Catrice Absolute Bright Eyeshadow Palette

Eyeshadow palettes are my weakness – this is a statement which is fully supported by over ten pieces in my make-up stash (Urban Decay, theBalm, Sleek, Clarins, Artdeco – you name it). Apart from nail polishes, I think I’ll never get bored by eyeshadow palettes and I honestly do love them. There is something specific about them, though. It’s extremely hard to find a solid, good quality palette in the drugstore aisle. What drugstore brands have a difficulty understanding is that copious amounts of glitter and shimmer aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Pigmentation is the key, creamy formulas, even application, versatility and thought behind color coordination are also a must. Here we have an eyeshadow palette which will serve its purpose to point out some of these common mistakes. Catrice Absolute Bright Eyeshadow Palette in Candy Warhol (010) is a dedicated highlighting palette. Kinda tricky to pull off but I do appreciate how straightforward the brand in this case it – you’re informed right from the start that bright shades for highlighting and illuminating the eye area are in the focus here. Packaging isn’t too sturdy but it is visually cute and appealing. A mirror inside the lid could be handy but I understand that every Catrice eyeshadow palette shares this transparent lid look which does enable you to see how these eyeshadows look without opening. As I’ve mentioned, this isn’t an especially sturdy casing but I must say that the closing mechanism seems reliable enough. I’ll also add that, as a customer, I’d appreciate an ingredients list instead of simple application guidelines at the back of the packaging – don’t worry, I’ve found the list at their website and I’ll pop it at the end of the post as well. You get 6g of product (1g per shade) and the palette should be used up within a year of purchase (12 months period).

Paletice sjena za oci su moja slabost – u priloj toj teoriji neka posluzi pogled na preko desetak komada iz moje kozmeticke kolekcije (Urban Decay, theBalm, Sleek, Clarins, Artdeco – sve ih imam). Pored lakova za nokte, paletice su zaista nesto sto jako volim i za sto moj interes ne jenjava. Ipak, postoji nesto specificno u vezi njih. Izuzetno je tesko i izuzetna je rijetkost pronaci solidnu, kvalitetnu paletu sjena za oci u drogerijskom rangu. Ono sto drogerijski brendovi izgleda da malo teze shvacaju jeste da glitter i shimmer zaista nije svakome po volji i ne odgovara bas svakoj prilici (ili ukusu). Dobra pigmentacija je kljucna, kremaste formulacije koje se ne truse, ravnomjerno nanosenje, raznovrsnost ali i povezanost nijansi unutar jedne palete su takodjer nesto sto kupac mora da primjeti (i sto ce u konacnici pohvaliti). Danas na blogu imamo paleticu koja ce posluziti kao primjer nekih dobro ali i nekih slabije odigranih poteza. Catrice Absolute Bright paleta sjena za oci u nijansi Candy Warhol (010) je konkretno namijenjena za osvjetljavanje oka. Nije je najjednostavnije iznijeti no dopada mi se sto je brend bio jasan glede njene namjene. Pakovanje nije narocito cvrsto no svakako da je vizualno prijatno i jako slatko. Ogledalo unutar poklopca bi bilo dobrodoslo no primjetila sam da je estetika sa transparentnim poklopcem nesto sto Catrice praktikuje i kod ostalih sjena. Kako sam i spomenula, cvrstoca nije izvanredna no mehanizam zatvaranja mi se cini pouzdanim. Spomenuti cu da bih u ulozi kupca cijenila listu sastojaka na poledjini umjesto jednostavnih uputa za koristenje. Ne brinite, sastojke sam pronasla na Catrice web stranici i zapisati cu ih i na kraju posta. Unutar palete se nalazi 6g proizvoda (1g po nijansi) i preporuceno je koristenje unutar godine dana (12 mjeseci) od trenutka kupovine.

