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Almay

Makeup Remover + Cream Cleanser

4.50 fl. oz. for $ 4.99
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Almay's Makeup Remover + Cream Cleanser has an appealing price point, but even with that taken into consideration, its lackluster performance fails to make it a beauty steal!

This cleanser has a rich, creamy texture that smooths across skin with ease; its formula includes some skin-soothing and skin-conditioning ingredients. The problem is that it simply cannot do what it claims—namely, remove makeup and cleanse skin.

Even using a generous handful of this cleanser on the face doesn't yield better results; if you try to use it to remove makeup (not even waterproof makeup, just regular, washable makeup), and rinse thoroughly, a significant amount of makeup is still left on your face afterward. You must go back over your face with a makeup remover to get most of your makeup off.

Adding to the poor cleansing ability, this also contains fragrance (listed as ethylene brassylate), which can potentially irritate skin, so this winds up not being a deal at all. There are far gentler and more effective cleansers in every price range!

Pros:
  • Contains some skin-soothing and skin-conditioning ingredients.
Cons:
  • Does not effectively remove makeup or cleanse skin.
  • Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Lightweight, multitasking cleansing cream effortlessly removes stubborn waterproof & longwearing makeup. Removes dirt and oil. Deep cleanses.
Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Isoamyl Laurate, Triethylhexanoin, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene Brassylate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben.

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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