I do not use these as my main eye shadow but I do own many of them from times when I have an outfit that I need a basic eye shadow to match an outfit in a colour that I do not wear a lot and do not want to pay much for. These are my first choice for a single colour.
The product ....
The products are a single eye shadow colour in a small pot, I really like the size of these, they are small enough to fit in your handbag easily and not too heavy but not too small they go missing easily.
These have a really good pigment to them and go onto the eye nicely only needing a single coat although for a stronger colour you can apply more layers.
These eyeshadows last a good 8-10 hours on me without any problems and I have never had them crease.
I think the biggest issue for me is that these eye shadows do not come with their own applicator so it means carrying a separate one.
The packing ....
The product comes in a small round plastic container that has a clear plastic lid, this is good because you can see the colour of the eyeshadow though the lid so its easy to judge if its the right colour you are looking for. The lid is a basic twist lid, on top of it is the Natural Collection text alone with the white daisy image.
These are really cheap at £1.99 a colour.
I really like these eye shadows, while they are cheap they look perfect, last for a good amount of time and do not crease which is always important for me when it comes to eye shadows. They are not the longest lasting eye shadows and I hate that they do not have their own applicator but for the cost they are outstanding.
Over the years l have bought a number of these eyeshadows in various colours. Here are my thoughts.
These are all these very cute little white pots with a see through plastic lid and the natural collection flower symbol and words written in the brown. As usual the label with the colour and the ingredients is on the bottom. Like all the other powder cosmetics that natural collection do, they have screw top lids meaning they do not get contaminated and they are not easily broken. This is a great feature, the plastic is very clean and bottom and makes a very cheap brand look much more expensive. This packaging is really sweet.
Every single one of these I have found to be very sheer, and so I use them as a base coat. If I really wanted a pop of bright colour I don't think I would find it here, nor would it be possible to create a really dark smokey look. These blend very well but a lot has to be used here. These can also look quite cakey, meaning it looks like we are wearing more than we actually are.
My favourite in the collection is just the standard white as it makes a great base for other shadows and with the right primer it will last all day.
This is easy to apply but there is a lo of fall out and as some of these contain quite a lot of glitter this is just not practical, it is also a massive waste.
Once this hits the pan it begins to crumble, which can waste even more, this is a real shame.
Price and Availabilty
This can be bought from both Boots online and also instore, and this sells for just £1.99 and also there is normally the 3 for £5 deal. This is quite a good deal for this eyeshadow but I still have some concerns about it.
This is just not good enough compared to the other items in this collection. I don't mind the paler colours but I do avoid them where possible.
When I was just starting my makeup collection as a young girl as I was very experimental with makeup. I was attracting to the low price tag and variety of colours in the range. There are colours ranging from very pale neutral colours to pinks blues and greens. I bought a green one because I was doing a fancy dress makeup look and knew I wasn't going to wear it again. It seemed the obvious thing to get the cheapest option on the market rather than waste my money on something I would never wear.
These eyeshadows come in little round white pots with a see through screw on lid so you can see the shade. This keeps them well protected and it also means they are small enough to carry around with you or put in your makeup bag. They are very compact.
These eyeshadows aren't the best quality as you can imagine from the price tag. They aren't well pigmented and take a lot to build up the colour. I was looking for a really bright green and even though I was layering and layering the colour, it seemed very sheer and didn't give me the look I wanted to achieve. They also kick up a lot of dust when you are applying with a brush, meaning there is a lot of wastage and it very difficult for the eyeshadow to stay in place once applied. Even when a primer is used it doesn't make that much of a difference. This then means it doesn't last long throughout the day and you would need to keep applying it. If you wanted to do a smokey eye these are hopeless. They are hard to blend and just not great to work with at all.
Recommended if you just want a subtle hint of a colour of are trying out new shades and you are not sure what will suit you before buying a more expensive product. At £1.79 each they are good for a basic tryout. However if you are serious about makeup I wouldn't recommend these I would recommend a better, more expensive brand. I feel they are more suited towards a younger audience who are just starting out with makeup and don't have much money to spend. If you are just an adult on a budget I would steer clear and save up for something that is worth the pennies to avoid disappointment.
