Product Type: Collection 2000 makeup
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More liquid than mousse, but gives decent coverage
Collection 2000 Perfect Finish Foundation
Member Name: Holland1
Collection 2000 Perfect Finish Foundation
Advantages: Decent coverage, cheap, good staying power
Disadvantages: Quite watery in consistency, difficult to blend, can cling to dry patches
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.
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Summary: Middle of the road