Collection 2000 ‘Fix Me Up’ Makeup Setting Spray Review.


If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen me get over excited about the fact that Collection have a makeup setting spray for around £5. I believe it was launched towards the end of last year, but the first time I saw it in-store was about a month or two ago – I’m not sure if this was me being horribly unobservant or if it hadn’t been stocked in Birmingham until then! I got it from Boots, if anyone is at all interested.

I think Claire and I have garnered ourselves a bit of a reputation for being bargain hunters (though I think in reality, we are just cheap and driven by poverty paha), so I’m always on the hunt for cheap-yet-quality makeup products. As far as setting sprays go, I’m a bit of a novice (hairspray on the face, anyone?). After doing a bit of research, I gather that there aren’t a huge number of fixing sprays on the market. Urban Decay do one called ‘All Nighter’ for £19, which generally has rave reviews – as does the Clarins Fix’ Makeup spray, which will set you back £18.50. I’ve heard conflicting things about the Mac Fix+ (£11) product, which teeter between rave reviews and confusion as to whether it actually is a setting spray or not (some say it’s more of a brightener?). Armed with this information, I still decided to invest in the Collection ‘Fix Me Up’ setting mist because it was one of the cheaper versions, and I’m generally a fan of their makeup products.

Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite deliver. Claire and I have this strange compulsion to like products and feel extremely disappointed if they aren’t really what we wanted. This is mainly why I was so sad that the Collection setting spray wasn’t great – and there are quite a few reasons why it just is a bit crap. I thought I’d set them out in list form because who doesn’t love a list, quite frankly?! (probably people with list phobias).

1. IT’S FALSE ECONOMY. For £5.99, you only get 18ml. I’m sure there’s a way of working out the maths but I am genuinely useless at that sort of behavior. Let’s just say that you may as well get the 118ml Urban Decay spray for £19.

2. It’s a bit damp. The packaging describes it as being a “weightless mist” but to the packaging I say “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT, have you gone mad.” I think the problem is the spray nozzle – it kind of comes out in squirts and doesn’t cover your whole face brilliantly (I’m sorry for how wrong this sounds). It just leaves you feeling a bit soggy and rained on.

3. The product doesn’t actually do very much. This probably should be at the top of the list but hey ho, I’m a maverick. I wouldn’t say I noticed a huge difference in my makeup staying on. For a girl who is genuinely a disco ball without powder, I was really disappointed. The setting spray didn’t deliver really and to that I say GOOD DAY SIR.

So, not a great review of Collection 2000’s ‘Fix Me Up’ makeup fixer. I would say that I don’t hate the fragrance as much as other bloggers seem to – it does smell a bit cheap but I quite like it! Other than that, I don’t really have anything good to say. Sorry Collection, but you have let me down on this occasion. The hunt for a good setting spray continues – I think I’m going to give the Ubran Decay ‘All Nighter’ setting spray a go after pay day and see how that treats my sheeny shiny face. After that…WHO KNOWS?!

Any of you lovely ladies have any other recommendations?

6 Responses

  1. Beaumaquillagex July 9, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    I have tried this and I think it is okay but like you say not great. Also that is a really good point about it’s false economy! It would be cheaper to pick up the UD All Nighter Spray which I never realised before 🙂 Great review thanks, and I am your newest follower, I absolutely LOVE your blog! 😀 x

    • Lauren July 9, 2013 / 3:38 pm

      Yeah definitely! I get so drawn in by cheap products that it’s easy to forget that they might not actually be the best value! Thank you so much lovely, you brighten our day! xxx

    • Lauren July 11, 2013 / 10:14 am

      Yeah – I think cheaper brands really have to consistently deliver because they’re fighting against the stigma of being ‘cheap makeup’. It’s a pity the spray didn’t work though – I’ve heard the E.L.F setting mist is quite good though, so if you’re after a cheaper version that might be the one to go for 🙂


  2. Jess July 11, 2013 / 10:05 am

    I bought this a few weeks ago too. I also have been disappointed at how wet it makes my face!!! I think it’s rubbish.
    Jess x

    • Lauren July 11, 2013 / 10:11 am

      Yeah it is so wet! Instead of keeping my makeup on, I worry that it takes my makeup off with the amount of liquid that goes onto my face. NOT COOL, COLLECTION, NOT COOL.


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