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      02.12.2014 21:31
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      Excellent face powder

      I loved this powder. The product itself lasted for ages and I love the packaging. Plus it's cheap. It gives a great matt finish and left my skin looking great all day. Would definitely purchase this again.

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      12.06.2012 18:23
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      I'll continue to buy the powder and think it is an excellent product.

      I am not particularly loyal to any one brand of cosmetics, but I do find that the "Collection 2000" brand is one that I quite like. I find that most of the products offer a great value price and are of a good quality, whilst the brand seems to cater for a variety of tastes without coming across as being 'immature' or something that's aimed at younger consumers.

      One product from the range that I have purchased a few times now is the "Shine Away Compact Powder" as I have found it is quite well suited to my skin, which I consider to be 'combination' as I suffer from slightly oily patches on my nose and forehead, with my cheeks being slightly dry at times.

      The Shine Away Powder is supplied in a 10g plastic compact with a sort of 'flip up' lid that can be opened quite easily by pressing the button at the front of the lid. Inside the lid of the compact there is a good quality mirror which appears to be fairly robust as I have never experienced it becoming loose or smashing, which is something that I have found with other powder compacts that I have bought before as I tend to be a bit clumsy with my make up bag at times and will often drop it, causing extensive damage to the various powders and cosmetics contained within. There is an attractive pink floral design on the top of the black plastic compact which offers an attractive eye-catching detail to the product's design.

      I will often take advantage of promotional offers running on the Collection 2000 range, which allows me to purchase the Shine Away Compact Powder for around £3. The normal price is around £4.20, and the compact can be purchased from Collection 2000 retailers such as Superdrug and Boots. (You can purchase the item online from Boots at www.Boots.com.)

      There are only two shades of the Shine Away Powder to choose from, being either "Medium" or "Light". I have a very fair complexion and so always opt for the "Light" shade.

      Using the Shine Away Powder is very easy, and there is a small circular sponge applicator supplied within the compact. I find that this little applicator works well at 'gathering' the powder product easily, with a simple sweep across the surface of the powder compact gathering a fair amount of powder on the sponge. I have also opted to apply the powder with a powder brush, and I find that the powder is perfectly suitable to be applied this way. One thing I have noticed however is that a little more powder is required when applying with a brush, as the powdery substance seems better suited to an absorbent sponge, but this could be said of all powder compacts in my experience, so I won't be deducting any points from the product rating for this.

      The Shine Away Powder has several claims on the packaging, with the first being "Mattifies skin and controls shine for up to 10 Hours." This claim had a special interest to me as I have combination skin and a slightly oily forehead as I explained earlier. I was keen to see if the powder would be able to cope with my oily skin and this claim on the product is what first attracted me to it as I have found that most other powder compacts that I have used before have not lasted particularly well, usually only covering my skin properly for a couple of hours at most.

      I have indeed found that the Shine Away Powder covers my skin thoroughly and completely, offering light and powdery coverage to my troublesome combination skin. The powder feels very light when I am both applying and wearing it, and I like how it feels like my skin can 'breathe' through its layers. As for having a 'shine control' element to the product, I would agree that the powder works very well at offering a balanced finish, with any troublesome oily patches feeling - and appearing - as if they are 'toned down' and are given a matt finish that disguises these areas perfectly.

      One point that I would disagree on however is the effect being able to last for up to 10 hours. In reality, I have not found the finished look is able to last for anything like that long, and so I will often slip the compact into my handbag to quickly 'touch up' my facial make-up when out and about. To be fair, I think the Shine Away Powder DOES last better than other, similar products that I own and use regularly, but it hasn't lived up to the claim on the packaging for me personally.

      There is a second claim on the packaging that the powder "Contains 'Skin Correct' complex to minimise breakouts." and I would wholeheartedly agree with this statement. I have found there to be a huge improvement in the spot breakouts that plague my poor skin from time to time, and I can only really attribute this to the use of the Collection 2000 Powder, having noticed a marked improvement in any blemishes to my face. I have alternated products from time to time (mainly due to running out of the Collection 2000 Shine Away Powder and having to make do with alternatives in my collection to tide me over) and have really noticed the difference between the Shine Away product and others.