Like many people, I've recently started shopping around for cheaper brands of most things, including cosmetics. I'd never really paid much attention to Boots' Natural Collection before, as the overwhelming impression I had of the display was that it was all pastel colours, and I prefer bolder shades. However, I recently took a better look at the range when I realised how inexpensive it was - these solo eyeshadows, for example, are £1.79 each.
I tend to go for smoky grey eyeshadow colours, and I was pleased to see that there was one in this range, 'Midnight'. It looks almost black in the container. I also tend to use a pale coloured eyeshadow as a base before applying darker colour, and there are a number of suitable neutral shades in the Natural Collection range.
These solo eyeshadows come in pretty basic packaging; a small, round plastic tub with a clear lid so that you can see the shade. There's minimal information on the bottom of the tub - no ingredients list, and there's little information on the Boots website either, but I suspect the name "Natural Collection" may be something of a misnomer in terms of ingredients.
I tend to apply this eyeshadow using a Boots sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicator. The eyeshadow's easy to apply, although with the 'Midnight' shade being so dark, it's important to apply just the right amount or the result can be a bit 'Elvira, Queen of the Night'. I tend to press the applicator gently against the eyeshadow to obtain a small amount, and to repeat this until I've achieved the right shade on my eyelids.
As with many eyeshadows, I always have a few crumbs of the make-up escaping from the applicator and ending up under my eyes. This isn't too problematic though, as it can be easily tidied up using a tissue or facial wipe.
I have found these eyeshadows to perform quite impressively. I work 12 hour night shifts and with some eyeshadows, I find that after a few hours at work the colour has all seeped into the creases on my eyelids, but the Natural Collection ones tend to hold their coverage quite well throughout the night. I rarely if ever need to fix my eyeshadow during a shift.
I'm giving these eyeshadows 4 stars as I'm quite impressed with their performance, especially given the £1.79 price tag. I'm removing one point for the lack of informaiton on how 'natural' these are.
The eye shadow is from Natural Collection at Boots. It costs £1.69. There are quite a few shades available, although all with a matte finish and all quite pale, suitable for daytime use.
The eye shadow comes in a small pearly white pot with a clear screw-off lid. The lid allows us to see the colour and texture of the product. Natural Collection's logo is printed onto the lid and there's a sticker on the under-side of the pot with the barcode, the shade (in my case, Soft Pink), and the Boots web address. There is no ingredients list, and no directions for use, and these aren't available on the Boots website either. I do like the packaging of this because it's simple and easy to use, although more information about the product could prove useful.
The product can be applied with fingers, a brush or one of those eyeshadow sponge-on-a-stick things. I tend to use a brush or my fingers if I'm in a rush. I find that it's better to apply more than one coat of the eyeshadow to make it more noticable otherwise it's hard to see it's even there.
Once the product was applied, it looked nice. It has a matte finish and looked fairly natural. Throughout the day, I have to re-apply it at least once because the holding power isn't all that good, but at £1.69 it's definitely a good buy if you're looking for a cheap every-day eyeshadow.
I dont often wear eyeshadow but when I do I like bold colours, something thats a bit special and really stands out - unfortunately thats not what you get with these.
They cost around £1.79 for a single pot, which is super cheap, and they are normally on a 3 for £5 or 3 for 2 offer. They come in a small white pot with a window on the top showing you the colour inside, the lid screws off easily but there is no little mirror or applicator included with these so if you dont already have an eyeshow brush then you will need to invest in one.
I am not a fan of these eyeshadows - no matter how kind they are to my purse - for two reasons, the first is the colour. They do come in a range of colour but it is incredibly hard to get that colour onto your eyes. I apply layer after layer but all I can achieve is a very mellow and faded shade of whatever colour I am trying to apply around my eyes. Its not very strong and even if you are using a bold or bright colour it still appears very subtle and faded on the skin. The second major downside of these eyeshadows is their staying power. I find they only stay on my eyes for a few hours at the most before they really start to fade or disappear completely, so lots of re-applications are required, which is annoying considering not only would you have to carry this around but also a small mirror and some sort of applicator aswell.
Overall I wouldnt recommend these, they are really cheap but you get what you pay for. I do like other Natural Collection products as although they do need re-applying often, they do work well in the first place - whereas these eyeshadows dont. Invest in a more expensive and better brand if you want nice bold colours that will stay throughout the day.
