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This review is for the Collection 2000 3 in 1 Foundation.
First of all, let me say how pleased I was to find a good, cheap foundation that was pale enough for my very fair skin, as most are too orangey, even the paler shades.
I bought it from Superdrug for about £3.
It does not slide easily onto the sponge, that is one downside of the product, whether with a dry or damp sponge, it is reluctant to get on there. However, a little scraping with my nail to get some loose solves that. It glides onto the skin perfectly, very light yet managing to cover my blemishes very well. It is 3 in 1 because it is mean to be foundation, concealer and powder in one. However, since I have a fair few blemishes most of the time, I have to use concealer too. So I would not recommend this alone to someone who needs a lot of coverage.
The sponge itself is soft, not the best quality but for £3 it's pretty good!
One other downside is that it doesn't last long. Other similar foundations usually last about two months to me, but this lasted about a month.
Overall, a good bottom end of the market buy, cheap but very cheerful!
As a Goth type with naturally pale skin I have problems finding foundations and powders that are pale enough to suit my skin. I also am on a budget so price is important.
This product comes in four colours which go from pale to medium colours. The one I have is called Cream and is an ivory type colour without the tinge of orange that value foundations often have.
The foundation comes in a navy compact with a mirror and sponge. It claims that it can be used as a foundation, powder and concealer but I have only used it as a foundation and powder. As a foundation it gives light to medium coverage so is good for good skin days or for people who generally don't need a lot of coverage. As a powder its creamy texture means it's good for setting liquid foundations to give a smooth matte look. It lasts well and a friend who works in a pub also swears by it so it obviously stands up to sweaty environments!
It costs £2.99 and is widely available.
I bought this the other day when I saw it was on an offer at a price of just £2, though I would not normally buy something like this as a foundation or a main piece of make up I was in a rush and the price seemed to good to be missed- though I now wish I had missed it!
It claims to be a 3 in1 in that it is a powder, a foundation and a concealer which made it sound like it was pretty good value for money! I often only wear a light amount of foundation and this product claimed to do the process of three products while still being light on the skin and achieving a matte look so I decided to give it ago.
They are avaliable in Boots and Superdrug and some independant retailers. They can often be picked up cheaper at independant retailers rather than in the main stores, some places I have seen them priced at just over £1, so you can't really complain about the price!
To use the powder, you simply use the sponge provided and rub against the foundation/ powder and then apply. This is not the best powder, however, is able to give a fine, ligt coverage. It is obvious that you are wearing the powder and does not blend into your complexion as well as others do. The colours are also quite hard to match your skin tone, meaning you often end up having one that is too pale or too dark, meaning you need to wear something on top so that it doesn't seem too obvious. I think there were only 3 or 4 different colour to choose this from aswell, which means I think others will also have similar problems with finding a shade that matches their skin colour completely.
The powder does give your skin a matte finish and removes almost all shine from the face, which is the thing I liked about the powder, despite this after two to three hours of wearing just the powder my skin started to shine again where the powder had worn off. I also noticed that the powder seemed to be latching onto any dry patches on my skin making them seem more orange in colour and stand out even more.
To use the foundation you dampen the sponge, get some of the powder which will then go slightly liquidy, yet still quite thick. It seems to go into an almost creamy texture, however, still remains quite robust meaning that it is hard to apply and blend into the face. I actually find this harder to apply than the powder due to when you blend it on you face it feels quite greasy and slightly sticky.
Once applied I would day that it feels light as a foundation and doesn't really feel like you are wearing much make up, however, it does definitley not give you the coverage of a foundation. It also looks quite blotchy, due to it being a powder / foundation mix of it. Rather than it giving my skin a matte finish it seems to add more shine to my skin and rather than it blending into my skin it seemed to simply 'sit' on top. Due to the shine I then applied it as a powder over the top, however this looked far worse. It seemed to only apply to certain areas of my skin and seemed to be removing some of the foundation in other places giving my skin a very uneven look and it also gave my some orange patches. Not only this, but it lso seemed to emphasise any dry patches/ blemishes/ spots, by either not being able to give them any coverage of by simply latching onto these areas and making the make up seem 'clumpy'.
The concealer to me, seems pretty pointless as you apply this using exactly the same method as the foundation and you just put this on top of the foundation over spots. Therefore, it is not infact a concealer and all you are doing is applying more of the 'foundation' in order to try and cover any blemishes which really doesn't work very well.
