Line Smoothing Pressed Powder
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Line Smoothing Pressed Powder feels silky, goes on sheer and exceptionally smooth, and makes normal to dry skin look polished, not powdered. The slight satin finish of this powder won't exaggerate wrinkles, but powders (this one included) don't do much to smooth their appearance, either. That doesn't mean this outstanding option isn't worth considering, and if you have light to medium skin, the three shades are geared for you.


Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Methoxypropylgluconamide, Punica Granatum Extract, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (cucumber), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Erythrulose, Caffeine, Phenyltrimethicone, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain (+/-): (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163) (CI77163), Ultramarines (CI77007)

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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Great Drugstore Powder

Love this pressed powder! I need a powder, to take away shine from my sunscreen or foundation, and control my oily t-zone. This has light coverage, and very smooth, natural looking finish, that holds back shine decently. I LOVE the compact, it's very pretty, slim and sturdy, and not an annoying split pan. This powder is expensive, but if you shop sales, it's more reasonable. There are only 3 shades, and no options for very fair or deep skintones, which is a con.

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This product in Light/Medium seemed to look good when first applied. However after about an hour it oxidized, becoming orangey and looking cakey. I read something in another review about a tanning agent in the ingredients, erythrulose, and sure enough it is, which may explain the oranginess. I will return this, I may try Light if it doesn't contain erythrulose.

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