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Sunday, 13 February 2011

Barry M Dazzle Dust Vs. Collection 2000 - Lilac

Kicking off with the high end versus budget cosmetic comparison review, I decided to test out 2 loose powder eyeshadows in a shimmery lilac colour.

The first product I chose was a Dazzle Dust by Barry M in shade number "31".  Barry M is mostly known for their Dazzle dust eyeshadows in a wide range of colours & I have been buying them personally for around 4 years now. At the time of writing, these are being sold at Superdrug for £4.59 each and are currently on offer at 2 for £6.99.

The 2nd product is Collection 2000's Dazzle me eye dust in "Stonewash/No. 16" & is being sold in Superdrug for £2.99.

Whilst it is currently more economical to buy the 2 Barry M dazzle dusts for £6.99, ordinarily when this offer isn't on it is cheaper to buy the Collection 2000 product. Plus if you wanted to buy either at Boots with your Boots points, the Collection 2000 works out a better deal.

I was unable to get the product weights for either product but you can see the difference in size in the photo below and you can see that you get a lot more product for your money with the collection 2000 product on the right.




As you can see, both are pretty much identical in colour, but the Collection 2000 product has the advantage of having a handy shaker dispenser, this makes it easier to dispense the right amount of product (simply shake upside down when the lid is on and unscrew the lid, there will be product on the shaker ready to apply with your brush) but also prevents loss of product if it is accidentally tipped over (as Cosmetic Kitten AKA Daisy is prone to do.)

On with the testing.

I first applied Benefit's Lemon Aid all over each eyelid, this is both a fantastic eyeshadow primer but also great as a corrector and will even out any redness anywhere on the skin. It also really helps shimmery or glittery pigment hold for a long time.

I decide to apply each product with a slightly damp brush as not only does this help the shadow to stick and last a long time but it also helps prevent fall out and keeps the product where it should be.

I started off with the Barry M product on my left eye. It was easy to pick up with the damp brush but I was very nervous about knocking the whole pot over. It went on smoothly but required about 3 coats to see the lilac colour. As you can see from the photo below, it's more of a lilac shimmer than glitter.




As you can see, the colour is much more subtle than it looks in the pot, and is more shimmery when applied than it's glittery appearance.

So now onto the second eye using the Collection 2000 product.

I found this much easier to dispense as it comes with it's handy shaker top and it only needed 2 coats to get the same colour as the other eye, however, i did have a lot more fallout than the Barry M one as it is very glittery. I found myself  having to dab the excess fallout off from under my  eye with a tissue.


As you can see, this one is a lot more glittery and you can still see some of the fallout beneath my eye.





Please excuse my blotchy skin and eyebrows lol :)

In conclusion then, both are very similar indeed and both are also against testing on animals which is a bonus. But I would probably choose to buy the Collection 2000 product as it was cheaper, you get more product for your money and lasted just as long as the Barry M product, however, if you are not a fan of glitter then definately go for the Barry M product, especially whilst it is on offer at £6.99 for 2, they have a great range of shades to pick your 2nd colour.

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