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      08.10.2012 21:09
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      Try it!

      I first bought this mineral powder when I was first getting into makeup, and has remained one of my go-to loose powders ever since. The shade No.1 Ivory was a good match for my skin, and helped my skin to look as close to flawless as I could get it. It doesn't make my skin break out, look to dry or to oily. Instead gives me a nice semi-matt finish. It's also light-weight enough to use to set over liquid foundation, which lasts all day. Plus the powder is even pigmented enough to provide extra coverage to areas concealed didn't quite cover. Another thing I love about this powder is that it can be built up without looking cakey, it just blends seamlessly into the skin. Some people might be put off by the cheap brand name, but for such a low cost, it is actually really good quality!

      When Collection 2000 first released this mineral powder it came in a big round, screw lid pot. With the little plastic sifter you usually find in loose powder pots. These also came with a small half moon brush inside, that was really good for applying the powder. I found this to be surprising as the free brushes that come with makeup are usually useless. Not this one. The brush was small enough that you could easily apply powder to hard to reach places (under the eye etc.) But still big enough, to hold comfortably in your hand. These pots had about 10-15 grams of product for only about 4/5 pounds. And they came in at least 4 shades, so most people would easily fit into one of the shades.

      However, For a while this product was unavailable, and I was sad at the thought that it had been discontinued. Then one day when browsing through Boots, I happened to notice that Collection 2000 had a new product on its stand. On closer inspection I realised it was this same mineral powder just in a different packaging. Getting excited that it was back, I picked one up. However instead of the old Ivory, honey, beige etc shades, there were now only 2 shades to choose from! Light-Medium, and Medium-Dark. Why they decided to do this I don't know...

      The Light-Medium luckily wasn't too dark for me, but anyone lighter than an ivory shade, prepare to be disappointed. The new pots are now cylindrical in shape and the top of the pot has a small powder brush attached to it. It also has a plastic tube to push the brush bristle together so the clear plastic lid can be placed on top. The idea of the product is that you shake it to allow some of the powder to dispense onto the brush, and then sweep the brush directly on your face. Although the brush thing is a nice idea, I could see from just looking at it that it probably wouldn't work so well. I tried it anyway, just in case I would be proven wrong... I was right. The brush was useless. It either doesn't dispense any powder at all, or applies to much. Luckily the brush is only screwed onto the top of the powder pot, so I was easily able to transfer the powder into another container. How disappointing you no longer get the half moon brush that it used to come with *sigh*. Another gripe I have about this new packaging, other than the two mentioned, is how much less product there seems to be. But still for the same price?? The new pots dont think the new pots mention how much product they have in them, but it definitely isn't as much as the old ones.

      This is such a shame because the product itself is actually very good for the cheap brand name. It's just the new packaging that sucks. I'm now swapping between buying the old packaging versions of this powder online, and buying the new packaging version when I suddenly run out. I don't think the actual powder has changed, or that I've noticed. The old ones just had a better shade selection, more product, and a decent and useable brush! I will keep buying this one however, I just wish they hadn't changed it.

      If you can see past the packaging issues, and very limited shade selection, this is a highly recommended mineral powder. Which I'm sure you'll love once you try it!

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      18.04.2012 22:20

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      Fantastic!

      I'll get straight to it, this product is probably one of THE best makeup products in the makeup world! It's average price is fantastic at just 4.99 or sometimes on promotion for 3.99! The colours and shades available are suitable for all skintypes for the fairest to the darkest and the dryest to the oiliest. I've tried a few shades out and found that Ivory seems to suit me and my skin the best. Its coverage is rather light and you can build it up more if needed. So it's great for combination skin like mine with an oily Tzone. You dont need to use a lot so it lasts for a very long time before having to re stock. The fact it contains mineral pigments is great because it does not clog pores. It also does not fade away quickly, feels so light on your skin you can sometimes forget you're wearing any! I really recommend this to anyone and everyone because it is just such a versatile, brilliant product so for flawless skin give this simple, cheap and easy powder a try. The name perfecting minerals doesnt even give it justice! 11/10!! :)

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      14.03.2011 14:25
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      Highly recommend it to any one.

      This powder has now been discontinued in stores but after looking online, it is still quite easily available.

