The two coverage products that I have previously reviewed are Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer and Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation. These are both hydrating products that provide a natural skin-like finish. I think both Colourpop products work well for combination and oily skin, but many people with those skin types look for foundations with a matte finish. Matte foundations are usually the most long-wearing, especially for people that produce excess oils, and they provide a soft airbrushed look to the skin. It’s no surprise that matte foundations are appealing to many.
Since I’m a makeup enthusiast, I like to have a variety of textures and finishes in my foundation collection. When Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation was released and touted as a dupe for Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, I knew I had to try it (this Fenty foundation is very popular, but Fenty hasn’t responded to some questions about animal testing and the product costs $35.00). Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is meant to be a lightweight high coverage natural-finish foundation, but it looks very matte to me. The front of the bottle even has “mattifying” printed on it. Some matte foundations are very heavy, and the light texture of this one appealed to me. I don’t like feeling like I’m wearing a mask when I wear foundation.
Catrice is a very affordable drugstore brand. Many of their products are highly rated, but for some reason I don’t hear much about the brand. Catrice is best-known for complexion products, so I was very excited to try their HD Liquid Coverage Foundation.
Product claims directly from CatriceCosmetics.com
Hi-Def Coverage! Catrice’s HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is an ultra-lightweight, high coverage foundation for a natural looking finish. Covers imperfections and mattifies the skin creating a smooth and even complexion for up to 24 hours. Features a unique dropper applicator.
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Other product details
- Price: $11.00
- Net weight: 1.01 oz.
- Made in Italy
- Free of gluten, alcohol, and oil
- 26 shades ranging from Porcelain to Deep Mocha
- Where to buy: Ulta.com and Amazon.com (please note that there are only 20 shades available on Amazon)
- Ulta.com ships to the entire U.S. and U.S. territories, but does not ship internationally.
- Amazon ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
- Overall rating: 6.8/10
- Inclusivity: 7/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
- Hydration: 2/10
- Staying power: 6/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.
When Catrice first launched this foundation, the shade range was abysmal…maybe only ten shades. A high coverage foundation like this one really needs to have a large shade range since the shades are far from flexible.
I bought this foundation when the shade range was still quite small, so the shade I have (010 Light Beige) is actually a little dark for my fair skin tone. There are now three shades available that are lighter than Light Beige. The full range consists of 26 shades that range from 002 Porcelain to 098 Deep Mocha.
While I appreciate that Catrice added more fair and light shades, I think they should’ve added more deep shades as well. The majority of the range seems to consist of light and medium shades. This is subjective since Catrice doesn’t include shade descriptions, but I would only call five of the shades deep or dark. Another problem is that the deepest shade in the range doesn’t appear to be dark enough for the deepest skin tones. This seems to be somewhat common and it isn’t right.
While I’m very glad that Catrice expanded this foundation’s shade range, they really need to add even more shades. So many brands now are doing a great job with inclusive shade ranges, I think it would be wise for Catrice to do the same. For comparison purposes, Colourpop has a very inclusive wide shade range that includes 42 shades in their Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation. Colourpop, can you give Catrice some pointers, please? 😉
Packaging/ease of application
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation has unique packaging. Instead of a pump or squeeze tube, this foundation is packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper. The dropper works well to dispense the product since it is such a lightweight liquid formula.
I like that with the dropper, you can either dispense the foundation directly on your skin, or drop the amount you need on your hand or another surface like the e.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette. I prefer to dispense the product onto the mixing palette instead of directly on my skin because I think that method prevents you from accidentally applying too much.
This foundation is easy to quickly blend out on the skin. The only caveat here is that since this foundation is so lightweight and liquid, it does dry quickly and therefore you need to work quickly. That also means that you wouldn’t want to try to build more coverage with this foundation. You can use a little for medium coverage or more for full coverage, but don’t try to build it up once you’ve applied it to your whole face.
In this photo, the foundation was freshly applied (the only other product on my face was powder). I applied it to the left side of my face (right side in photo) with a sponge and the right side (left side in photo) with a foundation brush. I really didn’t see a difference from one side to the other, so I think it’s fine to use the tool that you’re most comfortable with.
If you are looking for a hydrating foundation, this one is not for you. I wouldn’t say that it’s drying, but it also is not hydrating at all in my opinion. This may be a problem for people with dry skin, but for others, I think it’s probably fine as long as you use a good moisturizer before applying the foundation.
I looked through the ingredient list and the only ingredient that jumped out at me as a hydrator was glycerin, and it was almost halfway down the list.
I tried adding a drop of e.l.f. All The Feels Facial Oil a couple of times since some foundations mix well with oils to make them more hydrating. Unfortunately, it did not work. I didn’t notice much difference in how the foundation felt on my skin, but I did notice that it broke apart more quickly.
I think the wear time, or time that this makeup looks good, will vary greatly from person to person. That’s because this foundation has a tendency to settle into fine lines very quickly and “crack” in any other places that you might move your face. It’s not obvious from a distance when this foundation settles into my fine lines, but I think someone with more mature skin and deeper wrinkles, might be unhappy with the way it looks on their skin.
On the other hand, I’ve found that this foundation does wear very well on my cheeks where I don’t have any fine lines. It also wears surprisingly well under a mask. It’s important to note here that I do always powder my face, and also usually use a setting spray. It might rub off quickly under a mask without the help of those other products.
I did an 8-hour wear test with this foundation yesterday. I finished applying all of my makeup at 11:00 a.m. and you can see that it looked very nice at that time. However, after only a couple of hours I could see it settling into all my fine lines, especially on my forehead. Some of the foundation also came off around my nose because it was running (thanks, fall allergies) and I had to wipe it with a tissue. I took the 3:00 and 7:00 photos without smiling to try to make the breakdown around my fine lines more visible. There was very little difference from 3:00 to 7:00, and other than the “problem areas” (fine lines), it still looked pretty nice at 7:00.
There are only a few cruelty-free brands at the drugstore that can beat the price of this foundation. I think $11.00 is very fair considering the nice packaging. A little goes a long way, so a bottle of this will last a very long time. If you think this foundation would work well on your skin tone and skin type, definitely don’t hesitate to spend the $11.00!
While Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is not perfect, I don’t think it’s a bad product. The packaging is nice and the formula provides good coverage that’s comfortable to wear all day (though it definitely wouldn’t last 24 hours like Catrice claims).
Before buying this foundation, remember that it isn’t ideal for everyone. Make sure there is a good shade match available, consider your skin type, and also think about any fine lines and wrinkles you may have. I’d like to note here that I usually don’t use a primer. If you have fine lines and use a primer that does a good job of filling them in, this foundation may work very well for you!
Are there any lightweight foundations that you enjoy? I definitely like how this one feels on my skin, I just don’t like how quickly it settles into lines. If you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments below! 🙂