Friday, 4 November 2011

Catrice Limited Edition Bohemia Definition Bronzer (review and swatches)



 Swatched heavily
 Swatched heavily natural daylight

As you can tell from the pretty packaging, this bronzer is from the Catrice Limited Edition Bohemia Collection. I don't know if there are any other pale ladies who find it impossible to get a nice, natural, healthy looking bronzer appropriate for the winter, you know something that does not look like patches of mud on your cheeks. 

Girls, look no further. This bronzer is amazing for pale skin. It's not even a bronzey colour really, it's a mixture of a peachy/golden/bronze colour, but it's quite light. And even though it is light in colour, the powder is very pigmented, as in you don't need alot of the product to build up colour, and the colour is perfectly buildable so you can choose what finish you want yourself and i just LOVE having that option. 

The powder is nice and soft and picks up easily on your brush, I use my MAC kabuki brush for this. What is really great about the pan is that it is nice and big so there is plenty of space to swirl your brush to pick up product and again, I love this feature, it's one of those things you didn't really know you appreciate until you experience it first hand.

What i also love about this bronzer is that even though it is matte, it gives off a lovely healthy but not shimmery sheen when applied, and so many of the bronzers that I have already are shimmery, and i find in winter especially that's just too much. I adore my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick compact in Nude but I find I can only wear it in summer, but this Catrice bronzer is definitely winter friendly, and I am sure it will look great in the summer too. It even smells nice and for €4.49, it defo represents some serious bang for your buck!

***** LOVE it!


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Catrice Limited Edition Bohemia Nail Lacquer in CO2 'Bring me Terra-Copper'


When I saw that Catrice were launching a new special limited edition range called Bohemia, I was super excited, and when I first saw the new range laid out, this colour just sprung out at me, it looked kinda coppery but more orange than metallic in the bottle, I have other copper nail varnishes but none of them looked as orange as this and I am trying to build up every colour on the colour spectrum now so I said I'd pick up one of these. 

Initial impressions upon application: wow, wow, wow!!

One coat of this nail lacquer gives amazing coverage, i think it must be one of the only nail polishes I own that give great results from just one single coat, and not even a heavy one at that! It is so shiny, so packed with really really fine glitter that it doesn't even look glittery, just really metallic, and it is such an unusual pretty colour.

I think the secret must be in the formula, I have like ten different shades of Catrice nail lacquers now but this one is different, it's kind of thicker but don't get me wrong, not think in a gone off nail varnish way, but just not dripping off the brush before you even put it near your nail. It dries so super fast i was shocked, by the time i got to my right hand, my left was completely dry. I hate waiting for nail polish to dry, I inevitably always smudge a nail even if i sit still for half an hour. The formula of this really is gorgeous and I am still in a bit of shock at how just one coat gave such a strong colour effect. If i didn't actually paint my nails myself, i don't think i would believe it looking at the end result!

The pictures don't really do the colour justice, it's such a lovely colour, unlike anything I have ever seen before, like i said my eyes were drawn to it immediately on the display. It is just the most beautiful terracotta colour but it applies so glossily AND the formula leaves none of those nasty streaky marks that I have come across with so many other different lines.

The bottle is really pretty too, same shape as the ordinary non limited edition line but the top is decorated with this beautiful bohemian swirly art design and i think it is so cute. I also LOVE the way Catrice name all their colours with the best names ever, i think it's super smart, like some cosmetics lines prefer numbers or some just state the colour, but the nomenclature of all the Catrice products make me smile, 'Bring me Terra-copper'- terra-copper is a great way to describe this particular colour and i just love the ingenuity behind the brand.

It promises: 'ultimate colour, ultimate gloss, ultimate coverage'. It delivers easily on all three fronts. It costs just €2.79. Gorgeous, love it, highly recommend it, defo ***** rating! Pick it up before it's gone because it is a limited edition! 
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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Catrice Gel Eyeliner in 010 'Black Jack with Jack Black'




Packaging:
This comes in a little glass jar with a black screw top lid (the lid depends on the colour of liner you get) and it feels really secure and sturdy. The top fastens really well also which is important because this product could potentially dry out very quickly. The liner comes as is, no other packaging, and unlike some other brands like Maybelline and e.l.f., it doesn't come with a brush, but I never use any of those brushes in any case so that's not a disadvantage to me.

Product:
This really is the blackest of black, it is really dark both in the jar and when applied. In fact I would say it's probably a bit too dark for daytime use, even when applied really finely. It is so creamy, far creamier that the e.l.f. cream liner and not as gel like as the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner and i think it's just a little bit harder to apply than the latter, but i use the long handled e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush because it gives a bit more control. I think the product smells bad but it's only when you open it to put it on that you pick up the smell of it really, it's a strong chemical smell and it just turns my stomach a bit but you can't smell it on your eyelids once applied obviously so that's probably a fussy point. It cost €4.49 and you get plenty of the product for that price, and the staying power of this is crazy long, in fact so much so it's quite difficult to get off even with special eye make up remover. 

Verdict:
I like it and i'd like to try other colours, but it would not be my favourite gel eyeliner. I think it is more of a cream eyeliner than gel because of the consistency, and i wouldn't recommend this if you are any way nervous about application or have a shaky hand!

Star Rating:
****
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