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I used this Always foundation for a couple of years, stocked up on it when it was discontinued and so far haven't been able to find another foundation as good. The foundation comes in a simple see-through glass 'jar' with a screw-on lid. The mouth of the jar is wide, so you can easily pour out as much of the product as needed. The back of the jar reads: "Clear Pore Compex helps keep pores clean". The foundation is in liquid form and is hypo-allergenic and oil-free. It smells a bit different than most, not bad, but it has a distinctive non-girly smell, that seems to have a hint of liquorice or peppermint or something with a bit of kick to it in it. I first bought it due to the fact that the shade 'Buff 02' matches the colour of my skin exactly. It is a nice pale shade that tends a bit more towards yellow than pink. The product is easy to apply with a smooth makeup sponge, and leaves what I would call a fairly light coverage, not very light, but far from heavy. When you apply the foundation, you can feel a faint cool and tingling sensation, which feels nice and refreshing. The finish is smooth and matte, and stays matte pretty well throughout the day on my combination skin, with a few touches of powder needed every now and then. It also stays put really well, as some foundations seem to almost disappear from your face in the course of the day. It's very easy to remove with any makeup remover I used. Difficult to think of anything negative to say about the product, it's obviously not as good for your skin as the new mineral foundations, but that said, my sensitive skin didn't react badly to it at all, maybe due to it being hypo-allergenic, light and oil-free. I would recommend this to anyone, but as said, it's been discontinued. I did find a very similar-looking product and shade in a Revlon Color Stay range, but this turned out to be of a much more crude consistency, and didn't leave the same smooth finish.
Having tried loads of different foundations, I have to say that this surpasses all of them. It is a little pricey at £10 a bottle, and also extremely difficult to get hold of. You dont often see it in boots, and its a real shame. Anyhow, you can pick up a bottle on ebay for around a tenner, but i must say it is worth it. The foundation comes in loads of shades, i initially started on the buff, but its very light and i like neutral or sand as its a little more colour. What i love most about this foundation is the feel, its easy to apply, and the feel is cold on your skin, it never really feels like you are wearing foundation which is also great. The foundation lasts around 6 hours, then it really does need a touch up, thats the only thing. However, i dont mind since i love the intial feel of it on my skin. Lastly and probably the best part about this foundation is that it is good for the skin, your pores dont block because the foundation isnt too heavy, and it really does work. So i'd definetely recommend this product, used it for years and cant see me changing.
I bought Almay's "Skin Stays Clean" foundation about a week ago. The reason being that my skin has been playing up on me recently, and although i use and love Elizabeth Arden's flawless finish mousse, it just hasn't been giving me enough coverage lately. So i was looking for a non-comedogenic foundation to keep my pores from clogging up while i was wearing it. I also wasn't looking for an expensive foundation, as i hope this bout of bad skin will pass within the next week. Available at Boots, and costing a very reasonable £8.99, i hoped it might be the answer to my problems. And in a way, it has been ok for me. I can't expect miracles. So i'll just give you the technical stuff... **THE BOTTLE** Amazingly in this day and age, the bottle for Skin Stays Clean is made from glass. The bottle is 10cm tall and has a shiny silver lid. It is very sleek looking, and in my opinion looks more expensive than what it costs. The details and logo of the product are on the front, and at the very bottom it says in tiny ickle writing "100% Oil Free" (great for acne) and "100% Fragrance free." There are 30ml of foundation in the bottle, good value for money. ** COLOUR AND COVERAGE** I'm using colour 4- neutral. It is available in 12 shades, and as a note, i must say that they are all yellow based. I find yellow based foundation makes my skin look a bit perkier: but then it's not for everyone. The blurb of "Skin Stays Clean" is: "A lightweight, oil-free foundation with our patented Beta Hydroxy Complex to help keep dirt out and control oil-breakthrough. Feels clean and pampers your skin with vitamins A and E, plus aloe". (taken from <www.almay.com>) I found that, as this foundation is just a little thicker than my normal one, i can cover red spots easily, and my skin looks a lot smoother straight away. It doesn't feel heavy on my fac e, and unlike other foundations, it doesn't seem to get greasy later in the day. It also smells quite odd. I'm not entirely sure what the smell is, but it seems a little menthol-ish. ** INGREDIENTS ** I know, this is boring for a lot of you, but if you're like me, and have troublesome skin, then this informaton can be vital when it comes to deciding on a product. Water, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, Sodium Chloride, Talc, Methicone, Silica Silylate, Tribehenin, Salicylic Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Menthol, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines ** WILL I BUY THIS AGAIN? ** Yes, i certainly will buy this product again, even when my skin gets back to it's normal self, i will continue to alternate this product with my other foundation. It's great value for money and feels light on my skin. Its as if my skin can breathe through it. The coverage is as good as i can expect, and the colour matches my skin tone very naturally. I also find i don't need to use a powder with it, although i may be tempted to get the powder that matches it, for bad days. If you need very heavy coverage, then this isn't the foundation for you, but if you want to feel that you're doing something for your skin, while still wearing make-up then this might be your best bet. I think it's very good.
