Almay Clear Complexion Makeup Review

Hey lovelies! Today I wanted to review a foundation that you may or may not have noticed me wearing on my instagram lately. Almay and Topbox were both very kind to send the Clear Complexion Makeup Foundation my way. They sponsored my before and after post on instagram. This blog post is not sponsored, but I did receive the product for free. All of my opinions will always remain my own.

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How I Approach Brand Collaborations

I’ve turned down collaboration after collaboration in the past six months or so. I get a lot of requests to promote products and I give most of them an immediate thumbs down. I have a little check list for how I approach collaborations.

  1. Do I like the product?
    This is the most important point. I will always give you guys a completely honest review of a product. If I don’t like something about it I will be shouting that loud and clear. For my Almay ig post they provided me with a specific phrase I had to use in my post so in this case I made it blatantly obvious that the post was sponsored by using the hashtags #sponsored and #ad immediately after the first sentence. I also tested the foundation in advance to make sure that I liked the product and that I thought the statement accurate before creating my post. My post went live so I clearly enjoyed the foundation!
  2. Does the product fit my niche? 
    I get sooo many requests for clothing collaborations from random brands. You guys know me, I’m not a fashion blogger. I was recently asked to promote a brand of watches which confused the hell out of me.
  3. Will the product meet the needs of my target demographic?
    I’m lucky to have readers of different ages brackets and life phases. What I’ve realized though is that most of you are in the same budget range as myself. It makes zero sense for me to write a sponsored post on a product that costs over $100 when I personally wouldn’t ever splurge on the product on my current budget. I prefer to write about products that are in the drugstore to midrange price point because that’s what I can afford. No matter how good that $100 eye cream is if I can’t afford it I assume most of you in your twenties can’t either!

Almay Clear Complexion Makeup With 2% Salicylic Acid Review


Almay Clear Complexion Makeup Review

Almay Clear Complexion Makeup is an acne fighting foundation that retails for approximately $15CAD for 1 0z of product depending on where you shop. The cheapest I found it was at for $11.99 but it can also be found at walmart and other drugstore beauty retailers. It also retails at Ulta.

Clear Complexion Makeup claims to minimize the appearance of pores, provide buildable coverage, clear breakouts and minimize oil.

Salicylic Acid – The Acne Fighter

I don’t personally have a lot of acne but I did actually have a break out right before this foundation arrived. Clear Complextion Makeup contains 2% Salicylic Acid which is considered a maximum strength treatment. Salicylic Acid is a skincare ingredient that functions as a chemical exfoliant. It helps to dissolve the outer layer of skin and dirt that may be clogging pores and causing breakouts.

It’s strange to me having a chemical exfoliant directly in my foundation instead of being used as a treatment after cleansing and before applying makeup. Luckily I didn’t notice my skin pilling during the day or any irritation.

If you have really dry skin Salicylic Acid may not be the best choice for you. I have dry skin so I don’t use this foundation everyday. I use it mainly when I notice that my T zone is breaking out and I still want to wear foundation. This article will tell you much more about how Salicylic Acid functions as an exfoliant.

almay Clear Complexion Makeup Ivory 100

Blended out with my fingers. You can see that the shade is a little off.

Shade Range and Finish

Almay Clear Complexion Makeup has a shade range of 14 shades. That seems low to me. I’m wearing the shade Ivory 100 and it’s a bit too pink toned for me but the shade above and below are too light and too dark respectively. I would have liked to see a yellow toned lighter foundation shade. It would have suited my skin tone much better (despite what Sephora’s Color IQ test would have me believe).

This foundation comes in a matte finish which is no surprise as acne is very prominent in oiler skin. As a dry skinned girl I prefer a dewy finish but I didn’t mind the comfortable matte finish on me. I just had to glow it up with a facial mist and lots of highlight!

Almay Clear Complexion Makeup Foundation Before & After


Clear Complexion Makeup gave me a really nice light coverage. One layer gives me light coverage (which I prefer). This foundation can be built up for added coverage. With two layers the coverage still looked natural and non-cakey which is always a plus! I was impressed that despite the shade being a little off the finish was still very skin-like when I used a wet sponge to blend it out.

As you can see in my Almay foundation before and after above the acne on my chin wasn’t covered completely. It was a large blemish so I’m honestly not surprised. The main draw for me was that the breakout didn’t spread. I often get little clusters of acne so I was happy that it didn’t go beyond the one ugly zit on my chin. I don’t think that this foundation will solve all your acne troubles, especially if you have cystic acne but it’s a nice foundation for the price.

If I had to give it a star rating I would give it a 3.5/5. The salicylic acid in the Almay Clear Complexion Makeup isn’t really meant for dry skin like mine. I haven’t had any issues but I’ve also been careful to rotate out my foundations so I don’t over exfoliate my skin. My preferred drugstore foundation is still the Maybelline Hydrate & Smooth Foundation. I wish there was somehow a dewy version of Clear Complexion Makeup that also fought acne. A girl can dream right?

Almay Clear Complexion Foundation with 2% Salicylic Acid

Have you tried Almay Clear Complexion Makeup?
Let me know your top acne fighting tips!

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  1. October 24, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I love the idea of an acne-fighting foundation! My skin is very acne-prone and I always feel like I’m making it worse with foundation. This seems like a really great option, or at least worth a try. I also love that it’s sold at Walmart!! Thanks for sharing.

    • AlwaysCleia
      October 25, 2018 / 12:08 am

      I always have to ease up on the foundation when my skin is breaking out so it’s a good option to have one that works to clear breakouts!
      I hope it works great for you if you try it out 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  2. Makeup by Erin
    October 22, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    I’ve seen some other reviews about it and it seems like a really good idea for foundation! I personally wouldn’t buy it just because I hardly wear foundation, and when I do, I like a more full coverage! It does look really nice on you though!

    • AlwaysCleia
      October 22, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      I guess this is just the first time I’ve heard of salicylic acid in a foundation! So far it’s worked for me.
      That makes total sense! I know lots of people who love full coverage foundations the most so medium to light foundations aren’t enough. Thanks for reading!

  3. October 20, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    I loved this review. Based on what you said, I definitely wouldn’t try it myself (so thanks for saving me the money!). Like you said, I wish they created a more dewy formula, because that’s honestly what I’ve been loving lately! Great post Cleia xxx

    Melina |

    • AlwaysCleia
      October 21, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      Thank yo so much for reading! I’m glad you found this review helpful 🙂
      I wish that there were more dewy foundations to try, I’ve noticed that a lot of brands have been all about matte finishes lately :S

      • October 26, 2018 / 9:49 am

        yeah, I noticed that too, and even though I like some of them, a lot of them are too drying for my skin!

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