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I have become a bit addicted to finding beauty bargains in shops such as Poundland and Poundworld, but I think the product I am reviewing today is my best find recently. If you go to Boots or Superdrug you can buy Collection Perfect Finish Foundation for £4.99 [30ml]. I however bought a 3 bottle pack for £1 in Poundworld about 6 weeks ago! I had already bought one at full price and on close inspection the only difference between the reduced and full priced versions is the fact the former still bears the Collection 2000 logo which is now shortened to just Collection. Having used both, I can say there is no difference between the two and in fact my local Superdrug still has a number of products with the "old" packaging for sale. Sadly, Poundworld have not had the foundation in again recently but it may be worth keeping an eye just in case it pops up again!
When I bought my full price foundation, I opted for the ivory shade as I have pale skin but I chose the "Vanilla" colour when I bought my bargain pack. That is because I felt that "Ivory" was a little dark and almost orange in tone to perfectly suit my skin. I was disappointed with the colour but I liked the products coverage and feel so I was willing to try another shade without a tester. Vanilla looked light but it has a certain warmth about it which is a good match for my skin outside the winter months. It is also available in at least two other darker options.
The foundation is described as an air whipped liquid foundation which provides medium coverage to leave the skin "flawless and airbrushed to perfection." It has an SPF of 20 and is oil free. I have combination skin so the oil free aspect was what attracted me to the foundation on the first place.
The foundation comes in a pump action bottle which works well - almost too well actually as you don't need much product to gain good coverage and rather a lot comes out at once. So pump gently and you won't waste as much as I did the first time I used it. I have used other air whipped foundations and this does not feel as light in texture as those. In fact it feels like a runny standard liquid foundation but it does spread out evenly and easily. It does feel extremely pleasant on the skin - in fact it is one of those delightful foundations that you forget you are wearing soon after you apply it. It isn't all heavy on the skin and if you touch your face, the skin feels smooth and silky soft.
I would agree that the coverage is at a medium level. It is excellent at creating an even colour to my complexion and it does disguise my large nose pores well. It also deals reasonably well with my dark circles when I am unfortunate enough to have them, but not to the extent that I feel able to skip a concealer as well.
The overall finish is matte but not dull. In fact my skin looks fresh and healthy, rather than too "made up" or cakey. This is great for a foundation that blends so effortlessly.
It provides a good coverage on my "prone to oiliness" forehead, which is important for me. I often find that liquid or air whipped foundations do not perform well in this area. I was pleased to feel that I didn't need to powder over the top as the finish was matte enough when I first used this. However I found that the shine does come through my around lunchtime if I apply my make up around 7.30 AM. So I do usually apply some powder anyway to help the foundation last that little while longer. Apart from in that problem spot, the coverage easily lasts all day. It is still easy enough to remove when you want to. I am also pleased to say that I do not feel that this product has contributed to blocked pores either, no doubt because it is oil free.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE FOUNDATION?
I would, as the coverage is good, the feel light and the finish even and natural. It is great value for £4.99 and obviously even better a deal at the equivalent of 33p a bottle that I paid the second time around. I have not given it five stars because for me it does not entirely provide the flawless look it promises, as it does not provide the coverage of dark circles that I would expect a medium coverage foundation to provide. I also feel that it does not last on my forehead as well as some other products but if you do not have oily skin there, I suspect it would last longer. All in all, it is definitely worth trying and I think it is far better than the other Collection foundations I have tried as regards coverage and finish.
I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I do have to wear it for work and I tend to wear foundation because it hides the multitude of sins that bad lighting at work highlights. I am not a big fan of foundation though because I think it feels too heavy on my skin and I generally feel uncomfortable wearing it. This Perfect Finish version from Collection 2000 is much better than any other I have tried though.
The foundation comes in a 30ml plastic bottle with a pump action lid. I really like this because it is so easy to use. I have found that I hardly need any of the foundation and the pump action lid means that I can limit the amount I get out quite easily, without getting the stuff everywhere. Also it doesn't make a mess of my makeup bag because it is really easy to keep clean.
