Q: Do you feel that your makeup has to cost more than your designer scarf or it just couldn’t be any good?
At advicesisters.com we love high-end products in beautiful packaging as much as anyone else. However, once a product is out of the packaging and applied to your to your skin, it’s how it makes you look that really matters.
Not everyone has a spare $90.00 for a Louboutin Lipstick, not nearly. So we’re always on the hunt for beauty brands that make us feel beautiful no matter what the price.
The key to budget beauty is finding the products that work for you and make you forget that the products cost less than the pricey brands.
Catrice Cosmetics is our new beauty find. It’s a brand from Europe that is now sold at Ulta. Even better, none of the products cost more than $10.00.
When we wear-tested samples of Catrice Cosmetics, we were shocked!
Prime & Fine Beautifying Primer and the Prime & Fine Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base ($5.99/each) are two must-have in your beauty collection.
The Prime & Fine Beautifying Primer is a soft rosé primer that features Vitamin E. We liked the light texture that not only helps your bare skin look better (thanks to a bit of light-reflecting perle pigment), but also helps your makeup last longer. It was nice and it worked, although we didn’t think it had enough luminosity to make a huge difference.
The Prime & Fine Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base makes a huge difference. It is one of those products you might not know you need until you try it. The lightweight formula can hep to refine your pores, but more than that what we love is how it really helps keep shine down during the day and keep your face looking fresh, makeup or not. Dermatologically tested. Not tested on animals.
All Matt Plus Shine Control Makeup Up ($8.99) was our happiest find. Although it costs less than $9.00 it performed flawlessly — like a high end champion.
This foundation smoothed out imperfections, lightweight and blend-able. The oil-free silky formula left our skin looking almost flawless even though our skin had plenty of flaws.
Light reflecting pigments gave our skin a moistly matte look and our color stayed true, fresh and shine-free for hours. The pump dispenser top is a nice touch, too.
The only downside is the lack of color choices (there are just five, none for women with deep skin tones). Even with just four colors, our color match was absolutely perfect.
Alas, you can’t tell from the photos or the color dot what to pick but hopefully, Catrice will offer better clues and more choices in the as this foundation might be “the most perfect one” we’ve found in a long, long time at any price.
Arriving in an eye-catching shiny pink tube is Catrice Lip Glow ($5.99). This “mood lipstick” is a color changing clear gloss that will turn whatever color pink your lips want it to be according to the Ph of your skin. On our lips, it morphed into a very pretty natural pink that was just a shade darker than our own lips.
It might not rock your world with bold color, bit it’s fun to play with. It is also an easy way to get a bit of color on your lips when you don’t have a mirror and you can’t do “bold” without one Get a bunch of these girly pink lippies for stocking stuffers for the younger girls on your gift list and watch their eyes light up!
Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara ($6.99) features a curvaceous mauve case but we weren’t prepared for just how nice our lashes looked with this budget-friendly mascara.
The wand has a slightly curved elastomer brush which didn’t volumize as much as advertised, but it did separate and lengthen while it coated each lash dramatically in one pass. The Ophthalmologically tested formula didn’t really need another coat for daytime, for for drama, it passsed muster nicely with two.
The six pan Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette ($6.99) we tested was “Frankie Rose to Hollywood 010.” This palette supposedly features six rose-toned shadows in matte and shimmery finishes.
We looked at these colors in a variety of lighting, but no real rose tones did we find. The colors range from a warm ivory to a deep plum, and all are perfectly wear-able, blend-able and coordinated. Having six in a slim palette for this price is a great find.
You may not think you need an eye primer, but honestly, you do. if your eyelids have an uneven tone, or if you find that your eye shadow fades, creases or slips. Applying the Catrice Prime & Fine Brightening EyeShadow Base ($5.99) can make a huge difference. The nude color smooths out imperfections so any shadow just looks so much better. Like a primer for your face, once you try this you will be hooked!
Oops! We Left One Out!
We inadvertently left a product out of our photo — this show-stopping Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow ($4.99) in the color “Mauves like Jagger 080″ in our photo.
The “lizard skin” embossing with glitter coating gives way to a smoky mauve shadow that smoulders all on it’s own to make modern smoky eyes. We didn’t think it was as “metallic” as advertised, but the smooth texture and long lasting, blendable and sexy color, sold us.
Catrice Cosmetics: The Bottom Line:
Catrice Cosmetics are a beauty find. We would like to see more color choices in some of the products. It would also really be helpful, since you will be checking these out online, to have more clues as to the actual colors. This is critical, especially when you are purchasing products sight-unseen online. But the products are stellar, and a steal! All of these products are also dermatologically tested and not tested on animals– nice!
We want a lot more Catrice, coming up!
You can check out the full CATRICE range at ulta.com
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