      They have 4 colours to choose from 1-4, 1 being the lightest, 4 being the darkest, this contained a sunscreen, came with a brush for application, and contained 15g of powder. The powder also contains minerals, which are very good for your skin, so I though this would help even more breakouts, which it did.

      To remove the powder for you use, you just simply turn upside down the pot and shake or tap on it, turn it back around and powder will now be in the pot for you to use!

      The application is very easy. I wear this over my foundation as I have severe acne and like a high coverage looking face, you can easily build up the kind of coverage you want, it can go from very light coverage to very heavy coverage, and even with a lot of this product on, your skin still looks very natural, this also can be used to highlight certain parts of your face, I sometimes use the darkest shade as a bronzer, whilst on your face the product feels very light, very soft and even after 7/8 hours of being on, there is no shine, a lovely looking glow. My skin tends to go quite greasy after 4 hours using any other face powders, so it is nice to see a shine free face at the end of the day!

      I would highly recommend this to any body, as it can be used in so many different ways, and for around 5 pound a pot, it is definitely worth it.

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        26.09.2010 00:40
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        The pros more than compensate for the cons.

        Until very recently, I never wore foundation. I was adamant that my sensitive, combination skin could only suffer from it, and I was wary of slowly becoming yet another orange-faced teenager (I didn't trust myself to apply foundation properly).

        A while ago, however, two things happened: one, I realised how uneven my skin tone was, and two, I read an article in a magazine about the joys of mineral foundation. Mineral make-up seems to be a relatively new phenomenon and mineral foundation has a good reputation suiting those of use with problem skin; thanks to ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium oxide and mica, it is 'pure' and won't clog up pores.

        With this in mind, I prowled Boots's website to find the best value mineral foundation available. Collection 2000's Perfecting Minerals, priced £4.99 for 15g, was the one I bought the next day in my local store.

        Collection 2000 promises that Perfecting Minerals is a "Silky, luminous mineral powder" for "foundation-like coverage". Furthermore, its website (www.collection2000.co.uk) claims that the powder is really a 4-in-1 product: foundation, powder, sunscreen and concealer, as well as coming with an applicator brush. Seems pretty good for the price.

        Its ingredients include zinc oxide and mica, as mentioned above (but not titanium oxide), as well as talc, aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, and dimethoxydiphenylsilane/triethoxycaprylylsilane cross polymer, which apparently make the foundation suitable for sensitive skin, as well as providing the UVA and UVB protection. The foundation is in a clear pot with a sifter and a black lid - nothing fancy. For use, you turn the pot (lid closed!) upside down and tap the bottom so that some foundation falls through the sifter and onto the lid, then turn it round again, and open the pot to use the powder that has fallen through.

        I should mention here that I decided the colour 'No. 1 Ivory' would suit my skin the best. I found this a bit confusing as I am not particularly pale - I have a traditionally English complexion - but I would have found the other shades too dark.

        Perfecting Minerals helpfully comes with a set of instructions on its base, advising you to moisturise before use as well as giving instructions about the pot's sifter. It then advises that you should apply the powder in layers using downward strokes. I found that this was good advice - every time I apply the foundation I always panic at how orange the powder is before remembering to blend blend blend, so I don't suffer from any 'tidemarks'.

        So, does it work? In one word: yes. I am extremely pleased with the quality of the product. It helps to even out my skin tone without looking or feeling heavy; it blends well with my skin; it creates a slightly radiant effect which looks entirely natural. Amazingly, it has not caused any acne breakouts and is removed easily.

        It also lasts fairly well on a day-to-day basis, although on a night out you might want to reapply a bit - but I have never felt the need to add a separate powder over the top. I also like to use the foundation on my eye lids, either as a base, to neutralise the eyes, or even by itself, if I'm going for a subtle look. And the fact that it contains sunscreen is always a bonus! The price is of course another great selling point. I've found that Collection 2000's products are usually focussed on price rather than quality but this is a real exception.

        The bad points? I am no make up expert but I do think the brush could be of better quality; the one provided is flat and a bit scratchy. (Of course at this price you can't complain too much!) The foundation can also get quite messy when you try and extract it from the pot. I have found it is better to keep the brush separate because, if there is any excess foundation in the pot, it will gather everywhere and a lot will fly off the brush the next time you try to use it. I think it is best to sift a small amount in the pot repeatedly rather than dump the whole lot onto the lid.

