Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Review + Swatches: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation

Not too long ago I reviewed and loved the Lasting Perfection Concealer and still continue to use it pretty much everyday. So on the back of that success I decided to get the Foundation from the line as well! I picked up the one in 2 - Ivory assuming it was the same shade I have in the Concealer. But I actually have the concealer in 1 - Fair. I (maybe) stupidly thought Ivory would be lighter than Fair, but that's not the case! The shade match is still pretty good, a slight touch too dark, but perfectly fine to wear once powdered. 

As always I've included a summary at the end :) 

The Basics
This foundation costs a pretty cheap £5.99 for 30ml of product. It actually comes in a glass pump bottle which makes it feel a bit more expensive, but doesn't make it very practical for travel - imagine the mess that would make if it smashed! It is oil free and contains a pretty good SPF20 in it. I'm all for sun protection in my foundation! This is available in 6 shades, going fairly pale, but not much on the more tanned range of the scale. 


The Claims - My Thoughts 
All claims have come straight from the back of the bottle :) 
'Fresh appearance for upto 16 hours' - This has a matte finish to it, which I don't usually associate with fresh, but actually this will last on the skin for the day (with primer/powder) but you will get some loss of coverage and a bit of oiliness showing through. 

'Flawless Coverage' - It's not 100% flawless on my skin, but I can imagine it is on a lot of peoples. It has the best coverage I've had in a foundation! 

'Anti-Transfer' - Not gonna lie, I don't agree with this! If I rub my face with my sleeve lightly, I get a pale foundation mark rubbing off! Only a layer seems to transfer though and what's sunk in stays. 

My Overall Thoughts 
I do really like the coverage of this foundation and that it still looks pretty reasonable by the end of the day without touch-ups. I do find that it is very easy to apply too much and give a cakey finish. But for me using just under a pumps worth on an ELF Studio Powder Brush works well. It does take a while to sink in though, so you'll probably want to do you're eyes before putting anything else on your face. I also find that it works a lot better when set with a powder. But overall for £5.99 I really like it for when I want a lot of coverage. 

Below I am wearing this foundation, powdered with the ELF Mineral Foundation (pretty sheer). 


The Good - SPF20, pump bottle, 30ml product, really really good coverage, will last a full day at work (coverage wise, I will get a slight bit of oiliness).

The Not so Good - Glass bottle makes it unpractical for travel, isn't anti-transfer like it claims, takes a while to sink in, can look cakey sometimes.

Would I repurchase? Yes, this is my foundation with the best coverage, something that's definitely handy to have!

Who might like it? Those that are looking for a high coverage matte foundation - I have covered pretty much anything I needed to with this and it's matching concealer. 

The Bottom Line - Great coverage, can be a little tricky to work with, but tends to look a bit better later in the day.

All in all I do really like this foundations coverage but the finish isn't my favourite, I prefer something a bit more dewy. I get the feeling that some people will agree with me that a matte finish isn't the most flattering on them, but oilier people might like them a bit more. But anyway if you have any further questions/comments then don't hesitate to contact me. 

Thanks for stopping by, it makes my day! H :) 


  1. oh i just bought this foundation after hearing raves about the coverage. i really love it! i personally dont like a dewy finish on me, so this is perfect! :)

    1. I'm glad you're really liking it! Have you tried it with the concealer? It's a great combo!

  2. For £5.99 I think this is a great foundation, I agree that its not transfer resistant and it is a bit drying so those with dry or very dry skins are best to avoid. For the price I think its great though, another winner from Collection 2000 :)

    1. Thanks for the tips with the dry skin, I don't have dry skin so didn't notice these things, but other people will definitely appreciate your comment :) And yes another total winner, they seem to have a lot!

  3. Hannah, does this dry down to a powdery finish, and hence can it be used w/o setting powder, or does it definitely need setting powder? thanks! x

    1. I wouldn't say it dries to a powdery finish, it is matte though. But for me I don't find a setting powder essential either. It's all down to personal preference really!

  4. OK thanks Hannah! I didn't phrase the question well, but from ur answer I take it it's one of those long-lasting foundations that set w/o powder, which is what I wanted to know. I explain myself really badly don't I?! Thanks again for replying to all my queries, ur a great beauty blogger!!! xx

    1. Aww thanks Nuria, you're so kind, you're a great subscriber too. I love getting comments hehe! About the foundation though, it does have some transfer initially, but it doesn't all transfer off and will have a nice finish even once it has, but a powder doesn't really make a difference with this.

  5. thanks for the info! I swatched it yesterday at Superdrug after reading ur review, it had a nice finish, I think the colour that suited me the most was the lightest shade no.1. Also tried the concealer after ur praise of it, seemed to have decent coverage and finish for the price! will get these when I run out of my current products, xx


I really appreciate all your lovely comments and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. But if you want a quick response try tweeting me, @MidnightViolet1 Thanks for reading my post, Hannah :)

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