Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder

Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder

I bought the Catrice Nude Illusion Loose Powder in transparent matt, because I wanted a cheap powder for baking (and weeks after I bought it some brands came out with their special powders for baking, typical).

It looks like this on the inside. To be honest I find it a bit hard to get the powder to go through the tiny openings in the plastic, so it doesn’t usually look like this.

The powder looks white and I applied a lot here to make it show up on photography, but it is transparent, so unless you bake you’re not going to see any color. Therefore it works for everybody. The finish is matte, but not as matte as I feared. I’m usually a fan of a more luminous finish, because my skin is combination. So my nose gets shiny no matter what I do and with a less matte finish to my makeup the difference to my cheek is nowhere near as noticable.

However, this finish is matte, but still somewhat luminous. It’s hard to describe, but it’s not that deadened kind of matte that was en vogue when I was a teenager, but a good matte. My nose still got shiny after the same amount of time that it always does, but it did not look too bad. Overall I am very happy with the finish. If you use it as a regular setting powder you only need the tiniest amount, so this this 11g powder will last a long time.

And baking? It turns out I am way too lazy for that. Sorry guys. But I assume that since this already such a great powder when used normally it will work for baking as well. I don’t think it settled in my wrinkles.

Overall I love this powder and the only annoyance is the opening. You have to hit the surface to make powder spring up and I’m not sure if that will still work when the powder is half used up. I mean you can close it and turn it upside down as well but even if you hit it several times only a little bit comes out. I’d remove the plastic sieve part but it won’t come loose. Maybe I’m just more of a compact powder  person.

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Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eye Liner

Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eye Liner

I successfully skipped all the cushion stuff so far until they got me with this: cushion eyeliner!

You have to have one of every type of black liner, right? For science?

This is by Catrice. The color is called 010 Black Sheep. I think it’s the only color at the moment.

The sponge! It looks so funny, somehow. The sponge is finer than in the bigger foundation cushions.

You dip into it with a brush like so. Any eyeliner brush will do and you can vary the result by using different brushes.

The finish is glossy, like in this picture. It does not get matte.

So far, so good. Picking up the product is easy, but it dries incredibly fast. In some cases it dries while still on your brush (I was trying to figure out the angle of the wing and when I had it, it was too late). It gets a sort of rubbery texture and that means going over what you already applied is difficult and the product that is left on your brush also makes it harder to work with it. For me that was more hassle than it was worth, not when gel eyeliner and regular liquid liner behaves so much better. However, many people on the net loved this cushion liner, so it might depend on your skin/preferences.

This product is not waterproof, but it did not smudge at all, even when I rubbed. This, however, does not mean the eyeliner stayed where I put it. Over the hours, starting an hour after application already, it crumbled around. It creates small fuzzies, like a tubes mascara. These stick all over the face. And since it did not smudge it means  when it crumbled off, it left blank patches of skin in the middle of the eye look.

Sorry, but this stuff is a total dud for me. Do not recommend. (I have oily skin – maybe it works on dry skin?)

All Used Up November 2015

All Used Up November 2015

I had no empties in October, so there was no post last month. My empties list for November is also short:

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I used up a sample of Guerlain‘s La Petite Robe Noire EdT. That’s the one with the short, sleeveless dress. How to kep the LPRN bottles apart: The green one with the Tinkerbell dress is the Ma Robe Petales flanker (review). The one with the long black dress is the Couture flanker (review), short dress with sleeves is LPRN EdP (careful, there have been at least two different versions of the EdP!), the bottle with a hat on is the hair mist, and the sleeveless dress is the EdT, which I have here.

Out of the ones I have tested the EdT is my favorite. It has such a delicious cherry scent, sweet but not too sweet. There’s also a note of blackcurrant. Dry down is amber and musk. This is definitely the LPRN you should try if you’ve never smelled one.

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Catrice All Matt Anti Shine Paper. Not very glamorous, but functional. Already repurchased.

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Soap&Glory Butter Yourself Body Butter: This is a body butter with AHA. The pot claims you should’t expose your skin to sunlight when you used this; so I used it in spring and finished the pot in fall. Like all Soap&Glory products, this has a strong scent. Too strong if you ask me, but it’s not as bad as it was with the Glow Lotion. The smell is of fig and citrus, very zesty.

