Product Type: Collection 2000 makeup
Newest Review: ... discontinued. Then one day when browsing through Boots, I happened to notice that Collection 2000 had a new product on its stand. On cl... more
Best Loose Mineral Powder I've tried so far!
Collection 2000 Perfecting Minerals Powder
Member Name: Jellybeans9
Collection 2000 Perfecting Minerals Powder
Advantages: Good quality powder, suitable for dry and sensitive skin as well as oily, good coverage
Disadvantages: The new packaging sucks!
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!
Summary: Try it!