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I haven't bought a Collection 2000 eye shadow for a while because I don't use eye shadow in general very much anymore, but when I do wear it and buy it, I would never buy any other brand because you just can't go wrong with Collection 2000 ones.
There is so much about them that is good. The first thing is that there are just so many different colours which means whatever your style and choice, there are loads of options for you to pick from. If you are a fan of the natural look, there are lots of different shades of beiges and browns. If you prefer a bolder or brighter look there are lots there too - everything from pink to blue and from green to yellow (not my thing, but each to their own!).
The second best thing about them is the fact that they are so cheap. They are fairly widely available in places like Boots and Superdrug. You often find them on market stalls and I have even seen them in pound shops. This means that the price of them can vary, but a single colour block will set you back between one and two pounds.
Collection 2000 is very much the budget brand, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I'll be completely honest and admit that the colour of them doesn't last ages and ages and there are probably longer lasting eye shadows on the market, but the colours are bright and they go on well so they are still worth buying and I have no hesitation in recommending them. Especially if you like a bargain!
I used to really like these eye shadows as you could get single color eye shadows or you could get trio eye shadows which you could use all three mixed together to get a range of color or one nice color. I used both the single color shadow and the trio and I think they work both the same and just as nice.
The good thing about this eye shadow was that it is long lasting, and it was good price, quality and value only two pounds for a single and about three pounds for the trio. However the annoying thing about this eye shadow was that it did tend to smudge after you used it after a while of wearing and it tend to leave a line of the color you used across the eye lid and you had to smudge it so it didn't look uneven, but it still worked at the same time. Another bad thing about this eye shadow is that if you used a dark color such as black or grey and you applied too much to the brush then it could easily run underneath the eyes and leave horrible black marks under the eyes or even worse down the cheeks, and it took forever to get off or it made it look worse! Not a lovely look!
I like how they are sold in a huge range of colors and shades from blue, green, black, silver, grey, pink, beige, pastel, nude, brown and many other colors and shades you can think of!
This eye shadow is sold in Superdrug, Boots and various supermarkets.
Overall, I did like this eye shadow and I do tend to buy it quite often, but i don't have any at the moment! I buy it cause it's cheap, good quality and great value and it is worth buying a good eye shadow! It always great to find bargains and some you don't pay much and they work excellent! Oh just how I love the world of beauty!
I own a number of collection 2000 eyeshadows - several of their colour intense trio's (06 Lush (blues), 05 Shimmering seas (greens) and 04 Steel Ice (greys)) one total colour trio in 17 Allure (purples) and a total colour mono in 42 Zest (bright green). As you can see this amounts to quite a number of eyeshadows and there must be a reason why I have acquired so many!
There are a wide variety of eyeshadows made by Collection 2000, all of which come in a variety of different packaging styles although one thing that they have in common (or at least all the ones I own) is that they are plastic with a flip lid and allow you to see the colours through a clear panel. Generally speaking they also come with a small foam applicator which is very useful.
The shades available vary from the subtle and natural colours (browns etc) to the more vibrant and outlandish such as green and blue.
In my experience the quality is consistent across the range - the colours retain their intensity upon application, glide easily onto skin and last for a good number of hours (I've never timed it, but I've also never felt the need for reapplication throughout the day). They don't crease and blend well into each other for a seamless look. The trio's they collection 2000 make are well thought out and the colours work well together.
The only real downside that I can think of is that they seem to break up quite easily in the palette so sometimes when you open them you find little chucks of eyeshadow fall all over the place.
Price wise there is obviously some variation depending upon the exact product and where you purchase it from, however they seem to range between £1 and £2 (online) and slightly more in shops, which is a great bargain and far cheaper than many competitors.
Whilst I do very much like these eyeshadows, I am not going to claim that they are the best available - I have tried and own a couple that are better, however these are much more expensive than those made by Collection 2000 and I feel that for the prices of the products, collection 2000 eyeshadows are very good indeed.
Collection 2000 Eye shadow
**WHAT IS IT**
This is an eye shadow that is from the Collection 2000 range. It should give you a silky smooth look and claims to be crease-resistant. It should last up to 8 hours from when you first apply it.
