Review of the Day: Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette

I truly enjoy using both Catrice single eyeshadows and Catrice eyeshadow palettes that I have already done full reviews on. Catrice eyeshadow formula is excellent more often than not – these eyeshadows are creamy, soft and not powdery. Knowing that I decided to try the best-selling item for the range as well – Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette that consists of six completely matte eyeshadows of a very neutral range of colors.

Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette (€ 4.99) contains six silky-matt, must-have colors. The colours offer a soft texture with a high colour-dispersion. The set presents a broad range of colours – from soft pink to intensive brown – and comes with a practical duo-applicator. For absolutely gorgeous Smokey Eyes or a subtle daytime look.

It was one of the first six-pan eyeshadow palettes from Catrice that instantly became the brand’s best-selling item an even received the reward – ‘Bestes Produkt Des Jahres 2015-2016’, that means the best product of the year on the German market.

The packaging is made of black plastic with a transparent lid, exactly as it is with the Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette. It is not too large that makes it very travel-friendly and at the same time it is not too small to be used with full-sized brushes. Each eyeshadow pan weighs 1 g and as a result you get 6 g or 0.21 oz of product with this palette. That is a standard amount of product you usually get with eyeshadow palettes both drugstore and high end. The Catrice website states that the palette comes with the ‘practical duo-applicator‘ and it actually is a double-ended sponge/brush applicator that is of no use for me as I do prefer my full-sized brushes anyway.

Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette: 010 Eyes Wide Matt Review
Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette: 010 Eyes Wide Matt

As I already said there are six eyeshadows in the palette. The shades range from the pale white up to deep brown and charcoal grey. All eyeshadows are stated to be matte but that is not completely true as the finishes can either be matte or satin depending on a specific shade. The quality of the eyeshadows is also different that was a bit unexpected compared to eyeshadows in the Catrice Absolute Rose Palette. All shades are applied over the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base as usual.

Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette: 010 Eyes Wide Matt (swatches) Review
Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette: 010 Eyes Wide Matt (swatches)

The first shade on the left is a neutral white shade with a completely matte finish. The color pay-off is unfortunately below average as you won’t be able to build the color up even using a finger or a sponge tip applicator. The coverage is semi-sheer and the shade does not show up that much even on my light (NW20) skin. This eyeshadow is quite powdery and reminds me a lot of a translucent powder – it does not do that much besides mattifying the skin.

The second shade is a light warm-toned pinky beige shade with a matte finish. It has the same characteristics as the white one mentioned above. It is not biuldable neither has it a good coverage. I am not sure what to do with either of these eyeshadows, to tell you the truth. These are not good as all over shades as they do not deliver enough color. You do not really need any mattifying on the lid area and these eyeshadows do not perform well as a matte highlighter either.

The third shade on the left is a beautiful light taupe pewter shade with a nice satin finish. It is not matte as it has a slightest sheen to it. The payoff is really nice and it does perform as well as the other Catrice eyeshadows I happened to try – meaning, it is pretty great!

The next shade is a warm-toned light taupe brown shade with satin finish. It goes on smoothly and delivers enough color to reach full-coverage in a single swipe.

The second shade on the right is a warm-toned deep coffee brown shade with a matte to satin finish. It is the most pigmented shade from the bunch and is a pleasure to use. It is biuldable and you can easily vary color intensity with it.

The last shade is a darkened cool-toned charcoal gray with a satiny matte finish. It is actually less pigmented compared to the deep brown shade but is very biuldable to full coverage in a couple of swipes. It is the only cooler shade in the bunch but it works well with the other shades nevertheless.

Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette: 010 Eyes Wide Matt
Catrice Absolute Matt Eyeshadow Palette: 010 Eyes Wide Matt

I do really like Catrice eyeshadows but I still have mixed feelings about this palette. With four shades out of six performing nicely and the other two being a complete miss I wonder whether it is still worth a purchase. It truly is very affordable but I am not sure that you will find the two lighter shades in any way useful. So, you basically pay 5 euros for four shades (but these four shades are quite beautiful though not completely matte). I’ll be using it because I already have it and I do like four shades in it. If you love these four shades and you are okay with the two misses in the palette – go for it. Otherwise, I do recommend trying other Catrice eyeshadow palettes like Absolute Rose that is really good.

I hope this post was interesting and entertaining for you. Please leave your questions, thoughts and ideas in the comments down below!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,

Dorothea

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