Collection was formerly called Collection 2000 a few years ago before it was changed to just Collection. I still like both names and I sometimes still refer to them as Collection 200 (silly me). I am just used to calling them that and saying just Collection sometimes sounds incomplete. Anyway, they are one drug store brand that has made many improvements to their brand and products. They now churn out some really amazing products and I feel they are little underestimated in the drug store. I always check their counter in-store to see if they have any new releases because they have been bringing it on lately. I have to say they don’t really cater to a wide variety of skin tones which is why I have never tried their bases or concealers. Well, I purchased their best selling Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 4 which was way too beigey for me and made my skin look incredibly dull. Other than that, I like majority of their products.
Collection Extreme 24HR Eyeliner//£2.99//Link
I still have a very soft spot for this eye liner because it was the first tip eyeliner I ever tried. It is perfect for beginners because its felt tip is easy to control and it creates a mean cat flick. I know it is still many people’s favourite eyeliner form the drug store but mine is the L’Oreal range. However, this is my second favourite and I always make sure I have one in my stash. I think it may be one of my favourite products from Collection and at the price, it is very difficult to beat. I still reach for this every now and again.
Collection Pressed Powders (Translucent and Warm Bronze)//£1.99//Link
I always find it difficult finding the right shade powders for my complexion in the drug store. They always seem to show up ashy or too dark on my but the lovely Collection Pressed Powders are just right. They don’t have a wide range of powders but the ones available are really versatile. I love the Warm Bronze (which is slightly too dark for me) as a nice bronzing powder to warm up my complexion especially if my foundation looks dodgy. It is really finely milled and I have already hit pan as you can see. My all time favourite is the Collection Translucent Pressed Powder which is amazing at keeping my foundation set and matte. I adore this powder and I have hit pan (and purchased a back up). I also use this to set my under eye concealer and I have no idea why I discovered this so late in the day. I highly recommend it.
Collection Deluxe Lipstick in Charleston (03)//£3.99//Link
I am not sure if I have tried any other Collection Lipstick but the Deluxe versions are amazing. The only one I own is Charleston 03 which is allegedly a dupe for MAC Velvet Teddy. I have a review showing a comparison of these lipsticks. It is really similar to MAC Velvet Teddy but with its own spin. It is an ideal everyday lipstick and looks incredible on any skin tone. I really like the way it looks on my skin and it lasts really well. I still have to reapply but I don’t mind at all. The packaging is also rather cute for a drug store brand. I love it!
Collection Work the Colour Brow Kit//£3.99//Link
I read quite a few reviews on this brow kit and I just had to get it. It is such a lovely brow kit because it comes with three powders and a brow setting gel/mascara. It is really compact and portable making it ideal for travelling. I love the mix of brow powders in this kit because you can customise your brow shade if you wish. I use the darkest shade in the outer section of my brow and the middle shade towards the beginning. The brow setting gel really works well in keeping my brow hairs in place and helping the brow powders last longer. I really enjoy using this. It also doubles as an eyeshadow and the good thing is it has minimal fall outs so it’s not a pain to use.
Collection All About the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (Little Mix)//£3.19//Link
This eyeshadow palette completely blew me away because I did not expect much from it at all. I read a few reviews online and decided to try it out myself. I was impressed by how buttery the eyeshadows felt in texture and how pigmented they looked on application. I am not a huge fan of the packaging but the quality of the eyeshadows make it seem okay. To be fair, I have not had any problems with the packaging at all and I have travelled a few times with it. It is the perfect neutral eyeshadow with warm bronze, gold and brown shades. It also has a black eyeshadow at the end which can be used to transform any eyeshadow look to a sultry smokey eye look. They have also released three other versions of this eyeshadow palette but this is my all time favourite one and I still reach for it every now and then.
Collection Gorgeous Glow Bronzing Block//£4.19//Link
Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block//£4.19//Link
This is my latest addition to my Collection (collection/stash; no pun intended). It was the first product that caught my eye when I was browsing in-store for their Spring Collection. It is a warm blush block which make sit ideal for a variety of skin tones. There is no chance of looking ashy or beigey which is amazing. The pink colour makes it so pretty when it is applied on the cheeks or high points of my cheeks and it infuses such a nice glow to my skin. I really enjoy using it and I always go in with a very light hand because it is well pigmented. I particularly like that it does not have a lot of glitter because that can look very messy and annoying on the face. I really enjoy using this.
Collection Field Day Nail Polish in Heather//£1.99//Link
I no longer buy nail polishes because I definitely have a whole lot in my collection (I still buy Barry M nail polishes because they are amazing). Anyway, I picked up this beautiful nail polish because it was under £2 and I needed something to complete my purchase for a 3 for 2 offer. I am so glad I got this nail polish because it has a great formula and I did not expect it at all. It applies really well and the nail brush is just perfect for beginners and experts. It's really difficult to make a mistake with this nail polish. The one thing I am most impressed with is the lasting power. My nail polishes (drug store brands) usually chip within 3-4 days with or without a top coat. However, the Collection Field Day Nail polish actually lasted much longer. I would say around a week although I used a top coat. I did not experience any streaking and it looked so pretty that I am tempted to buy a few more colours from this range.
What can I say? I am so pleased that Collection has really improved their range and they now release such amazing products. I did not realise I even had enough products to even write a brand focus at all. The products I have within my collection are products I reach for really frequently. The Collection Translucent Powder is just one of the best setting powders I have ever tried and I am so impressed with it. I can't be without it at all and I am so glad that it's so affordable. That's all folks! Have you tried any products from Collection? If so, What's your favourite Collection makeup product?...xx
*Affiliate Links used above, read my full disclaimer here