* Prices may differ from that shown
I have always loved finding and using affordable make up products. While I have some products I always use which are high end, I like to wear some cheaper make up too. A while back I was in desperate need of a concealer. Liquid concealers weren't hiding my dark spots and bad skin like I had hoped so I tried a stick concealer. I went to the make up shop and saw only a couple stick concealers, this being the cheapest one there. The other ones were too over priced and I was not even sure if I liked the look of stick concealer so I bought the Collection 2000 cover up stick. I bought this in the lightest shade available as I used to be very pale. The colour was slightly too pink for my skin but covered imperfections exceptionally well. I think that this concealer is fantastic, especially for the low price which it costs. Most people are able to afford this concealer and it really works. The only issue which I have had with this concealer is that their colour choices are not varied at all. There are only a few shades to choose from and they aren't very natural looking. Most of their concealers are too pink/red toned. If they offered a larger variety of colours I would use this as my every day go to concealer. The reason I do not wear this often is because it doesn't go with my foundation colour or skin tone. The consistancy is also a little thick for everyday use, I had really bad acne when I bought this which I why I needed such high coverage.
I have been buying this range of beauty products since last year to see if I like the range and if I can save a little money buying a different brand. I like to try different ranges just to compare with other brands.
It comes in a stick which has a removable lid and it is to be twisted at the bottom of the stick to raise the concealer from the stick. Just like a lipstick. The appearance of the concealer looks just like a lipstick and a pale beige colour. It is solid but also soft when you begin to use it on the skin on the face. When I touch the top of the stick with my fingertips it feels smooth, soft and kind of creamy but still a solid stick.
I am in my 50's and so have some dark circles under my eyes, they do sometimes appear more prominent if I haven't had a good night's sleep. I don't sleep very well and as I am growing older I am not needing as much sleep as when I was younger. Although my body tells me I don't need the sleep, sometimes my face tells a different story and shows the dark circles under my eyes through lack of sleep. So I use a concealer just to help remove the dark colour under my eyes. I just simply smooth it under my eyes on the area which is dark and I also use it in the corner of my eyes near to my nose because this area sometimes also is quite dark and I use this stick to cover the darkness. I just use a cotton wool bud and smooth it over the tip of the stick and smooth it into the corner of my eyes and then blend it with my fingertips. It is easy to blend because it is soft once on the skin.
I don't have many blemishes because I take really good care of my skin and eat as healthy as possible but sometimes like everyone I have a couple of blemishes on my skin. I cover them with this stick and it just helps disguised it a little, although it is still apparent, the redness is disguised with the colour of the stick.
When using the stick, the stick doesn't snap or bend while using it, it is quite a strong stick but I would advise not to be too heavy handed while using it because like any stick, too much pressure would snap it but used with care and being gentle, it will remain a full stick.
I have really pale looking skin and the colour shade I have is the Natural Beige number 13 it tells me on the bottom of the stick. This colour doesn't look too dark or too pale on my skin and it gives a natural appearance to my skin. I have used it without any foundation and it has looked fairly natural but only if I add a little at a time and build it up gradually to cover my dark circles or blemishes. I have used it under my foundation and it hasn't looked too heavy under my eye area and it doesn't give that baked on look and cakey look to my skin under my eyes.
I have had this quite a while and cannot remember how much I actually paid for it but I think it was under £2. I know it was cheap to buy because I have been trying some of the products from the Collection range and found them to be really cheap to buy compared to some other brands.
Recently I scratched my hand while sleeping and the scratch didn't look very nice on my hand, so I used this stick to cover the redness on my skin and found it worked amazingly well on the skin on my hand too. It just helped the skin look in the usual way until the scratch had healed etc.
This cover stick is of a really good quality for the price and it is good value for money. I am pleased I bought it to give it a go for covering blemishes and those dark circles under my eyes through lack of sleep. I will most certainly buy this one again in the future. I highly recommend it for others to give it ago because the price won't break the bank and it works really well. I have sensitive skin and it hasn't caused any irritations or rashes on my skin.
Also appears on Ciao under my username pinky50.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Having recently reviewed a Rimmel concealer (apologies for two fairly similar reviews) it is now time to review a Collection 2000 cover up stick. This is the cover up stick which I have mostly used for at least the last 15 years, I would say probably 75% of the time, the other 25% being the Rimmel one.
