Review: Catrice LE Sound of Silence (Pen Stroke Eye Shadow, Lipstick, Fluid Glow)

Hey Beauties!

Catrice's new Limited Edition Sound of Silence caught my attention with pretty gold packaging and summer inspired products. I have a definite new summer favorite product. Read on to find which one.

Pen Stroke Eye Shadow - C03 mudITATION

I wasn't planning on buying this, but after I swatched these and went home, I just couldn't get this shade out of my mind. Usually that is a sign that I have to go back and I did. They have three different shades and one in particular was pretty pink with gold sheen, but since pink is not my color, I chose this nude cool toned taupe (which is also not my usual color).

The pen has pastel grey plastic packaging. On one side it has a black sponge with which you would probably smudge the eyeshadow (although I think it just erases it) and on the other side is stick eye shadow

There's 2.5 grams of product and it costs 4.29€.

Shade corresponds the name, since it's very much mud like. A cool toned taupe brown. It looks matte, but in fact has some small silver shimmer in it that gives it a bit of sheen

It has a nicely creamy texture that is not greasy, but very smooth when applied on. With one swipe it looks very pigmented and matte, but once you blend it in, it becomes sheerer and the shimmer stands out. I thought that it was going to be as pigmented as the swatch, but once you blend it out, it's an average pigmentation and because the shade is light, it's only one or two shades darker than my skin tone.

The thing that impressed me with it in the beginning (while swatching in the store) is that it dried really fast and I almost couldn't get it off of my hand. The staying power is amazing and because it dries fast, it doesn't get into eye crease. 

It did fade through the day, but it still stayed in place and did not smudge at all. If you use primer underneath it would probably last tiny bit longer.

The scent is kind of weird. It somehow remind me of cinnamon or ginger cookies.

On my photos I used the shade over Avon eye primer. The other day I also wore it on it's own and the primer didn't really make it any darker. As you can see, it is really light shade. It wears just as good over a primer as on its own.

I am kind of bumped that the shade isn't as intense as it is swatched on my hand. The quality is really nice, since it's not too greasy, it's matte with tiny bit of shimmer, which gives it a lovely sheen and the shade is one of those very chic natural shades. For some reason I like this shade, even though it could definitely be a bit darker. It also has a nice staying power. I think this will be perfect for those rushed summer makeup looks that look really natural. If you like something really natural and are fairly pale, this is it. If you're medium to dark skin tone, this probably wouldn't show up on your skin or will look dusty.

Lipstick - C01 Golden Spirit*

The lipstick (very misleading name) comes in a very pretty gold metal looking packaging. Of course, I love everything gold, and this one is not an exception. The packaging is super shiny and even has some engraved details.

I don't actually know how much product is in it, but it costs 4.29€

It's pale lavender pink color and in the middle it has a shimmery gold center. Lavender shade is actually really sheer and could easily pass as a lip balm. It almost looks transparent. On me it gives me a slight pale pink hint to the lips and it would probably look dead on anyone darker than me. The center adds small golden shimmer to the transparent shine. 

I can't see how someone could have called this a lipstick, since it has a balmy sheer texture and it looks like shine with small shimmer on the lips. It's definitely more of a lip balm or a lip balm and lip gloss hybrid

It has lovely sweet vanilla scent.

Obviously, this is not long lasting. It gives a bit of shine, but wears off fairly quickly. 

I use this on top of other lip products to give my lips shine or add some moisture, when I feel my lips are getting dry. Here I used it over creamy lipstick, which I used as a slight stain and then added this Catrice lipstick to add shine.

I think this is a balm/lip gloss type of product that gives you some added shine. It could be used as a classic lip balm for day wear to also add some small shimmer. In no way is this a lipstick. The shade of it is so pale and sheer that it wouldn't be seen on medium to dark skin tones. The formula of it is actually nicely comfortable as a moisture providing balm.

Fluid Glow - C01 Golden Spirit

We've come to the star of this collection. This is the product that I decided that I need to get as soon as I saw promo photos. I remember Catrice LE Glamazona and their liquid gold topper. It somehow reminded me of it and I was certain that they made something really nice, it was just the question of what shade it was.

Fluid glow comes in a muted bottle with gold design. I think the whole visual of this collection is based on dessert concept and the design represents it as well. It has a dropper to easily scoop out the product.

In it is 14 ml of product and it costs 4.29€.

Dropper actually works nice and holds the product inside until you squeeze it. The only problem is that the product is all over the dropper so it might droop down before you squeeze it, but it's not too liquid, so it's not a big problem. 

You have to shake it before you use it. I find that if you don't, liquid seems to part from the shimmer and you don't get full pigmentation.