        I also don't think it lives up to its concealer claims. It conceals redness or any other weird colours on your face, but for actual blemishes it doesn't quite make the cut. A lot has to be layered on and blended to avoid any orange patches on spots. It also doesn't conceal my dark circles. To be fair, I am yet to find a product that will - but I think it would be best to use a separate concealer for circles and blemishes before applying Perfecting Minerals. Another point is that, as mentioned above, I'm not sure Collection 2000's range of colours would cater for very pale people.

        Generally, it seems to me that Perfecting Minerals, since it is such a sheer product, will look best if you treat your skin well, including using moisturiser as a base beforehand. However, if you neglect your skin in any way, Perfecting Minerals will not completely cover it up. I also don't think this foundation would suit anyone who likes a very dramatic or matte look. If you're after dewy skin, then it'll probably be great for you.

        Despite listing the disadvantages of Perfecting Minerals, I have decided that its benefits make up for its shortcomings, hence why I am giving it full marks.

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          05.09.2010 22:25
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          Definately reccommend trying- for under £5 it's a fantastic product!

          I ADORE this product.
          I used to be one of those people who could not go out without wearing foundation. I have very bad, oily skin and I bought this simply as a powder to go over foundation. At under £5 for a whole 15g this product is such great value for money. I am on my 4th pot because I love it so much!

          Mineral foundation is known to be quite expensive, with brands such as Bare Essencuals charging almost £20 for a product similar to this. I was a little skeptical as I didn't think a product so cheap could match up to the more expensive brands.

          I originally used it over foundation and it was easy to apply, a little bit went a very logn way and it produced a smooth finish with no shine whatsoever. It gives a matte finish which is what I prefer as I have oily skin.
          However, this product alone gives fantastic coverage and a great finish. With primer this lasts for a very long time and has certainly improved my skin as I am not covering it with thick layers; instead only one light layer.

          The colour range of these products is quite small so it may be hard to find a shade that is good for you. However, I feel that this adapts to your skin tone quite well.

          The packaging looks quite cheap as it is clear and black plastic with plain white writing. It is, however very practical and durable. I also find that if you take the plastic barrier on the inside out when you feel it is empty, you have a lot more product left that you couldn't get to. It comes with a flat brush which applies the product adequately, but you can get a much more flawless finish with a higher quality, fluffier brush.

          It contains UVA and UVB protection but I'm not sure if I trust this so I would still wear sunscreen underneath.

          Overall, a fantastic budget product that I think everyone should try!

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          04.09.2010 20:25
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          My powder of choice

          Now like many women i wear foundation, i however wear it everyday without fail, im sadly one of those girls who wont even go to the shop without makeup on. Obviously there are different types of foundation and all i ever hear about is how good mineral makeup is for your skin, so good infact you can sleep in it. I dont believe that the ingredients in this brand will be quite as pure as that of bare minerals even though they say it is but i thought hey its still worth a try! I mean this casper needs a bit of colour on her face.

          Application : Now be warned mineral makeup is not like liquid makeup, it makes alot of mess, so you have to apply it very carefully or lay a towel out too catch any that falls. Now it comes with a flat and small brush which is useless and scratchy so i threw it away, i buy a powder brush from superdrug which is amazing and costs £5. Now i tip some of the minerals into the lid, swish my brush in it and then pat it on to me skin in circular movements. As you do this no matter how carefull you are some will go on you, the floor or the furniture, i got it all over my lovely £70 franklin and marshall jumper the other day, it does brush off and wash off easily, but i wasent able to wear it that day as it looked too dirty. It always can be washed off furniture, but id advise maybe doing it over your sink so you can just wash it down the plughole or laying out a towel or if you dont mind about the floor getting messy just tuck a tea towel or something into your top and then proceed. Now i dont actually like it as a foundation as i dont find it applies evenly to my skin so i use it as a powder after my foundation. My current foundation is pretty good but its not the most perfect application, its in the colour golden. After i apply my normal liquid foundation i pat this on instead of powder and it looks amazing! It gives a great finish and colour and feels light and keeps shine at bay. Alot of women dont like thick feeling foundation but my liquid one is light anyway, but this powder is really light. If you have dry skin though and you are using it as a foundation please moisturise thoroughly or you will look like a scabie face lol. So yes i actually use this as a powder to set off my regular liquid foundation and it does the job very nicely, i would not be able too use this as my everyday foundation as it does not apply to my skin very well and looks too matte, i cant really describe what i mean, but my face looks sort of flat. I tend to reapply to my nose during the day but thats becuase i get shiny and the shiny botox face look is not for me. ( Women who get botox have shiny foreheads, its a give away that they get it done ) .

