Review & Swatches – CATRICE Bold Softness Collection

CATRICE Bold Softness Review

When I first saw the press release for the new CATRICE Bold Softness collection, my first thought was: “YES!  Now this is something I can sink my teeth into!”.  The colours are just so ‘me’ – pastels, pinks and some minty goodness.  With Spring upon us, this is the perfect makeup collection to transition us from the cold, dry weather to something slightly more cheerful.  The CATRICE Bold Softness collection consists of 3 x Duo Eyeshadows, 2 x Voluminous Lip Colours, a Colour Correcting Powder, 4 x Satin Matt Nail Lacquers, and a Solid Perfume Stick.  I’ll be reviewing my favourite items / colours from the collection, I didn’t get the entire collection because I knew I wouldn’t wear some of the shades.

Here’s what CATRICE has to say about their Bold Softness collection: “Pastel Passion.  Spring 2016 welcomes a mixture of voluminous lightness and greyish pastels.  High-tech materials such as light neoprene are combined with summery fabrics.  Loose cuts with partially androgynous shapes take over from the styles of the winter season and offer inspiration with their soft, chalky colour worlds.  The limited edition ‘Bold Softness’ by CATRICE is also heading into the Spring season with soft sorbet nuances.  Subtle colour graduation in mint and mauve create feminine makeup looks and offer an exciting contrast to the popular genderless-trend.”

I must apologise if this review blog post is a bit late – Neal and I went to Cape Town for a short holiday last week.  We really needed the break, as both of us have been really stressed lately.  My anxiety has gotten a lot worse the past few months (mainly because I’ve been challenging myself so much lately) and so we thought a break would do us both the world of good.  We arrived back on Sunday night and I made sure I had a blog post locked and loaded for Monday (you can read that blog post here).  Anyway, even though I really enjoyed the holiday and I drank as much Bubble Tea as I possibly could (2 per day actually)…my anxiety is still pretty bad.  I’m sitting here writing this blog post and I actually don’t know what I’m going to do…

I also did a bit of shopping while we were away, and so I think I’ll be doing a Snapchat haul later today or tomorrow.  If you’re into mermaid makeup, then you’re going to want to follow me on Snapchat, my username is: pinkpeoniesblog

I’m going to stop yapping on about my personal life, as I’m pretty sure you’re here for the review and swatches.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

CATRICE Colour Correcting Powder

I’ll start with the product I was most excited about, the Colour Correcting Powder in the shade ‘Correction ‘n Perfection’.  I really like the look of this compact powder, I don’t quite understand why this is called a colour correcting powder because once you mix all the shades together, it creates a soft off-white shade with a slight grey undertone (this one will definitely not be suitable for dark skin tones).  It’s perfect for setting under eye concealer, or even the entire face but I’m afraid it won’t colour correct as such.  I’ll humour you, though, the green bubbles correct redness, the rosy beige sections brighten the complexion, and the muted brown-grey areas could possibly eliminate unwanted yellow undertones in the skin.  If you use each tiny section separately, then you might be able to colour correct certain areas on your face but it’s just so much easier to swirl a powder brush around the entire compact.  My compact has quite a bit of the darker sections in it, so I try to focus my brush on mainly the peach and green sections – if I get too much of the darker shade on the brush, it unfortunately gives my complexion an ashy tone (which I’m not the biggest fan of).

The powder itself is soft and velvety (with no fallout), and feels super light on the skin since it is very finely milled.  Because of this, it’s perfect to use under the eyes – a light dusting will prevent your under eye concealer from creasing, and will mattify the rest of the face (while still leaving the skin with a natural finish).

The Colour Correcting Powder retails for R69,95 at Dis-Chem stores.

CATRICE Bold Pinkmentation

Next we have one of the Lipsticks in the collection (the other shade is a berry red), this one is called ‘Bold PINKmentation’.  I settled for the lighter shade, because I knew I would get a lot more wear out of it (especially with the warmer weather around the corner).  This is the perfect everyday lipstick, the formula is hydrating and this particular shade gives the lips a gorgeous pop of rosy coral.  It’s not a longlasting lipstick, mainly because it is so creamy and sheer BUT that’s not necessarily a bad thing – it fades evenly and is easy to apply when you’re on-the-go.   I’m happy to report ‘Bold PINKmentation’ has found a permanent spot in my handbag, and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it during the Spring and Summer months ahead.

The Lipsticks retail for R79,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.