I got the whole 300ml pot as a GWP (as did everyone shopping in that week), so I was very sceptical of the quality. But it works very well. It left my skin super soft over night. Due to the AHA I had reddened skin and little bumps after the first use. This normal for a chemical peeling. Since I had never used a chemical peeling on my body at first I used it only once a week. Later I used it more often. The skin got smooth and calluses were reduced.

Two to three weeks after I ran out I really noticed how good it was: I have a lot more ingrown hair and weird bumps in my skin now. So I have learned that using a chemical peeling is just as good for the rest of the body as it is for the face.

Repurchase is likely, even if I don’t like the smell. Maybe I’ll find something similar from a different brand.

And that concludes my short list of November empties. 🙂

All Used Up July & August 2015

All Used Up July & August 2015

Here are the combined empties of the last two months. I think I made some good headway. 🙂

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Soap & Glory Glow Lotion: body lotion with lovely shimmer. You can see it applied in this post. I liked the effect and lotion itself very much, but I dislike the smell. It is very strong, a sweety floral fruity scent. I could live with that, but the smell refused to go away. It was interfering with any perfume I applied and the smell lasted until the next shower. This is good if you like the scent and don’t want to wear perfume, but I found it annyoing. Otherwise really good, though.

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A sample of Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture: Couture is a flanker to La Petite Robe Noire (LPRN). Couture is the one with the long dress on the bottle. While LPRN is more cherry based, Couture is raspberry based. Lightly applied (one spritz) I got a faint whiff of old candy. With two or three pumps I got the magic out. You see, strongly applied the raspberry really gets through. But it is not real raspberry, it is raspberry candy. I got flashbacks to being a sticky fingered six year old. It smelled just like the really disgusting candy stuff a kid likes. It made me happy, made me think of being a carefree kid. So, yes, this scent has its merits, but it is certainly not elegant like the bottle and name want to make you think. After a couple hours the berry had worn off and left me with a weird sort of old fashioned something (probably rose and moss. I’m not big on rose). So it’s nice, but no must-have. Maybe for the berry-rose lover.

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Catrice All Matt: Blotting paper. Very useful during hot days. Already repurchased.

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Balea Q 10 Anti Aging hand cream: my fav handcream, always repurchasing. You can see the new bottle with a slightly different look on the right. Sadly, the packaging was so changed that the cap is harder to close now, which leads to squeezing the bottle while closing it. Please go back to the old bottle, Balea. Also make the SPF higher, 10 is too low for real anti aging.

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Two items:

Firstly, Lancome Visionnaire serum. I already reviewed it here. While I liked it, if I bought a full size of a Lancome serum, it would be Advanced Genifique again, which seems to be just a tad better to me.

Secondly, Douglas Beauty System Sea Thalasso body lotion. I also have the matching shower gel, but it seems that one isn’t used up yet. Despite the sea thalasso in the name and the fact that this is a bright blue gel-like cream, the smell is straight up neroli. Neroli, neroli, godly neroli. The lotion is light and good for summer. Might not be enough for winter. Am still on a body product no buy, but might repurchase this in the future.

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Matrix Biolage Color Care Shampoo: I have yet to find a product of this brand that is good for long term use. This one made my hair unbrushable. Boo. 😦

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Rexona Ultra Dry Deo Stick: a staple of mine. works 100% because of aluminium salts (the good stuff, forget about the scare mongering).

Sun Dance Sonnencreme: Sun cream for the face with SPF 30. Very cheap, and not so good. I mean the sun protection was there, yes. But it made me sweat. I don’t mean oily, I mean sweat. Huge beads of water suddenly coming up and not from the heat either. I tested with one side with cream and the other without. So this was completely useless for the face. I used it up on my hands. I know the sun protection itself worked well, because my hands got lighter in color than my belly, which sees sun a lot less often than my hands.

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Dior Eau Sauvage Cologne: I already reviewed it here. Not identical to the newly released “Sauvage”. Very refreshing, especially in summer. Me likey.

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4711 Acqua Colonia Melissa & Verbena Shower Gel: as name and packaging promise, a very green smelling product. Green and sharp and no weird soapiness. You can really pick out the verbena. I liked this shower gel, but only on hot days. For winter I prefer sweet things. This shower gel goes with the Eau de Cologne of the same line, but I think you could also pair it with Guerlain’s AA Herba Fresca, in case you’re looking for a matching shower gel.

