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      31.07.2015 20:26
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      Affordable pressed powder

      I don’t usually foundation every day but I like some sort of covering as I have a few dark patches and blemishes on my face so I use pressed powder on a regular basis. This Collection 2000 face powder comes in three shades, light, medium and dark and I chose the light to match my complexion. I paid £4.99 for this compact which I think is a good price compared to a lot of others.

      It comes in a plastic compact which has a clear cover so you can see how much powder is left. It doesn't come with a sponge or applicator but I always have quite a few of these in my make up bag and you can pick them up cheaply.

      To use I will give the sponge a little twist to get enough on there to use and then apply the powder to my forehead, cheeks and nose using a sweeping outwards motion. I find that I usually have to dab the sponge back onto the powder once more to make sure that all my face is covered. It does feel soft and silky on my skin and you really can’t feel that you are wearing it as it doesn’t feel caked on or thick at all. It does a good job of disguising blemishes and also prevents my face from becoming shiny which it is apt to do if I get warm and it is also a great product for setting your make up.

      I have never experienced any irritation or reaction when using this powder and I have been using it now for several months. It blends excellently on my skin leaving my skin looking very smooth and it also removes easily with wipes or make up cleansers. It is cheaper than some other brands but it goes on very smoothly and I find that it stays on all day so you don't have to use as much powder. It definitely feels like a high quality product and I do recommend it.

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      01.12.2014 21:45
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      Great Bargain Powder

      I like to wear a powder over the top of my foundation to stop my face from looking all shiny, but I don't want one that is too heavy or thick because I can't stand it when makeup looks too powdery (I am a hard lady to please!). I do like this one from Collection 2000 for a number of reasons; namely it isn't too thick, it comes in a range of shades and it is cheap.

      The powder, like I say is cheap. Collection 2000 is a pretty budget range of makeup, but that's not to say it's not good because it is. The powder doesn't look any different from the more expensive versions of the same thing; it comes in a little round tub with a clear plastic cover that allows you to see the shade of powder inside. It costs around the £2 mark, which is fantastic value as far as I am concerned!

      The powder is available in seven different shades, ranging from very light to quite dark. The powders are called things like 'Translucent', 'Ivory' and 'Warm beige' and they are pretty good names because they are reflective of the colour that you get, which is much better than some of these random companies!

      The powder is really nice on, it is kind of silky and goes on very well. It seems to stay on quite well which is good and means that I would absolutely definitely recommend. It is available from places like Superdrug, so it is easy to get hold of as well.

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      30.11.2014 15:39
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      4 out of 5

      I bought this pressed powder as I like to put a layer of powder on over my foundation to help lighten my skin tone a little. I chose this one because it was cheap but also because it looked to be the right shade for my skin.

      +++ What you get +++
      You get a compact of pressed powder. This is around 8cm across and the lid is see through so you can see what is inside. The lid is basic- there is no mirror within it so you do need to carry an extra one with you if you want to use it on the go. It comes with a little sponge which you use to apply it.

      +++ Using it +++
      The lid lifts off easily, a bit too easily as it can easily fall off in my make up bag. I then use the sponge to lift the powder off and then sweep it around my face. If you brush it on lightly then you don't smudge any foundation or anything.

      +++ Effect +++
      The effect of this powder is skin which looks a slightly more natural colour than if you just put foundation on with nothing over the top. I think it looks lovely especially if you only use a small amount. It seems to last the day too and will be removed with wipes easily.

      +++ conclusion +++
      Although the packaging itself is a little basic the powder itself works OK and does the job I need it to so therefore it gets 4 out of 5 from me!

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      18.09.2014 09:28
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      • "Can't use much with pale skin"

      Not quite powder perfection.

      Since I first bought this, which was a while ago now, the product packaging has been updated. This is for the 'Ultimate Wear' version of the pressed powder.

      I have very pale skin and often struggle to find foundations and powders in a shade that's light enough. I have this one in 'fair', which is actually okay for me despite initially looking a little too dark, as long as I don't use much.

      This claims to be an “ultimte wear powder”, designed to give “full, flawless coverage for up to 16 hours”. It's a pressed powder, so a sponge style applicator is what I use with this. Because I don't use all that much each time, I just lightly rub across it a couple of times; for greater coverage you may need to apply more pressure to get more on the sponge and go back over it a second time.

