Saturday, 20 September 2014

Review: Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette

With Urban Decay releasing Naked Basics 1 and 2, matte neutral eyeshadow palettes keep sparking up the interest in the hearts of makeup addicts everywhere. Finding such offerings in the drugstore is not as easy, however. A few days ago I was standing in front of the Catrice shelves and noticed that finally, they had the Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette in stock. (And yes, for some reason it's spelled "Matt" and not "Matte", which kind of irks me because "Matt" is the German word/spelling, even though it should be "Matte" for the sake of language consistency?! But I digress...)

Since I'm a very reasonable person (haha) I figured that I really didn't need another eyeshadow palette, but I still bought it for my friend Paty who has been looking for a matte eyeshadow palette like this for ages- when I told her that Catrice would be releasing this palette a few months ago I said that this palette might be what she is looking for. However, before I gave it to her, she kindly agreed to me using it for the purposes of a review first before handing it over to her.

I find that with Catrice eyeshadow palettes, the quality can be hit and miss- while their mono eyeshadows are normally nicely pigmented, the quality of the palettes (Absolute Nude or Absolute Bright for example) can vary.

With the Absolute Matt palette, I have to say I was positively surprised! Yes, the two light shades didn't show up that well in the swatch and had to be layered a bit- but that's mostly due to the fight that light matte shades always don't show up that nicely on the skin because A) it's just harder to get the texture right and B) they often kind of match the skin tone on which they're swatched on.
As you can see, the four darker colours are all very nicely pigmented and also show a definitive difference in shade- which was a problem with the Absolute Nude palette by Catrice, because in my opinion the darker shades all look very similar to each other.

Generally, all the shades have a smooth and blendable texture and are nice to work with on the eyes. The lightest shade is a beautiful inner corner/browbone highlighter; the second lightest colour is beautiful as a bone-coloured wash over the eyelids or as a highlighting shade as well; the middle two shades are perfect lid or crease colours, and the two darkest ones would also work fine as either crease colours or even eyeliner shades.

This palette retails for just under 5€ (4,95€ in Austria) and is definitely a bargain in terms of pricing and because of the fact that all the shades are very wearable. For people who don't want to splurge on the Naked Basics 1 or 2 just yet but are looking for a few solid, matte eyeshadows, this palette might be worth looking into!

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