      For example, the Shine Away feels extremely light and allows my skin to breathe as I touched on earlier. (Well, that's how it feels, anyway). I also think that the light feeling is much more pleasant to wear, as the make up is without the 'heavy' feeling that so many other cosmetics contain. I think it is this light consistency that has helped avoid the spot breakouts. Certainly, when removing the powder from my face, it seems to 'lift' easily from my skin and doesn't leave that horrible 'clogged up' feeling that other powder products leave in their wake.

      One thing that I would mention is that the shade of powder that I use is very light and pale, such is the colour of my natural skin tone. My near-porcelain complexion requires something lightly-coloured to match it, and I find the shade of the Shine Away Powder suits me down to the ground. The downside of using such a pale-coloured powder product of course is that there is less to be gained in the way of 'coverage' to spots and blemishes, and I have to confess that the powder is not the most suitable product I own for hiding breakouts. You could argue that a powder-based product is not 'robust' enough to cover real blemishes anyway, regardless of the brand or cost of the powder, and I do tend to find that I need to use a different product altogether to hide blemishes adequately.

      The pale shade of the powder is ideal for achieving a 'natural look' which is my preferred look for everyday wear. Used either by itself or alongside concealer products or on top of tinted moisturiser, the Shine Away Powder offers a rather flawless coverage to my face when applied. Without any uneven patches or without 'sticking' to the dry patches of skin on my cheeks, the look achieved is a very natural one indeed, which suits me and my needs perfectly.

      Overall, I am extremely happy with the Collection 2000 Shine Away Powder and it offers excellent long-lasting coverage whilst feeling 'light' to wear. I think the low price of the compact offers excellent value considering the high quality of the powder. To be quite frank, I have achieved less impressive results from similar products from alternative ranges - some of which cost three or four times the price of the Shine Away alternative. Highly recommended from me.

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        24.02.2012 08:32
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        A reasonably priced face powder

        ~~ Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder ~~




        For as long as I can possibly remember I have worn full make-up, particularly as I feel naked if I leave the house bare-faced. One of the essential items in my make-up bag is face powder due to the fact that I suffer with T-zone skin and as a consequence, my skin will shine as the day progresses. Whilst I am quite fussy with my make-up products with the majority belonging to the Boots No 7 range, I am not loyal with face powders and will buy whatever is on offer at any given time. My essential requirements with regards powders is that they have to be pressed as opposed to loose and the colour needs to either be translucent or light, particularly as I have very pale skin. A purchase that I made during the summer of last year belongs to Collection 2000 and this review discusses their Shine Away Compact Powder.

        We are provided with 10g of pressed powder contained within a sturdy plastic and rather eye-catching compact. The lid is easily opened by placing my finger tips in a small groove and it firmly closes when not in use. Contained within the lid is a mirror, which I hadn't expected and is a most welcomed addition, particularly as I find it awkward when touching up my make-up when I have to search in my handbag for a separate mirror. The compact contains an application sponge and is easily applied where I use it on top of my foundation. The claim is that the silky powder contains ingredients that will control the production of oil and subsequently, prevent breakouts and minimise shine for up to ten hours.

        The powder is extremely fine and perfectly covers my skin where only one application is required and I apply it over the top of my foundation. I have a few skin imperfections, which are probably not particularly obvious to others, but I know they're there, so it is essential for me that the powder is easy to blend whilst providing me with a natural look. I favour a flawless appearance, but do not wish my skin to look caked or artificial and the powder enables me to achieve my desired look with minimal effort. A problem I have experienced with a few brands of powder is that the remaining powder tends to break up once I've used approximately half. However, I've experienced no problem with this product as the remaining powder remains in place almost until the end. I've used the powder on a bare face and whilst it offers a light coverage I prefer to have initially applied foundation to achieve my much desired flawless look.

