When it comes to the Winter weather, you may have found yourself scrounging around for a high coverage foundation that doesn’t feel like a suffocating thick mask. My most recent discovery at just under $11 USD is Catrice’s HD Liquid Coverage Foundation, which feels extremely light on the skin with a finish very comparable to higher end foundations, at least in my experience.
The packaging is very pleasing and I especially enjoy the frosted glass appearance of the main bottle with its sturdy and luxurious feel. My only issue is the black pump up the top as it takes away from the sleek look of the rest of the body. But for such a cheap, drugstore priced item this is very easy to overlook. Due to the glass exterior I wouldn’t really recommend bringing this one on a trip. While solid, it’s still glass and prone to breakage unless covered in a bunch of bubble wrap.
Ulta describes the Catrice foundation as having a “unique dropper applicator”, and sure, it is. If you find enjoyment in watching Instagrammer’s using the famed “unicorn drop” products, then you can hop on the band wagon with this one. Personally, I prefer a pump for my application, just for more precise amounts (i.e. not grabbing too much product) and for hygiene reasons. I find that the dropper dispenses a lot of liquid and it can be tough to control, leaving a lot of unwanted drops to fall all over your carefully curated outfit choice.
The consistency is very smooth to the touch, quite thin and much more like a liquid than higher coverage foundations that boast a cream-like texture. I like the feel of it on the skin as it doesn’t feel like you have a lot on and is great for layering for more pigmentation. I found it easily blendable with little issues and seamless application. However, if you’re much more precise or like to take more time, I feel like you may run into troubles with blend as it mattifies on the skin quite quickly. In saying that though, it does lay down wonderfully on the skin. I personally didn’t find issues with oxidising, but some reviewers have with longer wear-time.
There is a slight fragrance which reminds me of something in between sunscreen and baby powder. It’s not pervasive and I don’t think even sensitive noses will have a huge problem with it, but it’s worthy of note just in case.
I used to think of all matte foundations as high coverage, but now with much more experience and experimenting, I know this is very much not the case. I would say that the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is a medium coverage foundation that can be built up to a fuller base. My main reasoning for this is that I have freckles. And a lot of them. My main concern for foundations (especially if they boast the high-coverage tagline) is whether they will adequately cover my freckles naturally without making them seem like grey specks on my face. It’s a constant struggle to find the perfect high coverage foundation that won’t look cakey but still cover my sun spots. Despite Catrice’s foundation not fully covering the freckles, I do love the finish of it. It looks much more natural than other matte foundations I have tried and can easily be built up for more pigmentation without bunching up in dry spots or problem areas. I haven’t had any troubles blending with other products so far and am very happy with the results.
As for the wear, I am extremely surprised how long it does stay in tact with the appropriate products on top. Remember that if you want products to last a lot longer, a powder always helps to set it and go the extra mile. I personally have combination skin so my T-zone tends to get very oily, while my nose and chin are dry. I also tend to experience separation around my nostrils, chin, forehead and smile lines. With this foundation I only started to see small signs of these issues after the first 5 hours of wear, and even at 8 hours it didn’t look horribly bunched up. I do not believe the foundation can last a whole 24 hours when you consider what activities you may be doing or weather conditions. 24 hours is a large claim and generally misleading, however, for 8 hours Catrice’s HD Liquid Coverage Foundation stayed extremely well.
- Long Wearing
- Not too drying
- Natural finish
- Thin consistency
- Very bad shade range
- Need to buy extra products to make your shade
The one big problem with this foundation is its shockingly bad shade range. With only 4 shades and a variety from light to still light but edging on medium, Catrice definitely has a lot of work to do to rectify the situation and expand their range. After investigating further, Catrice does offer “Transforming Drops” to either lighten or darken their foundations to find your perfect shade match, but I don’t believe this will cater to everyone, and not many would jump on the band wagon to become makeup mixers themselves. It messes with the convenience of having the right shade.
Perfect for :
- Lovers of a matte finish.
- Oily or combination skin.
- Those needing longevity with minimal touch-ups.
Despite some issues I do think that it is worthy to pick up, especially for the price tag and a great soft blurring finish. Obviously if you do not fit the atrocious shade range, go for a different drugstore foundation. It’s not worth the extra $8 USD (bringing the total to just under $20 USD) or extra time to mix your shade in your regular routine.