Who is as excited as me to find out that CATRICE Cosmetics is already here in Malaysia? Well, at Guardian to be exact 😀
As much as I love splurging once in a while on premium brands, that doesn’t stop me from lingering around local drugstore, figuring out what’s new and what’s hot. In fact drugstore window shopping is my favourite thing to do to kill some time. When I visited IOI City Mall several weeks ago, I decided to stroll into Guardian because I saw that the store is located at a secluded area of the mall, which is kinda odd for Guardian. As I was walking, I saw a huge CATRICE sign sitting on top of one of the shelf from far and I literally mini walk to the store! Sadly, I went home empty handed as the stock wasn’t complete and I needed time to digest what is the brand all about as well as what I really need.
I thought I would return the next weekend and I did. This time I went to Guardian KLCC. Once again, the stock was even more incomplete with sold out items here and there and so I left. Just four days before Chinese New Year, I told mum I needed to check out Bourjois at Watsons so off we go to our local mall. I saw the newly renovated Guardian drugstore. I took a peek at the cosmetic shelves from ourside and saw CATRICE. Say what?? CATRICE in Kajang?? The excited feeling I had is just like when I discovered Bourjois shelf at Watsons haha! I went in and to my delight, the shelf is brand new with all the complete stocks and even the testers are untouched. And all are on 10% discount 😀 I returned just five days ago and bought more. Here’s what I think about CATRICE Cosmetics and things you should take note about.
All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder #015 Natural Beige (RM17.01, NP: RM18.90)
Mum was with me at that time so I cut the browsing time short. I still didn’t know what I want to get and I couldn’t make up my mind between this All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder and Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder. Both description are similar except for the colour correcting properties. So I bought both. It comes in three shades – Transparent, Sand Beige and Natural Beige. Natural Beige matches my skin tone perfectly. The powder itself is scentless, finely milled and I didn’t experience any fallout, which I appreciate very much. This is probably my favourite among the two compact I picked up.
Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder #010 Delicate Blossom (RM22.41, NP: RM24.90)
I was mainly attracted to this because of the beautiful colourful design of the powder. It reminds me of Guerlain, only cheaper. I’m also liking the clear, thick plastic packaging. The powder somehow standout from the inside. This one comes with two shades, 010 Delicate Blossom for the fair skin and a darker shade (can’t remember the name) for darker skin. I have to warn you that this one comes with colour correcting therefore it may look a tad bit too fair on the skin. The powder is finely milled and I didn’t experience dustiness or fallout from the powder.
Lash & Brow Designer – Shaping and Conditioning Mascara Gel (RM15.21, NP: RM16.90)
I’m still very much into anything that relates to brow so it is only sensible for me to pick this clear brow gel. Once again, I was contemplating between this clear gel and Eyebrow Filler Perfecting & Shaping Gel that comes with a hint of tint. After considering the fact that I still have something similar at home i.e. Eyeko and ELF, I’ve decided to just get the clear gel instead. I’ve never seen such an unique brush applicator. It comes with two-faced brush – one side a mascara-alike brush and another side with long toothbrush-alike brush. So far the gel has been keeping my brow hair in place. It gives my brow hair some hair-like definition, keeps them in place and doesn’t clump during application. There are not many drugstore brand that carry a clear brow gel. I know Wet n’ Wild has one too 🙂
I have been thinking about going back to Guardian to pick up more CATRICE products but since it was Chinese New Year, my plan was put on hold. I went back on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year 10am in the morning and spent a good hour taking time to look through, swatching some of the products that I’m interested with. Before leaving the house, I did a quick Google search on CATRICE products in general to gauge what to pick and what not.
AllRound Concealer Palette (RM17.01, NP: RM18.90)
I have forgotten to pick up the concealer palette on my first trip so I make sure this is the first item I grab when I’m there. I have always wanted a concealer palette like this especially the MAKE UP FOR EVER one but since I don’t quite use all the shade often, it would be a waste for me to splurge on MUFE. I also know that Wet n’ Wild have a similar palette. I can’t remember why I didn’t pick that one up. I’m glad I didn’t because I love this one from CATRICE! First of all, the price. It’s super cheap. Then I realize this palette is made in PRC aka People’s Republic of China as to Italy, Germany and Poland that other CATRICE products are made from. Putting that aside, I find that this palette is quite good for a beginner user like myself. I had some breakout lately so I used the Green to neutralise all the redness, Salmon shade on my undereye to cancel out the dark circles and Beige to cover any imperfection. FYI, you can also substitute the salmon shade using cream blush. The product consistency is surprisingly creamy but not oily. It blends smoothly and dries down velvety matte. The coverage on the other hand is not on the high side. I think it’s because I didn’t dab on a lot each time. I like to build coverage bit by bit. It’s always better to do so than ended up with a green spots all over the face and red under eye 😛
Quick Dry & High Shine Top Coat (RM14.31, NP: RM15.90)
I threw away my Seche Dry Fast Top Coat because it can cause birth defects and reproductive harm if used for long term. The decision came after I told my mum about the disclaimer and I bought a bottle of Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat as an alternative. For some reason, the Sally Hansen one keeps my nail polish mushy and it never seems to dry. I saw this top coat from Google so I grabbed a bottle. It works way better than Sally Hansen and as promised – speed dry, high shine. I still have it on my finger nails as I’m typing this. Today marks the 5th day with no chipping but the shine is not as intense as before.
