Do you know how difficult it was to not open up with a collection related word play based pun, I live for dad jokes and this was almost too good to pass up - a little like the new line up of Collection's primers. Four, new and utterly affordable priming solutions, that combat various cosmetic issues without breaking the bank. From glowing skin to crease-less eyeshadow and even a formula that aides blemish prone skin, Collection have all bases covered (sorry, this pun wrote itself) and here is why you should add one of the new additions to your stash.
Collection Illuminating and Reviving Eye Primer £4.99 (currently £3.99) via Boots - link.
One thing I have noticed over the years is the distinct lack of eyeshadow primers within the budget beauty sector; off of the top of my head, I can truly only think of one option and even then I'm not entirely sure if it has been discontinued or not. Forget trawling the counters of Boots, Superdrug et al and zone in on Collection Illuminating and Reviving Eye Primer.
This cooling gel primer is extremely lightweight not to mention non-sticky, it dries quickly yet not instantly to allow time for blending, removal etc. Due to the silicone-gel based texture, the Collection Illuminating and Reviving Eye Primer gently smooths and visually blurs any fine lines, making it perfect for complexions of all ages. If that is not enough, along with keeping any eye make-up firmly locked in place, this primer gently brightens and perks up a tired eye area. I should stress that the shimmer/reflective pearls within this primer are entirely subtle and as suited to day wear as it is a full on smoky eye look come night fall. Really all the particles do is illuminate and open up the eye.
As great as this may be, let's be honest and admit that the only real reason most of us purchase primer is to hold make-up in place. I can happily report that the Collection Illuminating and Reviving Eye Primer does a stellar job of not only cementing eyeshadow in place, as well as eye liner and if used on the under-eye area, concealer too. I find one quick application can help keep make-up crease and smudge free but also fresh in appearance for up to 8 hours. My only advice would be to approach with a less is more attitude as a little does go a long way.
Collection Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primers £4.99 (currently £3.99 each) via Boots - link.
Why have a normal primer, when you can have one that will not only prolong make-up wear but also add a dash of radiance to the skin too? Combining the best of both worlds is the new Collection Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primers: two new and shimmering base products that add a subtle glow to the skin, while keeping any make-up applied on top firmly in place. In a word? Perfection. I also must applaud Collection for realising that one shade does not suit all and for offerng two skin brightening options: one for warm skin tones and another for cool toned complexions.
Before I comment on how the Collection Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primers preform, let me quickly share a few notes on the shade range. First up we have Collection Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primer in Cool Rose (similar to Benefit High Beam in tone): a light, almost oyster pink hued primer that brightens and of course illuminates the complexion. It is recommend that those with a warm skin tone should use this, personally I think this is better suited to pale complexions as it is so subtle. The other shade is Collection Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primer in Warm Apricot (similar yet a little lighter in tone than Benefit Sun Beam): a light golden tinged gel-creme product, that really comes to life on medium to deep complexions. As you may have guessed, Collection do recommend this particular for those with a cool skin tone. Personally I say, purchase the shade that appeals to you most and as both are fairly subtle when applied, it really is difficult to go far wrong.
Now for the formulation - again a lightweight cooling, almost gel like texture that is a dream to apply. Despite being somewhat shimmer based, once applied directly to the skin (or mixed into liquid foundation) the end result is subtle - think a light, ethereal like glow, rather than a full on glitter explosion. As someone with enlarged pores some shimmer based products can be problematic but I have to say that this does not gather into my problem areas - something not all that common with highlighting products. Along with imparting a gentle glow onto the skin both primers do offer light oil control, as well as keeping most base products in place for up to 8 hours per application. If that is not enough to convince you to add this to your online shopping basket, the Collection Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primers can be used in place of a standard liquid highlighter.
Collection Primed and Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser (currently £3.99 each) via Boots - link.
Rounding off the Collection Primed and Ready Primer line up is Collection Primed and Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser - a true gel based primer that has been created to gently smooth and perfect the skin, creating the most picture perfect canvas imaginable, all the while gently hydrating the complexion too.
Collection Primed and Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser is a clear gel primer that gently creates a soft focus finish on the skin, as well as offering moderate oil control. If you are familiar with the likes of Benefit the Porefessional Primer then I have no doubt you will enjoy this. Yes it does feature silicones to gently fill in enlarged pores and fine lines but it s by far the lightest texture I have experienced. This is as well as creating a soft-focus, blurring quality - like real life photoshop for your face. Clever and very addictive if like myself you are constantly plagued by the appearance of your pores.
This primer works hard to keep your make-up in place for around 8 hours (longer on dry complexions), oil at bay, as well as containing natural Witch Hazel to promote clear skin. The added Witch Hazel may also help to heal existing blemishes which is impressive for a primer however you look at it.
Collection is a brand that has slowly but surely won me over in the last year or so, if the above collection is anything to go by I'm excited to see what the rest of 2016 brings.