Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Review: The best concealer for acne?

Okay, so I know the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is a tried-and-tested classic — but have I ever told you that, in my opinion, it’s the best concealer for acne of all-time?

Through my decade of cystic acne, I tried dozens of concealers. But no matter what, I always came back to the trusty Collection Lasting Perfection. It just does the job like no other, for so little money.

I love it so much, in fact, that I’d call it my single biggest makeup favourite of all time. If I could have one product to my name, it’d be this!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Review

So, before I dive into the details, let’s take a quick look at the key specs, price and all that good stuff:

  • Product: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
  • Price: Normally £3.99 or £4.19 and is often available on 3 for 2
    Purchased from: Superdrug (obv)
  • Claims: Collection claim this is a ‘vegan, mattifying, full-coverage concealer that lasts up to 16 hours. Second-skin matte concealer that covers and conceals in one application. Stay confidently flawless with the full-coverage skin-like formulation. Perfect for camouflaging dark circles, discolouration, redness and more.’
  • Vegan + cruelty-free?: Yes, yes, yes — and for under a fiver, how amazing is that?!

Collection have recently revamped this concealer, so I thought there was no better time to write a review. Does it still top my list of drugstore concealers? Let’s take a little look at my honest review of the Lasting Perfection Concealer…

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Review: My honest thoughts

First things first, I’ve been using this concealer since I was 14-odd.

This concealer (in its old packaging, of course) has been in my makeup bag from the moment I got those first few spots as a teen, through my budget-driven sixth form and university years, to my year working and travelling across Asia (I literally stocked up on 8 tubes and brought them with me), and to now — when I could afford a more expensive concealer but am still more than content with my drugstore fave. Even my boyfriend knows the ins and outs of this product because I ramble about it so much!

So yeah, as you can tell — I bloody love it. In my opinion — and with price and performance in mind — this is hands down the best concealer for acne. Let me explain why this product deserves its cult status:

The coverage

If you’re looking for something affordable but with amazing coverage, this is your jam. I’ve seriously struggled with my skin but hid it from practically everyone I knew for years — which, if you’ve read my blog, was totally not the right decision. But regardless of that story, it did an amazing job at covering up my red, swollen, cystic acne.

I used to use this to spot conceal my angry spots and cysts. I’d apply a small dab straight onto the centre of the spot and blend it out with a clean finger or sponge. If a spot was particularly prominent, I would sometimes have to go in with a second layer — but after doubling up, the redness would always be gone.

I’ve also been genetically blessed with very dark undereye circles. No matter how hydrated and well-rested I am, they’re still there. But this is my go-to for covering them and nothing else I’ve tried does the job quite so well — check out my before and after at the bottom of this post.

And the new version? In all honesty, the formula doesn’t seem to have changed (and I’m damn well pleased about it). It still covers redness instantly, neutralises my under eye circles and works its magic on even the angriest of spots!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer New Packaging

The texture

Collection claim that their Lasting Perfection Concealer is a ‘lightweight, second-skin matte concealer a smooth, crease-free soft base’ and I would say they’re being perfectly legit. No sales fluff here, gals and guys — this is the real deal!

The ‘second skin’ claim, in particular, is on point. When my skin was bad but I didn’t want to wear a thick layer of foundation, I used to wear a primer and then individually conceal my spots with this gem. Spot concealing without a base layer is tricky; if you don’t have the right shade, or if the concealer is cakey, the patches of concealer on your face can look glaringly obvious.

But this used to do the job perfectly. Once blended out (gently) with a small sponge, you couldn’t see any transition between the concealer and my bare skin. I’d then just set over where I’d applied concealer very lightly with a translucent powder. It was such a relief to find something that meant I could hide my spots, but keep my real skin shining through.

Moral of the story? Even though this concealer boasts incredible coverage, it’s not cakey or obvious like you might expect. Okay, I’m not saying it’ll look like you have no makeup on whatsoever, but it is incredibly blendable and creamy.

One tiny, teeny downside, though — when I was taking Accutane for my acne, this wasn’t such a good match for my skin. My skin was very dry and flaky and I found that this product clung to any dry patches — but in all fairness, I found that to happen with most products I tried at that stage. Anyway, I’d say this is worth using with caution for those with very dry skin. My normal skin type is normal-oily and slightly acne-prone (yep, even now) and it works perfectly again now.

The longevity

Apparently, this concealer can last a solid 16 hours of wear. I can’t say I’ve ever timed the number of hours I’ve worn this specifically, but it has seen me through many drunken late nights out in my time!

It’s definitely long-lasting, and I could easily go a whole day (say, 8 am to 8 pm) without touching up and still feeling content with the state of my face. As with most makeup products, it does show some signs of wear after a whole day of wear — it creases a little under the eyes and redness slowly starts to peak through — but compared to others I’ve tried, it’s still a winner.

Anyway, while I can’t personally speak for 16 hours of wear (who wears concealer for 16 hours?!), I’d totally agree that it’s long-wearing. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly touch up at least once in the day — and it blends really well on top of previously-set makeup.

The price

For as long as I can remember, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has retailed at £4.19, but it’s often on offer for £3.99.

If you’re a fan of this good stuff (you will be, trust me), I’d recommend waiting for the 3 for 2 offers that often run in Superdrug and Boots. This way, you get 3 tubes for just £8.38 — and that’d last you months on end!