      I find the powder to be quite light when dusting on my skin. It has a bit of a sheer effect to it, which is good in one way because I have very pale skin. There is still some colour, however, so I can't use too much otherwise it's very noticeable and looks rather odd. I find it's quite good at giving a bit of a matte effect; I can get shiny bits, such as on my t-zone, after moisturising, so this helps to reduce the shine quite nicely. It gives a bit of coverage of uneven skin tone and blemishes, but not a great deal. I find for my skin, where I have blemishes, concealer is still needed first. This just gets dabbed on quite nicely on the top to give extra coverage, blend the light colours as seamlessly as possible, and give a matte finish.

      As for 16hrs wear, I'm not so sure. I don't think I ever truly expected it to last 16 hours perfectly anyway so I'm not particularly disappointed, but it doesn't seem to stay in place for longer than a couple of hours. It can 'smudge' almost, and I can see that powder gathers if I've used it on my eyes, for instance, because it can gather around creases. It doesn't dry skin out too much though, so when covering blemishes the fact it doesn't last 16hrs doesn't mean it ends up looking awful around these areas, it just doesn't give as much coverage as I'd like. This is also noticeable on shiny areas, so they don't stay matte for more than a couple of hours. A tad disappointing as I don't feel it lives up to the claim, but I didn't really expect it do.

      Overall, it's a decent enough powder for the price paid. I paid about two pounds fifty for mine from a discounter store, but the updated version is a little over four quid. It could give more coverage, but it is works okay on my pale skin and reduces shine for a few hours without looking cakey or flakey.

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      06.05.2013 12:32
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      Cheap at twice the price

      We've been trying to stick to more of a budget recently. Neither of us are really big spenders but having bought a house and with a holiday to pay for, it was time to start watching the pennies in the hope that the pounds would take care of themselves. We didn't want to be too hard on ourselves so we decided the best way to go about things was to look carefully at the food budget and try and eliminate wastage, and to stop spending quite so much cash on treats and fripperies. One of the things I was happy to experiment with downgrading was my makeup. Now, I have always been an advocate of the idea that you should always buy a decent foundation and powder, but I'm lucky enough to have reasonably good skin so I figured I could afford to slum it with cheaper brands to see if I could find any hidden gems. That way, I could use the budget stuff for everyday and work purposes and save my more expensive cosmetics for nights out and special occasions.


      ===The Price===

      A mere £2. For that price, I confess, I was deeply suspicious that it would either make me look like an Oompah Loompa or bring me out in a suppurating rash, but I was prepared to risk either in the interests of bargain hunting.


      ===The Packaging===

      It couldn't look more plain and basic if it tried, really. It's just a plain round container with a transparent lid, which doesn't fix terribly tightly to the container, so if travelling with this I'd recommend sticking a bit of Sellotape over it to prevent it from coming loose and coating your luggage with powder. The powder is tightly pressed into the compact and hasn't cracked or broken despite being dropped on the bathroom tiles repeatedly (twice in the course of writing this review). There is no applicator or mirror included but for the price I wouldn't really expect one.


      ===The Colour and Coverage===

      I have ridiculously pale Irish skin and almost every brand of foundation and powder looks stupidly orange on me, so I wasn't too hopeful of finding a good colour match. However, I found that the '18 Ivory' shade was perfect for my skin. The powder doesn't really have a strong smell - very faintly talc-y - and it doesn't linger once applied. The texture of the powder is light and, well, powdery. It applies well with a large, soft brush and doesn't look patchy. The coverage isn't quite what I would get with my usual brand meaning I have to apply several sweeps of it but once I've dusted on a suitable amount I find the end result is pretty good. The coverage is sheer and works well to eliminate any slightly oily areas around my nose. It doesn't leave any tide marks around my forehead or jawline and provides a decent base for my eyeshadow. The longevity isn't great; I put mine on around 6.30am and by lunchtime I can tell that it needs topped up. Mind you, for the price I'm happy enough to tote this around in my bag and reapply as necessary.


      ===The Downside===

      I have generally clear skin with few blemishes and so I find this powder okay for everyday but I suspect that anyone with spots or marks to cover would find this woefully inadequate. I currently have a small scratch on my top lip and this powder has done nothing to diminish the redness or hide the mark. I also think that for very oily skin this product just doesn't have the right formulation and would end up disappearing entirely.


