Before I get down to my usual review for, I need to be frank about the formula. It's bad. Think sludge. The photos above are after thinning and topcoat. You need to see two very thick, challenging coats, warts and all.
|Ok, so it's a bubble, but it really looks like a wart, right?|
Now that the ugly truth is out of the way, let's proceed...
Cauldron has gold fleck shimmer in a deep red-brown jelly base and dries semi-matte.
My first attempt was so vexing and lumpy that I needed to thin it to get a really presentable swatch. I don't like doing that, since it means I'm no longer reviewing what you get straight out of the bottle. After thinning, I added a third coat. That's what you're seeing now. Thinning helped, but it's still not an easy shade to apply. I can't really call the finish satin because they're usually silky smooth to the touch and this dries to what almost looks like a textured finish. On top of the formula issues, the brush was aligned awkwardly inside the squared-off cap so I had to hold it at a strange angle. I was feeling generally displeased...
...and then I topcoated it.
It reminds me of both Sinful Colors Leather Loose and Revlon Italian Leather, though it's somewhere in-between the two and far from a dupe for either. It's got that same autumnal smolder that I love so much.
I'm not sure if I'll be buying more from this collection. Have you tried Cauldron or any of the other Satin Finish shades?