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~A far from natural foundation, from Natural Collection~
Boots Natural Collection Foundation is a product that I have tried in recent times, as I thought it might be worth trying out some of the budget range of make up products you can buy in store. I used to buy from this range many years ago and found it to offer good value for money, so I felt it would be interesting to see how the foundation products available now compare with more expensive products I have since bought and used. Having since used one of the Natural Colour foundations from the range I feel that it gave a lack lustre performance when used on its own and an average performance once blended with another foundation product from a different range.
~Matching the foundation to my skin tone~
When I picked my foundation colour I found it rather hard to decide exactly which shade to buy, as the in store lighting made it rather difficult to gauge the true colour of the shades I was interested in. There were a small number of colour options ranging from porcelain (a paler pinky toned mix for lighter skin), sand ( a slightly more yellowy/ beige toned shade with less pink in its mix), biscuit (meant to be like a light biscuit shade but looked far too dark for my skin once again), honey (this colour reminded me of the old school pan stick make ups of old and was verging on being too orange and heavy looking) and almond. I found the in store tester colours to be so variable in their results once tested on the back of my wrist, that I wasn't overly sure which of these to go for.
Basing my choice on the Boots No7 range which I have bought from, I ought to have gone for a light almond shade, as that is the colour I use as a concealor product, from the Intelligent Colour Compact range. However the almond shade on offer in the Natural Collection range is really far too bold and dark for my skin tone so had to be ruled out. I eventually opted for sand as my foundation shade as it seemed to offer a slightly better compromise for me than some of the other colours. I would say that no single colour from this range appeared 100% perfect for my skin tone under artificial lighting, so I took a chance buying the product. I paid for my super low priced budget foundation and hoped I had picked the right/ or at least closest matching colour option for my skin tone.
~Using the foundation~
Upon opening the product tube in order to use the foundation I found that the lid was easy to remove, with it revealing a small opening in the top of the squeezy style plastic tube, that allowed a reasonable amount of foundation to be dispensed. The texture of the foundation was neither too thick or too thin at this point and I felt it should be able to give a nice smooth result based on the ease with which I was able to work a fair amount of foundation onto a clean make up sponge ready for application onto the skin. Sadly in reality I found that this was not the case, as when I used the foundation on its own it gave rather patchy and unappealing results, with it drying on the skin a little too quickly for my liking.
I was a little concerned about the colour of the foundation, as the so called sand colour I had picked did appear a little too yellowy in colour under natural day light conditions. Once I began to apply the foundation to my skin I found that it did indeed have rather too much of a yellow tinge to it that made my skin appear a little dull and lifeless (which I wasn't overly pleased about). I found that once the foundation had dried on my skin it still looked a little too patchy and yellow for my skin, so I removed the make up and tried a different mix using a 50/ 50 blend of Natural Collection in sand and Boots 17 BB cream, just to see how this altered the look of the foundation once applied to the skin.
After having allowed the foundation to dry down I felt that this 50/ 50 blend gave me a much nicer finish, with better colour matching to my skin tone and a lighter more appealing finish that was neither too matt and powdery or too oily and shiny. The finish appeared far less patchy when used in this way and I found that using the the cheaper foundation product mixed with the BB Cream gave far better results than when using the Natural Collection product on its own.
~My thoughts about the foundation~
Once I applied a light dusting of translucent face powder to set the blended make up in place I felt that the coverage was fairly good, with the two colours I used having blended fairly nicely together. Whilst I was a little disappointed in the colour and patchy coverage results of the Natural Collection foundation when I used it on its own, I felt that it mixed well with the other product and gave reasonable results when used in that way. Had I not been able to mix the foundation with another product such as the BB cream to give a custom colour blend, I feel there would have been no single colour option in this make up range that would have suited my skin tone.
