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I'm a bit of a beauty product addict, and always love to get my hands on a good bargain. I spotted this Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade compact in my local branch of Poundland and bought one to try out, which of course cost me just £1.00.
This little product has a lovely appearance and comes packaged in a large square shaped plastic compact with a flip-top lid. This is very easy to open and close thanks to its large and sturdy frame, and you get a generous 10g of product included. The make-up is set with a very pretty floral patterned finish which has raised petal sections to give a 3D look. I have this in Shade 3 Just Peachy. The colour of the Shimmer & Shade palette is made up of three different sections: a pale, white coloured surround, and two peach coloured flower sections which run all the way down through to the bottom. The peach shades are slightly different to each other and there is one larger, lighter shade to go with a smaller, darker shade.
Product description: "Softly, shimmering powder creates a sheer, subtle, lasting radiance. Sweep over face and neck for an all over glow, or use to highlight cheekbones. Contains Vitamin E & Silk."
I have very pale skin with freckles so this gives me trouble trying to find make-up products that look natural against my skin tone. I have a real dislike for tanning and avoid using any make-up that makes my skin look darker. The pale base of the Just Peachy shade means that this is an excellent match for my ivory toned skin. You can use the colours individually, but I find this does not really produce the best results. For an even look that gives a touch of warmth as well as some shimmery highlights, I like to use a large blusher brush and swirl this over the whole compact, mixing the colours together before applying over my face. I usually apply quite a heavy amount on my cheeks as the colour is light and I like to have the most coverage in this area to add some colour and a healthy glow to my cheeks. I also sweep a little over my forehead, nose and chin to finish off. When I'm spreading the brush over the compact it creates quite a lot of loose dust which does not stick to the brush properly for application, and I have to be careful to scoop up any leftover particles as this can get a bit messy and cause spills over my clothing if I'm not paying proper attention.
I have tried using an eye shadow brush and applying this as eye make-up, with the background shade as a base and the coloured flowered sections to contour. This gave a pretty and subtle look but faded away very quickly so I would say it's not a suitable replacement for proper eye shadow. I have also tried using this as a highlighter by applying the pale background shade with a small concealer brush, and picking out small defined areas under my eyebrows and on top of my lips. Because of how light the shade is and how pale my skin is, this did not stand out very much and so was not really very effective when used in this way.
I have combination type skin and find that shiny patches can sometimes appear throughout the day. I have been using this Shimmer & Shade instead of a regular plain powder because it gives a light pretty finish and the shimmery highlights are flattering as well as looking fresh for the (late but finally arrived!) Spring season. The powder sits on top of my foundation without adding any heavy feeling, and adds a luminous glow. Unfortunately the Shimmer & Shade powder does not have much staying power at all and it usually wears off within only a few hours of first applying it. I have to make sure to carry the compact around with me, as well as a separate blusher brush, to enable me to touch up and reapply the make-up where it's needed over my nose, chin and forehead to keep this in check.
Overall I think this is a fairly nice make-up product, and can definitely recommend giving it a try if you have a pale skin tone and want something subtle that will give your skin a boost without covering it in heavy colour. That said, it's not as versatile as I would have hoped, and it does need frequent top-ups to compensate for the poor staying power. A great buy for £1.00 but I think I'll look for something better quality in place of this Collection 2000 version once it runs out.
I often struggle to find a decent blusher, some are too bright pink making me look like Aunt Sally, some are too orangey, some are too shimmery shiny and some just don't do much! This one by Collection 2000 is a great find however, it is not only a great product but it is a great price!
I bought mine at Superdrug and it cost £3.99 - although I bought it as part of a 3 for 2 offer so I actually got it for less than this! It is quite a decent size, it's a 12g block of blusher, which is about 7cm square and it is in a transparent plastic container which flips open. The container itself is pretty sturdy, I've had it for quite a while and it hasn't yet broken at the hinges like so many of these types of containers seem to do with me!