On a day to day basis I wear Boots Natural Collection brown/cream duo eyeshadow, which I really like, so a few weeks ago when I needed a pinky coloured eye shadow to go with a dress for an evening out, I went to Boots and got one of their singular eyeshades from the same section.
It's only £1.79, however the duo eyeshadows are only £1.99 and I wish had gone for one of those instead, as it's better value.
It doesn't come with an applicator and I always use an eye shadow brush rather than one of those little stick things with sponge things on each end. It powdered onto the brush easily but when I applied it onto my eyelids I could hardly see it! Putting more on didn't help either, it basically looked like I had used loads of face powder on my eyes! This may be the colour, it's a dusky light pink, so perhaps some of the darker colours in the collection may work better.
I have only ever bought this colour in the Natural Collection's single eyeshadows, although it does come in shades of green, aqua, other pinks and browns. I suspect the the dusky pink is just too light and the other eye shadows are fine, after all it must be the same composition as the eye shadow in the duo version which I love and use all the time?
It's not waterproof, I actually don't like waterproof makeup as I find it difficult to get off.
Suitable for sensitive skin?
I am quite sensitive to some beauty products and susceptible to allergies however I have never had any problems with the duo version of this eye shadow. Again, it will vary from person to person and it's not hyperallergenic. It is however dermatology tested and fragrance free.
These eyeshadows have had mixed reviews on dooyoo but I have to say I'm a fan. The Natual Collection has a range of colours, from light and subtle to dark and broody! My favourites are the lighter colours and I frequently use the biscuit and light pink colours at day time. They are easy to apply with your fingers (although as with other shadows sometimes a tough/rough edge can form on the top - I use a brush to break this up and you are good to go again.) The colours are easily applied but to be fair usually take a couple of applications for the colour to show up to the level which I'm after. Once you have the satisfactory level of colour it lasts for a few hours, not all day unfortunately but then again I've struggled to find any eyeshadow which lasts all day no matter what the range. As a plus the eyeshadow doesn't crease or form into lines which can happen with other ranges. The actual pots are quiet small, I use them every day as a base colour Monday - Friday and will run out every four weeks. For the price of two pounds these are a decent eyeshadow, good value for money and I would recommend.
I've recently been on a mission to sample cheaper cosmetics as I no longer have the money to spend on brands like Bourjois and Maybelline, which were previously my go-to brands for most make-up items. I'd tried Natural Collection mascara and blusher and liked both so I had high hopes that I'd like the eyeshadow just as much and as Boots were running a deal in which I could get 3 items from the range for £5, it seemed almost rude not to give it a go!
As you can see from the product image above, the eyeshadow comes in a small pot. There is no applicator included, which you'd probably expect given the price but this can become quite problematic when applying it. More on that later though!
With the blusher, I've always found that way too much comes out on the brush and I have to get rid of the excess before I can even think about putting it on my face. I was expecting the same with the eyeshadow but my experience has actually been quite the opposite. I initially tried to apply this was an eyeshadow brush but I found it almost impossible to get enough onto my brush. Quite literally, the brush would next to no eyeshadow at all and it took three or four attempts of loading the brush and putting it on my eyelids to build up any degree of colour whatsoever. Bearing in mind that I have the chocolate brown shade, which looks quite dark in the pot. After 3-4 attempts, I had only the merest hint of colour on my eyelids so I gave up on that and switched to the applicator that came with my Bourjois eyeshadow. That was much more successful and only took two attempts to build up the right amount of colour. Lesson learned! Once on, it was a decent colour and not at all dissimilar to the Bourjois shade that I was previously using (maybe a little bit less intense though). I'm not at all convinced on how the lighter shades in the range would work though, if it takes more effort than expected to get a darker shade to work well!
It doesn't stay on anywhere near as long as the likes of Bourjois sadly so you do indeed get what you pay for here. If I apply in the morning, I can expect it to be fading fast by lunchtime so for a full day at work, I'll need to do a touch-up. I guess this is pretty standard given how much cheaper it is compared to the more expensive brands but as the pot doesn't come with an applicator or mirror, it's not the most convenient for needing to re-apply.
