverage as much as with a brush that keeps it shape even when you’re working it in circles around your skin. Only downside: it’s a pain to clean. As you can see on the picture: there is still a trace amount of foundation left in that brush after washing it with baby shampoo. If you’re in the market for a good buffing brush for your foundation application, I can however recommend this. With another wash and a thorough cleanse this brush can still be cleaned.
Sigma P82 Precision Round Eye brush
What Sigma says:
What drew me to this was the ‘fingertip-like application’. This brush indeed looks like a finger tip and the times I’ve used it I’ve used it as indicated, for eyeshadow base and primer but I’ve also used it for under eye concealer. One problem though: this brush is too big for my eyelids or under eye area. It’s bigger than my fingertip anyway, which made me have to go in with a q-tip or fingertip after using this brush to clean up some of the mess or to make the product blend properly. It’s a nice brush if you want to apply a base to even out the color on your lids from lid to browbone for more elaborate looks, but to say this is a must have brush? No, definitely not. It’s a nice extra and could still be useful for spot concealing and blending that out, however, I don’t have a lot of blemishes, so I have not too many opportunities to test it as such.
Are you familiar with Sigma brushes?