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Collection 2000 is a line that I have just recently discovered and have heard very good things about. It is certainly a much cheaper alternative compared to the like of other drugstore brands however I have to say that taking into consideration the performance of the product I am not surprised by this cheap price tag. I bought this mascara simply because I was attracted by the bold design and packaging but don't be fooled, although it may look good on a shelf, it performance is actually pretty poor in my opinion. It claims to give your lashes 12 times more volume but for me the mascara was too clumpy making it look like my lashes were sparse and I had just put too much on, when I actual fact my lashes a quite full naturally. I think is due to the applicator which has been specially made to hold more mascara, however in my opinion it holds too much and just one stroke on your lashes makes it look like you have put a lot on and clumps them. Moreover I like my mascara to lengthen my lashes as well as to add volume, where as for me this mascara just didn't do that and the applicator wand is much to big, making it very hard to apply the mascara without smudging it all over your eye. Moreover normally with curled wands I do not find it necessary to curl my lashes before hand and the mascara does it for me instead, but in this case if I did not curl my lashes before using this mascara then my lashes would not curl at all and would just stay straight on, not a flattering look at all! Nevertheless on this I need to credit this product on is the colour. It is an extreme, bold black, much more than any other I have used before and does draw attention to the eyes. As much as i wanted to, I'm afraid I didn't like this product and personally wouldn't recommend it.
This product basically does what it says 'on the tin'; it gives your lashes loud volume without them looking short and clumpy. I have been buying this product for over a year now, I wear it every day and I love it so much! I recommend it to everyone! I wear quite a lot of mascara on my eyelashes so the big curved applicator makes it easier to apply and there's lots of mascara on the brush. I buy it from Boots most of the time, and it is £4.99 which I think is reasonable for a good mascara which will last awhile. Usually there is offers on at Boots anyway so I end up buying a few which will last me a good few months! If you find your mascara is starting to dry up, you can stand the bottle in warm water for 2 minutes or put a few drops of eye drops in and shake. This will make it last considerably longer and save you even more money! The packaging on this mascara is quite bold as the colours contrast each other, and the overall shape of the mascara is quite sleek and recognisable to that certain product. They also do a Waterproof Pump Up The Volume which is great for in the pool/ at the beach on holiday!
I've been using the Maybelline Cat Eyes mascara for quite some time now and as mine was running out, I decided it was time for a change. When looking around in Boots, I found the Collection 2000 Pump Up The Volume Mascara on offer for £3.99 which actually only had £1 off. Still, I didn't want to buy something really expensive and figured that this was worth a shot. Collection 2000 claim that this mascara 'delivers up to 12x more volume to give the impression of false lashes without the fiddling. Intensely volumising mascara for bold, fanned out lashes. The Unique curved brush holds extra product for maximum coverage' The mascara comes in a black and yellow mascara tube, which has a screw top lid. The top of the lid has a bit that is clear although I have no idea why, The packaging is bright and stands out on the shelf, which is partly why I was drawn to it. The front of the tube has the Collection 2000 brand name and the name of the mascara. The back of the tube has the product information, such as a description of what it does and the barcode. This mascara is available in three colours: black, ultra black and waterproof black. I chose the ultra black because my eyelashes are so light normally. Another reason why I chose this mascara is because I could see by a display that it had a traditional type of brush. By that I mean it isn't one of these new, horrible plastic brushes. I just don't get along with them. When you unscrew the lid and pull out the mascara wand, you'll be able to see the big, thick brush at the top. This is a much thicker brush than I am used to using and it took me a while to get used to it without getting black all over my eyelid. I do use eyelash curlers before putting on mascara so this should be noted when talking about the results. After curling my eyelashes, they were very curled before putting on the mascara. As I said before, the brush is extremely thick and there is a lot of product on it when you pull it out of the tube. As I applied the mascara to my eyelashes, I could see them drop quite quickly. Although the mascara is extremely black, it is also very thick and maybe this weighed my lashes down compared to other mascaras. Although my eyelashes did stay more curled than without curlers or mascara, they definitely did not look like falsies. I've been using this mascara for a while now in the hopes that maybe I just get more used to it but so far, this hasn't happened really. The mascara still goes on extremely thick and while it doesn't clump, it doesn't do what it says it will either. I can't see that this mascara does anything other than make my lashes a lot darker as it certainly doesn't volumise them by much. Even though this was a cheap mascara, I was still expecting better. I know that from now on I won't be trying anything cheap again because my lashes are just too straight to risk it!