It costs £1.79, which is very affordable!
Yes and no! I love the price and am now extremely loathe to pay Bourjois prices but in truth, the likes of Bourjois are far superior. The colour is nice but not as intense as the more expensive brands. It also fades fast, much faster than I'm used to. I personally don't mind having to reapply if it means that I can save a small fortune but I can see that it would be annoying and inconvenient for others. In my experience, it's really not suited to using a brush. That really was a time-consuming nightmare to build up enough colour and I'm using a darker shade. I can only imagine the effort needed with the pastel shades in the range! It's not bad for the bargain price but it simply doesn't match up to more expensive brands.
--What you get--
£1.79 pot of eyeshadow in a pastel shade.
I enjoy wearing eyeshadows. Now I don't know whether it's because the Boots Natural Collection opt for pastel shades, but I find that barely any colour comes out of these. If you apply thickly, within an hour or so, the colour has vanished.
I would not recommend this product as I don't feel like it is a quality eye shadow. This is a shame as I really like the pastel shades for my pale complexion.
Value for money - yes, it ticks the box being part of the 3 for £5 offer on Boots Natural Collection products, but the product itself does not live up to expectations or the photo ads.
I have only ever bought this once, and wore it quite regularly until I decided it was a waste of time doing so as I wasn't getting a nice colour out of it! It has also put me off other Boots Natural collection products, even though I naturally gravitate towards make up with the word "natural" in the title.
I would recommend paying a bit more for a product that will last and actually have an effect!
I originally decided to try these out after reading some encouraging reviews of some other Natural Collection products on various blogs. I also spotted that these were on a 3 for 2 offer when I was visiting Boots and that sealed the deal for me!
I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to collection eye shadows, and I have tried and tested many brands, but I bought these with no real expectations.
These eye shadows currently retails for £1.79 on the Boots website, and are indeed still 3 for 2. I chose the shades Candy Floss, Butterscotch and Barley. Candy Floss is a light pastel pink shade, Butterscotch is a neutral beige, and Barley is a pale gold with a hint of shimmer. I have found that Barley has the best colour pay off and pigmentation out of the bunch, and it seems to last all day without creasing. Butterscotch and Candy Floss both require you to spend a bit more time blending the colour, and I have found that they tend to crease a little more, although I only use Butterscotch as a base sort of colour. I would probably recommend using some type of primer potion with them to achieve the best possible results. Overall, I would say they blend well, but if you are looking for eye shadows with super pigmentation, I would suggest another brand such as Urban Decay. Barley is definitely my favourite, it really compliments my blue eyes, and helps to define them so I would recommend that one above the others.
The packaging is fairly basic, each eye shadow comes in a cute little round pot with a screw lid. It is clear so you can see the colour of the eye shadow inside which I actually like. No brush is included, but that doesn't bother me as I seem to have accrued quite the collection! I haven't had any problems with the pots breaking or cracking so I'll assume that they are of a decent enough quality.
I would suggest swatching a couple of these on your hand in store to find the shades with the best pigmentation, because overall they aren't a bad eye shadow for the price!
A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to get rid of my old faithful neutral eyeshadow and buy a new one. As I am still in school, I have a very tight budget so I decided to take a look at the Natural Collection eyeshadows, because they are so reasonably priced. I bought two colours, Butterscotch and Lilac Shimmer, which are both very subtle and are suitable for everyday wear. Even though I have never had a bad experience with Natural Collection products, I wasn't expecting them to be excellent quality. But to my pleasant surprise, I was wrong.
Lilac Shimmer is my favourite colour out of the two that I bought. It is very pale and pretty and looks lovely on fair skin. It is also suitable for young girls as it doesn't look too heavy. The Butterscotch colour is also very pale and is an ideal neutral colour for everyday wear.
The eyeshadows have incredible staying power, even though the packaging doesn't claim that the product is long-lasting. Before using the eyeshadows, I applied Natural Collection's cream concealer to my eyelids, which acts as a base, giving the eyeshadow even more staying power. The eyeshadows do not crease and look exactly the same in the evening as when I applied them in the morning. I also noticed that when applying the eyeshadows, they appear to be very sheer, however they are very buildable. This means that you can easily build the colour to acheive the look that you want.