The product itself it a powder blush, which has different shades within it in a pretty flowery pattern. I am pretty sure there was more than one colour option available, depending on what you prefer / what suits you, though I could not say what colour mine is called because the label on the bottom has worn off a bit! As with any normal powder blusher you simply swirl your brush around it and then sweep across cheeks. The different colours within the block all swirl nicely together, or you can concentrate your brush on just one bit of it if you prefer to do so. It has a nice shimmer to it, but is not not overly shiny or glittery and it gives my cheeks a nice natural-ish looking glow. It also lasts really well throught the day.
It is also great value because as well as the low price in the first place - especially when compared with the cost of similar looking products by other brands - it last such a long time. I've had the one I am currently using since August, i use it every day and I would say only about a quarter or so of it has gone. It is also quite good for not breaking up too easily (I'm sure you all know what a nightmare it is when you open your make up bag to discover that your blusher has broken into crumbs and is now all over everything!), my last one did eventually do this but only when I had had it for quite a long time and there wasn't much left.
It is a lovely product and well worth a try if you find other blushers too pricey or just too rosy!!
I very seldom use blusher as I don't exactly like the look of rosy cheeks. Sometimes I just dab a little bronzer on to my cheeks if my face appears too flat. This was actually something I purchased for my younger niece to put in a little bag as a birthday present (with other things of course, I'm not that stingy). However, me and my sister had a bit of a fallout so I never got the chance to give her the present so I kept the make-up for myself.
Collection 2000 is a more cheaper brand of make-up that I'm sure you can buy in most make-up stores but I by my collection 2000 make-up in Morrison's. Some of their important make-up such as mascaras, foundations, and lip glosses do feel cheap and don't give the results, but with Collection 2000 you get what you pay for and sometimes more!
The reason why I actually chose to buy this product was because the way in which it looked in the shop. It was a square, glass case and inside was a dark red flower surrounded by a pale pink background. This was the actual blusher powder. I thought this style was genius and was a perfect gift was a little girl. I think the outward appearance of this design makes it perfect for a gift to place in the gift bag and if it wasn't for the fact the receiver knew it was Collection 2000, I would have said it looked very expensive. It doesn't have a mirror but for the price you pay you shouldn't really expect one.
You clearly need a brush to apply this which you don't get with it. I use quite a hard brush to try and pick most of the blusher up as it is quite a tightly packed tablet and can be hard to apply enough on to the face. As there is two different types of colour, you have to be particular on how you actually swipe the brush across the blusher. You can do it as one swipe vertically, or horizontally if you want to be lazy about it, but remember there are two different colours on the blusher so you have a choice. If you can find a smaller brush, maybe even one of those flat brushes you can rub it up and down on the light-coloured blusher, or you can circle it around on the dark-coloured flower. This gives you the choice but the way in which it is supposed to work (I assume) is a mixture of both of the colours.
The lid on it is very secure which is both a pro and a con. It ensures the protection of your blusher and that no other eye shadows, etc, mix in with it if you chuck your make-up case in your handbag. However, if you are trying to open it with fake or long nails, it can sometimes be a pain. But the best advantage of this is that the kids can't get in at it whilst you aren't looking. I have had this for over a year, and even those the flower has become a bit blurred and the horizons between the darker and lighter foundation have become unclear, the tablet has stayed in tact and hasn't smashed up like most blushers do, and this is even though I have dropped it on the ground several times!
The blusher gives a gentle touch of reddish-pink with a hint of sparkle. I feel it highlights your cheeks and it gives that extra little sparkle to your face. On my casual days out I can create my cheeks as baby pink or on a little night out I can go adventurous with deep red. This is what I love with this blusher, you really have the choice of two. IT has a touch of glitter on it which you can't really see until it's on your skin. I love this blusher and I have never really changed from it.
I had this in the reddish and pink shades although there is another version you can buy which is golds and browns. I think this could also be a bronzer but I'm not sure. I don't know if there's any other varieties, but come on how many varieties of blusher so you really need?
