Budget Base: Catrice Even Skin Tone Foundation

A great base product is an essential step in any make up look and I have tried my far share of foundations to find that holy grail product. Unfortunately, Catrice discontinued one of my all time favorites: the Photo Finish Foundation. It was just the perfect match for me and you can see it here in my favorite foundations post. Catrice replaced it with the Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation, so obviously I picked up a bottle to see how it stacks up to my old favorite.

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

The Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation promises to be a combination of base product and skin care: Catrice declares this will not just provide a long lasting, high cover and radiant matte finish but will also brighten dark spots and create a more even skin tone. There is a bonus on the form of SPF 25, although you should never rely solely on this for sun protection. All of this comes in a lovely glass bottle with convenient pump for €7.59 ($8.50 or £5,60 at the current exchange rate but Catrice prices vary depending on your country).

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

As you can see in the pictures, I actually bought two bottles because I was a little worried about the color match. I used to be a perfect match for the lightest shade (010), but Catrice have made this a little lighter. I have to mix 010 and 020 together to get close to my skin tone. I might be able to get away with 010 in the depths of winter, but I will have to see.

This is good news for fair skinned ladies as there is also an even lighter shade 005, but with only four shades available Catrice is presenting an extremely limited color range.

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

The finish is described as radiant matte, although I am not really seeing the matte effect on my skin. Just looks radiant (though not overly shiny) on me as you can see in the pic on the left with just Even Skin Tone on. I have to say I am not a big fan of the formula: it clings to dry patches on my skin. This foundation will work great if you have oily to normal skin, but for anyone on the normal to dry side this will not be great.

I can’t really comment on the beautifying properties of the foundation: I am not sure that will work unless you use this foundation every single day and use quite a bit of it as well. I prefer switching between different finishes depending on my needs that day.

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

I think you can tell I am not that enthusiastic about the Even Skin Tone foundation. It just doesn’t live up to its predecessor, isn’t really suitable for dry skin, and the color range is only really suited to light western European skins. I understand budget beauty brands like Catrice might not be able to provide the same color range as a high end brand like Nars, but they could at least make an effort and include some darker skin tones in their ranges. Do let me know what you think on that topic: am I the only one who finds these limited color ranges weird?


Een goed basis product is een essentiële stap in elke make-up look en ik heb al een berg foundations geprobeerd op zoek naar mijn holy grail product. Helaas heeft Catrice een van mijn favorieten uit het assortiment gehaald: de Photo Finish Foundation. Het was echt een perfecte match voor mij en je kunt hem hier zien in mijn favoriete foundations post. Catrice heeft hem vervangen door de Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation, dus ik kocht een flesje om te vergelijken met mijn oude favoriet.

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

De Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation belooft een combinatie van basis en huid verzorging: Catrice beweert dat het niet alleen een lang houdbare, goed dekkende en stralend matte finish zal geven maar ook vlekjes zal verminderen en voor een egalere huid zal zorgen. Er zit zelfs een leuke bonus SPF van 25 in, hoewel je daar natuurlijk nooit op kunt vertrouwen als enige zonbescherming. Dit alles komt in een mooi glazen flesje met handig pompje voor slechts €7,59.

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

Zoals je in de fotos kunt zien kocht ik zelfs twee flesjes, omdat ik me zorgen maakte over de juiste kleur. De lichtste kleur (010) van Catrice was altijd een perfecte match voor mij, maar Catrice heeft deze wat lichter gemaakt. Ik meng nu 010 en 020 door elkaar om mijn huidskleur te krijgen. Ik denk dat 010 deze winter wel zal werken, maar dat is even afwachten.

Heel goed nieuws voor alle lichte meiden want er is zelfs nog een lichtere kleur 005, maar met slechts vier lichte kleuren heeft Catrice wel een heel beperkte kleur selectie.

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

De finish word beschreven als stralend mat, maar ik zie niet echt een mat effect op mijn huid. De foundation ziet er glanzend (maar niet te glimmend) uit zoals je op de linker foto kunt zien met alleen de Even Skin Tone. Ik moet zeggen dat ik geen groot fan ben van de formule: je ziet de foundation heel erg zitten op droge plekjes. Waarschijnlijk een fijn product als je een wat vettere huid hebt, maar op normale tot droge huidjes toch iets minder prettig.

Ik kan niet echt commentaar geven op de verzorgende eigenschappen van de foundation: ik denk dat dat alleen maar effect zou kunnen hebben als je dit product elke dag gebruikt (en dan nog een flinke hoeveelheid ook). Ik wissel graag tussen verschillende finishes afhankelijk van wat ik die dag ga doen.

Catrice Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

Je hebt denk ik al door dat ik niet echt enthousiast ben van de Even Skin Tone foundation. Hij is gewoon niet zo goed als zijn voorganger, niet echt geschikt voor de droge huid, en de kleurselectie is eigenlijk alleen maar geschikt voor lichte West Europese huidjes. Ik begrijp dat budget merken zoals Catrice niet de uitgebreide selectie van een duurder merk als Nars kunnen evenaren, maar ze zouden tenminste kunnen proberen om donkere kleuren toe te voegen aan het assortiment. Laat me weten wat je daarvan denkt: ben ik de enige die deze beperkte kleuren een beetje raar vind?

