New Catrice Fall/ Winter 2017 makeup

New Catrice Fall/ Winter 2017 makeup

Catrice did it again! Their bi-annual line change is rolling out in stores as we speak and I found tons of goodies that I wanted to share with you. As per usual, I decided to do this in video form. In this video, I will show you all the products I got, swatch each one of them and try as many as I can on my face. I hope you enjoy!

New Catrice Fall/ Winter 2017 makeup review swatch video haul first impression

New Catrice Fall/ Winter 2017 products
Haul, Swatches & First Impressions

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Fall/ winter 2014 Catrice products

Fall/ winter 2014 Catrice products

Catrice is doing it again: changing its make up line that is. Twice a year the German make up brand renews its line and updates older products. When I was in Germany last month, I found a display at the German drugstore with some of the new products featured in the upcoming change for fall/ winter 2014. I managed to pick up two nail polishes, a lash extension product and three newly formulated matte eyeshadows. In this article I will show you these new products and write a short review on them including swatches and a make up look. These products will shortly be released in the Netherlands, as they usually launch the new line mid-August.

Nail polish

Catrice Luxury Lacquers Million Brilliance in 05 Plum Fiction
Catrice Luxury Lacquers Million Brilliance in 03 Let’s Get Lost in Vegas

In the renewed line, Catrice will be introducing their Luxury Lacquers Million Brilliance formula to the permanent line. In March the brand already launched a Limited Edition nail polish collection containing Luxury Lacquers of different textures and formulas. You can check the colors and textures I got in this blog post. One of the LE finishes was the Million Brilliance formula and it was my favorite one of the LE line. So I’m excited Catrice is putting different colors in the permanent line. I took home two purple shades: one a deep plum with a great multidimension sparkle and one a lighter blue toned purple which also has some holographic glitter. The glitter in the polish is chunky which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but these swatched beautifully. The swatches are two coats, but especially the plum color was pretty opaque after only one coat. And that’s impressive for a glitter polish. These polishes also come in a square bottle rather than round and the lids screw back on quite easily.

Lash Boost: lash extension fibres

Lash extension fibres. Not necessarily a product I’m lusting after, but if it only costs a few euros I’m all game for giving it a whirl. The idea is that you apply one coat of mascara, before it is dry you apply these fibers and then another coat of mascara and voilá: you should have fuller, longer lashes. That’s what I did and I have to say I did end up with fuller lashes, but not exactly longer ones. The effect I got was barely noticeable in pictures and is no different than applying 2 – 3 coats of mascara. What I found especially when using this is that the fibers are quite flaky and you have to be very careful not to get them in your eyes. Plus this latches onto your mascara wand and when you dip it back into the mascara the fibers will get stuck in there. I found it a bit difficult to make the second coat of mascara go on smoothly and without clumping. Another downside was that my eyes felt itchy and dry after about 10 minutes. It subsided after about 30 minutes or so, but I think it’s best to avoid this if you have sensitive eyes. Moreover, my lashes felt heavy and weighted down, and I kept seeing them in my peripheral vision which was annoying.

Velvet matt eyeshadow

Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadow 010 Vanillaty Fair
Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadow 040 Al Burgundy
Catrice Velvet Matt eyeshadow 050 Welcome to Greysland!

Finally I picked up three of the Velvet Matt eyeshadows that are to replace the Wet n Dry formula. Drugstore mattes are difficult to find so I was really looking forward to trying these. The swatches are very promising: good color pay off, but the grey and the burgundy aren’t entirely matte. Both have a sheen to it but it’s not too much of an issue: on the eyes these go on matte. They are a tad powdery and you have to be careful to prevent fall out. Vanillaty Fair is a creamy vanilla shade which is well pigmented and good for use as a highlighting shade. Welcome to Greysland! is a medium grey with a cool undertone and slightly silver sheen. I feel the color is a bit lighter on the swatch and on the eye than what you’d expect from looking at it in the pan. Lastly, Al Burgundy is the shade I was most curious about. It is a rich burgundy color that leans towards a plummy purple and has a reddish purple hue to it on the swatch. If this does well it may be a good dupe for MAC’s Sketch eyeshadow.

Eye look

All over lid, browbone & inner corner: Vanillaty Fair
Crease & liner: Al BurgundyCrease blend color & lower lashling: Welcome to Greysland!

