Bourjois joined the ombre lip trend, albeit a bit late, with their new Lip Duo Sculpt lipsticks. I got two of the boldest shades in the selection, while a total of six exist.
Texture: These have a pretty standard creamy lipstick formula that's comfortable and has creamy shiny finish. They combine two shades in about 2:1 ratio with which you should be easily able to create an ombre effect. It does work, but due to a weaker pigmentation it takes a few swipes to really build up a fully opaque layer and you need to be very careful at how you place the lipstick on the lips again for a second swipe.
04 Plum'Set Beach
Plum'Set Beach is a combination of a violet-plum and tomato red, which is meant to look like a sunset. The plum is much less pigmented than the red, so it ends up looking really strange. I tried building this shade up, but the purple part is just too weak and it's more like a tinted balm than a proper lipstick.
06 Rouge Tango
Rouge Tango combines a deep and light shade of neutral red. It's a much better combination than 04 and you get a good ombre effect, but again this is a not a very pigmented formula and it needs to be build up.
Staying power: It's standard for such a creamy formula, so they are prone to transferring and don't survive a meal.
Packaging: These come in a thin, pencil-like tube that winds up and there's not much product in them. It's only 0.5 g, while in their Rouge Velvet The Lipsticks it's 2.4 g and they cost about the same. The lipsticks are a bit small for my lips and though they should be slightly smaller anyway so you can create a mixed ombre layer in the middle and not just have a line there, I'd like to see them just a millimetre wider because it would be a lot easier to use them.
Price and availability: These cost 13.80 € and are sold in drugstores.
I count these as a fail to me. For one I've never been a fan of ombre lips, but even if I put my preferences aside, this just wasn't done all that well. Pigmentation should be stronger and they should be bigger, and while Rouge Tango is a decent shade once it's built up, Plum'Set is just an awful colour combination. As a plus I'll count the not drying formula, but that's it. I swatched the lighter shades in the shop and they look more wearable, but still for 13+ € I'd rather get one of their Rouge Velvet The Lipsticks, which are amazing and some of the best in the drugstores.
It's been a while since I wore such a classic lip gloss formula, as most of my collection consists of those new-age lip gloss/lip balm hybrids. These contain argan oil and have a high shine, instead of the creamy glossy shine I tend to wear.
Texture: It's a medium thick gloss with a nice comfy, non-sticky formula. It's nothing special, but it's a good one and it doesn't bleed. It's the shiniest gloss I currently own, but it would be more obvious if I had a clear shade or something that would look more even.
Shade: 500 Ohh La La is a pinky red shade, even though it looks red in the tube. Pigmentation is sheer with one coat, second builds up the colour, but natural lip colour is still visible through.
Staying power: It claims to last for 6 hours, but it's quite exaggerated. Just like most glosses the shine is gone within an hour, while a light layer of gloss persists for a couple of hours.
Scent: This has quite a strong plastic scent that is not my favourite.
Packaging: The tube has an interesting triangle/prism design. The applicator is like a spatula and it reminds me of Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour.
Price and availability: These are sold in drugstores for 6 €.
Apart from that it's a standard gloss, there's nothing much to say about it. Due to sheer pigmentation, I think lighter shades will look nicer on lips. The formula is very glossy, not sticky and comfortable - that about covers it.
#insta perfect foundation was probably one of the most exciting Essence launches this year because they finally created a diverse shade range that includes both very pale and deep shades. If you still can't find a match among nine colours, these are not expensive if you get two and mix them for a perfect shade. Both the bottle and formula bear some similarities to the famous Mac Face & Body and though it promises a strong matte effect, this is actually a very natural looking foundation.