As I mixed my foundation with a BB cream I feel the results given had a lighter more natural finish with less of a heavy matt or powdery and patchy look. When I used this foundation on its own I felt that the product was a little too heavy in appearance and had a mismatched colour that didn't enhance my skin at all. I found that once I had applied the blended mix of both products, my foundation did stay in place for a good number of hours which I was pleased about. I cannot really say how long this foundation might have stayed put if used as a stand alone product, although as a blended mix it did last for a good 6 hours before it began to look a little tired and in need of re-doing. I don't feel this was too bad at all as I didn't pay very much for the foundation in the first place.
~Suitability of the product~
This foundation is meant to be suited for normal to combination skin and in use I found it worked well enough on my skin once mixed with some BB cream, but gave rather poor results when used on its own as it looked patchy and dried far too quickly. The foundation is sold as being fragrance free and I found this to be the case with the product I bought, as there wasn't really any strong scent to the foundation when I used it. I noted that the foundation had also been tested by Boots for safety on the skin and in use I would say that I found there were no adverse effects that I noticed once the foundation was applied to my facial skin.
~Price/ product rating~
I paid £1.99 for a small sized clear plastic tube of foundation, which I feel was fair value for money at the time of purchase, based on the fact that this is a budget branded make up item. The quality of the foundation was little below average when used on its own in my opinion, with it having a reasonable staying time once mixed with some No17 BB cream which gave better results. The coverage given when used on its own was not overly natural in my opinion, although once blended with the other product the results given were much more pleasing to the eye. I would say that this foundation is a 2 star make up item that can be of use if mixed with other products to give a more natural effect once on the skin. I feel that at £1.99 it offers fair value for money, although having used my Natural Collection foundation, I know I would rather spend a little more to get a better quality product that provides a good colour match to my skin tone in the first instance.
A few months ago I was looking for a new foundation having run out of my last one and not being able to get the same shade again I needed something as I wear foundation near enough on a daily basis. There are so many foundations on the market which all try to do specific things such as age renew, shine free, 12 hour etc. However, despite their promises I like a lot of women find it hard to actually find a foundation that actually suits my skin, yes some will do but we all want that foundation that is perfect.
Whilst on my search for another perfect foundation I decided to see whether I could find it in a cheaper brand considering some foundations are so expensive I may find a cheap one that actually works well. Whilst in Boots I came across their Natural Collection make up stand which in my local Boots is quite limited but one item they seem to have plenty of is their Colour Foundation. Natural Collection is Boots' low price make up range where items tend to all be under the £1.99 including this foundation.
The Natural Collection Colour Foundation comes in varying shades such as porcelain, sand, honey, almond and biscuit. Whilst not the most extensive of shades they do vary somewhat so there would probably be a shade suited to most people. Natural Collection products have very simple packaging and this is no different. The foundation comes in a clear, transparent plastic tube with a flip top cap. The front of the tube features the white flower logo together with the brand name. On the back there is the brief info about the product, ingredients, contact info for Boots etc.
For £1.99 I wasn't expecting this foundation to be the most miraculous product ever, secretly I was hoping that I had struck gold and I would have found a wonderful foundation! The foundation is supposed to give medium coverage and for normal to combination skin. Now I can have slightly dry and sometimes sensitive skin so I did wonder whether this would be any good for my skin as some foundations I have used previously haven't been at all suitable but for the price I didn't think it would harm to try.
The foundation has a medium to thin consistency. I found that if you give the tube a little shake first it seems to thicken up slightly but not a lot. There is no smell to the foundation which I wasn't expecting but when it is applied it does have quite a make up type smell which is perfectly pleasant. To apply the foundation you can either do it by hand, sponge or make up brush. I tend to use a combination of my hands and an applicator sponge and I find that due to its consistency simply using my finger tips just isn't enough to blend easily and I need a make up sponge to almost mop up the excess.
As said above the consistency can be a little thin and when applied to the skin it does feel a bit too thin and whereas my normal foundation can be applied and blended solely with my finger tips with the Natural Collection Colour Foundation I have had to use a sponge to help blend and almost take away the excess foundation. This isn't such a major problem for me but takes a bit more time when applying my make up. The foundation doesn't however feel oily to the touch which is nice as it is easily blendable being incredibly smooth.