I have been using this foundation for almost a year now and I will never look back. My skin is a strange organ -- it likes to break out from all kinds of different things...FOUNDATIONS being one of them. But Almay Skin Stays Clean is the *only* foundation that has never made my face erupt into a pimply hell. It contains salicylic acid which helps gently exfoliate your skin and is oil-free, too. Since first buying from Walgreens in the U.S. last summer, I have purchased 2 other colours -- All of Almays foundations are yellow based (rather than the usual pink) because this is supposedly meant to mimic the natural tones of the skin better. My first was Sand which matched my tanned skin perfectly back then. I had to move on to Neutral for the winter (this was still a tiny bit too dark), and then onto Buff. Perfect match! I got these foundations from Boots (but am pretty sure you can get them from Superdrug and other chemists/drugstores aswell). They cost £8.99 each. The only thing Im not too keen on with this foundation is the packaging. It is in a glass bottle which gets extremely messy after a few weeks use (foundation gets caked into the grooves that the lid grips to), but this can easily be cleaned with some wet tissue or cotton wool really. However, it is very easy to spill this foundation! It is very "liquid-y" -- not like water, but I find it a lot runnier than most other liquid foundations. But that is both a good and bad thing in my opinion. Bad because of the risk of spills and good because of the coverage it gives - light to medium. You can layer this foundation to get the desired coverage. For me, though, I like to have natural looking and feeling makeup so I only apply one "coat". I really like the consistency of it for this very reason. It is so easy to blend and looks very natural - it also makes my skin so healthy looking because it is yellow based (not quite sure how that works but it does!). People have commented on ho w good my skin looks when I am wearing this foundation :) I have heard from others that their skin couldnt tolerate the salicylic acid in this foundation. Its not high up in the list of ingredients but I think people with sensitive skin might have a problem with this foundation because of the salicylic acid (although some sensitive skinned folks have been just fine with it - its all down to the individual, I think). I think this foundation would be great for anyone with combination/oily skin - just like myself. As for the staying power, I think it last very well. I need to blot my face at lunch time but the foundation is still there, although I think it has faded a little (if I am completely honest!). But I still think it is a great foundation, though. I have tried others in between but I have always broken out from them after a couple of days use -- they feel too thick and heavy, too fragranced, too orange....I always go back to my Skin Stays Clean!
I bought this foundation as a change from my old one and i expected a positive result as a minimum. My skin is not particularly sensitive, it never has been. But this particular foundation made my skin look blotchy and I had patches as well as breaking out in a rash across large parts of my face, it healed quickly, but I would never recommend this to anyone else unless they had very thick skin like a walrus or an elephant. Do not buy this if you are considering it. It is a waste of your money, they're are many more reliable products out there...
Since Max Factor stopped doing their Ultra Moist foundation I have been searching high and low for a foundation to suit me. Although my skin isn't particularly dry, I still like to use a lot of moisturiser before putting foundation on to avoid the "I'm wearing foundation" look. I tried tinted moisturisers because I like the light feel but they didn't really offer much cover just a sort of healthy glow. Almay skin stays clean foundation is the best i have found on my search. In fact i'd say it was actually better than the Max Factor Ultra Moist which left a very matt finish. The Almay foundation is light enough to feel like you arn't wearing any foundation but has enough cover to hide skin blemishes, dark circles etc. I think they offer 6 colours and I guess I was just lucky to find a match quite close to my own skin colour. About 4 of the colours are quite pinky but I needed a more yellow based one which I found called "Sand". I have only been using it for a few days but have had no problems with it. It is hypo-allergenic and 100% oil free which is good too. The only slight critisism I have of it is that it comes in a glass pour bottle wherease I (and most people I know) prefer the plastic squeezy tubes as you are less likely to accidentally use too much of it. Its usual price is £7.95 but is in Boots for £6.95 at the moment (15th August).
Light airy foundation