Thanks to Influenster, I was able to sample some Ciate London goodies. I’ve never tried Ciate before, I thought they were more known for their nail polish. I did like the packaging for their collab with Oliva Palermo (my style idol), but I’ve never bought anything from them. So I was excited to try out their products. In my VoxBox, there was a dewy stix, eyeliner and mascara.
First product I tried was Ciate’s Dewy Stix ($26) in Natural Transparent. Most of my highlighters are powder, so I was definitely interested in trying their balm stick. This product creates a wet dewy glow to any skintone. I was amazed that it didn’t feel waxy at all, and a little bit goes a long way! It has a small bit of shimmer, and gives you the sunkissed glow. It’s formulated with murumuru butter and hyaluronic acid and lets your skin breathe. Nothing is worse than a highlighter thats waxy/tacky formulated that feels like it’s glue on your face. You can use this on bare skin or on top of all your makeup. According to Sephora,
The balm’s unique formulation has been perfected to ensure maximum comfort and longevity. The convenient stick makes it easy to get a glow on the go with a brushless application. Apply directly on bare skin to impart a fresh, dewy finish, or if wearing on top of makeup, swipe fingers over the balm, and then place it on your skin using the pads of the fingers in a rolling motion. Try sweeping your favorite powder highlighter over the top to amplify your radiance.
Next was Ciate’s Fierce Flicks Eyeliner ($20). My eye shape isn’t the best for top lining/ cat eye. It’s too much as I usually tight line my eyes with a pencil eye liner. So this product isn’t really for me. I gave it to my roommate. When I asked her about it, she gave me the following review: “I love it! The tip is so sharp, with an experienced hand it’s very good. You can still use it if you’re not good at eyeliner but you’ll need to do eye lid pull. You have to ensure you apply it smoothly, because if not, since it’s so precise you’ll see the where your hand shakes. Color saturation is really good and doesn’t look too heavy on the eyelid. It really dries well. This eye liner is smudge proof and will last you all day.
Last but not least is the Ciate Wonderwand Intensely Volumising Mascara ($22). This ultra-black, dramatic formula is supposed to create five times more volume in just one application. It’s supposed to define and curl lashes, and designed to stay put all day. I’m very picky with my mascara since I have very long lashes. Although, I was blessed with long eyelashes, certain mascaras make them heavy and then instead of a pretty curl, my eyelashes are heavy and they fall straight down. So I had very high expectations for this mascara. The wand was super clean when applying it, the mascara wasn’t clumping at all. However, when applying it, I felt like it looked too natural. As in it looked like I wasn’t wearing any mascara. I usually like the volume and dramatic look. I instantly thought that this would be the mascara you hide in your medicine cabinet for the first time you guy stays the night and you want to have the ‘no makeup look’ the next AM. This mascara is perfect for that scenario. But for a night out, this doesn’t make the cut, because it doesn’t add volume or really curl lashes. I like it, but would I buy it? Not really.
What’s my favorite part of Ciate? Ciaté London is a PETA approved, cruelty-free brand. This product is free of gluten(?). Last thoughts: I see this line working well for pre-teens. You know when you first start wearing makeup but don’t want to over do it, this is the best brand. I would put this similar brand similar to tarte cosmetics.