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THE PRODUCT The powder I am reviewing is by Collection which many of you will have probably heard of as it''s known as Collection 2000, before they changed their name. Although this is a brand I have heard of before I am not familiar with their products as I tend to purchase other brands. The powder comes in a round plastic pot of which the bottom half is clear so you can see the powder in the pot and the top part which is the screw on lid which is black in colour. On the top of the pot it clearly states what the product is and who it''s by. On the bottom of the pot it tells you how to use the product and also lists the ingredients. This loose powder actually comes in two different shades; although I didn''t get much of a choice as they only had the ''Barely There'' shade available so this is the one I purchased. PRICE/AVAILABILITY I purchased the loose powder from Superdrug for 2.99, which is a 20g pot of the loose powder. You can also purchase this from the Superdrug website for the same price and you may also be able to purchase it elsewhere. USING THE PRODUCT When you unscrew the lid this reveal a tray like area in which there is a round circle of holes in to dispense the powder. This should be covered with a clear piece of plastic which peels off easily. There is a small, round sponge applicator that comes with the powder; although I wasn''t planning on using this. I unscrewed the lid and then gently held this on and tipped the pot upside down whilst shaking it very gently so that some of the powder dispensed into the lid. I then used a large powder brush and dipped this gently into the powder tapping off an excess and then apply it to my face with the brush. I found that I need to use a fair bit of the powder in order to give my face the natural finish that I was looking for. I found the powder easy to apply and the colour of the powder was good without turning my skin an orange colour which I was a little worried about as the powder does look as though it has a slight orange tinge to it. I don''t find the powder very long lasting and I find that I need to apply it regularly throughout the day in order to keep the natural, matte finish that I want. Despite wearing primer and foundation, this doesn''t make the powder last any longer and it actually wears off very quickly.
I had been using the Maybelline Pressed Powder for about a year or so before I got my hands on this loose powder. However spending nearly £10 on a packet of pressed powder was getting a bit too much for my student budget, so I decided to cut back on this, to be able to afford something else for my budget without spending more than my original. So the day I bought this I'd been to get my eyebrows pierced and was feeling incredibly red and sore, and although I'd been moisturised I felt very shiny. I was then in need of something to make my face feel better! So Boots was my destination!
~*~ Collection 2000 ~*~
Collection 2000, well it's a make up brand that seems to have been around for a very long time. I remember it being in my Mum's nail varnish collection, as a very young girl - however it was one of the first items of make-up I think I ever bought. Thing is though, the amount of products that they make has massively grown since I was younger - the amount of nail varnishes for example has grown massively with different styles, the amount of different mascaras and foundations they now make it quite a versatile brand. The fact that it's not an expensive brand either, makes it far more desirable than a lot of the make up brands out there.
~*~ Loose Powder ~*~
First things first I really did want this powder to be good especially for less than three pound a shot, I thought this would be a lovely way of saving me a couple of pound every time I needed some powder. I was so disappointed though; I opened up the screw on lid that doesn't always go on properly first time which drives me nuts, and you are met with a sponge, and a bit of plastic over the holes where the powder comes out. So to start using it, you need to pull off the plastic covering over the holes. I found that first time I ended up spraying some powder all over myself and my jeans, so that put me off straight away. To start with I tried to use the sponge that came in the packaging, however trying to get the powder onto it, always made such a mess all over my trousers, or my bed sheets when I was sat there doing my make up. So I tried to go for a brush instead, that then did exactly the same, I've come to the conclusion that this powder is just too fine to be able to apply it without a lot of wastage - oh that and the holes where the powder is meant to come out, seem to not let out a lot of powder at once so it takes about two years to cover your face. Ok so that's an exaggeration, but at 5am getting ready for work it is a long time! The powder itself, well it's as I said very fine, so getting it to cover shine does take quite a lot of powder.
