Clear Complexion Makeup BlemisHeal Technology

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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

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

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  1. JH
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 15, 2014
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    • 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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