Almay Clear Complexion Foundation

 Almay Clear Complexion Make Up (30ml) - £4

I am well deserving of a good slap on the wrist for my lack of posts lately. What with Christmas coming up all of my time/money is going towards that so I really haven't had much chance of blogging routinely. However I've spent most of the day taking pictures and creating drafts for new reviews etc so I should get back into the swing of things in the near future!

Anyway, onto today's review. Since I got home I've been trying to give my skin a little bit of a detox; steering clear of heavy make up and just generally treating my skin a little bit better with more attention being paid to creating a proper skincare routine. Although I originally planned to stop wearing foundation all together over the festive season it was a lot easier said than done so I've been looking for a foundation still has some benefits for my skin (some sort of compromise I suppose!) I picked up Almay's Clear Complexion Foundation a little while ago and have been using it a lot since. It contains Salicylic Acid; something which is proven to help heal and prevent blemishes and can also be found in a lot of acne medications. 

I have combination skin that isn't too oily or too dry but is very prone to blemishes. Acne has been the bane of my teenage life and although I've only ever suffered with it relatively mildly it's had a huge effect on my confidence and the way I feel about myself. For a long while I was using prescribed treatments which helped me no end but once I reached the old age of 19 I decided to stop using these and see if my skin had cleared up as I got older. My skin at the moment is behaving itself pretty well and since I've religiously been using Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair (review to come soon!) active breakouts have been kept to a minimum. I do however have moderate scarring from past blemishes which are proving impossible to budge, so this foundation stood out for me as something that would not only cover them, but may help to fade them over time.

I'd describe this as a medium coverage foundation that can easily be built to create a more full coverage look. It reminds me a lot of Revlon Colourstay, both in it's consistency and it's finish. It smells very similar too, but that might just be my opinion! For my combination skin I do find this a teeny bit drying. Like most anti-blemish formulas it seems to be aimed at oily skin types which can be a real pain in the arse if you have blemish-prone skin that isn't actually too oily. I make sure I moisturise really well before I use this though and it doesn't create too much of a problem for me. The finish is very matte and although I've tried I find it really hard to create a 'glow' when using this product, but that's a problem I have with most higher coverage foundations anyway.

I picked the foundation up in the shade #220 'Neutral' from a local chemist. I know they don't sell this brand of make up everywhere but it seems to be relatively easy to find online, although the shade range is slightly limited. 'Neutral' suits my skin really well though and when applied with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush I find it relatively easy to blend for a natural look. Because of the way this dries out my skin I stick to using just a very thin layer in the areas I need it which works for me on an everyday basis but I perhaps wouldn't choose this if I was looking for a more flawless finish. For such a cheap product it is very long lasting though which really impressed me. It tends to last a good 6 hours or so without the use of powder to set.

Overall I'll continue to use this on days where I'm not too fussed about having flawless skin. Although I haven't noticed any visible changes to the appearance of my acne scars so far I wasn't really expecting to if I'm honest. The only hang up I have is that I do find this drying on my skin and if I use it all over it leaves my complexion looking slightly dull and drab. I'd recommend this to those with oily skin as a great value way of covering and concealing blemishes whilst controlling the amount of oil your skin produces.