This was only £3 at Morrisons and I think this is fantastic for the length of time it lasts and for the job it does. I know you can spend £10 on blusher but this is really unnecessary when you can get great foundation from Collection 2000 without paying the high price tag.
Package: plastic, see trough compact, big 10g of product, package can be recycled, from first use product keeps its quality for 12 months.
My shade 3 Just Peachy! I bought this product over a year ago as I wanted something what will give me nice glow. Most of the package is in white shade with 2 peachy flowers, seems it consist of a lot of talk as is very solid and difficult to take on the brush. When applied gives bit of brightening effect (which on my skin is slightly visible, but I believe effect will be better on darker skin tones) and gives minimal, very minimal cool pink sheen, and in fact only in direct sun light you can spot nice shimmer on your skin.
To make product visible on your skin you have to reapply it many times but then you start looking not natural - and that result I am not looking for.
Maybe shade3 Just Peachy! will work better for darker skin tone and I know I just pick up completely wrong shade!
Overall disappointed and will not repurchase this product, in fact I use it only few times and since then is just taking space in my make-up storage. I did find use for it to not waste it - I will use it during summer as a body shimmer and apply to my cleavage, collarbones, legs and arms - maybe that's the way to use it up.
I wanted one of these for ages and once I got my hands on enough cash I finally went and got hold of one of these. Collection 2000 shimmer and shade powder. These come in two different shades a light shade for fair skinned people and a bronzed shade for darker skin.
The nice thing about this product is that it is only three pounds and it gives your body a nice shimmer and you apply the shimmer almost any where on your body or face, but I think this is more designed to be over your body rather than your face cause if you apply it to your face it can end up like you got a massive white mark across it which doesn't look attractive, especially if you have a dark foundation, but if you buy the more bronzed one, then you could get away with it but it could look like your bronzer has gone horribly wrong.
The lasting of the product isn't brilliant and does tend to wear off quite quickly, so there will be a lot of re-applying there, also it doesn't include a brush so sadly you need to find your own brush.
This product can be found in Superdrug, Boots, various supermarkets such as Morrisons, ASDA and Sainsbury's. All around the price of three pounds, however you may go to one of those places where they sell cheap make-up where you can find it for about two pounds, sometimes a pound if you're lucky!
Overall, this product is nice if you want add a little shimmer but it does look great with a tan, but may not be the best if you have pale skin, but it will wear off quickly but it is a nice product to have in your make-up bag or add to your make-up collection.
When I think of collection 2000 I think bargain make up that's great for experimenting with. I have tried plenty of their products before, especially when I was younger and it was all I could afford! I've always found their products great for trying new looks but have never liked a product so much that I would use it regularly.
I have very pale skin (think porcelain) and really dark hair and so I was looking for a powder that could brighten up my skin without bronzing (if I use bronzer it looks like I haven't washed for a week!) and that's when I stumbled across Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade. Although it has shimmer in the title when I tried the tester in store it appeared to provide a glow without too much glitter or shimmer.
Price and availability,
I purchased Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade from Superdrug for £2.99 and I got it in shade 1.Pink me up. It's also available in two other shades for darker skin tones.
Packaging and Appearance,
The product is supplied in a square clear plastic blusher container and has Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade written in silver writing on the top. The product is easy to open and has a lid which can be flipped back but not removed. I think this is great as I am always losing or cracking blusher lids! You can clearly see the product through the packaging which is a nice touch as the product is very pretty. It is three separate shades displayed as two flowers on a background.
I apply this product with a standard blusher brush. It's easy to pick up colour but isn't too powdery. I use the base shade all over my face and it provides a subtle glow that brightens up my complexion. For day wear I apply the medium shade to the apples of my cheeks and use in place of blusher. I don't like wearing full make up during the day and I found that the base shade, a bit of concealer and the medium shade provide a good everyday look. The darker shade is perfect for a night look and blends well over foundation to give a youthful glow.