      ===Anything Else?===

      It contains sunscreen but I wouldn't trust a £2 powder to stand between you and serious sunburn.


      ===Recommended?===

      For those with reasonably blemish-free and non-oily skin, yes. This is probably the best product you will find for the price.

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        29.04.2013 15:14
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        The best powder I've used at this price level.

        I don't tend to use Collection 2000 as a make up brand because from prior experience their products tend to be pretty poor quality. This is a budget brand and as such you can't always expect to get the best quality but I hate buying things from cheap ranges and then discovering they don't work at all.

        The reason I ended up buying this powder at all is because I had left home without any make up and then decided to stay with my boyfriend for a few days and wanted to something cheap to use while I was without my usual products. The powder cost £1.99 and was the cheapest one in boots so I went for it without a second thought. I knew if it was rubbish i could just chuck it away and not feel peeved that I'd shelled out for something useless.

        The powder is pressed, meaning it comes in a hard disc format rather than loose. I prefer this type of powder because I find it tends to be less messy than loose powders which end up going everywhere but my face. The powder comes in a circular flat fish which is made from an inoffensive black plastic. There is a clear plastic lid which slots on top, rather than twisting like some compacts of this style favour. I actually find this kind of lid better and more secure as the twist ones often break and then are not secure at all. I also like that it is not a flip lid because I had also had experience of them snapping off which is annoying. The packaging is exactly what you would expect for a cheap price, functional but not exactly mind blowing.

        The powder itself has a lovely talcum powder smell to it which gives a real feel of luxury that I wasn't expecting. The powder is very smooth and soft to the touch, has a velvety feel to it and comes off on the brush relatively easily. Before using this powder I used rimmel ones and I find those are slight softer and therefore easier to get on a powder brush but actually that is the downfall of those powders because they then tend to break up into bits. This powder is a bit more firm but this means it stays in one piece and create less mess with excess powder.

        The powder brushes onto your skin very easily and creates a beautifully soft, flawless looking skin tone which is really quite amazing for such a cheap product. There are very few areas where this powder doesn't create a flawless look - for me it is across my nose but this is probably the one place on my skin where the skin is a little more uneven so this isn't exactly uncommon with powders. The powder feels lightweight and sits comfortably on my skin for an entire day without feeling too heavy. I find that the powder probably lasts around 3-4 hours looking as good as it does when you first apply and then after that it gradually disappears. That isn't too bad and something I find consistently with most face powders.

        The best bit for me has to be the choice of colours on offer. I find it very hard, like I'm sure many other girls do, to find cosmetics which are pale enough to suit my skin tone. I guess because of the fake tanning phenomenon which spread across young women they tend to make powders a bit darker but with most ranges I can never find one light enough for my pale freckled skin. This range has at least two powders I could happily use but I tend to favour ivory because it is the closest match for me.

        So, overall this powder has become an absolutely new favourite for me and at £1.99 I'll certainly be shelling out for it for a while yet.

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        16.10.2012 18:29

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        overall i would repurchase this again

        I needed a cheap pressed powder so I thought i would purchase this product as it is only £2.99. It also appealed to me as I have tried other collection 2000 items and really liked them and the fact they had a wide colour range was also appealing. The packaging did look a little cheap but I didn't mind as I wasn't paying too much money for it anyway.
        The colour match was completely spot on for me as I got it in the shade 1 fair which was the 3rd lightest colour they did as I knew I wasn't going to be ivory or any darker than fair. For darker skinned people (olive skinned-dark) I probably wouldn't recommend this as the shade range is smaller and you probably won't be able to get a true match for your skin tone. For me the lighter end of the colour range scale is really good.
        This product, once you put a lot on, doesn't end up looking cakey like I have found with various other powders which is a huge bonus and I also find that the fact the powder is very fine helps with this.
        The only downside to this product would be the fact that the staying power is not as it suggests at 10 hours which was really disappointing and I seem to find that after the first few hours of the day I'm having to touch up my face as the powder has almost completely vanished. I wasn't, however, too disappointed as , like I said before, the price was very low so I guess you get what you pay for in this case.

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        14.09.2012 21:15
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        Give it a go for just £1.99!

