Collection are certainly upping the stakes in the drugstore game and making themselves known. With some of their more recent releases, it feels like they’ve entered a room full of people, filled with confidence and announced ‘WE’RE HERE’. I find that a lot of Collection’s products are pretty darn good and super affordable. I mean c’mon, most beauty bloggers adore the concealer – it’s earned cult status. When I was mooching around Boots, as I do, and I saw the new Primed & Ready range, I just had to get some of them. Being an oily skinned lass, I am forever on the look out for primers, especially ones that don’t break the bank. Collection have released four brand spanking new primers – two for illuminating, one for mattifying and another specifically for increasing the longevity of your eye make up. I only picked up two of the primers and I was lucky to get that. The Collection shelves in my local Boots looked like they had been completely ransacked. I think that’s a sign of something good, yes? I would’ve picked up the eyeshadow primer had it been available but I guess that’s one on the list for next time. I purchased the Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primer and the Mattifying Pore Minimising Primer and at £4.99 each, they’re an absolute steal in my opinion.
The Reviving & Anti-Fatigue Illuminating Primer comes in two different shades; Cool Rose and Warm Apricot. It’s nice to see a drugstore brand catering for both cool and warm skintones. I’m very impressed by the fact that they are offering a variety for consumers to pick from – well done Collection. My skin tends to lean more towards the warm side with slightly yellow undertones so I picked up Warm Apricot – a gold tinged shade. I put this primer to the test on a recent night out and I was suitably impressed, I have to admit. It has a lovely gel like consistency that applies to the skin like a dream, and it adds a really subtle yet noticeable lit from within glow which isn’t too over the top or glittery. It is incredibly natural looking which I love. It felt very lightweight on my skin and it absorbed quickly leaving no annoying tack or stick. My make up applied really well over it and it did a good job on the staying power front also – my make up lasted pretty much all night, I think I only had to blot once. My skin and make up looked absolutely flawless.
The Mattifying Pore Minimiser is also a lovely gel based primer but with an entirely different end game to the illuminating primer. This one aims to keep the skin matte by controlling excess oil and blurring large pores. I was a bit apprehensive about this primer but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. I tend to avoid primers that contain silicones as they really don’t work on my skin, despite being great for most oily skinned ladies. They tend to leave my skin looking patchy and my make up just slides right off. I do enjoy how my skin feels (at first) when using primers that contain silicones as they leave your skin feeling velvety soft and smooth, it’s bloody lovely I tell you. What intrigued me most about primer was the introduction of Witch Hazel, a well known ingredient in a lot of spot prevention and spot treatment products. It great to see a primer that contains an ingredient to help promote clear skin. I have to admit that as much as I dislike silicone based primers, this is one of the better ones I’ve tried and probably the cheapest too. It feels a little creamier and more gel like than others I’ve used in the past and I found my make up stayed put and didn’t separate as others have done. Similarly to the illuminating primer, my make up applied great over this primer. At only £4.99, I can’t really say a bad thing about it.
I’ve actually rather enjoyed mixing the two primers together… The results are pretty good – try it!
SHOP Collection at Boots.
Have you tried any of the new Primed & Ready Primers yet?