Catrice Spring/Summer – review & swatches

Judging by the weather, spring is right around the corner. Being a summer baby, I’m very excited about that, how ’bout you? Anyway, new season means new trends, new lines of products and new temptations at the drugstore. Among the first to roll the products out is once again Catrice that really stepped up their game in the past few years in regard to how they follow the trends and how they plan new lines. You can head over to Parokeets blog to see some more products from the new line, but today, I want to talk about three specific ones – a palette, a blush and a mascara.

Sonček, ki je danes posijal tudi v našo kotlino, napoveduje skorajšnji prihod pomladi. Sem otrok poletja in ljubim toplo vreme, zato me to zelo veseli, prav tako pa me veselijo tudi novosti v naših drogerijah. Med prvimi novo linijo napoveduje Catrice, ki zadnje čase res izredno dobro sledi lepotnim trendom, kar se odraža tudi na njihovih linijah izdelkov. Na Parokeets blogu si lahko ogledaš še več novih izdelkov, sama pa bom danes spregovorila o treh – paletki senčil, rdečilu in maskari.

Catrice introduced four new eyeshadow palettes (Nude, Copper, Matt and Blossom) but since I own more than enough neutral and matte palettes, I decided to go for the Blossom palette that reminds me of Urban Decay Naked 3 – smaller and ten times less expensive, that is. I can certainly say that the price-quality ratio goes in favor of the Catrice Palette. You get seven basic shades and additional shades for highlighting (inner corner or under the brow) and contouring (for instance for the outer V). All basic shades are derived from the pink category and range from light pink to dark purple color.

Pri Catrice so sicer predstavili štiri nove palete senčil (Nude, Copper, Matt in Blossom), ker pa imam nevtralnih in mat paletk že kar nekaj, sem se odločila za Blossom paletko, ki na hitro kar močno spominja na Urban Decay Naked 3 – seveda v pomanjšani različici in z desetkrat nižjo ceno. Vendar pa lahko vsekakor rečem, da premosorazmerje med kakovostjo in ceno v tem primeru ne velja. V paleti je 7 osnovnih odtenkov ter dodatni senčili za osvetljevanje (na primer v kotičku očesa in pod obrvjo) ter konturo (recimo v zunanjem V). Vsi osnovni odtenki izhajajo iz rožnate družine in se prelivajo od svetlo roza do temno vijolične barve.

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I always get super excited when new brands enter our little market and when I first heard of Nabla cosmetics being sold by, my excitement was just as big as with every other more known brand. So yes, I went and spent some money because – why not!

A couple of things about the brand, before we kick of the actual review. Nabla is an Italian brand, not a huge one, but the variety of products is there. All of their products are cruelty free (like really cruelty free, they don’t test or commission the tests to be done by others and even more cool, they don’t sell to countries where testing on animals is mandatory!) and vegan. They offer a wide range of their staples as well as some limited edition collections, which we always like to see. But today, let’s talk about one of the classics – a bronzer.

You know I’m obsessed with bronzers. I collect them like the sun will disappear and bronzers will be my last hope of looking like a human being. But sadly, many bronzers look great in the packaging and then fall flat when I actually use them on my face – patchy, poor pigmentation, too orange, crumbly – you name it, it’s happened to me. After all, I am a veteran. View Full Post

I’ve been promising to do a review of this palette for ages, since it’s my go-to contour palette which I use on a daily basis. You can also tell from the photos below it’s being well loved. So I decided that I’ll do a quick review with swatches on a Friday, since this palette is absolutely a favorite of mine.

The palette is unfortunately hard to come by if you’re from Europe. It’s sold at Sephora for 46 $ which is a reasonable price IMO considering the amount of product you’re getting (it’s about 2,3g of lighter shades and twice as much for the darker ones).

The packaging itself is a cardboard one with the famous Kat Von D lettering. It has a magnetic closing system all around the palette. I find this palette brilliant for traveling, since there is no way it will break on you. I also love the huge mirror inside. On the downside, the cardboard gets quite dirty so if you hate to clean your make-up all the time to keep it pretty, that’s one thing to keep in mind. View Full Post