Concealer wars: Benefit Erase Paste Vs Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

By | September 27 2012 | 25 Comments

We’ve all done it, shelled out a good chunk of change on the latest beauty product, fully believing that price equals quality. Sometimes it’s true but unfortunately, not always.  The danger is finding a bargain so brutal that you’d have been better off spending the price of a coffee on an actual coffee.

We thought we’d have a look at some products from different ends of the spendy spectrum to see when it really is worth the splurge and when it’s better to save. With that in mind, today we have a goo at concealers.

My number one use for concealers has to be the luggage under my eyes and I’m sure I’m not alone. There’s certainly days I’ll need to cover a blemish or three but, for the most part, it’s my bags that plague me.

*Benefit Erase Paste (€27.50)* is one product that I hold my hands up and admit, I bought for the price, full sure that for the guts of thirty euro, it had to work miracles. Alas it wasn’t to be. Opting for the middle ground of the three available shades (Fair, Medium, Deep) my first indication of something being amiss really should have been the fact that it comes with its own mini spatula for application. The thick concealing cream was just too dense to be of any use under my eyes, creasing and caking regardless of the thin coats I use for application. I do keep this to hand for emergency
cover ups when on the run but even then it’s difficult to work with, truly, it was a gutting loss of €27.50.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer *(€4.79) *came recommended to me a little while back. Collection is a budget beauty brand, available in most Boots stores, which had never before caught my attention. Lasting Perfection Concealer claims to be oil free, water resistant and good for 16 Hours wear. Could it have a formulation better than concealers 5 times its price? Several months and two tubes on, I can categorically say, it does.

Available in four colours (Fair, Light, Medium & Deep) it has proven to be a transfer proof, highlighting and concealing manna from heaven. Not only does the soft, creamy formulation blend easily but it’s buildable so is perfect for use on dark circles as well as blemishes. All that and it  actually lasts the day, perhaps not a 16 hour day but a full working day
and evening or a night on the tiles with no need for touch ups. All for less than a fiver.

True, it’s not always the case but this time the underdog has won out and the thrifty crowd go Waild!

Have you had any experience with products that belie their price? Let us know!

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25 Replies to "Concealer wars: Benefit Erase Paste Vs Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer"

  • Alli says:

    Aldi concealer is fantastic. It looks like Touche Eclait but only costs €4.49. I use it under eyes and on blemishes, it gives excellent coverage.

  • princess pirate says:

    essence 3 in 1 concealer is excellent also!

  • crazydaisy says:

    I love the lasting perfection concealer too! You can also blend it in to cover large pores perfectly :)

  • ZsaZsa says:

    My favourite concealer at the moment is Bourjois Healthy Mix (€9.99) – it is a great multi purpose concealer, not too heavy and not too light. It’s similar enough to the Smashbox HD Concealer one at a fraction of the price!

    I tried Touche Eclait and hated it! It made me look even more tired then I already did!

    You do need to be carefull with thick, heavy concealers under the eyes as they tend to make things worse – these types are more suited to covering spots and redness in skin rather then dark circles under your eyes.

  • Makeup glitz says:

    I loved the collection 2000 concealer till I bought my last tube. It’s a completly different texture and formula to the last 3 I’ve had, everytime i wear it I can gaurentee a spot to be in that exact spot the next day :(… I used to use it all the time on my chin and I couldn’t understand why I was gretting so many spots i actually thought I was getting adult acne, til I lost the tube under a clothes mountain in my bedroom and everything cleared up when i stopped using it..When I found the tube n started using it again lone behold the next day I had spots :( … I’m destined to never have a good concealer :(

  • LynnieDoll says:

    ZsaZsa – I’m with you on the Healthy mix concealer, I bought mine 2 weeks ago and am loving it, it is so blendable and buildable. After a couple of sleepless nights with Littledoll it has saved my life the next day.

  • Sabrina says:

    I bought Erase Paste in the duty free last year, it’s like trying to spread concrete.

    Alli – I agree, the Aldi one is fab.

