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Having pale skin, I like to wear blush from time to time but I don't want to add a colour that looks too strong and therefore unnatural. I saw a nice light shade that looked perfect from Collection, and as it was only £2.99 (4g) and part of a three for two offer in Superdrug, I decided it was worth a try. I didn't look very closely at the blush and so I did not notice that there was quite a few shimmer particles in it. That turned out to be a bit of a mistake..
POT OF TROUBLE
This product is a powder blush, and the colour I chose is called Trouble - a pale pink. I think it looks very slightly leaning towards salmon pink in the tub but this is not obvious on the skin. It was the lightest available as far as I can tell but I have only seen two of the 4 available shades in the flesh. It comes in a small, clear round pot with a hinged lid and no applicator. It does look a good quality product and not as cheap as the low price may make you think. The blush surface is imprinted with a swirling floral design although this disappears quite quickly once you actually start using the powder.
The blush has a nice soft and smooth texture and sits lightly on the skin. It picks up well on the brush but the pigment is surprisingly weak so I need to use a fair amount anyway (see below). It doesn't look powdery and I can't complain at how easy it is to blend. This should result in a natural look, but the shimmer gets in the way of that.
Whilst I was looking for a light pink colour this blush is taking a "barely there" make up look a bit far! The colour is very weak on my pale skin, and I find layering it is absolutely necessary if I want to see any colour to my cheeks at all. The trouble however with building the colour is you also build the amount of shimmer visible on your face. I mentioned that the blush has glittery particles in. I was not too alarmed at first as I am used to blush having some light reflecting particles in but on first application I could see nothing but glitter - no nice pink flush at all! They were mostly visible only up close when they caught the light but the shimmer is of course intensified as you build the blush, and I felt they soon made me look like I was wearing body glitter. I therefore have to choose between looking pale and not very interesting or slightly flushed and sparkling. Neither was the look I was after, and so I tried to make good of a bad purchase and use the product as a highlighter. I could apply just a little then as I wasn't worried about the lack of colour. It does work but I wouldn't swap it for my actual highlighters because I have to take more care over application in order not too look too shining.
Unfortunately, despite the effort I make to put it on and layer it up the colour I manage to entice out doesn't even last a few hours.. It has definitely long gone by lunchtime if I apply it around 8am. So not only do I have to use more product in the first place, but I have to reapply it throughout the day. Because of this, I don't think this product is actually that good value for money despite it's low starting price.
It's no surprise that this isn't difficult to remove when the time comes. I can also say that it hasn't irritated my skin even though I ended up applying it frequently but I don't have skin that is usually sensitive to cosmetics.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?
I wouldn't recommend this unless you have very pale skin indeed and want the most subtle of colours that could double as a highlighter. Even then I would suggest trying a different brand that would last longer - for example the still very cheap MUA blush which costs just a pound and lasts and blends very well. I definitely would not recommend it to anyone who wants a more definite colour, albeit still a pale shade. The shimmer is over done in my opinion and is enough to put me off trying a darker product from the range. In any case the other that I saw looked a little too golden toned to suit me.
I have given up using it now. I wouldn't however let this put me off other Collection blush as I have since bought the Blush and Cream Duo to much better effect, but I wouldn't buy the basic blusher again.
Collection cosmetics are available from Superdrug, Boots, Wilkinson's, Tesco, and Amazon to name a few stockists. It's listed on the Boots website as part of Collection 2000, and my local Wilkinson the display still bears that name, but the company shortened their name to Collection some time ago.
I have never worn blush make up before, in the old days we just used to dab a bit of lipstick on our cheeks but I thought I would go the whole hog and buy myself some to go with my new make up look I was developing. I wanted something quite cheap as I had already spent a fortune on other products so in Boots I saw the Collection 2000 range and saw they had a blusher for £2.99 so bought one of these.
The blusher I bought was called bashful and I thought at first it might make me look like I was blushing all the time. The powder in the pot looks quite dark when compressed but I invested in a blusher brush and found that I only had to swipe the brush over the powder the once and it was enough to just give my cheeks a tint of colour so I didn't look so washed out.
The powder has a nice flowery pattern pressed into it which give the whole thing a nice look to it. As I only use the tiniest amount each time I have hardly made a mark on the top of the pattern yet and I have been using it for about three or four weeks now so I reckon this will last me quite a while.
I apply this to my face in the morning and the look stays with me the whole day without having to touch up at all. I would really recommend this product as at £2.99 it is really good value for money.
Usually when I opt to buy a blusher I go straight to the No7 counter in Boots and pick one from there and always when I have a money off coupon as I find them to be excellent quality and that they last me ages.
However I have been trying to make cut backs and make more budget buys of late and so when I spotted these Collection 2000 blushers priced at only £2.99 in a variety of 4 colours I decided to try one of the colours out called 'So Pretty' which is a very light pink colour, in fact all four colours are pink toned so there isn't a lot of choice to pick from thats my only slight moan with these.
