Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation review

If you’ve been reading my blog, you may have recently stumbled across a post I wrote on Back to School Beauty for under £20 – within this post, I purchased the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer and was pretty impressed with how it lasted throughout the day! I also mentioned within the post that I’d once used the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation but that I hadn’t liked it enough to repurchase.

After I’d posted the challenge and continued to use the concealer over the next couple of days, I started to wonder if maybe I should give the foundation another shot. After all, many of my friends were completely amazed that I didn’t fall in love with the foundation as soon as I used it, but the truth is, I found it hard to blend and thought it almost had that Estee Lauder Double Wear hard set feeling to it (something I actually grew to quite like many years later – I know, awkward aren’t I?)

Yesterday I re-purchased the foundation in the colour Ivory (number 2) to test it out and wear it alongside my new favourite Collection concealer (colour 1 in Fair). So, here is my Collection Lasting Perfection foundation review!



I started off this morning with my usual skin prep routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising then waited my usual ten to fifteen minutes while I drank my coffee before applying my foundation. The first thing I noticed was the consistency – it seemed different to how it had been years ago, almost wet and quite dewy to the skin. It blended in easily and retained the slight dewy finish but continued to feel wet on my skin as I continued with my concealer before powdering with my usual MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus in NC15.


The foundation is classed as a six-in-one product (which is certainly very ambitious) claiming to prime, conceal, cover, smooth, protect and mattify. Basically, with this foundation you can expect:

  • Up to 16 hours wear
  • Flawless coverage
  • Minimisation of imperfections
  • SPF 20
  • An oil free formula

So, does it deliver on the promises? In a word, no. On the skin after an hour or so, the foundation feels quite similar to my Make Up For Ever Pan Stick foundations – quite waxy with an uncomfortable underlying wet feel. I found that within an hour my skin was already pretty shiny despite me powdering to set the foundation in place and despite my skin not being overly oily to begin with.

The picture below shows my complexion right after application and after just an hours wear.


As you can see from the picture, the foundation has really taken on quite a dewy look across the T-zone and has also slightly changed in colour due to the oxidisation. Throughout the nine or so hours that I wore the foundation, I found it really uncomfortable and constantly felt a little like my face was melting. I had to keep buffing away the excess shine with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to keep it fresh. Accidentally swipe your face with your hand and it’s curtains for your flawless coverage. Got a flyaway hair in the wind? It’ll get fused to your face.

Don’t get me wrong, the formula withstood wear and kept up a great coverage but it certainly didn’t look as good as the day went on and I couldn’t stand to leave it looking and feeling quite so wet on my skin.

After the concealer performed so well from the same Lasting Perfection range, you’d seriously expect the same results from this budget foundation but sadly, it’s just not the case and I really preferred the formula before when it didn’t obtain such a wet sheen on the skin. I know, I know, I’m hard to please. But what can ya do?

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