For the coverage this concealer offers, combined with how creamy and blendable the formula is, I honestly don’t believe there’s a better concealer on the market. In fact, I’d call it the best concealer for acne in the UK. And that comes from someone who had cystic acne for 10 years — I’m a good concealer tester, let me tell you!

Girl holding Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

The new packaging

The single gripe I used to have with this product was the packaging. After a few uses of the old-style tube, product seemed to gather at the opening and then spill out of the sides every time I closed it. This happened on numerous tubes for me — and ended up in a lot of wasted product and a very stained makeup bag. Additionally, the writing used to wear off pretty quickly on the sides.

Thankfully, they’ve sorted this out with the new packaging. Not only does it look far more sleek and expensive (it’s not — it’s still priced at a friendly £4.19), but I’ve had no spillage or messy accidents since using it. If this changes, I’ll be sure to update this page — but it seems like they’ve fixed that problem once and for all! Winner.

The shade range

As a teenager, Collection were seriously slacking on their Lasting Perfection shade rage. Back in the day, I swear there used to be a meagre four, but thankfully, it’s gradually expanded over the years.

There’s now a fair shade range catering to numerous skin tones and undertones, which I’m sure will grow even more with time. Here’s what’s available:

  • Shade 2 Porcelain – For very fair skin tones with a slight yellow undertone
  • Shade 3 Ivory – For very fair skin tones with a neutral to golden undertone
  • Shade 4 Extra Fair – For fair skin tones with a warm neutral undertone. [Previously named, 0, Extra Fair]
  • Shade 5 Fair – For fair to light skin tones with a pink undertone. [Previously named, 1 Fair]
  • Shade 6 Cashew – For light skin tones with a golden neutral undertone. [Previously named 1A Cool Fair]
  • Shade 7 Biscuit – For light to medium skin tones with an olive undertone
  • Shade 8 Beige – For light to medium skin tones with a yellow undertone. [Previously named 1B, Warm Fair]
  • Shade 9 Light Vanilla – For medium skin tones with a pink undertone. [Previously named 2, Cool Medium]
  • Shade 10 Buttermilk – For medium skin tones with a yellow undertone. [Previously named 3, Warm Medium]
  • Shade 12 Toffee – For medium to dark skin tones with pink undertone.

I bought Shade 5 Fair, Shade 10 Buttermilk and Shade 8 Beige. Before the new release, I had a routine of mixing Shade 5 (previously shade Fair) and Shade 10 (previously Warm Medium) together. It seemed to create the perfect yellowy-pale tone for my skin!

But, even better, the new shade Beige (a light shade with a yellow undertone) seems to do the job in one step now. So, instead, I’ll probably use Fair to highlight and Buttermilk when I’ve got a tan.

New Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Lasting Perfection Concealer ingredients

Aqua, Isododecane, Talc, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate [+/- CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499].

I struggled with acne for 10 years and, even after getting rid of my acne through a course of spironolactone and Accutane, I’m still pretty damn acne-prone. Throughout my experience with acne, I tried to use products that were non-comedogenic (a fancy word for non-pore blocking) — but this was the exception.

I don’t think Collection have ever claimed this is non-comedogenic and, looking at the ingredients, it’s safe to say it probably isn’t. With that said, it’s not exactly terrible either. The ingredients that stick out to me are Talc, Butylene Glycol and Hydrogenated Castor Oil — these could all potentially be a lil troublesome for acne-prone gals like myself.

With that said, I personally don’t think makeup helped or hindered my acne. I tried going without it for three weeks (as an experiment) and my skin didn’t improve or get any worse. I’ve also never noticed any correlation between where I put this concealer and where I put spots — for example, I usually put some on my chin and between my eyebrows, but rarely get spots there.

So, if you know you’re potentially sensitive to any of the ingredients listed, do a patch test first. But considering thousands of acne-prone girls like myself rave about this concealer, I honestly don’t think the ingredients are much to worry about. Just make sure you’re removing your makeup well at the end of the day and you’ll be good to go!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: Before and after

Okay, I’ve rambled for long enough now — if you’ve got this far (props to you), you probably wanna see this thing in action.

So, here is my with Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer on half my face. Let’s be honest, due to me insanely dark hereditary under eye shadows (thanks, Mum), it’s not hard to tell which one.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Before and After

Covers pretty well, if I do say so myself — and this was only a single layer.

And this is me with my finished makeup. The concealer is the only thing I used for coverage, before following with Collection’s pressed powder in translucent.

Okay, my under eyes do look a little cakey here — but that was down to me applying too much powder to dry skin, not the concealer.

The best concealer for acne in the UK

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: The best concealer for acne in the UK

Who knew you could write 2,000 words about a single concealer? I must love this stuff. Correction — I do love this stuff. I know that loads of the Instagram acne community do too!

As I said earlier, if I was confined to one makeup product for the rest of my life (god help me, let’s hope that doesn’t happen), it’d be this.

Great coverage, easy-to-blend, lasts all day and only costs 4 quid odd. Show me a better value concealer, I challenge you!

Before you go, check out my latest blogs on diet and acne and Instagram and how it can affect mental health. For more acne, beauty and skincare tips, tricks, reviews and videos, make sure to follow me on Instagram.

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