This is without a doubt the best concealer I have ever used, definite HG. I usually hate using concealer because I can never find a shade that is absolutely perfect for my skin tone (I'm pretty light-medium/tan, somewhere between NC/NW 25-30) and because my skin is so oily that most concealers melt off after a while and look obvious.
I have tried lots of more expensive brands like MAC, Benefit, YSL and Bobbi Brown. MAC's Pro Longwear concealer sounded like exactly what I was looking for, so I bought some different shades to mix a perfect match for my skin, only to realise that the stuff oxidises on my skin, so it goes on the perfect shade and turns orange in minutes.
This Collection 2000 concealer is exactly what I hoped MAC Pro Longwear would be. Full coverage, looks natural, dries to a powdery finish, transfer-resistant all day, doesn't oxidise and manages to stay even on very oily skin. I use this for blemishes, acne scars and under eye circles, looks perfect everywhere.
I find the trick to applying this concealer in general is to use a good brush, apply a *TINY* amount and blend. Basically, the amount you would get if you were to put the applicator directly on your skin is about 100 times larger than the amount needed (plus it's not very sanitary). The product is very opaque, so you only need an almost invisible amount for the coverage to look flawless. You can always layer more once the first thin layer dries. If you apply too much in one go it will become cakey. Also, since the product dries immediately (especially when you're only applying microscopic amounts), you have to work on one area at a time.
I like this product the most so far on my under eyes, because I have blue circles from late night studying, and because most other under eye concealers tend to settle into fine lines (although I almost have none). Just be sure to moisturise before putting it under eyes.
The price is so dirt cheap (I think it's around £4 a tube) that I could easily afford to buy all four shades and mix them together. Shade 1 (Fair) is a very light yellow based shade (probably close to NC15). Shade 2 (Light) is only a tad darker but slightly pink based (probably close to NW20) . Shade 3 (Medium) is a yellow based medium (close to NC30) and shade 4 (Deep) is a dark medium with orange tones (maybe something like NW/NC 42). I bought lots of small test tubes to mix the shades in and I tend to start with a bit of shade 3, try it on my skin and then add the other three shades in varying proportions depending on my skin tone at that time of year, and on which part of my face I want to cover.
Recently I've tried to mix in a bit of Benefit High Beam to make it slightly more luminous for the eye area (by doing this you can make a sort of YSL Touche Eclat with more coverage). I have also tried to put some mineral blush in to make the product more pink (since pink based shades are good for covering blue under eye circles), and the results are *great*, although it's a bit difficult to mix the blush in flawlessly. Next I plan to try mixing in a little bit of lipstick or cream blush to see if that will mix better with the concealer, and then I might try to experiment with adding some green eyeshadow or something similar to make a more green toned concealer especially for blemishes. Even if none of this works, it's very fun to play around :-)
All in all, this product is *amazing*, and very customisable. If they ever try to discontinue it, I'll have to buy enough to last a lifetime.
I usually don't buy this brand but hear about the concealors so i wanted to give it a try. the concealors are really creamy and you don't need much. i don't have much to cover but they are really good. i bought nr 1 and 2. however nr 1 is too light for my skin and i think its for really really fair ladies. but i really like the product.and great price too,
I wouldn't normally go near Collection 2000 after a bad experience with their powder back in my teenage years (probably more to do with my skin than the brand) but I'd heard so many good things about this I decided to give it a whirl and I am so glad I did!
I have never found a concealer that worked for me, usually they go cakey and oxidise on me but this is amazing. It almost 'melts' into my skin and covers even the reddest of blotches. It also sits wonderfully under the eye without settling into any lines.
Wonderful product, hope they make it forever!
Despite being anything but a cosmetic snob, I must admit I was wary about trying Collection 2000. The packaging is so simply and very teeny-bopper than I was convinced the products would be just as flimsy but au contraire.
This concealer is my holy grail. It even beats MAC where I'm concerned. It has staying power and full FULL coverage without being cakey or overwhelming. It blends nicely, although you do have to move fairly quicky with it and I would suggest using it very sparingly under the eyes.
But this is a top notch concealer, I have four in my make up bag just so I don't run out any time soon! A must buy!
I LOVE this concealer. I have REALLY bad dark circles, when I mean bad I mean bad, I'm always looking tired, even if I'm not. So I have always struggled with concealer. I have used many brands, mainly high brands. I was always on the search for a concealer, that would give me good coverage, not crease and last all day, and because Im indian, most concealers made me look ashy. Not a good look! but this concealer is BRILLIANT. Considering collection 200 is usually over looked, they've exceeded themselves with this concealer. Iv been usings it for months, and dont plan on trying anything new. And its only 4.99!! LOVE!!
This product is great value for money, and I would have thought it was much better had I not tried Benefit's erase paste which is amazing.
I bought this product to use as an under eye concealer. It does a good job compared to other concealers, but it does go rather cakey. I find mixing it with some eye cream first prodcuces a better consistency. The applicator has to much product on it when you dispense it onto your finger (you should never apply concealers from the tube) leading to a lot of wastage. Overall it's an OK product but could be better.
I bought this a few days ago after hearing a lot of hype about it. It's amazing. Fantastic value for money. It covers my under eye circles perfectly and although i don't really get any blemishes i have a bit of redness on my chin and around my nose - it covers it great and makes my skin look flawless. I really recommend this concealer!
I bought this product quite a while ago and loved it, but for some reason, I started finding problems with it which I can't even remember now and purchased a new Maybelline concealer. I bought the Collection 2000 concealer in Fair 1, but I bought the Maybelline Concealer in Light Beige 2. However, I heard a makeup 'guru' on Youtube who I really admire mention the Collection 2000 concealer as her 'favourite concealer' so I dug out my old Collection 2000 concealer and started using it again. Weirdly, I find it even better than my Maybelline concealer for blemishes and spots, however, it does not give absolutely great coverage for under eye circles so I am using my Maybelline concealer for those areas. The only problem I find with this concealer is that the brush is quite hard, but that may be because I have had it for such a long time. The product was actually quite cheap and I am really really happy with it. I have nearly run out and can't wait to get more of it, but I may purchase it in a darker colour to suit my skin tone more as I am now more tan. I definitely recommend it!!
Amazing concealer and brilliant value for money. Covers any flaws and also works amazingly as an under eye concealer, and much better than the YSL 'touch eclait'. Works under or over make-up and lasts for the whole day and only costs about £4 I think.
Everyone MUST have this in their make-up bag!
I recently bought this concealer based on a reccomendation from a friend, and having tried out a concealer from the same brand a few months back and deciding i hated it, i was reluctant to try a similar product out. On the packaging it claims to be an 'ultimate wear concealer which provides full coverage for up to 16 hours of flawless skin.' Now, in terms of coverage i think that this concealer is excellent, it covers under-eye circles, blemishes and any redness you may have with ease and is very build-able without becoming cakey and it's very easy to blend - which you don't find with many drugstore concealers!
Overall I love this concealer and it will definitely be a repurchase for me.