Clear Complexion Makeup BlemisHeal Technology
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Clear Complexion Liquid Makeup is a foundation that promises to "heal blemishes." It contains salicylic acid as the anti-acne active, but in an amount that's too low (0.6%) and at a pH that's too high (pH 6) to be helpful for skin. Even though the salicylic acid in this makeup won't help with blemishes, this still offers an enviably smooth, liquid texture that blends onto skin with ease, providing light to medium coverage and a natural matte finish. It is a great example of how beautiful a foundation can look on the skin. Less than a dozen shades are available, but almost all of them are exquisite. Only Warm should be viewed with caution as it may be too peach for some medium to tan skin tones. There are no options for very light or dark skin tones. One caution: Because of the salicylic acid, this product should not be used around the eyes or on the eyelids. This foundation is one to try if you have normal to very oily skin, though it would need to be paired with an effective sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher for daytime use.


Active: Salicylic Acid (0.6%) Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Boron Nitride, Talc, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Alumina, Methoxypropyl Gluconamide, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Mushroom Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cornflower Flower Extract, Meadowsweet Extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Trisiloxane, Phytantriol, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Silica, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Methicone , Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ehylparaben, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide

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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Lightest shade is too dark

I have bad acne (cysts mostly but pimples also) and it manages to cover everything pretty well. I do have to use a concealer with this though, but it overall does a really good job. My only complain is the choice of colors. I went with the lightest shade and it is still too dark for me, if I want to put a good amount. I have to apply very lightly, which is okay on good days, but not so much on the bad days. Also, I am not quite sure it is very long lasting. I kept it but it isn't my daily

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superb for acne prone

excellent product for oily acne skin, i would say its a miracle but definitely not making breakout worse or further breakouts! its just hard to find it in the UK and buying it from ebay is very tricky.

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An Excellent Go To Foundation for Acne Prone Skin!

I have been using the Almay Clear Complexion line for several years & I love their products. I have struggled with acne since my teens & I am now in my 30's. I've tried a lot of different makeup brands over the years but none have worked as well as Almay. The $ value is great, it does a good job of covering blemishes & it doesn't irritate my sensitive acne prone skin. I don't think that this foundation heals my acne, but it doesn't make it worse, which is more than I can say for the other brands

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Debbie R

I have been using Clinique Pore Refining Foundation (in color #2) for over a year now, and was never as happy with it as I am with this foundation. It has good coverage but you will still need a concealer for major pimples. I like Revlon Color Stay Blemish Concealer. This foundation (in color buff) went on smoothly and dried to a matte finish quickly. I tried this after horrible result with L'Oreal True Blend Lumi (color #N2).

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