Friday, 18 June 2010

Catrice: Absolut Moisture Lipstick Review


If you didn’t know already, Catrice is actually a sister brand of Essence from Germany. While Essence, through its style of packaging and pricing, is targeted towards teenagers and young adults (Oops, I am neither but I still think Essence is cool!), Catrice is supposed to appeal more to the older set, errr, yes, myself included. Its prices are slightly higher than those of Essence, but I'm talking about a difference of only about €0.50 to €1.00.

Truthfully, I used to think that Catrice was too staid, too ‘old’ (I’m such a hypocrite, aren’t I?). The packaging was nothing spectacular and it seemed that there were always the same old products on the shelves all the time. It was so ‘constant’ that I eventually stopped looking at their shelves!

Well, I take my words back. Catrice seems to be having an image revamp with restyled packaging and has been releasing cool limited edition collections lately. I can’t say though that these limited edition collections are released as frequently as those of Essence. I mean, Essence has been releasing ‘Trend Collections’, ie limited edition theme-based collections at an obsessive rate in recent months and I do find it hard to keep up.

But I digress.

Catrice. I’m here to talk about Catrice today. Just a few months ago, they overhauled their nail polish collection – changed the packaging (the bottles now resemble those of GOSH) – which now consists of an impressive permanent range of 32 colours. Moreover, at the start of spring, they released a makeup collection with lots of pastel shades. Not too long ago, they came up with a collection called Oceana which also had two matte nail polish colours in packaging with very cool and younger-looking designs. Catrice seems to be more lively now.

Anyway, I really just want to show you a lipstick that I have from Catrice. As far as I know, it’s not a revamped product. Catrice calls it the Absolut Moisture Lipstick. Of all their non-revamped products, I thought this lipstick looked the least staid. The casing is pretty heavy compared to those of lipsticks from other brands. Well, I would actually go as far as to call it stylish and sturdy.

This is the only Catrice lipstick I have and the shade is 070 Luxury Red. It’s pin-up girl red and it’s not for the faint-hearted. I am faint-hearted and would just apply a thin layer but, just for you, I’ve piled on this colour to show how rrrrrred it is. Personally, I didn’t think it was that absolutely moisturising, so I would recommend using a lip balm as a base. In my photo, I applied this colour over bare lips and nothing else.

If you’d like to see its list of ingredients, it is available on the Catrice website. This lipstick does contain paraffin and propylparaben but it also has jojoba seed oil and shea butter, if it makes you feel any better.

It's not a perfect lipstick, but I ain't complaining. Why? Because I do love the red and it costs only €2.99!

17 comments:

Amina said...

Wow that is a gorjus red, and for 2.99!!!! I can understand how you cant resist

tris1978ton said...

Yes, I love red too!

Dina (XYYan) said...

It's great that they revamp the packaging now, and the lipstick is very pigmented! :)

Vonvon said...

Only 2.99 Euro?? I have read that Essence products are very very affordable, and when you mentioned Catrice being for the 'older set' (like us ;) ), I didn't think less than 5, but then, you did mention also the difference is about 0.50 and 1.

The red shade is very pretty. Wouldn't mind wearing red red lips once in a while. :)

Witoxicity said...

@Amina
It's a decent lipstick with a very budget-friendly price tag. I'm totally fine with that. :)

@tris1978ton
Red lips are gorgeous, but one must have the guts to wear this lip colour out. :D

@Dina
You're right about its pigmentation! :)

Katariina said...

So beutifuls!amazing!!<3

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Mademoiselle C. said...

I love love love Essence's lipsticks so I guess this one is nice too. And for such a nice price, it looks like it does the job very well.
Thanks for your review :)

Witoxicity said...

@Vonvon
Actually, I do think that this lippie is perfect for you (and that's not because we fit in Catrice's target group! :D ). You would look great with this red! It's also great that the price is more than reasonable. :)

@Katariina
Thanks for letting me know about your second blog. :)

@Mademoiselle C.
My pleasure! Well, if you like Essence lipsticks, then I think you would find the ones from Catrice agreeable too :)

Anonymous said...

I'm late AGAIN..... BUT, this lipstick is a heart stopper. I've been really getting into red lipsticks of late. Even if I am not a young adult anymore - hmpf....

Love the red polishes too ;) Thank you xxx Danielle

Witoxicity said...

@Danielle
Better late than never, my dear! :D Oh, so, you're not only into red polishes, eh? Lipsticks too?! Wow, you'll sure stand out in the crowd. This lippie is great and the red is gorgeous, but sometimes, I think I'm too shy for it. :D It must be psychological!

Cynthia Z said...

Haha..at "hypocrite" :D . I'm guessing that red is almost like Mac Russian Red? Yup very pin-up and I like! I want!:P

♥xx♥

The Beautifier said...

Hey! I am really LOVING the Cartice lippy that you had gifted me, hun! its really CREAMY and glides like a dream! It deserves a post of its own for sure :)
xoxo

Witoxicity said...

@Cynthia
Hmm, I've never tried Russian Red before, so I wouldn't know, but if it's pin-up girl red, then this Catrice one should be a close dupe (and it's cheaper too!). :)

@The Beautifier
I'm so pleased that you love this Catrice lipstick! When I first saw this red, I just knew it would be perfect for you as I know you lurve red! :D

Shop N' Chomp said...

I can't believe what a great price it is! I love red lippies but don't think they look good on me. This however looks like it was made for you. =D

Witoxicity said...

@Shop N' Chomp
I don't see why red lippies shouldn't look good on you. You really should give them a chance! :)

lavender said...

This is a super bright red. I am not into red. I am more of a pink and coral, brownish red color person - faint-hearted category?

Witoxicity said...

@lavender
Well, faint-hearted or not, to each his own, I say. :D And I love corals too!