Review: Collection Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette

Collection Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette

You may remember this palette from my recent haul post.
Well I’ve had it and have been using it for a couple of weeks now.
I know a lot of people were intrigued by it and wanted a review, so here we go!
Swatches…yeah, I don’t know why I did it that way either.
+ Stays put during the day
+ Shadows are fairly pigmented
+ Packaging is handy/good for travelling
+ Shadows apply ok without a primer
+ Removes easily with make-up remover

– Shades could be more varied
– Didn’t blend as well as I’d hoped for
– Matte shadows would have been better
– Highlighter is too ‘white’

I really had high hopes for this palette, but as you can see, unfortunately the pros and cons have just about levelled out. I really love the concept that Collection came up with for these, but it just doesn’t seem to play out well in person. The shadows aren’t varied enough for my liking – the numbers on the bottom two rows are basically the same as each other (i.e. both 2s are similar, boths 3s etc.), and they’re all glitter shadows. I love a good nude eye and whereas glitter shadows can add a little something, I think it’s important to have a few mattes in there too, but there are none in this palette. The cream highlighter is a good idea and the way it has a little cover to stop shadow falling in is very handy. However it’s a bit too white, and looked odd when I applied it. Maybe because I’m so pale? I don’t know. Anyway, I ended up using the first #1 shadow as it works better as a highlighter for me. These shadows aren’t bad and for only £2.99 I wouldn’t say it’s a waste of money for an eyeshadow palette, I just think it could have been done better.
You can buy Collection’s Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette at Superdrug.

Beauty Haul: Collection and Bobbi Brown

I’m a bit of a sucker for nude eye palettes, so I bought two last week…obviously.
I also bought the Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory, as it’s my go-to face powder.
Both the palettes are quite different to each other though so I don’t feel too bad about it.
They’re also two palettes that I had been wanting for a while, since hearing about their launch.
The first is the Collection ‘Work The Colour’ Nude Eye Palette – £2.99 from Superdrug.
They also do a smokey, blue and purple eye palette in the same range, and all are the same price.
When I originally tweeted about the palette it seemed like a lot of you were in love with it too.
The second palette is the Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette – £35 from Bobbi Brown.
I fell in love with it after seeing it in-store, and the campaign featuring Katie Holmes.
This isn’t a matte palette like Collection’s and features more pinks and golds.
The palette itself is also gorgeous, so I can’t wait to show you all!

Little Mix by Collection Make-up Line

Lipstick, eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow palette: Little Mix by Collection Make-up Line*

Remember when I bought that infamous One Direction lipstick?
Well that didn’t give me much faith in band-related make-up lines.
Thankfully Little Mix were round the corner to bring back my hope.
Whenever I see the Little Mix ladies their make-up is always on point.
So I was pleased to hear that they had a lot of personal influence in the collection.
Whether you like them or not you’ve got to appreciate their hard work and personal styles.
Jade, Jesy, Leigh-Anne & Perrie each created products based on their favourite items, colours etc.
So if you ever had a favourite Little Mix(er?) and fancied imitating their make-up look, now you can!
All of the products are different from the next, and together represent styles from natural to sultry.
Products include: mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, palettes, lipstick, bronzer, lipgloss and nail polish.
Each Little Mix lady has a different colour for each item – meaning you have plenty of options.
Of course you can mix up styles and products, but it’s always helpful to have some inspiration.
My personal favourite looks have to be Leigh-Anne’s and Jesy’s though – they’re gorgeous!
I was sent a few items from the collection:
I was also sent Perrie’s Rock It Liner but forgot to take it out of my bag for the photo (bad blogger).

I’m quite excited by all of the colours and the quality feels and looks good.
I think I’ll be picking up Jesy’s Lipstick and Leigh-Anne’s Trio Palette.
Prices start at £1.49 and you can purchase the collection in Superdrug & Boots.

Review: Collection Gothic Glam Lipstick #3 Scorned

Collection Gothic Glam Lipstick in shade: Scorned

Yes, this is the lipstick from the same range as Tuesday’s nail polish review.
I bought this lipstick a few weeks ago after hearing that the range had hit stores.
I love berry colours for Autumn/Winter so I picked up shade #3 Scorned.

