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Boots have a budget line of make up simply called "Natural Collection". Natural Collection products are priced between £1.79 and £1.99 per item, usually with a "3 for £5" offer going on. This powder is one of the £1.99 products and it comes in three shades which are warm, neutral and cool. I opted for the cool shade as I am naturally quite pale and I didn't want to look too orange!
The packaging is pretty basic, which is what you would expect for the price. This product is presented in a round plastic compact with a transparent lid, allowing you to see the product inside. The powder has a slight fragrance to it which is nice and pleasant to the senses. However the scent isn't at all overpowering.
Now, to the powder itself. The powder doesn't come with any form of applicator so you will need to use your own. I use the powder with a blusher/ face brush and swirl the brush around the powder before applying the powder to my face. The powder is easy to pick up on the brush and it feels nice against the skin.
I use the powder to set my liquid foundation and it does the job well. It's easy to sweep onto the face and it helps to keep shine at bay, especially as I suffer from an oily T Zone area. The powder is light and airy to wear. It doesn't clog my pores and it allows my skin to breathe, which is what I look for in a face powder.
The powder doesn't cake when used over liquid foundation. It keeps my skin shine free for a few hours but it does need a top up later on in the day when my shine starts to creep through. However for the price I won't complain!
Overall this is a great budget face powder and a good option if you are just looking for a basic "no frills" powder without the funky packaging.
I started to buy natural collection products including this powder when I was younger and couldn't afford expensive makeup, I brought this expecting it to be awful but it was really good for the price. If you use the right brush it makes your skin look amazing and also doesn't make your skin look almost crumbly like a lot of expensive brands do.
Natural Collection Pressed Powder
I recently bought this pressed powder on a trip to Boots. It was either going to cost £1.99 (for a 10g pot), or was part of a 3 for £5 deal. I initially picked it up as a replacement for my 'usual' powder. I have the neutral powder if this makes a difference.
The packaging looks in my eyes to be relatively cheap looking. The top is clear, and the bottom is a white colour. The top is branded, and the base holds all of the details of ingredients etc. I bought this as my usual shade in my usual powder was unavailable - and as a money saving endevour.
I personally keep mine in a make up bag, which I keep in my handbag. The lid cracked within a week of first use, although the powder has remained intact. The crack hasn't yet gotten worse - but it is something to note. The powder hasn't cracked, but usually this only happens when I have
A thing I do find frustrating is that the lid totally unscrews, and lacks a mirror on the inside. I find this to be a useful tool when applying my make up on the move.
The powder is a great colour for me as I am rather pasty, and pale. It doesn't make me orange, and it does for a while keep me shine free.
It does go on easily, but after a while (depending on the heat etc) feel 'claggy' and horrid on my face. The powder will keep me shine free for a short while, but it does need reapplying every hour or so.
**Thoughts, and feelings**
Overall I don't feel this is for me. It feels horrid on my skin, and it doesn't last for long. My usual brand isn't much more expensive, and to be honest I'd rather stick to that in the future. I like the mirror in the lid, and missed it with this product.
I couldn't recommend it, and will be picking up any other face powder as soon as I remember.
2*'s from me
I have been buying this powder since I was 16 years of age and for a long time it was more of a backup than my first choice but recently this has changed here are my thoughts.
This comes in the standard pan you would expect from a face powder. There is a metal pan in a plastic dish with a see through screw top lid. Not an awful lot of powders are a screw top so this is a nice addition. I feel it actually makes the powder stay fresh for longer. On the lid there is the standard white petal design with the words natural collection written in brown in the middle and the colour of the powder and ingredients are written on the bottom in black. This is good quality and on the large number of times I have dropped this, the powder has never smashed.
The powder is lovely and soft and very easy to apply. There is very little fall out (this tends to be a problem with cheaper powders), and this is very easy to blend. I have the colour cool and this is so easy to build. As I like my freckles to show I only put one layer on, but you might choose to have more. No matter how much you put on this does not go orange and it still looks nice and natural. This stands the test of time and last the entire time, it is good in summer as it has the habit of soaking up sweat!