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Last two items: Lancome DreamTone serum 2: I already had a sample of 1 (review). The difference between those is the color: the liquid of 2 is a deeper peach. However, the color does not transfer to the face. It looks like you have nothing on, so the number on the bottle is irrelevant. This serum is so good with pores. SO GOOD! I did not see anything else. I mean, my age spots got lighter, but that started earlier (when I was still using Advanced Genifique) and I attribute it mostly to use of sun cream.

And last item was my other shimmery body lotion by Nougat: Sparkling Body Shimmer (more pics here). It comes with a cherry blossom scent that I don’t like very much, but luckily it goes away fast. The lotion itself is wayyyy too liquid. I kept getting drops everywhere. It also doesn’t get into the skin fast enough, leaving me sticky. The sparkle was nice, almost a bit much, but at least goes with the current trend of strobing. Not very nourishing. Do not recommend, unless it’s for a ten year old in a fairy phase.

And these were all my empties of the summer. I think I’ve been very good. 😀

All Used Up November 2014

All Used Up November 2014

Hello and welcome to the last used up entry I’ll write in 2014.

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First item is this sample of Armani‘s EdP. What does it smell like? It smells like SUGARSUGARSUGAR. You know, not just sugar; it smells like you got out of the shower and rolled yourself in sprinkling sugar. And that’s it. It’s comepletely one note to me, maybe a little hint of marzipan. There is no darkness, nothing that pulls it down and makes it heavy. Only high top screeching sugar.

At first I did not like it (me and every gourmand ever) but the longer I wore it, the more it grew on me. And then I was craving it. I was sorry to see the sample go. On the other hand I would not want a full bottle. It’d be too much. But for everyone who wants something sweet smelling, without anything that makes it sickeningly rich, this is your perfume. Longevity: lasts all day on me, and longer on clothes.

 

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Wella enrich volumising shampoo: The longer I used this, the worse my hair got. Harder to brush, harder to wash, too, and it got greasy faster. Yes, it did give volume, but other shampoos do that too. And it felt like it was only volumising at the top, while everything else fell down and stuck together. I don’t know if there was silicone in it, from the way my hair reacted, probably.

Marbert Daily Care eye cream: Easy to apply moisturizing care. This is a completely no frills eye cream, no anti aging care or anything of the sort. It promises nothing but daily moisture and that it gives.

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Catrice Mattifying oil control paper: used especially in the summer to soak up excess sebum.

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And then suddenly it was gone. I have already repurchased it. It now comes in a lilac casing that is not see through and is simply called “all matt” but everything else is the same.

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BM Beauty Beautiful Lashes: came in a beauty box many moons ago. The bottom sticker says “Lash Thickening M001 Black”. Well if there’s one thing this mascara is not, then it’s lash thickening. In fact, before I used this mascara I never understood people who’d use five or more coats of mascara. Well, now I do. This mascara is so subtle, you barely notice it before coat 3. This mascara is neither thickening nor lengthening. What is does do is give nice fluttery, separated lashes without any clumping. Honestly I really liked the subtle effect. However, this mascara is a total vanishing wonder. I don’t know how, because it absolutely does not smear, but somehow after a few hours, there would be a lot less mascara on my lashes. Despite all this it stayed creamy until the end, so it wasn’t that it was dried up either. I don’t know, this is a weird thing and I wouldn’t buy it.

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The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter: I could only use it now in the cold weather, it’d be too thick otherwise. But now it worked very well, especially on the feet. They were so soft the next day when I put a good helping on before bed. I know it’s supposed to smell like honey but I mostly smell flowers. No honey I know smells like that. But I found it lovely anyway. I still have full sizes of the lip cream and shower gel, so I don’t have to say good bye to this LE scent yet. 🙂

And these were my empties of November. I can’t believe the year is almost over. I guess it’s time for the “looking back” posts.

All Used Up February

All Used Up February

February is a short month and so is my list of empties:

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The Body Shop Hemp Intensive Hand Butter: The Absinth Butter was not strong enough for winter, so I switched to the strongest butter they offer. The hemp butter has a strong scent. I could live with it, but I would not suggest buying this without smelling first. It takes a while to sink into the skin; but I am not sure if it sinks in at all or forms a film. When I applied this and then washed some fruit hours later, I always had the feeling the cream rubbed off onto the fruit.

