Catrice is a drugstore brand that I really rate and one that I turn to time and time again. Unlike some other drugstore brands, I find the quality of Catrice cosmetics to be head and shoulders above their competitors. Not quite as girly girly as Essence and slightly harder on your purse (but still bargainous as you will find out), Catrice offers absolutely everything you need to get your face and nails in order. I kid you not. Now imagine my surprise when I stumbled into a pharmacy to pick up cold medicine and anti-histamines to be confronted by a new GIANT display (twice the size of a normal Catrice stand) and ALL the new goodies on it- it was almost too much for my little sick heart to handle, but I did manage to take some pics with my trusty iPhone to let you all know what to expect. I am very very impressed with the new display and product selection- so stay tuned for a whirlwind tour!
One of first things that caught my eye was the new makeup blending sponge which is very reminiscent of the Blank Canvas Cosmetics Blending Sponge. I know so many people rave about applying flawless foundation with a sponge so it's definitely something I want to try out for myself. Catrice also have new All Matt Anti-Shine paper to replace the mattifying sheets that they discontinued over the summer and you might also be able to spy a little kabuki brush in the corner too.
Sticking with the new brush theme, They have also released a new foundation brush- one of those paint brush style ones and a concealer and camouflage brush. Love to see drugstore brands bring out new brushes and I've not yet been disappointed with any of the Catrice brushes that I have tried.
I blogged about the Catrice Nude Illusion Foundation a few months' back when I first spied it on the shelves and I was mucho impressed with it because it's the closest high street alternative that I have found to Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk foundation. Holla!
I've also noticed that along with their Absolute Nude and Absolute Bright palette, Catrice have also released a new Absolute Matt palette packed with neutral shades.
A new feature of the new, improved display units was this little Lash Bar section which includes not only a variety of lashes but also a dinky little applicator and lash glue. Will definitely try these over the Christmas season if I can wean myself off my beloved Eylure lashes!
I loved this giant double tiered nail wheel also with the different samples of the various nail lacquers on offer- I love that Catrice do these because not many brands do and it's great to give you a feel for a colour against your skin tone instead of just holding the bottle in your hand. Winner!
The Liquid Metal Gel Eye Pencils are another new addition to the Catrice line up this season and they have a very impressive eight shade selection in a variety of metallic tones up for grabs. I've my eye on the copper one!
I've also reviewed these new Velvet Matt eyeshadows and I loved them- happy to see all 6 shades are now in stock, and looking forward to seeing the new shade releases every season. The quality and texture of these is JUST... and you should really put these on your list if you struggle to find a decent matte eyeshadow like I do!
Another new feature of the Catrice new and improved display stand is the Eyebrow Bar packed to the rafters with goodies for people who like to do things with their brows- including the new Longlasting Brow Definers which are little finely nibbed felt tip markers for popping on your brows.
The Catrice Gel Liner was one of my faves and I was very disappointed when it was discontinued a while back. I am delighted to see a new Waterproof version on the shelves and if it performs half as well as the other one did, I will be happy. There is also a new Cake Eyeliner which can be applied wet or dry and I bought one of these to try it out because I was curious about it!
There is a new range of lipsticks out also called the Stay Ultimate Lipstick which are meant to be, presumably, a longer lasting version of the original Ultimate lipsticks which I do love. I picked up a few of these to try out and I also laid my hands on some of the new Ultimate Stay Lip Liners which are retractable (my favourite kind) and have a pretty impressive colour selection. I will of course report back!
Two of the new specials released included the Vitamin Lip Treatment which is a lip cream infused with Vitamin E and also the Volumizing Lip Booster which has packed in the menthol for tingly, lip plumping goodness.
Catrice fans may be sick of looking at the Prime and Fine Bases but there is a new player on the scene, the enticing sounding Healthy Look Primer if you don't mind. When you are feeling as poorly as I have been this last week, anything that even remote hints or suggests that it can make you look like you are in better health even if you feel like crap is a very lucrative prospect indeed.
Catrice also released a new blush line- the Illuminating Blush- if you don't mind, and it comes in three different shades- a peach, a coral and a pink. These have a lovely sheen when swatched and I am definitely going to make one of these my own on my next visit to the Catrice stand.
Bearing in mind how impressed I was with the Nude Illusion foundation, I was very excited to see the new Velvet Finish Foundation. This is formulated with hyaluron which according to the signage promises a repair complex and to be longlasting. I picked up one of these to try out so expect a full review on that one I have gotten the feels for how it works for me!
Also in the same Velvet Finish line are a Velvet Finish Powder and a Velvet Finish Concealer- again both laced with Hyaluron. I picked up the concealer in the lightest shade which was 010 Velvet Ivory so I will report back on this in due course also.
Another new addition were the Pure Shine Tinted Colour Lip Balms- fans of Catrice may already be aware of the Pure Shine Colour Lip Balms so this is presumably a longer lasting version of this which will also leave a tint as it fades. I did enjoy the originals but I will be very impressed indeed if these new ones are longer lasting and these are added to my shopping list.
Next up is the Catrice Lash Booster line which promises longer and more voluminous lashes. YES PLEASE! There is a new base coat, a new lash extensions fibres mascara (which unfortunately is not contact lense friendly) and a new overnight growth serum if you don't mind, which I am probably daft enough to try!
There are also some new mascaras to try out- a waterproof version of the Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara and two new Eye Opening Eyeconic mascaras. Historically, I quite like many Catrice mascaras so I am predisposed to be willing to give these a shot.
I was curious to see that Catrice are now offering Liquid Metal nail polishes with both a shiny and matt finish- now to me, this seems like the impossible achievement because surely matt and shiiny are like black and white in terms of being at opposite ends of the spectrum so that in itself has me curious and gagging to try!
ALL the polishes!
And finally, just another overview shot of the new double display!
So what new Catrice bits have caught your eye from this lineup? :)