Nearly Naked Liquid Makeup SPF 15 is easily one of Almay’s best liquid foundations. Its lightweight cream texture blends superbly, setting to a smooth matte finish that enhances skin without looking flat, fake, or the least bit unnatural. Well-suited for someone with normal to oily skin, it offers sheer to light coverage and excellent sun protection from its in-part titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen. More good news: The nine shades are beautifully neutral, with options for fair to tan skin tones.
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.
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (6%), Zinc Oxide (2%), Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tribehenin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Gingko Biloba Extract, Trisiloxane, Lauric Acid, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Trihydroxystearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Alumina, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ammonium Poly Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Diazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica, 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 www.almay.com.