The foundation comes in six different colours; vanilla, ivory, natural beige, honey, biscuit and gold. I say six different colours, but they are obviously all quite similar. I have the honey which is quite middle of the ground. I have fairly bronze skin and it suits me perfectly and blends in really well. The six shades cover all skin types, so you are bound to find something that will suit you within the range.
The foundation uses a new air whipped mousse formula, which is what makes it so good in my opinion. It makes it feel really light when you are wearing it and doesn't feel like it is clogging up your skin. I feel as well that the formula helps when I am applying it because it goes on really evenly and lightly too. I is really easy to blend in and I find that I can do it straight from the bottle rather than having to warm in up in my fingers first like you do with heavier foundations. I think the foundation gives a really natural look, which is what I believe make up in general should do, so it is really good in that respect too.
It is long lasting and I find that it still looks like I am wearing at the end of the day - I don't need to reapply it during the day. It helps to keep all my other make up in place too and makes a great base. Like I said before, you don't need too much of it so the bottle lasts a fairly long time too. I have had the bottle for about six months and I wear it three or four times a week. I'm just about getting to the end of the bottle now so I'll need a new one soon but I think I've had pretty good use out of it.
It is available in Boots and Tesco for £4.99 which I think is exceptionally good value when you compare it with other similar products. Collection 2000 stuff does seem to be cheaper than other brands and I have found in the past that it can be a bit hit and miss. In this case however, they have excelled themselves and the Perfect Finish foundation is a great product that offers excellent value for money - definitely recommended.
I've never been a wearer of heavy make-up, and have thus far been blessed with reasonably good skin which only needs light coverage with a tinted moisturiser. Recently, however, I have been suffering from breakouts of spots, which have been caused by some hormonal changes which you'll be pleased to hear I'm not going to bore you with.
I decided to try a heavier foundation to give my skin an even complexion, and provide a good base for covering any spots. I didn't want to spend too much either, so I went for the lower end of the scale and opted for this "Perfect Finish" foundation from Collection 2000. The foundation costs £4.99 for 30ml, and is available in 6 shades ranging from Vanilla to Golden. I opted for shade 2 which is Ivory, because despite being quite pale, the palest shade in any foundation generally has the effect of making me look a bit ghostly.
The foundation claims to provide full-coverage, but is air-whipped with a "lightweight, airy, liquid mousse formula". This sounded ideal to me, as I didn't want to start looking like I was trying too hard by having really heavy coverage after going from next to nothing. Nor did I want to clog my pores and add to my skin problems. It also claims to blend easily, giving an "effortless satin-perfect, luminous finish, with the added benefit of SPF 20 protection". Not that we're going to be seeing any sunshine for a while, but this is something to bear in mind for the summer months.
The packaging of this product is plastic, with a pump dispenser covered by a plastic lid. The pump does take a few presses to get going initially, but since the first use I've had no problems with the pump getting clogged with the product. How you apply this product is down to personal preference, with some people preferring sponges to using fingers and vice versa. I tend to use my (clean!) fingers to blend foundation, as I find it easier to blend and get a natural finish. This one is no different, although I will warn you that the foundation is quite watery so you need to be careful not to get any on your clothes as you're applying it as it runs off the fingers quite easily.
The consistency of this foundation makes it quite tricky to blend in my opinion. I find I tend to be chasing it round my face for a while, as it really does need a lot of work to look natural rather than sitting on top of your skin. It isn't something I bother to do if I'm running late or in a hurry, but instead on those days I opt for my tinted moisturiser to save a bit of time. This is quite surprising considering it is described as a "liquid mousse", as this is nothing like mousse, and I would say is more liquid than creamy in consistency. "Less is more" is probably a good way to approach this foundation, because if you start off with too much it takes forever to blend in, whereas if you start with just a little, you can always add more if you feel you need it.