But the problems didn't end here really. I found that sometimes applying after I had put on a primer or moisturiser that the foundation would go quite cloggy and patchy which made it hard to blend and get an even coverage. If I rubbed my hand over say my forehead or cheek the foundation would literally start coming off in little bits and of course therefore leave blotchy patches. To rectify this issue I found that I had to leave a suitable amount of time after using my primer to then applying the foundation which again takes more time and is actually quite annoying.
Unfortunately this foundation is definitely not suited to people like me who can suffer with dry skin as this foundation seems to gravitate around dry skin. Your skin can be just on the normal/dry border and this foundation seems to zoom in on it and stick to the dry patches like glue almost forming dry patches which obviously doesn't look too great! Now when I bought it I didn't realise that it was specifically made for normal/combination skin but I would have thought it would have given a better coverage.
This foundation doesn't have the greatest staying power unless on dry patches and around your eyebrows which is a real shame. Within about four hours the foundation has pretty much worn off and needs re-applying which again isn't exactly a plus point. Removing this foundation is probably the best part about this product as it doesn't take much more than a simple make up wipe or sponge on the face for it to disappear without a trace! Now although it doesn't dry out my skin I don't think it helps keep my skin moisturised and my skin didn't look its healthiest.
If you can't tell I really don't like this foundation. I think it is very poor quality and doesn't give a nice medium coverage especially considering it doesn't have any real lasting power. For me I am at least pleased I didn't spend too much on this foundation! For some it may be great but for me personally it doesn't do anything for my skin other than make it look a little patchy which is obviously not the look I am going for! Would I recommend? No, not at all spend - it is cheap for a reason. 1 star from me.
~ Incredibly Useless Information ~
Brand: Natural Collection
Availability: Boots stores or on their website
==why I bought it==
I first tried it out about 2 years ago when my last foundation ran out. I was looking at the more expensive foundations with my friend and she told me that the boots natural collection foundation was really good and recommended I should try it. For such a cheap price I wasn't expecting it to work or look very good. But anyway I thought I should at least try it so I did. I was a bit impressed. I workedquite well and now I still sometimes use it if I can't afford my usual foundation which I have written another review about. It isn't as good as my usual foundation but it is good for how cheap it is.
==how to use it==
It's really simple to use. Just apply it like any other liquid foundation.
1. Squirt a small amount on to your index finger.
2. Touch your two index fingers together so each finger has half of the foundation.
3. Using one of your fingers, dot the foundation on to one side of your face and repeat with the other finger on the other side of your face.
4. Now join up all of the dots of foundation all over your face and then rub them into your skin avoiding your eyelid your lips and your eye brows.
Your done. It's really that simple to use.
I have to say that the quality is not great of this foundation at all. It doesn't really last very long on your face at all and you have to keep re applying it on to your face during the day. Because of the quality it does give you a natural look only because it is actually your real skin. It really doesn't last on your skin long enough to even accept is as a good foundation .
I think the price is really, really cheap for the product the quality may not be very good which is not great but at that price you can't go wrong. It costs just £1.99 for a 40ml tube. It's soooooo cheap. I rate the price a 9 out of ten because the quality is not great but it is just so cheap.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend but if they were a busy person then it's probably not the best for them due to it not lasting very long but it's still a good foundation for the time it lasts. I think everyone should try it and if they don't like it then fair enough but they should still try it.
thank you for reading my thoughts on this product i hope this was helpful to you!!!!!
People's mileage really does vary on this very cheap, lightweight brand, but I quite like my foundation cheap and lightweight. I'm not a big wearer of foundation; all I really want is something subtle that evens my face out a bit and mattifies my slightly oily skin. By those criteria, I've had fair experiences with Natural Collection's foundation, specifically "ShineAway Foundation".
