domingo, 17 de fevereiro de 2013

Beauty Haul - Sephora and Drugstore products first impressions (with video)

Hello my lovelies ♡ The other day I went shopping with my best friend and got some goodies. There were a few european brands that I've been wanting to try out, some of them I mentioned here. I've made a haul video in portuguese but since a lot of you guys don't speak my mother tongue, I'm writing my first impressions on this post. 
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Olá ♡ Há uns dias fui ao Colombo com uma das minhas melhores amigas e trouxe alguns produtos. Já tinha em mente algumas marcas europeias para experimentar as quais mencionei nesta publicação. Compilei algumas imagens para verem os detalhes dos produtos que mencionei no vídeo.

Nota: as impressões que irei escrever aqui estão estar em inglês. Para acederem á informação em português basta verem o vídeo ou visitarem o meu canal de youtube :)
Sleek Snapshots palette cost me 10€ which makes less than one euro for each eye shadow. It's true that for each one you don't get much product but it will last a long time since this palette is pigmented. Specially if you don't use eye shadows on your regular basis like me, this will last you a long, long time. The palette comes with a brush that has sponges on both sides. It also has a big mirror that will be really convenient for when you carry the palette with you. The package is simple and slim, easy to travel with. The colors are mostly bright and fun, which is the main reason why I picked it and since I only own neutral eye shadows (besides a couple from Sleek Oh So Special Pallete), I decided to go for a pallete with a bit more color. 
You'll find shimmery and mate eye shadows all mixed together in no particular order which is really confusing for me. I would like a lot more having the shimmery ones in just one line or maybe in some kind of logical order. Some of the eye shadows are more powdery than others, I'm guessing it's due to the different formulas that each color requires.

Sleek Sparkle 2 palette (limited edition) is perfect for nightime. Again, since I mostly own neutral eye shadows, I decided to take a risk and buy something different. Depending of the color, the eye shadows have gold or silver glitter. I specially fell in love with the gold eyeshadows because of their pigmentation and how bright they look on my skin. The package is like all the other sleek palettes, with a mirror and a brush with two sponges.

Catrice KOHL KAJAL in shade 120, We Found Nemo, is bright coral eye pencil. It was pretty cheap, around 2 or 3 euros if I'm not mistaken. I'm guessing it lasts long because even if I haven't used it yet, I tested it on the store on my lid without any primer and it lasted a few hours. Please notice that my eye lid is really, really oily. Everything I put on it without some kind of base or primer will melt in one hour, if so! I was also impressed by the color (swatches on the last picture of this post) and the formula, the pencil is really smooth.

Catrice Eye Brow Stylist in shade 010 Blond But Brow'd, is the first eyebrow pencil I've bought in my life. My first impression was the fact that it was inexpensive and that it came with a brush. It seems to me that's the easier way to do my brows! (swatches on the last picture of this post)


Catrice Re-Touch Light-Reflecting Concealer in shade 030 is the big winner of my haul. Ana from The Girls Studio mentioned this on one of her youtube videos so I decided to give it a try. This concealer offers a great coverage and it doesn't dry my skin. My under eye area is pretty dry but the way this applicator works, with the little brush that spreads the product, it ends up doing a great job. However, the formula might be too thick for those who don't like to feel heavy coverage on their skin. The final result still looks natural, though! It comes in different shades and I love the fact that it has a lot of options for clear skin. I always struggle with concealers because most of the brands have orange and brown undertones, making it difficult for me to find lighter shades. Since Catrice is a german cosmetic brand, I think it targets a lot more of light skin tones than the american cosmetic industry. So if you have a light/pale skin tone I recommend checking for Catrice and Essence (also an european cosmetic brand) on your local supermarket or parapharmacy.


Essence Gel Eyeliner shade 01, Midnight In Paris. I've heard wonders about this gel eyeliner. I haven't tried it yet but I know it's really pigmented. It's inexpensive as well and it seems to last longer than my liquid eyeliners. It's a bit thick specially if you're used to liquid eyeliners and it has to be applied with a brush. I own an angle brush from H&M that I intend to use for this, I think it will work out really well. I also like the transparent packaging so I can see how much of the product is left from the outside.

Catrice Defining Blush número 030 Love & Peach. Wonderful color, good pigmentation but a bit powdery. Nothing beats my MAC blush but comparing the two of them, this has a great color, texture and design, and even if the formula doesn't lasts as long as the MAC blushes, the price was worth it. Besides, MAC blushes cost 5 or 6 times more than the ones from Catrice! If you want to start using blushes I really recommend going for these, it's a good compromise between price and quality.
Facing the sun, this blush looks less like coral and more like a peachy color. I love the geometric details on the compact product. I love when a beauty product comes well presented, like these ones here.
You can see on the swatch below how subtle and yet beautiful this blush is.

Swatches (from left to right):
Catrice Re-Touch Light-Reflecting Concealer shade 030
Catrice KOHL KAJAL shade 120 We Found Nemo
Catrice Eye Brow Stylist shade 010 Blond But Brow'd
Catrice Defining Blush número 030 Love & Peach




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