When I first heard about the CATRICE Treasure Trove limited edition collection, I immediately thought of mermaids. I’m not exactly sure why, but I imagine my thought process went a little bit like this: Treasure Trove…Ariel’s Hidden Treasures…The Little Mermaid. Ariel is my favourite Disney Princess, and The Little Mermaid is the first movie I ever saw in a movie theatre when I was 6 years old. I can still remember walking out of the theatre with tears streaming down my face. I’m not a fan of cartoon-type movies, but I can watch The Little Mermaid over and over again – it never gets old.
So, even though the Treasure Trove collection from CATRICE does not feature mermaids, crustaceans, or the ocean – it’s definitely still a beautiful collection nonetheless. The collection consists of 1 x eyeshadow palette, 3 x lipsticks, 1 x highlighting powder, 4 x nail polishes, 1 x eyeliner, and 1 x blush. As you probably already know, I’m a sucker for cute packaging and the golds & corals in this collection really drew me in!
Here’s what CATRICE has to say about their Treasure Trove collection: “Sparkling gems, opulent jewellery, elaborate sequin embroidery and iridescent lurex materials crown the Winter season. The new designer collections are extremely glamorous with bejewelled and lavishly decorated clothing. A feminine makeup look is the ideal match for the unique fashion highlights. The limited must-haves are matte or shimmering and greet us in elegant champagne-gold, warm brown and beige shades as well as contrasting apricot and red.”
About a week ago I posted a photo of the collection on my Twitter and Facebook pages, and asked YOU what you wanted to see reviewed on the blog. A lot of ladies mentioned the eyeshadow palette and the highlighter, and I also received requests for the lipsticks and a couple of nail polishes – basically the entire collection. The highlighter is the very first item I bought about 2 weeks ago – as soon as I saw it on the CATRICE stand, I knew I had to have it. Not only because it’s absolutely gorgeous, but also because it reminded me of a certain Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in my makeup collection. Is it a dupe? You’ll have to wait and see!
Fortunately CATRICE South Africa sent me a few of the collection items as well, plus I went back to my local Dis-Chem to pick up the rest of the collection shades. I don’t have every single shade in the collection, but I made sure to at least feature the ones that I know most people will like. For example, I didn’t buy the nude lipstick shade because it’s the type of nude that won’t suit a lot of people – it has a strong yellow undertone, so on my skin it almost looked a bit like a mustard shade.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the CATRICE Treasure Trove collection…shall we?
First up we have the CATRICE Eyeshadow Palette called ‘Blaze Of Glory’, and the outer packaging of this beauty kind of reminds me of the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette. Inside you’ll find 3 matte finish and 5 shimmery finish eyeshadows, all neutral-toned. The palette also features a nice big mirror and a double-ended sponge-tip eyeshadow applicator.
The neutral shades range from shimmery golds, to warm browns, to metallic taupes and even a very deep brown (almost black). All the shades complement each other so well, and you’ll be able to create both warm- and cool-toned eye makeup looks with just this one palette. It’s also a very versatile palette in that you can create everything from a natural daytime makeup look, to a dark smokey eye with a pop of gold. If you are a neutrals girl, then you’ll definitely be attracted to this eyeshadow palette.
Let’s talk about the texture and pigmentation of the shadows – it’s a bit of a mixed bag, I’m afraid. Some of the eyeshadows have great pigmentation, and others need some elbow grease to show up on the skin. Take a look at the swatches below, that golden champagne (3rd shadow, top row) leaves something to be desired. I can only get it to show up on the lid if I apply at least 3 layers with my finger. The pigmentation of the shimmery taupe (4th shadow, top row) also isn’t the best, but I find it shows up a lot better if you use it with a primer underneath (because it has something to stick to). Other than that, the other 6 shadows are actually quite good! I initially thought the darkest shadow was a deep black, but it’s actually a very dark cool-toned brown (similar to ‘Brun’ eyeshadow from MAC). The formula of the shadows is good, they’re all easy to work with and last quite well with a primer as a base. I would compare the texture of the shadows with that of Stila eyeshadows (especially the ones in their ‘Eyes Are The Window’ palettes), they’re on the dry side and not as creamy / buttery as MAC or Urban Decay shadows. It’s not really fair for me to compare the CATRICE shadows to a high-end brand, because you’re getting the entire palette for the price of a MAC single eyeshadow.