Advertisements

23 thoughts on “Budget Base: Catrice Even Skin Tone Foundation

  1. stashmatters October 12, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    It’s unfortunately when cosmetic companies don’t cater to a broad range of skin tones but I suppose from a purely economic standpoint, it makes sense. Why produce and stock the “outlier” shades when 90% of customers fall within a certain range of shades? I see this most often in cultures where the population is quite homogeneous (Korea, for instance) and for the few people who are inconvenienced, it’s not a big enough issue for large corporations to change their business model. Anyway, that’s my take on it.
    All that said, too bad this new version doesn’t live up to the predecessor! I hate it when companies do that… like “oh they won’t know the difference.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne October 13, 2015 / 9:03 am

      Oh I understand the economics point of view, but it is still a little frustrating. This is an especially extreme example: I am usually the lightest or very occasionally the second lightest shade in a range, but here I have to mix 2 and 3…out of 4. That is taking light to a whole new level.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Karen Rees October 7, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Such a shame this didn’t work out Anne 😦 We don’t get Catrice over here, which is a shame as I’ve heard lots of glowing reports (from yourself included) about their other products… I think when it comes to foundation a good in-between is best. I personally love the No7 Beautifully Matte – gorgeous, even if it is a few £’s more it’s so worth it 🙂 Great review!! XXX

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne October 8, 2015 / 8:27 am

      It is too bad, especially since they removed my fav one from the range. Oh I love no7 foundations: I had stay perfect which was great, but ever since you raved about their matte version it has been on my wishlist 🙂
      xx Anne

      Liked by 1 person

      • Karen Rees October 9, 2015 / 1:15 am

        Oooh I want to try the one you had – it sounds lovely, I spotted it on TV and that’s what took me into try it but the lady recommended the Beautifully Matte for my skin – since then I’m hooked Anne! lol Hope you get to give it a go soon 🙂 XXXX

        Liked by 1 person

        • Anne October 9, 2015 / 9:50 am

          Oh I will probably pick up both next time 🙂 I have a decent excuse since I can’t get Boots easily over here 😀 Love the color range, they have so many decent fair shades to choose from.
          xxx

          Liked by 1 person

          • Karen Rees October 9, 2015 / 9:30 pm

            They sure do, I popped into my local store and spotted the colour charts today – very extensive, what a range! Good to have that on the door step! Don’t you have a Boots opening near you too Anne? XXX

            Liked by 1 person

          • Anne October 11, 2015 / 10:44 am

            It has opened but it turns out it is only a small pharmacy and they don’t carry the make-up range 😦 And to think I was so excited. Oh well, it will have to wait for my next UK trip 🙂

            Liked by 1 person

          • Karen Rees October 11, 2015 / 11:26 pm

            Ach no 😦 that’s so disappointing huni!!! *sigh* Just right, at least then you’ll have a little more saved to splurge with 😉 hehe XXXXX

            Liked by 1 person

          • Anne October 12, 2015 / 9:42 am

            hihi and an excuse to go on a city trip to the UK 🙂

            Liked by 1 person

          • Karen Rees October 12, 2015 / 5:02 pm

            Pffft like we need an excuse for a trip chummy 😉 but now you mention it that is an essential one! lol xxxx

            Liked by 1 person

  3. jodi - a brash attitude October 7, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    I do find it odd when companies have limited shade ranges for their foundations.
    It does look nice on you, a very natural finish, too bad that it didn’t wow you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne October 8, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Very strange, can’t cost that much more to introduce a couple more shades once you have the formula sorted right?!
      It certainly looks decent enough upon application, but in close ups and throughout the day it just doesn’t cut it.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Sanae October 7, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    Balen zeg! Ik vind de finish ook niet echt mat..

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne October 8, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Nee he?! Niet mijn ding helaas.

      Like

  5. iamserenel October 7, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    I’m with you on the colour availability, they should cater to a lot of skin tones! I do however see the radiance in your skin from the foundation! I would say keep it as a back up it really does look lovely on you. It’s a shame it didn’t have a lot of matte quality to it though!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne October 8, 2015 / 8:31 am

      The range of colors is just a bit strange.
      It really doesn’t look bad in photographs, but a close up in person shows some drier patches and it doesn’t wear very well. I will def keep it and try to mix it with some other base products 🙂 xxx

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Amelia Vesper October 7, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Bummer that it didn’t work out! Personally I’m not even sure what they mean by “radiant matte” – isn’t that a contradiction? Guess that just proves that nothing can ever beat Nars! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne October 8, 2015 / 8:33 am

      It is so a contradiction: how can it be radiant yet matte? Silly companies.

      Like

    • Anne October 8, 2015 / 8:34 am

      It is just one of those irritating products that look great in photographs but doesn’t work that well in real life. Too clingly to dry patches and not long lasting at all…

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s