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In my quest to find the perfect purple mascara, I was pleased to come across the new Collagen Curl mascara from Collection 2000. The brand used to make a purple mascara years ago which I used to really like, but it was discontinued so I was very pleased to find this one!
Collection 2000 is a budget beauty brand available from Boots, Superdrug, and many supermarkets. Though it's a budget brand I find that the products are usually of good quality. This particular mascara cost £4.99, which is a perfectly reasonable price although at the time I bought it I was able to take advantage of a special offer in Boots which was buy two items of makeup and get one free.
Collagen Curl mascara is available in the usual black and brown shades, although my chosen shade was Plum. The packaging is very different and retro, being bright pink with a swirly mustard pattern, very easy to spot in your makeup bag (which is handy when your makeup bag is as full as mine!). The packaging bears the name of the product in funky lettering and states that the mascara is designed to produce "beautifully curled, lifted lashes; extra volume for wide-eyed impact".
The mascara wand is curved and quite large, meaning that it is hard to apply mascara to corner lashes. It also, however, means that it goes on to most of the lashes easily, without any clumps, and even though I use eyelash curlers every day I can still see that a definite curl effect is produced, with the wand lifting up and defining the lashes. With purple mascara I always find that I have to apply two coats, but the end result is my lashes look longer, thicker, more defined and definitely more curled.
If anything I'd like the purple colour to be more noticeable - it's quite subtle but still visible. I have pale lashes so it probably shows up better on me - if you have dark lashes it might not look so different from black on you.
The mascara lasts for the entire day, and doesn't flake or fade. The curl doesn't lose it's impact either!
Altogether this is a really good mascara available for a bargain price. It's ideal if you want the wide-eyed curled eyelashes look. The plum is really good, and I would be tempted to buy one of the other shades.
The last mascara review Ill be writing for quite some time as I dont plan on buying anymore for a while so I better make this review a good one! I have used a lot of Collection 2000 products in the past as I find them to be cheap and cheerful and often especially in the cas of their face powder is way better than more expensive brands. Sadly they seem to have badly gone wrong when making mascaras as both the ones I have tried from this brand have been awful and they have not let me wanting to go back and try more thats for sure. Sadly this one is another classic case of brush gone badly wrong so wrong that I couldnt even use it.
Shades: Black, Ultra Black & Plum. I personally own the Ultra Black shade but the Boots website actually recommends the Plum shade for making eyes pop - Ive never seen a site actually recommend a shade before. Not that Ill be buying after using the black one!!
The one nice thing about this is the packaging as it is proper funky and very retro a lot like Urban Decay Big Fatty but nowhere near as expensive if I were going on the packaging alone then I would be telling you to rush out and buy it! The brush though is the first problem as it is so curved it is more or less a right angle and is near enough impossible to get back into the tube which in turn means it is SUPER hard to angke it correctly to reach every lash the corner ones on both sides cant really even be reached with this one which means the coverage you get isnt great at all. Its bad enough trying to get it back into the bottle - its like an arm exercise!
The mascara itself isnt to much better when you do manage to get some on your lashes. It is quite thick and gloopy which means you do get big clumps but only in the middle the two corners remain totally dry and look exactly the same so mascara in the middle but none on the outside. It is not a good look believe me and as far as I can tell this does nothing for the length or volume of my eyelashes and the effort of application simply isnt worth the crappy results. Unless you like the middle of your lashes to look clumpy and the sides to look normal then you will love this one.
The brush is way too hard to use and that makes it so hard to apply so I dont recommend at all because I dont think anyone would find using this simple. Dont waste your money buy a better one.
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I wasn't sure about this mascara at first, I have never been a fan of the over sized brush, so it took me a while to even get around to buying it. The price is excellent (around £3.99, depending where you shop) and I thought that the packaging was very cute.
I definately like the shades available, you get the usual Black and Ultra Black, (still not sure of the difference...) but unusually, you also get Plum. I know of no other high street brand offering a plum mascara, which is all to the benefit of Collection 2000.
The brush is an oversized traditionally shaped curling brush, shaped to fit your lashes, providing you with a full coat in just one sweep.
I have to say, due to my dislike, I found it hard to get used to this size brush, and as a result had a few mishaps along the way. Once I was used to it though, I was fairly happy with the product. There were no clumps, and application was smooth.
I loved the colour, plum lashes have been in fashion for a while, and show no real sign of going away soon. Perhaps best left for the cooler months though!
My overall opinion is that I have most certainly had better, but if your credit is crunching, there is no better offer on the high street!
What attracted me to this mascara was the name - Collagen Curl Mascara.
This mascara from Collection 2000 is packaged in a rather groovey purple and yellow ´Austin Powers´style tube and gives the impression that it is a highquality mascara, due to its name.