Here are swatches of the eyeshadows in the TOP ROW:
And here are swatches of the eyeshadows in the BOTTOM ROW:
All in all, I definitely think this palette is worth the price – especially if you don’t have a nice neutral eyeshadow palette in your collection. The included mirror also makes it perfect for on-the-go gals.
The CATRICE eyeshadow palette retails for R140,95 at Dis-Chem stores.
Next up we have the CATRICE Liquid Liner, which is something I don’t usually gravitate towards, because I’m not exactly a pro when it comes to liquid liner. BUT when I saw the collection liquid liner was a metallic gold, I decided to pop it in my Dis-Chem basket. I’ve been looking for a molten gold eyeliner for over a year now, because sometimes you just want to add a little extra sumthin-sumthin to a makeup look. The gold shade, called ‘Golden Grace’, isn’t too yellow-toned (which I love), it’s the perfect mix of gold and champagne. The tiny shimmers really reflect the light and instantly brighten up the eye area. This specific shade works great on the bottom lash line too, especially if you’re wearing a dark liner on the waterline and want a little pop of metallic colour underneath that. I’ve also applied this to the inner corners of my eyes, and I find it opens up the eyes really nicely.
The formula of this liquid liner is luxurious, smudge-resistant, and quite long-wearing. I really like the brush (not felt tip) applicator, as it applies a solid, opaque line in one even stroke. The thin tip moves with you and you can lay it parallel with the upper lash line to make application easier (that’s how I usually apply my brush- or felt tip eyeliners). It allows for precision and you get can a very, very thin line, as well as a thicker line if need be.
The CATRICE liquid liner retails for R57,95 at Dis-Chem stores.
How beautiful are these CATRICE Lipsticks in the shades ‘Caviar And Champagne’ & ‘Treasured Twinkles’? Let’s discuss the formula first, both have a very creamy texture that melts with the warmth of your lips (in a good way), and I love that they feel comfortable and quite moisturising too. I love the glam & polished look of the gold metal packaging and they feel nice & heavy in the hand as well (to me, sturdy packaging is a sign of quality). Both are fully opaque with one swipe and apply very smoothly without dragging across the lips.
‘Caviar And Champagne’ is a gorgeous warm peach shade, and ‘Treasured Twinkles’ is a stunning vibrant cherry red shade – perfect for the Winter months ahead! The formula lasts well on the lips, but doesn’t survive eating and drinking unfortunately.
Here are swatches of the gold liquid liner and the lipsticks:
Since these lipsticks are so buttery and moisturising, I wouldn’t expect them to last more than 2 hours but ‘Treasured Twinkles’ lasted surprisingly well and left a slight stain behind on my lips. It’s one of those shades that instantly brightens up the complexion!
The CATRICE lipsticks retail for R69,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure if I would like the CATRICE Blush in the collection – it’s called ‘Caviar And Champagne’. I loved the look of it – the embossed stars and the shimmer finish caught my eye, but I didn’t know if this particular shade would suit me. It’s a very unique rusty rosey coral shade with champagne and silver shimmers. As mentioned the surface of the blush has a beautiful star design embossed on to it, which gives it a special touch. As it turns out, this shade has become one of my current favourite blushes and I reach for it all the time. It’s the type of shade you can wear all year round – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. It adds the perfect pop of colour to the cheeks, and the subtle shimmers give the skin a youthful glow. I really like that the finish of this blush isn’t too shimmery, so you can build the colour without ending up too dewy.
If you have a light, medium or tan skin tone (with a neutral, olive or warm undertone), then this blush will look absolutely gorgeous on you. If you have a cool undertone, then you might have to use a light hand at first as too much of this shade might look a bit ruddy on the cheeks. I wouldn’t recommend this particular shade for someone with a deep / dark skin tone, as it might look a bit ashy on the skin.
The CATRICE blush retails for R79,95 at Dis-Chem stores.