The finish is very matte and this is a great partner to any matte foundation you may have.
Price and availability
This can be bought from Boots instore or online for £1.99 and as normal there is a 3 for £5 deal on this range. This is such a great powder that both myself and my friends use. I would recommend this.
It was a couple of months ago that I was browsing the make-up section in my local branch of Boots, resulting in me making several purchases from a variety of the ranges available in store. I purchased several items from the Boots Natural Collection at this time, with this review outlining my experiences of using the Boots Natural Collection Pressed Powder.
The Natural Collection Powder is available at an extremely affordable price, being only £1.99 for the compact. There are regular offers available within the Natural Collection range of make-up, and in fact at the present time (February 2013), there is a "3 items for £5" type offer available within the range. You can purchase the powder in larger branches of Boots, or online at their website (www.boots.com).
The packaging for the Powder is undeniably basic, but it is perfectly functional nevertheless. Comprising of a plastic, circular compact in two halves, the bottom half is coloured in plain white and appears to be made of surprisingly robust materials; certainly the compact has withstood the odd instance of dropping as a result of my continual clumsiness! The top half is made of clear plastic, so I can see the pale-coloured powder nestled within quite clearly. The attractive 'Natural Collection' logo appears on the top of the lid.
Using the compact has been without difficulty or fuss; all I need to do is unscrew the plastic lid in an anti-clockwise direction to remove it completely from the compact. Replacing it requires me to turn the lid in the opposite direction, of course, to provide an airtight seal. I have encountered no difficulties in using the product myself, even though I struggle at times with mobility issues that affect my hands.
The powder itself is available to purchase in a choice of three shades, which are 'Warm', 'Neutral' and 'Cool'. I purchased the 'Warm' shade, and having never tried out the other two choices I am only able to comment on the compact I have used within this review.
Firstly, I found it easy to apply the pressed powder, even though no applicator or sponge was provided in the plain compact. I have several other pressed powder products available so can easily borrow one of the applicators from one of these choices, so the omission of an applicator in the Natural Collection product was no huge issue for me, personally. For other consumers however, it may be useful to know that you can purchase a small pack of 3 sponge-like applicator 'puffs' from most drugstores, including Boots for around the £2 mark.
To apply, I simply need to 'swirl' an applicator pad over the top of the powder's surface once or twice, a process which will 'gather' enough of the powder onto the pad for me to coat around half of my face. Doing this again will, of course, provide the rest of the powder that I require to coat the other half of my face and my neck. I don't find that I need to use huge amounts of this particular powder to achieve a good result and I find the amount needed is on a par with most other powder products that I use.
'Sweeping' the applicator pad over my face and neck will provide sufficient coverage, certainly enough for my 'everyday' make-up needs. Generally, I find that I don't need to repeat the application process more than this, and my usual technique is sufficient enough. True, there have been a few occasions where I have wanted to apply a little more powder than usual, particularly when I am trying to cover and disguise blemishes, and I find it is easy enough to 'top up' the initial powder that I have applied if required at the time.
The end result is nice enough, and I think it looks rather natural, which is my preference. I find that my skin appears more 'matte' with the use of the powder, although I do tend to use it alongside other items that help with combating shine, such as concealer. The powder works well when applied on top of moisturiser and concealer, allowing for good coverage without any noticeable smudges or marks on the skin's surface. This allows the overall end result to look more balanced, with all traces of shine being covered. The finished look always lasts fairly well, lasting for a good couple of hours before I feel it necessary to dab a little more of the powder to 'top up' my make-up. This result is most certainly satisfactory as far as I am concerned, and I am more than happy with the powder's performance in this regard.
The Natural Collection Pressed Powder is extremely light in its consistency. This is not necessarily a criticism, at least, not where I am concerned, as my complexion is naturally very pale. For this reason, I can't confess to having a need to plaster my face in thickly layered make-up, or anything with a dark or overly 'tan-like' hue to its shade. The lightness of the powder is also agreeable in terms of wearing it, as it feels very light and delicate on the skin, instead of feeling remotely 'smothering', allowing for the powder to feel more pleasant once applied.
