Almay Smart Shade Makeup SPF 15

Almay Smart Shade Makeup SPF 15
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2.9

497 reviews

46% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (4%), Zinc Oxide (2.1%) Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water (water, eau), Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Talc, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Nylon 12, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Alumina, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (grape), Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Galactoarabinan, Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Boron Nitrate, Alcohol Denatured, Methicone, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Silica, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Tauramide, Tetrasodium EDTA, PVP, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain ( /-): (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499), Zinc Oxide (CI77947)


Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Turned to orange ( I bought lightest shade), semi sheer coverage. Went on nicely is about the best I can say for this. Might even work with building the color, but the bizarre orange color change makes it fly into the garbage can.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I picked this up because I was looking for a summer foundation that needed minimal work to apply- ie. no beauty blender/brushes. First off, SPF 15 is a JOKE. It does nothing. It's a ploy to be able to jack up the price. Don't think you won't need to wear something under it with a higher SPF. Same goes for SPF 20 or 25- just a general point.

Anyway, this foundation goes on very easily with minimal blending. Coverage wise, it's not great. If you're having a good skin day and want to show it off without going bare, this is the foundation for you. It's slightly buildable, but eventually it just feels cakey and greasy, so minimal application and then going in with a higher coverage concealer is your best bet. It doesn't cling to dry patches either or oxidise horribly, which is nice. For sure set this with a powder though, just to help it hold up.

This foundation has a SLIGHT shimmer to it, so if matte is your thing, this might not be for you, but I found it to be really subtle. Then again, I set with a matte powder and spray, so take that with a grain of salt. This also has quite a sticky finish- even with powder. It never goes away completely, but once it has a while to settle, it's not too bad. Honestly, this isn't a bad product by any means. It's just rather purpose specific? I wouldn't use this in winter, I wouldn't use it if my skin wasn't looking great, and I wouldn't wear it for a going-out look. But as a day foundation- going to work, going to the beach, running errands, it's light and nice, if applied with a light hand. So really, it's not too bad.


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on 7/27/2016 5:09:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Pros: 1. Good coverage (I have a red birthmark all over my face and in 1 coat is enough to reduce the redness. 2 coats almost completely eliminates it) The new formula (with the three drops) does match to undertone. However, the old formula always has a slight yellow undertone. 2. stays on a long time. the coverage does decrease but I haven't worn it when I was outside sweating so I bet if you weren't sweating it wouldn't even fade

Cons: 1. While you can wear more than one layer, once you start layering the foundation doesn't feel weightless anymore. 2.It's to be expected with a makeup that stays on this long, but it's really hard to get off. Even with double-cleansing you do have to scrub your face to get every bit off. 3. It transfers like crazy unless you use a setting spray. I tried setting it with powder, and with water, and while it transferred less than with nothing, you really need an actual spray to get it to stay in place

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

this "foundation" is more like a bb cream in terms of coverage. I love that it is shade- matching so you don't need to go through the trouble of testing and finding your perfect shade. I used this back when I first started playing with foundations and didn't know anything yet. I them ventured out into makeup world trying everything I saw that appealed to me, so I set this aside for 3 or so years. this product really does not get enough love, idk why that is. if u like lite makeup/bb cream days, definitely pick this up and give it a go

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 6/23/2016 2:04:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This stuff does actually match my skin tone very well, with minimal effort put into application. I wouldn't call it full coverage, don't know that Almay does either. It's great for a quick look. I actually am highly satisfied with this. It actually does look good. I hope it keeps up the good work! I got it in shade 200, light/medium. I can see the medium being too dark or possibly orange as previous reviewers have said, but for my skin tone the 200 light/medium is perfect! Would definitely repurchase, and may actually do so sooner than later in case they decide to discontinue... EBay is a great place to buy, btw... And I am totally not affiliated with them (just mildly addicted...) And that is all! 😊


Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

ORANGE ORANGE ORANGE,SAYS IT BLENDS IN TO MATCH SKIN,WHOS ORANGE OH YEA A CARROT.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This "foundation" is terrible. I'm not quite sure what it's supposed to do but it fails anyway. It's too light weight to offer any real coverage, and sits on top of my skin so obviously. As for the skin matching aspect, it turned orange for me and looked dusty once it dried, maybe because of the grey it started out with? I only purchased this product as part of an Almay "try me free" promotion and I've never really been impressed with Almay products. Definitely stay away from this one.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is one of the worst foundations I have ever tried. no matter what I tried it would not stay on my face. It streaks so badly and doesn't have good coverage.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This was horrible, this has such a weird undertone, no coverage at all, not even like a bb cream, a big waste of money, made my skin look weird, i'm trowung this to the trash can

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 6/1/2015 3:52:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This stuff actually isn't too bad! I know there may be mixed reviews but personally my skin isn't too bad. I do have a little bit of acne scarring that is fading rather quickly, but it has no trouble covering it. It doesn't have a smell, and the texture feels a little funny on the skin at first but goes away after a few seconds. There's tiny little beads in this foundation that essentially "burst" when buffed into the skin. I use this product with my fingers, and it is very very light. Good for like a high school/college student who doesn't wanna wear makeup but wants a little something to even out skin tone if they don't need a lot of coverage. You could always go in and spot conceal with a concealer. I love this product for exactly that, and the fact that is has SPF is a plus as well!!

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