The particular colour that I bought was Manic Mercury (which is a silver colour) and it is rather glittery. You can buy lots of different colours that are available.
The eye shadow comes in a dark blue plastic container. It has a click open lid, which is easy to open and close, The container is square in shape and is fairly durable. If it was dropped it could break the seal and the eye shadow may smash so it's best to avoid dropping it. However it should withstand a few knocks here and there.
The front of the container has the Collection 2000 logo engraved and it is bright silver so it really would be hard to miss it. Plus there is a square that has a clear see-through window so you can see the eye shadow inside. This is good as you can see the colour clearly without having to open it. So there is no searching around for colours opening up containers once you have bought it. It's handy if you are in a rush. Also it means you don't need to open it before buying.
On the back it gives you more detailed information on the product including the ingredients. The label is dark blue and the writing is bright silver.
Inside the container there is a large rectangular shaped tablet that has the eye shadow in it. This is glued in but it can come off so it will move about (this happened mine over a period of time). There is also a small space that an eye shadow brush sits in. I like this as it means I don't have to go looking for a brush to apply it as it's already provided.
Talc, paraffinum, Liquidum, dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Tocopheryl Actate, Serica (Silk), Dimethiconol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben (+/- Cl 159850, Cl 15985, Cl 19140, Cl 45410, Cl 75470, Cl 77007, Cl 71288, Cl 77289, Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499, Cl 77510, Cl 77742, Cl 77891 MICA)
This may be useful you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the eye shadow. The eye shadow is fragrance free which is good for sensitive eyes.
It contains silk so this will feel nice and smooth against your skin.
Vitamin E is in this eye shadow and it is good for your skin as it has anti-ageing properties. It should reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
This eye shadow goes on with a dramatic colour however it will fade as the day goes on. Personally I don't mind when it fades as I feel it looks softer looking.
You can see the glitter clearly when applied and first impressions are that it looks quite gritty looking. On closer inspection you notice that it just is very glittery and the actual powder of the eye shadow is smooth looking.
I find that when I put it on there is some fall off glitter, which does tend to be annoying, as you will have to brush it off your cheeks and skin.
As the eye shadow does fade during the day (I don't think it lasts up to 8hours without fading) it will seem smoother and less glittery.
The colour is very bright and you will notice the colour when it is first applied. You will not have to put loads on as the colour is there straight away.
I find that it does blend in well however a major problem I find is that once you start blending it in the glitter tends to go everywhere over your eyes and you cant really control where it goes. So you end up with more glitter all over your face that you will have to take off.
I paid around £1 for this eye shadow when it was on offer however its retail price is around £2. I have seen it online for 50 pence, which is good value for money. Personally I don't think I would buy a glittery eye shadow from the Collection 2000 range again as its too messy. For 50 pence I may try one without glitter though as I think this is a bargain.
I feel that this eye shadow is very average and nothing really to rave about. I would only buy it if it were on offer again. I don't think it is worth £2 as the quality just isn't great.
Now usually i would opt for a more expensive brand of eyeshadow as in my eyes 'better price means better quality' such as rimmel or max factor. However, i was pleasently suprised in some ways with the collection 2000 eyeshadow, but unfortunately more dissapointed as i expected.
I personally bought the brown trio with a dark brown, medium brown then a light creamy/goldy colour as i thought it would be great for subtle work/daytime wear. The price was very good, at just over £2 so i couldn't really complain. There was a large range of colours to choose from with blues, greens, browns and much more. The idea of the 3in1 to give that 'smokey eyed' look was fantastic too.
Now the packaging was pretty basic in just a purply case with a decent lid so you know this won't spill in your bag. Ideally, a small brush was included which is a must for eyeshadows and some brands could learn a thing or two from that! The brush was great, gave even coverage and really held the colour well. However, not much long after the brush became flimsy and eventually snapped off, leaving me brushless! And now that really annoys me.
The application itself was very easy but the colours weren't really what i expected, they werent that rich of a shade but instead a slight coverage leaving you have to put so many layers on, really wasting time and effort. Especially, on a rush to work in the morning, its not the best thing. Even the darkest brown was still not that dark, looked more like a light/medium brown and when your trying to achieve that smokey eyed look it really doesnt work. So if you want a colour you can see, i wouldn't reccomend the collection 2000 eyeshadows!
