Monday, 23 April 2012

Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades - Way To Glow


Naughty Boots and their 3 for 2 offer, I had 2 of the new Revlon Lip Butters in my hand and realised that I needed something else. After the Collection 2000 concealer turned out to be a complete gem I decided to head to the Collcection 2000 stand to see what else they had to offer and found the Shimmer Shades. I chose "Way To Glow" which has 4 different shades, I'd say 2 blushers and 2 bronzers. 

Now as there would appear to be no official names for each shade I have just decided to number them as shown above. (1 being the lightest and 4 being the darkest). In describing these shades I would say that 1 is a very pale nude pink, 2 is a more peachy pink, 3 is an orangy brown and 4 is a darker bronze/gold. They all have a glittery shimmery finish but 4 is especially shimmery. Now for swatches:

(L-R 1-4 in artifical light)

(All shades blended together in Artificial Light)

(L-R 1-4 in Natural Light)

(All shades blended together in Natural Light)

As you can see above all shades have decent pigmentation however 1 is quite clearly a lot sheerer and I had to use quite a bit of product to get enough to show on camera. The other 3 shades give decent colour payoff, especially shade 4 which is a gorgeous bronze shade (I think it's my favourite)! I also tried blending them all together which gave me a lighter bronze. If I was looking for a light dust of colour I would probably recommened using this method even if that does seem a tad contradictory with the light dust sentiment.

Sadly, when putting the product to actual use it disappointed me quite a bit. While the swatches show it to be quite pigmented. I had to use quite a bit of product to get the colour to show on my face and sadly when it did the shades came out a bit garish for my liking. (That could however just be my skintone). Also the staying power was not very good. I'm not sure exactly how long it lasted but I do know that after about 3 hours you couldn't tell I had ever worn it. 

I will continue to practice with these shades in order to find the best way to work and for the price bracket they're decent enough but I can see these falling into the back of my makeup drawer pretty quickly. I'm still on my search to find the perfect bronzer.