The product is very versatile, it provides a blusher, face powder and complexion booster in one handy package. It's a light weight powder that blends easily and leaves no marks or lines. It gives a subtle sheen without being glittery. It feels comfortable on your skin and doesn't feel chalky.
Overall this budget buy gets five stars from me for it's versatility, price, quality and ease of use. It's a good looking product and the first of the Collection 2000 range I would consider buying regularly.
I bought this shimmer and shade powder from Boots about a year ago, I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it but nowadays they're on sale at £3.99 from Boots.
I have just checked the website and this is not available to buy from Superdrug. It is currently only £1 on Amazon.
I have had this for about a year and I have used it quite a lot so there isn't much powder left in it. The shade I have this in is pink.
I think that the powder is well presented, it is in a transparent plastic compact that has the Collection 2000 logo on it and says SHIMMER & SHADE with pretty detailing on the &. You can see the powder through the compact, there are three different shades of pink, arranged so that it looks like a picture of two flowers.
The front of mine is now quite worn because it is so old and has been clunked around in my make up bag quite a lot. But there are no cracks in it and it hasn't broken.
I think the design of the compact could be improved by putting a mirror on the underside of the lid. But for the price you can't complain with what you get with this already.
To put the powder on I always use a blusher brush. I have seen some people put blushers on using their fingers, but personally I prefer to use a brush. I just lightly dust it over the powder, if I go over all of it the shades blend in together to make a nice light pink colour that isn't too bright or dark, then I brush it onto my face.
If you wanted to use just one of the shades then that can be done as well, although it is difficult to go for the smallest shade and the background one, besides I think all of them blended in together gives the nicest glow.
The powder isn't the best I have ever used. It gives a nice subtle glow but if you were looking for something a bit more apparent that you can really tell is there, or you want something that lasts a long time, then this isn't for you. This is quite shimmery but I in my personal opinion I think I would prefer it if it were more so.
But this promises to give you a subtle, shimmery glow and it does. So it does exactly what it promises to and for that reason I have to give it some credit and stop being so picky!
Overall I would recommend this product because it is great value for money, it does exactly what it says it will do, it gives you a nice subtle shimmery glow and it is presented fairly nicely considering how little it costs. There is room for improvement but I can't see that happening with the price tag staying the way it is, for that reason I think this is absolutely fantastic and a really good bargain.
Thanks for reading xo
I really love these! I have seen so many versions from designer make-up brands, but to my knowledge this is the only high street version.
The packaging is really cute, and is far more attractive than you would think for this price. You can usually pick one up from £4, I haven't seen them selling for more than £5. They look a lot more expensive too, so you needn't hide them away!
There are three shades available, a beautiful bronze, a gorgeous peach, and an amazing iridescent. They are all made of three different toning shades, each containing shimmer. You can use them separately, or sweep a big brush over the palette and use them together.
The bronze is the perfect bronzer, and suits most skintones. The peach is an amazing blusher for paler skintones, or a highlighter for darker ones. The highlighter is my favourite, pale ladies should use it all over, especially on the cheek and brow bones. Those with a darker complexion should stick to the brow bone.
At this price you can buy them all, and mix and match the individual shades. I regularly send these across to my friend in America, and she goes through them faster than you could imagine!
This is a really great product, and at such a good price too!
For anyone new to the Collection 2000 make up range, I'll give a brief outline. Basically it's a "cheap and cheerful" product range, with great colours and great prices. I have bought nail varnishes, mascaras, eye shadows, eyeliners, and now this powder from the range, and I have very few complaints about any of them (I will review the others, just watch this space - well, not this one, the reviews in my account of course!)
So what do you get?
Well, you get a decent looking clear plastic case that contains a rather lovely looking shimmery powder in a floral design that highlights the colour range. I went for colour number 1 - Pink Me Up. In this I got a pretty peachy pink, a darker pinky rose colour, and a darker pinky brown. On the front of the case you are told the makers name and shimmer and shade, in writing that wears off rather quickly! On the reverse is a black sticker with silver writing that details the product ingredients and the product blurb.