Once applied it looks obvious that I have applied something over the top of the foundation as this is almost impossible to blend in without removing any of the previously applied foundation. When using the concealer is just seems to make the make up seem even more uneven and blotchy and rather than trying to cover/ hide any blemishes it just seems to further exagerrate these.
It is fair to say that I was disappointed with the overall look. It did not give me an even coverage or really any kind of coverage. Once the make up had been applied it only lasted a couple of hours before it needed to be reapplied. Though, on reappling it made the make up look even worse and my skin seem even more uneven and it would have been far easier to have removed it and *try* to apply the make up all oer again. Over a few days of wearing this I also noticed that my skin was becoming increasingly dry, meaning that had to apply more moisturiser before being able to wear the product, which made the foundation look even more shiney.
Overall this is something that I would definitley not reccomend and would say that I fail to understand how this canbe described as a 3 in 1, especially when two ways in which you apply the product are identical. Though I cannot really complain about the product due to its price, it is one that I will certainly not be buying again, regardless of the price.
Up until recently I always use to by Collection 2000 3 in 1 foundation, although it says it is a foundation I used it as a powder over the top of regular foundation. I always use to say good it was and that I would never use anything else, however my opinion of this has since changed.
The foundation can be applied in 3 different ways, as a concealer, as a foundation or as a powder, how it is used depends on how it is applied.
Foundation - Apply with a damp sponge to your face (all over)
Concealer - Apply with a damp sponge after applying foundation
Powder - Apply with a dry sponge.
How the product use to be
I personally only ever used this product as a powder so cannot comment on how good it is as a foundation or concealer. When I use to use this product I put get a small amount of powder on the foam sponge supplied in the case and gently apply it to my face over the top of my foundation. I found that it ave me a lovely even coverage and covered any blemishes., I found it to be very long lasting and very rarely would need to reapply during the day.
How the product is now
Now I'm not sure whether anything has actually changed as regards to ingredients or anything but in my opinion this product is not what it use to be. I now find that when I apply the product it goes on just the same, initially giving you a lovely even cover, however within a few hours it has gone very patchy on my skin leaving orangey blobs on my face. This is a problem that I never use to have when using Collection 2000 3 in 1 foundation. It is now not long lasting and inorder to maintain the even coverage all day that I use to it needs to be reapplied several times a day inorder to smooth out the remaining powder on my face and fill in any patches that have worn off. Whereas this product use to be very economical and long lasting I found that I was having to buy a new one each week.
I personally use to buy the colour biscuit, however they do have quite a wide range of different shades to suit all types of skin
The packaging of Collection 2 in 1 foundation I think has to be its best feature now. It comes in a blue plastic rectangle casing with a small clear window so you can see the colour of the powder inside. To open the case you simply press the ridged part on the end and lift the lid. Inside the half of the base is filled with the compressed foundation/ power and the other half has a foam sponge sat in it. In the lid is a small mirror meaning that touching up your foundation when on the move is simple. The ingredients are written on the back of the case in silver writing, with the main ingredient being talc, they are very easy to read for people with allergies to certain ingredients. On the lid are the words Collection 2000 3 in 1 Foundation. The packaging is very simple, but having everything inside one case (foundation, mirror and place for the sponge applicator) is very handy. As far as I can see there is not an actual weight on the packaging but it costs around £3.99.
In conclusion I am now not very impresses with this product, it use to be my favourite powder and the only one I would use, however now I would never use it through fear of my skin becoming orange and blotchy after a few hours. This product is certainly not economical, at £3.99 it is generally quite expensive however having to reapply it several times a day to maintain an even complexion makes it a total waste of money!!!!!!
Not a product I would now recommend.
When mum brought this I decided to help myself and nick it from her what a mistake and I could not even tell her how bad the foundation was with out dropping myself in it!
So the foundation comes in this blue case with its own application sponge and a mirror to help you apply, for a starters you can not see anything in the mirror and if you go by the mirror you can grantee you will have a bright orange face not a good look. The sponge is to flexible and it is hard to pick the foundation up.
You can buy a variety of colours in this foundation, the case is clear so you can see exactly what you are buying. It looks like a good idea however it really is not.
The foundation is really hard and when applied to your face it is a nightmare to try and blend it your face is left all liney and patchy and very very orange not a good look unless you are going out dressed as a pumpkin.