Once you've blended, it does give a lovely natural finish which is enough to balance out any red blotches or spots, yet it doesn't feel really heavy or over the top. It doesn't leave any nasty streaks or lines in the usual places such as the jaw or hairline, nor does it look orange or brown, although obviously this is partly down to choosing the correct colour for your skin. I like the coverage it gives, and it's quite a dewy finish which gives my skin a bit of life without making it look shiny. It also has excellent staying power, which I wasn't really expecting due to the watery consistency, but once I've applied this in the morning, it will stay put until last thing at night. This is great for those evenings I'm out and about straight from work but don't have time to go home and freshen up, as it gives me the confidence to keep going without worrying about what I look like.
The only downside in terms of coverage, is that I have noticed with the weather being windy recently, I have developed a few dry patches on my skin. This foundation can cling to them if I don't take extra care when blending, thus drawing attention to these imperfections which isn't ideal. Unfortunately, my skin is behaving so strangely at the moment that I doubt any foundation would fulfil my many needs, so I can't be too harsh on this one for not dealing with everything. If I was expecting a foundation to do that, I would have spent more than£4.99 lets be honest!
The packaging on this foundation looks quite classy at first, with simple black labels and silver writing. However, over time, the writing peels off the side leaving it looking tatty and cheap. This has happened to mine despite me only ever using it at home, and it's never been in a make-up bag or my handbag. It's not something that bothers me too much, but it's a bit annoying when all my other lotions and potions look so pretty on my dressing table! I also occasionally get little bits of silver glitter on my fingers from picking the bottle up, which inevitably end up on my face when applying the foundation....not a good look!
Overall, I would probably use this again, although I'm also happy to experiment with any others in the same price range which grab my attention.
(Review may also be posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I was on the hunt for a cheapish foundation to replace my Revlon PhotoReady when I went away for the weekend with my boyfriend to Weymouth. I just wanted something small and simple to throw in my make up bag that wouldn't matter that much if I lost it. I was looking through all the make up counters and had always been a big fan of Collection 2000 since I started wearing make up so when I spotted the 'Perfect Finish Foundation' I thought to myself that looks perfect!
The shade name is what caught my eye - Vanilla, as my Revlon predecessor had been named the same so I assumed that the shades would be similar, however there are 6 shades that are quite varied but I do not think that they will suit everyone.
Ivory - The lightest shade of the range that is quite pale and almost iridescent, perfect for fair complexions with pinkish undertones.
Natural Beige - This shade is quite a neutral medium colour that would suit olive complexions or if you are after that holiday glow!
Vanilla - Although it is classed as a medium shade it is very fair and exactly like the Revlon PhotoReady Vanilla - Helps to achieve the English Rose look.
Biscuit - Gorgeous medium shade that matches fake tan perfectly with golden and almost bronzed undertones
Golden - One of the darker shades that is very golden with yellow pigmentation
Honey - The darkest shade of the range with bronze attributes.
I chose the Vanilla shade and perhaps I should switch to the Ivory shade in the winter but for the summer I find it works perfectly. If you are interested I would pop down to Superdrugs or Boots and sample the shades yourself so you can pick the perfect one for you.
The packaging is very neat and concise - something I love. the bottle itself is made from stud plastic and is almost a pale skin tone colour with black 'bubbles' on the front with the name and some information about the foundation. I love that it is not a big or bulky bottle so it is easy to take with you on the go. When you take the lid off you are greeted with a pump that aids easy application so you can control how much you use as not to waste any!
I have found that the best way to apply this foundation is with a stippling or buffing brush as it really blends well and evens out your skin tone. It glides on well and does not sit in patches or lines and does not appear chalky after a few hours wear! Collection 2000 claim that this foundation is an 'Air whipped liquid foundation for an air brushed effect' and I personally think that is a great way of explaining the look it gives to your skin - totally air brushed, I love it!
It gives me full coverage after one application and I find I don't have to even wear concealer as it covers up any blemishes really well. There is also an added SPF 20 to protect your skin from the harmful rays from the sun but also the ageing effects that sun damage can have on our skin.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase it only cost me about £5 and to be Honest I was not expecting much from it - but after one application I am hooked and will definitely be re purchasing! Available at Superdrugs, Boots (or the online alternatives) any stores that sell Collection 2000 as well as all good online make up stores.
