Almay Shadow Squads – Review Time

I have not always been a big of fan of Almay. They were literally the most forgettable brand in the drugstore aisle. Usually tucked all the way in the back of the makeup department and consisting of a few shelves of beige looking foundations, they were easy to miss. However, as it happens, I am a big fan of their Brow Pencil, having once gotten a buy one get one free coupon and not really impressed by anything on their shelves at the time, settled on this pencil with a sigh. It sat in my makeup cart for months until I ran out of my Anastasia Dip Brow and in a moment of desperation reached for the pencil and was like “Ok. I see you, Almay.”

Well, long story short, I got to the itty bitty end of my brow pencil and hopped on over to Amazon to order a new one and saw these cute, little jewel-like eyeshadow quads and decided on a whim to purchase them. They seemed to have a variety of colors, and even though the bright teal one looked really promising, it was out of stock, so I settled on the purple, bronze and champagne quads.

The Shadow Squads are supposed to offer you a monochromatic look, which I hear is supposed to be all the rage these days, but honestly, I’m sure that you can definitely buy a few and create a unique colorful look for $6.99 a quad on Amazon. I think that’s a good price for what you are getting because, folks, these shadows are really nice!

Molded into a lego block, each little square has it’s own shade tone and texture. So you have a matte, satin, shimmer and glitter all within the same color scheme that will help you create a multidimensional monochromatic look. The shades are creamy to the touch and I found no problems with blending them into my crease and lids. In fact, I loved the look!


My favorite out of the three I purchased is the purple quad called Making a Statement. In less than five minutes, I created a simple look using just this one tiny palette and every time I peeked into the rearview mirror on my way to work, I was mentally giving myself a wink and thumbs up. I simply blended the  satin color (lower right) on the crease. Darkened up the outer V and lower lash line with dark matte (upper left). Dabbed some of the shimmer (lower left) all over lid and then a bit of the glitter shade (upper right) in the center. I then broke into the pinky champagne quad called Never Settle, and used a bit of the shimmer shade (lower left) on the inner corner. Done!

The quads are also super slim and light. If you happen to travel a lot, you can easily throw a few different colors in you makeup bag and save, not only a ton of space, but also lighten the load from carrying a bulky palette. Also, the quad has a magnetic closure, which I don’t know about you, but that pleases me immensely. I hate those plastic cases that you have to use your nails to pry open and, to be honest, sometimes it’s the little things that impress me the most.

If I have one negative thing to say about these cute little quads is that I wish Almay included a few more pops of colors. I love the purple and teal, but the rest of the colors in the collection are definitely more subdued and I would have loved to have seen a bright pink or maybe a green, but, baby steps! Maybe they will release some more colors for summer.

What do you guys think of Almay’s re-entrance into the makeup world? I’ve been following their Instagram lately and I see a lot of promise there, so I am excited to see what they have to offer.

Till next time, my friends!


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Almay Instant Glow Highlighting Duo – A Hidden Gem

Oh Almay….I've always had a love/hate relationship with you.  I love your commercials with Carrie Underwood because she is so cool, talented and All-American, but every time I try one of your products, I have been monumentally disappointed.

Also, I feel really bad saying this, but your brand is so forgettable. Every time I go into the drugstore, you are tucked away into the farthest corner of the makeup aisle, somewhere between Neutrogena and Sally Hansen, with only the smallest sliver of space, and an excessive amount of foundation and concealer bottles which makes your display always looks so…. beige.

Beige. Very beige.

So imagine my surprise, when I walk into my local CVS and right in the very front of the makeup aisle I see a rather large display of shimmery pink and golds (the Park Ave rich cousin of beige – she's cool) calling my attention. There is nothing that makes me stop in my tracks faster than the promise of a good highlighter and the Instant Glow Highlighting Duo certainly did that. It is a sleek, dual ended strobing stick, with a cream highlighter on one end and liquid on the other. The cream twists up for easy application directly on the skin and the liquid end has a small doe foot applicator.

You want to know something funny? This is probably the most interesting product Almay currently has in their line up and I cannot for the life of me find it on their website to link to this post. Almay…you are killing me!!!

Anyways, my eye is immediately drawn to the pink one, Soft Glow, and I decide to give it a try. Did I mention, this puppy costs $14.99? I don't know whether that is actually steep or my predisposed beliefs on Almay automatically make me think I am about to throw away some money. Well, either way, here goes nothing.

I want to give this highlighter a fair shot, so I prep the skin with my go to moisturizer, Hey Honey Boost It Up, and foundation, Covergirl Vitalist. I dot some of the liquid highlighter on the high point of my cheeks and blend it in with my beauty sponge. The liquid highlighter has a very pearlescent quality, which I am totally digging at this point, and sunk into the skin quickly and nicely. I finish up the rest of my face with bronzer and blush and then dab some of the cream highlighter with my finger on top of the liquid for an added punch, as well as on the bridge of nose and cupids bow.

Ok, Almay. I think you are on to something here.

The end look is not a mega high watt shine, but a glow from within type. It looked natural and healthy and while I was running errands around town with the hubs and kids, I kept on looking in the rearview mirror (you know we all do that!) and thought the look was keeping up just fine with me.

So, has Almay been redeemed in my eyes? Somewhat. I really like this product and know I will continue to use it. I'm just hoping that this will be the start of something new for them because even these highlighters can easily get drowned out by their sea of beige bottles.

What do you think? Am I being slightly unfair to Almay? Anything else that I should give a try to make me a convert? If so, leave your ideas in the comments below.

Have a great Sunday, my friends!