Although I'm not plagued by spots, I do get the odd couple and they tend to last for ages (due to me interfering with them), and there are the odd other blemishes which need concealing on my face.
I buy this Collection 2000 product primarily due to the price (since I don't have much money I can't afford to spend it on expensive makeup), and because I'm happy with how it works for me. I'm sure that there are more expensive brands which work better, but since I'm happy then there's no reason to change!
---Collection 2000 Cover Up Stick---
This product comes in a white plastic tube (if that's the right word), pretty similar to a lipstick in size and design. It's not the best quality, since mine has a slight crack along it, but this doesn't interfere with using the product. It is also not very exciting or attractive as a product, however I don't think this really matters.
Like a lipstick, to use it you need to twist round the bottom to make it rise higher, meaning that you can get almost to the very end of it easily! Just don't do what I've done on several occasions and put the lid back on before you've retracted the product - this can be messy and you'll end up wasting some!
My product is "Light Translucent" coloured which seems to blend in well with my pale complexion. It comes in other tines such as "Honey Beige" - I'm sure that you will be able to find one that matches your skin tone reasonably effectively. I find that this one blends in well with my skin, without leaving orange patches.
On the tube it says that it conceals skin blemishes, and has improved skin adherence for longer lasting wear.
---Using the Cover Up---
I tend to put this on any spots and blemishes first, then use my foundation, and go over the spots again with the cover up stick before finishing with powder. I'm not sure if this is the correct method, but it seems to work for me, and this product seems to cover the majority of spots fairly effectively - it just struggles a bit with the more aggressive ones (and perhaps if it was a bit more moist this would help)! I put the cover up on using the stick, and then blend it in with my finger.
I find that this lasts fairly well, although with bad spots I will touch up with this cover up stick over the day, and would definitely reapply if I was going out (not that I get out much!)
This can also be used as a concealer for circles under the eyes, but I don't particularly have any problems in that area.
This product seems to cost around £1.99 (in places such as Superdrug) which I believe is a great price for a product which works, and lasts such a long time.
Since I have used this for such a long time I'll have to give it 5 out of 5 stars! I notice that some people haven't given it very favourable reviews, but then not all make up products will suit everyone...and also perhaps people who are used to more expensive products might be disappointed. Since I don't use expensive products I have nothing to compare it too!
For me 2013 is going to be a year of being frugal and saving money. So, what better way to start I thought than by looking for cheaper versions of everything I need to buy. I normally pay around £5-6 for a concealer so, this Collection 2000 concealer for £1.99 seemed like a good buy.
I saw this in Superdrug on the Collection 2000 display and noticed that they had a small range of only 4-5 skin tones to choose from. As I have really really pale skin, I opted for the '01' shade that is labelled as '01 Translucent'. I tested the tester on the back of my hand and I know my hands do catch the sun so are a little darker than the skin on my face, but this seemed like a close enough match- for the potential saving over the year, I was prepared to try this product.
You get a twist ended stick concealer- it comes in the same tube as lipsticks used to come in, where you remove the outer part and twist up the product. If you did not know this was a concealer, you could mistake it for a lipstick as the concealer is even shaped like a lipstick (it is just not a lipstick colour!).
The product is tapered at the end (like a lipstick) so you can apply this in the same way you would hold and apply a lipstick- to essentially draw it on the areas of your face you feel would like or need some covering up.
The pack states that this 'Conceals Blemishes' and is 'Developed in the UK; Made in China'. The product has a 12 month shelf life. There is also a little peel off sticker that has teeny tiny writing on it to go through the main ingredients etc if you have any allergies or have to check the ingredients before you buy any cosmetics.
The product is like a wax crayon to apply- it smells and feels waxy and I had to go over the blemish/ area I wanted to conceal a few times with the stick and then put the cover stick down and try to blend the product with my fingers.
The coverage is not very good- I found it did not do a good job in actually covering my blemishes- even on the under-eye bags I was trying to cover up- the product seemed to not actually do anything. The waxy texture made me a little dubious that once I applied my powder foundation on top the areas I had tried to conceal would end up with a caked texture (I was ok as I blended it well, to the point I think I just rubbed the concealer off!).
