Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Almay Wake Up Hydrating Makeup Review

Happy Tuesday! :)

So, yesterday I said that I will be reviewing one of my Almay products today, and I chose to start with

Almay Wake Up Hydrating Makeup

Almay has taken mineral foundation to the next level using an innovative process that infuses encapsulated water in a luxurious loose powder. The result is instantly glowing, hydrated skin with an amazing cooling sensation.

Professional makeup artist inspired foundation brush fits perfectly in the cap for easy storage and mess-free travel.


• mineral loose powder foundation provides flawless coverage

• encapsulated water delivers instant cooling hydration

• formula with cucumber, minerals, aloe vera and green tea extracts refresh and give skin a smooth appearance

• SPF 13 helps protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays

• provides light to medium coverage

• soft luminous finish • hypoallergenic • dermatologist tested

•oil-free, free of talc and added parabens

Application Tips:

1. Slide brush out of cap and extend to lock brush handle into place.
2. Swirl brush into powder and tap off excess.
3. Blend powder evenly all over face in short, sweeping strokes for a natural luminous complexion.
4. Slide brush back into cap and close the lid tightly after each use.

***from www.almay.com***

(Their website is awesome - sooo organized!)

First thing I'm going to say: I love it!

Everything said above are all true (maybe except the brush... we'll get to that later).

This is an amazing product! Normally, I am happy with the products I use, but I don't think I ever really rave about a lot of them. So, this is a rave. ;)

I love how you can really feel the water in the powder - the first time I used it, I had to check to make sure my face wasn't wet, haha! It's cooling - perfect for warm summer days. And it has SPF 13!

It gives my face a smooth finish. When I first started using this, I had little dark bumps on my face - they were covered - not totally, but they were covered.

It's very light, not heavy on my face at all. Not greasy. Basically, everything said above.

Now, the brush...

I actually really do like the shape and quality of the brush itself. The only part I had a problem with was the lock when you slide it up. A couple of times while applying the powder onto my face, the brush would slide back down. Maybe it was just the brush I got, or maybe not. If you use this, have you encountered that problem?

Price... At Target, it's $11.79. At Ulta, it's $12.99.

I'm not sure what the regular prices are for this kind of powder, but I think those are pretty reasonable. What do you think?

Have you used this? What do you think of it? How did it work for you?

Is it something you would want to try?

***I might be getting the Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup, which is the same as this, so I will be doing a comparison between the two in the future.*** :D

Have a great rest of the week! :)


  1. I haven't actually used this product, so I can't say anything about it. But from the look of the jar - Revlon is being really lazy in diversifying packaging through out its brands - Revlon Photoready Aqua anyone? :)
    but enough pulling out a smartie =) does this powder have any shimmer to it?

  2. can't wait to see the comparison!

  3. i haven't tried this product yet. but it looks cool! i don't like wearing heavy make-up especially during school so this would be perfect for me. thanks for the review. :D


  4. This product sounds cool, thanks for the review!:D

    I suggest you just use your regular powder brush, those always suck. I might try this in the future and I am looking forward to reading your Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup review.:D

    Have a happy Wednesday!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  5. Awesome so trying this I've been eyeing it for a while so where's the glow sticks for the rave !!! Lolol jk doll hope your enjoying your week

  6. ellie-- thanks!

    Renee-- it does actually have a little bit of shimmer. i forgot to mention that. ;)

    SassyAgapi-- :D

    Carrie-- yeah, i think this would be perfect for you - i use it for my everyday school makeup. :)

    Marie-- i've been thinking about using my regular brushes, thanks for suggesting that! :)

    Curves ahead makeup-- haha, thanks! i hope you're enjoying yours too!

  7. I havent tried this product but since almay is owned by revlon I figured it was the same, however I was watching youtube and people said one thing they didnt like about the revlon one was that it was glittery, was this one glittery in any way?
    I was afraid it might be so I didn't pick it up.

  8. nice blog. nice tips!!
    check out www.fashiontnt.com
    if you like it, follow!

  9. I used a powder for a brief time a few years back, and was displeased with the results - very oily. Maybe I wasn't using it correctly? I will have to read more about this one. :)

  10. Great review and I have to say that I am generally happy with the Almay products I try so will be given this product a try.

    p.s. We've learned the muffins are even better if you add another 1/4 cup sugar and a couple more tablespoons of cinnamon.

  11. Avon has mineral make up but not anything with the cooling effect. It would be worth giving a try. It has the same price range. http://tinyurl.com/avoncgeorge

  12. I really want to try this now!!!


  13. I never tried this but you did a fantastic job of reviewing it! XOXO

  14. Excelent advise! I use a Chanel make up but my skin is very dry so sometimes it doesn't work as I would like to... i think I'm going to try to get this one!
    xxx so

  15. sounds like a great product, you should definitely post before and after pics!

    Chic on the Cheap

  16. Noelle-- it does have a tiny bit of shimmer, but not a lot. very subtle. :)

    fashion tnt-- i'll check it out!

    Erika-- hmmm, it could be or maybe the powder is just really oily?

    stephanie-- thanks!

    Sunny&Star-- i tried it today, and they turned out pretty well. i'll blog about it soon! :D

    C-- i think it would be worth a try. :)

    17-20 fashion-- thanks!

    Jessie-- let me know if you do!

    Venus In Virgo-- thank you!!!

    So-- let me know what you think of it!

    LyddieGal-- yup, i've been thinking about that. :)

  17. Thanks for the note..I'm a matt lanter fan..=)

    Really, I usually have lots of luck with Almay. I like these kind of products because I don't use that much of a heavy make up during the warm months.

  18. ellie-- isn't he so cute?! i think almay is really good, and it's easily becoming one of my favorite brands. :)

  19. Awesome review! maybe I will try it, but I usually don't wear powder thanks!

    Miss Neira

  20. Hi Mimi Girl :) Thank you so much for the Blog Birthday wishes! Your so sweet!
    Great review, I will keep it in mind! Hope you have a great day !
    gi gi

  21. Nice review! I’ve wanted to try it out, but hesitate to buy it. Although reading your review made me want to get it now.

    And another thing I wanted to tell you, I tagged you! Check it out ---> http://death-by-dizziness.blogspot.com/2011/04/hauling-walgreens-target-and-wal-mart.html

  22. This looks like such a great product. I would love to try it. Happy Thursday, sweetie

  23. i use bare minerals and it sounds like something similar but is twice the price, this is definitely check out worthy!

  24. Great blog!
    I love the background!
    Now followng!


  25. Great review I spending way too much on skin cream so am looking for some good other products

  26. i'm actually looking for a new foundation to try...! will take your word for it and have a look! :)

    i'm so sorry i've been terrible with writing! i'll get on it and write back to you asap!


  27. Miss Neira-- you're welcome!

    gi gi-- i hope you had a great day too!

    Dizzy-- let me know how you like it! and thanks for the tag!

    Diana-- happy thursday!

    Krystal-- i hope you like it!

    AStylishBlur-- thanks!

    About Last Weekend-- thanks!

    Emily-- heeeeyyyyyy! no worries, it's okay, we all get busy. looking forward to your letter!

  28. Nice review!:)

    xoxo, Bree


  29. Everything about you said about this product is true, I loved it. My boyfriend also thought it looked splendid on me compared to other brands. I wanted to try a lighter foundation because the heavier foundations make me look older (I thought) and no girl wants that! This is a raver for sure :)

    1. yup, i hate heavy foundations too, so this is a definite favorite! :D