PACKAGING: The product comes in a clear squeezable tube of 40ml, unadorned apart from a simple name and the Natural Collection logo - it's either cheap and bland or minimalist and classy depending on the day of the week I look at it. Apart from the inevitable bit of mess inside the cap, it does the job well. The label describes the product as dermatologically-tested (good) and fragrance-free (good, and true as far as I can smell).
COLOUR: The main downside is that the ShineAway Foundation only comes in three similar-looking colours; luckily for me, Porcelain is a good match. It's the lightest shade, while Biscuit and Sand looked too pink and orange for my liking. The regular Colour Foundations have a bit more choice, but are still very samey and too limited to cater to everybody. If you have very fair or dark skin, you would be better off looking elsewhere.
APPLICATION: Thin but not too runny, the foundation is best applied with fingers; it blends in smoothly and feels silky and light once dry. The label describes it as medium coverage, and it's a bit on the sheer side really; it's enough to smooth out skin tone and give you a healthy glow, but it won't do much for larger imperfections or areas of redness. The ShineAway Foundation does help reduce shine, but I find it's best used as a base for some matte powder for extra security.
WEAR: It doesn't last all day - a few hours, perhaps - and some powder really does get more use out of it. Though it doesn't transfer much once it's fully dried, it's not transfer-proof, so I'd avoid excessive touching and rubbing of the face. I've not had any unpleasant wear or residue issues with it - its effects just fade over the course of the day until it's like I'm wearing nothing. By midday I find it's already started losing its mattifying effect. Carrying your powder with you is a good idea, to top up and keep the shine at bay, but it's also a plain old hassle when the foundation is meant to do that for you.
Overall, Natural Collection's foundation is a decent budget option: a safe entry-level product for people inexperienced with foundation, or a cheap-and-cheerful fix for those who aren't heavy wearers and don't fancy investing in something higher-end. Its lightness and low cost make it an ideal foundation to throw on every day. If you're already used to better, you probably won't be impressed, but for foundation innocents (like me) with mid-range skin tones and £1.99 to spare, it's good enough.
This foundation costs £1.99 from Boots.
I hated it. As soon as I applied the foundation it started to flake and crumble. I washed it off hoping that it needed a good shake so I did that and re applied it, only to get the exact same result. I chose a shade that matched my skin tone (which is quite pale) but the foundation looked awful once it was on my skin and it made my skin start to itch. It really irritated my skin, which confused me as I thought it was part of a "natural" collection. Even after washing it off my skin still itched.
I left the foundation on a little longer on my second attempt but after a few minutes it started to flake and crumble, so I had to wash it off again! After washing off the foundation my skin was red, blotchy and irritated. It took a good few days before my skin started to look "normal" again. The foundation didn't keep well either. It started to separate in the tube and go off colour. It literally looked hideous and it even started to smell, so I ended up taking it back to Boots and I put a complaint in about it. I was given £1.99 on a gift card, I certainly didn't buy another tube of it!!!!
Awful foundation. It is cheap and it looks cheap. Pay a little more and get better quality, unless you want to look like a clown.
I purchased this - Natural Collection - Colour Foundation from Boots, I believe the Natural Collection is exclusive to boots and therefore can not be purchased anywhere else. This is the second time for me to purchase this foundation this therefore plays testimony to the fact that I am very pleased with this product. As this is rare for me to keep to a particular make up item as I am constantly on the look out for new and better products at prices that reflect there performance.
I purchased this foundation for £1.99 - which I consider to be an absolute bargain. The tube is 40ml and is very simple in design. The tube is see through plastic and the cap is of such a good design it allows for easy use and good non messy storage. The foundation description on the product, is brief it simply states that it is a medium cover foundation. Suitable for normal/combination skin. Fragrance Free and dermatological tested.
I have combination skin and it does work well for my skin type, as for fragrant free there is a small fragrance which is neither unpleasant or pleasant if you smell the foundation whilst in the tube but whilst wearing the foundation there is no fragrance.