Apart from mascara, all other make up products are also by Catrice:
The lipstick has been discontinued and is called Let’s Dance Salsa, highlighter was in a LE, blush is Strawberry Frappucino
Foundation is All Matt Plus foundation, concealer is Camouflage Cream, and powder is All Matt Plus transparent powder

These shadows swatch beautifully but on the eyes not all them perform as well. All of them are powdery and produce fall out as I mentioned above. The creamy shade quite possibly worked best, followed by the grey. Both went on the eye as swatched and are good staple colors to have in your collection. The grey would have been better if it was truely as deep as you’d expect from looking at the pan. The burgundy shade is a bit of a let down when applied to the eye. It applies beautifully at first, but when you blend it out, it turns very muddy and just dark looking. It’s as if the pretty reddish/ burgundy shade simply disappear and what you’re left with is the dark undertone. I had to reapply the crease color at least three times after blending to ensure some of the red showed up. Else it just looked like a darker grey. As a liner it fared better and I think that in order to retain the burgundy of this shade you really have to pack on the color. One good thing about that is that it will not very likely give you that eye disease look that some red shadows can give you when you use it close to the lash line.

If you find the new Catrice products in stores I would recommend snatching up both of the nail polishes and the creamy and grey eyeshadows. Buy the burgundy if you don’t mind having a product that needs a bit of getting used to and finding a proper way to make it work for you and pass up on the lash fibers.

What new Catrice (or Essence) products are you looking to try?

New Catrice & Essence make up

New Catrice & Essence make up

YAY for working pictures! Because that means I can show you some of the new items Essence & Catrice added to their collection. In case you didn’t know: budget brands Essence & Catrice revamp their selection every 6 months. Old products are out and new ones are in. And it just so happened to be that I was at my local drugstore right after they stocked all these new beauties including some limited edition items. So with all the choice and time in the world I was able to browse the recent additions to my heart’s desire and decided: I just got back to work, I need an end of summer/ get back to work present for myself. I splurged and bought whatever I deemed worth trying.

I snazzed up 6 eyeshadows, 4 nail polishes, 3 eye pencils and 4 lip products. One of the lipsticks isn’t even Catrice or Essence, but Maybelline, but they had a discount I couldn’t refuse and the color just grabbed me. Here are some close ups of the products and I’ll give you my first impression.

Eyeshadow

Top: Essence Me & My Icecream Limited Edition 02 Icylicious & 03 Always in my Mint

Middle: Catrice Liquid Metal eyeshadow in 040 Under Treasure, 010 Look me in the Ice

Bottom: Essence Metal Glam eyeshadow in 02 Coffee to Glow &  05 Chocolate Jewelry

Swatches

Left to right: Catrice Liquid Metal eyeshadow in 040 Under Treasure, 010 Look me in the Ice,  Essence Metal Glam eyeshadow in 02 Coffee to Glow &  05 Chocolate Jewelry, Essence Me & My Icecream Limited Edition 02 Icylicious & 03 Always in my Mint

Impression:

The Me & My Ice Cream eyeshadows are nicely pigmented and super shimmery. They are two very pretty pastel colors that go on smoothly and will do for any muted eye look.

The other two Essence eyeshadows from the newly released Metal Glam line are impressive. My camera didn’t capture it but these babies shimmer like I have never seem before and as you can see: they are highly pigmented. A bit crumbly as you can see from the swatch. For some reason my camera makes these two colors look identical on the swatch, but they really are two different eyeshadows with two different color. My camera simply chose not to show it.

Than last but not least the rather disappointing Liquid Metal duo. These shadows could have been so much more pigmented! They still work though and I feel they apply better with a brush. Super shimmery (the white one makes a mean inner corner highlight) and with the sheerer texture very versatile and still wearable. Perhaps if they would show up on your lids like they do in the pan that you might end up looking like a disco ball.

Lips

Maybelline Super Stay 14 hr lipstick in 510 Non-Stop Red

Essence longlasting lipstick in 03 Dare to Wear

Catrice Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm in 050 Cherry-ty

Essence Me & My Ice Cream Lip Balm in 03 Ben & Cherries

Eye pencils

Essence Stay No Matter What Eye pencil & shadow in 06 Green Garden, 08 Chocolate Brownie, 03 Twinkling Turquoise.

Swatches

Maybelline Super Stay 14 hr lipstick in 510 Non-Stop Red, Essence longlasting lipstick in 03 Dare to Wear, Catrice Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm in 050 Cherry-ty, Essence Me & My Ice Cream Lip Balm in 03 Ben & Cherries, Essence Stay No Matter What Eye pencil & shadow in 03 Twinkling Turquoise, 08 Chocolate Brownie, 06 Green Garden.

Impression:

If I’d tell you these two lipsticks are my favorite recent purchases, I’m sure you’d believe me. Hello color! The Maybelline lipstick is a vivid pinky red that will liven up any make up look. The cherry red lipstick by Essence hits it right on the mark. It’s bright, bold, yet still wearable.