          Colour : Currently the minerals come in 4 shades, which isent great but hey its cheap!
          Ivory
          Natural Beige
          Biscuit
          Honey
          I use honey and it makes my skin look a good colour too match my tanned body, its not super dark though and i use it even when i havent hit the bottle ( not in a phil mitchell way! Isent his acting amazing! ) .

          Smell : The smell is slightly chalky but its not offensive. Just that regular chalky powder smell.

          Price and avaliabilty : It costs £4.99 which is a fantastic price as it lasts a long time and is a 4 in 1 product, its a foundation, concealer, powder and sunscreen. So even if you didint like it ( im sure you can find a use ) you havent spent alot of money. You can purchase it in superdrug or online on there website. www.collection2000.co.uk.


          Overall : I love this product and find it amazing as a powder, im not quite so keen on it as foundation but that may just be because im so use to my liquid foundation, so maybe it will grow on me. It keeps shine at bay and gives a good clean matte finish and i find the colours good for my light skin. Darker skins and tanned skins would have a problem. Its super cheap and easy to get hold off and lasts a long time. Its also 100% minerals so it allows your skin to breathe and does not clog your pores, you could even sleep in it without too much damage being done, but i hate sleeping in makeup. I have also noticed my spots are getting better since i have used this product!!! So yes i definetly would recommend it, its my powder off choice and im sure you will love it too, plus it has sun protection, hooray!

          Have fun xx

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            23.08.2010 12:02
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            A brilliant product

            As we all know, a lot of us are feeling the pinch at the moment so one area I have cut down my budget is make up. I used to use Bare Essentuals 'Bare Minerals' which is also a powder but at £20 for a very small pot this didn't last long.

            I was browsing the make up in Boots for a suitable replacement for this product when I picked up Collection 2000 'Perfecting Minerals'. I used the testers to find the best suited shade and looked at the price, I was absolutely gob smacked that this 15g pot (nearly double the size of my old brand) was just £5! Over the moon with this find I left the shop feeling like I had just discovered treasure!

            The next day I tried my powder by applying it over my liquid foundation, although the minerals can be worn alone I like to even my skin tone out with foundation first. The powder went on great, the finish was smooth and even and took away any shine left from the liquid foundation. I use powdered minerals as it gives you a dewy-like complexion and a mat finish which I prefer.

            In the range I saw 5 different shades which is not as much as some of the more expensive brands but I feel this is adequate as you can have a light wear, or darken the shade by applying more.

            The pot itself has a black screw top lid with a see-through container which allows you to see how much of the contents is left. The pot also comes with its own flat brush applicator in the lid although I would really recommend a proper make up / blusher brush as this gives a better finish. The powder is secured by a plastic barrier which filters it through little holes to make it easier to get the right amount on your brush.

            The description on the pot is - 'Silky luminous mineral powder, foundation-like coverage'. If you do not wear much make up then this alone would give an adequate finish but if you need to even out your tone then I'd recommend a foundation first then apply this to give the mat and flawless finish. This product is also suitable for sensitive skin and contains UVA and UVB sunscreens to help protect against sun damage.

            Overall I would really recommend this product, its brilliant value and it is quite long lasting as long as you don't go rubbing your face! This powder blends really well and leaves the skin looking even toned and natural. For £5 the value of this product beats the higher end companies hands down. I'd recommend going into a shop and trying the tester out to find your suitable shade but overall I think this is an impressive product.

            Since trying this out my mum and my sister both use this and will continue to do so.

