so for this post I thought I’d review an affordable drugstore powder that is a go-to favourite of mine. The Primed and Ready Illuminating Setting Powder by Collection Cosmetics can be purchased at Boots (see here) or Superdrug (see here) priced at £3.99 for 15 grams. I’ve been using this powder for several months now and I absolutely love it. If you don’t want a glow to your powder then this isn’t for you.
Just a note that Collection Cosmetics are cruelty free with no animal testing in the production of their products in accordance with European Law.
On Boots website, this powder is described as a “silk enriched finely milled pressed powder” that “feels weightless on the skin and adds a subtle luminous glow”. I don’t get the silk enriched part but the rest of the description certainly fits.
It is a very fine powder that does set your foundation in place and is very light on the skin. The powder is sooo soft and easy to work with. It applies really smooth and adds a pink glow to your skin so you might not want to use it all over your face (it depends on what you like).
As I use a bronzer to contour my face I don’t mind applying a small amount all over my face (not under my eyes) before going over my highlight points to add an extra glow to those areas. I love using this to highlight my cheeks, nose and cupids bow.
I will add that the glow is really subtle if you only use a small amount of powder but you can build it up to make that glow shine brighter.
Unfortunately with some foundations this powder can be a little bit cakey if you use too much especially under the eyes. I haven’t noticed this problem so much elsewhere on the face so that could be due to my concealer as well.
I also really like the packaging of this powder. The pan is nice and robust with a hinged clear lid that allows you to see the powder. Compared with other Collection Cosmetics powder packaging this is certainly the best for travelling.
I have applied this with a beauty blender and 2 different brushes: fan and kabuki. I found the beauty blender didn’t work so well for this powder, I’m not sure why but it didn’t look very nice even with buffing out. However I found that the both brushes work equally well for application and leave a smooth finish to my face.
I wouldn’t recommend using this powder for ‘baking’ and it doesn’t leave a good texture to your skin when using so much. It’s also harder to buff out the more powder you are wearing so no need to pile it on.
Overall I am really happy with this powder especially for the price. It works well with contour powders as well as highlighters although you don’t really need a highlighter with this. Like I said above there is a glow to this powder but its not too ‘shiny’ and doesn’t feel oily.
I’m really sorry for the lack of pictures that show this glow but its so hard to capture on camera.
Thanks for reading. I really hope that you enjoyed this review and you will join me for more in the future.
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