However, it did last rather long, id say on average a few hours which isn't bad but compared to other brands who state an '8 hour coverage' then it was rather dissapointing. I found that the more i put on, the longer it would last so after a while the colour was gone anyway! I found the darker colours would last longer than the light goldy colour but by the end of the night the tops of your eyelids would have one big dark line on your crease then at the end too, not very attractive at all. Other brands i have used don't do that to my eyes, instead leaving me still with a refreshing, effective look.
Overall, not bad for the money but im sure you could find better for that price!
I love make up and love experimenting with different looks, especially with my eye make up. I would usually opt for M.A.C or Benefit eye shadow products for everyday wear for more subtle shades however when experimenting with bright colours I have tended to opt for cheaper brands. However since trying Collection 2000 eye shadows, initially for this purpose I have been so impressed I have started using more frequently.
The Collection 2000 eye shadows come in a clear plastic case. This is a curved rectangular shape. The eye shadow is completely visible inside of the case. The case opens fully with a hinged lid, with a two tipped applicator brush inside of the case. Collection 2000 is written in pink font on this lid.
Probably one of the only disadvantages of the Collection 2000 eye shadows is the packaging. It is quite flimsy and if dropped the case will smash. I have also found that if I have the eye shadow in my make up bag in my suitcase when travelling there is a higher than 80% chance that when I get to my destination the case has either cracked or burst open. So not the greatest of eye shadows to transport, and needs to be "handled with care".
A Collection 2000 eyeshadow trio (10g) costs £3.50 in Boots and Superdrug. A single colour eyeshadow (5g) from Collection 2000 costs £2.19 in Boots and Superdrug. However if you shop around you can pick up these eyeshadows even cheaper. Asda for example often run multibuy deals on these products.
In terms of price the Collection 2000 eye shadows are excellent value for money; a very low price for a product that performs so well. Against more expensive brands such as M.A.C you really cannot tell the difference and the Collection 2000 products give just as good results.
***Application & Results***
The claims on the packaging are "Intense colour eye shadow in easy to blend shades, softly shimmering for long lasting 8 hour wear that is crease resistant for a fresh faced look that lasts"
The Collection 2000 eye shadows definitely live up to this claim.
I have a number of eye shadows from the Collection 2000 range. The single eye shadows are usually more dramatic and bright colours whereas the trios are more neutral and suited to everyday wear in my opinion. My particular favourites in terms of colours from Collection 2000 are the single "Enchanted" a bright green colour for dramatic bright eyes and the "Zenith" eye shadow trio which is a collection of light beige, mid bronze and darker brown; great for everyday wear.
The colours are very easy to blend, especially those in the eye shadow trio as they compliment each other very well. I use an eye shadow brush rather than the applicator sponge which comes with the eye shadow as I personally feel a brush gives better coverage and blends different colours of eye shadow together more effectively. Once applied the Collection 2000 eye shadows actually stay on the eyelid and you do not find eye shadow power under your eye and on your cheekbones. This is particular important if you are wearing one of the brighter coloured eye shadows from the range.
All of the Collection 2000 colours have a shimmer to them which is subtle and not overly sparkly. I think this is perfect for everyday in addition to special occasions as the eye shadow does not look too dramatic especially if you use the more neutral tones but still gives a shimmer which highlights and frames eyes well.
The Collection 2000 eye shadows definitely live up to the claims that they last 8 hours and remain crease resistant. In fact I believe the eye shadow lasts longer than this before it needs reapplied, probably up to 12 hours; one of the only cosmetics products that actually underestimates its claims! The natural bronze colours I wear from the trio are applied at 7am and at 5pm when I come home from work they still are visible; have not creased and look just as good when I have applied. The brighter colours from the singular Collection 2000 eye shadows are also long lasting and the colour remains on eyes. I wear the brighter colours for nights out and even after a night out my eye shadow has not creased.
