Recently I got the opportunity to test out 3 products from the brand Ciate London. I knew Ciate from their nail polishes, I use to see them quite often at Marshalls, especially when their Caviar manicure sets were trending back in like 2013. I was later surprised to learn that they actually have a whole makeup line! I’ll admit that while I was curious about their makeup line, I never did take the plunge.
So, when I was sent a few of their products I was undoubtedly excited to finally give their makeup a try!
Ciate London Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic
I received a sample size of the Wonderwand mascara in the color Black Magic. This product comes in a stylish reflective silver tube and decorated with a white starred design. The brush on this mascara wand is a fat brush with a slight hour glass shape and soft bristles. The claims of this mascara are that it will be a triple threat, adding volume, curl, and length to your lashes.
I think this mascara meets the claims. This has a drier formula, which I actually prefer. I feel like between the formula and brush, I was able to coat my lashes with this mascara for a nice fluffy lash look. I was also able to layer this mascara to add thicker coats for more of a dramatic effect. I think the only downside to this is I sometimes did experience a tiny bit of flaking towards the end of the day, but other than that it’s a great product.
The full size of this retails at $22 and is available at Sephora.
Ciate London Fierce Flicks
The Fierce Flicks eyeliner comes in a felt tip pen with black packaging which is decorated by silver stars. The formula of this swatches amazingly, its a richly pigmented black color. I was really excited to give this a try but was left severely disappointed. While this eyeliner looks dark upon initial application, if you try to go over and build on the line that you just drew, the felt tip moves the product around leaving a streaky looking line. This isn’t a problem if you’re a one swipe type of eyeliner gal, but I make mistakes and need to go over my work to shape it into a decent looking line. I struggled with this eyeliner so much…
I tired multiple times, giving the product the benefit of the doubt, but no matter how many times I tried or what different techniques I went with, I couldn’t get on board. I spent so much time trying to make this eyeliner work, it just isn’t worth it to me. Besides, the times I did get it to look kinda decent on my eyes, it showed signs of flaking towards the end of the day. This is a pass for me.
The Fierce Flicks Eyeliner retails for $19 at Sephora
Ciate London Dew Stix in Glow
The Dew Stix comes in a chubby plastic gold tube. I was originally very interested in this product, but also very hesitant about it. I love subtle highlights to achieve that ‘glow from within’ look and had my fingers crossed that this might be the product to help me achieve it. My doubts came from the fact that this highlighter is a balm formula, balms have more of an oily feel, oily feel doesn’t play nice on makeup products like foundations and powders…
My suspicions were unfortunately right, this product performed terribly on top of any makeup. I tried to apply this with my fingers on top of my foundations prior to powder (I am a subscriber to the notion that you should avoid applying liquid type of products over powder), but this product only picked up and moved my foundation around. Applying it over powder didn’t help much either, it just broke apart my makeup. I then tried applying it under my makeup and tried using a medium coverage foundation on top, the highlight disappeared underneath.
The only way I could make this product work was on bare skin. I will use this on my face on days that I decide to skip any makeup but still want a healthy glow. Additionally, I did use this on my shoulders and collar bones and found that it did add a lovely subtle glow to my body. I will continue to use this for that purpose, but as a finishing touch over makeup, I have to say it’s another no go.
The Dew Stix highlighting balm retails for $26 at Sephora
I love the mascara and am very disappointed with the other two products. I might have written off the brand’s makeup (still enjoy the polishes), but I have been noticing some positive buzz on their Glitter Flip lip products. While I really disliked one of the products and had to find a work around for another product, I will say I’m not fully ready to write them off yet…the mascara’s performance has me willing to give them another shot with some other products.
Have you tried any of Ciate London’s products? If so let me know any recommendations you might have!
Disclaimer: All three products mentioned in this post were provided to me for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.