La Vie En Rose With Catrice

5/23/2015




Apart from nail polishes and blushes, eyeshadow palettes are my beauty weakness. I love them, I find them to be one of the most beautiful make-up pieces out there but most frequently the most amazing ones cost quite a lot. My favorite eyeshadows in general (and eyeshadows palettes) are those from Urban Decay. I own all three from the Naked and both from the Naked Basics range - and I'm obsessed with them! They have set up a high standard and I don't expect palettes from the drugstore range to compete them but I do have certain expectations. When I reviewed the Catrice Absolute Bright Eyeshadow Palette some were surprised why I felt so fond of it - it stated that it was a highlighting palette and all the shades perform as highlighters (have in mind that different shades cater to different skin tones). They do a decent job in that aspect, I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. However, with the the remaining eyeshadow palettes the brand offers - I do have different expectations regarding pigmentation, longevity, texture and its blendability on the skin. Quite possibly influenced by the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, this is a rose/pinky-based eyeshadow palette and it certainly looks like eye-candy as it's beautiful! Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette (6g costs approx 4,99€) may very well be one of the prettiest from the drugstore aisle and one of the most affordable ones, too. Packaging-wise, it's pretty basic since it is made out of black plastic and the lid is transparent but - it somehow (despite all that) looks very cute indeed. The combo of rose gold font and all six lovely pans of nude/rose coloring work well together and create an appealing aesthetic. Packaging is light but sturdy and due to its pretty looks I think it would make a great present.

Osim lakova za nokte i rumenila, palete sjena za oci su moja velika ljubav i slabost. Jako ih volim, nije mi zao potrositi svoje novcice na njih posto ih smatram jednim od najljepsih komada kozmetike no veoma cesto se ispostavlja da najbolje, najkvalitetnije palete sjena kostaju vise novca. Meni najdraze sjene za oci (samim time i najdraze palete sjena za oci) su brenda Urban Decay. Posjedujem sve tri palete iz klasicne Naked linije i obje iz Naked Basics kolekcije - rekla bih da su savrsenstvo, savrsenstvo! Zaista su postavile visok standard i zaista ne ocekujem da im pariraju palete drogerijskog cjenovnog ranga no postoje odredjena ocekivanja, bez obzira na to koliko kostaju. Kada sam recenzirala Catrice Absolute Bright paletu, neki su bili iznenadjeni pozitivnim dojmom no meni je od samog pocetka bilo jasno o kakvoj se paleti radi, sta da ocekujem tako da nisam razocarana - ocekivala sam sest hajlajt nijansi sto sam i dobila (treba imati na umu da svaka nijansa pruza iluminirajuci efekat na razlicitim tonovima koze). No u slucaju svih ostalih Catrice paleta sjena za oci ocekujem  klasicne sjene tako da su ocekivanja drugacija po pitanju pigmentacije, trajnosti, teksture i mogucnosti za blendanje. Prilicne su sanse da je na nastanak konkretno ove palete veliki utjecaj imala Urban Decay Naked 3 paleta sjena posto se bazira na nudastim/ruzicastim tonovima. Moram reci da ova paleta izgleda odlicno i sa tog aspekta me odmah dojmila. Catrice Absolute Rose paleta sjena za oci (6g kosta cca 10KM) bi veoma lako mogla biti jedna od najljepsih drogerijskih paletica ali i jedna od najpovoljnijih. Sto se tice pakovanja, dosta je jednostavno posto je izgradjeno od crne plastike a poklopac je transparentan. Unatoc plastici paletica izgleda bas simpaticno. Slovca i same sjene u nijansama ruzicastog zlata (sve je u sklopu nudasto/ruzicaste tematike) lijepo izgledaju. Pakovanje je lagano no cvrsto te mislim da bi i zbog lijepe estetike ova paletica bila odlican poklon.