Eeeeeep! Now THIS is the collection item I was most excited about, it’s the CATRICE Highlighter in the shade ‘Golden Grace’. Same embossed design as the blush, this highlighter comes in a beautiful champagne gold shade. When I saw the shade, I immediately thought of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade ‘Opal’. Let’s take a look to see if this is a dupe:
They’re similar, but Opal has a noticeable golden sheen, whereas ‘Golden Grace’ has a deeper bronze undertone. Don’t let the intensity of this shade intimidate you – my skin is very pale at the moment and this highlighter looks absolutely stunning on the upper cheek area (just make sure you blend it well).
I really like that this highlighting powder doesn’t contain large chunks of glitter like so many drugstore highlighters. The pearl pigments are so finely milled, it gives the complexion a luminous glow rather than an intensely reflective sheen. ‘Golden Grace’ is a very flattering nude champagne with a pearlescent finish, the shade is very universal and I imagine it will suit most skin tones. I find the neutral undertone of this highlighter will neutralize the tones in your skin, balancing out everything to give a really even, luminous complexion. I like to apply it with a very fluffy duo fibre brush (like this one), a fluffy brush will allow you to first apply a sheer layer and then build up from there to the intensity YOU want. For a more intense highlight (think Jaclyn Hill or Amrezy), use a denser brush like this setting brush or this highlighter brush.
Top Tip: Remember, as with most highlighters – it’s always best to start with a light, sheer layer. Shimmer tends to accentuate enlarged pores, texture on the skin (pimples) and wrinkles / fine lines, so if you struggle with any of these issues, then I would recommend you rather start with a very light hand first. Also, apply more highlighter to the areas where you don’t have texture i.e. tip of the nose, brow bone, temples, cupid’s bow, this will give the illusion of well-rounded luminous complexion.
I really love this highlighter, and if there’s one item in the entire Treasure Trove collection that you HAVE TO get your hands on, it’s this beauty!
The CATRICE highlighter retails for R79,95 at Dis-Chem stores.
Last but certainly not least, we have the CATRICE Nail Polishes in the shades ‘Jewel Daze’ and ‘Treasured Twinkles’. There are 4 shades in the collection i.e. a shimmery nude, a beautiful bronze, a peachy coral, and a rich metallic red. I opted for ‘Jewel Daze’, which is a beautiful nude polish with a pink undertone and golden shimmers, because who doesn’t need more nude nail polishes in their life? Plus, the shade reminded me of one of my favourite limited edition OPI nail polishes, and I had to compare the two to see if they’re similar. I also picked ‘Treasured Twinkles’ because Winter is around the corner, and it’s the perfect shade to brighten up dull fingertips.
So, is ‘Jewel Daze’ a dupe for OPI ‘Butterfly Moment’ (which was part of the limited edition Mariah Carey collection back in 2012)? Ooooh, yes it is! In fact, I actually like the non-streaky formula of the CATRICE polish so much more than the OPI one, plus ‘Jewel Daze’ is a bit more saturated with gold shimmers.
Both nail polishes from the Treasure Trove collection have fantastic formulas – they’re smooth, and with 2 thin layers you’ll be good to go! It’s always difficult for me to say how well nail polishes last on the nails, because I’ve come to realize that I’m very conscious of taking care of my nails when I wear nail polishes. For example, I don’t just grab at things with my fingertips (it causes chipping), I also type with the flat side of my finger (not the tips of my nails), and on the odd occasion when I have to wash the dishes (I’ve trained Neal very well) I ALWAYS wear gloves. So, it’s not always the nail polish that isn’t long-lasting, sometimes it’s the individual that doesn’t take care of her nails. On my nails, both polishes lasted for 4 days before I started seeing some minor chipping on the tips.
The CATRICE nail polishes retail for R61,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.
All in all, this collection caters for a wide variety of skin tones and complexions. Like I said, if there’s one product in the Treasure Trove collection that you need in your makeup collection – it’s the ‘Golden Grace’ highlighter. This collection is available at Dis-Chem right now – so if you see something that you like, I suggest you grab it before it’s gone!
Tell me…what do you think about the Treasure Trove collection? Do you have *hearty eyes* for a particular item in the collection?