As this felt waxy on my skin I can imagine if you use this on any quite large areas of your face that are oily or prone to break outs that the skin would feel quite bogged down and I don't think you would feel very good. I only attempted to use this to highlight the dark areas under my eyes and on my nose (that likes to go red at the end when it is cold a bit like Rudolph) - but the coverage was none existent for areas of actual redness.
I would not recommend this product if you actually have any spots or areas of redness to cover as I did not find that it covered anything. I know the shade I bought said 'translucent' that means see through but there was not an 'opaque' choice- so 01 'translucent' was all there was for pale skin. I doubt they would intend for a concealer to be see through anyway, as that goes against the whole point of a cover stick.
Although the price is low, the performance is low so I will not be buying this product again.
I have used collection 2000's cover up stick for about two years now. I have to say I absolutely love the product and can not see much wrong with it. I love the brand also, it's affordable and can be found in most shops selling make-up including supermarkets.
The cover up stick is used to conceal skin blemishes such as spots and scars. Unfortunately I have a red mark on my left cheek where I had a burst blood vessel. So I use this product everyday. I have quite oily ski and most the time I put a bit of moisturiser on before I do my make-up. So the actual stick slides across my skin and then I rub it in to blend it. However sometimes when I do make-up after a shower or don't moisturise, when my skin is dry, I do have to apply pressure and the skin drags especially under the eyes.
The concealer is available in a variety of shades from pale to dark. I myself use natural beige. It comes in a tube with a white lid and dark blue writing. You can easily pull of the lid when using and after the lid snaps back in to place so you know it's on properly. You twist the bottom of the tube to bring out the stick. The concealer it's self is on a slant to make the application easier.
Once the product has been applied it lasts me around a few hours, though I always take it with me in case I need to re-apply. It covers my blemishes up very well and I love the product. I normally pick it up for around £1.99 so you can't argue with that really and it saves me some pennies! The actual product lasts me around 3 months.
I love this product and would recommend it to anyone. I use it day in and day out and to be fair would feel a little list with out it.
I love this cover up stick and for as little as £1.99 what a fantastic find. I'd been looking for a concealer which wasn't too pricey just to use under my eyes and over a few blemishes on an everyday basis. I went to Superdrug for my usually buy 3 for 2 makeup binge and I found the collection 2000 cover up stick so I thought to myself its only £1.99, if it's not very good never mind it didn't break the bank.
I brought the stick in natural beige shade 13 and I must say I was very impressed by its coverage and together with my foundation was a great colour match.
The concealer is just like a lip stick so it pretty easy to apply. Its easily glides on to your face and you just dap/blend in with either finger or foundation brush. The texture is a nice creamy smooth feel and I feel it does last throughout the day.
I would truly recommend this product to any one and would certainly buy this product again, a lot of people tend to be put off by the price assuming it's not going to be a good concealer but I'd say give it a try and you'll be surprised.
For the past ten years or so the majority of my make-up purchases have been sourced from the Boots No 7 range where I would regularly stock up during three for two promotions or on those occasions when I had a £5 discount voucher. However, despite taking advantage of these offers the products were still relatively pricey and in a bid to save a little money I decided to seek out some of the rival brands. Consequently, my search led me to the Collection 2000 brand and this review discusses my experience with using their Cover Up Stick.
Appearance wise I would describe the tube shaped white coloured packaging as bland and uninspiring, particularly when compared with the eye-catching golden colouring of Boots No 7. However, as my purchase was not based on the product's looks, this is not an issue for me. It is only now when I am scrutinising the packaging for the purpose of this review that I have realised that there is no information in relation to the weight. I've checked my No 7 cover stick and again, there is no information, which seems a little strange.
The product is available in a number of shades ranging from pale to dark with mine being named Light Translucent. The plastic lid is easily removed and clips back into place although I would prefer it to be a little tighter. When initially removing the lid the cover stick offers a convenient shape, which assists with application. However, I have to admit that I was rather disappointed, particularly as the cover stick from Boots No 7 offers a slight creamy consistency, which subsequently enables the product to effortlessly glide along the skin's surface.
