Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener Review

Just J: Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener Review

If I could recommend one two three makeup products that you absolutely need in your life, then foundation/concealer, mascara and lipstick would be it. With just these three things, you can look fresh and flawless in any situation. Today, I am trying out the Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer and Brightener in Light Pale to see if it is worthy of must-have status.

The Product
As part of the Smart Shade line, this concealer + brightening highlighter is a duo product that contains a color-correcting concealer and a highlighting shade to give you a soft glow. Available in three shades, this product is designed for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic.

The Guts
The primary ingredients are:
  • Dimethicone - a silicon type ingredient that helps provide that waxy smooth texture and helps to blur out pores.
  • Ethylhexyl palmitate - another ingredient providing a smooth, silky texture to the skin
  • Tribehenin - helps soften and smooth skin
  • Talc - reduces shine and provides oil control
Conclusion: this product contains a lot of ingredients designed to smooth skin, reduce pores and control shine - all good things!

Price & Packaging
This concealer is available for $11.99 at London Drugs and other drugstores. It's housed in a small compact with a simple flip-top lid. Sadly, although this product is small enough to bring in a purse, it lacks the mirror and brush that would make it truly travel-friendly. I do really like though how the lid is clear so you can shade match easily.

Effectiveness
The texture of this product is very waxy. You could probably use just your fingers to apply, but I prefer using my liquid foundation brush. In the mornings I use the concealer side to cover up my under-eye circles and the highlighter over my browbone and inner eye corners as a base. The concealer part covers thoroughly and evenly with just a few swipes and the Pale shade is a perfect match for my skin. Unfortunately, when I tried to use this concealer on the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks, it just wasn't thick enough to do much. I'd say it gives light coverage on the face and decent coverage for the eyes.

Just J: Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener Review
Left: concealer. Right: highlight

The highlight part gives a soft, pearlescent glow to the eyes, but does tend to crease after a few hours if worn on the lids. Overall, I found this to be a pretty decent product. Nothing stunning here or especially interesting to report; just a solid, reliable product.

Final Verdict
Buy - does the trick, but I'd stick to using it for the eye area only as it doesn't give thick enough coverage for the face.



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