Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan SPF 20
Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan SPF 20 is a foundation with built-in self-tanner and sun protection all in one. In many ways, this multitasking product exceeded our expectations, but unfortunately, there are a couple issues that hold it back.
The dual chamber bottle simultaneously dispenses the foundation on one side and self-tanner on the other, which you then mix together to create the end product. More accurately, we should clarify that the formulas disperse simultaneously when the pump is working correctly but, as we discovered, that can be hit or miss.
Case in point, our bottle solely distributed the self-tanner for the first 10 or so pumps, then a few uses later it only distributed the foundation for several pumps, before syncing back up. That's annoying because it wastes product while you try to get them dispersed equally. Almay addresses this in the instructions, so it's clearly a well-known issue.
Together the formulas create an easy-to-blend, creamy foundation that imparts medium to nearly full coverage, with a natural finish workable for most any skin type.
Once you wash it off at the end of the day, you'll notice that this product really does leave a gradual tan. Per Almay you're supposed to, "Allow 3 days of consecutive use to begin seeing lasting results. Color development should plateau after 7 consecutive days of use." We found that to be true. Our only gripe here is that formula is lightly fragranced, which can potentially irritate skin, but on the plus side we didn't notice the telltale self-tanner odor.
We tested the middle shade, Light/Medium, which worked well for its intended skin tone and created a subtle, gradual tan. Please share your experience via the community reviews section if you've tried either of the other two shades (Light and Medium).
As for the sun protection it has a mix of synthetic and mineral sunscreen agents which is great, but, the SPF 20 is well below what medical boards around the world recommend—aim for SPF 30 or higher for adequate protection. If you layer this with another product that contains at least SPF 30, then the extra broad spectrum sun protection that this delivers is value added.
With just a few tweaks, Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan would be pure gold—are you listening Almay? Because we otherwise really love this product and it's multitasking capabilities.
- Multitasks your self-tanning and foundation step in one.
- Delivers medium to nearly full coverage, with a natural finish workable for most any skin type.
- Leaves skin with a flattering gradual tan as promised.
- Product is wasted if/when the pumps don't sync up properly.
- Would be better with at least SPF 30 to meet the minimum recommended by medical boards worldwide.
- Lightly fragranced formula can potentially irritate skin.
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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