Texture: Formula is somewhere between a liquid and creamy texture, but it spreads as any light liquid foundation. It's easy to apply and blend, you also have plenty of time to work with it because it takes a while to properly set and you can build it up without it starting to look cakey, but I haven't been able to really build up the coverage to high. Any method of application works with this foundation, whether you use fingers, a brush or a sponge. Formula reminds me most of Maybelline Fit Me Luminous (has a bit more coverage) and Mac's Face and Body (formula is more liquid, but has the same effect)
Coverage & Finish: This is one of the least covering formulas I own and it just evens out the skin tone. You can see on my before/after pictures that my freckles are still visible and it certainly won't completely cover spots or dark circles. Some of the redness on my nose is covered, but for under my eyes I use a separate concealer. Finish is not matte as promised (I have normal/dry skin) and this is not the foundation that'll hold oiliness at bay, nor does it give me confidence it'll last very long on oily skin. On me the finish is satin and it takes several minutes for it to set, while in the mean time it stays a bit tacky. Overall this is a very natural looking foundation with not a lot of coverage, yet it doesn't look quite as nice as some other drugstore foundations such as Bourjois Healthy Mix (including the Serum version) or Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless. I tend to combine it with their Camouflage + Healthy Glow Concealer that I use under the eyes and on my nose. These two formulas work great together.
Shade: I have the lightest shade in the range called 10 #cool porcelain and it's one of the palest shades I own. It matches my neck perfectly, but I almost feel like it's a bit too pale even for me, so if you're very fair this a great affordable option. Undertone is cool, so pink, but it's not very strong and it's a shade that's close to being neutral.
Staying power: The description of the formula itself should clue you in that this is not something that lasts long on the face. It's a low coverage formula that's isn't really matte, plus it takes time to set, so it's prone to wiping off fast. I can't see this foundation lasting long on oily skin and it should definitely be used in combination with powder.
Packaging: The tube is much smaller than most foundations, but it holds the usual 30 ml. It's made of soft plastic, so it's easy to squeeze, though I have my concerns how it's going to be when it's close to empty.
Price and availability: It costs 4.89 € in Müller.
This is a foundation for those who don't need much coverage and don't have an oily skin. It's a natural looking base that is more of a cross between a tinted moisturiser and a proper foundation, though it can be built up, just not to very high coverage. Most will want to use a high coverage concealer with this, but it's a decent drugstore foundation and the shade range is impressive. Is it worth the purchase? Honestly, I wouldn't miss it in my collection, but I also don't regret buying it. It's average, but I suppose for the price that's what you get.
My most worn foundation this month was the new Essence #insta perfect, which is an ok light base and perfectly fine for the price, but I then switched to Healthy Mix Serum and it's just some much nicer on the skin. Both are natural looking foundations with a low level of coverage, but Healthy Mix Serum creates a more healthy/dewy finish, like your skin is a better version of itself. Unlike Essence it's also not annoyingly tacky and it sets fast, something I always appreciate at foundations. The only thing Essence beat it in is the shade which is much lighter.
Oval Brush from AliExpress
My second such brush from AliExpress, which I repurchased because I've been using my old one almost every day for years now and I should have gotten a spare ages ago. I have another similar one from a different brand, but this MAANGE is much softer. Actually my old one broke during washing, but the handle isn't that important at these brushes and I still can use it easily. It's the fastest brush to apply and blend foundation which is does flawlessly with no visible streaks and it works with all of my foundations. I ordered from here.
PHYSICIANS FORMULA Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
I'm still on pink blushes and I dug out this beauty from the stash. I didn't like it when I got it first because it wasn't pigmented, but it turned out that it was only the top layer that was disappointing and now it's the most pigmented blush from PF I own. Shade is a classic warm pink with a matte finish and it creates that cutesy baby doll effect. The heart design also makes it one of the prettiest blushes in my collection.
RIMMEL Stay Satin Liquid Lip Colour
I'll start by saying this is not my favourite formula because it stays sticky on the lips and it transfers but I love the shade and it's already become one of my standard every day lip colours. 95% of the time I wear these natural looking shades that just define my lips and aren't too bright. Finish is such a pretty satin, though I still prefer their matte range because they dry and I can touch my lips with no worries. 30 Yuppie is a lovely muted light-medium peachy-pink, a perfect mix of the two tones.
This shade was just made for this time of year. It's one of those medium rosy-browns that were so popular two years ago and there are many dupes like Milani's Beloved and Colourpop Beeper. Formula of these is so great, they are properly matte, long-lasting and very pigmented plus they smell like After Eight.
