Product Type: Collection 2000 makeup
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Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder
Member Name: strawberry123
Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder
Advantages: Beautiful packaging, handy compact mirror, product prevents excess shine
Disadvantages: Range of colours to choose from
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*
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Summary: Another make up staple :)