I must admit, when I first saw the name of this new limited edition collection from CATRICE I was a bit confused. Caviar with a ‘K’ must mean there is some type of connection to the Kardashians, right? When something is gauche, it is unsophisticated and awkward. How exactly do these two things come together to create such a stunning collection? Well, turns out I was looking at it the wrong way. Kaviar Gauche is actually a Berlin-based fashion label known for their distinctive ribbed leather circle bags and unpretentious, artsy bridal couture. Designers Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl describe their fashion label as follows: “Our collections are based on contradictions. We love women who are chic and feminine yet still have a sense of rebellion.”
Take a look at their Papillon D’amour collection here – I just died and went to heaven…
Anyway, so let’s take a look at a couple of the CATRICE Kaviar Gauche collection items I picked up at Dis-Chem last week. As mentioned in this blog post, Kaviar Gauche and CATRICE reunited again (following their successful collaboration at Berlin Fashion Week) to present a makeup collection for the most beautiful day in a woman’s life – her wedding day. The collection features soft pastel shades and contrasting greys to create an ethereal, yet avant-garde look. Plus the packaging of this collection is absolutely breathtaking!
I initially wanted to blog about the collection immediately, because 1. it’s an affordable wedding-inspired collection, and 2. most of you know I love beautiful packing. BUT I decided to hold off on the review because I wanted to test the products I bought, gather my thoughts, and let my immediate infatuation pass. I do, however, I think the following pictures will speak for themselves and leave you gushing as much as I did.
I had my heart set on the Blurring Powder Pearls in the shade ‘Sweet Secret’. Don’t let the name fool you, these pearls are best not applied to the entire face, I see this more as a highlighting product. As mentioned, I was definitely drawn to the packaging of this product – a clear acrylic bottom with an off-white lid embellished with delicate golden flowers. As we all know ‘strobing’ (an exaggerated version of highlighting) is all the rage at the moment, and I think these pearls are perfect for creating an luminous silvery glow to the areas where the sun would naturally kiss your face i.e. upper cheek bones, brow bone, tip of the nose, cupid’s bow and above the arch of your brows. A gentle touch with my Sigma F35 or F41 brushes is all that is needed to pick up the right amount of this powder. Trust me, no need to go swirling your brush around in there unless you’re going for the full face fairy dust look. Because these pearls are so light in colour, I wouldn’t recommend this for those who have medium or dark skin tones. But if you are a fair skinned gal, like me, then you will LOVE this product. It doesn’t look chalky or glittery on the skin but adds just the perfect amount of shimmery goodness. You can also use this as an eyeshadow or inner corner highlight, it brightens up the eyelids beautifully.
The CATRICE Kaviar Gauche Blurring Powder Pearls retails for R 79,95 at Dis-Chem stores.
I loved all 4 of the nail polish shades from the collection, but decided to only buy 2 as I already own enough nail polishes to last me a lifetime (or three). I picked up the 2 shades that intrigued me most: ‘Butterfly Kiss’ and ‘Love Me Tender’. I find both nail polishes relatively easy to apply in terms of consistency and formulation, plus drying time was super fast too. The only thing that bothered me about the nail polishes were the brushes, they are quite bulky and I think they might be difficult to use if you are a beginner or someone who likes to slap on a nail polish and call it a day. The size and shape of the brush can make a paint job look a bit messy or sloppy if you’re not careful.
‘Butterfly Kiss’ is a beautiful warm-toned soft pastel pink polish with subtle silver shimmers. Not only is this shade perfect for a bridal manicure, but it is also very office-appropriate and will suit all skin tones. It really is a beautiful soft feminine shade, the shimmers are not very noticeable but they just add a bit of a lustrous sheen to the nails. ‘Butterfly Kiss’ is very sheer and requires 3 coats for an opaque manicure.
‘Love Me Tender’ is a pretty pastel purple jelly shade with a high gloss finish. A topcoat is, however, very necessary as this little polish chips quite fast. A matte finish top coat also looks great with ‘Love Me Tender, as it intensifies to colour and adds a unique twist. I think I am going to be wearing this particular nail polish a lot during the Spring and Summer months ahead.
The CATRICE Kaviar Gauche nail polishes retail for R 52,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.
‘Honey Blossom’ is a neutral pink lip gloss and contains no shimmers or glitters (thank goodness). I was initially drawn to this shade (there is another lighter shade in the collection) because I was hoping it would be true to colour i.e. what you see in the tube, is what will transfer onto your lips. Unfortunately I found the shade is a lot lighter once applied to the lips, and looks very milky too. Because it is so light (almost a strawberry milk shade), I find it accentuates lip lines and dry / flaky areas on the lips. I was really hoping to love this gloss as the packaging is so gorgeous, but unfortunately I won’t be getting much use out of this one.
The CATRICE Kaviar Gauche glosses retail for R 61,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.
The collection also features a ‘Gilding Eye And Face Palette’ which retails for R 149,95. I swatched the eyeshadows, contour and highlight shades and to be honest, none of the shades impressed me. The eyeshadows were not very pigmented and I found the contour and highlight shades to be very chalky. So alas, I didn’t end up buying it.
I have mixed feelings about the Kaviar Gauche collection – I adore the packaging, and I love the shimmery pearls but the rest of the collection products left me feeling a bit ‘meh’. I feel with regards to this particular collection Catrice relied heavily on beautiful packaging, and not so much on the quality of the products. Do you need the whole collection in your life? Definitely not. But if you are looking for a stunning purple pastel nail polish or a new highlighter, then pop in to Dis-Chem and go swatch the shades.
P.S. Eeeek! I sound terribly negative in this review blog post but I’m just being honest. I’d rather save you from spending money on products that might not work for you.