The powder seems to be quite gentle on the skin, and certainly I have experienced no irritation or sensitivity, even though my skin is extremely delicate and will 'flare' angrily if anything particularly harsh is applied. I was pleased to note too that the powder is "Fragrance Free", as strongly scented or perfumed products will often aggravate my hyper-sensitive skin.
I don't tend to use the Natural Collection Powder with my liquid foundation, mousse foundation or tinted moisturiser for the simple reason that I find the shade is not a decent enough match to the shades of these other products that I own. This means that the product is very much 'demoted' to every day use, or for those less special occasions but this is absolutely fine as far as I am concerned, especially when I consider the fantastic value purchase price of this particular powder. Furthermore, it is my own preference to wear good quality or more 'premium' make-up and cosmetics when I am meeting friends or going out, and so I doubt very much that such a budget item would ever really be the first one I thought of when getting made up to go out somewhere nice.
For everyday use however, I find the Natural Collection Pressed Powder is more than adequate and suitable for my purposes, and it is for this reason that I do recommend giving it a try out. The only real negative I can think of is the fact there are only three 'shades' to choose from which is rather disappointing, and certainly I would have liked more options in this regard. Taking everything into account, I feel a four star rating in the product rating score is appropriate.
I normally stick to No7 for my pressed powder make up but went for a weekend away for a wedding without my make up bag (clever). I popped into Boots and decided this would be the best choice for me as the shade looked good and it was good value.
I bought this in the shade 'warm', it is also available in neutral and cool but I didn't see a huge difference in the 3 shades so I do think it would be limited to fair to medium skin tones.
It costs £1.99 and is also on offer at the moment as Natural Collection make up is 3 for £5.
The packaging is basic and does not come with any kind of sponge or brush to apply the powder. There is a pearly white base and a clear plastic lid which is easy to open (often opening itself) and hard to securely close as the screw top isn't good at all.
Powder and some kind of lip gloss are the only cosmetic items I would carry around with me after applying my make up so the lid not closing very well is a real pain for me. Most of the time it is ok but I do keep it in a sealed plastic bag or small make up bag inside my handbag as it has opened before.
On the packaging it says the powder is fragrance free and reduces shine to give a matte finish to the skin.
I put the powder over my foundation to take away a little shine, this worked well at removing shine and didn't leave a powdery look or feel at all which was very impressive. The warm shade was a perfect colour for me and felt very natural so I was very happy, apart from the mess. No matter kind of applicator I try it picks up far too much powder and I have to shake and wipe off excess before going near my face.
It goes all over the place and the actual container has to be wiped clean as it has powder all over it.
As the powder looks and feels great on my skin and is such a good price, I would have to recommend it and would probably buy it again. I wouldn't use this powder to carry around though. If you're on the go and touching up your make up a different packaging such as a compact style with a mirror which clicks open and closed securely rather than messing around with a screw top is less messy and more convenient so I will stick with my No.7 for when I'm out and about but will definitely use this again at home.
As a student, I can't really afford to splash out on things like pressed powder so I generally go for the cheapest I can find. In my case, this is the Natural Collection pressed powder by Boots. The product is priced at just £1.99, as are all Natural Collection makeup items (as far as I'm aware). The product is available in three shades - Warm, Neutral and Cool. I have the Cool version as I'm quite pale.
The packaging of the powder is very plain and simple, which I like. It's a normal round pot with a screw-off lid. Sometimes the lid does get jammed and it needs an extra yank to open it but it's not too bad. The container is a pearly white whith a clear lid. I like the idea of the clear lid because it means you can see the actual colour of the product. Natural Collection's logo is printed on the lid. Directions for use and the list of ingredients are printed on a sticker on the underside of the container. The packaging states that you get 10g of the product which I'd say is an average amount for a pressed powder.
I apply the product with a brush and it goes on really evenly. I apply it in the morning to set my liquid foundation and I stay matte for a few hours. It does need to be touched up throughout the day as shine does come through eventually, but this was to be expected as I've never found a powder that completely mattifies all day long. The colour suits my face and the rest of my makeup and doesn't oxidize as much as other powders I've tried. Some seem to go an orangey colour but this stays looking creamy white.