        I usually avoid cheaper make up brands but with face powders I'm not too fussed. I gave this powder a go after seeing it was just £1.99 and a I needed a new one. Here are my thoughts:

        PACKAGING:
        The packaging is pretty plain and simple, just like almost any pressed powder. It comes in a 17g shallow pot/dish with a clear lid which just slides up and off, and a black base about a centimetre thick containing the powder. The ingredients, shade and description are included in silver print on the back. One thing I should mention though, is that this particular packaging must be relatively sturdy because I have dropped this countless times and it still hasn't cracked like many other pressed powders I've owned.

        APPLICATION:
        The application is super easy. I applied it just like any pressed powder and found that it was very fine and applied evenly without caking in particular areas. I personally prefer using compact powder puffs to apply pressed powders and brushes to apply loose powder. I found that a small compact powder puff could sit on top of the powder and the lid still fitted over the base.

        I simply dabbed this all over my face and sort of smoothed it in gently. I've used this pressed powder just as a quick freshen up throughout the day, as a sort of powder foundation on lazy days, and as a setting powder for liquid foundation. It left my skin feeling super soft and smooth straight away without looking too dry.

        INGREDIENTS AND CLAIMS:
        This powder is said to be ultra fine, enriched with silk and blended with moisturisers. The powder certainly left my skin feeling a lot softer and smoother but I am not sure how much of this might be down to the high concentration of dimethicone in this product which is a silicone to smooth out hair/skin.

        It is also enriched with UVA and UVB sunscreen which is pretty useful for summer when you want to aboid a peeling burnt nose without the pore clogging effects of greasy sunblock. It also contains Vitamin E which is a great vitamin to soften and nourish the skin while in use.

        RESULTS:
        The results of this powder are fab, even better than some more expensive brands such as Almay and Corn Silk. The powder keeps my face shine free and holds my foundation in place all day long. I got the shade Ivory as I'm naturally very pale but it's pretty translucent so doesn't give my face an odd powdery yellow colour like some powders tend to.

        There is a huge range of shades and for £1.99 you can't go wrong in giving it a try!

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          05.07.2012 01:45
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          Brilliant product

          I have tried a lot of powders over the years in order to find one that suits with my skin type. I found this powder a couple of months ago in Superdrug, and I have used Collection 2000 products before and liked them, so I thought I would give this product ago.

          The shade of pressed powder I chose was 18 Ivory, which is actually very well sited for my skin tone. I have bought many other powders, which have turned out to be either too dark or too pale, when I apply then to my skin.
          I did have a look at the other shades in this pressed powder, and the other shades seem slightly darker, but I usually keep to the Ivory.

          The container has a see-through lid with the words, "Collection 2000 Pressed Powder." The base of the container is a black colour and overall the container is quite plain, but really most similar powders, are just the same.

          You can purchase this pressed powder for £1.99 from Superdrug, but I am sure you can also purchase this in other shops. I think that the price of this is very reasonable and as far as I can tell, this is the cheapest pressed powder that I have seen. Others like this powder I have seen are much more expensive around, £4.99-£5.99.

          The only negative thing I can say about this powder is that if you apply too much of it, it can make you make-up seem cakey and flaky looking. I would defiantly suggest to make sure your skin is moisturised before applying your make-up and this powder. I also make sure that there isn't a lot of this powder on my brush when I am applying it to my skin, so really you defiantly don't need much of this product for coverage.

          Having said that, along as the this product is used properly, it is of good quality and has a good lasting power. I find that on a night out I hardly need to touch-up with this. But if I did need to the fact that the case is very compact and therefore is brilliant for carrying into small handbags!

          I really like this product and use it all the time. I think the quality is really good and the price makes it all the even more brilliant. This product is defiantly something I will continue to use in the future.

          Here is the link so you can check out this product for yourself!!

          http://www.superdrug.com/face/collection-2000-pressed-powder-ivory

          Thanks for reading!

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            23.02.2012 23:30
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            Not for me!

            When it comes to pressed powder it is something that every time I apply foundation to my face I do like to sweep over to 'set' it and to try help keep at bay my greasy t-zone.

            When it comes to pressed powder my favourite is Bourjois but making significant cut backs lately I have been trying out a lot of what I think of as cheaper branded make up.

            Collection 2000 is actually a range, until more recent times I avoided like the plague. I don't like the cheap, flimsy packaging of it and to me it just looks so economy. However this I spotted in Superdrug costing only £1.99 and as I knew I was running low on the stuff I opted to give it a try.