Unfortunately, I needed to apply a little pressure when using Collection 2000 and despite me doing so, I found that an inefficient amount of colour was transferring to my skin. Consequently, further applications are required. My general use for cover sticks is to hide a small scar on the bridge of my nose, which is darkening as I age as well as any blemishes. I've never attempted to use application brushes on those occasions where I do not wish to apply the stick directly to my skin. However, when I need to ensure that I do not spread any germs I will dab the stick on the back of my hand and use my finger tip where it is necessary to build up the colour.
The cover stick easily blends onto the skin's surface to offer a natural appearance without any caking. Any blemishes are sufficiently covered and apparently, the product has been modified where it contains improved skin adherence for longer lasting wear. However, as I have not previously tried this range I cannot comment on any improvements with the results. I generally apply foundation directly after using cover sticks, but on the weekends I prefer to allow my skin to breathe, so will apply just the cover stick, particularly if I'm just nipping to the local shop.
In terms of longevity, which I've assessed when using under foundation and when worn on its own I would say that this cover stick is pretty good as I can achieve similar results to that of Boots No 7 where any blemishes are well covered for around 6 hours with the exception of my scar where I need to reapply after just a few hours. However, I'm unsure how effective the stick would be for covering more severe blemishes. Removing the product is easily achieved where I use a small piece of cotton wool and baby lotion.
I would describe my skin as T-zone where I suffer with an oily forehead and nose and a few dry patches on my cheeks if I do not moisturise. The cover stick is not oily nor does it feel heavy on my skin following application. The only area that I would like to see improved is its consistency, as I would prefer it to be creamy, which would enable an easier application. However, for the price of just £1.99 it's a reasonably good cover stick and one that I will definitely repurchase. The stick should be used within 12 months of opening with the packaging being recyclable once empty.
You can find the Collection 2000 brand in most chemists, pharmacies and supermarkets and for the reasons discussed above, Cover Up Stick receives four stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have been using Collection 2000 products for about 10 years, and by far my favourite is their Cover Up Stick, which is a concealer in all but name. The best part is that it costs just £1.99. I don't suffer from too many spots these days, but when they do put in an appearance, it is always at the most inconvenient time. I use the Cover-Up stick to deal with these, as well as any dark circles under my eyes.
Collection 2000 say that the product has "improved skin adherence for longer lasting wear" , and that it will conceal skin blemishes. The concealer is in a lipstick style tube, which makes it convenient to carry in your handbag. The lid is secure and as you need to twist up the concealer to use it, the product stays clean and mess-free. The packaging design looks basic as it is mostly white, but it seems to suit a product you want to use discreetly, as well as one that is inexpensive.
I have pale skin and I usually buy ivory toned skin products. When I first bought the Cover-Up stick, I used to buy a shade called nude. This has now been replaced, and so I use "light" instead, which actually is a better match for my complexion than "nude" was. Currently, there are only 3 shades available, the other two being light beige and honey beige. I have checked this with Collection 2000's website, as I thought that perhaps it was just the choice of my local Superdrug to stock a small range. As there is quite a big difference between the shades, I suspect that many people will struggle to find one that is quite right for them. This is the biggest drawback I can see with the product.
APPLYING THE CONCEALER
The stick twists up easily, and feels soft enough to use directly on the skin. It has a creamy texture which feels pleasant and makes it simple to blend. I prefer to use a brush to apply the concealer onto spots as I think it is more hygienic as I can wash the brush afterwards. However I apply it, I make sure I blend it carefully. It looks light when first applied, but quickly melts into the background, taking any redness or dark circles with it. I am very happy with the level of coverage just a few dabs provides. I think the key to the products success for me is the close match to my skin colour once it is blended. This means that it doesn't act as a "highlighter" on any spots that I do have. I have never experienced any dryness or irritation as a result of using this which is a relief as I don't want any extra problems on a bad skin day!
DOES IT LAST?
If I apply it before work, I can feel confident that it will still be concealing minor red patches or under eye darkness into the afternoon. I tend to need to top up the coverage of actual spots before then however, typically after 4-5 hours. I don't mind reapplying half way through the day, as it is quick to do, and the product is inexpensive. I have after all had to do the same thing with more expensive products too, most recently a L'Oreal one. Any that is left at the end of the day is easily removed with a standard make-up remover. As I don't need to use much of the stick in one go, one lasts me for months. I usually replace it every 6 months only - you have a year to use it up once opened, according to the information on the tube. I know that by the time I have reached the end of a tube, it has shown no signs of drying out or crumbling to pieces.
