Review: Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette 010 Ashy Radiance09:39
Contouring hype still hasn't gone away and the product choices in my local drugstores are poor. That's why I was really happy when I saw this Catrice palette on their promo photos. I bought it with no hesitations, since the contour shade looked promising in the store.
It costs 4.69€ and you get 10 grams of product. It's a palette that contains highlighter and contour powder. I decided for the shade 010 Ashy Radiance, because the contour shade looked ashier than in the other shade. I didn't care for highlighter, because I liked the highlighter in the other shade better (it was more gold).
As you can see it has a black plastic packaging with transparent lid. It closes securely. On the back you have picture with where to apply each product.
Both powders feel pretty dry to the touch and I like that their not overly pigmented. You need to build it up in order to get more pigmented shade. That's always helpful with contouring products, because you don't wanna look like you have lines drawn on your face.
Highlighter is pink toned but very whitish light. In my opinion it's a very light highlighter shade for light to fair skin tones. If you're medium toned this might look too white on you. It has very fine shimmer, which gives it pearly sheen, but is also a bit obvious if you look at it closely. It's not my favorite shade, because I much prefer champagne and gold toned highlighters. This will be amazing on cool to neutral light skin tones.
The contouring shade is lighter brown matte shade with grey undertone. It's actually just grey enough to pass as a contour, but won't look like you have dirt on your face. It might look warmer on warm skin tones, like it does on mine. I assume this will look more coolish on cooler skin tones. In my opinion this is perfect very subtle contour shade, which goes on sheer enough to look natural. You can build it up to suit your intensity level.
I wanted to show you what the contour shade looks like compared to my Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in Ultra Fair C01 - bronzer. I like my bronzer to be warmer, because it suits my yellow skin tone. As you can see the bronzer is really orange based compared to the contour shade from Catrice.
I also mentioned once that I use Essence I Heart Nude eyeshadow in the shade 05 My Favorite Tauping, which is a lot more grey compared to Catrice contour. This is perfect for those who want something grey and maybe cooler toned. I was mixing this on top of my bronzer to get the contour shade that I wanted. It's also the least pigmented, so you can slowly build it up.
I also wanted to compare highlighters. Catrice Contouring palette highlighter is actually the least shimmery and most subtle of these all. It has a pinkish white shade and it need to be really built up for intensity, but will still not look really glowy like most of them.
P2 Glow Up! Highlighter Eyes and Cheeks in 021 High Beam is the most bright pink toned of them all. It has an obvious pink gold shimmer sheen and it's pretty sheer.
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is the yellowest of them all. It has fine glitter, but is also the most shimmery of them all along with Metal Glam.
Essence LE Metal Glam in 01 Gold Digger is very pale yellow toned and as shimmery ad The Balm.
Catrice Highlighting Powder in 020 Champagne Campaign is peach toned champagne shade and it has smaller shimmer, the same as Makeup Revolution one.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in Ultra Fair C01 highlighter is very peach toned and it has medium sized shimmer, the same as Catrice Highlighting Powder.
Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance highlighter is the least shimmery and has a light pink undertone. It almost feels like a shimmery powder and not so much a true highlighter. It's the least impressive to me, because I like shimmery highlighters.
I actually really like the contour shade and find it just grey enough for my taste. This gives you enough definition if you have fair skin, but won't make you look like you have dirt on your cheeks. I love to pair my contour shade with my bronzer. Bronzer gives my face warmth and contour shade gives my face definition.
I don't care about the highlighter at all. It's too white and too light for me now and I'm not even tanned. I don't like the pink undertone in it. I get it, this shade of palette was meant for cool skin tones, but you can be fair and have warm skin tone. The other palette seems to have way warmer contour shade, that I could just use for bronzer and wouldn't be ashy enough for contour and the gold toned highlighter would suit me so much better. Here's a wild suggestion Catrice, how about another third shade of palette and maybe give us grey toned contour with golden highlighter? Because yes, you can have yellow skin tone and have light skin tone. Shocking I know?!
I like the light pigmentation, that provides me with light application. I love the contour shade, because it looks really nice on fair skin tone and is just grey enough. I don't care about the highlighter at all. It's too white and stark for my skin tone. I got it for the contour and I'll probably use it up. If it could only be paired with champagne or gold highlighter, it would be an absolute success for me.