        I have to agree with the claims where the powder prevents shine although I feel that ten hours is a little ambitious as after approximately four hours I am able to witness a few small patches of shine, so I need to touch up the appropriate areas. I love the matt flawless finish that it gives to my skin, which enables me to feel confident with my appearance. The powder is easily removed from my skin and I cannot admit to having suffered with any breakouts due to the product blocking my pores. I'm sure this powder was available in three shades when I made my purchase, but according to the Boots website it is only available in light and medium. You can either choose to wear the powder alone or over foundation. I can highly recommend Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder as it serves its purpose well and at £4.19 I believe it to be excellent value for money.

        I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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          27.01.2012 14:57
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          Another make up staple :)

          I rarely wear make up... I just do not see the point in spending all that time in the morning putting it on if you're only going to the shops. Plus, I can't STAND taking it off. However, when I'm going out, my usual make up routine starts with moisturising, then applying foundation and then my pressed powder.

          I admit, I was initially drawn to Collection 2000's 'Shine Away Compact Powder because of the price. I consider Collection 2000 to be one of the brands that offer good value for money. Their products aren't the best but in my experience they always give good results. Currently in Boots, it is £4.19, which is a lot less than paying £14 for the L'oreal version and £23 for Benefit!

          I adore the packaging for this powder. The 10g powder is a standard size and comes in a black compact device, decorated with white swirls and pink flowers. It is really girly and fits in perfectly with the pink hues of my make up bag! On the front it has the product name and on the back, information regarding how it works and ingredients. The powder is really easy to open because there is a groove at the front to place your fingers, and it is quite easy to grip so you don't open it and powder goes everywhere! Inside there is a really handy compact mirror and a sponge resting on the pressed powder. Initially, paper is placed over the powder to prevent the sponge becoming 'dirty'.

          The powder comes in three colours: light, medium and deep. I use the medium because the light is just too pale for my skin tone. However, even the medium is a little too tanned. I wish there were more choices; because three colours do not cover the varied number of skin tones in the country!

          As you might expect, it is very easy to use the product. Simply, apply the powder on the sponge and brush across your face. The powder is designed to mattify skin and control shine for up to ten hours. I find that after using a liquid foundation, my skin feels super shiny, which does not look pretty in photos!! Therefore I use this over the top. It instantly rectifies this problem, and my skin tone looks almost porcelain. I think it is important to apply moisturiser first, if like me, you are prone to dry skin. The powder can show up areas of flaky skin you didn't know existed! I never need to re apply this powder on a night out so I agree that it could last as long as ten hours. The powder is also meant to contain a 'skin correct' complex to minimize breakouts. I am not someone prone to spots. I obviously get them every now and again, but I can't comment on whether this claim is realistic. The powder says it helps even out skin tone with a soft, blendable texture. I would agree with this statement. You can certainly see which areas you have mattified after you have started using the product. It is very easy to blend into your skin tone by using the sponge.

          I have never had to replace the sponge, because I clean it with hot soapy water every now and again. This clears the dead skin cells and also helps prevent breakouts. The design and writing on the front tends to fade after excess use, but the compact packaging still prevents the powder from breaking up. I have bought two of these powders in the past, each lasting around a year because of how little I use it. I'm not sure replacing the powder after six months like I do with my other make up would be worth it.

          I definitely consider Collection 2000's powder to be one of the best 'cheap' make up products on the market. Every time I apply foundation, this goes on over the top. I suggest giving it a go if you can find a colour tone to suit you. I give this product 4*

          [Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Strawberry_123]

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            28.05.2011 13:19
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            My favourite shine control powder, at a reasonable cost.

            I have been using the Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder for some time now. A sufferer of shiny skin, I tend to use a lot of powder upon a liquid foundation. Out of all the powders I have used, this is by far my favourite.

            It comes in a small compact, which can be kept in your handbag during the day. There is a little mirror, which is big enough to actually see yourself, rather than some compact mirrors that you have to hold at arm's length just to glimpse yourself. The sponge that comes with it is durable, and allows you to apply the powder with ease. It blends well with the skin, and never looks streaky or blotchy.

            The shade I get matches amazingly with my skin tone, and I usually go up a shade during summer when I am more tanned.

            I take this powder with me everywhere, and can always trust it to control unwanted shine during the day. I have recommended it to a few friends who are now lovers of it also, and would recommend it to others.