I have the old bottle, but this shade exists in the new range too and it's not surprising because this is the prettiest red I've found to far. It's cool toned that which looks very retro-glamorous. If you're looking for a nice drugstore red, this is my first recommendation.
I've already mentioned in New in that this is very close to Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods and luckily this mist is easily available in our drugstores. First notes are similar, but also a bit sharper, so it's not quite as a comforting scent, but more seductive. I think her it's the tonka bean that's more prominent than the wood notes It's different enough that I can justify having both this and Twilight Woods, but it still pleases the BBW fan in me.
CEZANNE Skin Conditioner High Moist
I ran out of my sample of Cezanne at the start of the month and as soon as I switched to Kikumasamune (same texture, but more popular of the two) and gone completely without either in my routine, my skin did not look as good as it did for the last few months. I guess it really agrees with my skin. So I got a big 500 ml bottle which just arrived, and it deserves an immediate spot in this favourites. It's a light toner-like lotion that absorbs fast and feels very hydrating. It contains ceramides, Job's Tears extract, 3 types of hyaluronic acid, collagen and amino acids, so all the good stuff. 500 ml will last me forever and I don't plan to use it just for my face, but also on as a body and hand moisturiser. I have been using my Kikumasamune sample for body and hands, and it hydrates my skin well without having to wait for it to sink in.
GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS
SKINFOOD Black Sugar Honey Mask Washoff
I have to immediately praise this even though I got it just on friday and used it once, but this smells exactly like honey and I love it to bits. It's much less scrubby than the original Black Sugar, in fact it's true to its name a mask, which nourished my skin. Sugar particles are sparse, but present, so it still works as a scrub, but it's much more suited for those with sensitive skin than the harsh original.
This deserves its place here because of the shade range. Essence did an impressive job and are now finally offering a very pale shade, which is one of the lightest in collection and doesn't have a very strong undertone, though it is cool. Formula is nice for those who want something very natural, with a low level of coverage, but don't believe the label "strong matte" finish because it's got a semi-matte or a satin one at best and doesn't hold oil (I have normal-dry skin and this doesn't hold back shine on me). It doesn't look as nice on the skin as my favourites, but it's a decent drugstore offering and the shade range is praise-worthy.
I like these only with a cream eyeshadow base. They swatch very creamy and pigmented, but don't look that opaque on my eyes, so I creamy base makes them more intense with a better metallic finish. The texture of these is kind of addictive, you just play with it because it kind of feels like play-doh. As metallic topper for a more glamorous look, these are great, on their own, not that much, but I don't mind using a base with these.
ESSENCE Glow To Go Palette - I'm impressed by the quality of the Go for the Glow palette and this one looks like it has a similar texture and strength of shine, but consists of lighter shades. I was already in Müller about to take it, but the only one left was swatched, so I'm waiting for new stock.
RIMMEL Maxi Blush 006 Exposed - I have Wild Card that I got as a PR product and is dark for my skin tone, though a nice shade, but it was Exposed that caught my attention in the shop. It reminded me of shades like Mac's Blushbaby, so one of those muted rosy-brown-beige shades that don't look like much in the pan, but usually really suit pale skin tones.
THE BODY SHOP Body Butter Fall for Pumpkin - I think this is the same as last year's Vanilla Pumpkin that everyone raved about and TBS Slovenia promised it'd be in the shop, but it never happened, so I missed it. Hopefully this version will be sold here, I'm interested in how it smells.
BATH AND BODY WORKS Autumn 3-Wick Candles - BBW candles are so expensive on eBay and Notino, and I'm jealous they have them -50% in the States, but I'd like to try at least one to see what all the fuss is about. Leaves is still one of the most popular ones and I saw that this year so many love Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. There's more other interesting scents, but I'll probably pick one of those two, or get a room spray which is cheaper.
