Review - Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup

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Almay Smart Shade Mousse Foundation Makeup Review Swatch
At Spark Sessions a long while back, when I saw that Almay was still using 'smart shade' technology in their products, I was immediately intrigued and wanted to try Almay's Smart Shade Mousse Makeup. One of the first makeup products I ever purchased, as a young teenage girl, was Almay's Smart Shade Liquid foundation. I didn't quite believe in the smart shade technology back then, and I would say my opinion till this day remains the same, but with that said I don't think Almay's Smart Shade Mousse foundation is a total pass.

Almay Smart Shade Mousse Foundation Makeup Review Swatch
The product comes in a sturdy plastic pot that has a little protector seal that prevents the foundation from getting onto the lid. I wish that every cosmetic product, that comes in a jar, can have a similar seal (no more product getting stuck in the grooves of screw on caps). The texture of the foundation is actually quite thick. It's neither light or airy as the name 'mousse' would suggest. The Smart Shade Mousse makeup is available in 4 shades, but they all look fairly similar in the pot before it's applied to the skin. It's grey in color with tiny specks of black. When the product is rubbed into the skin, it changes from the grey, to which ever one of the 4 shades it's supposed to be (still not buying the whole smart shade business).

Almay Smart Shade Mousse Foundation Makeup Review Swatch
Before (left) and after (right).

Despite smart shade technology being a little gimmicky to me, I quite like Almay's Smart Shade Mousse makeup! This is definitely a light coverage foundation, I find it hard to build up because of its texture (you have to rub it in so you can't spot conceal areas you want more coverage). You have to blend it well into your skin or you can end up looking ashy or even orange after it has completed oxidized. I've been reaching for this item more often than my regular foundation, because it's so easy to blend into the skin. It doesn't cover acne spots and scars well at all, but it's still a great day to day, quick and on the go type product.

Almay Smart Shade Mousse Foundation Makeup Review Swatch

Any opinions on smart shade technology? Let me know what you think!


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