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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?