The foundation itself is rather thick which I consider to be an advantage as I also use it as a concealer as the thickness allows for good coverage. Regardless of it being thick it does blend very well and doesn't cake. I also find that this foundation has good staying power it looks the same as when I'm removing it at night before bed as it does when I first applied it, and It's easily removed with a wet wipe.
Conclusively this foundation is just £1.99 a complete bargain and despite it being a bargain it is a very good foundation for everyday wear. It therefore saves my more expensive foundation for nights out or special events. This is not to say that this foundation is not good enough to wear on nights out or special events as it definitely is, its just I just would prefer to keep more expensive foundation for special events. I would definitely recommend this foundation to anyone, it provides good even, coverage that doesn't cake. On a blind test of this product I think people would be very surprised to know the purchase price is just £1.99.
With using foundation almost every day it really is something that I run out of rather often. Its a product that I don't usually mind spending a little more than I do on other make up products and of late I have been using a L'Oreal foundation that I have rather liked however like most of us on here at the moment, financially I am feeling the pinch a little and have been trying to make small cut backs on bits and pieces wherever possible.
Alot of my make up I purchase from Boots as I like the amount of the stuff they have to choose from, prices and of course points back on my advantage card! I set about looking for a middle of the range price range of foundation the other day when I found myself looking at this Boots Natural Collection range which all the products costing a mere £1.99 and knowing from the past and buying things from this range and being rather pleased with them I decided to try the foundation out!
The clear plastic tube with a flip top opening to the bottom of it concealing a small hole holds 40ml of the foundation according to the weight stated on the back of the tube. On the front of the tube we are told that it is Natural Collection 'Shine Away' Foundation and then on the back of the tube other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are listed as is the size stated and colour given and being as this is Boots own product contact details for them are given too. This is a very simple looking tube and in fact appears a bit cheap looking but it is informative as it needs to be and easy to squeeze the product out of etc and for £1.99 you do get alot of product.
Well this foundation comes in three colour options only as far as I am aware and those colours are porcelain, biscuit and sand (according to Boots.com) and I bought mine instore and in porcelain as I am very fair skinned indeed and so went for the lightest option available to me.
To use this foundation you do so as you would any other basically. Apply it with your fingers/sponge/ foundation brush....... whatever and onto clean skin. This has no fragrance to it at all (which it shouldn't as on the tube we are told that it is fragrance free), doesn't feel greasy in application and blends rather well indeed and once applied it doesn't feel heavy or mask like or anything like that at all though it does feel very thin when being applied and is very smooth indeed.
However for me this is an incredibly light foundation in the way it works. Not only do I find that this doesn't keep shine at bay for long (I do suffer badly with greasy patches of skin on my face) but that although it initially creates a nice smooth base to apply other make up to it doesn't correct skin discolouration at all or help to keep spots and blemishes less visible for long either.
Although I initially liked the light formulation of this on my skin, after a couple of hours my face looks greasy and too natural for my liking and for this reason I think is best suited to women who don't need anything really from a foundation! My skin eats it up somehow and leaves me looking a mess and too natural after about an hour though to be fair to it I haven't noticed any extra breakouts or anything adverse like that on my face.
Cheap make up, a little of it does go far but its too light in formulation for this 36 year old woman sadly!
Only available in Boots stores costing £1.99 a tube.
This review is also postd on Ciao under this same username.
If you want a natural look then I would go for the boots natural collection, I find that the foundation does cover up any blemishes and you can't tell your wearing it. Unless say you go for a darker colour than your skin tone as I have really pale skin but I tried the darkest shade in it which does look really dark on.
The price of this foundation is really good as it costs £1.99 or 3 for £5 and it does last me ages as I find that you don't have to put much on with it blending into your skin colour, although 40mls doesn't sound a lot you'll be surprised at how long it lasts. You can also mix and match the foundations with other Natural collection products which is very ideal and it comes in 4 or 5 different shades
Although it does say its fragrance free I do feel I has a slight putty smell to it if you know what I mean but to me it smells does smell quite nice. It also have quite a thick texture which does make it slightly harder to apply then other foundations thay i have used but having siad this the tube does last quite awhile this could be because you don't need to apply as much because its a natural looking foundation.
