I picked up this foundation during the week in my local Penneys, not really expecting much and quite willing to part with the €8.49 that this foundation sells for. I've had mixed feelings about Catrice foundations before- notably the Infinite Matt (now discontinued I believe) and the Photo Finish 16H Foundation which is still available on stands. I am not sure whether it was the simplistic packaging or the fact that this foundation came with a nifty pump, but I was inexplicably drawn to it, and I am damn glad now that I did, because in my quest for the perfect foundation, I have found a dupe for my beloved Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation!
Let's backtrack a bit. The Nude Illusion is one of three new exciting foundations that Catrice are about to release this Autumn. The Nude Illusion foundation is available in 5 shades and I have the second lightest shade in the range called 020 Rose Vanilla (despite my best efforts not to, I have picked up a bit of colour on my face from the sun over the summer so I am taking a shade more in pretty much everything these days). At €8.49 this is probably the most expensive Catrice product you will find on the shelf, and pretty much on a par with other foundations in the same market.
What Catrice promise:
The Nude Illusion Make-up scores points as a light foundation with optimal mattifying coverage. Thanks to soft, light-reflecting pigments, the foundation provides a soft focus effect for a healthy glow. The formula is fabulous: moisturizing, longlasting and with protective UVA and UVB filters. The finish: flawless and natural.
So straight off the bat, it's clear that this is not a full coverage, long wearing foundation, but a foundation laced with light reflecting pigments designed to give a healthy glow. I'm not convinced as to the promised mattifying powers because I don't have oily skin to start with and I don't find the foundation is particularly matte once applied. I didn't use any powder with this and I didn't find it was a matte finish but there was luminosity.
When I applied this foundation, I believed it smelt familiar, and I couldn't quite figure out where the familiarity came from. I got some deja-vu complex with the texture and application of the foundation and I realised that I had accidentally stumbled upon a dupe for one of my current favourite foundations, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I've pictured them here side by side and I hope you can tell that the consistency of these is pretty much the exact same (for reference, the shade of Luminous Silk is 4, whilst Catrice is 020 Rose Vanilla). The products apply the same, sit the same, it's really rather uncanny. There is one difference however and that is staying power- the Armani offering definitely has the edge over the Catrice foundation (but then again, it IS over five times the price!). I could definitely get a full work day out of Luminous Silk and the Catrice Nude Illusions lasts about 6 hours before beginning to fade along my nose, cheek and chin area. Then again, with the weather we have been having over the last few weeks and the heat, my skin is not particularly reliable at the minute, so I will have to report back on that one!
I am quite happy to have stumbled across this foundation in my travels and I think it's a worthy addition to your foundation repertoire. As I mentioned already, Catrice have a couple of new foundations and tons of new eye and lip products rolling out in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out in Penneys/ pharmacies/ your local Catrice stockists. And if you're considering trying the Luminous Silk foundation or you're wondering whether it might be a good match for you, before shelling out the big bucks chez Giorgio, swing by a Catrice stand and see if there is a shade that suits!