Remember that I received a whopload of Essence and Catrice goodies the other day? Well I’ve had time to play around with them and thought I’d fill you in on my favourites.
First up we’ve got this super adorable mini lipgloss set, R34,95:
I’ve now disassembled it and have a mini gloss living in each of my tiny little clutches as well as the zipper pocket of my gym towel (‘cos you can never look too good on the treadmill…)
Another goodie? Essence Studio Nails Fast cuticle remover, R24,95: This isn’t as speedy as Sally Hansen’s Instant cuticle remover, but for something a snip of the price, it does a seriously good job. If I was cash strapped and needed to add a cuticle zapper to my nail bag I’d be more than happy to purchase this one.
I was also impressed with this Catrice Smokey Eyes brush, R39,95:
It’s got a soft shadow brush on one end and a tapered bristle brush on the other that I’ve been using to apply gel eye shadow. I was so surprised by its overall quality that I’m now keen to try more of the brand’s brushes.
I’m also enjoying Catrice’s Colour Show Colour & Stay lip gloss, R49,95.
They’re promise up to four hours of wear but, as they’re not as tacky as my usual MAC glosses, I seem to only get about two hours max. Still, I’m loving Flirty Fuchsia (pictured above); it’s a sheer shimmery hot pink that makes my blue eyes pop and doesn’t dry out my lips.
Ooh! And how could I forget about this baby?
Last but not least, I HAVE to mention these eye shadows. I didn’t get them in my press kit but found them in the sale bin for less than R20 a pop at Clicks so I’m not sure if they’re still on the shelves:
I’ve been using Delirious Show (a sparkly brown shade) on my lid and Stage Beauty (a shimmery bronzey gold) in the crease. Neither of them match up to the velvety texture or high pigmentation of other more expensive eye shadows but in regards to what they cost, they’re absolute gems.
So. Are you an Essence/Catrice fan like me? If you’ve discovered something of theirs that’s too good not to share with your fellow chicas please don’t hesitate to tell us about it in the comments section. Also, if you’ve got any other fab budget beauty buys you wan’t to blab about please go right on ahead.
P.S. I didn’t love Catrice’s mascaras but thought their nail polish colour selection was fab. They’ve also got the cutest names… think Beavis and Mud-head, Dulce & Havanna, I Am A Lob-Star…