Collection Primed & Ready Smoothing Make-Up Primer

It’s fair to say I am hooked on primers. I can’t imagine not using one after I’ve seen what a difference it makes to your make-up. I’ve tried from high-end primers to more affordable ones and this new offering from Collection (who recently dropped the ‘2000’) falls into the latter but by no means is inferior.

I must admit when I squeezed the tube, I took one look at the product and thought of Smashbox. You know, that clear, silicon-like gel which felt, well, silicon on your skin? Collection’s primer looks identical in appearance and consistency. I did think Smashbox’s face primer was overrated and overpriced but at the time of its arrival, it was one of the first products on sale. Since then, many more have thankfully leapt onto the bandwagon and come up with far more superior goods.

But any way, back to Collection and I wasn’t feeling confident about using this product but it wouldn’t be fair to write it off without trying it. And I have been for many weeks. Yes, many weeks because I’ve been happily using it. Yes, it is a silicon based product but once you apply it and allow it to absorb into your skin, you’re left with a silky smooth surface to apply your foundation onto – not a silicon feeling surface. Clever, eh?  The coverage feels light and I am pleased that it didn’t react with my foundation (I use Illamasqua’s Skin Base).

Coming in at just £5.99 for 100ml, it’s a perfect travel size kit but most importantly it performs extremely well.  So it would seem appearances can be deceiving…and Collection have come up with trumps with a superb primer. Now you can’t make excuses for not incorporating one into your make-up routine. Honestly, it’s a steal at under £6!

*PR sample*



  1. Maya
    2nd August 2012 / 7:46 PM

    Thank you for the review!!! Just squeezed the tube at TESCO and wasn’t sure whether to give it a go or not…Now I’m definitely buying it!!!!

  2. 2nd August 2012 / 9:32 PM

    I’m not so familiar with primers.
    Usually, I put on a serum and then my facial cream.
    When would I use a primer?
    Hope you have time to help.

  3. Sheenie
    5th August 2012 / 10:25 PM

    Let me know how you get on, Maya. 🙂

    Anne, you apply the primer after your moisturiser. Wait a minute or two before applying your foundation. You will notice a difference, I’m sure.

  4. 6th August 2012 / 12:49 PM

    This sounds great, love their concealer so must try this too!

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