I am loving what Catrice is doing just lately, and for a budget brand their quality is pretty amazing for the small price. The ViennArt Collection has been out of a while now, and the new collection is due out, but since I live "in the sticks", the ViennArt collection is still on the stands in my village. This is a gilded collection that pays tribute to Art Noveaux.
First up is the handy little mirror (€3.99). While it looks like it is going to be quite a heavy piece of kit to lug around, its actually not. The packaging feels a bit plastic-y but its not flimsy. Its just light-weight. It opens easily, and feels comfy in your hand and it is just the right size for touch ups. The mirror has two parts, one ordinary mirror and a magnifying mirror.
This very gorgeous LE (Limited Edition) Baked Eyeshadow called C02 Stunning Stucco has a silvery lace overlay that doesn't actually affect the eyeshadow underneath. It dissipates very quickly actually to leave a highly pigmented nudey-pinky-champagne-coloured shimmer behind that looks lovely over the entire eyelid, either with a smoked out liner or a super sharp cat eye style liner. I have been wearing this quite a bit lately, its so easy to work with and wear and the colour really opens up my eyes. This baked shadow also comes in C01 Pearly Plastering and C03 Lovely Lace.
There are 2 real stand outs in the ViennArt collection for me though and the nail polishes are one. Metallic foils and frosts dominate here. C01 Pearlescent Purpose and C03 LilART Lily where my colours for Christmas 2014. These are €2.99 each and the bottles have the pretty floral detail on them.
LilArt Lilly is a lavender coloured foil that is opaque in 2 coats. More silvery with a lilac/lavender undertone it looks quite elegant on.
Pearlescent Purpose is a bit like Marmite, you will either like it or not. If you put in the time, and enough thin coats you will get this fully opaque, I got bored after 4 thin coats and you can still see my nail line. But 2 coats gives a transparent pale shimmer that is going to look ACE against a tan this summer!
Longevity with both of these is pretty good, but you will get tip wear within the first day no matter what you do. its not so noticeable with the lighter colours though, so you will get away with this for at least a few days.
But my favourite of the bunch is the Catrice ViennArt Shimmer Lip Colour in C03 Kilmt's Ardent Kiss (€4.49). The fact that I am a bit of a Klimt fan, is neither here nor there, but ohmigoshiflippinglovethis!! Kilmt's Ardent Kiss is a deep bordeaux red shot through with a fine gold shimmer, but this shimmer doesn't show on your actual lips, instead you get a lovely deep red that looks amazing on pale skins in this cold weather. It feels quite balmy on my lips too, but be sure to prep lips before hand because as this wears off it will sit in any dry areas, but it won't dry your lips out any further.
Klimt's Ardent Kiss isn't an opaque formula. So it is perfect to get a lovely sheer wash of colour if you want to pat it on with a finger. It applies just fine straight from the bullet though and this is how I like to use it. Another plus is the very lux looking packaging that CLICKS closed properly!
I had a look at the other 2 colours C01 Nude Nouveau (nude) and C02 Klimt‘s Gentle Kiss (soft apricot) but they looked a bit wishy-washy when I swatched the testers.
Did you pick up anything from the collection, or is it already gone from your local Catrice Stand?
**Samples gratefully received for review, opinions my own.