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Primer/ Corrector - Almay - Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer

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rated 2.3(100 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 2.3
  • 28% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 4.0
  • Price: $$

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rated 2 of 5 on 3/23/2012 8:03:00 PM More reviews by GlosslipGirl

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

Love the pakaging and that's about it. My combination skin was an oil slick within 2 hrs, because it was moisturizing i did not even use a moisturizer before. Also it did not even out my complextion what a joke with the green and lavender! What a wast of $11.00 and it was on sale! Will stick with monistat anti chafing gel it's cheap and it works!

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rated 4 of 5 on 3/19/2012 6:45:00 PM More reviews by bananasplitlady

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I don't have much experience with primers as this is my first one, so I don't have anything to compare this to, however so far I really like it. I have eczema so I have to be careful about what I put on my face or I begin to break out in rashes, dry patches, and acne. I've been using this for a couple of months now and I haven't had any problems breaking out. I also notice that when I put it on it lessens the redness on my face a little bit more, however the difference isn't super noticeable. I really don't know how it is in making my make up last longer as I have nothing to compare it to.

Other than that, I think that once I use this up I might try other primers so that I can compare, but so far my experience with this one has been favorable.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 3/12/2012 11:21:00 AM More reviews by jenn8779

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown

I was generally impressed with this product. I have very fair, sensitive, combination skin and have trouble with primers either being too greasy or too matte. This one seems to be right in the middle. It evened out my skin, didn't feel heavy and my Almay hydrating powder foundation went on very smooth and stays all day. It doesn't make me oily or dy and I didn't notice any smell that other reviewers noticed. It also hasn't irritated my skin or caused any breakouts. In general, I really like this product and would recommend it and will continue to purchase it.

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rated 2 of 5 on 2/14/2012 3:41:00 PM More reviews by C21

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I would have to say I first tried this product on the back of my hand as that is where the sales consultant showed me the difference it can make on evening out your skin. I was impressed as it really did make a difference in the store. I did decide to purchase and I did like the way it held my make-up on. However, the smell was outrageous...may I add that it smelt like urine and I was disgusted by this. I took it back to the store and asked if anyone else had complained but they said no. I guess they could not smell it but I sure did...will not buy again as it was quite pricey and the smell was awful!!!

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rated 3 of 5 on 2/6/2012 1:04:00 AM More reviews by tanyasparks0543

Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

This didn't seem to do much for me. It did help keep my makeup on a bit more but word of warning, if you have dry skin and still want to use a moisturizer with it, make sure it is light. It got super greasy on my skin with my moisturizer. As far as evening out my skin tone, I really didn't notice much of a change. Too expensive to buy without better results. Won't purchase again!

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 2/5/2012 1:57:00 PM More reviews by duncan123

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green

I'm giving this product a middle of the road '3' rating and won't buy again for 2 reasons. 1) There's a lot in the bottle and it's going to outlast my interest in it and 2) It really doesn't seem to do anything. I have yet to find a primer that seems to make any difference in how my makeup wears or how my skin looks....maybe I don't need a primer, lol. Anyway, I purchased this and began using it about a month ago. It's rather pricey for drugstore...I believe it was around $16.00 and I had a $2.00 off coupon. I can't believe more people haven't commented on this, but the bottle is cool! The product is in a helix shape inside the bottle, green and purple. It has a pump dispenser and when you press the pump, you get green and purple evenly distributed. You only need a tiny bit!!! The first time I used this, I pressed all the way down on the pump and got waaaay too much product. It applies nicely, no problems there. Dries quickly. I did NOT smell anything. I know a couple of other people say it smells, but I swear to you that I smell nothing. I guess some people are just more sensitive to smells. I use Covergirl Simply Ageless over this and don't have any problems with my foundation. Has not broken me out at all. I guess I'm basically 'meh' about this product. It's not a bad product, but it really doesn't do anything for me. I'll still use it and will use it until it's gone, but won't repurchase.

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rated 2 of 5 on 1/24/2012 8:43:00 AM More reviews by nekqua1

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown

I had seen this primer on Almays website and really wanted to try it out. I have oily skin and this primer made my skin super oily. I would be able to feel the oil all over my face and by the end of the day I face would be so shiny. so I will not buy this primer again.

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 1/24/2012 2:14:00 AM More reviews by princess101

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

This primer was purchased on a whim and I'm glad I did. I generally have combo skin (oily tzone and normal cheeks), but during the winter months my cheeks can become dry like the sahara, while my t-zone becomes normal. After using Revlon's new photoready primer the past few weeks my skin has become dry and flakey, and this where Almay's primer has been a miracle worker.
The primer really works more like a moisturizing serum. I applied it over my extremely dry flakey cheeks (hurt too much to exfoliate further) and not only soothed them, but smoothed out the area and created a perfect canvas for my foundation. It also held in the moisture under my longwear foundation, and held up well during an 8 hour day.
Now, I have used this alone and it did even out my skintone but did not take away any redness. I havent seen any brightening effects, but maybe it's something that will occur overtime?
The pump style packaging is great, but the scent...I can't even call it a scent. It has a foul odour that does disipate after a minute or so, but during that minute I am literally holding my breath. I read on a blog that someone described the scent as "corn chips". I would love if mine did!
Price wise, this was expensive for drugstore. It retailed for $16.99 CDN. I took 2 lippies off for cost and scent, but overall a good moisturizing primer for those with drier skin.

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rated 4 of 5 on 1/10/2012 6:28:00 PM More reviews by sdermody

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green

I bought this a few weeks ago, as I was looking for more of a serum than a cream for my primer, as well as one that could cover redness, and at the same time not irritate my acne or sensitive skin.

All and all I really like it, although it's not as dramatic as I want (let it be noted that I have a very ruddy and uneven complexion, so basically I want a miracle). The texture glides on really well and doesn't really feel like you're wearing anything. I don't know if it really makes that big of a difference that I would feel good enough to wear it alone without foundation though. I believe it does hold my makeup longer and gives me a more even base for either my Almay liquid foundation or Bareminerals powder.So far no breakouts and my skin hardly seems to notice I have an extra layer of stuff on it, so I will definitely repurchase!

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rated 4 of 5 on 1/7/2012 8:56:00 PM More reviews by kikibug

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

I've had this primer for about a week and a half, and so far I feel like it's a decent primer for correcting redness and sallowness.
I don't use a full pump, as my redness is only on my cheeks. If you use too much, it will be too thick so make sure to use a thin layer!

I did not see a difference when I initially applied this primer, but only AFTER I applied my foundation! I use a light coverage foundation, and the primer did indeed minimize a lot of redness. I've used the MUFE HD primer in green before, and it has the same effect; the redness disappears only after foundation application.

However, this product only receives a 4 because it does not seem to make my makeup last longer. Whereas the MUFE HD primer in green covers redness AND makes my foundation stay on longer, Almay's only helps with redness. But because of its affordability, the product is still a great buy!

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