Today I'm going to show you some things that I recently picked up from essence and Catrice. Both brands are super affordable and most of their products are very high quality too. All of these products were purchased at either Clicks or Dischem (Dischem usually have a better selection than Clicks).
New in from essence
Makeup fixing sprays seem to be making a big splash in both high-end brands and drugstore brands, and the latest offering comes from essence. Their Keep It Perfect! makeup fixing spray comes in a small spray bottle making it ideal for travelling. The liquid is also dispensed as a fine spray, so you won't be squirting yourself in the eye. It doesn't leave my skin sticky or tacky, and there have been zero breakouts or rashes. I can't be 100% sure that it's the fixing spray, but it does appear that my makeup lasts longer when I spritz this on in the morning after doing my makeup.
Essence brought out velvet sticks (matte) and gloss sticks (shiny) for lips. This Velvet Stick Matt Lip Color in the shade "Peony Star" is a creamy cool toned dirty pink. It reminds me of Mac "Syrup", but a lot more cool toned. I like the consistency of the formula and the staying power, but the colour is a bit too cool toned for me. That said, there are many other gorgeous shades which I intend to try out.
Another new addition to the essence lip product arsenal is this Prettifying Lip Oil. I have the pink lip oil called "First help, pinky". What drew me to this product is that I love lip oils (the Clarins one, especially) and the fact that this reminds me of those roll-on lipglosses we used to buy when we were at school. Who still remembers that? My best friend and I used to slap that on every chance we got. Anyway, back to prettifying oils... This lip oil comes with a doe foot applicator instead of a rollerball. It smells like jelly sweets, and although it looks red in the tube, it does not really have any significant pigment. It applies lightly and doesn't feel thick and gloopy on the lips. It feels more like a light gloss than an oil. It doesn't have any staying power, but it's a fun product to use and it doesn't dry out my lips.
New in from Catrice
This Catrice Eye'Matic Eye Powder Pen really grabbed my attention. It looks like a mascara tube or an eyeliner, but in fact it is powder eyeshadow in pen-form. You twist off the cap and the spring-loaded cap springs back to reveal a sponge tip covered in powder eyeshadow. I have it in the shade "Al Cappuccino" and it is a beautiful shimmery taupe/silver. You run the applicator across your eyelid and then blend it out with a fluffy blush. I haven't done more than swatch this product yet, but I have a feeling that it's going to be a goodie.
This little Blush Artist Shading Palette from Catrice is just the bees knees. There are three different shade combinations, but I have it in "020 CorAll I need". There is a shimmery pink shade, a matte peachy coral, and a shimmery light peach that comes through more as a highlighter. All three shades are pigmented and buttery. No chunks of glitter, and no patchiness. How I normally use it is by swiping my brush lightly across all three shades and then applying that to the apples of my cheeks. All three shades apply incredibly well and give a lovely healthy glow to the skin.
When I saw this highlighter I knew I had to have it. The Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in "010 Light Infusion" is an absolute drugstore gem. This baked highlighter has a golden champagne-y shade with shimmer. On the face it makes you glow and does not come across as sparkly or tacky, you just have "that glow". The texture is smooth and creamy and it blends out well.
If there's one thing I love, it's primers, and when a drugstore primer is released, I'm on it. This Beautifying Primer boasts "soft focus effect, longlasting, naturally illuminating". It smells like roses and it applies like a light cream. It feels cool on the skin and doesn't emphasise pores or blemishes. It evens out my complexion and creates a beautiful smooth basis for whatever I apply on top of it. I can highly recommend this!
Have you tried any of these products? Are there any others that I should try? Let me know in the comments section.
Until next time!