Clear Complexion Concealer
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Clear Complexion Concealer contains, like all of Almay’s Clear Complexion products, salicylic acid. It’s present here at 1%, but the pH is over 4, so it won’t exfoliate skin and can’t help to reduce blemishes and blackheads. This is still a worthwhile liquid concealer that provides medium coverage and a soft, somewhat dry matte finish. It’s an option for concealing blemishes or red spots, but be aware of the salicylic acid and keep it away from the eyelid area. All three shades are recommended.

Brand Overview

Almay At-A-Glance

Strengths: An excellent assortment of mascaras; several exceptional foundation options to choose from; a phenomenal liquid eyeliner; a selection of good makeup removers.

Weaknesses: Some of the Intense i-color products do the exact opposite of enhancing eye color; mediocre blushes; “Smart Shade” products don’t automatically adapt to skin’s color as claimed.

Long a standby for those with sensitive skin seeking hypoallergenic products (though that term is unregulated and can be applied to any product, regardless of ingredients), Almay continues to refine its comprehensive makeup line. In early 2006 the company repackaged its old favorites, and also relaunched several new makeup items. Everything now has a sleek new look and color-coded packaging. We admit, the makeover is effective, not just product-wise but visually too.

Shopping this drugstore line is now much easier because of the clearly defined product and color family groupings. Lamentably, testers and trial sizes of the makeup are still scarce regardless of where you shop. Almay has always been a reliable line for foundations, powder, and mascara. Within its current lineup you'll find that remains true. Their foundations are better than ever, and still offer full, broad-spectrum sun protection and a mostly neutral palette. We also found their concealers and mascaras have improved, as have the pencil options. When it comes to shopping for makeup staples with state-of-the-art formulas, Almay has many winners, and some innovative surprises that its competitors would be wise to learn from.

For more information about Almay, owned by Revlon, call (800) 992-5629 or visit www.almay.com.

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Picture Shown is Different From Actual Product

I also wanted to mention that the actual product looks different than the picture shown in the description here. The actual Almay Clear Complexion Concealer is a long thin tube with only one end that opens. The end that opens has a white cap on the outside with a brush applicator on the inside. The rest of the tube is clear,reflecting the shade of the concealer inside. I wanted to clear up any confusion for someone looking for this product who might not have seen it before. Hope this helps!

Reviewed by
Debbie R.
Beautypedia Team Response

Thank you for the heads up!  I've got it changed now (although it will take 24 hours to appear on the user end).

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A Great Concealer for Sensitive Acne Prone Skin

I'm in my 30's with sensitive skin & I get occasional acne. This concealer does a great job of covering up my acne without irritating my skin. It doesn't seem to actually heal the breakout so I have to use a separate spot treatment but I don't mind since it works so well as a simple concealer. The "Light" shade is perfect for my fair skin. I've tried a lot of different products over the years & Almay Clear Complexion is the best concealer that I've found to work for my sensitive acne prone skin.

Reviewed by
Debbie R
Good, creamy coverage

I used the light/medium shade and it covered completely. So far, it is one of the best concealers I've tried (and I've tried a lot). It's good because it's not so dry that it shows on or around acne that is healing, but blends into the area. The shade is good/appropriate and not overly peach or pink.

Reviewed by
Ellen K
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