Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite
Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite is a facial highlighter whose bouncy, gelatinous texture delivers an iridescent, dewy sheen, with a splash of glitter. This isn't what you'd reach for to create a natural-looking glow; rather it delivers a sparkly, "holographic" effect, embodying its mythically named shades: "Unicorn Light" (translucent pink) and "Mermaid Magic" (primastic blue). In a nutshell, this is all about having fun with your makeup.
Even the jar packaging shares the product's whimsy, with a jewel-inspired cap tempting you to venture inside. You're treated to sensorial amusement as you dip your fingers into the jelly formula, which feels refreshingly hydrating on skin (sorry for those of you creeped out by the hygiene factor here; that's worth a mention given this is a water-based product, but we can't deny the fun factor involved).
The jelly texture blends effortlessly into skin and can be patted over foundation, without messing it up too much. The ultra-sheer, "shifting" color gives skin a reflective, dewy highlight + a smattering of finely milled glitter—workable for any skin tone.
While this interesting product won't be everyone's cup of tea, Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite can be a playful addition to your makeup look. Kudos to Almay for the fragrance-free formula.
- Illuminates skin with a dewy, sparkly sheen.
- Jelly texture feels refreshing and applies smoothly.
- Fragrance free.
- Not for those wanting a subtle, natural-looking highlight.
- Jar packaging isn't ideal.
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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