This is a great value product and a make up essential. Collection 2000 offer a wide range of eye shadows to create a variety of different looks whether that is bright and dramatic or natural and subtle there is an eye shadow (or shadows) in the range to create that look.
The eye shadows have a lovely shimmer to them and blend brilliantly allowing a number of colours to be blended together. The eye shadow is long lasting and actually is a product which actually surpasses its 8 hour wear claims, giving a crease free look all day.
All of this for a bargain price. One of the lowest priced eye shadows on the high street, but undoubtedly one of the best in my opinion!
My local chemist recently closed down to relocate and in the days running up to the close, they decided to sell all of their products off including the make-up. Unfortunately by the time I got there, the rimmel, maybeline and max factor products had gone and there was only a few collection 2000 items left. At the time I never had any items in my make up bag from the collection 2000 range so I wasn't at all sure what they were like.
I purchased a trio eye shadow as it was reduced to 50p so I didn't mind even if I didn't like it. There weren't many colours left so I decided on the steel ice colours which looked between a purple and a grey.
I was chuffed with my little bargain and when I got home I experimented with the trio. I used the silvery lightest colour as a base and gradually added the other 2 colours. They went together perfectly and added real definition to the eyes. You don't have to wear the 3 colours all at once obviously and by using them as single block colours you can soften the look. The powder is fantastic and very blendable. It is smooth and doesn't break up after a while from rubbing it with the brush.
When I told my friends about my bargain they all warned me that due to collection 2000 being a bargain range I would probably expect the shadow to fade and disappear in a few hours but after a night out I was surprised when I came home to see that the shadow hadn't moved an inch and still looked as good as it did before I left.
Since wearing the shadow I have many people asking where it's from and I have now got a few customers buying it aswell. The trio colours are made fantastically as they go together perfect and have a very good lasting effect. I know that there are a lot more colours available in the collection 2000 range but for me it will always be steel ice. I love the fact that there is so many different looks to be had from this palate. Looks can be from day to night by just adding a bit more shadow.
I would definitely recommend this bargain item as it is really good.
I happened to stumble upon these shadows by accident while looking for the perfect pink shade, so can give an unbiased opinion! They have a few great attributes and only a few gripes. But for the price, you can't go far wrong!!
I was looking for a dusky pink, that wasn't at all pastel or hot, just dark and musty but still shimmery. I found it at Collection 2000!
The best things about these shadows are...
:) The colour pay off- I have these shadows in pink and green and love the colours. They're quite highly pigmented and the best thing is that the colour in the pot really looks like the colour you're putting on your lids!
:) The effect- There is a lot of shimmer, but it doesn't overload the look. It's more of a slight sheen rather than glittery from every angles.
:) The size- The size of this contained is pretty big! The packaging is sweet because it is clear so you see the whole shadow.
:) The price- I got mine for only around £2 each!! Bargains!!
A few negatives
:( Powdery- This kind of shadow is solid in the pot, but when you brush them, there is a lot of fall out powder that stays on the shadow's flat surface. Once you back to load your brush this means you have less control of how much product goes on your brush, which can be a little clumsy.
I love the Collection 2000 range of make up - great for those on a budget such as myself, as I can stock up on lots and pay such a little.
I recently bought one of the Collection 2000 Colour Intense Trio Eyeshadow ranges. I bought Venus - which is a selection of 3 shades of purple (suits my green eyes beautifully!)
The eyeshadows are slightly shimmery, and are lovely in consistency, being easy to apply and blend together. I tend to start with the lightest shade all over my eyelid, then blend the middle tone into the socket crease, and the darkest in the outer corners. I find it's a look that suits me for everyday wear. Personally I find the eyeshadows are long lasting, and crease resistant, which is unusual in the cheaper ranges I find.
The eyeshadows come in a huge variety of colours, with blues, greens, browns, purples, pinks - and more - all being catered for.
For a cheap basic eyeshadow collection, you can't really go far wrong with these. They are perfect for those wanting to try out colours and find out what suits them without costing a fortune.
