Catrice – Golden Plum-e

I have another of the handful of polishes I picked up in Vienna to show you today, this one is part of the Catrice Feathered Fall edition for September to November 2014.  It is packed full of sparkle and metallic shades, but this was the only polish shade that spoke to me.  This is Golden Plum-e, a nice little play on words there for you…..

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What you see above is two average coats over a base of Nailtiques 2 topped with G&G HK Girl.  As you can see, its a plum base colour with a golden shimmer.  It goes on well in two coats, delivery opacity and I have to admit when I started to put it on, I didn’t think it would be!

Anyway, it is cute and super autumn (fall) appropriate and I can see this getting a fair bit of wear from me over the next few weeks.  I also picked up one of the eye shadows but I have yet to try it out (let me know if you want a review of that too)

Catrice isn’t available to us in the UK yet, but if you are in mainland Europe, you can find it by looking at our local retailers on the website.  I think I paid between €2 & €3, but I can’t recall.  Either way, its a good deal!

Let me know what you think in the comments!


Catrice – Royal REDding

Very quick post for you today – crazy busy week, but trying to keep up with the blog… this is a polish a colleague at work picked me up on a trip to Europe.  It is one of the new 2014 Shades by Catrice from a range called Crushed Crystal.  You can see them all above, aren’t they pretty??

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As you can see from the pictures above, these are slightly different to some of the other textured shades I have shared with you. From the bottle, everything looks super sparkly.  On the nail, even when dried, it has the appearance of jam.  Yes jam, as in the stuff you put on your toast or in your porridge.  It is very jelly in finish.  Drying time was average.

Remember no top coat with textured shades, so just base coat of G&G Stuck on Blu! here over a layer of Nailtiques 2.  The sparkly bits do try brighter than the body of the polish so they do leap off the nail at you.  I do quite like this, even though its unlike any other textured shade I have tried.

What do you think?  Good, bad or are you just indifferent to textured shades now?  Let me know in the comments.

Children In Need Nails!


Very quick post for you today, yesterday for those of us in the UK it was the BBC’s Children In Need annual extravaganza.  Its a great charity event, raising millions of pounds for disadvantaged children and their families up and down the UK.

They have a teddy bear mascot, called Pudsey, and these nails above are my homage to Pudsey’s eye bandana, which is white with these colour dots.

For the polishes I used
Cult Nails Tempest – White
Depend – Red
Essie Mojito Madness – Green
Catrice Yellow Sub-Mandarin – Yellow
Sally Hansen Brisk Blue – Blue

Topped off with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl.

Love this, got lots of nice comments and by this morning Children in Need has raised £31 Million!

Catrice – Mermaid My Day

I’ve got a lovely polish to share with you today, that was sent to me by my lovely pal in Europe, Lindz, who blogs at girlintheglasses. This is one of the new releases from Catrice, how lucky am I?? This is Mermaid My Day – what a great name!

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This is just a lovely polish, great colour, fabulous formula. I love it. The Catrice brush is easy to use and loads up a good about of formula. What you see here are two coats, over a base of Essie Millionails (now discontinued) with a top coat. Now, I used Essence Gel Look by Essence, something I picked up to try. Its awful, awful!!! No drying of any kind occurred. In fact, I had to put a coat of Out the Door over the top to get the blinking things to dry before bed time. So do avoid it if you come across it.

Anyway, love this, great colour, fab formula. What is not to like? Oh yes, the smurf fingers after removal.  Use a base coat everyone! And yes, its not a bad dupe for Chanel Azure… Azure is on the left and Sally Hansen Scarab is on the right.


Have any of the new Catrice polishes caught your eye?

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Catrice – Steel My Soul

Another one from the image vault for you today, not such great images but you get the idea….

This is Steel My Soul by Catrice, a European brand.

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As you can see above, this is a lovely lilac colour with a soft shimmer of gold running throughout it.  Very pretty.  I’m not sure if this is still available as I cannot see it on the Catrice website, but you may be able to pick it up in blog sales and online.

Formula was good, what you see is three thin coats of the polish.  Colour built up well and with a top coat of Seche Vite, it certainly makes it look super shiny.  I based coated with Essie Millionails – which is also discontinued – doing well here aren’t I??

The shimmer does translate onto the nail, but it is not as visible as it is in the bottle. Brush is also good, its tapered and similar in shape and size to the Dior brush so you can get close to your cuticles and not get polish on them.

If you live in Europe you probably already know where you can get Catrice products, but for us UK girls can buy them directly from the lovely Sally over at Sally Magpies.  For elsewhere you can try eBay or Maquillalia who ship worldwide and I have bought a few items off them before.

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Catrice – Yellow Sub Mandarin

A quick post for you today (I’m actually on holiday) but I wanted to share with you one of my favourite colours I’ve been wearing this summer. I picked this up when Catrice were clearing out all their older style polishes before the new range came in.

I procrastinated about wearing it because the weather was so awful, and then it suddenly got very sunny and warm. This little gem was calling at me from the untried line….

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This is just stunning! I love it. Formula was great, really creamy and glossy. I did three thin coats as yellow based polishes can be a bit of a nightmare. This one levelled itself off well and dried in great time. I just love the colour, its not yellow but its not orange. I think the name suits this perfectly. There is a very subtle shimmer running through the polish, you can see it in the bottle but you can’t pick it up on the nail. But no matter. This is a fabulous polish. Really fabulous. Base was Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu! and topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl – great deal on the double pack here!