It claims to give your lashes a huge 7 times more volume, a mascara that will lift your eyelashes and make eyelashes really curly.
This mascara comes in plum, black and ultra black. I went for this in Ultra Black as thats how I like my eyes... really dark.
Upon releasing the wand from the tube by twisting the lid, you notice that the wand is curved, very curved. I imagine this is what is supposed to help with the curling of your lashes.
I curled my eyelashes as I always do before putting mascara on and applied this mascara. With the curved brush, the mascara was really easy to apply and took alot less effort. After about 2 coats of this mascara, I did notice that my eyelashes were curled but not sure about the 7 times more volume part though. They did look good but nothing out of the ordinary and nothing particularly noticeable about my lashes with this mascara on.
After applying a third coat, I noticed a little difference in volume, but nothing huge. The thing that was most unsatisfactory about this product was that after having it on for no longer than 20 minutes, my friends and family were saying to me your mascara is running. Somehow the mascara had slipped from my lashes to under my eyes and I now looked like a panda. This was highly embarassing.
After having this incident, I was careful when using this mascara again and gave myself enough time to take this mascara off and re-apply another mascara if it did the same thing. Unfortunately it did. I had to take this one off and re-apply another mascara, not only wasting mascara, but also my time.
I found this mascara to give an OK effect to my lashes in the first 15 minutes but once it started slipping off, well that was it for me. It had to go in the bin. There was no way I was going to wear this again in risk of looking like a panda 20 minutes later. No way.
Sorry Collection 2000, but maybe give us a mascara that doesnt ´slip off` and give us the most undesireable panda look. Thanks!
I need to start this off my saying I am a mascara addict! However I rarely pay full price for any of them. I wait until a new one is on special offer and then I buy it. As a result, I have tried many of the mascaras on offer at the moment, from Rimmel, to No 7 to Maybelline. I have not previously tried a collection 200 mascara but only because at the last count I had six mascaras, some of which hadn't been opened, in my make up bag and so I made a real effort to use them up.
That was until I saw this cute little number on special offer in Boots. How could a girl with shorter-than-average eye lashes walk past such a promising mascara, and at a promising price! A lot of my make up comes from Collection 2000 and so I had no hesitation in wending my way to the till with my purchase hot in hand.
No sooner had I opened the packaging than the love affair died. The advantages of this mascara started and finished with the special offer. The curved brush is just a pain - I struggled to get all my lashes covered without managing to get mascara all over my nose and my cheeks. The coverage is patchy and clumpy at best - if I didn't know better, I would have thought this was one of the older ones hidden in my bag and unused for months.
Once I had attempted to get as much mascara on my lashes as possible, I set out for the day, hoping that first appearances were deceiving and that everyone else was secretly admiring my curled lashes. Two hours later and I am checking my makeup in the mirror. Wait, what's that I see? A panda staring back at me? No, it was just me and my mascara under my eyes!!!! I had done nothing else different to my make up at all and yet somehow I had bigger panda eyes than Kung Fu panda! Distraught, I managed to get the worst off (it would appear it takes longer to remove once it has spread to your undereyes than it takes to come off the lashes in the first place)
I tried again on a different day but with the same results and I have now given up and left it to look pretty in my bag rather than on my lashes. Personally, I would rather spend a couple of quid more and get one from Rimmel.
Although Collection 2000 is a cheaper ended brand, i have always thought their products were decent enough especially since they are so cheap. This mascara claims to give up to 7 times more volume than your natural lashes and that the curved brush helps to acheive this. But in actual fact the brush just makes application harder and the mascara ends up all over your eyelids instead of your lashes.
I loved the packaging of this, it has a cool 60's feel to it. Its purple with a yellow swirl pattern on the lid and the name in big letters on the front. From the look of it i would easily have believed in was something from Benefit or Urban Decay and not something as cheap as Collection 2000. I paid £3.50 for it from Boots which i thought was pretty reasonable for it considering how big it is.
I have never used a mascara with a curved brush before, but i quickly realised why other brands dont use it, its because it doesnt work! It makes it soo much harder to use, no matter which way i turned it. Because of this i couldnt get into the smaller lashes in the corners and it was harder to comb through the lashes so they were all clumped. My eyelashes are of a decent size and length so i expect a mascara to make them look good without much effort but this didnt even manage to coat all of them because of the brush. It didnt last for long either and it started flaking off, like mascaras usually do after you sleep in them, after an hour or so.
I wasnt expecting it to actually give me 7 times my natural lash length as i have been tricked with these claims before ( see my reveiw about Maybelline Colossal mascara ) but i was expecting my lashes to be decent enough to be presentable and to make them better looking than they do without the help of mascara but once again another mascara doesnt do the job.