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Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Pressed Powderlight/medium, 0.20-Ounce

A Face Powder with breakthrough technology that combines shade sensing beads that transforms into your ideal shade while skin balancing beads keep oily areas shine free and dry areas hydrated.

Key features

  • Pressed powder that transforms into your ideal shade upon application, while keeping your skin balanced
  • Encapsulated pigments deliver perfect shade transformation
  • Skin balancing swirl contains microspheres to help keep your oily areas shine free and dry skin softly hydrated

Honest reviews


Hate this new powder, always looks chalky in any color

I’ve used Almay in the “30 Medium Shade” powder for years and years. I have super-sensitive skin and Almay is the only drugstore brand I can use without itching.I am so unhappy they changed this formulation to this separate colors. It never mixes together, it always looks multiple shades lighter than the old numbering scheme, and I’ve bought 3 different colors of this new powder and my skin looks chalky white when I use it — sort of a like a young kid who got into her mother’s makeup and put bright, shiny white eyeshadow on her face. It’s just awful!

Amanda Hanston, KS

Did not work for me

I decided to try Almay because it’s hypo-allergenic and I have extremely sensitive skin/acne prone. I wanted to love this powder. It did look great although not in photos (it comes out white). For whatever reason, I’m not sure what ingredient but this powder started to make me itch. It might have been the brush because it’s not all that soft. Sad to say I won’t be buying again.

Natalia Cusick, WA

Five Stars

Like this powder. Cannot beat the price

Bethany Park, KS

Worked well

I used this with the foundation, smart shade. It worked great with the foundation. I did not get good coverage under my eyes, i have slight darkness. Also I have two new pimples the next day so it must have clogged some pores. I always wash my make up off before bed, but i still broke out.The oil control from this powder was great though.They have since come out with a primer that will calm redness and darkness so i guess this would be a must to purchase a long with the foundation and powder if you have dark circles or redness from acne.

Luz Petersburg, NE

Almost invisible

This is nice if you want a light cover over any other makeup. It isn’t sparkly but light-reflective and makes a nice surface for skin to look smooth and nice.

Delores Glen Morgan, WV

Really is a smart shade

I’m not a fan of pressed powder, so I can’t go there about long lasting, however, smart shade it is!! I don’t know if it’s the different colors or what, but when I put it on, instead of making my face lighter or darker, it was the same shade and I kept it for that reason only because it’s super smart shade! I’m ivory skin and I got light/medium and it still worked good. I think it has tiny computers blended into it it’s that smart.

Eula Potter, KS

I didnt like this powder

I am a fan of the Smart Shade foundation and primer. I also love Almay’s loose powder. But unfortunately this pressed powder just didnt work for me. It doesnt blend well and made my skin look white and chalky. I also thought the application brush was too stiff. I ended up giving it away and will not buy it again.

Ernestine Corea, ME

This DOES what it says it does!!!

This compact powder is a compliment to Almay’s Smart Shade to be used over top the foundation. It also adjusts to your skins color as well. It does NOT cake nor settle in fine lines and wrinkles. It really compliment the foundation giving it a finished look. I WILL be purchasing this again!

Audra Grampian, PA

love smart shade

I love the Smart Shade line! You have to put it on a little different than other make up, but in a better way. You really don’t need to use as much and you blend to the edge of your face. I use a sponge for the foundation.

Carole South Gibson, PA


This is my new favorite powder. Excellent coverage and perfect shade. I just wish it came with a regular powder pad instead of the brush.

Mina Medina, OH

Great finish for fa

Have been using this powder since Almay introduced it. A must have…Only complaint is it comes with a brush instead of powder puff and not enough room for a puff, so I have to carry another compact just for the puff.

Kayla Diagonal, IA

Great product

I have been buying this face powder for a long time, just happened to see it on Amazon so I purchased it. As always I was happy with it. Goes on light, covers well, doesn’t cause your wrinkles to show up more.

Sheri Woodbine, KY