Typically when it comes to cosmetics that are supported by a brand name, but also gentle on your skin, Almay is the way to go. They were one of the very first cosmetics brands to go hypoallergenic, and let’s just say that their discontinued Hydracolor lipstick is one of my favorite lipsticks of all time and I will miss it forever (and buy it when I find it). However, sometimes you need to move on, could other Almay products provide the same great coverage?
Almay Color + Care Lip Balm provides a hefty boast right there in its name. Typically, those with sensitive lips can find a lip balm that provides great moisturizer as well as lip health properties, but most of the time, it provides little in the way of decent color. What Color + Care offers is not only a quality lip balm, but one with color that looks akin to a nice lipstick.
One might expect this product to lend great color by being gloopy like those cheap tubes of lip gloss, but it is surprisingly not so. In fact, it has the applicator of a lip gloss, but you paint is on like a little more watery lipstick. In fact, it goes on a bit like paint. It gives not only vibrant color, but some decent, non-obnoxious shine as well. However, the real only problem you have with it is if it doesn’t sit for about an hour or so, it will come off pretty easily. This means if you put on makeup and have a quick snack, you might be in trouble. However, once it sets, it stays on fairly well.
The major issue I have with this is the ingredients. I had to hunt them down, for one, and for another it hurts my feelings. Why? Well, reading the somewhat long list, there was nothing that jumped out at me as particularly bothersome. There were a few iffy chemicals, but also some good things like avocado oil, aloe, and rice bran. However, once you get to that pesky “May Contain” list, it is just heart-break after heart-break with things like mica, ten tons of synthetic dyes, carmine, and even bismuth oxychloride.
So Almay’s Color + Care offers color in spades, but care? Sadly not so much. I expected better from the brand that delivered my beloved HydraColor, but I guess they can’t all be winners. So maybe it is better if we sensitive skinned masses go back to watching sellers on Amazon and EBay hoping they find a treasure trove of HydraColor in our shade.