When I first bought Collection 2000, it was only available at Superdrug, but it is now sold in Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, as well as some branches of Asda, Morrisons, and Tesco. There is a postcode checker on the Collection 2000 website which helps you find your nearest stockist for the range in general.[www.collectioncosmetics.co.uk]
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
I think the Cover-Up stick is a great value concealer as it is effective at covering blemishes, easy to use and has a high quality texture. The problem is its coverage depends on finding a shade that suits your natural skin tone which considering the limited range of colours available may not be an easy task. For this reason, I have deducted a star. For me, it is perfect for the price.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]
When it comes to make up, lately I have had no excuse for splashing out making extravagant purchases for no reason at all. I own loads of make up as it, in fact as much as one person would need for about 100 lifetimes let alone one and one face lol.
However I love make-up and ejoy the thrill of treating myself to random items. This one I bought new from Ebay and it cost me a couple of quid. Looking about online on sites such as Superdrug and Boots they don't stock it so I dont think its hugely available any more so if interested in this product try Googling it or do as I did and buy it off Ebay!
The tube is lipstick like, navy blue and white and colour. Down the side of it we are told what it is and who it is by and on the base of it we are told the colour. Its pretty basic in design and sticks out like a sore thumb that its a cheap product but to be fair to it, it is easy to use and robust enough.
I bought my shade in natural beige though as far as I am aware there are 5 colours available within this range. You twist up the product and are met with a beigy coloured moist stick with no real fragrance to it and then you can use it under or over foundation.
I didn't expect much for such a cheap product to be honest but this is actually a little gem, though a hard gem to find I grant you. It comes off the stick slightly creamy and thick enough and then all you have to do is smudge it onto the spot or area your trying to smooth out some sort of imperfection from or of course you can use a cosmetic sponge.
Its none oily, none skin drying and doesn't cake on at all. It doesn't come off the stick messy or too thick or anything adverse at all, its simply a really easy and good product.
I use this to cover up not only small spots (it does slide off big, fat shiny ones sadly!) but also to conceal dark circles under my eyes caused by my noisy neighbours from hell and just one application under my foundation hides a multitude of sins even if I feel like I'm dying through lack of sleep all day long and of course it removes easily too!
Do I recommend it? Yes, surprisingly for such a cheap product I do. Using this once a day I'll probably get well over a years use from it and can't understand for the life of me why this isn't an easier product to find. Its great!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Name: Collection 2000 cover up stick
Price: Around £3.50
Colours: This cover up stick impressively comes in 7 shades. The shade that I purchased was 'nude' but you can also purchase Light translucent, buff, natural beige, medium, honey beige and dark.
*~Why I purchased this product~*
'Conceals skin blemishes for a flawless look' now doesn't that statement sound appealing? And at a very affordable price I thought I would give this a shot. Looking at the product in Boots it looked ok. The shade was a perfect match for my vampy milk bottle white skin and the stick itself looked creamy and easy to apply.
I don't tend to suffer from bad skin but before Christmas my hormones went wild as did my skin which resulted in some boils and pimples around my chin and forehead. I love cosmetics but don't own or wear foundation as I find it makes me uncomfortable. I couldn't place where my Bourjois concealer had disappeared too but knew it was 'somewhere'. Not wanting to spend a lot on a replacement I ended up in the Collection 2000 section of Boots.
-Needless to say, said missing bourjois concealer was found down the back of my 2 year olds beds all mushed into the cap.
*~What is the product~*
This product is a 'cover up stick' more commonly known as concealer. It can be used to cover up a multitude of skin sins from blackheads, pimples, acne scarring and the under eye area. The product not only looks like a classic lipstick (in a not so pretty shade, I do not recommend you use this on your lips) and applies to the skin sins in the same way you apply lipstick to your lips.
The product is shaped like a lipstick; it is encased within a plastic tube which is white with the typical navy blue Collection 2000 written clearly on the side. To use the product you simply pull off the top, twist the bottom so that the cover up rises and apply. Once your finished twist the bottom back down so the cover up retreats back into the tube and pop the lid back on.
