TLC Truly Lasting Color 16 Hour Makeup
TLC Truly Lasting Color 16 Hour Makeup will not remain looking "just-applied" for the full 16 hours (and definitely not over your oily areas), but don't let the exaggerated claim keep you from trying this fantastic foundation. The silky texture is a pleasure to blend, and provides medium coverage that layers well over trouble spots. Gentle, effective sun protection is assured from the blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, while the smooth matte finish helps keep excess oil in check (just not all day) without looking chalky. The nine mostly neutral shades are indicative of what Almay usually produces, which is good. There are no options for dark skin tones, and the lightest shades may present some trouble for fair skin due to overtones of pink and yellow, but they're still worth considering. Avoid the too-peach Warm. By the way, Almay did include vitamins and antioxidants in this foundation, but the clear glass packaging won’t keep them stable unless you're diligent about protecting it from exposure to light. In foundations these impressive ingredients are almost always window dressing and should not be construed as turning your foundation into a form of skin care.
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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