Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel BlemishHeal Technology
Last Updated:04.02.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This dual-sided concealer and acne treatment comes with a clear salicylic acid spot treatment on one end and a stick concealer on the other. The anti-acne treatment claims it can heal acne blemishes, but although it's medicated with anti-acne salicylic acid, the pH is too high for it to be effective. The formula also contains a high amount of alcohol, which makes it too irritating for all skin types (see More Info for why irritation is bad for skin).

The stick concealer end doesn't fare much better, providing only medium coverage that's fleeting and tends to slip into lines, even after it sets to a satin finish. The wide, flat shape of the concealer stick means you’ll need to use a brush if you’re looking to cover small areas like blemishes, and you can ignore its blemish-healing claims because there’s too little salicylic acid in a formula that's this thick for it to have any impact. The three shades are only suitable for light to medium skin.

  • Provides medium coverage, which is sufficient for most blemishes.
  • Acne Treatment Gel has a pH too high for it to be effective.
  • Contains irritating and drying alcohol.
  • Concealer coverage dissipates and tends to slip into lines.
  • Concealer is not formulated to effectively heal blemishes.
  • Wide, flat tip makes applying this concealer over blemishes difficult.
  • Shade range is limited to options for light to medium skin.

More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)


Concealer: Active: Salicylic Acid (0.6%), Other: Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol, Diheptanoate, Polyethylene, Silica, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Boron Nitride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ozokerite, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Mushroom Extract, Sacchromyces/Iron Ferment, Sacchromyces/Zinc Ferment, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone, Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alumina, Isosdodecane, Triethyl Citrate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol; May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Treatment Gel: Active: Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denat., Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Saccharomyces/Silicon Ferment, Saccharomyces/ Potassium Ferment, Saccharomyces/ Iron Ferment, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2 Hexandiol, Green 5, Yellow 5

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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