            I usually buy it from Boots for about £3.00, which is a great price, as I wear it every day, and it will last me over 4 months.

            In the evenings I work in a very hot Italian restaurant, and during the evening the powder keeps me looking fresh and matte, and controls potential shine well.

            It is a great buy!

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            29.03.2011 21:41
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            Wouldn't buy again.

            After Collection 2000 discontinued my usual face powder, I went on the biggest face powder hunt ever, I tried at least 15 to see if any of them would live up to the other one which had been discontinued.

            Ofcourse, I started out with Collection 2000, maybe their others would be just like the one they had decided to simply take out of my life.

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            *The Price*

            Quite cheap as with the rest of the things Collection 2000 sells.
            I believed this was purchased for £4.19 from Superdrug.

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            *The Appearance*

            The powder comes in a little plastic compact.
            The colour of the compact is black with pretty pink patterns all over the front, a very girly looking compact.
            In the middle is the name of the powder and the Collection 2000 logo.
            Once opened up the face powder is in one half of the compact with a thin round sponge to apply it with and in the other half, there is a decent sized round mirror.
            This comes in 3 shades if my memory is correct
            1. Light
            2. Medium
            3. Dark
            I will go run into the bedroom now to see how many grams you get, bare with me!
            10 grams is what you get :)

            Very well presented for £4.19.


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            *So what does it do?*

            Collection 2000 shine away powder obviously takes away all of the shine on your face.
            It mattifies your skin and keeps shine at bay for 10 hours. ( ooooh, interesting! )
            Its apparently very soft, and has a very blendable texture to even out your skin tone.
            Light to medium coverage. ( I wanted heavy coverage, but ah well, was trying as many powders as I could and could barely find any heavy covering powders!! )

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            *My Experience*

            The feeling of this is very soft when you touch it with your fingers, it feels very nice.
            The colour which I have is 1. Light, I wanted to try this first incase the Medium was too dark.
            I rubbed the sponge around the powder and began to apply on my face, I didn't have the best hopes in the world for this so I guess when I seen the result of this I wasn't disappointed or upset.

            The Powder didn't go on the best for me, the bloody sponge got stuck to my foundation and rubbed it off, I put this down to not using enough powder so put more powder onto the sponge, it did go on to my face easier but it looked very dry and cakey on my face, even though it wasn't heavy coverage.

            I looked dead and very gaunt, probably because this was light but I don't think it would be a good look for anyone.

            I found this to be excellent coverage but just too dry and patchy looking for me.

            I went out and bought the Medium but then seen this was the same, better colour but still too patchy and dry looking.

            Therefore I don't recommend!

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            Remember, this was all in my opinion :)

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            29.12.2010 22:18
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            A product that i would highly recommend!!

            I first found out about this product through my mum! She's been using this product for a year or so, with great results, so i decided i would try it out, and I'm pretty glad i did.

            It claims to leave the skin with a matte finish and control shine for up to 10 hours.

            Price
            I bought the product from Boots and it cost £4.19, which i thought was a bargain considering i usually pay more for my other powder. I've also seen Superdrug and Lloyd Pharmacy retailing this product at a similar price.

            Packaging
            The packaging is exceptionally good, and i must admit, if i had seen it without my mums recommendation i would probably still had bought it cause it just looks great, girly and cute! It's a round, rather small circled container. It has a pink and silver flowery decoration on the front, it's really pretty. The lid can be quite stiff to open, but once inside you can see how compact the product actually is. It has a round mirror attached to the lid, which is great for putting your make up on when your on the go. It also comes with a little sponge which fits in the container, and then the make-up underneath.

            Application
            Due to my pale skin, i chose 1. Light, which was a good option as it matches my skin perfectly. It's easy to apply, just use the sponge provided and blend into your face. If your late or in a rush and havent had time to do your make up you can just whip it out, and put apply on the go! It's really useful and smells pretty good too. It leaves your face feeling fresh and bright. It's also really good for acne/spot coverage, and is really good on sensitive skin.

            Downfalls
            It only has three shades -light, medium and deep, which can be tricky when trying to match skin tones, i think i may have just gotten lucky that it matched my skin.

