Well, look at that. I just dropped off the face of the earth for a week. In my defense, I’ve been coping with a severe allergic reaction (and before you ask what I’m allergic to, let me just go ahead and tell you. The world). The wigeon, who was supposed to take care of things in my absence, has flown off into the sunset. He’s on vacation, or so I’m told. We will have words when he gets back.
I remember being fascinated by smart shade technology when it first came out. Oh my god, it’s magic, cried my younger self. While the charm has mostly worn off, I do still get a little thrill every time I see something a new product in this category. Pair that with the awe-inducing swirl design of Almay’s Smart Shade Primer (seriously, I could stare at that thing all day long) plus a pump that actually works, and you’ve got yourself a very cool looking product. But how well does it perform?
While I can’t say this made my foundation last any longer or my skin look any smoother, it did give my skin a nice gleamy finish, which hopefully you can see below. I imagine this would be a good option for dryer skin types, as it really helped my foundation spread on more smoothly.
I also liked that it was hydrating without making me feel oily. Most primers have a sort of silicone-y slip feel to them, which is by no means a deal breaker, but can get a big annoying. This one feels much less slick than others I’ve tried, and rubs in easily. Always a plus. It does have a slightly off-putting scent, something I can’t quite put my finger on, but it dissipates once applied to the face.
As for the foundation, I used a similar product from Revlon back in junior high. I always felt ever-so-glamorous smearing that all over my face on special occasions, watching in awe as the white liquid somehow turned not-white.
This one looks and feels very similar. The formula is a runny white liquid with little black specks straight out of the tube. Part of the reason why it can work across a broad range of skintones is because it has extremely sheer coverage. I can’t even tell you how much I’ve tanned since coming to college (and let me add that I’ve been reapplying globs of SPF 50 every two hours), and the ‘light/pale’ shade doesn’t clash with my skin. I rub the tiniest bit (too much, and I find it can look cakey) over a primed face with my fingers.
As I’ve said before, I almost never wear foundation because I take great pains to keep my skin looking good on its own. This evens out my complexion that extra bit on bad skin days. However, I can’t see it working for anyone who needs medium-high coverage, given that it’s so light.
I’m on the fence about these products. They weren’t bad per se, but having been exposed to so many different foundations and primers while blogging, I think there are definitely better options out there. The primer may be worth a look if you’re in the market for a hydrating highlighter, and happen to have a coupon or some ExtraBucks, but otherwise I’ll just be honest and say they didn’t quite do it for me.
Have you tried color-adjusting products before? What’s your favorite one? I used to be totally enamored with the pH changing gloss from Sally Hansen. I wonder where it’s run off to…
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