At Spark Sessions, we received quite a few goodies from Almay, one of the sponsors of the event. I use a few products from Almay here and there, but it’s not a brand I bee-line for at the drug store. After trying these products though, I’m definitely curious about what’ll be coming out in the next few months. Almay is really good at updating their Instagram page, so be sure to follow them to get the latest news.
intense i-color volumizing mascara / smart shade powder blush in nude / smart shade cc cream complexion corrector in light / soothing & de-puffing gentle eye makeup remover pads / smart shade mousse makeup in light medium / colour + care liquid lip balm in just plum good / shadow softies in Moss / colour + care liquid lip balm in apple a day
Almay is great because all of their products are hypoallergenic – and the fact that they have gluten-free lip products (read on!) is beyond amazing.
I also love the story behind Almay – a woman, Fanny May Woititz who had sensitive skin, and her husband, Alfred, who started working towards making products that wouldn’t irritate her sensitive skin. Together they came up with Almay. Do you see what they did there? Albert + May = Almay. How cute is that!
Almay is all about making makeup easy and achievable. Their products can be used individually for a pop of colour, yet they’re subtle enough to be worn all together.
I tried to show comparisons between the mousse and the cc cream, but it didn’t show as much as I would have hoped! And yes, my skin is doing really, really poorly at the moment. It’s been terrible! Luckily, since these photos, my skin has improved a bit. I do feel like the camera picks up every single little spot. Anyways, back to the products.
We sampled both the mousse and the cc cream at the event, and it was so, so hard to choose between the two. I finally opted for the mousse because it’s ever so sightly more covering. You’ll be happy to know that both are build-able without looking cakey, though. Amen! That’s really my biggest issue with foundation, looking cakey and yucky. After choosing the mousse, I couldn’t stop thinking about the cc cream. So… I may or may not have bought the cc cream the following day.
Both products are incredible. Unfortunately the mousse I have is a little dark for me (I’m sure you can tell from the images), but I love wearing it. It doesn’t completely cover my spots – i.e. I still need to use cover up and powder, but it is so lightweight that I don’t feel it at all. It’s also matte, which is really nice. My mom and I have both been using the mousse for about a week, and we both love it. She only needs it on her cheeks to cover her rosacea, and what’s awesome is that it looks so natural – you really cannot tell she’s wearing anything on her cheeks.
I haven’t used the cc cream extensively, but it feels really, really nice. It’s blends in like nobody’s business, and I love that. I know I’ll be using this extensively in the summer, as it’s even more lightweight than the mousse – I didn’t even think that was possible!
On to the blush. There were three gorgeous shades, and I opted for the one most out of my comfort zone, this sort of nude/orange blush. I tend to opt for pink and red blushes, and I thought it would be fun to try something new! It took quite a few strokes for the product to show, but that’s almost a good thing because it means you won’t go overboard with the colour! Once I got the colour showing, I really liked it. I’d say the lasting power was pretty average, after about 5 hours it was barely there.
What’s really awesome about this blush? There’s a mirror underneath. Yep, that’s right. Isn’t that awesome? Often blushes don’t have mirrors which can drive me up the wall!
On to the shadow softies. I believe these beauties are new on the market since I wasn’t able to find them online anywhere! I found a few reviews here and there, but not much. If you see these, I’d hop on that and buy one (or five, y’know). They are so easy to wear. They’re a very lightweight, mousse like eyeshadow that stay on all day. It’s amazing. They’re also super pigmented, so there’s that.
I love doing just one colour over my lid, and these are great for that easy look. Also – a great way to add a pop of colour! I wouldn’t recommend applying these with brushes since they don’t really pick up the product – go straight in there with your fingers!
I chose a really lovely gold/green colour, but as you can see, there are many more colours available (and those aren’t even all of them!) I can’t wait to pick up more of these because with how easy they are to use, I just want to use them every day. They actually remind me of the L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible when it comes to pigmentation, except a fraction of the price.
The mascara is one of my favourite things. Not necessarily because of the quality, but because of the idea behind it. You choose your mascara based on eye colour, that’s it. So for my green eyes, I received a mocha colour. It’s a very subtle colour, but enough to add a little something. I have to say, I may break the rules and try the mascara for brown eyes. It’s hard to resist, it’s plum!
On to the quality of the mascara. I found I really had to work it. It wasn’t a very easy application where it went on flawlessly. I had to work to get out clumps and make it’s pretty even throughout. Once finished, I really liked how it looked! If it wasn’t so much effort to put on, this would definitely be my new go-to mascara. Oh, and what’s awesome? It didn’t flake throughout the day.
I’ll be honest, I expected to had these lip glosses/balm/weird hybrid thing. I am not a gloss girl. I hate the sticky feeling, and how my hair always gets stuck in it. And when you drink something, the lip gloss goes everywhere, more so than lipstick even!
I have to say though, I am swayed. I was immediately interested because the products look so cute, but I was pretty much sold when one of the lovely ladies from Almay explained that these lippies are gluten-free. What? Yes, that’s right! Gluten-free lip products! How amazing is that?
So, yeah, I definitely love these. They are just so easy to wear, and they add a great pop of colour without being overwhelming. They’re just perfect, ok? What’s especially great? I don’t get any of the product on my teeth! Hooray!
I bet you’re wondering about the makeup removers. I’m thrilled to say they work great at removing eye makeup, though I find you really need one pad for each eye to really get all of the mascara off. I prefer the one-cloth-cleans-whole-face type of remover, followed by washing my face, but I know I’ll be reaching for these when I’m wearing more eye makeup than usual.
What do you lovely ladies think? Have you tried any of these products? Even better, do you want to?