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              01.03.2010 10:15
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              An excellent mineral foundation powder ~ 5/5 Dooyoo stars

              Collection 2000 Perfecting Minerals


              For the past 4 or 5 years I have been using Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation and I have to say I have never even considered using any other brand as I have always been so impressed with it. However for that particular brand you have to fork out a hefty £20 to £25 for the 4g pot and with finances being a bit tight just now I decided to look out for a cheaper alternative.


              While out shopping at Boots a couple of weeks ago my youngest daughter picked up a pot of Collection 2000 mineral powder and suggested I buy one too to see how I get on with it. I was astounded at the price of just £4.99 for a pot of 15g and was a bit dubious as to what the quality of it was going to be like.


              The powder comes in a pot about 3" in diameter and about 1 and 1/2" high with a black screw on top stating "Collection 2000 Perfecting Minerals, silky, luminous mineral powder Foundation-like coverage" On the base of the pot it tells us that it is a " Gentle, effective mineral powder with the cover of a foundation. Gives a flawless looking complexion with a natural, luminous effect. UVA and UVB sunscreens help protect against sun damage. Contains brush applicator (see instruction). Suitable for sensitive skin". Then it gives you the name and number of the colour.


              After testing the colours available I chose Biscuit (No 4) as my skin is naturally honey coloured but I found that the Honey(No 2) in this range was a little too light for my skin. Just inside the lid of the pot there is a plastic cover to protect the powder and to stop it flying everywhere when opened and resting on this plastic cover there is a small application brush.


              When I applied the powder to my skin I was very impressed. It blended easily onto my face and gave the usual flawless finish, with only a very small amount of the powder, that I am used to with my Sheer Cover. I did use my own application brush however as, although you are provided with a brush, I found that I couldn't get on with this one and preferred instead to use my own large brush.



              I am now 50 years of age and as you can imagine I do have a few little lines and wrinkles so I find I cannot use thick and heavy liquid foundations. This mineral foundation is just perfect for my skin. It gives a flawless complexion, covering any blemishes or imperfections with ease and doesn't look caked on or heavy. It doesn't clog my lines therefore doesn't exaggerate them in any way in fact because it leaves the skin luminous it takes away the look of the lines and wrinkles. It feels light on the skin, so much so, that you don't feel as though you are wearing any make-up at all.



              Would I recommend this product ? Well I most certainly would, so much so that, I will not be purchasing the Sheer Cover again. In future I will deffinatley be buying Collection 2000 as this product really gives excellent value for money. It works just as well as the more expensive brands, you get more powder in the pot than the more expensive brands, and is so readily available to buy in Boots on almost all high streets and shopping centres at a cost of just £4.99.



              Thank you for reading !

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                10.01.2010 16:36
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                Excellent Powder with plenty of benefits- reccommended, even for dodgy skin!

                I tend to pick up bits and pieces from cheaper beauty ranges as many of my reviews have shown. I am a fan of mineral make up, and this didn't look too bad.

                As mineral make up is ideal for skin that clogs and breaks out, this looked like an ideal solution.

                I would recommend this product, and can confirm it has a highly refined texture that many wouldn't expect to see in a cheap high street brand.

                The packaging is a bit old school and clunky, nothing much going on here- a clear pot- jam packed full of powder, a small brush, as well as a lid.

                The lid follows convention as the cheaper products tend to, by being a screw style, which can make it easy to crack and spill.

                However, with change form £5 for this, that's really by the by.

                Soft and loose, this feels as light as air.

                I use a Mac or prescriptives brush to apply this, and find it does have a stronger level of coverage than a standard powder, so you can be sparing- meaning this will last a long time. Provided you don't spill it all.

                With darker shades, I actually found this ideal for contouring- using at the side of my cheeks and under the chin to help the light reflect away from chubby-ish bits of my face- a bit of an 1980's technique- but flattering.

                Overall I was highly impressed with this as a powder- again, if you have less than perfect skin, you may need to double this up and use a concealer as back up to keep yourself looking fresh and not cakey.

