I actually liked this foundation and used it until it was empty. Texture, coverage and color was great BUT.. I hate any foundation that comes in a jar: it's messy, unhygienic and a hassle to open and close the jar withour getting product everywhere. I also felt it accentuated my pores and dry patches. I tried the lightest color in the summer and this has a medium coverage and yellow undertone (hooray!) so colorwise okay but if you're really pale my advice is to steer clear! It's way darker than the regular smart shade makeup. Overall a pretty good foundation with a good value if you can look past the packaging.
I bought this foundation because I have sensitive skin and I like Mousse foundations, however after a day of wearing it I developed small bumps on my forehead. Otherwise it is a light foundation then blends nicely (despite the grey appearance in the bottle). I don't think I would buy it again even if it didn't break me out for foundation purposes because it doesn't have enough coverage, however I would consider buying a darker colour for contouring. I now wear LORAC - Natural Performance Foundation and it is the only foundation that does not break out my sensitive skin and looks great!
After months of passing on this I bit the bullet and got it...AND HOW HAPPY I AM I DID! It will look crazy when u 1st open it because it's a cool toned lavender grey. You will have to make sure u rub this is really well. I am Definitely not a fan of using my finger for foundation...even the loreal liquid powder which is as thin and runny as they come gets a flat top Kabuki this is best done w fingers since it has to warm up to really get the full color going. It is feels moisturizing but it has matte still looks a little luminous. It does a good job and making my pores less noticeable (something I CAN'T say about whipped colorstay). I am actually surprised by the light to more medium coverage I get with this. Idk if this is true with the whole line but I have it in medium and it is EXTREMELY cool toned foundation...one of my fav things about it, it's not the normal pink toned that's usually associated with cool toned foundation though but it's def there. It has pretty good staying power for a non long wearing foundation. It's extremely creamy and u def can feel all the cones it has in it. When I need to know my foundation is going to stay put for a long time I will wear this under one of my other long wearing foundation, and does well as a primer too!
I was about to give up on foundation shades that automatically match to my skin, because none of them did. I didn't have too much hope for Almay Smart Shade Mousse but was I surprised. Not only did it really, really match my skin tone but it was just the amount of coverage I wanted. I just threw away all my other foundations now that I have Smart Shade Mousse. Very impressive.
I have always had flushed cheeks since I was a little girl, my rosiness often gets mistaken for rosacea. I never liked foundations that masked my complexion. I love this make up because it even's out my face without masking my rosy glow. It just tones it down and blends into my skin without any obvious undertone. I will definitely buy again.
Ok so I honestly don't know why people don't like this product!! I wouldn't rate among my HG but I wouldn't give it a low rating either. Here's what I have concluded this far... Coverage: it is a light coverage, but build-able!! So those saying coverage sucks, add another one or two layers to the first one. Appearance: some have commented on the look the foundation has, saying it looks a grayish purple. You're right it does. However, if you ever had any of almay's smart shade makeup before, it all looks like that until you blend it in. The foundation didn't expire. Technique: definitely better when using fingers to blend. Texture: it feels like it would be really oily when you first put it on, almost like you could feel it "slide" off of your face, but once you let it set, it has a very smooth dry finish to it. It barely feels like you're wearing anything. That being said, if you do build for coverage, let one application dry first before applying another. Skin types: I have very dry skin. Some reviewers have mentioned it enhances dry spots.. It does, however, only did so in one small area on my chin. And I have dry patches all over my chin, by more nose... It's terrible. So for it to only enhance a very very small area, that's still a plus for me. I did set with a setting spray for added hydration. Staying power: not bad! I think if you wore it all day it would definitely need a touch up, but for an average 6-8 hr day, it should do just fine. So unless you have, super super dry, extremely blemished skin, then this product may not be for you. I wouldn't wear this every day, because I do like full coverage, however, days that I'm not feeling the full I will more than likely turn to this. Oh and packaging I think is cute, use spatula or q tip to avoid cross contamination as it is in a jar. I got mine at cvs, a little pricey there, but they were having a sale on almay products! But I think this foundation is worth a try!!
This product suck. It give like no coverage!
update, now that it is fall approaching winter, i have to say i love it. it is oil-free mousse that glides on my normal-combo skin. (i know its oil free cuz i accidentally tipped it over and the product collected at the side and i touched the bottom of the pot and there is no greasy residue 😁. i will occasionally still need powder but just a little bit
Not a good buy. Not the worst, but this product does not live up to it's expectations.
First let's talk about the shade: i picked up the light-medium after testing it on my wrist. The shade is perfect: i blend it with my fingers, and the shade matches. The coverage is light: if you have specific "problem" areas, you need a concealer on top of it (or underneath depending on your routine) My skin is oily especially in the T-zone, and can be a bit flaky. After only 2 hours, my forehead was already very shiny and i used both a primer and my setting powder...Not good. Also, it does accentuate the flakes around the nose and on the cheeks.......oh oh.....
So overall, i don't really like it. It's not a zero, but not a wow!
LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
However, I don't use it as a foundation. I use it as a contouring cream. It is a couple shades darker than my skin and just replicates natural shadows beautifully. I have been wanting to find a good mousse/cream foundation to use for contouring but found that most of them had too much reds in them. This foundation has a neutral undertone which works great for contouring. I dot the product along the hollows of my cheeks and blend. The results are stunning :) for everyone considering contouring with something other than a liquid, this would be a good product to try :)