Catrice Absolute Bright Palette (€5,5) has a very pretty pastel theme going on. It actually reminds me a lot of Clarins eyeshadow palettes the brand puts out come spring time. This one also has a very strong pastel, gentle spring vibe. You do get an accompanying two-sided applicator (sponge at one and a brush at the other side). Not a big fan, it simply does not deliver – as the situation is with any applicator enclosed with any drugstore palette. As for the eyeshadows, six pastel highlighting shades are presented and they do look lovely. Very harmonoius choice of colors – pearly white (creamy highlighter shade, could even be used at the tops of the cheeks), vanilla cream (gentle, contains slight shimmer but doesn’t have the same impact as the pearly white does), pale pink (sheeny illuminator, not outstanding, miniscule shade variation on the skin compared to previous two shades), gentle raspberry pink (lovely satin finish, solid payoff and suited to be worn all over the lid), light lilac/lavender (beautiful shade, satin finish, better pigmentation than the rest but fallout is medium heavy) and a soft cocoa shade (same story as with the lilac one – amazingly beautiful but fallout is an issue). My favorites must be the first, pearly highlighting shade which can be used for highlighting anywhere on your face – it’s creamy, fab pigmentation, almost no fallout and beautiful effect on the skin. Raspberry pink is something I’d wear all over my lid as a part of an every day make-up look while the  lavender and cocoa shades are the most beautiful but their fallout really is noticeable. As a whole, this eyeshadow palette has a light to medium pigmentation (depending on the shade), pearl/satin/shimmery finish (again, depending on the shade) and the wear is decent. I’d advise using an eyeshadow primer underneath as it makes all colors pop whilst prolonging the wear (without the primer you get approx 3h without creasing and with a primer a solid 6h wear time). They indeed are good at highlighting (some more, some less) and this is an interesting palette. If I could choose, I’d isolate the pearly shade as a standalone highlighter and make a trio with the raspberry, lavender and cocoa shades while upping the formula so there’s no fallout. Genius! I’ve swtached all the shades without a primer and am wearing the lilac shade all over my lid, pale pink under the brow and the pearly white in the inner corner – what do you think?

Catrice Absolute Bright paletica (cca 10,50KM – 11KM) je kreirana u duhu pastelnih nijansi. Prilicno me podsjeca na njezne paletice kakve Clarins umije uklopiti u proljetne make-up kolekcije. I u Catrice paletici prepoznajem te njezne, proljetne pastelne tonove. Unutar paletice je ukljucen dvostrani aplikator (sa jedne strane spuzvasti a sa druge u vidu kista). Ruku na srce, nije los no ja ga ne koristim kao sto uopsteno nisam sklona aplikatorima koji dolaze sa paletama. Po pitanju sjena, rijec je o sest nijansi u ulozi hajlajtera/iluminatora. Sve nijanse djeluju jako lijepo i harmonicno. Sa lijeve ka desnoj strani palete, imamo biserno bijelu nijansu (kremasta, idealna nijansa koja se moze koristiti na cijelom licu za osvjetljavanje), vanilija krem nijansu (suptilna, lijepa, sa sitnim shimmerom no ne jednako efektna kao prethodnica), njezno ruzicastu nijansu (iluminator njeznog odsjaja no zamjeram odsutnost karaktera), diskretnu nijansu maline (krasnog satin finisa, pogodna za nanosenje preko cijelog kapka), puderasto lila/lavanda nijansu (prekrasna nijansa, satin finis, jako dobra pigmentacija no praskasta) i mekanu kakao nijansu (jednako lijepa kao lila nijansa no sa istim problemom – trusi se). Moji favoriti su biserno bijela nijansa koja je zbog kremaste teksture zaista upotrebljiva i na npr.vrhovima jagodica. Lila i kakao nijanse su uistinu najljepse i zbog toga mi je zao sto su dijelom praskaste. Gledajuci ovu paletu kao cjelinu – mozete ocekivati slabiju do srednje intenzivnu pigmentaciju (ovisno od nijanse), biserni/satin/shimmerasti finis (takodjer ovisno od nijanse) i pristojnu trajnost. Licna preporuka bi bila da ispod ovih sjena koristite bazu/prajmer koji znacajno intenzivira pigmentaciju i trajnost (bez baze 3h, sa bazom solidnih 6h). Nijanse su, kako je i navedeno, dosta efektne po pitanju osvjetljavanja oka (naravno, neke u manjem a neke u vecem obimu) i ovo je jedna interesantna paleta cija ce kupovina ovisiti o vasem ukusu i namjeni. Ako bih birala, ucinila bih biserno bijelu nijansu samostalnim hajlajterom dok bih malinastu, lavandastu i kakao nijansu sklopila zajedno u trio – naravno, poboljsala bih formulaciju tako da uopste nisu praskaste. To bi bilo genijalno! Na fotografijama sam swtacheve napravila bez baze ispod sjena a na ocima nosim lila nijansu preko cijelog oka, njezno ruzicastu ispod obrve i biserno bijelu nijansu u unutarnjem kutu oka. Sta mislite?


Ingredients/ Sastojci:


SHADE: NIJANSE: I / II / III / IV

MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC /CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TIN OXIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MAY CONTAIN: CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

SHADE/ NIJANSE:  V / VI

MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC /CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MAY CONTAIN: CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77742 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

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