May 24, 2016

Almay Age Essentials Concealer Review & Swatches

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Almay Age Essentials Concealer ($11.29) is a new, permanent stick concealer that launched with the Almay Age Essentials Collection recently at drugstores. Age Essentials Concealer is available in four shade selections and promises to conceal age spots and under eye circles plus it contains an SPF 20 which is a rarity in concealer formulas.

I’ve used so many stick concealers in my life but for some reason this brings me back to the old school lipstick concealers. I also typically associate these with a dry formula for some reason. I know, totally judging a book by its cover but I think stick concealer I think dry! Is that bad of me?

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So, I wouldn’t completely toss Almay Age Essentials Concealer out the window but I also wouldn’t say it’s a keeper formula for drier eyes. The texture is a little too satiny for drier eyes but might work well for oily skin.

This comes in a chunky little purple barrel (love the purple!) that has a swivel up design. The concealer swivels completely down so no worries about that! The concealer has a slanted tip which makes for easy applicator as it fits perfectly under the contour of your eyes. The texture is lightly creamy but it does drag a bit during application and seems to set before I have a chance to blend it out. It’s a satin finish which isn’t a terrible problem for me however, it actually applies and sets to a satin finish quickly. It’s one thing to have a satin finish but quite another but to satiny right out of the gate. This satiny consistency means it drags a good deal and proves difficult to blend out. I just feel like it sets right out of the tube without giving me a chance to blend it out. I had no issues with it caking thankfully nor did it crease but it looked terribly drying under my eyes and accentuated my finer lines.

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Almay Age Essentials Concealer swatches

It’s weird because it’s formulated for aging eyes yet it fits none of the criteria or an aging eye formula nor does it have some of the benefits one would expect from a concealer for aging eyes such as creaminess and hydration.

The pigmentation starts out well enough but blends out a bit more sheerer so I wouldn’t say this is going to cover major issues if you have them. I selected the Light shade for myself but it was too pale. A friend of mine has the Light/Medium and it was too golden beige for me so, I couldn’t quite find a good match.

I sadly went into this purchase knowing I’d likely be disappointed but I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised. In this case, I hate being right.

Almay Age Essentials Concealer might prove a good pick for oily skin but for drier, aging eyes I would skip it!

Tried it?

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I purchased this item.

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  • Andrew

    I’m not surprised you’re less than enthused with this concealer. Aside from their loose powder, I’ve yet to find anything from Almay that’s worth the money. Just yesterday I tried their SmartShade pressed powder and it’s going back to CVS today. It was dry, chalky, and had a very fake satin finish that emphasized pores and skin texture. I think I’m officially done trying to give them a chance.

    • Isabella Muse

      MAYBE oily skin will like it? I hydrate well before applying any concealer under my eyes but this just looked awful. It didn’t crease but it aged my eyes by like 10 years because the powdery satiny finish just wasn’t working out :-/

  • Carol G

    Almay needs to retire. They seriously have the worst products. I can’t remember the last time I even thought about looking at their section at the drugstore. The last item I tried was that horrible SoftShade eyeshadow (or whatever it was called). It was basically pigment free, almost like chalk. I saw them at Big Lots a few months ago. Epic fail on their part. I saw another review on this same concealer and it was the same verdict: guilty of being awful.

    • Jane

      Their lipstick! I love it.

      But that’s the only one I’ve loved or bought in two years. They could make a mint by knocking off the DQ’d Maybelline Dream Mousse concealer and powder!

  • teedee

    I absolutely ADORED Almay’s now discontinued stick concealer “Nearly Naked” in Light/Medium 200, and have yet to find one that comes close. I have the tiniest bit left in a tube, and it’s so perfect for my face color that I never, ever wear makeup or even powder. Just barely touch the concealer here or there, gently pat it with my finger tip and boom. Done. So, when I saw THIS post, I was all kinds of excited! After reading it however…. not so much. I certainly don’t have oily skin, therefore it’s probably not going to work out for me either. 🙁 Manufacturers, PLEASE stop fooling around with your best selling products. The old saying, though hokey, is STILL TRUE: If it ain’t broke, don’t “fix” it. And the “Nearly Naked” line was clearly not “broken”, at least not in this part of the country (Charleston, SC). It was never in stock because it sold out so fast. We don’t wear a lot of makeup, because it’s so blasted hot. Maybe that’s why… I don’t know, lol. Anyway, if anyone has USED something that’s the same color and texture as the Almay Nearly Naked 200….. (or knows where there’s an incredible refrigerated stockpile, hahaha), please let me know.

    • Isabella Muse

      Ugh I hate when they discontinue something I love. I know the feeling well Teedee 🙁 sadness! You might want to try this anyway, who knows you might like it! Personally I found it too drying!

  • Joane

    I just purchased the best foundation for dry skin. I feel so beautiful and look radiant. The ingredients are better than all the other foundations in the whole Walgreens. I was there for two hours reading labels. Almay Age Essentials is truly soothing and smoothing. Give No 7 Boots the thumbs down review. Almay Rocks !

  • Professional Woman

    Isabella… You are my go to source for objective make up reviews. No matter what type of product, you seem to be tuned in on what a woman is looking for to look better at all ages! I’m 64 but can pass for 54…thanks to many of your recommendations! Your writing is always interesting and reliable. Thanks so much. Love your swatches too. You are truly a muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      awwwwww thank YOU! ;-D That is a huge compliment I’m flattered 😀 Thank you very, very, very much xoxoxoxo!