*~How it can be used~*
After cleansing and prepping the skin, moisture to ensure there are no dry patches as I know from experience that spots, boils and pimples always try to fool you. As soon as cover ups applied you notice a tiny little dry patch in the centre which is difficult to hide.
Here's what i do to use this product:
1.Take off the cover up's cap and apply just enough to cover the pimple, spot, under eye, around the nose or any areas you want to even out.
2. I normally then do my hair as the heat allows the cover up to settle and smooth into the skin easier.
3. You can use a sponge, a clean fingertip or concealer brush (not included with the Cover up) to gently blend the concealer into your skin tone, ensuring that you don't completely smudge the whole lot away.
4. Finish with a dusting of foundation or powder and apply any other items of make-up as normal.
5. At the end of the night it comes off really easy with normal cleanser or water.
*~My overall Opinion~*
The packaging is typical Collection 2000 however I just wished that they would make it look prettier. I like my cosmetics to look good and this certainly doesn't. The colour of the actual product on my skin was amazing and I was surprised that Collection 2000 had so many colours within the range. The nude tone that I purchased is suitable for anyone with white, un-tanned skin or those who suffer from dark bags around their eyes or visible veins under the eyes or even teenagers who don't really have bad skin but want to apply a little bit every now and again.
The cover up does apply easily to the skin and for small skin sins such as redness around the nose area, the inner corners of eyes and small pimples it covers like a dream. Larger or really red looking boils or pimples don't seem to get any sort of coverage even with a couple coats of the cover up.
Although it applies easily I found that this cover up didn't smooth and blend into the skin as easily as other brands that I have used and that is why I started drying and straightening my hair to try and get the heat to melt it a little. This did work but obviously it's not an ideal way to apply your cover up.
Overall it's a good price for the product and the product itself is a good back up just in case you forget where your other is or if you go between homes or even for leaving at work but as a primary concealer and cover up I think I'll stick to my Bourjois.
Okay - i am going to be honest with you. When I first saw this "cover up" stick from superdrug for just £1.99, I thought that it would be no good. I mean most cheap cover up sticks have barely any effect. Boy, was I wrong. This cover up stick worked wonders for me, I can even say that it is better than big named brands at covering a blemish.
Okay for the past few years I have suffered with acne. But thankfully, the acne has stopped. Yet leaving a lot of scars and blemishes which make me feel uncomfortable. So, I searched many make up brands looking for a concealer that would hide the blemishes and make me feel better and more comfortable. After trying many cheap and expensive products, not many really had no effect on covering my blemishes, I was on the verge of giving up. But then my mother brought me this "cover up" stick. WOW - it worked. I mean it was the first cover up stick that actually completely covered the whole blemish making me feel better and more comfortable.
The price of the concealer is really good, because even though the tube looked very small the contents lasted me eight or nine months and that was with nearly everyday use! I must say though, very four or five hours you have to reapply the concealer as it fades which is a bit of an hassle.
My mother found this concealer in superdrug and this it is also available in Boots, both of these are the only two shops that I know sell collection 2000 products. I think the products are also available on sites such as amazon and ebay. The concealer stick looks very professional with white and blue packaging. It is easy to cary around as it is very small, and can easily be carried around in make up bags and handbags without getting damaged.
I love this product and would say it is the best concealer that I have ever brought. It is the only concealer I have found that covers blemishes. If you have acne or scars I would recommend this product to you! This product is amazing and works wonders at an extremely low price.
I got this from Superdrug a few months ago now and paid around £1.99 for it which is amazing! I mainly bought it as it was in the 3 for £5 offer and wish i'd got a few more now because as far as I am aware Superdrug no longer sell them. (correct me if i'm wrong!) This cover up stick is great. Even the packaging is quite nice! It looks a little like a large lip balm lol. The case is plastic and white in colour with a blue lid. On the case it has the product and brand name in blue writing. Once the lid is off, the cover up stick looks just like a lipstick which I love, it is the first concealer I have come across in this style. Overall the packaging is nice and is also easy to use.