The eyeshadows are packaged in small white pots ( about the size of a £2 coin) with clear lids that have the words Natural Collection written across the middle in small brown font. The name of the colour is written on the label that is on the bottom of the pot. I like the packaging because it is simple and small, which means it easily fits into your handbag.
Overall, I have been really impressed by these eyeshadows and I will definately be buying them again. I also plan to stock up on some other colours from the range next time I am in Boots!
I'm not very confident when it comes to applying make up and in fact I tend to stick to the everyday basic such as vaseline on the lips, bronzer and blusher and a little mascara, that of course was before I had a baby, I'm now lucky if I manage to get my hair dried in the morning! A year or so ago, I had been given a voucher for a free make up application in a local beautician, and it was here that the girl doing my make up applied a lovely pink eyeshadow that made my eyes look fresh and seemed to really suit my skin tone. Since even then I never wore a lot of make up I wasn't going to purchase the costly products that she used and thought I would pick up one myself much cheaper that would give me the same look.
For the most part I have always had good experiences with products from the Boots Natural Collection range, and find that they offer a nice natural range of colours which suits plain Jane me (!) but also at very reasonable prices, and in fact, I think they still have an offer of three products for £5. It was in this range that I noticed that there was a soft pink solo eyeshadow costing just under £2 which I thought was very reasonable. There as at least four or five colours within this solo eyeshadow range all soft natural colours.
When I got this home, I was eager to see if I could use it to replicate the way the beautician had made up my eyes with a similar baby pink colour. When I turned the clear lid on the small pot, I was a little disappointed to see that the amount of eyeshadow you actually get is a little misleading, and it isn't the full depth of the pot itself, but then again you aren't exactly paying a fortune for it! Although the colour looked perfect in the pot, when I actually when to apply it to my eyelids it just did not give the same colour or depth of colour that I wanted, no matter how much I put on. It was simply powdery and lightweight, and didn't give the colour that it should have. Anything that I even managed to get onto my eyelids soon disappeared and to be honest I might as well not have bothered putting anything on my eyelids. It was simply a wishy washy colour that looked better in the pot than on my eyelids. It isn't even worth the £2 or less that you pay. I would far rather put a couple of pound more into something that wil actual show up on my eyelids and give some proper colour.
All in all, despite me being a fan of the Natural Collection products, this certainly does not match the quality of many of the other products in the range. Not worth the money!
Although I tend to use Maybelline for all my base makeup as I have sensitive skin and struggle to find foundations that suit, I like to experiment with eye shadows and mascaras a lot. And as I needed to restock I decided to give the natural collection a go.
Packaging & Price
The Natural Collection eye shadows come in their own individual pot. These pots are white plastic and a clear plastic lid that screws on top. They are quite tiny, and hold just enough eye shadow. I found them great for taking on holiday as they take up so little room. The eye shadows are priced at £1.79 each and are often on the Boots '3 for 2' off. As the Natural Collection is a Boots' own brand this is the only place you can buy them. To be honest I wouldn't buy them again even if they were half the price!
The eye shadow comes in 5 shades:-
I decided to go with the Sky (a light powder blue), Soft Shell (a cream) and a Crushed Walnut (light brown with a slight sparkle) I got home and decided to give all three a trial run. The eye shadow doesn't really claim anything and they are just stated to be dermalogically tested and fragrance free.
I use a brush to apply my eye makeup and the noticed that the eye shadow goes on very lightly. For me this was far too light on all three colours and it didn't build up and deepen in colour and shade the more I put on. The best of the 3 was the Crushed Walnut. If you like just a hint of colour on your lids or a light daytime look, then these eye shadows would be ideal. But then it also wears off after a few hours which is no good to me. If the powder does manage to stay on your lid then after an hour or so it creases and smudges everywhere.
They are all very natural colours, a nice silky texture and feel very light and airy on your lids but are not any good in my opinion.
When it comes to makeup I'm not especially loyal to any particular brand although I do of course have my favourites! I tend to buy most of my make up from Boots and I am generally drawn in by the displays and marketing ploys that they have! There are certain makeup items that I have multiples of whether its mascara, lip glosses and eyeshadows. The latter, are something I buy on a regular basis as I tend to get quite bored when using just one shade after a few days and like to have a good variety of shades to hand. Most eyeshadows I tend to have are all from a particular brand or two but on a trip to Boots I was drawn to their Natural Collection display.