As mentioned above, this is part of the previous range of polishes, so I’m not sure where you might be able to get this if it does catch your eye. Catrice are good at updating their Facbeook page with new releases and limited edition runs. If you live in the UK, your best bet to pick up Catrice is through Sally Magpies where they retail about £4. If you live in Europe, you can get them from a number of locations so check out the Store Finder or look in your local drugstore.

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Catrice – Petrolpolitan

A quick post for you today, things are a bit busy at home with small people’s birthdays and the like…

Anyway, this is one of the newly reformulated Catrice Nail Polish.  I picked mine up from Mainland Europe, but UK girls can now buy the directly from the lovely Sally over at Sally Magpies.  Do check it out.

Onto the pictures!

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Petrolpolitan is a new shade the range, its not quite as dark as forest green and it has a lovely shimmer rippling though it.  The shimmer is not as apparent as it is in the bottle, however it can be seen in bright light.  Otherwise its quite a subtle effect.  Formula is good, opaque in two coats.  Good drying time too.  Formula is much better with the reformulated polishes.  I base and top coated in Essence Better Than Gel Nails products.

Have you tried any of the new reformulated Catrice polishes, what ones would you recommend.






Catrice – George Blueney

A quick post form the vault today as I sort out all my holiday stuff, like unpacking, washing, picking which nail polish to wear first etc etc

This is form the soon to be (if not already) discontinued Catrice line of nail polish.  In 2013 they are relaunching the whole polish line and some old favourites get a new name and we get a whole lot of new lovelies.  Anyway, this is George Blueney, a midnight blue polish with a hint of a shimmery duochrome shift.

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I found the formula a bit waterey on this one, it took a while to build up the colour and what you see above is three coats over a Nailtiques base of Formula 2.  The colour look so lush and lovely in the bottle but it doesn’t translate as well onto the nail.  A real shame as its a beauty in the bottle.  Even a nice coat of Out the Door top coat didn’t bring the bling.  The top coat also made the polish shrink slightly and you can see this in the images.

What did I like, apart from the colour in the bottle, is the brush.  The Catrice brush is similar to the tapered Dior brush, easy to use and good for keeping polish away from your cuticles.

So for those of us in the UK, Catrice is not readily available to us.  You need to European buddy or a short break to Spain to fill the need.  If you are lucky enough to be in Europe, they are very reasonable and have a super wider make up range.

UPDATE – of course in yesterday’s post I mentioned that you can now get some Catrice and Essence from Sallys Magpie. Her store is here; Sally Magpies and do also visit her blog here.

Catrice – Reggaeton

Another European polish for you today.  This is Reggeaton by Catrice from the Cubaca Limited Edition Line.  Its a chocolate brown with an unusual pale green shimmer rippling through the polish – quite unusual.

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Like many of the Catrice polishes, the formula on this is good.  Its not too runny just on the right side of that.  What you see above is three thin coats as I was trying to build up the shimmer.

Sadly, like many polishes, the shimmer doesn’t translate that well onto the nail.  In direct and/or strong light you can see it, but I was unable to capture it in my images.  Its very unusual and for that reason I am very happy to have this in my stash.  I base coated with Essie all-in-one base polish and top coated with Seche Vite to provide a shine.  I think next time I will see if the shimmer is more apparent without the top coat.

Catrice is readily available in Europe, sadly not in the UK, but with lovely polish pals, I can get my fix.  I shall be on my annual holiday to Tenerife in March, so I will be stocking up.  There are some great forthcoming ranges which you can see here on their website and you can follow the brand on Facebook.

Catrice – No Snow Petrol


I have another little beauty for your viewing pleasure today, although have you noticed the date??  Its nearly Xmas!! How exciting.  What are you planning on wearing on your nails over the festive season?  Do share in the comments below.

So, back to the polish today.  This one came from my lovely swap package from Lindz behind Girl in the Glasses (go visit if you haven’t already!) and you can see what lovelies I sent her by clicking here.

If you are interested in swapping there are two ways to go about it, firstly if you are on Facebook you can join a swapping group.  By doing a couple of low value swaps you develop your reputation for swapping and then you may be approached by more regular swappers.  But do no ever swaplift – this is where you get people to send you packages and you don’t post your end.  The Nail Polish Community is quite tight knit and rallies around.  Secondly, you can join something like Make Up Alley and earn swap tokens.  This is much wider than just polish as the name implies.  You can also stalk blogs and ask people to swap with you, although do not be offended if people say no.  I’m often engaged in a couple of swaps at a time and so have to say no for the sake of my wallet and in the attempt to keep my stash down to a manageable size!  Feel free to suggest groups etc in the comment for other readers.

Anyway, moving on to the polish from my swap with Lindz (where I did my best to get her some awesome stuff of the list she provided, but bizarrely Bourjois was quite hard to come by in the the specific colours she was after!).  I love Catrice Cosmetics.  They do some great lines, have regular limited edition lines and the price point is awesome.  Only drawback?  They are not available in the UK.  Like Essence.

This is one of the newer colours from the changes to the permanent line up in Fall 2012.  Several were retired and there were some reissues, including No Snow Petrol, which I am about to show you now.

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Wow, this is an awesome polish.  Its a light turquoise with a pale blue shimmer.  In the sun the shimmer is very apparent and obvious.  In the shade it is much more subtle.  Formula was lovely.  Almost a one coater, but the second coat does provide depth of colour and perfect coverage.  I used Essie All in One to base and then top coated with Seche Vite.  Drying time for No Snow Petrol was excellent, I was based coated, painted and top coated within 20 mins.

What do you think?  What other new Catrice Polishes should I check out?

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