            Results
            It definitely eradicates any shiny parts of my face, aswell as providing a good coverage, and giving you a flawless, matte result. The powder also has the ability to blend into my skin really well, there are no awkward stripes, lines or orange marks that have been problematic with me for other powders i have purchased in the past. It has given me great coverage from the moment i apply until the rest of the day. It defeinetely made my skin look a whole lot more brighter, radiant and healthy!

            Overall
            I have already recommended this product to friends and family! It's a really great product, and does what it claims to do! And i think thats what every consumer is looking for in a product! It's definetely worth it's cost. I will gladly be using this product for years to come.

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            08.12.2010 21:40
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            If you're on a budget or you fancy experimenting I'd recommend this every time.

            Collection 2000 is generally thought of as a budget brand and until recently I would have agreed. In the past few years however they seemed to have upped their game and I now regularly purchase a few items from the range which are all good quality and excellent value for money.

            The shine away compact powder is a pressed powder compact for use alone or over foundation. The general idea is that it keeps your skin shine free for up to ten hours as you go about your daily life. The compact itself is attractive; black with a pretty floral pattern in pink and white on the front. The compact looks modern and I wouldn't be embarrassed by it should it fall out of my bag in the ladies (unlike some of the previous Collection 2000 packaging attempts). The compact has a mirror on the underside of the lid which is perfect for when you're out and about.

            The powder itself applies nicely to my skin and, whilst I was concerned there was no translucent option, the 'light' shade matches my skin tone nicely. It doesn't look obvious at all when I have it on which is exactly what I want from a powder, nor does it dry my skin out. I have combination skin and while it doesn't keep the oily patches shine free for ten hours it does do better than most powders I've tried. Most days I'll find myself reapplying a tiny amount to my T-zone at lunch time and if I don't bother then in no way am I overly shiney by the end of the day - just a little glossier than I'd like!

            For around the £4 mark (and quite often on 3 for 2) I can't recommend this highly enough. Not as luxurious as Clinique and other more expensive brands but much, much better quality than I'd expect for £4 and very definitely a product I'll repurchase time and time again.

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            22.11.2010 00:30
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            give it a go, you either love or hate it!

            I don't normally wear powder often because since being at Uni my skin has become alot better (its probably because I have grown out of having acne)
            As I am a student and have to budget on everything including make-up, I was late night shopping and walked into superdrug, I walked past the reduced to clear section, usually there isn't a lot of interesting pieces in the section, however if you keep your eyes sharp you may find something like I did and came across this collection 2000 powder. Even though, it was one designed for people with fair skin (I have mid-tone skin, however my skin can be pale in the winter) and it was only two pounds instead of four pounds, half term and even though there was a label on the product saying 'damaged' I open it and it didn't look damaged at all!
            I thought the presentation of the product was very appealing and pretty, covered in pink flowers.
            I first tried the powder when I got back to my flat, however I wasn't wearing a foundation I normally use (which is actually the collection 2000 lasting perfection) and I tried it on with that and the results looked so good that you couldn't even tell if I was wearing a base cover or not! amazing! and the size of the product is good as it can fit in a handbag or make-up bag and you can take it anywhere so you can top your powder up at anytime! Not forgetting its a good buy whether you found it in the sale or you found it half price in the reduced section!
            If you buy this product at full price it will cost you £3.99 which is great if you have a budget, like me!
            The powder do come in skin tone ranges including fair, mid tone, olive (which is the darkest)
            I would recomend this product to anyone, however I think this a powder which is more suitable for young skin.
            You can find this product in superdrug, Boots, wilkos, various supermarkets and they are sold for the same price, so you don't need to worry about which place is the cheapest to buy the product.
            I would buy this product again because it is cheap, good quality and I have spare money for other things! result! However I do think this product would be alot better if it included a mirror and a small powder brush

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              10.02.2010 18:10
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              Cheap & Cheerful.