 

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Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum-in-oil Night: This comes out as a clear, yellow/orange gel. The smell is more fruity and less cucumber (like other Biotherm products). It is supposed to provide overnight recovery to your skin. I think they want you to buy both this and the regular Blue Therapy serum and use that in the morning and this one at evenings. So  I used this every night and a different cream in the morning (the Blue Therapy cream, even, until I ran out). I think it does okay with dry skin, but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea with skin that is prone to clogging. Of course, the clogged pores at my chin might have been from something else.

Overall I’d say skip this and use the regular Blue Therapy serum twice a day instead. If you look for something to plump up your skin overnight, the Biotherm Aquasource nuit cream is your friend.

 

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Catrice Infinite Matt Make Up: This was a surprise use-up. From the outside it looks as if there was still a bit left, but when I unscrewed the pump, I found that no, there’s barely anything. It’s only residue here at the side. D: This particular foundation has been discontinued. Catrice have another matt one now, but the colors are different and the formulation too. I liked the old one, it worked well with primer and powder. But I’m not willing to take my chances with the new one, so I am in the market for a new foundation. (Not easy, because few ranges are pale enough for me and Bobbi Brown, who does offer my perfect color match, is out of the run because the foundations contain lavender oil! I think Maybelline Fit me might make the run, as they also have a good color match for me.)

 

And these were my only empties for the last month. See you! 🙂

Catrice Made to Stay

Catrice Made to Stay

These are swatches of my Catrice Cream Eye Shadows “Made to Stay Long Lasting Eyeshadow“. After the Bobbi Brown ones, these are my favorites.

Pro: long lasting, good color payoff, easy to apply with fingers or brush, minimal creasing, no primer or base needed

Con: small range, all colors are sparkly

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My three colors are 040 Lord of the Blings, 060 Jennifer’s Goldrush and 080 Copper&Gabbana.

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Aren’t they pretty? Somehow my most used shadow (Lord of the Blings) looks most unused here. Weird.

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Swatches from top to bottom: Lord of the Blings, Jennifer’s Goldrush, Copper&Gabbana

What’s in the box?

What’s in the box?

No, I don’t have another beauty box subscription. Instead I decided to put my most needed items and a few others into my prettiest Glossybox box to have them handy. I decided to combine this with the concept of “stash-shopping”, so that I’ll have a full box of make up items and will not use any other for a t least a whole week. Stash-shopping means that instead of buying more items, you go through what you already own and pick items from there. I’ll have yet to perfect my stash shopping skills. Anyway, here’s my box of the last week:

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What do we have here?

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Emite eyelash curler. Possibly the product from Glossybox I was the most skeptical about which turned out to be the most useful.

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My foundation duo – Catrice Infinite Matt foundation and MAC Prep&Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer with SPF 35:

You can see I use the Catrice foundation a lot. Sadly, it has already been discontinued so I spare you the review. I combine it with the MAC Prep&Prime because the foundation doesn’t have any SPF. I think it makes the foundation last a little longer too, but it’s not omg the best primer ever. It’s in the box because I’ve had it for a while and I’m trying to use it up. It has a tendency to really cling to the skin so washing it off is a pain.

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The concealer duo: Clinique airbrush concealer and MAC Studio Finish concealer with SPF 35

I have tried to use the same product both under my eyes and on blemishes but that never works. I’m happier with one for under eyes and one for blemishes. I like the Clinique one very much, the coverage is not full but it’s still a huge difference to me without under eye concealer. You can see the Studio Finish concealer gets a lot of use – I think it’s the best concealer I’ve tried. The pictured color is NC 20. In the darkest days of winter I switch to NC 15, but that one sees less use than this one. I like them better than benefit‘s boi-ing (I have boi-ing in 01 and 02, one is too pale, the other too pink). The quality is comparable but I still like MAC’s better.

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Another item in daily use: alverde transparent eye brow gel. I used to pluck my brows and sometimes dye them, but I stopped both during 2013. Since my brows are thick and untamed now a little brushing and gel helps.

Lancome‘s eclat miracle is a subtle highlighter that I keep on forgetting to use. I don’t use highlighter regularly but I want to use this more. That’s why it’s in the box.

