Nov 16, 2012

Catrice LE SpectaculART nail polish swatches and review

Happy Friday my dears! which are your plans for the weekend? Anything interesting or exciting? 

Not much excitement here, except we will be moving in less than two weeks! I'm impatient to be in the new apartment, because all is brand new, and bigger than the old one, but at the same time there's still so much to be done! After moving, we'll only stay few days in the new home and then we'll be taking off to Argentina!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited and looking forward to it, not only because is summer there, and we spend always great holidays in my home country, but also, and specially, because we will introduce our baby to the whole family, including my brother and my grandparents! My parents and my sister have already met our child, because they came to Switzerland for his birth and  Baptism. And I'm also so excited I'll meet my nephew in person. I'm an aunty! but have not been in Argentina yet since he was born.

Well, enough of chattering, into the polish! Today I have for you the rest of the Catrice LE SpectaculART, meaning the polishes. This collection includes 4 shades of which I've picked 3, and the glittery top coat. To see the other items I've picked click here.

To the swatches:

 Artfully Lustrous
Artfully Lustrous
Artfully lustrous is a shimmery sheer light gold with rose tone. It applied smoothly and needed two coats to build the shade, but was still sheer. This one was my least favourite, not because of the sheerness, or the colour, what I didn't like about it were the brush strokes.

Revel the red

Revel the red
Revel the red is a bright hot pink creme which is ONE THIN COATER. It applied beautifully was completely opaque, bright and glossy in one coat. This could be used for nail art and stamping without problems. Cheers to that!

Soulful

Soulful
 Soulful is a rich mid tone red violet creme with subtle shimmer that is visible in most lightings (click on the picture to enlarge). This polish applied smoothly and was perfect after two coats. I do not have any colour like this in my stash (which we all know is not that big) so is the most interesting shade of the bunch for me.

Gold leaf top coat
Catrice named this polish "Gold Leaf topcoat" which is basically a clear base with  two sizes of glitter, a small rounded gold glitter and a bigger hexagon silver-y glitter. So the name is in my opinion intentionally misleading. Is a nice glittery polish, don't get me wrong, just No Gold leaf what soever.The swatch above is one coat over Soulful, and I quite like it.

I didn't use a topcoat in any of the swatches. So, what you see is what you get. I think the colours in this collection are pretty, with good formulas, but they aren't very original. I'd say is more of a "conservative collection", lol. My favourite here is soulful, though I'm a sucker for hot pinks too (that's why I picked it despite having several similar shades).
The polishes retail for 3.95 CHF each (around 4 USD) and the top coat 4.75 CHF (less than 5 USD)

Let me know what you think, have you tried any of these yet?
Love,
Nati

Disclosure: I bought all the products reviewed in this post.
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16 comments

  1. Nice shades!
    I really like the subtle shimmer in Soulful, it looks great :)

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    1. Hi Judith, thanks for reading! Soulful is my favourite too!

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  2. I like Revel the red best!
    We don't have Catrice in Sweden ads far as I know... and I haven't found it at any international web shops either... :(
    I'm working all weekend... jippie...
    But I love my job as a florist so it'll be okay :)

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    1. REvel the red is very nice! I don't regret getting it, I have many pinks but not one single dupe (there must be one, though). Catrice is a drugstore brand, many products are good quality, but is always drugstore, so I don't think you'd find it on the net :(
      Good luck on your working weekend! Florist is a wonderful job!

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  3. It sounds wonderful that you and your family will go to your home country, like re-charging the batteries with happiness. :D I was planning to go see my parents this weekend (its about 6 h travel with bus/train) but sadly I have too much work to do until monday because of school so I had to change my plans. :/

    I agree with you that the polishes didn't feel unique in some way but they are still fun. I reckon that they will work out fine for nail art for example. I think that those unique polishes are amazing for full manicures but for nail art at least I need the polishes that are not so unique, just normal colors, like the ones above. :)

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    1. Hi Gelic! Yes I'm glad to go to my country! Hope your changing plans allow you to work neatly, so next time you can go see your parents.

      Yes, I'm happy when I find one coat polishes that aren't expensive and that formulas are good!

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  4. So lovely! That's going to be such a beautiful introduction! Seems like your so busy at the moment, I hope its all as stress free as possible. Sounds like a lovely break! And summer? I'm really quite envious now :P I really hope you all have a fantastic time, no doubt you will!

    My favorite is soulful but the whole collection is stunning; never even wore dark colours until recently. The pricing of these seems really good, I'm quite surprised! Take care :) xx

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    1. You're lovely Ithfifi! It'll be a wonderful trip, a wonderful holiday, and in the future a wonderful memory! It'll also be my baby's first Christmas!

      Can you get Catrice where you live? I think Jezzica said in her country the brand was not available.

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  5. Oh Natalia, they are lovely, I think I need the creams and the glitter, very classy on you

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    1. Hi Christine! Thanks for your nice comments! If you really hurry you might still find them, the display at coop city in my town was ravaged! there was nothing left :( I'm happy I picked my choices at the very beginning.

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  6. Love these !! Too bad I can't get any in the US :(

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  7. I love the gold leaf top coat even if it's not real gold :D Very nice over Soulful!

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    1. Oh Ina, is not bad you're right, but for all the gold leaf topcoats that'e been out there lately (OPI, Jessica, Zoya, etc) calling "leaf" to "glitter", I find that misleading.

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