Disaster struck the other day....I had run out of my foundation. Now to some this isn't a disaster but in order to cover my dark circles foundation is my lifeline and I am normally well stocked in order to avoid disasters like this. I had simply taken my eye off the ball and hadn't ordered a few to keep in stock. Fortunately the next day I headed to Boots to replace it.
I'm a fan of Maybelline for my foundations and unfortunately the one I use was not on the shelf let alone mentioned so I had to find an alternative. I didn't want to spend a fortune as I had already ordered my usual foundation so I just wanted to buy one to keep me going and that didn't cost the earth. In the end I opted for a Collection 2000 foundation called Perfect Finish Foundation.
The foundation first appealed to me because it was promised to be lightweight and more of a liquid mousse formula which can be airy and gentle on the skin. Collection 2000 claim this foundation to be an air whipped foundation so I was expected something of more a thicker, mousse type consistency. The foundation is promised to give full, even coverage but I noticed it doesn't state for how long it will stay on the skin but it does aim to give a "satin perfect" and luminous finish. Well as a stand in foundation hopefully it wouldn't let me down.
The foundation comes in a slim, plastic transparent bottle which has a pump action top complete with a clear top. The bottle is pretty simple in design as there is a little circular image with the product name on the front. On the back there are the usual ingredients list as well as contact information for Collection 2000.
The foundation does need a good shake before use and you do need to press down on the little pump top a few times before the foundation comes out. What I noticed was that instead of having a thicker foundation I was met with a watery consistency which if pumped out the bottle to hard ended up in a great big mass on your finger or sponge and it started to run. So problem 1 is you need to be gentle with the pump top as you can get way too much than you actually want and problem 2 is the consistency.
When you read that it is an "air whipped foundation" I was expecting something a little thicker with a little body to it. Although Collection 2000 describes it as a "liquid mousse formula" I still expect a thicker consistency, a consistency which wasn't as thin and have the ability to run straight off your finger. I wasn't impressed and I found that my first use with it I wasted the foundation as I was a bit heavy handed. The foundation as you would expect has no aroma to it whatsoever which is perfectly fine by me.
Apart from the problems as mentioned above once you manage to apply the foundation onto your face it is incredibly easy to blend but you do end up wondering where the foundation as actually gone as even though you can see you have foundation on it doesn't cover up blemishes well and you almost need double the amount to get that even, seamless coverage. I did find it easy to blend this foundation and the shade I chose matched my own skin tone very well.
It does feel incredibly light on the skin instead of other thicker foundations which can feel heavy and pore clogging but this does feel very light and airy which is great and you don't get that horrible orangeness around your eyebrows either which is fab. Over the hours it doesn't got blotchy but it does need to be re-applied as after a few hours it looks as if you don't have foundation on at all. I do find with more expensive and thicker foundations that you don't nee to re-apply so therefore saving the money on the cheaper foundation is irrelevant as you then just have to use double the foundation on re-applying so you may as well just buy the more expensive foundation!
Removing the foundation is simple and it wipes off easily with just one wipe (I use face wipes) and I didn't have any foundation left in my eyebrows or my hairline which can sometimes happen with thicker foundations. I was surprised just how little foundation came out on the wipe and I'm guessing the foundation just evaporated off my skin or is on my pillow! What I do know is that my pores were not clogged but what this foundation doesn't do is gently moisture the skin and my skin certainly needed a heavy amount of moisturiser after taking the foundation off.
Overall this stand in foundation did the job.. just. I liked that it was light on my skin and was easy to blend giving a natural coverage but what I didn't like was the consistency and that you have to re-apply during the day. It doesn't last as long as I would like and therefore I will only be using it for emergencies and I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.
Price: £3.99 - Boots
Availability: Boots and Superdrug as well as others
Shades: Vanilla, Ivory, Biscuit, Natural Beige, Honey and Golden
SPF Protection: 20