              I usually stick to my Bourjois Loose Powder to apply of my foundation but a few weeks ago when I went to Superdrug to stock up on it I accidently picked up this Collection 2000 Powder because I wasnt paying that much attention and the packaging is VERY similar to the Bourjois powder. I was a little disappointed when I got home to find that Id picked up the wrong one but Id ran out of powder that morning and I was going out that night so I decided to just use it. Another reason why I was concerned about uisng this is because Ive never found that pressed powders work as well a loose powders but as Id ran out I didnt see that I had much of a choice but to bite the bullet and wear this bargain buy.

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              Makers: Collection 2000
              Price: A Bargain At £3
              Stockists: Superdrug, Boots, Chemists Etc

              This powder comes in only three shades but I think thats just enough because they have one for every skin tone. Light, Medium & Deep. I think its rare to find a powder that has shades for black skin tones and even though thats not my skin tone that really impressed me. This powder comes in a small black and pink compact that is actually really stylish, which is why I thought it was Bourjois and not a cheap brand. Inside the compact is a little mirror on the top and the powder along with a sponge applicator on top of the powder.

              Application:
              Now some people will be reaching for their big powder brush at this point but I actually find it easier to apply this with the sponge because it is a pressed powder. So you just get out your sponge and rub it across the powder then cover your whole face with it. I will say never apply to much to your face because then you will end up with that horrible flaky look we are all so desperate to avoid.

              The Results:
              This powder is actually designed to remove any traces of shine that your foundation may have left on your face and just leave you with a nice smooth matte finish and I was chuffed to bits to find that it really did! Im no make-up snob but because this was so cheap I wasnt expecting the results to be very good at all but you could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw what my face looked like. It really evened out my skin tone, gave me a proper matte look and totally covered any lumps and bumps that my foundation hadnt totally managed to hide.

              The powder blends really easily and your not left with any orange marks or tide lines at all and it seemed to match my foundation really well. It feels really light on your skin and gives you a really great finish. At this point I was really happy and best of all it lasted absolutely AGES without fading at all or going flaky. For a £3 powder it works absolute wonders!

              And best of all. I was shine free for hours! So every claim it makes it certainly lives up to.

              Overall Opinion:
              I think Ive actually changed my opinion on Bourjois being the best face powder after using this and it just goes to show that you dont have to spend loads of money to get a really great quality product. The finish was great, my skin looked amazing, it didnt feel to heay on my skin and it blended really well. It doesnt go wrong at all. For a bargain bucket powder this is number one for me and after I have finished my last Bourjois powder i wont be going to re stock up on that. You'll find me at the Collection 2000 section!

              I Highly Recommend

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                12.12.2009 13:45
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                A great value product which does as its supposed to.

                I usually stick to loose powder,but my skin has recently become very oily,
                and so I was looking out for a shine reduction powder.Unfortunately I could not find a loos oe,but there were quite a few pressed powders.
                I'm not a huge collection 2000 fan but their cosmetics were on offer- "buy two- get third free" So I bought a lipgloss and an eyeshadow,but wasn't sure what else to purchase.This pressed powder was pretty cheap so I thought it wouldn't do any harm in giving it a try.
                The case is very tempting I must say.It's black with pretty hot pink flowers around the edges.When opened you're greeted by a mirror on one side and an application sponge (pad?) on the other.
                I've noticed that the colours in collection 2000 are a couple of shades darker than other brands,and so I bought the 'light' shade.by the way there are three shades in this range- light being the lightest.
                It went on just like any other powder.What I was worried about was whether it would actually deliver and control shine.Six hours later,I was still shine free!As is expected I shall certainly be purchasing this product again.If you want a good value and attractive pressed powder give this powder a go.Much better value than ther top brand and it does as it says!

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                29.10.2009 14:46
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                Good and not very costly. Lasts a long time

                I've a confession. Before buying this, I've NEVER used pressed powder before. But, after having to get new make-up , I saw the pretty little compact and had to pick it up. And what a difference it has made!

                It comes in a range of shades, meaning it's easy to find one that goes with any skin tone. I'm usually quite hard to buy make up for, as I have a bit of a peculiar skin tone, but this seems to have been made for me.