            Now when I was in Superdrug they only had 3 colour options avaiable in this, Ivory and a couple of other hades, anyhow the Ivory was the colour I wanted as I am so pale skinned and the other colours were rather orangy but in total there is 9 shades from very light to very dark available in this.

            The Packaging:

            This comes in a dark blue plastic bottom section of case with a see through plastic twist on/off lid to the top of it and then on that and in silver writing we are told that it is Collection 2000 Pressed Powder and then on the base of it we are told what colour it is, ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Like I said earlier this is prertty cheap looking packaging and I do feel it isn't all that robust.

            The Product:

            This is a super smooth, lightweight powder that promises to give us up to 10 hours protection against shine. It comes with no mirror or no applicator but of course you can always get a cosmetic sponge or use a blusher brush as I do.

            This doesn't have much of a fragrance to it and it applies well and not thickly. I can blend it perfectly and it does give my skin a nice soft and grease free appearance, however after just an hour my greasy nose puts in an appearance so keeping me shine free with a matt finish...it clearly doesn't.

            It also doesn't help to hide imperfections sadly and all in all this is just not a very good product in my opinion. This is only meant though for light to medium coverage and maybe me, with older more problematic skin needs a little bit more than this offers its just a shame that the initial results don't stay put!

            Widely available in places like Boots and Superdrug you get 17g of the product so if you do happen to like it you get a lot for your money!

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            23.02.2012 18:06
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            A good quality powder. Pale girls, try shade 18 Ivory!!

            This powder is comparitively cheap (usually around £1.99) and to be fair, it looks it- this is the ultimate in no-frillls packaging, with no pretty lid or mirror. You don't even get anything to apply the powder with, but that's not really a problem since little powder puffs are quite easy to come by. The powder itself is soft, silky and light, and very easy to apply- just use a powder puff or a brush and dust it over your face as needed. Talc is listed in the ingredients and it does feel like it has a high talc content when you apply it, as it mattifies the skin immediately, but without clogging pores; skin is left feeling nice and silky. One bonus is that the powder contains UVA and UVB sunscreen, although the level of protection isn't included on the packaging, which makes me suspect it's not that high.

            Once applied, I find that this powder does keep my skin matte for most of the day. It's not the best weatherproof product in the world though, so if you spend a lot of time outside and want a long-lasting matte finish this probably isn't the powder for you.

            I've been using Collection 2000 pressed powder (shade 18- Ivory) for many years, mainly because it is one of the very few products on the market that match my pale skin tone. Its one of the few products I've found that I can use without looking like I'm wearing fake tan or an orange mask. I love the Ivory shade because I'm so pale, but if you're in the right colour range to get away with wearing this shade it would also be a great finish for either a Forties look (with red lips and liquid eyeliner) or a Gothic look (this was the one I favoured in my younger days).

            All in all, this is a good quality product in basic packaging that does it no justice.

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              22.12.2011 09:54

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              buy regularly

              This is a really good value item. I tend to have very sensitive skin, and often get eczema on my cheeks so I have to be careful what products I use. Although it does not advertise it, I would say that this is a product suitable for sensitive skin.

              The main thing that drew my attention to this product was the price-very cheap! It is easy to find in the shops and comes in a range of colours. My skin is quite pale, so I usually find that most powders come up slightly orange on my skin. The palest colour in this range did not and I found it was perfect for my skin tone. It is easy to apply and lasts most of the day. I rarely bother to reapply any in the day. It also stays together, rather then crumbling after the first few uses.

              I think that the only issue with this product is the packaging. It is not easy to carry around in your bag as I have had the lid come off before and found the powder crumbled all over my bag. It would be nice to have it in a flip top container, with space for an applicater.

              Overall good value for money

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              01.10.2011 20:50
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              An affordable powder

              Collection 2000 is a well known brand for its good quality products at low prices. It is conveniently available from both Boots and Superdrug stores and products retail at affordable (most under £5) prices.

              I bought this powder for an affordable £1.99 to replace my more expensive powder which I had recently finished. In shade 18 Ivory, this powder is the lightest shade from Collection 2000 and is also the lightest powder that I have found in drugstores. Better still, it doesn't leave me looking like a ghost.