There was a few different shades when I bought mine and I picked the lightest shade. It's a little darker than ivory and as I am pale it is a little too dark for me but looks ok once blended. It's quite creamy in texture and it is easy to apply. Simply pull off the lid and rub a bit onto any blemishes (either directly from the stick, by using your fingers, or with a blending brush/wedge) and blend. Simple! This concealer blends so well and looks completely natural, covering up imperfections easily. It doesn't look greasy or shiny and is very matt. It's much better than liquid concealer although it definetly is not as lightweight - if you're after a lightweight concealer that will allow your pores to breathe then this isn't for you as it's quite heavy feeling when alot is applied. Despite it been quite thick, it doesn't cake up or look ridiculous.
Because of the shape of this concealer I have used it as an eyeshadow base once or twice. I sound like an utter oddbod yes, but it was the only thing I had on me that could act as a primer at the time and it worked suprisingly well! I have also obviously used this on spots and scars and it does cameflouge them well however on lumpy scars (i'm sure you'll know what I mean) it doesn't hide them much. Overall, a good value concealer that I would reccomend if you happen to come across a shop that still sells it - it's a bargain!!
As someone who tends to buy things due to special offers and price reductions, it is quite unusual or me to stay faithful to a particular branded item, with this product being one of the very few things I always stick to.
The product I will now review is - Collection 2000 - cover up stick".
I have always had blotchy and spotty skin, since my early teens in fact, with my onset into my 30's proving no different, so alongside a good foundation an finishing powder I find a decent cover up stick essential.
This particular stick is very similar to most others on the market, being a lipstick shaped tube, with a twist up facility on it.
The solid creamy foundation can either be dabbed on from the stick, or with a finger or brush, though the dab on method is what works for me.
The cream goes in quite thickly, then can be spread out with the finger over the area needed to be covered.
The cover (surprisingly for a cheaper branded item), is almost perfect, covering red or blotchy patches on the skin and reducing the visibility of spots and blemishes too.
This can be applied either under or over foundation as an extra layer of cover, and (as long as the correct colour is used to complement your usual colour) blends in perfectly.
Price wise I pay around £1.00 for this stick an find it usually lasts me a good few months before having to be replaced.
One things I will say (and this is a relatively minor problem as far as I can see) is the fact that due to the tubes design, you will have a good 1-2 cm of product held within the twist up base, so to get every last bit out you will need to dig it out with a small brush, but as I said this is a small problem to have with such a good product.
For more information visit - www.collection2000.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
I'm a big fan of collection 2000 and have many products from this range. One of the main reasons I love collection 2000 so much is the price you pay and the quality you get when on a budget. I bought the Collection 2000 cover up stick about 2 years ago and I love it. I don't wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis but I do have quite a collection of products.
This is one of the products I wear almost every day. I always have dark circles under my eyes. I've tried regular sleep patterns, drinking lots of water and various different products claiming to work (some do, they are out there) but there is always a day when you feel tired and look tired, nearly every day in my case.
The cover up stick isn't expensive to buy it only cost around £2; mine has lasted for ages, about 2 years. I bought the Natural Beige colour and I think it blends into my skin very well. There is quite a good selection of different shades to choose from as well. I also think it is easy to apply. It is quite greasy but I have dry skin so applying the product to my skin isn't difficult sometimes I do use a bit of pressed powder as well if it does look a bit greasy.
It's a good sized product and looks like a lipstick, as the cover up stick rises when you turn the bottom. The only thing this product doesn't offer is precision but I get on fine with it for what I need it for. Make up brushes also work if you do need to be more precise.
All in all this is a great cover up stick especially for the price you pay. I would certainly recommend trying it.
Ok so when you buy a concealer you expect it to conceal your spots and blemishes right? So then why does this product make them worse?
I hated this concealer I brought thinking it was a cheaper way to cover my spots up plus I was on lunch break in work and time was ticking as I looked in the mirror and had a spot coming through.
So I brought this one in light as I am pale and medium and dark would just not match my skin tone. As soon as I applied it I regretted it, my spot looked worse than before.
I found this blemish stick to be incredibly hard to blend in, extremely greasy and just did not match my skin tone, plus the cream stuck together mixed with my spot and went crusty not a good look by any means.
The packaging is white with a blue base it kind of looks like a lipstick so is discrete but no very useful.
It only costs about £2 but I personally do not recommend this I would say use a liquid concealer they are so much easier to apply.