Thankfully for me, all I used this for was covering shine - so I wasn't too fussed about the fact it has no colour to it. I have a normal foundation to cover the colour part so that didn't bother me, I just wanted it to be able to take the hit of the shiny part of having a creamy foundation - which it did after some significant effort. It does however stick to the drier parts of your face, so if you're going to use it make sure you've moisturised well, and applied a primer or something similar so you don't look like you've got lots of dry patches on your face. The time it lasts before you need to reapply isn't that good - normally it would only get to lunch time before I started to notice that the shine was beginning to come through, I don't even have that much of an oily complexion either so that shows how little an amount of time it lasts. Getting it off at the end of the day, well that's not hard because by the time you get home at night, the powder has gone anyway and it will have been gone for hours before you try to take it off. Don't expect anything more than a tiny bit of shine for a couple of hours, there is no colour to it, so it won't change your complexion all that much. The powder is too hard to get out, it's almost a work out to get it out, and when you do it goes everywhere - but doesn't really come off bedding all that well without putting it through the wash daily.
The tub will last a long time purely because you can't get it out, if you've not thrown it out in frustration, because of the holes or the fact that the sponge you get is shockingly bad, you put it on the sponge try to press it to your face and there is apparently no powder left because the entire sponge has absorbed it.
If you can afford something better then do, because other wise it will just infuriate you every time you use it!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
You can get this for £2.99 in Boots and Superdrug, but if I was you I wouldn't bother!
I have even ditched my tub now it has driven me that mad!
Collection 2000 is not usually a brand I buy from because I think there products always lack in quality. A while ago though I decided to try a couple of their face powders and found they were actually surprisingly good.
I've used and reviewed their standard face powder but also bought and tried their sheer loose powder as well. I'm not a huge fan of loose powder but I was impressed that the brand carried tones pale enough to suit my skin so thought I'd invest while I could get them.
The powder comes in a clear plastic pot with a black plastic lid that twists on and off. When you take the lid off there is a suspended platform inside the pot, also made from clear plastic, that prevents the powder from coming out. Set into the platform are 21 little holes which allow the powder to come through. There is also a rather thin sponge provided, though I use my powder brush to apply this rather than the sponge.
The powder itself is surprisingly silky and smooth considering that it comes from a cheap brand. I buy mine in translucent and it is the perfect pale colour for my skin. The powder goes on smoothly and looks nice once applied. I do feel that you get less coverage with this kind of loose powder product and personally for a night out I prefer my pressed powder from the same brand. That said, for a light day look it works perfectly well and gives a nice fresh look to your complexion.
I find this kind of powder doesn't wear quite as well as pressed powders so I do find after half a day of use it has mostly rubbed off. I do also find it rubs off on clothes more easily than other powders which can be a little annoying, especially because the application process is messy enough anyway.
I paid £3.99 for this loose powder which is pretty good for a powder based make up product. I'm not saying I would buy this exclusively, and ultimately I would rather use the pressed powder, but I do think it's a surprisingly good product for the price and the brand.
Overall, don't underestimate this cheap powder - it's really rather good.
I use sheer powder nearly everyday on my skin, whether it be to combat shine in some of the oily areas of my face or to set my foundation in place. So when I ran out a while ago, I was looking for something simple and not too pricey to do the job. I picked up Collection 2000's Sheer Loose Powder for around the £3 mark and was pleased with it's simple packaging of just a clear pot with a shiny black lid.
Inside the pot there is a small white powder puff, which I did discard as I don't very often find much use for these, being too used to my trusty buffing brush. Then there is a plastic filter which has small holes in order to let the powder out slowly, rather than so it is all free to fly out all over the place when you take the lid off! The powder itself is very fine and smooths on very easily. The best thing about this packaging is that the lid is screw on, which means I feel perfectly safe doing it up tightly and then just chucking it into my handbag. As long as I'm careful when I open the lid next time I use it, I don't have to worry about the contents going everywhere.
The actual product itself is very easy to use, you just gather some of the product on your brush - or powder puff and then dust it onto your face. It is such a versatile product too not just for setting your foundation. I think everybody uses their's differently, so talk to a friend and see if she has other uses for hers that you hadn't thought of!
Overall I love this product and I always re-buy as I find it so useful. A pot like this one usually lasts me a good two months, as even though I use it every day, I don't use very much at all each time.
Oily skin is a nightmare. Oily skin is a pain when the makeup you spent time applying this morning is slowly sliding off your face and onto your clothes, tissues and hands. Fear not, Collection 200 can help.
I have quite an oily t-zone and it is particularly bad when I'm stressed or when it's warm and I have what feels like an eternal problem trying to keep my foundation on my face.
Most face powders come in a range of colours which if chosen incorrectly can be even worse than having streaky foundation. Collection 2000's transparent powder doesn't have any alternate shades, that's it transparent.