                Application is just as easy, get a big blusher brush and sweep it all over your face. The powder is really usefull for covering dark circles under the eyes (of which I am a sufferer) and is a really good base on the lips for applying lipstick. The powder blends very easily, and cannot be seen easily on the skin. It's also perfect for putting make up on over, as my blush and eyeshadow last longer on the skin after using the powder.

                A little hint is that it can be very powdery and get onto clothes, so it's best ot put this on before putting on a dark top, or to put something on the neckline to stop it

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                  03.08.2009 23:50
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                  Definitely worth trying

                  If I'm being honest I have to say that the only reason I bought this product was that it looked pretty in its little flowery case. I don't wear make up often and I was experimenting. I have seen it in two colours; light and medium. There may be more, but I'm not sure. Stupidly, I bought the medium version which turned my pale skin orange. Eventually I went back to Superdrug and bought the lighter shade which suited me much better.

                  As I said before, it comes in a pretty little compact case - black with pink flowers. It has a mirror inside and comes with a powder puff, although I prefer to apply it with a brush. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but it is now £3.91 in Boots, which I think is good value.

                  I apply this over the top of my Collection 2000 foundation and it gives a much better finish. It makes my skin look more even and more natural. As a "shine away compact powder" its job is to mattify the skin. My skin still felt oily after using it, but it didn't look that oily, which was good enough for me. I will definitely continue to use this powder and will probably buy it again.

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                  27.12.2008 22:07
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                  Collection 2000's Shine Away Compact

                  I don't use pressed powder normally, but I had read a few reviews on here for different pressed powders, and decided to get myself one. I wasn't really sure what I was looking for to be honest - just something that was relatively cheap and matched my skin tone.

                  I was all ready to buy a Bourjois powder as I had a money-off coupon for the range, and (although I realise it's very shallow) I liked the pink flower design on the tub. I then happened to notice that Collection 2000 also made a powder in packaging of virtually exactly the same design. Personally, I think Collection 2000 is really under-rated. I've been using it since I was a teenager and although it's very cheap, I think it's also very good, although like any range there are a few products that tend to let it down.

                  I decided to buy this instead of the Bourjois powder, as even with the money off voucher I had for Bourjois, this one worked out to be cheaper.

                  The powder comes in a black compact which has a silver and pink flower design on the lid, and makes it look more expensive, as you don't really expect much in the way of design from a budget brand. I was also surprised when I opened the powder, that it had a full sized mirror in the lid - again, not something I expected for the price. You also get a little powder puff included here.

                  I believe that the powder only comes in three colours - simply light, medium and dark. I have very pale skin and found that the light shade matched my skin well without making it look washed out.

                  As you may have guessed from the name 'Shine Away' this powder is designed to mattify oily skin and reduce shine for up to 10 hours, whilst evening out the skin tone. It also says on the back of the tub that it contains 'skin correct' complex, whatever that may be, to help minimize breakouts.

                  Personally, my skin is usually quite dry rather than oily, but I have started to get a little bit of an oily T-Zone which is strange really as that is normally the area of my skin which is driest. Really what I wanted a powder for though was to make my skin look a little bit more even and keep my foundation on, as it has a tendency to slide off!

                  I did try applying this powder with the puff provided, but found that it didn't go on very well and I was left with the odd area of my face where the powder hadn't blended very well. I think that it's possible it might have been down to the way I was applying it though, as I'm not really used to using a powder puff. I now apply it with a large powder/blusher brush and find that it goes on much easier, and I feel more comfortable applying it.

                  The powder goes onto the skin easily, and with a brush is easily blended. It feels incredibly light on the skin and you really can't feel that you're wearing it.

                  The finish the powder gives is great - it doesn't look heavy or cakey- nor does it enhance every pore on your face as some powders seem to do. The colour is natural too - not too pale or too orangey in tone.

                  As for shine control, this did seem to keep the shine on my T-Zone under control, however as I mentioned, my skin type is not particularly oily, so if you have very oily skin the results may not be the same.

                  I paid £3.99 for this from Boots, which I think is very reasonable.

                  Overall, I am quite impressed with this powder. It comes in nicely designed packaging, doesn't feel or look heavy on the skin and the finish was natural. Recommended.

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