+ Creamy
+ Good colour last

– Too dark
– Sits in creases
– Poor application
– Difficult to get even coverage
– Shade wasn’t the same as the swatch

I had such high hopes for this colour but I was quite let down by it.
Whereas it didn’t dry out my lips, and did last after I had a cup of tea, I won’t be using it again.
I swatched the tester in the store on the back of my hand, like most people do, and loved the shade. However when I got home and put it on my lips, the colour was really not the same. It was much darker and not flattering at all for my skin tone. It was also quite difficult to apply, and I couldn’t get even coverage on my lips. I do feel that applying this with a brush would have helped, but not everyone has the time for that, especially if you just want to do a quick top up of your colour after lunch etc. This is a good colour for those with darker skin tones (or with more guts than me), and isn’t expensive at only £2.99. I think the other two shades would suit me better, so I may try those next.
You can purchase the Gothic Glam lipsticks at Collection or in Superdrug stores.

Review: Collection Gothic Glam Nail Polish


Collection Gothic Glam Nail Polish in shades: Dramatic, Phantom, Deadly*
If you remember my Pegasus Beauty Showcase post you’ll know of these.
I was so excited for this range to be released so of course I had to review it.
There are 4 nail polish shades available in the range, and I was sent three of them.
These are: #1 Dramatic (deep red), #2 Phantom (vivid purple) and #3 Deadly (gold speckled black).
Swatches & one coat of shade #1 Dramatic on my nails
+ Wide brush
+ Great colours
+ Easy application
+ High-shine finish
+ Opaque in one coat
– Takes a while to dry
– Not easy to remove
Overall I am impressed with this collection – I love the shades, and the quality of the polish.
I noticed straightaway that I only needed one coat to get an opaque, high-shine finish, which is not something that I come across very often with nail polishes. The swatches and what you see in the bottle are very true to the colour you will get on your nails. Again, very good. The application was nice and easy, thanks mainly to the wide brush. As for dry time – that was slightly disappointing, but these don’t claim to dry quickly so I can’t say I’m upset. The only other downside is that these are a little difficult to remove so you’ll need to take your time and make sure there isn’t any left over around the sides of your nails etc. That’s to be expected of any dark, glitter colour though. The polishes retail at £3.19 each, which is a pretty average and fair price for nail polish, in my opinion.
You can purchase the Gothic Glam polishes at Collection or in Superdrug stores.

Pegasus Beauty Showcase

Snaps from Pegasus Beauty Showcase, and the contents of my goodie bag*

Yesterday I attended Pegasus PR’s Beauty Showcase at One Marylebone.
The ladies (are there any gents? I’ve not met one yet) at Pegasus PR are always so lovely.
I am always happy to meet and chat with them as they genuinely love what they’re doing.
They also represent so many wonderful brands, a lot of whom I own and buy regularly.
So I knew there would be some amazing brands at the showcase and I couldn’t wait.
I was literally one of the first to arrive – that’s how eager I was to check it out!
The showcase itself was set out very nicely, making it easy to notice (and chat) with each brand.
Some of the brands I know and have worked with thanks to Pegasus were there: Trilogy, Avène, Klorane, Dr Organic Australian Bodycare, and Holland & Barrett. It’s always nice to see tried and tested favourites. I was also happy to see a few new brands being represented such as Collection (formerly Collection 2000) and Witch. Even though I was impressed by pretty much all the brands there were several that really stood out to me. What were they?
+ Trilogy Sensitive Range – sfor those with sensitive skin. The serum was as light as a feather.
+ Dr Organics Snail Gel – sounded weird enough for me to try it, and smelt heavenly, like lemon sherbet.
+ Holland & Barrett Aromatherapy Oils – over 35+ oils in the range, each with its own purpose & properties.
SHOWCASE WINNER: Collection Gothic Glam Lipstick & Polish
I will be investing in literally all of these when they’re released later this year (apart from #1 Dramatic polish as that was in my goodie bag). The lipsticks are the exact colours I love and I know I would wear them everyday. The polishes also came in 4 brilliant shades that remind me a bit of crushed velvet – love it!
Thanks for such an amazing showcase Pegasus!
I can’t wait to try out the goodies in my bag and review some on the blog.