12.17.2014
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TLC Truly Lasting Color 16 Hour Makeup
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$12.49
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

TLC Truly Lasting Color 16 Hour Makeup will not remain looking "just-applied" for the full 16 hours (and definitely not over your oily areas), but don't let the exaggerated claim keep you from trying this fantastic foundation. The silky texture is a pleasure to blend, and provides medium coverage that layers well over trouble spots. Gentle, effective sun protection is assured from the blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, while the smooth matte finish helps keep excess oil in check (just not all day) without looking chalky. The nine mostly neutral shades are indicative of what Almay usually produces, which is good. There are no options for dark skin tones, and the lightest shades may present some trouble for fair skin due to overtones of pink and yellow, but they're still worth considering. Avoid the too-peach Warm. By the way, Almay did include vitamins and antioxidants in this foundation, but the clear glass packaging won’t keep them stable unless you're diligent about protecting it from exposure to light. In foundations these impressive ingredients are almost always window dressing and should not be construed as turning your foundation into a form of skin care.

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Active: Titanium Dioxide (3.3%), Zinc Oxide (2.3%), Other: Water, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Talc, Nylon 12, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Trisiloxane, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract (Sweet Almond), Laminaria Japonica Extract, Nereocycstis Leutkeana Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Magnesium, Potassium, Trihydroxystearin, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract (Lemon), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methicone, Tribehenin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Alumina, Silica, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Sorbitol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

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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02.15.2015
amazing!

Best foundation ive ever used... ive been using it for 10 years (it had another name beofore becoming TLC). its smooth, lasts atleast 15 hours & is oil free and does not make my skin break out. it also blends into my skin and doesnt leave streaks or foundation lines. BEST foundation on the market!

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Dannii j
11.21.2014
Skip This One

I had high hopes for this product but was very disappointed. I would call it a stain. It took multiple applications of makeup remover to get it all off. It is the first foundation which I have ever used that would not wash out of Paula's make up sponge with which I applied it. I couldn't even get it off of my blouse. It also made my sensitive acne prone skin worse. I could not recommend it to anyone.

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Joan B.
09.29.2014
Formula has not changed/FDA rules have/has same SPF

Like Rachael, I too noticed the SPF was no longer on the bottle. I was so disappointed, I called Almay to ask why their labeling changed. The lady I spoke to said the formula was unchanged. However, due to new FDA rules they could no longer claim SPF on the label. It still has zinc and titanium dioxides in it. She said NOTHING had changed in the formula. I am so glad because I have been using this for years overtop of a sunscreen as extra protection during prolonged outdoor exercise.

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Cindy P.
04.29.2014
I feel and look dry

Yes it has good ingredients but it's not worth it.I need to have moisturized skin.A sales lady said she liked the new revlon age defying foundation on me. I just wish it had better stuff in that foundation so I'll probably go back to that foundation.

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Annette D.
03.17.2014
Dentalgirl3

The best foundation on the market. Better than expensive ones. This does not break out acne prone skin. Can't believe it. It's the only thing I will use. The sand shade, which I use is getting hard to find which scares me. It comes in a hygienic pump & has great ingredients. Not only does this have great coverage, it will not break out acne prone skin. Paranoid people like me would know! Buy it!!

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Laura W
03.28.2013
SPF pulled from this product

I've happily used this product for a very long time (per Beautypedia), but the latest bottle I bought didn't have a SPF listed on the front as before. I checked the previous bottle that had just been emptied and saw the SPF wasn't on this one as well. I never thought to check closely to see if a product had changed. Obviously, Almay (Revlon) removed the SPF and I didn't know. This means I was relying on the foundation to boost my sun protection but was unprotected. Way to go, Almay. : (

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Rachel
12.14.2012
Better for me than expensive others

I have very fair, sensitive skin that gets reddened easily, and is prone to sun damage. This foundation covers all that up with no irritation. It does looks like I'm wearing makeup but is a perfect match for my skin. I use the lightest shade. I was getting more sun spots and the Clinique sheer coverage that I'd used for years wasn't enough. I now needed medium coverage and I used Paula's book to find this one. I was looking for a good review and a cheap price. Plus I wanted an SPF too. I had never tried Almay at all before. I am glad I did. I also use their concealer. This worked better than Elizabeth Arden and Lancome for me.

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