Essence finally came to their senses and started offering a foundation that comes in more than just a few light-medium shades (their usual ranges tend consist of a meagre four shades. They should expand concealer shades next). The new #insta perfect foundation somewhat "dupes" Mac's Face & Body in terms of packaging and is available in 9 shades that actually include a very pale shade and some deep ones as well. They finally have a colour that I can wear too, in fact I find 10 #cool porcelain perhaps a touch too light, though it matches my neck perfectly. It's a foundation that reminds me most of Mac's Face and Body, as well as Maybelline Fit Me Luminous, though the latter has more coverage. It's a light coverage foundation, light-medium at best, though it is buildable and doesn't get cakey at all, but still I haven't been able to build it up all the way to a proper medium-full. Finish is not as described "strong matte", instead it's a very natural looking foundation with a semi-matte finish and I still see my natural skin texture shining through. It's not a foundation that someone with an oily skin will want to wear without a powder as it stays tacky for a long time. It blends and applies with ease, so it's the type of foundation that's quick to apply, but it's not the most long-lasting one on its own. I liked it from the start, but as soon as I switched to my old favourites (Healthy Mix/Serum and Maybelline Fit Me Matte) I saw it's not as pretty on the skin as others.
Müller, 4.89 €
Swatches for the products mentioned here are on Instagram in highlighted story Beauty Updates.
ESSENCE Stay Cool Llama Highlighter
I got this without trying a tester because they didn't have any, but I hoped that it's perhaps a bit similar to the great Good to Glow palette in terms of texture, just in a lighter shade. Unfortunately this is very subtle highlighter, though you see the glow just fine in strong light, but it doesn't create that very luminous effect. There are three shades in this: a gold, a pink and a cool toned off-white, which all mix into a peachy looking shade with a glow. The texture is not chalky and it applies smoothly, but I wish it were softer. Honestly, Essence has done much better highlighters. It does look so cute, though.
Müller, 3.89 €
ESSENCE Metal Chrome Eyeshadow
01 Zink About it and 02 Ironic
I heard raves about this, most notably from Adjusting Beauty who's already posted a review of these. I got Catrice's version first which is a very similar texture. These are very creamy powder eyeshadows with a metallic effect and I picked the two shades that look most wearable, a rosy bronze 01 Zink About it and an old gold shade 02 Ironic. They swatch beautifully - very opaque and creamy with a strong shiny finish, and similarly to Catrice the surface dents under pressure. But, as nice as these are and I'm glad Essence finally offered something like this in our drugstores, I'm not in love with these. There are a couple of reasons, number one is that unless I use a creamy eyeshadow base under it, I get a super shimmery look with visible chunks everywhere, but the colour itself is too sheer on the lids unless I use a base (maybe it's just me with this problem because I saw these look amazing on others). Second this is that they crease during the days, which doesn't happen often on my normal eyelids. I thought I was going to adore 02 Ironic, however, on my lids it looks too washed-out gold, so I prefer 01 Zink About you which is that basic Satin Taupe like colour. I like them as a topper, but they're not amazing without a base. Maybe I need to get through the top layer or something.
ESSENCE Soft Contouring Lipliner
08 big proposal
This is my third shade of these and I already have a review of the other two if you're interested in how they perform, but these are some of my favourites. This new version is less creamy than the previous, so they last longer and are a lot more precise, but despite the waxier texture they are not drying. I got this shade after seeing it at Adjusting Beauty. Of course this shade looks completely different on my neutral pale skin tone than on her very warm one, but I expected that and it's still the type of shade I'll use a lot. It's a muted light-medium peachy-pink that leans more to peach on me and it's a great defining colour that looks natural, so it can be used to cheat the lip line.
Müller, 1.19 €
CATRICE Metal Sensation Ultra Creamy Eyeshadow
040 Mauve Browntown
Both Catrice and Essence added these metallic cream-to-powder eyeshadows to their regular lines. This formula feels even creamier than Essence's and I've made a large dent in it by using it every day for a couple of weeks . Compared to Essence this shade is also a bit less shimmery and somewhat sheerer when I swatch it, but it's got about the same level of pigmentation once on the eyes, meaning it's semi-opaque/medium. Best way to apply this is with fingers as I find the brush just doesn't pick up well. I need to layer it for a metallic effect, but in a thick layer, this unfortunately creases fast. I love the texture, how nice it applies and blends, however it's already a bit too creamy, so it moves too much on the lids. 040 Mauve Browntown is a Mac Satin Taupe kind of shade, so as the name says a mauve brown.