I do find that it doesn't last long on my face as it wears off quite quick so you can see any impurities on your skin that you tried to cover up, this is a bit of a disappointment as I hate having to keep reapplying make-up so one thing that I would suggest is mix it in with another foundation this is what I tend to do. I generally just put the natural collection foundation on if I'm just in the flat all day but if I'm off out I'll apply it with another.
In my opinion this product is really easy to remove with a face wipe or water, which is good as i don't like spending a lot of time to remove make-up.
Overall it is a good price maybe not the best of products to use on its own its definitely one you could put with a slightly more expensive foundation as with it being cheap it will make your dearer one stretch further, hope this helps.
(This product is also available on Ciao under the same username)
After running out of my current favorite foundation I needed a decent priced foundation to do me for during the day. Browsing Boots make-ups asiles I Found myself being drawn back to the Natural Collection stand. I have tried a few of their products, particularly a concealer which I lie very much. So though I would try the 'Shine Away' Foundation.
*~* The Product *~*
Boots Natural Collection products are dermatologically tested and from my shopping experiences are fragrance free. This is great for the likes of myself, as I have very sensitive skin.
The products are free from mineral oils- as y continuing research on this brand shows - which is good as these can create a layer of oil on the skin which can clog your pores.
The foundation comes in a 40ml clear plastic tube allowing you to see the liquid inside. I bought the shade Porcelain as it looked to be the lightest, thought there was not much choice in colours I have to say. The packaging does look a little cheap but it isn't an expensive brand so I wasn't expecting too much.
The foundation states itself to be medium coverage and will help to reduce skin shine. It is a thick consistency and looks very slick and wet as it comes out of the tube.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
This foundation costs £1.99. All Boots Natural products are £2 or less. You can also buy 3 products for £5 which is a good deal, especially if you find a product you like you can stock up!
The product are available in the majority of Boots stores and some Boots Pharmacy's. You can also purchase a selection of the products online on the Boots Website.
*~* Let's Get It On My Face *~*
I was on my way to meet a friend and it came time to try out my new foundation. As ever I was running late so didn't have a lot of time to spare.
Putting a small amount into my hand I started applying it to my face. It feels very thick and the first thing I notices was the immediate colour change I the foundation! The colour went from a shade of porcelain to a bad shade of orange tinted! It reminded me of when you often see people who wear far to much make-up in the wrong colour for their skin, and they always have the caked line around their chin. This is the best I can describe how bad this looked. As I didn't have time to go and take it all off all I could do was blend it into my neck and look down while I was out!
I tired the next time I used this product I tried to mix it with moisturizer to maybe tone down the colour change.....no luck! It looked just as bad. It had to come off. I have tried using a brush to apply it also, in case maybe it was reacting from the heat in my heats, but as with adding the moisturizer it made no difference.
When I did have it on it felt very thick as if I have put more than one layer on my face, I really didn't like it. I do wear foundation every day but I don't cake it on, therefore this felt a bit much. It also came off very easily and became patchy. Due to the massive colour difference this was quite obvious as I am very pale and this was no wear near a porcelain colour!
*~* Overall *~*
I can honestly say I will not be buying this product again as I struggle to think of any good point. The colour did not go on even close to either the colour it was named or as it looked in the bottle.
In this case I would say spend your money elsewear! If you are looking for a cheaper brand but works well I really like Rimmel 16 Hour foundation, which is the one I have ran out of -you can see my review on this is you visit my page should you be interested.
So pretty much, the worst foundation I have ever used!
Natural Collection do two different types of foundation which is a colour foundation and a shine away foundation. Whichever is most suited to you is the one which you should pick up. I like to have a full coverage of foundation, so I opted for the colour foundation, therefore I would recommend you trying the shine away one if you have particularly oily skin. For the purpose of this review, I will only be describing the colour foundation, as this is the only one I have experience with.
