Bargain Beauty: Collection 2000 blush in Breathless

If you have been able to gather much about me from following my blog or youtube, one thing will be apparent, Drugstore/High street makeup...I don't do it, bar two products, my holy grail eyeliner from Bourjois, and the cult favourite Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, but that's where its starts and ends. Not in a snobby way...well I suppose it is! But, ever since I got into beauty I've always gone 'high end', well except for my brief flirtation with Rimmel's Fudge Brownie and 17's Heatherberry at the tender age of 14. Bu when I seriously got into makeup, like most girls I started with MAC at about 16 and at one point wanted every product they made, even if I didn't need it, if I didn't have a collection similar to the size of a MAC counter, forget it, I don't do things by halves. MAC to me was there to fulfil every makeup need I ever had or, in most cases, had no idea I had! So yes, the drugstore/high street was a dirty place to me, busted open packaging with product smeared everywhere and don't get me started on the lighting! The experience could never compete with the beautiful MAC counter and the flawless creatures who worked there. I definitely wouldn't have ever considered anything else from Collection 2000 or the more recent MUA and the more 'expensive' brands like Revlon and L'oreal I thought, I'm not paying £10 for a foundation I'd rather put that towards MAC.

But I have been snared...

Collection 2000 Blush in Breathless £2.99

Yes this is a blusher, and yes it's from Collection 2000!

On a recent trip home I had a call for an 'emergency makeup shop'. I hadn't planned to go out on the town so had no shimmer, blush, jazzy type products with me, just enough for a good base and flush of colour....not enough for a slaggy night out in Clapham, but this is what was happening and I had to move fast!

It was the end of the month, times were tough, and as much as I could have justified a new blusher from Nars or MAC I just couldn't do it. So, there I am, outside Superdrug, gulping every two seconds to remedy my dry throat! First I hit up the big guns, Sleek, Rimmel and L'oreal...nothing really grabs my eye so I get desperate and head to the bargain brands, Gosh, MUA and Collection 2000. 

Ding, ding, ding we have a winner! I saw this blush and instantly fell in love, the level of shimmer as well as the pigmentation was perfect for my night on the town. Unlike most drugstore blushers this one wasn't too pink with just enough of a peachy glow and when applied to the skin, looks amaaaazing, like supermodel amazing. Could this be a dupe for Nars Orgasm? That I'm not 100% but it is a very close match. I love to contour with MAC Harmony and use this just above and they seem to work beautifully together on my yellow skintone.

The biggest testament to this blusher is it has not left my cheeks since I bought it, and for someone who has a blusher collection probably spanning the 20 + mark all from either Nars, MAC or Benefit, this is a big claim! I have a lot of beautiful blushers to chose from but this just shits all over them. Ok, maybe not that strongly, but I would go as far as to say this is my current favourite and has been for about 2 months and I don't see that changing anytime soon!

So, have I been converted to the magic of Superdrug? I don't know if I'd go as far as to say converted but, I am definitely open to expanding my drugstore/high street offering and may have to emergency makeup shop more!

What are your favourite high street products?

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Love, love, love,

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