A problem I do find with this product is that I have to apply quite a lot in the morning for an even, matte coverage which means it seems to run out quicker than other powders. I have to re-purchase around every 2 months whereas other powders I have used have lasted a lot longer. But even so, it does still work out cheaper than other powders.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone on a budget as it works as well as any other branded product.
I wear a lot of foundation, I am not one of those people who can just get up on the morning and go straight out - I have to have at least my 'second face' on! But I hate it when you have spent time applying your foundation, buffing and blending to find an hour or two later it has faded and you are left shiny! That's where powder comes into things - it helps your make up stay on for longer and reduces shine. I don't like to pay out too much for powders as I think that they all do the same job - there can't be too much difference!
I went into Boots a few weeks ago and noticed the 'Natural Collection' range, I always prefer to purchase organic and natural products as it is better for you skin and puts your mind at rest that no extra chemicals are lurking in the dust of the powder. So that is what caught my eye with the collection, what also caught my eye was the price - nearly everything was £1.99! The price of a bar of chocolate!
I had run out of my usual powder and was on the look for a new one. I was pleased to see that the Natural Collection had a Pressed Powder, the packaging is really simple and appealing with a small round white pot with a transparent screw on lid with the name branded on the top. You can see the shade through the lid so it helps to pick the perfect one for you! With powders I tend to opt for a 'Transparent' or 'Translucent' as I don't want to add any more colour to the foundation I would have already applied. However with this powder you don't really have that option, although there are 3 shades available. They are:
Cool - This is a very pale powder that has an ever so slight pale tan to it, out of the three I would say this would suit fair complexions the most.
Neutral - A middle of the road shade that has a slightly more warmer tan and out of the three would suit medium complexions the most.
Warm - The darkest shade of the collection that would suit darker skin tones best out of the three.
When choosing a shade of powder, its not the same as a foundation you don't want something with a lot of colour as it will totally outdo our foundation and be two different colours, that is why I always tend to opt for a transparent option if there is one available. In this case I chose the lightest shade - Cool and wore it over my PhotoReady foundation. I found it blended in well and wasn't too dark but that is because I only applied a very light dusting.
To apply, I like to use a fluffy powder brush and swirl it around in the powder, because this is a small pot it was quite hard to do, so I found that just dabbing at the powder with the brush worked better. I then tapped off any excess powder (as that would cling to dry patches) and swept it across my T-Zone and jaw line to blend in. Throughout the day I like to keep this in my bag and if I feel that I need a touch up to control any shine I will press a sponge into the powder and then dab it onto the areas that need it.
If you have dry skin, don't be afraid of wearing powder. As long as you have a good primer and foundation on as a base the powder will not cling to the dry patches as the primer has smoothed them out for you. However don't apply too much to the areas that are prone to dryness just in case.
I really love this powder as a setting powder as it is so compact and easy to take with me on my travels but also does the job without being clingy or patch and for £1.99 can you argue with that?
I've used this pressed powder for years and even through I've tried other more expensive brands, I always come back to this one!
The Natural Collection range is Boots own cosmetics brand, and has been around for as long as I can remember. The products are really cheap, most of them are around £2 and they are often on a 3 for £5 offer.
The Pressed powder itself is £2 and comes in several shades to suit your skin colour. It comes in a flat plastic container with a screw off clear lid, with the natural collection white flower logo on the top. The powder itself is quite firm and doesnt crumble about everywhere, I usually carry this around in my bag and it always stays intact despite all the bumps and jolts it gets throughout the day.
It is easy to apply, I usually use a small round makeup applicator pad that you can buy from boots. One swipe over the foundation gets you plenty on your pad to apply to your face. I find the powder to be soft and blends well with my skin, it doesnt tend to sit on top of my skin like some do, leaving it obviously looking like I've slapped a load of makeup on my face. It takes the shine away and leaves my skin looking smooth and even toned.
I would definitely recommend this product to everyone, its nice and cheap and is definitely one of the best ones have ever used, especially considering the price!
I got this powder for about £2.