CATRICE Bold Softness Lipstick CC Powder Swatches

Above are swatches of the Colour Correcting Powder and the beautiful pinky coral lipstick.  The powder swatch is a good couple of layers, as it didn’t want to show up with just a light single layer (this is a good thing, by the way).  As for the lipstick, the swatch you see above is 2 layers – 1 layer almost looks like a glossy balm, and with a second or third layer you’ll get the pop of colour you’re looking for.

CATRICE Bold Softness Volumintous Soft Pinkmentation

Let’s move on to the eyeshadows, I was really intrigued when I first laid eyes on the Duo Eye Shadows.  I couldn’t quite figure out if the inner circle was a cream eyeshadow, or a shimmery powder shadow.  As it turns out, both the inner and outer circle of the Bold Softness eyeshadows have a powder formula.  I like these because CATRICE really put some thought into each eyeshadow – inner circle is a bit lighter and more dense & shimmery, whereas the outer circle is darker with a satin finish.  This means you can definitely use just this one eyeshadow to create an eye makeup look, use the light shade on the lid and the darker shade to add definition in the crease.

CATRICE Bold Softness Eyeshadow Swatches

The eyeshadows are very nice and buttery, they blend super easy and last well on the lids.  Truth be told, they are quite powdery (and have a little bit of fallout), but definitely less than some of my high-end eyeshadows.  I love both the shades I own, ‘VoluMINTous’ is a stunning pastel mint shade (it’s so mermaid-y) and ‘Soft PINKmentation’ is a beautiful soft pink shade with lots of shimmer to make it pop (in the pan this duo looks quite peachy, but it’s definitely more pink when swatched / applied).  Combined, these 2 eyeshadows create an ethereal eye makeup look – apply the shimmery light pink shade all over the lid and deepen up the crease with the darker shade.  Then blend the lighter shimmery mint shade on the lower lash line, and deepen up the outer corner with the darker mint shade.  Highlight the inner tear duct with a mixture of both the pink and mint shimmery shades (trust me, it looks magical).  If I had to choose a favourite, then it would definitely be ‘VoluMINTous’.  I would suggest you use an eyeshadow primer with these eyeshadows – although their pigmentation is good, a primer just gives them something to hold on to, this will not only enhance the colours, but will also help them last a bit longer.

The Duo Eye Shadows retail for R69,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.

CATRICE Bold Pinkmentation Volumintous Swatches

Last, but certainly not least…the Nail Polishes in the collection.  Eeeeep!  The 2 shades I currently own are total stunners, and as luck would have it I’m wearing the ‘VoluMINTous’ shade on my tootsies at the moment.  I’m pretty sure I don’t need to describe the shades, as you can see from the swatches they’re pastels with a matte finish (one being a very bright).  What I will say about the delicious mint shade, is that it also contains teeny tiny baby blue shimmers that contrast really well with the mint.  You really do need this little nail polish in your life!

CATRICE call it their ‘Neoprene Effect’ finish, which is basically a soft matte finish.  Not going to lie, I had to google what exactly ‘Neoprene’ is – turns out it’s a synthetic rubber used for laptop sleeves, wetsuits, mouse pads, and leggings.  Makes sense now…  As for the other nail polish, it’s called ‘Bold PINKmentation’ and this one is a true neon coral with a flat, matte finish (no shimmers).  Thinking about it now, I might go back to get ‘Soft PINKmentation’ because I had a look at the swatches online, and it reminds me of essie Fiji.  These nail polishes are really unique, I don’t own any other shades or finishes that are similar to them (they almost look / feel squishy)…and that’s saying a lot, because I own a large amount of nail polishes.  In terms of formula, these are pastel polishes, so they are a tiny bit streaky with the first layer.  But once you’ve applied a second layer, it all evens out really nicely (the swatches you see above are 2 thin coats).  What I also like about them, is that they dry really quickly – because we all know…the only time a woman is helpless, is when her nail polish is drying.

The Nail Polishes retail for R52,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.

I suggest you head over to your local Dis-Chem as soon as possible, as this collection is selling like hot cakes!  I’ve been to 4 different Dis-Chem stores in the last week or so (in Cape Town and Gauteng) and all still had stock left, but not a heck of a lot.

Have you bought any of the CATRICE Bold Softness collection items?  Which ones are your faves?




  1. Svetlana
    24 August 2016 / 14:02

    Thanks for your excellent review as always, Luzanne. I have to be honest that CC powder swatch looks very grey and strange. On my screen it looks like a light grey eyeshadow…definately not something i would want all over my face.

