I have never tried Almay foundations before this. I have never even looked twice at them. But it was $18.99 on sale for $8.99 and I had a $5 off coupon. For $4 I not only had to buy one to try, I had to buy one for my mom to try. Easy to choose the right shade for her. Lightest shade available. She is a shade or two darker than me, so most drugstore foundations work for her.
I have to say, I did not hate this, though I did not like it. Should have read reviews on it and saved $4! But hey, it was only $4. I understand why everyone on makeupalley rates it a 1 or 2.
The wear on this was not great, but it wore off evenly and kinda just faded away. It lasted about 6 hours. The good thing was that it did not get patchy and uneven as it faded or melted away. It also has NO coverage. I would call this more a tinted moisturizer than a foundation. It is extremely light coverage (my Bobbi Brown Extra Light Tinted Moisturizer has more coverage) and as you can see in the pictures my blemishes show through. All this really does is even out the redness in my skin and even that only lasts a few hours before it starts to go bye bye. In these pictures I am wearing it with bush, lipstick and eyeshadow. No concealer or anything else on my face.