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Almay

Age Essentials Concealer SPF 20

0.13 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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Age Essentials Concealer SPF 20 is a brilliant, twist-up cream stick concealer that provides an extra measure of broad spectrum sun protection plus smooth, nearly full coverage to disguise dark circles and other imperfections, and a soft, radiant finish.

Housed in a lipstick-style component, the cream texture applies and blends easily without too much slip. It has a slight tendency to crease into lines around the eyes, but you can minimize if not eliminate this issue with a light dusting of powder.

Coverage is medium to nearly full, and it doesn't take a lot of concealer to get there, which is a time-saver. And of course, the extra benefit of sun protection is nice, especially because this concealer layers well over moisturizers or eye creams with sunscreen.

We wish the shades were better; Almay offers four, and two (Medium and Medium Deep) are noticeably orange and hard to make look convincing. Light and Light/Medium fare better, but if your skin tone is medium or darker, this isn't the concealer for you.

Otherwise, this is absolutely worth considering and its added replenishing ingredients join the sunscreen to help make good on Almay's anti-aging claims.

Pros:
  • Cream texture applies and blends easily without excess slip.
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Very good coverage from a small amount of product.
  • Softly radiant finish.
  • Contains skin-replenishing ingredients that hydrate.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Two of the four shades go on orange, which isn't all that natural.
Jar Packaging: No
Instantly reduces the appearance of dark circles, spots, and fine lines. Covers and conceals for a flawless, younger look. Full coverage shades camouflage imperfections for an overall smoother look. Broad spectrum SPF 20.
Ingredients: Active: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 2.4%. Inactive: Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Boron Nitride, Ozokerite, Sorbitan Trioleate, Kaolin, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hyaluronic Acid, Atelocollagen, Tocopherol, Soluble Collagen, Tripeptide-29, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trisiloxane, Isostearyl Behenate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone / Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Triethyl Citrate, Phospholipids, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Mica Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).

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 dont automatically adapt to skins 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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