                A bargain- enjoy! -x-

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                06.10.2009 15:06
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                Fabulous for the price, highly recommended

                I have bought a few bits from collection 2000 over the years as a cheap fix more then anything but I really think that they have upped the ante recently. After seeing all the hype surrounding mineral powder foundations I wanted to try one but not at the extortionate prices they are from other brands, especially if I discovered that it wasn't for me, I wasn't prepared to waste my money. So I turned to Collection 2000 for £4.99 and it is probably one of the best fivers I have spent. I am a convert to the mineral foundation cause, it creates absolutely flawless skin without being heavy or looking caked on. I don't even have the need for concealor anymore now I have this! It isn't as long lasting as a liquid foundation but sees me through enough of they day to keep me happy! It is a wonder product and I have happily converted many friends over to this and would recommend it to anyone.

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                12.08.2009 21:49
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                A cheap, but effective mineral powder

                I bought this product as a cheap alternative to the mineral foundations they kept advertising on TV. I really wanted to try a mineral powder and was very happy to find this one for just £4.99. The shade I chose was No.2 Honey, which blended well with my skin tone, but there are a number of other shades to choose from

                The powder comes in a clear plastic tub with a black lid. When you take off the lid, the powder is covered by a layer of plastic with a few small holes in. The packaging refers to this as "the sifter". You have to turn the jar upside down or shake it to get the powder out, which reduces the chances of spillage, or using more than you need. It comes with a strange little brush that I didn't even bother to try. It's very small and flat and doesn't look like a brush suitable for applying the powder. I prefer to use my bronzer brush instead.

                The instructions are hidden under a black sticker on the bottom. I didn't even notice until months after I bought the powder, but when you peel off the sticker, the directions are written underneath on a white background. The instructions say you should moisturise before using the powder and apply in thin layers using downward strokes.

                The powder evened out my skin tone and covered blemishes quite well. I thought it gave my skin quite a dry look, but I applied Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder (which I have reviewed separately) over the top and it gave a better finish. Overall, I was pleased with the results, especially since the cost was so low. I will definitely continue to use this product and would recommend it.

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                12.08.2009 14:15

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                Great value, highly recommended.

                As mentioned in one of my other reviews, I bought this in an emergency from Tesco having just purchased the awful Maxfactor Minerals powder. Previously I had used Belle Pierre mineral powder (v.expensive) and a mid price 'Returnal Health' (organic) product. I've always though of Collection 2000 as a range for teenagers on a tight pocket money budget, but this product was fantastic! I paid around £4 so didn't expect much from it, but it easily matched up to a mineral powder I had paid £35 for. It provided execellent coverage, without looking too caked on. Used with a concealer brush, it easily covers blemishes. It leaves skin looking even and flawless, and it lasts me through my working day- so has good staying power too! Whilst the brush isn't amazing, as mineral powders go, this one is one of the least messy ones I have used. The ingredients listed don't look toxic either- which is good as the original idea behind mineral powders was to have a non-toxic alternative to conventional foundations- something Maxfactor et al seemed to have missed! I would recommend this for anyone on a budget, or looking to test out a mineral powder foundation for the first time without investing loads of money.

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                03.08.2009 12:15
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                better than products that are 5x more expensive!!

                I have just bought my 3rd pot of this and I still can't believe how good it is!
                I am a make up lover but I have sensitive skin that is prone to break out if I use cheap poor quality products. This product is perfect as although it is cheap -£4.88 (and often on promotion) is had the same quality and finish as other products that I have paid more than £20 for.
                The pot says "silky, luminous mineral powder, foundation like coverage" and it really is what it says on the tin! for everday wear i no longer use a foundation, just this product and my skin has noticed the difference.
                It gives a flawless finish and I have even received compliments about how clear my skin looks when i have been wearing this.
                It also has UVA and UVB suncreens in in, it is suitable for sensitive skin- and it really is, my skin is VERY sensitive, and even comes with the little brush applicator, although i do find that using a proper powder brush gives an even better result.
                It comes with a little 7 step instuctions for flawless skin (on the peel label at the bottom of the pot, this is also where a full list of ingredients are.
                It doesnt last that long, but this could be me getting addicted to it! but for £4.88 Definitely give it a try!

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                  07.03.2009 09:53
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                  For such a cheap product the quality is brilliant, a real bargain.

