Power duo-Almay smart shade CC luminous primer & smart shade anti aging foundation

Didn’t expect to be reading Almay in the title, did you…..

Think again ladies, because I am sharing my ‘event makeup’ power duo.  I’m amazed at how these 2 products hold up under lights and over time.

I work in the entertainment industry (and don’t think it’s the red light district because its NOT that or anything that involves a pole).  Occasionally there are times when I am ‘to be seen’ in front of a camera or make some type of appearance and I need products that work!  Of course, I’d love to have my own personal makeup artist but let’s face it, I’m still waiting for my big break.

I’ve used many MANY MANY different types of primer and foundation duos in my lifetime….and some of them worked well or very well and some of them were complete fails!  This particular duo is one that I am quite enjoying.  Please continue reading so I can tell you all about it.

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FEATURES & BENEFITS:

  • New Almay ToneMimicTM technology helps to create an even better skintone match by adjusting to the essential pigments of your skin
  • Makeup contains shade-sensing beads that are activated once applied
  • Smooth, lightweight formula blends easily for mistake-proof application in three, simple to select shades that work across a wide range of skintones
  • Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist tested, made for sensitive skin, oil free
  • Non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores
  • UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection

 

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FEATURES & BENEFITS:

  • Ultra-creamy formula provides medium, buildable coverage
  • Brightener contains skin brightening pearls to help give eye area the appearance of a more refreshed look
  • Concealer corrects to help even out skin tone, diminish the appearance of blemishes, improves the appearance of discolouration and minimizes redness.
  • Non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores

So yes, I’ve outlined the benefits but you want to hear my thoughts (or maybe you don’t….but then why are you still reading?)

I just love the way this combination ‘finishes’ if that even makes sense.  It has the right amount of coverage and sits perfectly on my skin.  It’s not a heavy combination and doesn’t look or feel cakey.  The skin adjusting formula really works for me and the luminous primer, while slightly pink plays oh-so-nicely with the smart shade foundation.  I wasn’t disappointed.  I thought the light/medium shade may have been too light for me but this is the ‘RIGHT’ shade for me.  Even better, the Almay smart shade bronzer (which I am not talking about here yet), can be used to give you the perfect amount of ‘summer’ if the smart shade ends up being a tad too light.

So here are photos of me wearing the primer & foundation.

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This photo was taken post an event I helped host-wear time for both primer and foundation was 7 hours at this point.  While there is a tinge of breakthrough on my t-zone, keep in mind, I did NOT touch up AND was in several non air-conditioned spaces during the night.

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This was taken in the washroom (Canadian word for restroom) at my dear friend Patricia’s wedding reception. Please look past the enormous blemish (zit if you’re nasty, I’m channeling Janet Jackson-anyone get that?) and my turkey neck.  This is approximately 4 hours wear, including almost an hour in the car-Patricia is SO worth it. I like how this looks like my face, not my face with a ton of foundation on it.

So there you have it.  I like this primer and foundation duo because it’s easy to apply (I use my fingers in a pinch but you could use a brush of course or even a beauty blender!), and wears nicely on my face!  The smart shade part takes away the guesswork, not to mention the “Why does it look like Meredith’s face and neck are a different color in that photograph?” question.

Because it’s me, I do have one small hang-up about the primer.  WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE IN A GLASS BOTTLE? I am so klutzy and I know it’s just a matter of time before the bottle slips out of my hand and shatters all over my granite tile.   You know, like the eyedropper for my phytomer gel did.  Oh, I didn’t tell you about that? Pffffffttttt.

Other than that, I really truly AM enjoying these products and will continue enjoying them until it’s time to contemplate a repurchase.

Anyone else have any thoughts on Almay? These 2 products or something else you’ve tried?  I will be telling you about the liquid lip balm in a future post, another love of mine.

 

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5 Comments

  • Lauren

    Looks great! I’m falling out of love with my Maybelline BB cream since I can never find my shade in stock, but these look great together, and I should start using anti-aging products!

     
  • Patricia

    Thank you soooo much for coming all that way to my reception! 🙂 You looked BEAUTIFUL! (sorta “chuffed” that I made it into your blog! lol) We need to hang out again soon… somewhere I don’t have hotessing duties and we can chat! 🙂

     
  • Rebecca

    Beautiful as always. Now you’ve teased me enough, what entertainment industry? I have a friend there too and my brother wrote TV comercials. Hugs Rebecca

     
  • Kelly

    You work the red light district??? Going to my corner now…….

     
  • Susan

    You look fantastic (what turkey neck?). So happy you did this review. I too have been trying this combo – your review is spot on. 🙂