It's a liquid almost watery base mixed with small gold shimmer. It spreads with ease, but I find that you have to work fairly quickly, because it dries quickly once it touches the skin. 

Depending on how much you apply, it can look really sheer lightly golden or a full on bronzed golden metallic sheen. It gives a nice warm gold sheen, but I also see small slightly bigger shimmer particles which pop out here and there, but are still really small and subtle.

I would say that it's long lasting, but it depends how oily your skin is. If your face gets really oily, it might fade through the day. On the contrary, on my body it stayed for the whole day.

This one also has a lovely almost a bit fruity vanilla scent.

A few days ago I was impressed with Essence LE Beach House Beach Glow Fluid, but Catrice's version is so much better. It's lighter shade, doesn't have chunks of glitter and can be sheered out to beautiful glow effect. I did a comparison for you. Obviously Essence is a lot more bronzed shade and a lot more orange, while Catrice is definitely lighter and more golden. Essence is also sheerer and almost looks a bit like a tinted product, while Catrice can be full on metallic. Keep in mind that that's a heavy swatch and that is why it looks pretty dark and a bit bronzed. Essence would probably be better as a bronzer or an all over face glow for medium skin and Catrice is definitely more of a highlight, but would also look even better on medium skin tone.

You can mix this with pretty much everything. I mixed it into my foundation and applied it all over my face. It gave me a slight bit of sheen and warmth, but barely noticeable, since I only used one tiny drop. 

They names it liquid highlighter, so you can use it for that as I did on the photo below. It gives a nice quite subtle golden sheen to the skin if you apply it on with fingers. You can sheer it down to a subtle glow.

On the photo I am wearing it mixed with my foundation and in places of highlighter. I am also wearing pen eye shadow and lipstick on top of other peach based lipstick. 

I also applied it on the center of the lid and in the inner corners. This dries quickly, which makes it good for eye lids as well. I didn't have any problem with taking off eyeshadow or looking greasy. Just wait for it to dry, when your left with mostly just pigment and then tap it on the lid.

It also looked gorgeous mixed with my body sunscreen. The shimmer is not even noticeable in the shade, but when a light touches it, it turns into a really nice healthy glow as you can see on my photos below. I love using highlighters on my body, especially in the summer since it gives it some dimension and it's the only season that we show our body skin.

Fluid Glow is an absolute star and my new favorite summer product. I wouldn't so much use it as an highlighter, since it's a bit too natural for my liking. I love it mixed with foundation to give it slight bit of sheen and luminosity. It looks gorgeous paired with body moisturizers for all over the body or legs or on top of every other makeup to add some warm golden sheen. The shade is warm light gold and can be sheered down or build up to an intense metallic finish. Shimmer is very tiny and it gives beautiful sheen. Dropper makes it easy to use and the product blends well. I am obsessed with it and for the price, this is amazing. Highly recommend you to get this if you like gold shine and have either fair warm skin tone or darker bronzed skin tone. 

Here are swatches of all three products.

This Limited Edition is supposedly going to be in stores in July, but I already found it a bit sooner in my local store. You better hurry, if you want to catch some of these products.

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Review: Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream - 21 Light Beige

Hey Beauties!

Koreans are known for really high quality BB creams and Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream is one of those really popular ones. When I found smaller sized tube of it, I had to try it out and I definitely fell in love with it. 

BB cream comes in a burgundy plastic tube with silver top. It also comes with a complimentary brown silver box. This is small size and it contains only 20 ml of product and costs 5.90$ on Jolse. You can also get the usual 50 ml size.  

This BB cream should lighten skin tone by healing visible wrinkles and blemishes with excellent skin-cover ability, and prevent skin aging through effective whitening and anti-wrinkle properties. It's also Missha's most popular product with over 30 million sold worldwide and world bestseller BB cream.

It has a really small hole which perfectly controls the amount that you want to use. It's also really hygienic. 

As with any Korean BB creams, you're not just getting a tinted moisturizer, but a compound of skin care benefits and foundation. Main ingredients are camomile extract (skin calming), rosemary extract (skin calming), ceramide, hyaluronic acid (moisturizing), and gatuline RC (resilience effect). It also has an SPF 42 which means it's perfect for summer.

Shade 21 Light Beige is the second lightest shade in their range (they also have 13, which is even lighter). I bought it based on other reviews online and the shade actually matches me perfectly despite looking different on my hand. It's a bit grey toned, not yellow nor pink at all. This surprised me a bit, but it actually blends with my skin tone and looks like a perfect match. It also brightens up my complexion, because of the light color and grey base. 

It has a quite thick but very creamy and smooth texture. This glides on the skin with such ease and it's really easy to blend in. I love to blend it into the skin with just fingers or a makeup sponge. It leaves behind a slightly sticky feeling, which is good for applying powder over it, because it really makes it stick to it. It's very lightweight and actually feels more like a good moisturizer rather than a foundation. 