"Softly, shimmering powder creates a sheer, subtle, lasting radiance. Sweep over face and neck for an all over glow, or use to highlight cheekbones."
It goes on to say it contains Vitamin E and Silk.
I really like this product, although, I have to be careful with its use or else the results are "not so subtle!" The colour pallette is quite strong and only a little is needed to gain a good colour on your face. I use it more as a peachy pink blusher / cheekbone highlighter, than an all over powder, but even so, I have "hit the pan" so to speak as it has been used so much. I apply with the usual large blusher brush and it goes on easily and blends well to a "natural" looking finish.
All in all it is a great product at a good price, that I am happy to recommend to friends, enemies and anyone else within earshot that is nosy enough to want to listen. The collection 2000 range is available in many stores, including superdrug, boots, and various independent chemists - making it easily available and is a great way to experiment with make up without breaking the bank doing so.
When I saw this I just had to buy it! The packaging looked so nice and I can't think what brand does something similar to this (it may be Channel) but at £4.49 against the price tag of a top brand of over 30 quid this won out and I bagged one lol.
What this basically is, is a 3 coloured powdered for highlighting and illuminating the face. 3 shades are available and this one (Just Peachy) is actually brought to us by Peaches Geldof on behalf of Collection 2000! Yep the celeb factor sold it to me and if it's good enough for her it's good enough for me lol!
See through, almost flat square plastic compact. On the front I'm told it is Collection 2000 Shimmer & Shade and on the bottom there is a black label with silver writing on it telling me it is Shimmer & Shade (Number 3 Just Peachy), I'm told a little bit about the product, ingredients are listed, the recycle symbol is displayed, size is stated (10g), contact details for Collection 2000 are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough plain case however I don't like the fact that in just a couple of weeks the silver writing on the front has scratched off making it look a bit tacky and that's just from being in a make up bag.
A Bit About The Product According To The Bottom Of Compact....
Softly, shimmering powder creates a sheer, subtle, lasting radiance. Sweep over face and neck for an all over glow, or use to highlight cheekbones. Contains Vitamin E & Silk.
Firstly I must point out that although my product looks the same as the one on the review photograph on the top of this page my colours are different.When I flip open my compact I'm met with what appears like a picture in a frame (lol only way I can describe it). The background area is an off white powder then I have a large very light peach flower (powder) and then a small flower of a dark peach colour. So 3 colours in one as I mentioned earlier are all in a square.
How you use this is up to you, and easy and fuss free to use this really is.
All of the colours in 'Just Peachy' are highly shimmery and in my opinion best used on tanned or darker skins. For me I'm a really pale white and this actually does not alot for my appearance (if used on cheeks!).
However I have used it as a blusher (you can use one colour at a time), I have used it all over my face to give a hint of colour and soft subtle shine but have used it in the main to highlight my cheekbones and to help narrow down the size of my nose (a little white powder down the centre!).
You can use all the colours with a big brush and blend if you want to and use as a conventional blusher but I really do think this is a really excellent highlighting kit. I simply brush some white powder (and really blend it in) just under my cheekbones and then brush a little of one of the colours over the 'apples' of my cheeks to finish off. The look is very effective indeed. It lasts ages (till your remove it) and really nice on the face and/or neck to the touch due to it's silk content.
I personally wouldn't buy this colour again for myself however my mate pinches this kit and it looks fabulous on her. The only reason I haven't let her keep it is because I use the kit to highlight my eyes rather than my cheeks and like to use all three colours there! So if you pick the right shade of compact for you, you could really end up with a great multi-tasking product and I wouldn't hesitate in buying a different colour from this range in the future and it lasts absolutely ages. I'm really impressed with the ease of use of it, the fact it doesn't flake everywhere when in use and it really does feel nice and not one bit heavy when on and gives no transfer problems. A great little buy and I'm sure if you get the right colour you won't be able to put it down! Great stuff!
Available in most chemists.
For a natural radiant glow /