Boy I’m glad it’s Thursday! Only three more days until it is supposed to cool off and rain a little. The pressuring heat in Vienna has been more than I can deal with lately, maybe that’s one of the perks of getting older? Or maybe I’m just becoming weather-sensitive like my grandfather. Anyhow, today I want to show you some of the new nail polish colors from Catrice, which will be part of their fall/winter 2014 line.
Catrice Blue and a Half Men is a medium blue with a hint of black and some lighter blue shimmer. It definitely needs two coats, I’m showing you three here. Don’t be discouraged if it looks like *** at the first coat, you can build this up.
Catrice First Class Up-Grape is the star of the new polishes, at least for me. It reminds me of Chanel’s Malice, but I haven’t compared them yet. First Class Up-Grape is a blackened burgundy red with mysterious orange-golden shimmer. 2 coats, fabulous formula – definitely a must-have!
Catrice It’s time for Lovender is a darker lilac creme. 2 coats, wonderful formula!
Catrice Out of the Dark is the brownish purple leaning version of Greyday, Greyday!. It has a metallic look to it because of the brushstrokes. The formula is good, the color is totally not my thing. 2 coats.
Catrice Mint the Gap (over Catrice Out of the Dark) is a polish that can either be used alone to a milky, light mint and very shimmery effect (I guess 3 coats are necessary), or it can be used as a topcoat. I decided to do the latter and layered one coat over Out of the Dark, which really brings out the sparkle!
Catrice Ombre Topcoat in Color of Change (over Marionnaud Lilas Tendre) is a topcoat designed to change to look of a light polish. From left to right I used 1-0-2-3 coats. I don’t like it. If the polish below isn’t absolutely dry like the Sahara, the brush of the topcoat will leave tracks in the base color. The topcoat is also supersupersuper watery and therefor as fun to apply as a hairgel mixed with water. The color looks red in the bottle, but it mainly looks brown on the nail. Anyone remembers that smoky topcoat? It’s the same in black.
A couple of words about these polishes. I was invited to the introduction of new products from Catrice, so all the products are samples that I received. Everyone there was very nice, explaining their thoughts behind the products, etc, so I feel really bad saying this, but the names?! They sound as if someone had a stroke while coming up with them, followed by a speech impediment (I know this is mean to people who actually suffer from either. Please feel free to make jokes about me in turn.). I feel especially sad about the names because Catrice really, really stepped up their game in terms of formula, and I think they must have a better quality control when it comes to the brushes, because mine were all fine.
All in all, some of these polishes, like First Class Up-Grape, Blue and a Half Men and Be my Violetine should be on your list, because they are really something. Others, like the ombre topcoat, is for the more adventurous of you who don’t mind sporting an ugly manicure in the name of science.