Müller, 4.79 €
*BOURJOIS Lip Duo Sculpt
04 Plum'Set Beach and 06 Rouge Tango
Bourjois launched their version of ombre lipsticks which are available in 6 shades. They combine two shades in a 2:1 ratio with which you should easily be able to create an ombre effect. It does work, but due to weaker pigmentation it takes a few swipes to really build up a fully opaque layer and you need to be very careful at how you place the lipstick on the lips again for the second swipe. Formula is creamy and comfortable with a creamy shiny finish. The lipsticks are a bit small for my lips and while granted they should be slightly smaller anyway so you can create a mixed ombre layer in the middle and not just have a line there, I'd like to see them just a millimetre wider because they now I ruin the ombre if I want to apply it all over my lips. I got two of their brightest shades:
04 Plum'Set Beach - to me a truly weird combination of shades, a plum and tomato red, which is supposed to look like a sunset. The plum is much less pigmented than the tomato red, so it ends up looking really strange.
06 Rouge Tango - combines a deep and light shade of neutral red. It's a better combination than 04, but still I think the ombre look just does not look good on me and I don't feel it optically makes my lips plumper.
Drugstores, 13.49 €
*RIMMEL Maxi Blush
003 Wild Card
Rimmel released three shades of these Maxi Blushes in Slovenia recently, other two are #004 Sweet Cheeks, a peach, and #006 Exposed, which is a very interesting neutral beige-dusty rose looking shade. Wild Card is quite a deep shade and I need to be very careful with it because it's too much almost with one swipe, so if you have a deeper skin tone, this will work great on you. It's a muted deep peachy-pink shade which on my cheeks looks like a strong warm pink. Texture could be a bit silkier, but I have such a dark shade that any texture is very unforgiving if you don't spend extra time blending it. I loved the look of Exposed in the shop, so I might go get that one.
DM, 9.49 €
*RIMMEL Stay Satin Liquid Lip Colour
130 Yuppie and 400 Obsession
After the matte versions which I find are fantastic from the selection in our drugstores, Rimmel launched the Satin version which will please especially those who like liquid lipsticks, but find matte versions too drying. I can't compare these to anything else I own, Revlon's Ultra HD dry differently and Coulourpop's Satins are matte, so these are something new in my stash. Formula is a mix between a cream and a mousse, they are fully opaque, but need a more careful application because the pigment shifts on the lips. They don't have the super comfortable feel of Revlon's Ultra HD, but they aren't drying at all as they are setting. They set to a proper satin finish - these really are true to the name and I like it. My main complaint with these is that they remain sticky for quite a while and they never dry completely, meaning they transfer. Staying power is comparable to a long lasting regular matte-satin lipsticks. 130 Yuppie is a lovely muted light-medium peachy-pink, a perfect mix of the two tones and I already like it a lot, even though I'm not that happy with the formula compared to the Matte ones. 400 Obsession is my fifth thousandth warm hot pink that every PR seems to send me (forgive me for saying this). Four shades out of fourteen are sold in our drugstores: #130 Yuppie, #200 Sike, #210 It Girl in #400 Obsession.
DM, 6.19 €
NIVEA Shower Oil Natural
I got this instead of the Aveo one which I normally buy because I couldn't get to a drugstore and I think I actually like it more even though it's costs twice as much. The formula is thicker, so I end up using it a lot less and one bottle lasts much longer. It also works better for shaving and leaves my skin softer than it's ever been (I really like that about it). The scent is equally bland as at Aveo which I count as a minus, though it's not a bad scent, just like a natural oil.
A repurchase of these two. They are affordable, come in big bottles if you buy them in Spar and these two are some of my favourite scents among shower gels. Cherry Blossom is a baby powdery floral type of scent and Perfume Drops smells like a sweet oriental fragrance.