It is available in five shades which are porcelain, sand, honey, almond and biscuit. As you can see, there is not a great range of shades to choose from, however there is still a considerable amount considering it is a Boots own brand. One thing I have noticed is that the shades are not too far apart from one another, therefore a lot are quite similar, and unfortunately these shades are not great for darker skin tones. I have a very neutral skin tone, and I am barely tanned, however even the darkest shade of these suits me almost perfectly, so something to bear in mind for you lucky tanned girls!
I only picked this foundation up because I had ran out of my usual one, and the price was the most appealing thing about this. You get a generous 30ml for a mere £1.99. Even better than this, all Natural Collection products are always on offer, so you can get three products for £5, so it is worth taking on this offer if you are interested. The only place you can purchase this foundation is from within most Boots stores or online on their website. You can not pick it up at any other make-up store simply because the brand is Boots own.
There are a number of ways in which you can apply this foundation. Personally, I prefer to just use my fingers upon applying application, therefore I squirt out a small amount to apply at any one time. This foundation does tend to come out quickly so be prepared for that. Upon applying, it does apply easily and rubs in smoothly, however if you put too much on you will get big brown patchy marks all over your face which are difficult to remove. Regardless of how much you rub the foundation in, it does not set nicely, and your face does tend to look worse which is probably expected for a £1.99 foundation. Even though it easy to squeeze out, one problem is that sometimes foundation gets around the top of the tube and the lid and dries up, leaving a hard layer of foundation around the hole where it comes out. This can look very unappealing and can cause a waste of foundation.
Overall, I definitely will not be recommending this foundation for you guys to purchase. By spending simply a few more pounds you could get 100x better quality than this. Unless you are wanting a patchy face, avoid this one at all costs! Thanks for reading.
This foundation only costs £1.99 and when I didn't have much money a couple of years ago (before I had discovered the wonderful dooyoo!) I bought it, basically because of its very reasonable price tag.
The foundation is from the natural collection sold in Boots. I find that the collection is a bit hit and miss - and unfortunately this product is one of those items I'd rather give a miss.
The foundation comes in a very simple clear tube. It has the natural collection logo at the top, and the name of the product but apart from this there really isn't anything special about it. This could be interpreted as a good or a bad thing depending on your own personal preferences. Personally I think it is a tad boring but as its so cheap I wasn't really bothered about the packaging.
Something I did care about though, was how it made my skin look. I have awful skin and can never go anywhere unless I have foundation on. So anything would have been better than nothing . . . wouldn't it?
I bought this in a shade called sand. I expected it to be quite light but it was actually quite orangey once it was rubbed onto my face.
When I had this on you could tell I was wearing make up and it looked like I had put way too much on, even when I had only used a tiny amount. I looked really stupid, basically, and not only that but throughout the day this dried up a bit at the edges and made me look even stupider. Frankly this just did not bond well with my quite spotty, dry skin and when I wore this I looked like some cheap tart.
I would have looked better without wearing a foundation at all.
Overall I would not recommend this product. I love the price but I hate it!
I got this at the beginning of the year because i was sick of having blemished skin on show. I'm very paled skinned and find it very hard to find perfect foundation matches, but came across this one by total accident, and I love it! I wanted something that was light, would give me an even base and wasn't ridiculously expensive. This ticks all 3 boxes. It's around £2 for a tube, and doesn't come out really fast so you don't find yourself wasting half of it by accident. You can tell quite well where you've applied it and it blends so easily, so you don't find yourself walking out the house with an orange face and white neck! It blends very nicely into the skin around your eyebrows so you don't end up with white areas. I'd recommend this to all skin types and budgets as it does the job perfectly!
As mentioned in previous reviews, I usually avoid cheap make up like the plague. It just doesn't agree with me..
Seeing as Natural Collection is made by Boots I assumed it would be of at least a relatively decent standard, so went against my own good advice and purchased a foundation.
