Foundation Quest continues with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Section Two of the Great Foundation Quest Continues with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Have you ever been both very pleased and very disappointed by a product at the exact same time?  That was my experience with this foundation from Catrice Cosmetics. But before we get into my experience, lets investigate this product and its claims a little more.  First off, the product is vegan and cruelty free, always a plus. It is gluten free as well. While I don’t consider that terribly important I know others do, so bonus. It is oil free which I do like and is alcohol free as well which I love. I personally prefer my alcohol in an icy cold extra dry martini or a glass of wine rather than in my skin care, but that is just me.  I’m happy to see Catrice working with me on that.

So far so good, right?

There are 23 shades available and they look like they are in a wide variety. I like seeing that, although I can’t vouch for how well they match other skin tones. I can only vouch for my own. And let’s face it, I’m not terribly hard to match.

The cost of this Foundation is $10.99 on the Catrice site.  I believe Ulta might have had it for less as part of a sale, but we’ll go with the non-sale price from the regular company website, which frankly, is pretty good when compared to many other foundations.

So what are its claims?

Ultra-light, high coverage foundation for a natural looking finish, Covers imperfections and mattifies the skin creating a smooth and even complexion for up to 24 hours, Features a unique dropper applicator

Over all, not that over the top as far as claims go. The reviews are pretty good though.  I should also point out that this is the foundation I picked up because a stranger recommended it when I went to Ulta.  I am pleased that it is mattifying because I like my foundation to look matte.  If I want anything more dewy I can always add illuminating drops but quite frankly dewy (on me at least) always reads greasy so I rarely go that route. I also like the ‘second skin effect’ line that is written on the bottle.

So to the bottle we go.

First off,It is a frosted glass bottle, which I found impressive at this price point.  I like glass, not only is it more recyclable but it feels more luxurious (to me at least) than plastic. It has a dropper, which is not my favorite applicator as I always manage to get the screw top gunked up. But for a good foundation, I’ll muddle through. I will however cover the disappointment first, just to get it out of the way, and because it has to do with the dropper.

To put it bluntly it didn’t work.

The unique dropper applicator they tout in the description wouldn’t pick up any foundation.  I shook the bottle.  I squeezed the black rubber nub.  Nothing.  I dipped I swished and I did everything I could think of including taking out the dropper washing it thoroughly to make certain there were no clogs in it and then trying it on water to see if it would work.  It didn’t like picking up water, let alone foundation.

I don’t know if I just got a defective dropper or what, but this left me with two alternatives. I could eiter use the dropper as a dip stick, dip it into the product and then smear the glass dropper on my face to apply the product (which I tried – not my favorite method) or I could repurpose a dropper from a different product.  As I recently finished several serums, and managed to repurpose the glass bottles as bud vases, I had a selection of droppers to choose from. I chose one (it has the white rubber squeeze-y bit as opposed to the black one in the photo) mostly because it fit in the bottle past the rubber closure.  It is a little too long to leave in the bottle so I took to keeping a small cup of water on my dressing table to drop it into once I finished applying the foundation.

Now at this point you may be asking, “So Mimsy, you were worried about the mess from a dropper in general, was the extra mess from two droppers worth it?”

Yes, yes it was.

I found the formula of this foundation to be fantastic for me. The shade I picked (030 Sand Beige in case you are wondering) was great on my skin.  I don’t know if I just chose well, but the color match is good and even though it looks a little light there is enough play in the color that as I tan it works well.  I think it might be a little too light mid summer but from winter into spring it works well.  If I end up using it, I would probably get one shade darker for summer leading into fall.  Given the range this one bottle has I feel confident I would only need two tones to cover me through the year instead of having to play mix and match for all four seasons. And at $10.99 each, two bottles won’t break me.  

The foundation applied smoothly.  On the product page they recommend using a brush for full coverage and a sponge for medium, buildable coverage.  My foundation application is pretty much the same for all foundations.  I put a little on my hand (generally one pump or dropper’s worth) I then use a finger to dot it onto my face.  I make sure the finger dots land on the darker spots or red bits I want to cover, figuring they need the most product and I can cover them and work my way out.  I use a brush to spread the foundation out, then a damp sponge to make sure there are no lines from the brush and to make certain the foundation gets into all of the nooks and crannies.

I’m sure there are several MUA’s out there shaking their heads at me, but this is how I have always applied foundation.  I then use the damp sponge to blend in concealer, in case you are wondering. I like that it has a little bit of foundation on it prior as I feel it helps with the blending. It is my process and it works for me.

It also worked really well for this foundation.  It gave me a good medium coverage look, which is what I in general go for.  I have no need for a foundation mask. 

On its own, the foundation covered all of my dark/red spots. With a primer, any primer, it was even better.  I found this foundation played well with all of the primers I tried. I tend to go for pore filling primers so between the primer and foundation the texture of my skin was well smoothed out.  It was mattifying without being drying and it didn’t look cakey. I am not mad at their ‘second skin’ advert as it is only a slight exaggeration.  I could tell I was wearing makeup but it wasn’t heavy looking and my baby doll didn’t notice I was wearing a foundation.  He just thought I looked nice.

For him that is a massive stamp of approval for a foundation.

(I should point out his two comments about foundation are either: ‘Nice, I didn’t notice it’ or ‘You have stuff on your face’. The second is generally said with the same tone as ‘you have spaghetti sauce on your face.’ A foundation aficionado he is not.)

While I can’t attest to the 24 hour coverage claims, I can say I wore it for sixteen hours one of the days that I tested it and I had no problems with it.  It didn’t sink into fine lines or pill up around my nose and mouth.  Over all I was really pleased with the foundation and how it worked.  To be honest, thus far the formula has been the best I’ve tried in both segments of my Great Foundation Quest. 

It is just that applicator.

And I know that sounds somewhat facetious to say. But the applicator is a big deal.  It could be the reason I end up not reaching for this foundation as much as I want to.  I’m hoping that it is just one faulty applicator instead of something that comes in every product. Because the product is good.  It defiantly makes the lineup for the second section of the trial.  Once I have finished testing the five foundations of this segment, I will line up the ones that pass the initial testing and see which ones I reach for and why as well as those I don’t reach for and why.  If I don’t reach for this foundation it will solely be the fault of the applicator, not the product.

Has anyone had this this problem before with this product?  If so send me a line.  I’d really like to know if it is just me that got a faulty dropper or if this is a common issue.  I’ll probably be ordering another bottle from the site, just to see if I have better luck the second time around, but it would be nice to see a wider pool than just two bottles.

So that was my experience with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation. Everything except the dropper worked well for me and I found a way around the dropper.  To be honest I have never tried any Catrice product before and despite the dropper, this makes me want to look into some of their other products.  Not bad for a recommendation from a stranger. It almost makes me glad the foundation I intended to purchase that day was out of stock. I suppose we will see how it fares in the second round of testing. Stay tuned.

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