    • Talitha ❤
      24 August 2016 / 14:57

      Yes, you are right but Luzanne did mention that it looks ashy when you swatch all the colours together. 🙂

      • 8 September 2016 / 10:33

        Thanks for replying, Talitha. 🙂

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:33

      You are 100% correct, it definitely has a grey / ashy undertone. 🙂

  2. Talitha ❤
    24 August 2016 / 14:58

    Your photos are goals! I love reading your reviews because they are so thorough, you think of everything!

    I agree with Svetlana, I don’t think I’ll buy the cc powder because it looks too gray / ashy for me. But the lipstick and mint eyeshadow are defs going on my list. x

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:34

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Talitha! 😀 xo

  3. Elmarie Pienaar
    24 August 2016 / 15:00

    Sjoe, sulke mooi kleure vir Lente! 😀

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:34

      Jy is 100% reg! 🙂

  4. Jana
    24 August 2016 / 15:05

    I hope your anxiety gets better, Luzanne. I know how it feels, I have General Anxiety Disorder and to call it a nightmare is an understatement. 🙁 I find routine helps alot for me, but I imagine with the line of work you are in, it’s difficult to keep a solid routine. From what I can see on your social media, you travel for events often and are constantly meeting new people. I don’t know how you do it, it would break my soul.

    Now I’d like to say something a bit more positive, your reviews and blog posts are things I look forward to the most every day. I always check in on your blog each day to see if there’s something new to read, otherwise I read some of your previous blog posts (that I’ve already read like 5 times before hehe).

    I think I’ll go get that lipstick, it looks so pretty. 🙂

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:37

      Hi Jana, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. I appreciate it so much. 🙂

      You are 100% correct, routine is very VERY important for me too. I try to stick to one as much as I can, because it definitely helps. Travelling is very stressful for me (I get really bad anxiety while I’m on the plane) but I’m hoping the more I do it, the easier it will get.

      Again, thank you so much for posting this comment – it really brightened up my day. xo

  5. Wilma
    24 August 2016 / 16:44

    Great review, Luzanne! Keep ’em coming!

    XO Wilms

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:37

      Thank you, Wilma! 🙂 Keep the comments coming! 😉 xo

  6. Elizbeth Teets
    24 August 2016 / 16:52

    Your photos always brighten up my day, love all the colours you used… 🙂

    I haven’t bought anything from this collection yet, but might get the mint nail polish and lipstick.

    Thank you, Luzanne

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:38

      Thank you, Elizbeth – getting that flatlay photo (the first one) was a struggle, but I got it in the end! 😉 I swear, my attention to detail and OCD tendencies are going to be the end of me one day!

  7. Qondiswa N
    24 August 2016 / 16:59

    Im so sorry to hear about your anxiety, I will keep you in my prayers Luzanne

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:39

      Thank you so much, Qondiswa. 🙂

  8. Francesca Stinson
    24 August 2016 / 19:01

    Love the swatches, they’re so neat! 😉

    Will have to go take a look at the collection next time I’m at Dischem.

    Much love,


    • 8 September 2016 / 10:39

      Thank you, Francesca! 🙂 I hope you found the items you were looking for… x

  9. bethany
    24 August 2016 / 19:22

    I think I’ll pass on the correcting powder, but will pick up the mint polish and mint shadow. 😀

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:39

      The mint polish is to die for!! The mint shadow too… 😉

  10. Nadia
    24 August 2016 / 20:25

    I really like this collection..and your piccies 😉 x

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:40

      Thank you, Nadia! 🙂 xo

  11. R Fourie
    24 August 2016 / 22:02

    Great review, Luzanne – thank you 🙂

    The CC powder was the first thing I swatched and yes it reflect greyish on my skin. The eyeshadows are pretty and felt so soft. 🙂

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:40

      Thanks so much, Reonette. 🙂

  12. Shannin
    25 August 2016 / 10:19

    Love the look of this collection. Wish there was a Dischem near me though. Thanks for keeping us updated with the latest and greatest in beauty. Good luck with the anxiety… breathe 🙂

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:41

      Thank you, Shannin. 🙂

  13. Lalannie Knoll
    25 August 2016 / 17:02

    Loving the nail polish. Would love to see a make up look using those eyeshadows. Sounds beautiful.

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:42

      I’m going to try post a photo of a makeup look using the eyeshadows on Instagram soon – it’s so weird, I was at the Dis-Chem in The Mall Of Africa last week and the collection stand was still FULL of products (I think there was only one nail polish missing).

