Friday, January 10, 2014

review: almay smart shade cc luminous primer

I am slightly strange in the fact that I often google reviews for products after I have purchased them to see if others had the same first impressions...The Almay smart shade CC luminous primer does not have many reviews so here are my thoughts on it for others who like to google things before they buy. It is winter and I wanted a bit of glow to my skin so I decided to try this out on a whim. One thing to note right off the bat is the "luminous" aspect of this primer refers to color correction of the skin tone via light pink and lavender tones not so much of a highlight. You can see from the below picture once blended there is not much shine to the skin
mind my dry and drier winter skin....
* No silicons and has a lotion-like texture that is thick and doesn't tend to make dry skin look worse (unless your skin is flaky)
* doesn't control oil but also doesn't make skin oilier throughout the day. (as opposed too with no primer)
* hasn't caused any breakouts or clogged pores
* the light pink tone does seem to brighten the skin, but only slightly...

* has a bit of a matte texture to it, it can make certain foundations not as blend-able. This also gives the skin not as soft of a texture.
* can feel a bit heavy on the skin.

Final thoughts: I have been using this several ways and with several different foundations to see if I can find a good way to work with it and haven't found something that clicks yet. I love the idea of evening out your skin tone although I feel it is very subtle and not something that is near holy grail. I may put this away for the last few winter months and bring it back out in the spring when my skin isn't so dry and give it another whirl.
Disclaimer: Bought by me at Superstore for $15.99 for 1 fluid ounce.


  1. I wear That Gal from Benefit and love it - It's pricey though. But I've heard that Sephora's Smoothing Primer is really good too!


    1. Thanks lisa, I will be checking those out!