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Two items I’ve owned for years and that don’t see much use: Clinique high impact mascara is my oldest mascara. It’s still good, but I’m trying to use it up before it goes bad. Except, I haven’t used any mascara in about two months, so the plan is not going so well. (First I barely wore eye make up, then I went no make up and then I dyed my blonde eyelashes black which makes such a huge difference that I don’t feel like I need mascara – note to self: never buy mascara again)

MAC prep&prime eye is what I use underneath powder eye shadows unless I use cream shadow instead. I also don’t use powder shadows that much, so this item didn’t get much love lately. I dug it out to use underneath my new Chanel shadows, works very well.

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These on the other hand are in the box because they are new: The jelly pong pong liner from the last Glossybox (great for a very easy smokey eye, use nothing but this and your finger); Catrice cream eyeshadow in Copper&Gabbana (was on sale, obviously); and last Chanel cream stick shadow in Pink Lagoon which I had to grab before it wasn’t available anymore. So far I think Chanel does the best cream sticks. The last two items go very well with the shadows in my Oasis palette, which I showed here.

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And last, MAC Casual Color for lip& cheek in Relaxation is in the box because it is my current favorite blush. It was a limited edition, a little creamier than normal MAC creme blushes and therefore super easy to apply.

The other two items were my first attempt at stash shopping, mostly picked because I had not seen them in a while, not because they go particularly well with the rest (need to put more thought in next time). Clarins Eclat Minute blush in Brown Fizz as a bronzer and Clarins Rouge Hydra Nude with SPF 6 in 03. If this color had a name then I don’t know it, sorry. I’ve had this lipstick for a long time and it’s quite fascinating: it smells strongly of sweets, like chocolate with nougat. That makes it a little annoying to wear because I keep on trying to lick it off.

The other items you saw in the box are my newest Chanel acquisitions so I won’t show them again.

Swatches:

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Top Clarins lipstick, underneath a dot of brown fizz.

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Spread out. It looks better on the cheeks I promise…

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From top to bottom: MAC casual color in Relaxation, Catrice Copper&Gabbana, Chanel stick in Pink Lagoon. Pink Lagoon didn’t photograph very well, it’s so gorgeous in reality.

So, this was my everyday make up items combined with some extras. How do you store your most used items? Do you stash-shop? How often do you rotate your looks?

little drugstore haul & liquid highlighter comparisons

little drugstore haul & liquid highlighter comparisons

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So, I got these things: Ebelin nail polish remover pads (a repurchase as the old ones are almost used up); Catrice mattifying oil control paper, thought these might come in handy this summer. I have never used any before, so I’m curious. And alverde Schimmer Fluid, more about that farther down.

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And last I got a Kate Moss lipstick by Rimmel.

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Color is 16, which is very bright.

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Swatch. The finish is more matte than shiny and it’s highly pigmented. Despite that, it does not dry the lips out. It feels great on the lips. And it’s cheap. Only downside is that it is scented. Not badly, but I’m campaigning for less useless perfume in beauty products. No, it’s a great lipstick and I’m tempted to buy more colors.

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And now to the alverde highlighter: Here you can see the small opening of the pump. It’s very directional, you don’t get too much product out. This highlighter seems to be part of alverde’s summer collection, so it’s probably limited edition.

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Comparison to my other liquid & cream highlighters. From left to right, Lancome Eclat Miracle, Benefit Watt’s Up!, Benefit High Beam (both are mini sizes), and last the new alverde shimmer fluid.

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Freshly applied: Top is Benefit Watt’s Up (Which is a stick product and so doesn’t need to be spread anymore); underneath Benefit High Beam, then alverde and last the watery mess that is Lancome Eclat Miracle.

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With the product spread: Watt’s Up!, High Beam, alverde, and Eclat Miracle. You can easily see the strongest ones are by benefit, the first bronzey, the second pink. Alverde comes subtle with golden shimmer and Lancome is subtle with more whitish shimmer.

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Closeup of only alverde (top, golden) and Lancome (white silvery).

In conclusion, alverde is the lightest and most subtle product (but it is buildable). I think the golden color is beautiful and it can be worn in bright daylight without looking like a sparklepire. Consistency and application are most comparable to high beam. It is also super cheap, like 3 ,50 € or so. Only downside? Again the scent. This thing smells of coconuts and pineapples, which I find pretty annoying.