Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer – A Review

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Recently I talked about the Almay tlc Foundation. This week it’s all about the Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer!

The Packaging and Claims: The Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct primer is packaged in a pump dispenser, very similar to its sister foundation! The packaging is clear allowing you to see the lovely swirl of product inside. One swirl is coloured green and intended to help correct redness while the other swirl is purple and contains lavender to help even out the skin tone & brighten your skin. Buyer beware – I have read from various sources that lavender can be a common irritant on the skin for many people. Luckily for me I do not have that issue!

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No product on my hand
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A squirt of the Almay Smart Shade Primer
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Blended out.

Look & Feel: When I applied the Smart Shade primer I found that there was a slight reduction in redness as well as a slight dewy finish. It seemed to be absorbed quickly in to my skin and I could blend concealer in to it quite well. So as result I would say that it did in fact make a nice base for my foundation. It did not do much in terms of reducing my pores but it doesn’t claim to so I won’t hold it against them. I wouldn’t bother wearing it alone. It doesn’t do enough for it to be some sort of no make up day short cut. What I did enjoy using it for was a base for mineral makeup. I love mineral makeup but it can be quite drying. The Almay Smart Shade primer offers a little hydration that just sort of helps ward off some of the drying side effects of mineral makeup. It also didn’t cause any break outs and I pleasantly noted that it didn’t cause any kind of grey cast or hue to my skin tone. I find that some correcting products can do that.

Longevity of Wear: It appeared to last all day. I can never quite tell with primer if it does or not… it’s so hard to judge! I paired it with tlc foundation as well as pur minerals and tarte and enjoyed it with the powdered products more than the liquid products because it can add to the dewy appearance on your skin. I think my favourite foundation to pair it with was my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. Something about the pair just really did it for me!

Price Comparison: Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct primer is about $15.99. The only product that I have used that is similar is the Stila Color Correcting Primer. The Stila version is close to $50 and although I think it’s a good product, that’s just too much for me. For the price, Almay does a good job of correcting minor skin redness and providing a good base for your foundation. I’d go so far as to say that if you like the Stila one and you want to a drugstore alternative, try the Almay. However – it is not a dupe. It just performs a similar job. The Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer is comparable in price point to the L’Oreal Paris Magic Lumi Primer, and considerably cheaper but comparable to Stila color correcting primer

Overall: I thought that the Almay Smart Shade primer performed as advertised. I’m not 100% certain that this type of primer is what I need or want so I can’t say for sure if I’d re-buy it. For myself, I think I’d like something that offers a little help in the fine lines and pores department! If your struggle is redness, this could be an affordable option for you.


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