I have acne prone skin, and i'm currently using a topical treatment which dries out my skin a great deal, therefore i have to use a good moisturiser in order combat some of the dryness before i apply my foundation, otherwise it is very hard to apply.
However, my moisturiser does cause my skin to be very shiny once i have applied it and applied my foundation, therefore I decided to invest in a cheap pressed powder.
I use a medium sized powder brush, i dip it in the powder, then i swirl it around the lid in order for the brush to fully absorb the powder.
It does prevent some of the shine, i'd say around 75% of it, therefore there is still room for improvement.
However, at £2, i'm happy with this.
Furthermore, the powder does not cause my acne prone skin to breakout any more than usual, and i have not had any other problems with it, for example tingling sensations etc.
I have a naturally pale complexion (unfortunately) but the powder does not turn orange in certain lights, the colour in the pot is a good indicator of what it actually looks like on your skin.
NATURAL COLLECTION PRESSED POWDER - WARM
Being a student I have had to watch my expenses much more, which is why I decided to try the Natural Collections pressed powder. At £1.99 in Boots it seemed like an absolute steal!
Firstly, I like the simple, unfussy packaging. I thought I would be lost without a little mirror in my compact powder but in actual fact I hardly noticed. The screw lid is much more convenient than the clip compacts which I always worried would open accidently in my handbag.
The powder itself provides a light, natural coverage and is fragrance-free. I prefer a lighter powder so this works well for me but the drawback is that it doesn't last all day.
The main shortcoming of Natural Collection is the limited range of shades on offer, which are all quite pale. I do not think I would be able to use this product in the summer when I have a tan and I am naturally fair skinned.
For £1.99 I can't complain though, it sets my foundation and provides subtle coverage. It does everything I need but doesn't go above and beyond expectations. I do not feel I need to spend more on a powder at present but when my student days are over I will be upgrading again.
After applying foundation my face always looks shiny and so covering up with a light powder does the right job. I have used a variety of powders and it is always hard to find the one that doesn't turn out orange in a different light. As i was browsing through the millions of powders within Boots i came across The Natural Collection section where all the products are really cheap usually under £2. Compared to the rest of the make up that i wear this is extremely cheap and therefore i gave it a go.
This is by far the best powder i have ever tried especially for the price. It is so light especially when applied, it covers up the foundation and takes away the shine from my face which i absolutely hate especially on my nose ! I really love this product and it is handy to just take around with you in your bag on a night out for a quick brush around your face to get rid of the shine. I also found it really good in summer because i didn't want to be wearing foundation, just apply the powder gently on to your face and it takes away the redness and shine.
The only disadvantage i can find for this product is the amount, i use the powder about three to four times a day and so i am buying the product fairly constantly. But at a price of £1.99 i don't really mind !
I recommend this product to everyone, there are three different shades to choose from so most people will be able to find the perfect shade. It is compact, cheap and really good at taking away the shine. I have used this product for a very long time and through all the changes within make up this one has stuck in my make up bag.
I find that all foundation is lonely without a good old powder to set it! Pressed powder for me is a must after applying my foundation as it sets it and gives a lovely fresh finish.
Boots natural collection pressed powder is a great product and i would recommend it to anyone.
Warm - this would be good for with relatively dark skin
Cool - this is good for people with medium to fair skin
Neutral - this is great for people with fair, pale skin as it gives them a lovely glow
The price for this powder foundation is just £1.99. For what you get i think that the price is reasonable and is great for anyone on a budget.
It gives you a lovely warm glow and it finishes off your make up nicely. You can wear it as a finishing coat for your foundation or you could even wear it on it's own if you are in a rush or just want to look fresh. It is very easy to remove and lasts a long time if you use a primer before. If you do not use a primer before using the powder it lasts about 1-4 hours i would say.
The packaging is very simple and light. It is a screw top lid so not too fussy. However i found that the screw top lid can sometimes be quite annoying if you are in a rush and just want to slam the lid on and go. The lid is clear so you can see what color it is.
This is a great product that leaves you looking fresh. It is cheap and good quality that i would recommend you go buy.
