Review + Complete Swatches: Cathy Doll's all new Nude Me Collection
We were at Cathy Doll's launch last year, sampled its products via Sample Room, included the brand in our heat wave essentials, and recommended their CC Powder Pact in our six awesome budget powders round-up. To celebrate their first year, Cathy Doll did not disappoint and launched a memorable new collection that every beauty girl can get excited about.
We got #AllDolledUpWithCathyDoll as we tried the entire Nude Me collection at their anniversary party, hosted by beauty blogger Nikki Tiu of Askmewhats. Naturally, we did a massive swatchfest of the collection and will be sharing our initial thoughts for the product line. Lots of photos ahead!
The Cathy Doll Nude Me Eyeshadow Palette (P499 each) comes in three variants – 01 Nude, 02 Smoky, and 03 Pink Champagne. Each palette has 12 shades in shimmer, satin, and matte finishes fitting the tone selection and comes in a color-coordinated portable packaging.
Upon swatching, I found the shimmery shadows to be the best of the bunch as they just seem to glide on, packed with pigment. The satin shades blend easily enough while the matte shadows, particularly the darkest ones, tend to have a drier texture and a bit more fallout. In general though, these are good palettes that can take you easily from day to night. You can also play up with your day look more as the selection veers towards the classic neutrals.
The box packaging also features a handy guide for “eyeshadow placement” which may come in handy for beginners.
While I don’t think this is part of the Nude Me Collection, the Cathy Doll 3D Face Forward Nefertiti Contour Kit in Nefertiti Weapon (P299) deserves a special shout-out. This is an affordably priced palette that will cover all your contouring, blushing, and highlighting needs. In terms of texture and pigmentation, this is fairly decent and shows up a bit warm on my medium skin tone with yellow undertones.
For quick-and-easy polished brows in just a couple of swipes, you'll love the Cathy Doll Eyebrow Cara (P199). It comes in four shades: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Creamy Caramel, and Hazelnut. These mouth-watering names live up to their hype as you would want to keep one in your makeup bag. If you want long-wearing, natural-looking brows, the Cathy Doll Eyebrow Cara is a good bet.
When I first saw the Cathy Doll Sculpting Highlight and Shading Cushion SPF50 PA+++ (P749), I got really excited! A sculpting cushion? Say what?! Well, it was my first time to see such a product so I was curious as to how it would work.
It comes in two shades – 01 Fair Skin and 02 Honey Skin. A little goes a long way so use a light hand when applying this product. I accidentally warmed up my entire complexion when I first tried out Honey Skin, as the somewhat cooling effect upon application felt so pleasant!
The right way to use it though is to just lightly pat on the contour side of cushion, blend on where you normally put your contour, then follow up with the highlight side of the cushion, patting carefully where the light usually hits your face. In the swatches below, you'll see how 01 Fair Skin and 02 Honey Skin look before and after they're blended out.
Finally, we have the Cathy Doll Nude Me Liquid Matte Lip (P399 each). I love me a good liquid lipstick and these ones from Cathy Doll shot right up to my favorites list! They come in nine wearable shades though we only have six shades here. The nine shades are #1 True Brown, #2 Nude Brown, #3 Rose Embroidery, #4 Rose Bloom, #5 Peach Me, #6 Dusty Rose, #7 Moss Rose, #8 Aggie Maroon, and #9 Burgundy Red.
Here are the swatches with the left photo after immediate application, the right after the lipstick has dried and set. From left: True Brown, Nude Brown, Rose Embroidery, Rose Bloom, Moss Rose, Burgundy Red
Once set, these Cathy Doll liquid lipsticks stay put until you remove them with an oil-based remover. Micellar water simply won’t do the trick. The formula is amazingly long-wearing, budge-proof, and transfer-proof, except when faced with oily food which would then loosen up the pigment on the center of the lips.
These last around 6-8 hours on me, possibly longer but I rarely wear makeup that long. Reapplication is possible with a bit of trial and error as they do dry up and start to crumble into a powdery state. Do note though that this is minimal crumbling, and not a desert-like crumbling we usually see in other matte liquid lipsticks. I find that applying lip balm over sort of smoothens the surface and moves the color to settle into a more healthy-looking finish.
Congratulations again, Cathy Doll Philippines! We're looking forward to seeing many more beauty milestones from you! To know more about their products, you can follow them via Facebook and Instagram @cathydollphils.
Which of these new Cathy Doll products are you looking to try? Do you have a favorite Cathy Doll find?