                  I'm a big fan of finding high quality products for low prices, and Collection 2000 is one of my staple brands. I hate feeling as though my makeup is caked on so mineral foundation seemed like a good option to me, at first I started to look at brands such as Bare Escentuals etc., but with a price tag of about £20 for the same amount of product available for £5 from C.2000 I though I would give the cheaper option a try.

                  I bought the lightest shade available, and for once it actually blended well with my skin tone, usually I find them to be too dark. I think you get 9g in the container, and it comes with a shaker dispenser, to moderate how much you get on your brush.

                  The brush that is included is horribly scratchy so I recommend just using a powder or kabuki brush.

                  A little goes a long way and it blends well, without leaving your skin looking patchy. The coverage isn't too light for a powder and it lasts all day without having to reapply.

                  Definitely recommended for this price!

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                  22.01.2009 18:57
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                  Perfect, I seriously love it!

                  I owned one Collection 2000 product up until last week. Ok I admit to brand snobbery and would rather pay more for brand names and the only reason I owned a Collection 2000 product in the first place was cos it was recommended to me by a friend and I have to admit I love it! It's the Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner and it really is a superb must have for glam eyes achieved with ease! (see my review lol). So when I saw this in my local Lloyd's Chemist (usual price £4.99) but on offer for £3.99 I had to try it (do look out for special offers in stores within this range too). Not only because I thought it may actually be good but because I also needed a new foundation and have wanted to try a mineral one for ages but because of my colouring I don't want to spend out heaps on something wrong for me so I was looking for a cheaper alternative to be honest with you as I'm sick of wasting my money in this area!

                  For me it's really hard to get the right foundation. Only recently I spent £15.00 on some foundation and tested it thoroughly in the shop and even the shop assistant said it was fine on me after careful deliberation. I'm very, very pale skinned indeed and so I always go for Translucent or Ivory colours but when I got home it was totally the wrong colour for me and I had an orange glow! lol. This is not an occasional mishap for me, it's usual and I hate buying foundation and pressed/loosed powers for this very reason. I never bother taking them back either, it's too much flipping hassle so I try mixing them with moisturisers and stuff to be honest lol So a big selling point to me with this type of product is that it's light in texture as it's a loose powder and therefore it may be a lighter coloured on my skin. Even through the see through jar it looked dark and orangy even though I picked up the Ivory colour but I thought at the price of £3.99 it was very much worth a go and far cheaper than what I normally pay out so why not give it a whirl lol!

                  The Packaging....

                  15g clear plastic round tub with a matt black twist on/off lid on the top and on that all in silver writing I'm told it's Collection 2000, 'Perfecting Minerals', there is like a swirl pattern on there and under that I'm told It's 'Silky, luminous mineral powder. Foundation-Like coverage'. On the bottom of the tub there is a black label on there are once again in silver writing I'm told it's indeed Perfecting Minerals, a bit about the product, there is a white bar-code on there, the recycle symbol and weight is displayed and contact details for Collection 2000 are given. I'm then told to peel off this label to reveal another under it for application tips. It's a nice looking, quite large tub but you do have to watch the lid somewhat and level it up properly to do it up. I thought I had and some spilt out and flew everywhere so I'm now very aware to watch what I'm doing!

                  A Bit About The Product According To The Bottom Of The Tub....

                  Gentle, effective mineral powder with the cover of a foundation. Gives a flawless looking complexion with a natural, luminous effect. SPF helps to protect against sun damage. Contains brush applicator (see instructions). Suitable for sensitive skin.

                  Peel back the label and you got a white label that opens up and is like two pages. On that I'm given directions for use which are....

                  1) Moisturise skin and allow it to fully absorb.
                  2) Remove seal from sifter
                  3) Replace lid, turn container upside down and tap the bottom
                  $) A small quantity of powder will now be available in the sifter
                  5) Turn container upright, remove lid and dip brush into the powder
                  6) Apply Perfecting Minerals in thin layers using downward strokes
                  7 Build up over any areas that need extra coverage.

                  Then ingredients are given and I'm told it's made in the UK. The only issue I have with this label on the bottom (once looked at) is once you've opened it, it looks a bit scruffy but it does all stick back together it just doesn't look as tidy. only a small niggle though lol

                  Using It....

