Product Type: Collection 2000 makeup
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Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder
Member Name: Enkaypee
Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder
Advantages: Eliminates shine, gives good coverage, cheap, pot lasts a long time
Disadvantages: Can be messy but you just need to be careful, and applying too much can make you orange
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!
Summary: A cheap but good and effective loose powder - thoroughly recommended, it's definitely worth a try!