Don’t you just love it when you walk into the drugstore one day, going about your usual routine of “drugstore inspection”, when something new and shiny is just sitting there calling out your name and beckoning you to make a mad dash towards it? Picture it…Picture it…okay? Now, that’s me when I saw that my local drugstores had finally released the Kaviar Gauche X Catrice collection on their shelves.
The packaging of this collection is seriously on point. The gold accents? Yes please. Catrice really did an amazing job with the packaging for this collection, bringing out the elegance that the German fashion label is known for. I decided to pick up most of the collection since I’m such a big old sucker for the packaging. I did, however, not pick up one of the two glosses since I wasn’t such a fan of the colour and it was unlikely that I would use it (the gloss that I didn’t pick up was a milky white shade). The range of products in this collection is pretty wide, from products for the eyes to the nails. The soft-coloured theme of the collection is also great for those who love their makeup light and fresh, but still wanting some nice glow.
First up is the Gliding Eye and Face Palette. In this little eye and face kit, you get six eyeshadows, one highlight, one contour and one white eyeliner pencil.
I like how Catrice has got the face and eyes covered in this palette, including a nice variety of shadows along with a highlight and contour. The highlighter is peached-based with tiny flecks of golden glitter. Not my favourite kind of highlighter (aka the glitter) but the base shade is really pretty. The contour colour is matte and leans slightly on the cooler side. If you have very fair skin, you might want to go light on the contour powder.
Now, onto the eyeshadows and eyeliner! The eyeliner is perfect for brightening up the inner corners of your eyes without adding any shimmer to the area. Great for the “I’m really awake” wide-eyed look. The eyeshadows are pretty, with shades that are light, fresh and suitable for any bridal looks. I like how there is a mix of shimmer, satin and matte finishes amongst the six shadows included. The light peach and purple tones just remind me so much of spring and a radiant bridal makeup look! The texture of the shadows are not too bad, not the greatest and most buttery ones that I have ever come across but still not too bad for the price. I do wonder, however, if the pigmentation of the shadows were made this way (semi-pigmented rather than full-on bam) for the light bridal theme that this collection was going for.
The nail polishes in this collection – I love! The colours are so great for girls who tend to sport the neutrals and pastels on their nails, which I often do. The two nudes in the collection – Honey Blossom (Peachy Milky Nude) and Butterfly Kisses (Beige Milky Nude)- have a semi-sheer finish so if you don’t like that look on your nails then I would totally skip on these. The light pastel lavender – Love Me Tender- has got to be my favorite out of the bunch. I’ve been on a hunt for a pastel lavender that carries more white to it but everytime I get close to one, it just lacks that exact white undertone that I’m looking for. Love Me Tender was the answer to my wish! As for Cool Wonder (Medium Grey Taupe), this is the darkest nail polish of the group. Still not full on vampy but for the bridal theme, it is definitely dark. I wasn’t that thrilled with this colour, seeing as I had another that looks like it but overall it is a good shade. However, wear-time of these nail polished could be a problem for some. Don’t expect these to last for a solid straight week. Even with a top coat on, the maximum I could go with these nail polishes before they chipped on me was three days.
I’ve recently been into the “juicy/ watery” lip look lately so I decided to try out one of the glosses. I picked the gloss in “Honey Blossom”, a nice milky pink nude. I like how this gloss could be worn alone for your natural lip colour to still peek through slightly or be worn as a layering gloss to give your lips a little boost for a fuller, poutier look. This gloss surprised me in that it isn’t sticky whatsoever. Wear-time on this gloss is nothing out of the ordinary, two to three hours before a touch-up is needed. Also, the paddle-shaped wand also allows you to spread the gloss nicely out on your lips – another thing that is much to my surprise. If you are a fan of the “juicy/watery” look, no harm in trying this one.
The Blurring Powder Pearls have got to be the star of this collection. How often do you see a drugstore brand do such pearls? The packaging is actually nice and sturdy, with the slight weight of the container adding some element of luxury to the product. Inside, the champagne and pink pearls really remind me of the famous Guerlain Meteorites. These pearls give such a nice glow to the skin and can be used all over the skin sheerly for a luminous glow or as a classic cheekbone highlight. This is so nice! I love the sheen that it gives to the skin and how it still makes you look glowy without any obvious strips of shimmer.
Overall, this is a beautiful collection. It’s soft, romantic and classy. It’s honestly one of my favourite collections and collabs that Catrice has done in awhile. If you like such softness and glow in your makeup, definitely check this collection out.
*The Kaviar Gauche X Catrice collection can be found in selected Guardian stores islandwide (Singapore).