Matt Mousse Make Up #011 Light Beige (RM24.21, NP: RM26.90)
I wanted to pick up a bottle of foundation and I remember reading that CATRICE had a matte foundation. Unfortunately that foundation wasn’t brought in. As I was glancing through, I saw the Matt word on this mousse foundation. I don’t quite like the mousse foundation from Maybelline so I didn’t pay attention to this. I took the tester up, swatch it and was surprised to find that it wasn’t as mushy or “moussey” as I thought it would be. It is actually quite solid in texture and when I swatched it on the back of my hand, the rest is history. The foundation turns to matte powder as I rub the product into my skin. I had to be sure so I tested on the back of my hand three times before deciding this is the real deal. There are only three shades to choose from. I chose the lightest of all – 011 Light Beige. It looks darker in the tub, goes on slightly yellow but as I work the product into my skin, it turns to powder and the shade turns lighter. No setting powder is required after using the foundation but since I’m going out house visiting during Chinese New Year, I top it up with All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder and my face stays oil-free throughout the whole day. However I find that this product is actually a discontinued product and was replaced with 12h Matt Mousse Make Up. How on earth are we still getting it and bearing a September 2014 manufacturing sticker?
Ultimate Colour #240 Hey Nude (RM19.71, NP: RM21.90)
The lipstick collection doesn’t appeal much to me with the limited shades available. I had my eye on two shades and I picked up one of it. I’ve always wanted a nude pink to go with smokey eye look and 240 Hey Nude seems like a better choice than 010 Be Natural. On swatch, it contains more pinky shade than nude. I tried it without smokey eye and the shade wash me out a little. Just trying my luck lol. What I do to make it wearable is to apply a bright red MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip Liner in 25C and then apply this lipstick over it. The lipstick fruity scent and texture reminds me of Makeup Revolution lipstick. The casing on the other hand is super heavy and good quality. And this lipstick is made in Italy 😀
Defining Blush #080 Sunrose Avenue (RM17.01, NP: RM18.90)
There are six blushes available. I had my eyes on Sunrose Avenue since day 1 but never pick it up because I don’t need anymore blush at home. This blush is more of a muted rose shade. It’s a satin blush, that gives the skin a little bit of highlight. Absolutely gorgeous on the cheek. The casing is really thick, clear and sturdy. I like the simplicity of the product. I didn’t know what else to pick to make my purchase to RM100 so I pick this. When I reach home only I realized the manufacturing date is December 2013??!! What the heck. For a brand new brand in the market, still displaying a 2013 product is unacceptable. I’m glad I didn’t pick up all six.
Is CATRICE a good brand?
I get this question very often. Like yourself, I’ve never tried CATRICE makeup before. However, I did spend close to RM200 in total and based on my first hand impression with the products, I find it to be quite good quality. In fact I like it more than Wet n’ Wild, which I bought just two items and never return for more. Should you give it a try? Why not? Most of their products are going for RM17, which I think is very very veryyyyy worth it. Even if it doesn’t work, you heart don’t ache and your wallet don’t cringe.
Take note of the manufacturing date
All CATRICE product comes with a clear seal on all the opening and a clear distributor sticker with manufacturing date on it. It is very easily to mislooked due to the clear sticker background. I check all mine and forgotten to check the blush. Damn impulsive buy!!
Made in countries
Oddly, all CATRICE products are made from different countries. Some are made in Italy, some Germany, some Poland and also China. Among the lot I have with me, I only have one item made in China and that is the AllRound Concealer Palette. If you are particular with where it is made from, don’t worry. It’s stated on the packaging 🙂
Good, thick, clear sturdy packaging
The packaging is one of the best for drugstore brand. Compared to Wet n’ Wild (which is similar to Cover Girl), CATRICE packaging may be plastic still but it is made from thick, heavy plastic. Not those that are easily shattered and broken. I actually like the packaging very much. The clear plastic reminds me of acrylic.
Edited: Reader Melissa requested for a full makeup using Catrice and although I didn’t thought of including one, I thought it was a brilliant idea from her so here you go! Sorry that the photo looked ‘blue’ because I changed the camera setting last week and I forgot to change it back to normal *facepalm*. I used all of the Catrice products that I hauled back except for a few items, which I’ll list down below. Would you want individual review? Let me know in the comment below 🙂
Foundation: Catrice Matt Mouse Makeup Up #011 Light Beige.
Powder: Catrice Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder #010 Delicate Blossom.
Bronzer: Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact.
Brow: ZA Brow Liner#GY951 Natural Gray with Catrice Lash & Brow Designer.
Eyeshadow: Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette #06 Upside Brown.
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Star Waterproof.
Bottom Lash Mascara: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.
Blush: Catrice Defining Blush #080 Sunrose Avenue.
Lipstick: Catrice Ultimate Colour #240 Hey Nude.
Hope you will find this all-in-one review useful to you and your decision whether to try CATRICE cosmetics or not. Overall this brand is as good as the rave from oversea and I can see why. Price point is the major contribution to my haul because it is really super cheap. The downside is the choices and product selection is not as many as I hope it will be. I’m not sure if the local distributor company will bring in all the limited edition release but I do hope they do because it sure do look promising. If you are interested to try CATRICE, do track them down at Guardian stores nationwide or their online store at https://guardian.com.my/.