Whenever I hear a product is supposed to magically match skin tone, I give it the evil eye. I really don’t think makeup can DO that. I mean, sure-makeup CAN be quite magical, but match skin tone? PFFT.
I was presently surprised at how well Almay Smart Shade Skin Tone Matching makeup worked for me!
Almay has these one-of-a-kind shade sensing beads with TONEMIMIC technology that adjusts to your unique skin tone for seamless, natural looking coverage. I think the word Almay uses is INTUITIVELY. That word kind of scares me. Like TERMINATOR MAKEUP dude. SKYNET is making makeup for us now HAHAHAHA! I keep saying it’s just a matter of time before the machines take over us, and now? Our makeup will too… 😀 And truth be told, I kind of resent the implication that my makeup INTUITIVELY knows how to match me better than I ever can… I think I’m taking this shade-matching technology a little too personally… 😛
Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup comes in three shades: light, light/medium, and medium. The Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener Smart Shade Concealer plus Brightener is a neat idea. This dual shade concealer has a brightener that highlights features while the corrector evens out skintone, corrects discolorations and minimizes redness. All that good stuff that a concealer is supposed to do.
Ok, here’s what those two products look like on me!
Not bad, hey? I really LOVE the Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup, which surprised me. It feels so nice and light on the skin and does a decent job of evening out skin tone without looking like I have a ton of makeup on. It doesn’t emphasize pores, isn’t really heavy on the silicones(YAY) and has SPF 15. But let’s get real-it can’t MAGICALLY sense your skin tone and adjust to it. I mean, C’MON. I wasn’t born..I’ll let YOU guess that one. All of these adjust-to-your-shade-makeups have those little beads of pigment that burst when you rub ’em in. It’s not like some burst, and some don’t, ya know? They don’t really know if they should or should not burst? YET. At least until SKYNET really comes online….
BUT, it’s not a bad match, for ME at least. I can’t say it’ll match you as well as it does me. But if you’re around my skin tone(MAC NC15 or NW 15 depending on the day-I’m kind of Neutral and can lean both ways depending on the day), this shade might work well for you too.
The Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup Light is a neat idea! I like it, just wish it was a bit more moisturizing. It’s a drier texture, and reminds me of MAC Studio Fix Concealer. It’s ok, but as you can see not enough for my dark circles. If you have just a bit of under eye discolouration, then this might work well for you. This old lady needs more. 😀
Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush comes in three shades, a coral, nude and this pink. It’s SO CUTE with the polka dots!
It has three shades of colour, so when you swirl them all together, it supposed to create the perfect blush shade for your skin. Again, not really JUST for YOU I say. But it’s pretty!
I wasn’t expecting it to be so shimmery! But there it is-a cute, cotton candy pink blush with some silvery shimmer. It’s really light though. Almost too light for me, but you can see it on my cheeks. But just barely.
I put a bit of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium over top of the Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup Light along with the blush on my cheeks. Honestly, I feel Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush Pink would make a better highlighter for me, or as a top coat for a matte blush that needs something extra. It feels pretty smooth in texture, and I had no problem blending it out. I just had to pile it on to get it to show up for this picture is all! If you are really pale, then you should look at this blush for sure. Gotta love the glow it gives though!
Oh, and I’m wearing the Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Nudetrients, which is a really pretty nude gloss. I didn’t swatch it, because it doesn’t have a lot of pigment to it. But WOW, it feels really good on! Like a lip balm, but it’s a gloss! My lips feel really good when I wear it, and after as well. It’s in my purse now to use whenever I like. When something makes the purse lip collection, you know it’s good stuff, right? RIGHT.
I haven’t tried a lot of Almay makeup before this, and all in all I was pleasantly surprised! I like the foundation and the gloss a lot, and think they are worth looking into if you’re at the drugstore and looking for something new and affordable.
And Happy 4th Of July to all my American friends!
I hope you’ve all had a good week! I’m still not feeling up to snuff to be honest. Stupid disease. But, I think I’m going to try to exercise today at least. I’m getting tired of feeling tired and not be able to do the stuff I like! Wish me luck!
*products sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always. Especially the ones about Skynet…damn machines.