Interspar, 1.79 €
BATH AND BODY WORKS Fine Fragrance Mist
I'm a big fan of these, so I wanted to expand my collection and this was one I picked based on notes and reviews I read because I can't test these in person. It's similar to Paris Hilton's Can Can fragrance, which I used up a bottle of a couple of years back. It starts with a strong sweet raspberry syrup burst which mellows down in the first minutes and creates a smoother mix with the base notes. Amber is most prominent from the base, the rest which are suede, sandalwood and wood are weaker, but make the amber smoother. I detect no vanilla or star anise that are mentioned in the notes. It's a nice one, but not unique like Twilight Woods.
Top notes: bergamot, mandarin orange, raspberry and champagne
Heart notes: jasmine, gardenia, star anise, apricot and magnolia
Base notes: vanilla, suede, crystal amber, sandalwood and musk.
Notino, 14.60 €
BATH AND BODY WORKS Fine Fragrance Mist
Brown Sugar & Fig
I quickly feel in love with this scent and it's already been in my last favourites. It's starts with a brown sugar burst which is quickly followed by a very comforting milky, creamy scent which creates this sweet, but very comforting combination, like a warm milk with sugar but mixed with a clean skin scent. It's such a delightfully fragrance, I'm very glad I picked it. I detect no fig in this, not even in leaves form and some mentioned, so it's just a rounded creamy, milky scent. Great stuff!
Top notes: passion fruit, california fig, white flowers, white peach and bergamot
I'm a huge fan of this one and I consider it my favourite scent since I got it, so I got a spare. It's a very feminine take on the wood notes which are the centre of attention here pretty much from the start. There's so berry notes just at the start, but they are actually a lot more noticeable in the Ultra Shea moisturiser than in the Mist. This fragrance makes me wish more women's fragrance focused on the comforting, smooth wood notes instead of generic vanilla, praline and patchouli combination (which is everything from La Vie est belle to Flowerbomb)
Notino, 12.90 €
BATH AND BODY WORKS Fine Fragrance Mist
Chestnut & Argan
This was a last addition to my shopping basket because In the Sun was out of stock and I decided to skip Bali Blue Surf even though it's bloody amazing, but summer was at an end and that's a very fresh summery scent. Chestnut & Argan is absolutely nothing like its name, the combination is enigmatic anyway and the notes say "a feminine blend of chestnut, argan, sandalwood & musk". It starts with a strong sweet note, which could be chestnut, but it's not how real chestnuts smell, it's more candy-like. It settles to a sweet & creamy sandalwood scent and in time it's a more sandalwood-musk combination. It's a scent that's already been discontinued, but Amazon and Notino still have it.
Notino, 13.90 €
ESCENTRIC MOLECULES Molecule 01
I had a "dupe" for this a couple of years ago from eBay (the "molecule" is the cheap ISO E Super) which I ended up not liking because it smelled like nothing (to me and anyone else smelling me), but I decided to give the original a go to see if it's as good as the hype says. I still find a full size bottle a rip off, so I got just a sample. It's the same as the ISO E Super I got from eBay, but stronger and much longer lasting. Still it's underwhelming, a basic water-like scent. I just don't get this stuff or at least my body chemistry doesn't.
Notino, 4.60 €
BODY FANTASIES Signature Twilight Mist Fragrance Body Spray
I never thought I'd see these here in Slovenia. I've know them from Fragrantica because Coconut Fantasy was mentioned as a dupe for Bath & Body Works At the Beach. Well this Twilight version is a 95% dupe for BBW Twilight Woods. It's a bolder version of it, as it's a bit sharper at the start and it's not quite as cosy soft because of it, but it's close. So if you're interested in how Twilight Woods smells like or you'd like something very similar or you're just looking for something affordable and almost as good as a perfume, this is a nice one.
Müller, 5.49 €
I always like passion fruit in products and this is no exception. It's a classic candy-like passion fruit scent Balea usually makes. For some reason this version felt watered down when I used it (just once so far), I hope it was just because my skin was too wet. These are usually really good.
DM, 2.99 €
NIVEA Dry Comfort Anti-Perspirant
Dove stopped working on me, so I'm switching again. It's got a sharp-powdery clean fragrance and so far works great. Let's hope it stays that way.
