Line Smoothing Makeup SPF 15 offers excellent UVA protection thanks to its titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen. It has a slightly thick, initially creamy texture that blends smoothly, provides light to medium coverage, and has a satin matte finish. We disagree with Almay’s claim that this formula "hydrates all day" because it contains minimal ingredients with substantial moisturizing properties for skin. The nine shades are mostly neutral and include options for fair to tan skin. Beige and Warm suffer from a noticeable peach cast, and are the only shades to avoid. This foundation is best for normal to slightly dry skin and, contrary to its name, doesn't do much to smooth the appearance of lines.
Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.
Titanium Dioxide (4.7%), Zinc Oxide (2.1%), Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Nylon 12, Trimethysiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl 6 Polyricinoleate, Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, PEG/PPG 20/15 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methicone, Laureth 7, Tribehenin, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Licorice), Punica Granatum Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Erythrulose, Algae Extract, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (Grape), Cucumis Sativus Flower Extract (Cucumber), Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Saccharide Isomerate, Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caffeine, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Dimethiconol, HDI/Trimethol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Talc, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide
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.