Natural Collection is a brand owned by Boots and it is only available in Boots stores (and from their website). They offer a cheaper range of makeup products and since I can remember they have an offer on all their products where you can buy 3 for £5.00 which is hard to resist really! After browsing the display in my local Boots I was drawn to their selection of eyeshadows as they had a wonderful range of pastel coloured shades and after finally making my mind up I put three into my basket feeling very pleased I'd got a bargain!
The eyeshadows are solo pots and come in a white plastic pot with a clear screw on top with the very basic Natural Collection logo. The eyeshadow pots do not come with an eyeshadow applicator so you will need to make sure you have your own. Also, one thing to point out is that there is no security tape around the pot so just make sure when you take yours off the display that it hasn't been tampered with as I know when I was checking mine someone had clearly used/tried one! The overall look at the eyeshadow pot to me look very simple compared to others such as Bourjois, MAC etc.
Applying the eyeshadow isn't hard whatsoever. I tend to use a primer underneath as I like my eyeshadow to last rather than wear off during the day or even to crease and form lines across the eyelid. I tend to apply with a sponge applicator and then smudge and blend slightly with my finger tip as I find this gives a lovely result. Now I bought three different shades (Willow, Soft Pink and Soft Walnut) and they all had varying results which I found odd considering they were made by the same manufacturer. Now I tried all three with and without using a primer to see whether it would make any difference. The results are as follows:-
Willow - a lovely metallic beige colour with a subtle hint of gold. Was easy to apply and it didn't take long for a good colour to show on the eyelid. Was easy applied over the primer and lasted for a good 8 hours with noticeable colour and didn't crease at all. Without a primer it managed well but the colour faded a little but didn't crease although it did seem to go slightly golder in colour when not using a primer.
Soft Pink - a very delicate pastel pink which I thought would compliment a subtle pink lip gloss a treat and of course it makes a change from the more natural eyeshadows which I tend to wear. I found that with and without the primer it took quite a while for the pinkness to come through once applied and even then the pink was so subtle it did look like I was wearing a very pale silver eyeshadow which wasn't the look I was going for. It's lasting time too was very disappointing and it did have to be reapplied throughout the day and even then the pinkness really didn't show that well.
Soft Walnut - a lovely matt brown colour which is actually quite pale but without any metallic tones to it. Again, I found like 'Willow' it lasted a lot longer with the use of a primer but like so many brown eyeshadows I do find that after a few hours of wear it starts to look a little dull and almost as if you've had a black eye which is not the look I was going for at all. Once re-applied it looks fresh but it's overall lasting ability isn't great and on my skin the 'Soft Walnut' shade looks better in the pot than on my eyelids.
The only thing all three had in common was that the eyeshadow doesn't crumble when your applying it and when you are using an applicator you don't get a small dust cloud of eyeshadow powder which is obviously a good thing. Removing the eyeshadows is really simple as the colour really doesn't stick to the eyelids regardless of whether you have applied a primer, a gentle wipe with a cloth or wipe will easily and quickly remove any trace of the eyeshadow. Despite its problems the eyeshadow is easy to apply and is easily blended to give an even look on the eyelid.
Overall, I am slightly disappointed with the Natural Collection Eyeshadows but then for the price I haven't lost much! The only one out of the three which I use on a regular basis is the shade called 'Willow' as I find it lasts longer than the other two and provides a much better colour. Despite its incredibly cheap price whether bought on its own or in conjunction with the 3 for £5 offer I won't personally be buying it again simply because it just doesn't last long enough for me and that the colours seem to end up varying throughout the day giving some not so nice effects either that or the colour just isn't bright enough especially the 'Soft Pink' shade as you couldn't even tell it was pink! Definitely not a recommendation by myself and I can only give it 2 stars.
~ Useful Info ~
Brand: Natural Collection (Boots)
Availability: In Boots store or via www.boots.com
Price: £1.79 each
Shades available: Sea Shell, Soft Pink, Sky, Milk Chocolate and Soft Walnut (taken from Boots.com)
Misc: Fragrance free