The foundation is ment to give a matt look and a powdered flawless finsh but it does not do that in the slightest my advise is stay well clear and keep your £5 in your pocket buy a different brand of foundation.
Collection 2000 - 3 in 1 Foundation
I don't usually wear a lot of makeup as basically I don't have much time to start applying it every morning so this foundation works out well for me.
** WHAT IS IT **
It is a foundation, which you can apply as a powder. You also can use a damp sponge and wet the powder so it will be a foundation. It is good to use as a concealer or a base for bronzers and highlighters. When you want to use this as a concealer you make the sponge wet (but not soaking or dripping) and apply. I find that it works well if you have dry skin as you can just damp the powder which is showing on the dry skin and it goes away.
** PACKAGING **
The foundation comes in very handy packaging. It is a rectangular shape, which is blue in colour. On the front there is the Collection 2000 logo in silver and it tells you that it is a 3 in 1 foundation. A small window has been included so you can see the colour of the foundation without having to open it.
The back has a label, which gives you more detailed information about the product. There are also small square holes in the back. You will notice once you open the foundation that this is where the sponge will sit so this lets air in so it will dry easier.
This packaging is very handy as the sponge is included and has a space to set it in. It is a decent size and very easy to apply the makeup with the sponge that is included. The foundation is beside the sponge. On the top of the lid there is a mirror so you can see yourself when you are applying the foundation.
I find that as the packaging is so practical it is very easy to bring the foundation anywhere with you and you can use it easily.
** PRODUCT **
There are 3 colours to choose from when you are buying it. They are Fawn, Sand, Biscuit and Cream. I have very pale skin and use the Sand and I find that it goes on very easily without any streaky lines and doesn't give you that orange look. It is very natural looking
The foundation itself is a powder and you have to change its use by making a sponge wet.
If you want to use it for all 3 uses you apply the foundation first. You do this by applying the powder with a wet sponge.
If you need a concealer you then apply it with a damp sponge after you have applied your foundation.
To finish off you can apply the powder with a dry sponge.
Talc, Mica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogented Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Serica (Silk), Retinyl Palmitate, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparabean, Propylparabean (+/- Cl 77491, Cl 77482, Cl 77499, Cl 77891)
This may be useful if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
I find that this foundation is very silky and smooth this might be because the ingredients include talc and silk.
** MY EXPERIENCE **
I find that this foundation goes onto your skin very evenly and looks very natural. It covers blemishes very well and you would hardly know you were wearing any makeup at all.
It leaves my skin looking very even and it also feels soft. It is great to use as a base if you want to put on blusher or a bronzer. What makes me buy it again and again is that it is so easy to apply and looks very well on with very little effort.
I hate it when foundations leave your skin looking orange this one doesn't do that. It looks very natural on your skin. It blends into your skin very well. Once applied it stays on your skin all day. I find that the coverage lasts a long time. To remove the foundation is very easy and it comes off with little hassle.
The only problem I have is that the powder generally ends up breaking up into tiny pieces. This is usually because I have left it in my handbag and then knocked my handbag. Then it crumbles and it can be messy, as it seems more like loose powder instead of pressed powder. I suppose that if I just didn't carry it about with me this would solve this problem, so it is a minor one.
This foundation costs £3.99 from Boots and I think it is fantastic value for money. It lasts me ages and ages. I keep buying this product as I feel that it works very well for me and is very good value for money.
I bought this foundation when I was running out of my better stuff and it wasn't payday yet. I think I paid £4 although now you could get it cheaper with it being the sales, there are lots of 3 for 2 offers and BOGOF aswell.
I have used collection 2000 on and off, I like their lip glosses and nail varnishes but I decided to try the foundation. As my skin is so pale I used the lighest available, ivory I believe?! There wasn't a large selection of colours so it wasn't as easy to find a perfect skin match.
It comes in a navy blue flip top with a mirror and a sort of window in the top looking onto the foundation itself. It also is supplied with a sponge applicator.
At the time I had never had any experience of using a sponge to apply foundation but I was rather suprised when I applied it. It wasn't very heavy but not really light and felt like you were wearing no make up either. The foundation itself is really creamy but I found it tended to crease in places such as the eyes rather quickly. I also found that it wore off really easily aswell.
I think for a base it may be ok but to be honest I didn't find it that great, maybe because of the price, maybe the company or it could just have been my skin tone. I don't know but I wouldn't use it again.