Catrice Arts Collection Limited Edition Palette


A few days ago I received a parcel from home with all sorts of Christmas goodies, which also included this palette which my sister kindly got for me. She sent me a snapchat of this a while ago and the packaging looked so pretty I just HAD to have it! Thankfully my sister is a lovely person so she got it for me and I was very excited to finally get it. The packaging is cardboard with a magnetic closure but it seems really quite sturdy and obviously it looks beautiful. Inside you get six eyeshadows, a blush, a highlighter and a black eyeliner. You also get a brush/applicator thing but I never use those anyway so it's just a waste of space really. In the picture above I'm wearing the lighter purple shade all over my lid with a bit of the darker purple through the crease and the outer V. I'm also wearing the blush and the highlighter but I applied them very lightly for a natural flush so they don't really show up in the picture.

Here are some swatches for the eyeshadows, there's two matte shades and four shimmery ones. The two lightest shimmery shades don't show up in the swatches very well but would look lovely as a highlight or a simple wash of colour to highlight your eyes on a lazy day. My favourite shades are the purples and the last shade which is sort of a shimmery taupe. I think that together they would make a really lovely smokey eye! Now for the quality of the eyeshadows, I wasn't overly impressed with the pigmentation of most of them but for the price it's definitely fine. However I found them very hard to blend, even with the help of my trusty Mac 217.
The blush and the highlighter are quite subtle but pretty and very pink toned. There's quite a lot of shimmer running through the blush so I don't think you even need to use a highlighter with it but the highlighter shade on it's own is very pretty, pink toned and with a fine shimmer. Last but not least, the eyeliner is one of the things that stood out to me the most in this palette as it's really pigmented and has a great creamy but not too creamy consistency (am I making any sense here?). It has some shimmer particles in it but they're very subtle and you can't really see them when you wear it.

Overall I think this palette is great value for money and I absolutely love the colours and the packaging, I just wish they were a liiiittle creamier and easier to blend. 

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