I go through what I call make-up phases, I'll go through weeks of wearing very basic make-up, and then weeks of wearing a full face. Part of my full face make-up routine is to apply eyeshadow. As this isn't an everyday thing for me anymore, I stopped buying expensive eyeshadows such as MAC and Urban Decay. Now I've started to look towards cheaper brands, one of which being Collection 2000.
I had used Collection 2000 products before (I actually won a years supply in a competition when I was like 14), and was semi-impressed with them, so years later, I thought I'd give them another try. This time, I bought the Collection 2000 Intense Trio Eyeshadow in 07 Zenith. This a natural brown trio of eyeshadows and claims to be crease-resistant and last up to 8 hours. Sounds pretty good to me.
The eyeshadows come in a clear, curved rectangular, plastic case with a pink and white bubble effect printed on top. Collection 2000 is printed on the front in pink. You can clearly see the colour of the eyeshadows you're getting through the plastic, and you can see the very fine, shimmering mica particles in the shadows. This great as top brands such as MAC and Benefit include mica particles in their eyeshadows, so I thought it was wonderful that a cheap brand like this included them too.
I opened the case and sweeped each colour of eyeshadow across the back of my hand with the sponge applicator that was included with the shadows. I then did the same with my MAC 213 shadow brush. I hate sponge applicators, so I had to test it with both. Each of the colours came out exactly like the look in the packaging, so that was definitely a plus.
After applying my eye primer, I set out to do a natural smoky eye look with these three shadows. The colour was super intense, they looked wonderful and had just the right amount of shimmer. They brought out my blue eyes and after being finished off with eyeliner and mascara, my eyes looked as if they had been done up with MAC products (or other similar products).
I applied the shadows at 8am, and they were still there, just as vibrant, crease free at (approx.) 8pm, so that's (roughly) 12 hours. Living up to their claim AND MORE.
I haven't found a problem with these eyeshadows at all, they are super easy to remove, look wonderful and are super blendable. Plus they are cheap. What more could I want?
The trio cost me £3.42 from my local Boots. That's what you call value!
Thank you for reading!
This is a fantastic brand if you are counting the pennies as we all are at the moment. The eyeshadows are my favourite product fromt the range and they do a variety of single shadows, double and triple colours. Colours range from brights and funky shades to more neutral tones which are what I wear.
The eyeshadows go on really well, and the colour intensity is strong and vivid, so the eyeshadow will last you a long time as you dont need to use a great deal when applying. The only thing I would say is that the colour can wear off/rub off quite easily if just applied straight to the eyelid. The way to get around this is to apply a layer of concealer to your eyes or a loose powder then the eyeshadow lasts much longer. You can also dampen the eyeshadow with a brush dipped in water and this makes the colour even stronger perfect for the more brighter colours. If you have greasy skin, you sometimes tend to the notice the shadow creases in the eyelids a bit, but I think most eyeshadows do this, unless you are spending a lot of money. A good eyeshdow for the money just rememeber to prime first.
Collection 2000 is a money savers dream. It is a great value brand which is good qaulity and the makeup dosnt smell like other cheap makeup does!
I have got a selection of colours from their eye makeup ranges. The colours come out clear and bright and do not flake, cake or rub off easily as some others do.
I use the white mineral colour and it really compliments my light blonde hair.
I have also experimented and used a wet brush with the eyeshadows and it does make them really bright and lovely on the eyes.
Its a great value brand and really good quality, it will surprise you once you start using it. The colours blend really well as well. The only downside is that the range of colours is not that extensive meaning that you dont get much flexibility but for the money you cant complain at all!
I have got quite a few different Collection 2000 eyeshadows, a few of the trio ones and a few of the single colour ones. They are cheap and cheerful with a good range of natural and bright colours to suit anyones taste. The trios are sweet and the colours normally go well together.
The downside is that if you don't put a base/primer on the eyelid before application they do tend to rub off, smudge and just wear away. However if you put a base on first (a layer of concealer will do) and then put the eyeshadow on straight away the colour is more vivid and stays on for a lot longer.
One of my favourites is a trio of green colours, consisting of a dark one, a light one and a highlighter. It looks bright but when you put it on it looks great, it blends really well. I reccommend these to anyone that wants to cheer up their make up bag on a budget, or if you are like me like to be a bit adventurous!