The two lipbalms are just that lipbalms. I’d have liked the Catrice pencil to be more pigmented though. This will probably not show up on my lips at all, but I’m hoping it will be one of those “my lips but better” cases. The other one is just clear, but I really just had to have it because of the swirly. Inside, I’m just still a big kid.

The shadow sticks are nice. The brown one is the most pigmented, but it’s also the darkest color. I also pressed a little harder: when I swatched the green & blue one again later they looked a lot better than in this picture. These will be great under eyeshadow as a base color. I’m sure I’d wear these as eyeshadow too, for the lazy days, but only if these blend well and I haven’t tried that yet.

Nail polish & Swatches

Essence Colour & Go 122 Chic Reloaded

Essence Colour & Go 165 Here’s my Number Sparkle Sand Effect

Essence Nail Are Special Effect Topper 17 Only Purple Matters

Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 45 Kitch me if you Can

Impression:

So that first polish isn’t new to the collection but it was new to me. I’d never seen it before and the awesome duochrome hue was irresistible. Good coverage and great color for fall.

I didn’t know Essence was coming out with a sand effect polish and so I was pleasantly surprised. They had two other colors: a baby pink and a red, but since I already have those colors in a sand texture from other brands I decided to go with the granite color instead. Needs 2 coats.

The two top coats I’m not so sure about yet. Upon further inspection (i.e. the swatch) and comparing it to other nail polishes I already own these two are very similar. The purple one closely resembles an older polish by Essence that is no longer available (it is the Essence Nail Art Twin in Troy) and the Catrice one is almost exactly like a Barry M polish my friend Alison got me when she was here over summer.

Did you purchase any of the new products from the Essence & Catrice collections?

New in: Mint green & white creepers

New in: Mint green & white creepers

Oops I did it again! Buy new shoes that is. Anyone who knows me, knows that I really don’t need any more shoes, but when I see a pair that I think is unique and makes me squee with glee I can’t resist. And that was exactly what happened when I saw these puppies.

I already wrote about being obsessed with these shoes a few weeks ago, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I ended up getting them. I found them on the Urban Outfitterrs website after watching Jenn from ClothesEncounters on Youtube pair hers with different outfits. I googled them to see how much a pair would cost and where I could get them. Since Jenn bought hers from Urban Outfitters that’s the first place I looked and lo and behold. I thought that creepers only came in black, but in fact they come in a multitude of colors. The ones I got, I could ONLY find on the Urban Outfitters UK website though. I pined after them for quite some time, but once the website indicated there was only one pair left in my size I immediately snagged them up. By now there is only a size 6 and a size 8 left (UK sizes).

Creepers aren’t a brand of shoe: it’s a style. In fact, several brands make them and mine are by Underground (together with TUK they seem to be the main manufacturers). My creepers are the single sole (so 4 cm) Wulfrun style creepers. Above you can see a picture of the box it came in. Delivery was super fast. I ordered them on a Tuesday and the package arrived 2 days later. Shipping was free as I spent more than €100.

Now I know that Creepers aren’t for everyone. In fact when I first saw these type of shoes I thought they looked hideous. But that was until I saw them in this color. The standard black makes it look too goth or punk rock to me, but in the mint green and white I think they look much more fresh and girly. I’m thinking pastel colored socks and these shoes with skirts, dresses or pants for spring and summer would be perfect! Plus these shoes are flat, 100% leather and super duper comfy. It’s the best of both worlds (style & comfort). Let’s have a closer look!

Top view

The sole – nice & thick

Some details

My reasons for loving these so much:

  1. The color: mint green is great for spring/ summer!
  2. Silver hardware.
  3. It’s a sturdy shoe and super comfy. The minute I tried these on I didn’t want to take them off
  4. Shoes are true to size.
  5. They’re leather, which means they’ll last.
  6. The suede like finish of the leather.
  7. The tough & girly look combined into one shoe.
  8. The retro feel of these. Creepers were introduced in the 50s and became a big part of Mod Culture in the 60s and Punk in the 70s.
  9. And yet they are still modern because of the color and the crispy white details.

I’m very curious to see how these will hold up once I start wearing them. Because even though I’ve had them for a while now I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet. I blame the weather for this. Until last week we had snow and sleet and I don’t want to ruin them the first time I wear them. So here’s to hoping the weather will change for the better soon so I can start wearing them full throttle. Rest assured that you will get to see these shoes on my feet some time in the future of this blog.

What do you think of my latest purchase?