This highlighting palette exists in two versions, a cool and a warm one. I have the latter called 02 the warms and apart from one shade, it's a cool palette, so this whole range is more suited for those with a cool undertone. These are described as holographic highlighters with a metallic glow.
Texture: These are soft, buttery powders with an intense shine on the skin, though shades differ in quality. First shade is by far the best in the palette with a metallic eyeshadow-like texture, in fact I have used it as an eyeshadow and it works great, while the other two have a less creamy, more of a classic powder type feel to them.
First shade is a rose gold or dirty gold and it's the only I consider wearable and the one I use often, but it's already quite dark for my pale skin tone and I need to blend it out, so it doesn't look like I applied an eyeshadow on my cheeks. The glow is the strongest in the palette and it has fine shimmer that it doesn't look obviously glittery on the skin, but due to intensity it also doesn't look natural, just like the other two in the palette. I already made nice dent into this shade and it's not just because I use it frequently, but more because it's very creamy.
Second shade is a sci-fi-looking medium violet shade with blue shimmer or glow and it's just completely unwearable as far as I'm concerned. On my skin the violet-blue hue is visible, so it's a shade that's an eyeshadow for me. None of the shades are holographic, but this shade could be described as duchrome since it's a violet-blue combination.
The third shade is a pale pink with violet shimmer. It's paler, less sci-fi looking than the second shade, still I don't wear it because it's just too cool.
Packaging: These are stored in a cardboard box with a big mirror and a magnetic closing system.
Price and availability: The palette costs 6.49€ in drugstores
I'm impressed by the metallic look of these, especially the first shade has an amazing butter formula, but it's a collection of bold shades that are hard to pull off, apart from the first warm highlighter. Essence has a Glow to Go Highlighter palette, which based on swatches I found online looks like it has similar texture as these, but it comes in a much more wearable collection of shades. I'll probably give that one a go because I'm really impressed with the quality of these powders.
Peel off nail polishes are hardly a novelty, but these Catrice ones are the first I tried and I'm hooked. As much as I love glitter on my nails, I rarely wear it because I detest the lengthy removal process and getting glitter everywhere, but this makes it so easy - all you need to do it peel it off and it's gone.
#peeloff Glam are a collection of 8 glitter nail polish shades, I have 03 called When in Doubt Just Add Glitter which is a golden-bronze shade, the type of gold I love most because it's not too yellow toned. With one coat the glitter is sparse, so it needs at least two thick applications for an almost opaque look.
The base formula reminds me of clear glue, it even smells like that and it applies like that too. Formula is thick and not that easy to apply nicely, so it's not a fast process. It takes a long time to dry completely and it's prone to dents for quite a while, but the glitter isn't falling off or transferring as it's drying. Once it's dry I got no major chips, only the tips wore off in a couple of days. I wore it for a bit over a week with no problems, meaning no lifting at the edges or peeling off, however, having said that I heard other people had problems with this staying on for more than two days. I actually removed it because I was bored of it, but I think it would last quite a while longer. Glitter in general lasts ages on my nails.
It removes with ease and always in one layer. I've used it both over a nail polish and on naked nails, and I got the same result every time. This really is so easy. On naked nails, I got a couple of white spots because it took a bit too much off, though it didn't look that bad. There is no residue left behind and I didn't need to finish off with an extra nail polish remover.
These cost 4.39 € in drugstores.
I'm impressed. It's glitter for those who hate glitter and this just makes it so easy. Only the application isn't as smooth as with a proper glitter nail polish, but glitter nail polishes are very forgiving when it comes to how even is the application. I'm considering getting more shades, though I actually love this shade most in the range.
Catrice launched yet another line of comfortable lip glosses which are actually pretty much the same in terms of formula to their old Beautifying Lip Smoothers, only the packaging is different as is the shade range. I'm not big on glosses apart from a couple of exceptions and these are definitely one of the exceptions because the formula is so comfortable.
