Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector


55 reviews

45% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$


Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Titanium Dioxide 5.1%. Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Isostearic Acid, Boron Nitride, Alumina, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Lecithin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizrate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa (Strawberry Saxifrage) Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap) Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Chinese Mulberry) Root Extract, Stearic Acid, Steareth-2, Tromethamine, Polyacrylamide, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Steareth-21, Methucone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Simethicone, Laureth-7, Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparben, Ethylparaben

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This foundation is terrible. It's oily, watery and course in texture. The coverage is aweful and you can't build it up. It has this oily/watery stuff that pours out of it and smells 'old' and tgen the foundation is all separated and gritty. I would not buy the product again.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I use the shade 100/light. It's a touch too dark (My best shade match is Lancome's Ivoire).

Make sure to SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE it up. I don't know if it's just my bottle, but it separates so easily. The coverage is pretty good and the finish is great, very skinlike. The staying power is decent, but I always use a primer. I've been using this in the summer, so I do need blotting sheets (I'm oily in the summer and dry in the winter. Go me!).

It's alright, but not fantastic. Won't repurchase. I do really really really enjoy the Almay Smart Shade in light. That's what I would buy if I needed a natural-ish drugstore foundation.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 5/10/2015 6:50:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I have very fair skin, and have been interested in a CC cream for awhile now. I had acne in high school, but it has since cleared up, so I no longer need heavy coverage, just light and SPF. This seemed perfect as it did match my skin, and few CC creams do, plus it has 35 SPF protection. However, within an hour of putting it on my face, it looked very oily (more so than when my faceis just left bare) and it had slid off in places. This did not give a pleasant look. I would say this may be ok if you have dry skin, but my suggestion is just to look elsewhere.

on 4/3/2015 3:32:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Hi, I bought this cream last week and is now bad. It has as a clear liquid when I want to use. Does anyone have this same problem? Should I get rid of it? Please write me at
THANKS for your help!

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

Mature-skinned ladies and dry-skinned ladies, listen up! This is a great, creamy, light to medium coverage foundation with excellent sun protection! If you are already dewy and youthful and have even a hint of oiliness I would stay away from this. However, if you want smooth, light coverage that blurs mild imperfections and helps moisturize dry skin, then this is a great affordable little drugstore find!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 3/15/2015 10:45:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Black

This cc cream made my face glow and look healthy. It looks like you don't have anything on your face but it's still dewy and healthy and also looks natural. It would be way better if it has a coverage maybe from light to medium. It hasn't broke me out so far and I can use it comfortably till I run out. There are other cc cream/tinted moisturizers out there that is also as good as this so I won't buy this again. But I highly recommend this to everyone especially to those who has almost perfect skin. A perfect gift as well.

on 3/10/2015 7:47:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Other, Neutral

Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I love this CC cream! I really hate to see such bad reviews given to a product when it is not made for oily skin. It is highly recommended that everyone read Paula's Choice website before purchasing any product. She outlines the pros and the cons and states specifically, for this product, that oily skin people will probably not like it. It's so frustrating to read bad reviews on products that are not for your specific skin type. Such a waste of time! It's called research! I live in dry Colorado, and have combo skin in summer and somewhat dry in winter. For reference, I am a MAC NW25, ELDW pebble, and Rimmel classic beige 25 hour(which I love). I have tried several high-end BB, CC, and tinted moisturizers - this one beats them all for me. This product felt great on bare skin, is fragrance -free, made my face feel smooth, Did not settle in fine lines or wrinkles, blurred imperfections, and has decent coverage. The light/medium matched my skin perfectly. The SA at Walgreens allowed me to sample this product. She used a clean Qtip. Just ask the SA!!!!!!! Please read Paula's choice website. This has broad spectrum sunscreen 35 and it is rated "best." Paula may be criticized for somethings but she is always on base with knowing her sunscreens.

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 2/15/2015 8:42:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Searching for the best BB/CC cream for skin I stumbled across this product. I've tried several other BB creams but no CC's. This cream is too heavy/oily for my skin. The coverage is decent, but after application, my skin feels oily and it's only a matter of time before the shine comes. It's not a bad product but it personally doesn't work well on my skin. On to the next one.

on 2/13/2015 9:34:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I bought this because Paula Begoun rated it "BEST" on her Beautypedia, and I was impressed with its SPF (35). While I agree with Paula that this offers reasonably enduring, light weight coverage with a very dewy finish, Smart Shade doesn't rate the highest grade in my book. Here is why:

-Light shade is just a tad dark for my light olive skin. It blends beautifully with my chin which is the darkest part of my face, but the effect on the rest of my skin dulling. I prefer my foundation to be slightly brightening, so I can choose to apply it lightly on my T-zone, under eyes and chin only on days I have no blemishes to hide.

-Sunscreen actives in this CC hardly provide any UVA protection.

-The dewy finish turns positively greasy when layered over sunscreen/moisturizer (I was using Olay 7 in 1 Complete SPF 30).

That being said, it's nowhere near unusable. I just think there are more flattering options out there.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/2/2015 5:13:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This cc cream stays on all day, and covers up my acne scars and other blemishes such as under eye circles and discoloration. I will definetly buy this again.

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