Well the packaging is simple. The blusher is encased within a white plastic base with a see through plastic lid that goes over the top and on that we are simply told that it is Collection 2000 Blush and then on the base of it the colour is listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given. There is no mirror including in this case or brush so do remember you need your own, especially if you like me and feel the need to top this up throughout the day!
Well this is ever so simple to use and surpisingly really good quality for the money. Its unfragranced and doesn't agitate my sensitive skin at all. Its a very light powder so easy to blend and gives no harsh lines at all. My particular colour has a slight shimmer to it which is great for highlighting cheekbones too without being glittery. The only issue I have with this is that I do find if I'm wearing it all day long it does need to be reapplied a couple of times, again to keep a little colour on the cheeks. It gives a smooth, polished look to the skin though and not only is it easy to apply its easy and simple enough to remove with your usual make up removing routine as well.
All in all this offers great value for money, a little goes a very long way indeed and although I use this daily I am sure I will get many months usage from it thankfully.
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I like to wear a blusher on my cheeks to give me a bit of colour but it is something that I am really unadventurous with. So worried am I that over applying blusher will leave me less rosy cheeked and more hot flushed that I tend to 'stick with what I know'. I did, however, recently decide to try a new blusher and opted for one from Collection 2000. My thinking behind this was that, as a budget range, Collection 2000 would provide me with a blusher at a cheap enough price that it wouldn't be the end of the world if I used it once and hated it.
The blusher costs £2.99 and can be purchased in Boots and Superdrug. The blusher comes in a clear round tub with a flip lid. Through the lid you can see the powder blusher, which has a pretty floral pattern etched on it. The blusher comes in four shades - all varying shades of pink. These have rather inventive names to go with them - So Pretty, Bashful, Breathless and Trouble. I purchased Breathless, a darkish pink colour.
I usually apply this with a blusher blush. The powder is quite messy and does crumble easily when you rub your brush over it. This does, however, coat the brush nicely with the blusher for application. The blusher is easily to apply and blends relatively easily too. The blusher is meant to 'create a soft, natural flush to cheeks' and I would say that it achieves this well. The colour is very light and natural and really does give a 'natural glow' effect. This is perfect for me as I prefer a natural look to a dramatic one.
The blusher lasts well - a good day at work - but reapplication may be required if you like a 'fresh' look as it does fade a little. The blusher adds a slight shimmer to the cheeks - a fact to be aware of if you prefer a strictly matt finish.
Overall, a nice addition to my make up bag and, for the price paid, a great buy. It's a shame that the only shades available are pink as I do like a bronze style blusher too. It could be improved if it wasn't quite so crumbly (it can leave a mess in my make up bag!) but it blends well and leaves you looking naturally radiant.
I don't wear blusher that often, but after I saw an article in a magazine about peach blusher being the new thing, I decided I wanted some! Tracking down a peach tone blusher was not as easy as I thought, Bourjois seemed to have the biggest selection, but they all seemed a bit too shimmery for my liking, so I ended up buying a cheap one from Collection 2000 as I don't wear blusher that often and I always get bored of things really quickly anyway, so it seemed pointless spending lots of money.
This comes in a dark blue pot with a clear plastic window through which you can see the product and has silver writing. You do get a brush with this blusher, but is a very small one - and in my opinion too small to use, as I think it would probably cause a streaky effect.
The colour I bought (pink blossom -even though I swear down it's actually peach!) was quite pale and as I swept my brush (my normal, big blusher brush, not that piddly little thing that comes with it!) across the powder, I found it hard to tell if the brush had picked any up. The powder felt light on my skin, and swept on with a fairly flawless finish. I did have to build it up a bit, by applying a few layers of powder, but I guess that this was more due to the colour I chose and the reddish tones of my skin than the actual product itself.
This gave a fantastic natural look, it didn't look too heavy or over the top, which, as someone who doesn't use blusher often, I was fairly pleased about. It also had a subtle shimmer, which made my skin look healthy and glowing. I found that it lasted well too - most of the day, without having to re-apply at all.
This was, I believe, about £2.99 from Boots, although I'm not completely certain. It was definitely between £2 and £3 and next time I am in Boots I will double check and update the review if I'm wrong.
To summarise, this is a great blusher, that lasts a surprisingly long time. The downsides are the small brush it is supplied with, and the packaging is not great. Overall though, I would recommend giving this a try.
I am very happy with Collection 2000 makeup! It's great value for the money & I recommend it to people who are on tight budgets! Very satisfied customer!!! I have tried Boots #7 and Maybelline and all the other's but I really prefer Collection 2000. I've only been using it a short while but I'm very happy with the outcome. I don't need to reaply after a long day at work and my friends say it has a nice glowy effect, so for the price and quality one can't grumble really xx
I have tried various shades of this product and have liked them all. I think that collection 2000 blushers are excelent value for money (under 2 pounds) and I actually prefer them to some of the more expensive blushers. On the down side the product is quite crumbly and you do have to use quite a lot to get a good effect, other than this though I think that the blushers give a good true coulor and a smooth finish. I would definately recomend this product.