              According to the Collection 2000 website, this powder is available in 9 shades that range from light to dark: translucent, ivory, tender touch, candlelight, daydream, misty beige, bronze glow, sun haze and warm bronze. Though I must admit, my local boots seemed to be limited to 4 shades. The powder comes in a simple round pan (17g) with a clear plastic removable lid; designed simply as to refill one of collection 2000's other powders.

              Collection 2000 describes this powder as "an ultra fine powder enriched with silk and blended with moisturisers. Contains: silk, vitamin e and UVA + UVB sunscreen.

              Once applied, the skin looks very matte and sometimes too matte that it looks powdery ( if too much is used). I have dry skin and don't usually worry about having an oily t-zone, but when I use this I find that I return home at the end of the day, if I haven't touched up my make-up, with a shiny face. This has never happened to me before so am only to suspect it is the ingredients on this powder which has caused this. Though the medium coverage, which I get from using this powder, still remains.

              Also, for the time, it would appear that this produce broke me out. The first couple of times that I used this, a couple of spots appeared. I treated these and this hasn't happened since. Just be aware if purchasing this product that it has caused spots on many who have used this.

              Overall I would rate this product 3 stars as it gives you coverage and does initially matte-ify the skin. But if you oily skin, this may make your skin shinier throughout the day and may be best avoided.

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              29.09.2011 12:31
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              A great, low priced powder

              Collection 2000 Pressed Powder

              Please note: This review is based upon number 4 - Bronze Glow


              Collection 2000 makeup is one of the cheaper options of makeup on the market, though do not be put off by this. I have tried many cheaper brands or unbranded makeup and have quite often been very surprised with the outcome, and this particular pressed powder from the Collection 2000 range is as good as any of the more expensive ones I have tried.

              This pressed powder can be bought from most shops which sell makeup ranges especially Boots and Superdrug for as little as £1.99 which is an amazing price compared to many other pressed powders.

              I tend to use the Bronze Glow colouring of this powder, though there are a further eight shades in this range, from a nude colouring which is extremely pale, to a darker brown colouring suitable for more tanned skin types. To see the colours in this range, follow the link below;

              http://www.collection2000.co.uk/products/face/powder/pressed-powder.aspx

              I use a liquid foundation underneath the pressed powder, and I find that the pressed powder reduces the unwanted shine you get from either greasy skin or the liquid foundation. It mattifies the skin and looks almost invisible to the naked eye. I do find, though, when I am having a dry skin day, it is best to apply cream on to the face before applying this powder otherwise it does clump up slightly around the areas such as the side of the nose.

              The powder claims that it lasts up to ten hours, though I do not feel that this is the case at all. On a general day, I do have to reapply the powder at least three times which can be annoying.

              When on the skin, you can not feel the powder at all, if anything, it almost makes your skin feel a little softer than usual which is great.

              Washing off is easy with either warm water or wipes.

              I have accidentally got this powder on clothes before, and luckily it washes off clothes too!

              The powder lasts a good length of time, especially considering I reapply it at least three times a day. It also helps cover blemishes to a decent amount, though without any foundation underneath it, I doubt it would cover heavy blemishes much alone.

              At this low price, it is a real bargain and one of my favorite powders.

              Fully recommended!

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                14.09.2011 20:00
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                A great face powder for a brilliant price.

                I've been using face powder for an awfully long time about 30 years, so in that time I've sampled many different brands and price points, and during that time I've sampled some right rubbish and also found powders that feel like air on the skin leave it looking luminous and fresh, that smell as you imaging baby angels might. However in all that time I've not come across any that suit my particular skin better than the Collection 2000 powder range (some are on a par, such as corn silk).

                The reason for this is that I have always had fairly prominent pores, even as a teenager there were obvious little pinprick dots where the follicle opened onto the skin. Swings and roundabouts I suppose as this is common with greasy skin, the same greasy skin that protects me from premature or obvious wrinkling. The reason the Collection 2000 powder suits this skin type is because it is a cheap powder not in-spite of it. A cheaper powder isn't usually as finely milled as a more expensive brand, meaning that the little particles that make up the make up are larger and don't follow the contour of the pore highlighting it. It kind of sits on the surface more, skimming over the pore and or blemishes and wrinkles giving the effect that more expensive powders try to achieve with light reflectors. Ie, a sort of veil effect, blurring the look of imperfections slightly.

