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Almay

Shadow Squad

0.12 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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We love the concept behind Almay's powder-based Shadow Squad presenting four different finishes (matte, satin, metallic and glitter) in one monochromatic shade. But performance-wise, this eyeshadow quad is a real letdown.

The major problem is that the color payoff is very sheer and the powder texture is strangely difficult to build up. In fact, for some of the shades, it fades into nothingness over the course of the day. The sheerness also makes it difficult to see a real difference between the four finishes.

All in all, this is really basic eyeshadow. You can do better—hint, hint: check out Wet 'n Wild's ColorIcon Eye Shadow palettes for roughly the same price but with much better results.

Pros:
  • Ummm it's inexpensive.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Dismal color payoff.
  • Difficult to build pigmentation.
  • Hard to distinguish between the four different finishes.
Jar Packaging: No
Your favorite shades, in each of four finishes: matte, satin, metallic, glitter. Mix it up in monochrome. Soft texture for beautiful color payoff.
Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Magnesium Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

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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