When my pressed powder ran out, I was shopping in Boots Chemist and was looking at the available brands and I noticed the pressed powder in their own brand Natural Collection for £1.99. They also had a special offer available on Natural Collection make-up across the ranges where you could buy 3 items for £5, as I didn't need any other make-up I decided not to go for the offer, however it was a really good deal.
The pressed powder is packaged in a circular pot, with the powder clearly visible through the clear plastic lid. The packaging is really not that appealing, however it was the price that attracted me to buy in the first place and that it was Boots own make so I thought it would be of reasonable quality.
To open you simply turn the clear plastic lid and you are straight into the powder. The quantity of powder is similar to other rival brands with the powder being in a disc-like shape approximately 1cm deep in the pot. The powder is fragrance free.
There are 3 different shades you can buy this pressed powder in, they are warm, neutral and cool. I went for the neutral as I thought this would best match my skin tone and wouldn't look too dark.
Unfortunately the powder doesn't come with any sort of applicator to help you apply, so I use a powder brush I had from previously. You could if you prefer use a compact pad to apply in circular motions over your face.
I found that when I first used the powder I had to apply a bit of pressure on the brush when pressing it to the powder, to get enough on the brush to apply to my face to give an even appearance. However once the powder had slightly loosened in the pot, the next time I used it was a lot easier.
The powder gave a really nice even appearance with no evidence of make-up lines around my face and neck. It left my face with a touch of colour but nothing too over the top.
I did find that by the end of the day you couldn't tell I had applied any powder to my face as it did seem to wear off as the day progressed.
For the price I was impressed with the powder, however if you are looking for a product that will last the whole day I would spend a little more and get a better brand.
Overall I would award 4 stars for value for money.
As I am a student, I find it difficult to keep forking out money for expensive make up products. Make up items such as mascaras, foundations and pressed powders tend to get used up very quickly, therefore I would rather spend much less on these items. I have tried various brands of pressed powders such as Collection 2000, Max Factor, Rimmel and the list goes on. After passing through in Boots the other day, I remembered that I was running low on powder, so I picked up this Natural Collection Pressed Powder, which was only a very reasonable £1.99. I thought I would try it out to see if it did the job.
The packaging is very simple, but what do you expect from Boots' own branded items? It is cheap and cheerful, therefore I was not expecting much in the way of packaging. The powder itself is available in three shades, and these are warm, neutral and cool. This is obviously to match your skin tone, however I use the warm powder and I am relatively pale. The unfortunate thing about Natural Collections face products is that they do not aim towards darker skin tones. Recently, many brands have produced products to suit all ethnicities, however it is often difficult for pale people to find a product suitable to them. I would recommend these powders if you have fair skin, however if you have dark skin, you are best off looking for a different powder.
Something to be wary of with Natural Collection products is that the product can often break up. When I had dropped this powder, it all crumbled and was no longer able to use, meaning I had to repurchase it.
When sweeping over the powder with a brush, the powder comes off easily and only needs a few brushes over. It is easy to apply on to your face, and sets in nicely without having to buff it in for a long time. This means it is good for using when you are in a rush, as well as being effective if you just need to touch up your make up within the day. When is is applied to the skin, it does take away that shine and makes your skin appear less oily. I would only recommend using this powder to help set make up that is already applied, because it does not work effectively on its own.
Due to this powder being only £1.99, I was not expecting it to last on my face particularly long. It does not last for more than a few hours, however it is just as effective as other drugstore brands such as Rimmel and Revlon. Because it does the same job for a cheaper price, I will continue to be using this more often.
This pressed powder is dermatologically tested, therefore it is animal friendly. Furthermore, it is fragrance free which is excellent, and means that it is suitable for most people.
If you are interested in purchasing this pressed powder, it is only available in Boots or on their website (www.boots.com), and it retails at £1.99. Natural Collection is generally always on a 3 for £5 offer, so it is worth checking out a few of their products, because everybody needs a big of budget beauty!
Overall, I would recommend this as a quick fix, as it is good quality for the price you are paying, and does help to reduce shine - if only for a little while.
Foundation pressed powder / fragrance free / available in 3 shades /