                The above is the main reason I like this powder, but there are other good points and it does have its down side too both of which I'll talk about now.

                One of the main pluses other than that already mentioned is the colour palette of the Collection 2000 powders. For snowy white skin I think this product has it just right. Two colours suit me, they are in order of preference Translucent (not strictly a colour, more an effect but comes out on the skin as a soft pink based white and a little paler than Ivory) and as in the brackets... Ivory, and those are the colours I'll be talking about in my review.

                There is quite decent range of shades in the pressed powder line, from palest pale to rich and dark. I have seen this wide selection on the Collection 2000 web site, but must admit that the colour range can be more limited in stores. Most places carry the Collection 2000 range, Superdrug and Boots for example.

                Another big plus is of course the price, at only £1.99 at time of writing it's a fantastic buy, especially as it contains uvb and uva filters (and vitamin E). Sadly I can't find anywhere just what level of protection is provided so I wouldn't risk relying on this alone as your sun protection, but it offers a welcome additional layer of safety. The price and colour selection alone means that this is one of my few make up staples that I can afford to replace regularly.

                It comes in a little plastic pan, with a transparent plastic lid so you can see the colour of the make up immediately. The colour in the one's I've used have been true on the skin to how it looks in the pan. It is actually a refill not a compact per se, and in part is why it's so reasonably priced. You can pop the little inner metal pan out via a small hole in the base that you push something like a pen or knitting needle into to push the metal liner up. You could then pop it into a compatible compact or one of the metal magnetic palettes that are quite attractive. Personally I keep it in the refill container, this can be problematic though and this is where the main negatives of the product come in.

                The biggest down side for me is how easily this powder crumbles in the pan. It often breaks before the product has even thinned out little with use. I never throw it away when this happens I just 'modify' my transporting method. Considering that the pan it comes in is quite cheaply made and the lid doesn't screw on or click into place it stays together pretty well, of course when I've left it knocking about in the bottom of my bag the lid has sometimes come lose, but when it's tucked into a zipped compartment or make up bag it's fine. I wouldn't recommend carrying it in a pocket though, that way disaster lies, the container is just too brittle to handle that.

                Though the lid fits well after a month or so of use in every case the lid has cracked or chipped and I've had to pop the 'compact' into a plastic bag before putting into my bag. This is entirely avoidable however if you use it as intended and pop it into a better put together hinged compact. Though this won't stop the powder cracking and breaking up.

                I use this over foundation and or concealer mainly to improve the colour; as I've yet to find a foundation that is the right whiter shade of pale. It looks very natural pressed over any blemishes and helps to conceal them more effectively. The powder can be worn on bare skin but I like it best over primer, or other complexion product. One thing I love about this powder is that if you do use concealer on blemishes it doesn't change colour over the course of the day as many powders will. Once the powder has time to 'settle' on the skin it looks very natural and doesn't look thick or cakey.

                There is nothing much to say about the scent as there isn't really one, a very slight pleasant 'powdery' aroma is all that's discernible and once it's on your skin there is not lingering scent. Which is fine by me, I don't like over perfumed cosmetics.

                I like to use a big soft powder puff to press the powder into my skin and then use a powder brush to dust off any excess and buff where necessary.

                Because the finish is quite matte if you want a sheen or highlight effect you will have to leave it off these areas, or add later with a highlighting product.

                What Collection 2000 say about the powder

                Mattifies skin & controls shine for up to 10 hours
                Contains 'skin correct' complex to minimise breakouts
                Soft blendable texture evens out skin tone
                Light to medium coverage

                I would say that unlike most cosmetic blurb the information is not exaggerated, well ... in every respect other than (in my case) the length of time that it controls shine, and even then it is pretty good. It lasts longer than some much higher priced products I have tried. I do have to touch up little during the day though, much sooner than the suggested 10 hours, but I would have to do this with any powder. A pan of this (not used every day, I never wear make up at home) lasts me a fabulous 3-6 months.

                I would normally include the weight so you can compare it against similar volume products for price, but the little information sticker on mine has rubbed and is unreadable, and I haven't been able to find the information elsewhere. It's a good size though, about average for a high street brand, such as Max Factor powder.

                All in all well worth the £1.99 price tag, gives a lovely even finish that looks good for a long time. A product that I always have in my make up bag.

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