Re: How to use compact makeup (cream foundation)??
For me the compact creams are better. They have better coverage and more versatility. You can use them as a concealor, for full coverage, or light application for a more natural look....even use them to blend tint favorite moisturizer for a sheer coverage tint. To apply as a concealer or a foundation, I use a tapered flat brush for best results; small brush to apply as concealor and large brush to apply as foundation. It can be applied with a wedge sponge or with the finger, but on me the results are not as good as applied with a brush. I haven't tried the Almay, but have had excellent results with the Cover Girl (large blue oval)---2 types; one is a more powder formula (med blue oval) and the other more creamy base (navy blue oval).....both are excellent imo.
Concealor tip: when applying as a concealor, apply lightly, then lightly powder and dust off excess, if sufficient coverage is achieved follow w/foundation. However, if more coverage is needed, then lightly reapply concealor, lightly powder dust again, follow w/foundation. Another excellent product to use as a concealor is Max Factor Panstick---it comes in an array of colors that is much easier to find a good color match for your skin than what usually available in most standard concealor products. While most recommendations suggest buying a concealor in a shade lighter, in a multi-tasking concealor/foundation product I usually buy it to match since it is also serving as a foundation.