  • Babodpower says:

    I to splashed out on Erase Paste and barely get a use out of it because i find it settles into the fine (and not so fine)lines under my eyes,there are loads of cheaper concealers in my stash that are 100 times better!! I’m loving the ELF concealer that comes with the highlighter on the other end (highlighter not good though),the Rimmel wake me up concealer and Bourjois Healthy Mix are also brilliant for under eyes,but i have to admit for covering some redness and blemishes I can’t go past Benefit’s Boi ing concealer.

  • I’m glad I’m not the only one finding Erase Paste hard to work with, but then I did think it was because of my poor skills.
    Should try the collection 2000!
    My main bad experience for a product I had to shell quite a few euros for was with a MAC Studio Fix foundation, I trusted the SA in Brown Thomas to colour match me perfectly (and didn’t know better at the time), and ended up with a colour that didn’t suit me, at all (even after a few weeks in the Carribean Islands, I would never be that dark. That, and after having it on my face for just a few hours I ended up breaking out like crazy…

  • Isabelle F says:

    @Alli I’m with you on the Aldi concealer – no more Touche Eclat for me, this is just as good and a tenth of the price!

  • Really love that Collection stuff too – fab post Sue xo

  • EllieSausage says:

    I’ve got both the Erase Paste and the Collection 2000 concealers…have to say i reach for the Collection concealer far more ofthen then the Erase Paste….

  • Rebocop says:

    I thought Touche Eclait is more of a highlighter than a full on concealer? It add’s light or shine, no?

  • maggie says:

    I bought erase paste last year and was so disappointed. it works best over spots using a foundation brush, but still I was so dissapointed. the soap and glory is similar but much better at blending and they have 2 colour tones… its a better price and you might get away with it under your eyes. I find the clinique undereye good but its a bit thin and fiddly. The best one I ever bought was no 7 stick. it is great on undereyes nose, chin, spots etc…. i use bb cream now not foundation its so good. it has a matt finish and you can use your finger to blend so good on the go. I never finish products and im nearly on my 3rd one this year! I think its worth a try at least as its cheap and they sometimes give vouchers… but what happened to the 7.50 one – i only got a 4.50 voucher the other day. It is because of all the rebranding costs I wonder?

  • Orla says:

    I use collection 2000 illuminating touch and it’s brilliant, I have very dark circles and it does a great job of covering them up. Concealer is one of those things I would never spend a lot of money on. My mum bought me touche eclat once as a present but I thought it was rubbish, plus it started to smell like wee after a a couple of months…

  • littlesis says:

    Oh I adore the Collection stuff, better than anything high end I’ve used. Wouldn’t be without it now!

  • Lorna says:

    I had Erase Paste myself and had the same problem, it’s just too thick and cakey. I swapped it away and spent the next year looking for a decent concealer, collecting many on the way that just did not cut it. I finally found it in Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This stuff is brilliant as you say. Light and blendable but still opaque, it does a brilliant job on both my blemishes and my dark circles. I wouldn’t be without it now. And for the price I can afford to have four, two sets of light and medium for my makeup bag and my dressing table. Definitely a HG product for me!

  • IceQueen says:

    I’m delighted now that other people had a problem with the Erase Paste. I thought I was mental to complain about something that was so pricey.
    Thankfully I didnt actually go out and buy it, my mam got it free when she was buying something at Benefit and as she doesnt use concealer, she gave it to me. Luckily it was my shade.

    I havent had to use it yet on a major breakout but I have tried it on the dark undereye cirles. I put it on, turned away from the mirror to grab my foundation and when I turned back, I saw exactly the same face as what got out of the shower – not one shadow was concealed at all!
    I have used to use the No. 7 one from Boots for years and so far, I havent found one better.

  • IceQueen says:

    Ignore my bad grammar in the last post, I was answering the phone while typing.
    Better take “good multi-tasker” off my CV!!

  • EmmaCat says:

    I love the pink concealer out of the catrice palette of 5 concealers. Less than a fiver and i was shocked to discover that it actually does work!

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