There is no mirror inside the lid which can be regarded as a fault but personally I rarely use those mirrors in the first place, so I don't miss it that much. You get a two-sided eyeshadow brush (brush/sponge combo) which I don't find user-friendly - sponge is outdated and the brush sheds. As for the eyeshadows themselves, you get six shades which I find to be cleverly selected and arranged because they offer a harmonious color gradation. All shades can be combined together or used alone in a make-up look and I find that the finish offering of each gives just enough space to create diverse looks. You get a pale pink which us good for highlighting and along with the second shade will work for fair skin tones as a base shade. Third and fourth are perfect for medium skin tones (like my own) while the fifth is ideal for shading and sixth for lining the eye shad adding some depth. Most shades offer a pearlescent/shimmery finish while only one shade is matte thus appropriate for carving out eye sockets (but can be also used to generally contour as it is cool-toned). The overall tone of these six eyeshadows is neutral to cool. Pigmentation and longevity are average meaning that they don't compare to UD shadows but that can also be said for their price range. I would recommend using an eyeshadow base to lock them in, make them adhere better, intensify the color and prolonge longevity (the Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base is awesome). I have made swatches without the base but am wearing these eyeshadows on my eyes with the help of it. Texture is fine and soft, very beautiful to the touch. However, expect fallout (average quantities). Color fades slightly after few hours of wear and if I don't wear an eyeshadow base underneath, shimmer gathers in the crease of my eyes. Although this obviously isn't a flawless palette, for the price it costs - it is actually more than decent. 

Unutar poklopca se ne nalazi ogledalo sto bi se moglo smatrati manom no licno svakako da rijetko kada koristim manja ogledala tako da mi i ne nedostaje. Unutar palete se nalazi i dvostrani kist za nanosenje sjene (kist/spuzvica) koji ne smatram narocito korisnim - spuzvica je zastarjeli nacin nanosenja a kistu ispadaju vlasi. Sto se tice samih sjena, radi se o paleti sa sest nijansi za koje vjerujem da su lijepo iskombinirane posto pruzaju harmonicnu gradaciju boje. Sve se nijanse mogu medjusobno kombinirati ili koristiti samostalno na ocima te se sa njima mogu kreirati razliciti look-ovi. Imamo blijedo ruzicastu nijansu koja je lijepa za hajlajt te bi uz drugu, njoj slicnu no nesto tamniju nijansu, lijepo odgovarala svijetlom tenu. Treca i cetvrta nijansa su idealne za srednje taman ten (poput mog) dok je peta savrsena za isticanje pregiba oka a sesta je stvorena za intenziviranje make-upa i pruzanje dubine oku. Vecina nijansi iz palete su biserno/shimmerastog finisa dok je samo jedna mat (nju sam spominjala da je pogodna za konturiranje, kako oka, tako i uopsteno). Uopsteni ton sjena je ruzicast, neutralnog do hladnog podtona no lijepo djeluje i na kozi toplog podtona. Pigmentacija i trajnost su prosjecne sto znaci da ne mogu parirati Urban Decay sjenama na primjer, ali je i cjenovna razlika izmedju njih velika. Preporucila bih koristenje baze za sjenu ispod Catrice sjena posto uz nju ljepse prijanjaju uz kozu, traju duze, boja je zivlja itd. (Catrice Prime and Fine baza za sjenu je odlicna). Swatchevi na fotografijama su napravljeni bez baze no na ocima nosim sjene ispod kojih se nalazi prajmer. Tekstura sjena je mekana, profinjena i ugodna na dodir no ocekujte umjereno rasipanje pri dodiru sa kistom/ prstom. Boja blago blijedi sa ociju nakon par sati nosenja a ako ne nosim bazu/prajmer ispod, shimmer se malo nakuplja u pregibu oka Iako se ocigledno ne radi o savrsenoj paleti bez mane ipak mislim da je vise nego pristojna, cak jako dobra - pogotovo ako imamo na umu da je cjenovno pristupacna.


*Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

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