It's very luminous and  has a nice natural sheen, but doesn't look dewy or greasy. The finish is very much natural and it's not too obvious or cakey.

For a BB cream this has a really nice coverage. I would say it's a lighter medium coverage, but can be build up to a fuller medium coverage. The redness still shows through, if you apply a thin layer. This also doesn't hide the pores. It doesn't get into lines and actually makes the skin look very moisturized and healthy. If you apply heavy moisturizer underneath it, it will give you a super glowy almost dewy finish. If you have well moisturized skin you can obviously wear it on its own since it does feel very much like a moisturizer mixed with foundation. 

On the left side I have my bare skin and on the right side I have Missha BB cream.

For a BB cream it's pretty long lasting, especially considering that it has that luminous finish to it. It wears off naturally and evenly. On my combination skin it can look very dewy at the end of the day and almost gets kind of oily on my oilier areas like around the nose and chin. If you have oily skin, this is probably not for you. Dry and normal skins would love this. Combination skin will need to powder it on oilier areas, as I do, so it doesn't get too shiny too quickly. 

It has a very pleasant scent which is subtle and reminds me of old school hand creams. I like it.

I also compared it to my other fairly light foundations. It almost looks the darkest, but as you can see on photos above it blends with my skin perfectly. In fact, it is actually the lightest of these all and it doesn't oxidize on me at all.

Here is also how it looks like paired with my usual makeup look.

This BB cream seriously impressed me. It's the best coverage BB that I have tried so far. It looks natural, gives a luminous sheen to the skin, has a light medium to full medium coverage and is actually light enough for my skin tone (which is seriously a miracle). In spite of being grey toned it blends with my warm skin tone and it actually brightens up my complexion. I wish it would cover large pores better, but then it would probably be more matte. Whenever I wear this, it looks like I have a really moisturized healthy glowy skin. I even got my cousin this BB cream and she doesn't wear any foundation ever. I think this is for all of you who want natural looking, but still good coverage, luminous base. I almost used mine up and have already ordered full size. I can't recommend it enough, especially, if you can't find light enough shades in drugstores. 

Review: Catrice Denim Greys Eyeshadow Palette 010 Deminem

Hey Beauties!

Catrice recently announced new products for fall/winter season and some of the old products that are going out. One of those is also this Denim Greys palette. Scroll down to see what I think of it and if you need to grab it before it goes out.

It comes in a black plastic packaging with transparent lid. It's nothing special, but I find it quite secure. For 5.29€ you'll get 6 grams of product. In the back it also has instructions on how to use the shades on your eye lids. 

This palette has a range of six grey and blue shades that actually look like denim shades. I am not a lover of blue eyeshadow, but I still manage to find two of my favorite shades among this range. 

Shade 1 - shimmery light pastel grey
Shade 2 - satin light grey with purple sheen (shimmer in it is super tiny)
Shade 3 - satin taupe grey (a bit brown based)
Shade 4 - shimmery grey based blue with blue shimmer
Shade 5 - satin navy blue (it's the mattes of them all, although it's still more of a satin finish)
Shade 6 - satin charcoal grey

All the shades are cool toned and have a fairly dry texture to them. All shades have some sort of shimmer in them and none of the shades is actually matte. They all have a nice sheen to them, which makes them look more dimensional

They can be chalky (especially the more matte ones) and you'll definitely need to build them up to get a full on color payoff. They also seem to blend together and sometimes you can't see where one shade starts and the other ends. As far as blending them goes, I didn't have any problems.

The pigmentation is on the sheer side and you need to build it up to get intense color. I find that applying them on with fingers gives the most color payoff.

My favorite shade of them all is 2. It's the most unique shade, because it looks grey in the pan, but has a really nice purple sheen to it, which almost makes it a bit more warm. It's definitely one of those shades that I don't own. I also really like shade 4, because it's a true denim blue with intense blue sheen. 

Here you can see how shade 2 looks like paired with shade 1 in the inner corner and 3 in the crease.

I also applied all the shades in one makeup look. Shade 1 is all over the lid, 2 is in the crease, 3 is also in the crease, 6 is in the outer crease, 4 is on the lid and 5 is on the outer corner of the lid. 

Since I am not a lover of blue eyeshadow I don't find this palette interesting enough to use on daily basis. I think that it's a good basic smokey eye blue palette and it would probably suit cooler skin tones and eye colors. The pigmentation is average, but definitely not what I expect from eye shadows. I like satin finishes of shades, which makes them very wearable and dimensional. Shade 2 is the most unique and I wish these brands would make more of such unique shades with colorful sheen. It's a very much average drugstore palette. 

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