Texture: As I said before the formula is pretty much the same as Catrice's discontinued Beautifying Lip Smoothers, meaning it's a lip balm/lip gloss hybrid that's very comfortable, like a cushion on the lips, so I use it instead of a lip balm. It applies with not problems on the lips and I saw no bleeding around the edges. It's got one of those creamy looking shine finishes, similar to Max Factor's Honey Lacquers and Clarins' Instant Lip Perfectors
Shade: Mine is the lightest shade of (sadly) only four and it's called 010 Yes, I DEW. It's a pale peachy-pink that I find too light for me because it washes me out, but it's a good shade if you want to tone down a darker lipstick. Pigmentation is semi-opaque, so you get enough colour on the lips and considering it's such a light shade, while it's not perfect, it applies evenly enough. I've had my eye on shade 020, a wearable medium peachy-pink which Petra swatched and reviewed here, however, I still wish they'd offer an more extensive range of colours, maybe something between shade 010 and 020.
Staying power: This stays on surprisingly well, but not as a proper lip gloss layer, rather a thin clear balmy layer of this sticks on the lips for several hours, so if you have dry lips, this is definitely a product to check out.
Scent: It's got a pleasant vanilla-caramel scent, which isn't strong and doesn't linger.
Packaging: I love what Catrice has done with the packaging of these. For one the packaging looks very pretty with the metallic cap, but also I much prefer this type of packaging with a doe foot applicator than the sponge tip that the Beautifying gloss had. The applicator is a standard one with a paddle design that works just fine for such a product.
Price and availability: These are 4.39€ in drugstore.
This is definitely a formula worth checking out in the drugstores. It's very comfortable, so a true pleasure to wear. My only complaint is the (hopefully just for now) poor shade range, which needs some more colours, especially wearable every day ones.
Catrice discontinued Defining Blushes which for years were their "standard" range of powder blushes and I was a big fan of those because they were some of the best in drugstore. Their replacement Box Blushes were released this August and they come six shades.
Texture: Compared to their discontinued Defining Blushes, these aren't as buttery or quite as soft, but that doesn't make them any less pigmented. They are more similar to their old Illuminating Blushes that were a bit more tightly packed, but still much softer than for example Bourjois' Round Pots or even Max Factor's Creme Puffs. It's actually just a run-of-the-mill classic blush texture that doesn't feel powdery and it's smooth. It applies and blends with no problems and creates an even result. Catrice rarely disappoints with their blushes (notable exception is their California in a Box which feels chalky compared to these) and this is just another great formula.
Shade: Catrice released 6 shades, which are a collection of simple, wearable colours that tend to be most popular in blush ranges. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but I do miss some shades they had in their line of Defining blushes. 020 Glistening Pink is probably the most "basic" shade in this range, it's a classic peachy-pink with gold shimmer that is almost a dupe for the famous Nars' Orgasm, which is one of the most frequently duped shades anyway. The main difference between the two is that Glistening Pink is less glowy, meaning it has less of the fine gold shimmer and it's a bit more peachy. It's a great starting up colour if you're just getting into makeup because it suits most skin tones, but it also tends to looks a bit different on every one (the paler you are, the more peachy it'll look).
Staying power: Catrice is one of the rare blush brands that I can rely on staying on my cheeks all day and this formula is no exception. Staying power is similar to Defining Blushes, so it lasts well on the cheeks and faded evenly, plus I also didn't notice the shimmer falling down the face.
Packaging: Clear rectangular boxes are now replaced by these black ones and honestly, I preferred the packaging of the Defining Blushes, I just thought they looked more cool. Otherwise the packaging is well made and it closes firmly. Each shade has embossed a different positive message, which as a grumpy, generally unlikeable person don't like one bit (you won't see any framed quotes on my walls), but I can see it'll appeal to the general public.
Price and availability: These cost 3.99 €
Catrice again launched a great quality blush line, I'd actually be more surprised if these were bad. They aren't as buttery as Defining Blushes were, but in terms of performance they are equally good. Shade range is a bit boring if you've been into makeup as long as me and already have a good collection going, but these are the shades a good core collection should have. If you're on the market for a quality drugstore blush, check these out.