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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Review



The Collection (formely Collection 2000) 16 Hour Lasting Perfection Concealer claims to 'conceal flaws and blemishes for up to 16 hours'


RRP: £4.19 
(left to right) With flash, without flash

I had seen a few Youtubers raving about this concealer but I wasn't too fussed at first as I had my trusty old Mac Studio Fix. However when I ran out, I decided to purchase it during Superdrug's 3 for 2 offer. This concealer is now one of the most favorite drugstore products, hence the multiple backups. 





Product comes in 4 shades:
Old Shades: Fair (1), Light (2), Medium (3), Deep (4)
New Shades: Fair (1), Cool Medium (2), Warm Medium (3), Dark (4)

Initially I thought the consistency was too sheer as I prefer more heavier coverage. However with the price I paid for it, I wasn't fussed and decided to use it until I purchased a new Studio Fix. After a few days of using the product, the formula thickened up a little. It didn't dry out, it became creamier, and actually made the product better in terms of coverage and longevity. The colours have a peachy undertone which is great for counteracting dark circles, covering acne scars and brightening the skin.



I dot the product onto my skin with the applicator and use a small duo fibre brush to blend. I prefer using a duo fibre brush with this product as it's lightweight, doesn't waste any product and gives even coverage without streaking.



ADVANTAGES:

  • Affordable
  • Can be purchased on offers (3 for 2, etc.)
  • Creamy and blendable 
  • Light-Medium, buildable coverage
  • Doesn't break me out
  • Dewy finish
  • Nice highlight under the eyes ( I'm NC42/NC43 in MAC and use the shade Deep)



DISADVANTAGES:

  • Cheap packaging - ink wears off (see image below)
  • Packaging wastes product & unhygienic for professional use
  • Product has a plastic like smell
  • Limited colour range
  • Oilier skin types may need to set with powder as it could crease


With flash.
The ink smudges on to your hand everywhere which is really annoying when applying make-up so I've just used nail polish remover to get rid of it all, SORTED!


THE VERDICT

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this concealer! It's more than a 'get what you pay for' product and when it's this cheap, the packaging doesn't really bother me. If you are looking for a quality concealer on a budget, DO try this one as it's definitely worth investing in. At £4, you can't really go wrong! The advantages outweigh the disadvantages by far and for someone who has spend years buying pricey concealers (i.e. Studio Fix concealer at £15), I love both products as much as each other! 



Please note guys, this concealer has quite a peachy undertone to it (perfect for cool toned skin & counteracting darkness) and as my skin has warmer tones, I usually wear the concealer under my eyes as it doesn't really correct redness. 



(left to right) Before, With Flash, Without Flash
(Sorry about my creepy 3am mascara smudged eyes haha)

Hope this has helped,
Keeks xx


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