A fairly generous pot with an individual applicator pad, I usually apply a light dustin across my face on a morning before work and whilst it doesn't stop my make up fom slipping, it does delay it for a couple of hours until I'm on my way home again at least.
The powder isn't clumpy and is easy to apply lightly because of the sieve like disc between the powder and the pad, a couple of shakes of the pot will do and you can sweep the loose powder across your face with ease.
This powder is usually stocked with the Collection 200 range in larger supermarkets and on the high street in places such as Boots and Superdrug. Unlike it's higher end competitor products, this is priced at around £2.50-£3 which I definitely consider to be great value for money especially as one pot can easily last 2 months.
I was doing some online shopping when I bought this and nearly decided against it, but I'm so glad i did purchase it.
You can buy this from Superdrug for £2.99 which is really cheap and you get 20g worth of product.
I actually like the packaging with this product, its simple and not tacky unlike some of the other collection 2000 packaging.
I mainly use powder to set my foundation and get rid of shine. I bought the shade '2 Translucent' and i have to say I really like it. The product itself smells slightly like talcum powder, a smell I really like. You barely need any powder and it leaves you with a matte finish. It doesn't alter the colour of my foundation but does give off a smooth looking finish to the skin.
I've really been enjoying using this product and will defiantly be buying it again!
I'm prone to a bit of shine on my chin, nose and forehead, so when wear a full face of make-up I like a bit of loose powder to give my skin a nice, matt finish. Recently I needed to buy some more, and I came home with a 20g pot of Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder in 1. Barely There.
I was actually very surprised at how few loose powders there were to buy in my local Boots store, which is by no means small. I only had three or four options, so there wasn't much reasoning behind why I chose the Collection 2000 product - as always, price was probably a determining factor, as I can't remember the exact price but if I remember correctly it cost me less than a fiver.
On opening the screw-top lid, you can see that a thin applicator sponge is supplied, but I'll come to that in a minute. There is also a plastic sieve as part of the pot, which allows you to tap out a small amount of the powder before application, which makes for a much less messy situation.
Obviously, as the sponge sits directly on top of the sieve, it gets very dirty and caked in make-up very quickly. I find that using the sponge is actually a very poor method of application - you can never get even coverage, and more often than not end up with thick smears of powder all over your face.
As a result of all of this, I really don't see much point in the sponge at all. However, I still keep it - more as an extra preventative measure to stop any powder from escaping than anything else.
Instead, to apply the powder I use an old brush which I still have from when I used powder foundations. I find that a brush is the perfect method of application, as with sweeping movements the coverage is very even, and you won't get a thick build-up of make-up anywhere. Any brush should do - the one I use is very small, but larger brushes, blush brushes, or anything else you have handy should work just as well.
I tend to dust a little of this powder over dried liquid foundation on my forehead, nose and a little bit on my chin. It eliminates any shine which I may have and just gives a lovely finish to my skin. I think the fact that it is a sheer powder makes it look more natural, and less 'caked-on'. However, it doesn't last forever and after a few hours I do begin to notice some shine again - this is a little frustrating, but with a quick sweep of a little more powder, we're back in business.
Take care, though: apply too many layers and the powder begins to take on an orange-tinge. You don't want to risk looking like you've been tangoed!
This powder is great as a loose powder over foundation, but it isn't really appropriate to wear as a foundation alone. It is a sheer powder, and is too sheer and translucent to give good, flat coverage straight onto your skin. It isn't really effective in covering blemishes, either; its most effective use is as a loose powder over foundation to give a good finish and eliminate shine.
I must warn you that as it's a loose powder, it can be a bit messy and if you brush too vigorously you may end up spraying powder everywhere. You may want to either take care, or just put a tissue down first! However, even if you do mess a little bit, it's very light and will wipe off or wash out easily.
With this powder, a little goes a long way - I only use a tiny amount each time, so my 20g pot is lasting a very long time. I've been using it since around the beginning of the year, and my pot looks just as full as it was when I bought it. As for value for money, you don't get much better than this!
All in all, this powder is cheap and there are probably much more expensive and good quality brands available, but to be honest I don't really think you need anything more than this. It does its job well, reduces shine and gives a good finish to your make-up. Although some shine may reappear after a few hours, the powder is cheap and economical enough that you can apply a little more and it won't break the bank!