                  Surprisingly easy! Application is a breeze! Ok so the packaging is a bit of a pain when it comes to using it. I have to shake some into the lid which always leaves a powdery residue and is messy for this reason. It's annoying and a set back but I don't know how they could make this any better so I cant criticize it too much for this. The powder is under like the top of a salt pot. It's clear plastic with 21 holes in it. The idea is as said in the directions for use provided. Shake it before using it to get some product out on to the top of the plastic. All well and good in theory but then the half time I forget to remove the brush supplied first from within it and when I open it not only have I got a dirty looking, product filled brush (including handle) but the powder flies everywhere so I feel my way is best and I'm a bit more in control.

                  So I put some into my lid and of course and I'm provided with a small brush which is black and has a small matching plastic handle. I love the brush and love the fact it fits in the pot nicely and it's great quality and doesn't flake or anything when using it (unless you scrub with it then tiny bits of bristles do come out but sweep as directed and your fine). It's simply quite thick and soft and perfect for applying this with.

                  I then dip my brush into the powder. It picks up very well indeed as the powder obviously has a little moisture to it and away you go. Either applying it over moisturiser , make up base, concealer or whatever you like but do remember this is a powder after-all so what ever you use before applying this do make sure your face is dry to the touch or it will clump up and go cloggy of course.

                  Paint your face and me, well I use it as a complete foundation making sure every bit of my face gets coated with a thinnish layer. It's actually very fuss free to use if you just use a little at a time and add more as you desire as it's a fine, good quality powder. It melts into skin immediality and although I'm very thorough in applying it to get even coverage I don't make any mess at all (and trust me I'm a messy devil, apart from the lid thing lol). Skin takes in as much as you want to apply really and it's up to you to simply make sure no powder is left visible on the surface (which is simple).

                  The Results....

                  Marvelous and I mean really brilliant! I'm shocked I love it so much to be honest but I do. Yes it took me some getting used to, to be fair. The first few uses of this my skin looked so natural (in appearance and colour-wise) I felt like I had nothing on my face at all but all it is, is that I think you don't get that hydration feeling you get with a lot of moist/liquid foundations (the only type I've used up until this). What you do get though is a very smooth and soft to the touch feeling skin which of course isn't one bit moist it's just naturally smooth. I have a perfect colour match (for once) and cos I'm not fighting to blend the colour in, again I felt like cos I couldn't see it on my face that I hadn't got enough on or something. Shows what using the wrong make up for years can do to your mind lol

                  The look given is smooth and soft skin. The powder is gone and there is no noticeable signs this is on the face at all. It's light, airy and doesn't irritate skin or smell at all. At 34 I have some lines and wrinkles and dreaded frown lines but this doesn't sit in them making them more prominent and after wearing it for hours it doesn't collect and go crusty in said problem areas either. It's just brilliant to brush on, get a smooth face, it does lightly cover skin blemishes (though not bad ones) and it's a very light product to use as you don't even need a pressed/loose powder to set it or anything so skin doesn't feel full of products.

                  This is really excellent and I can't believe I've found it and like I said it takes some getting used to that it's so simple to use (and remove). I feel also that my skin isn't feeling as congested as usual and that overall my complection is brighter and less spotty. It promises to give luminous skin and it does that in subtle way (but noticeable and healthy looking) that would suit all age skin-tones and ages in my view.

                  I wouldn't advise this though for someone with very greasy skin being as it's a powder of course. Also if you have a lot of blemishes to cover not so good and also a greasy t-zone with this does need extra attention when applying it and probably could do with touching up occasionally though of course you can use a pressed/loose powder as well if you choose.

                  This is so great and perfect for people with not too many skin issues. I started off with more though before I started using this than I do now. I feel like I'm not wearing a mask anymore with my foundation, it's none transferable and is long lasting in the pot and on the face and I will definitely be telling people all about this and in actual fact I'm buying my fussy Mother one as a treat tomorrow after she tried mine out and was so impressed with it and she's 64! Like me she pays alot for foundations usually but of late has been complaining her usual one (Max Factor,Colour Adapt) has felt it's to heavy on her face. She looked great with it on and highlighted her natural good looks and didn't cake her up! I was impressed at how it lighted up my lovely Mothers face and so was she.

                  Highly recommended for a light and natural finish!

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