The choice of colours I thought was limited, compared with more up-market brands, but after testing a few I chose the closest match I could find - Biscuit.
Comes in a clear plastic squeezey bottle, a bit like a fattened out toothpaste tube. Has the Natural Collection logo on the front, and a brief description, name of the colour, and ingredients on the back.
My Face; Not the whitest kid on the block - but not quite half cast. I have dry skin on my face, but with moisturiser every day that's not a problem. I don't have oily skin, so foundation and other make up usually stays rather well. I have a relatively blemish free complexion (apart from the occasional spot breakout).
Cost; A good price - £1.99 for 40ml. I'm not sure whether this was a pro or a con though..
Colour; Sunburnt orange? Bared slight resemblance to any human skin tone I had ever seen, other than that it was odd. Looked better in the tube.
Smell; Doesn't have one. It states that it's Fragrance-Free on the back.
Texture; Thicker than any liquid foundation I've tried before, also quite sticky and gooey.
Application; A disaster. Didn't blend at all and if you keep rubbing it (as if to blend it) it just peels. Difficult to apply with a foundation brush too, but easier than with fingers.
Staying Power; Well for me - around 40 seconds, before I washed the lot off and never touched the stuff again.
Life Span; I can't answer this as I've only ever used it once, and certainly won't ever be using it again.
Natural Collection is a bit of trial and error. Some products are amazing, others, particularly their foundation, are terrible.
I've tried a lot of different foundations over the years yet this is the first product which I've stopped using before I'd actually ran out of it. I'll admit that in this case it was the price that swayed me. Usually in these instances the item isn't always that bad but in this case I was actually really disappointed with the outcome.
I have pale skin so I opted for the porcelain option, although they do come in 4 other shades-sand, biscuit, honey and almond. When using it I tend to put some on the back of my hand before applying just to make sure I don't use too much.
Unlike other foundations this came out of the tube really thick. It was difficult to use as it wouldn't spread very evenly due to its sticky texture. Leaving my skin darker in some places whilst patchy in others. Despite the fact that this is supposed to be a porcelain shade, the lightest choice it made my skin tone a lot darker than what it should of been. Even my younger brother said I looked browner! And he never notices things like that. It wasn't as if I had smothered my face in it either.
You get 40ml of foundation per tube which will cost you £1.95 from Boots. Although the price is pretty cheap and possibly the lowest cost that I've come across for foundation I do believe it to be a waste of money. It makes a lot of mess as well when you use it and I think you'd be better off buying a product which might cost you a bit extra.
It is fragrance free and is suitable for people with normal/combination skin types so I suppose that could be good for some. Personally I don't think those who know they have dry skin shouldn't use it. I don't but it made some of my face look as though it was flaking off.
I wouldn't recommend this despite the price. It's too thick, doesn't spread evenly, unsuitable for people with pale skin despite it saying it's porcelain and can leave you looking caked in make up even using the barest minimum of it.
A complete waste of money.
I bought this foundation a few years ago after seeing one of those tempting '3 for the price of 2' boots offers.There were ,at the time, two different Natural collection foundations available.One was the natural collection colour foundation,and the other,was the natural collection shine away foundation. I opted for the latter.
The product only came in three shades so I chose the one nearest to my skin tone. The foundation appeared to be suitable for my oily skin as the foundation was matte.
The texture of the foundation was more like that of a concealor.Very thick and good coverage.I found that the product needed to be applied to exfoliated skin to get the best result.Otherwise I would end up having coloured patches on my face.
Unfortunately, if it is applied too thickly then the foundation starts to mask during the day and that can make the face look very unattractive... (talking from personal experience and comments recieved) Its best to use a minimalistic approach- a wet sponge is fantastic.
I have, since then, moved onto other foundations,however do occasionally use this product.If the packaging was a bit more grown up (its a clear tube with some white petals,and a little bit of brown writing on the front ),I'd keep one in my handbag . That, I feel, does let the product down.
Taking everything into account I'm giving this product a 3 stars.