I have come back to this foundation several times. Honestly I think it's one of the best ones out there. I used Almay foundations in high school and rarely got zits. when I got older and started working I decided to buy expensive foundations such as Lancome and Chanel and my skin started breaking out horribly. Part of it was my hormones(bcp solved that)but the expensive department store foundation irritated my skin and gave me under the skin bumps. Whenever I go back to Almay my skin clears up and no more under the skin bumps. I love that this foundation has a physical sunblock,and lots of antioxidants. It has green tea, licorice, cucumber, and more. I also think this range has the best neutral colors imo. I used Neutral last year and this year I am using Sand(I'll get to that later) I am very picky about have a differnce between my neck and jawline and when I blend there is practically no line. This is my boyfriend's favorite foundation on me(I know that because he has that look on his face like wow you look great, other foundations that don't look good he gives me an odd look lol)I don't like the pacaging like everyone else, oh well. I also should add that I don't have dry skin, it's bascially normal, but now that its summer its more oily. However, I think Almay shouldn't have specifically labeled this for dry skin, I think normal and oily skin types could use it as well, but probably wouldn't think to give it a try because of the label.I think that because it is a light foundation with light moisturization making it suitable for more than just dry skins. The coverage I would say is slightly more than a tinted mosturizer and when applied nicely(it also has a cool feeling which is nice for summer) it gives sort of a dewy airbrushed look.
Ok this is the best way I have found to use it:
On moisturized skin,
With a foundation brush, you use less and get more coverage,
Then since I am oily right now I blot with a tissue after I apply w/ the brush before setting with loose powder( this foundation has no oil controlling properties so thats why I blot)
I find doing it this way makes it look the best and basically lasts all day(even in humidity)
Ok about the colors- I am about NW20(never got a "perfect match w/ MAC tho) btw I can't stand anything too pink or yellow I need a very neutral beige tone to make me look human. I have gotton the best match so far w/ Almay. Ok so last year I wore Neutral and it was great. However this month when I went to buy it at walgreens I noticed the bottle did not say dry skin on it anymore and there was a label on it that said new. The ingredients were the same but the colors looked different. They also added a new color I think it was tan(so now they have more selection for darker skin tones) when I picked up neutral it looked way too dark then I picked up Sand and that looked like the old neutral. Weird the Sand 260 is lighter than the neutral. I even asked my friend and she said sand looked lighter than neutral. I bought them both and we were right Almay reformulated the colors and made sand lighter than neutral. The neautral was orange on me, but the sand was a great match. So if you use Almay you may want to re-check your color.
I hope I didn't annoy anyone with making this review so ridiculously long! I don't review often so when I do I try to make it good ;) I hth, I highly recommened trying Almay if you have sensitive or breakout-prone skin or have had reaction to department store brands. I think the line smoothing is their best foundation out right now. Btw the way I have slept in this foundation before and it didn't break me out( I know bad!)