Near the end of 2018, I was on the hunt for a really good drugstore foundation. What I found is now my favorite one ever: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation. It has replaced my beloved Frankie Rose foundation, and I foresee using it throughout 2019 (unless something truly enticing comes along).
You see, this product boasts 24 hours of coverage. Although I have no desire to wear my makeup overnight, this claim reeled me in with the hope of superb longevity. If it even lasted half that amount of time, I’d be a happy camper. So, I put this foundation and a few more products from Catrice to the 12-hour test. Read on to see how it lasted!
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in Rose Beige 020 (US $10.99 for 1.05 oz)
First off, I really like the dropper-style applicator. I can dispense exactly the amount I want, and it doesn’t leak when pulling it out of the bottle. The foundation itself is fairly runny, but not so that it is difficult to work with. A little goes a long way, and I find that less than a full dropper is sufficient to cover my face. It provides ample coverage upon first application but can also be built up without looking cakey. In fact, there is nothing cakey about this foundation. It truly looks and feels like a second skin, just as the bottle claims. Insanely comfortable.
What I find particularly special about this product is that it does not bunch up into fine lines or wrinkles, even after hours of wear. Now, that doesn’t mean your facial lines won’t show. As long as you and I are living, emoting human beings, our faces will have them. No foundation can erase that, but some sure do emphasize fine lines and wrinkles. This one does not.
What’s more, it does not get oily. My mom, who typically struggles with oiliness, noted that she has not been grabbing her blotting tissues since using this foundation. If you also struggle with oily skin, this might be the foundation to try.
The one thing I don’t love so much is the number of shades Ulta offers. While Catrice’s website shows a full range of 18 shades for this foundation, Ulta only sells four of them. That’s simply not enough. Why Ulta would so severely limit the shades it stocks is beyond me, and I hope they carry more in the future. But, apart from that, I’m absolutely thrilled to have this product in my arsenal. Especially for the price! It looks and feel expensive but is SO not.
Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer in Porcelain 010 (US $5.99 for 0.17 oz)
When I purchased the foundation online, Ulta was offering a buy two get one free sale for Catrice, so I thought I’d give the concealer a try. I purchased two shades, Light Natural 005 and Porcelain 010, because I wasn’t sure which one would be the best match. Both work well under my eyes, but I find Porcelain (pictured above) to be a little more flattering.
I like this product a lot, but it does not replace my love for the Frankie Rose concealer. That one is just perfection: full coverage, balmy, and budge-proof. Catrice’s excels in its longevity but is not as opaque as I’d like. It also dries down too quickly, leaving darker patches of concealer where the product was initially applied if not blended out fast enough. I prefer having more play time with application.
However, I would consider repurchasing this concealer again someday if I couldn’t get my hands on the Frankie Rose one. It looks and feels really nice, and you can’t beat the price.
Catrice Camouflage Cream in Light Beige 020 (US $2.99 for 0.1 oz)
I’ve been using this potted concealer for a few months now, and I find it works great for pinpoint concealing. If you’re not familiar with this technique, pinpoint concealing is the process of using a very, very fine-tipped brush to apply concealer just on the very spots where it’s needed and very sparingly. So, if you have a dark spot, you’d literally stipple just that spot with the brush, patting the concealer in gently with your finger after applying. The concealer should be indecipherable from the foundation, lending to a flawless finish.
Unfortunately, Ulta no longer carries this concealer, and it is on sale on Catrice’s website. This makes me think it might be getting discontinued. Snatch it up while you can!
Catrice Prime and Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray (US $7.99 for 1.69 fluid oz)
My foundation and concealer purchase came with a full-size sample of this setting spray. Now, I’m a die-hard fan of Urban Decay All-Nighter, and this does not quite compete with it. But, it’s a really good one. Every time I use it, I’m impressed with the way it makes all the products I’ve applied meld together for a smooth finish. It does not feel drying, but it’s not too dewy either. The spray is not as fine as Urban Decay’s, but it doesn’t mess up my makeup. If you’re looking for an affordable setting spray, this is a good one.
Now, onto the look!
Freshly-applied foundation in artificial light, taken around 10:00 am:
Freshly applied foundation in natural light, taken around 10:00 am:
Foundation after wearing for 12 hours, taken around 10:00 pm:
As you can see, my skin still looks really smooth after 12 hours. Of course, the rest of my makeup faded quite a bit, but the foundation was still going strong. It wasn’t until around 8:00 pm that the foundation began to show the first signs of wear, but even that wasn’t very noticeable. Keep in mind, too, that this product survived a day of eating pizza, walking the dog, getting caught in sleeting rain, cleaning the apartment, and changing clothes. Pretty impressive.
While I would have loved to show a picture with natural light after the 12 hours, it was just way too dark out to do so. For that, I would’ve had to wear the makeup for another 12 hours, but then my skin would not have been very happy!
Let me know if you’ve used any of these products before! What were your thoughts?
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