This product works well as a tinted moisturizer. Dont expect full coverage from this. If you have decent skin and just looking for an extra glow, this is nice. Lately ive developed sun spots/freckles and need fuller coverage so i wont be purchasing it again.
first "foundation". Not good for oily skin and the coverage is poor. Oxidizes way too fast and the color selection kind of sucks for darker skins. I will say that it might be good for those summer days when you dont feel like putting a mask on, it does cover up redness okay and if you're normal or dry skinned I bet it would be perfect :)
If you buy this product knowing that it's more like a tinted moisturizer (like me), you're going to be very satisfied! I absolutely love this stuff, I am in the shade 200 and it suits me perfectly. I think it is just enough coverage for day to day wear. As for the finish, it definitely isn't for someone who prefers a matte finish, for this gives a very natural finish.
I should mention that I have dry skin, a friend of mine has oily skin and tried this after my glowing recommendation and was awfully disappointed, for it left her face greasy and didn't last long.
I just purchased the Almay Smart shade in Medium & although it has only been a short period of time. I wanted to share my first experience using the Almay product. I got a small "try" tube from the Military base we shop, & the price was about $4.00 or less. The packaging of the trial size is simple. But that doesn't make or break the product for me. I am always on a budget so it works for me. I don't know if this is supposed to be like a BB cream, it is more of a tinted primer maybe.
I got home, & opened the tube of smart shade. It came out of the package just fine. It was not oily, or watery consistency. It was a creamy soft consistency. The color was off white, maybe more grayish tone. I decided to add a bit of my cream foundation to it and mixed them together. I liked the coverage very much. I waited for a min. & blotted w/ blotting tissue, then applied my concealer, patted that in & applied bronzer, then used a light dusting of powder. DONE!!
I do have undereye circles I need medium coverage for, & this helped along w/concealer. It may seem like alot of steps, but it works for me. I will continue to use this Almay Smart shade and then will update as to whether I will repurchase this Smart shade in a larger size. I have give this product 4 for the time being, but may UP the rating. :)) continued >>
I am fair skinned with cool undertones and this foundation actually matches my skin better than any others and boy have I tried a lot.The packaging is average for drugstore no pump is a running theme lol I keep buying this to add to different foundations of I need a more moisturizing one but I really like it and is my daily foundation when I'm not going all out. Plus it has DOG which is great cuz I'm all about anti aging..preventive measures
Love the concept for this..a skin-matching foundation is a great idea for people like me who struggle finding their right match. However, the formula isn't pigmented enough to provide coverage of blemishes and dark spots I have. Instead of labeling this product as makeup, it should be considered a tinted moisturizer! After an hour of wear, it slides off my face and oxidizes like crazy. Only reason why I gave it 2 stars is that it didn't irritate my sensitive skin and I like the concept, so hopefully Almay will improve their formula for those of us with less than perfect skin.
This foundation did not work for me!!! It had such a runny consistency and was grey/white at first when I opened the cap. I tested it out by rubbing it on my hand and I guess it matched. But when I put it on my face, it felt greasy and gross and the color looked horrible and caked on. Don't waste your money on this.
I'm 15 and I had normal skin before using this product but when I started I thought I really liked it because it did cover. After a while I notice wow I do have to use a lot just to cover my blemishes and I also noticed my skin was super oily and throughout the day it looked a lot more caked on looking. My pores were clogged badly too. I now wear bare minerals and I find it amazing!
This is the ONLY makeup I have tried that does not cause me to break out, and I have tried many different brands and types, including some of the most minimalist and "safe" brands out there. If I could give this makeup 10 stars on 5, I would.
This has basically saved my life in a time where I could not put ANYTHING on my face without breaking out. This makeup has been a life-saver for me and has allowed me to conceal my terrible breakout without aggravating it.
I will never put anything else on my face. Thank you Almay for making such a wonderful product and please don't ever discontinue or reformulate it, I don't know what I would do.
As for the color, my skin varies from a 1 (light in winter) to a 2 (medium when I'm tanned). I will often mix 1 and 2 to get the perfect color for my skin.
I apply it in the morning with a foundation brush (that I wash daily) and it will last ALL day. I could even go swimming with this on and it will still be there and looks very natural. Plus there's an SPF in it, so it doubles as a sunscreen. I cannot wear sunscreen without breaking out after, and this has been a perfect substitution in the summer.
If you have acne prone, sensitive skin, I cannot recommend this product enough. Stop everything else, and just use this. Make sure to gently wash you face twice in the evening to ensure all the makeup comes off.
I use this as a concealer. It sometimes dried out and looked like dead skin on my face. But when I moisturized before I used it it never dried looking bad