  14. Vannesa Kniffen
    25 August 2016 / 20:40

    Oh, these products are so pretty! So spring appropriate 🙂

    • 8 September 2016 / 10:42

      Very true – just in time for Spring! 😉

  15. 26 August 2016 / 09:04

    I feel like LIFE is just a lot to deal with for everybody these days. I myself do not suffer from depression or anything, but some days I find myself having really dark thoughts and just feeling overwhelmed by life. Cape Town cheers anybody up, but one has to come back to reality, so I hope you find coping mechanisms for all that is happening in your life. I just picture you always surrounded by a halo of Peonies….lol….so I really feel for you, that you’re battling with all this anxiety. <3

    Your pictures….I'm the broken-est record you've ever heard, but wow…..really gorgeous! Do you do any photography styling for brand shoots? Not sure I've worded that correctly….but hopefully you know what I mean. I swear when I look at my blog pics I want to cry. Definitely photo goals right here!!

    I'm not sure I'll be picking up anything in this collection besides the nail polishes…they are so pretty. I hate matt polishes though, so would add a glossy top coat. Great review 🙂

    • 8 September 2016 / 11:16

      Ah, thank you so much for taking the time to post this comment, Simone. So sorry for only replying now, but this is the first chance I have to sit down and spend some time on replying to comments.

      You are so right, I feel like so many people are struggling to cope with everyday life these days. Depression will be a part of my life for the rest of my life unfortunately, but in a way it makes me who I am. I’m a lot better than I was a year ago, when I think about last year this time it actually hurts my heart. I was in a really dark place. But I’m taking each day as it comes, trying to stick to a routine, and hoping things will get better soon. 🙂

      Geez, I wish I could be surrounded by a halo of peonies…or sleep in a bed filled with peonies at night (obviously the peonies are not allowed to wither & die though). 😉

      Thank you for your kind words regarding my photos, I honestly never get tired of hearing it. It’s encouraging in a way! I don’t do styling shoots for brands, I have thought about doing it in the past but then the blog would have to take a back seat, and I don’t want the blog to suffer because of it. Don’t worry about it – when I look at my blog pics from when I just started blogging it makes me cringe…like A LOT! But it just takes time, you’ll see…your photos will improve with time, it takes practice. 🙂

      I hope you’re having a lovely week so far, Simone. x

  16. 26 August 2016 / 19:32

    Hi Luzanne,

    I wish I could find Catrice here 🙁 but for now I guess I will settle for Essence.

    Sorry to hear your about your anxiety. I think it something we all suffer in some for another. I feel like mine started once I moved to the states. I do not know what triggered it.
    I just know I have not been myself since I left S.Africa.

    I hope you are well other wise.

    • 8 September 2016 / 11:20

      Ah nooooo, I hope they bring Catrice products to the US soon!

      I’m so sorry to hear you are struggling with anxiety. You’re right, though, I also think we all suffer from it to some extent. It’s unfortunately the world we live in today.

      I find sticking to a routine helps me a lot, and taking time to do the things that make me happy (and make me feel relaxed) is very important too. I really, truly hope it gets easier for you, Stephanie. Just know, though, that we’re going through it together. 🙂

  17. ayesha
    30 August 2016 / 18:35

    Sorry to hear about your anxiety but good on you for feeling free to mention it and not treat it with stigma. We all have those moments but it may be worse for some and you have our support.

    Admiring the lipstick although we all know we dont need another one. But the price… so affordable…lol

    • 8 September 2016 / 11:22

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Ayesha. It really does help knowing I have people around me who keep me in their thoughts (even though we’ve never even met), I’m so lucky to have so many kind readers in my life. 🙂

      Hahahahah!!! No, we definitely don’t need another lipstick in our life…but it’s soooo purtyyyy. 😉

  18. 3 September 2016 / 21:15

    Dear Luzanne,

    Absolutely LOVE your website and content. A massive and loyal fan!

    I have a kind query: Where do you buy your Nail Polish Swatch Sticks?

    I have been looking ALL over for them, but cannot find them.

    Love, Chanel.

    • 8 September 2016 / 11:26

      Thank you so much, Chanel! 😀 I bought mine on eBay a few years ago (I reuse them) but I know you can purchase the same ones here in South Africa at nail supply stores like Planet Nails (there’s one in Centurion). It’s not a nail salon, but rather a small shop where you can purchase loads of nail supplies (it’s open to the public). Here’s a link:

  19. 21 September 2016 / 08:53

    I seriously wish I’d grabbed that mint eye shadow when I saw it – I took the plum one thinking that it would work for me. It’s pretty, I just would love a pastel mint colour for spring!

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