Disclaimer: PR Sample, see bottom.
I’ve been that woman at the gym, hardcore in the midst of training for a race. That woman nudging up the speed on the treadmill, just because I’m feeling it. My body working for me and sweat running everywhere.
As that runner in January, when hitting the gym for a treadmill, taking refuge from a snow storm to get in a training run, t’s easy to be that woman who finds it annoying when New Year’s resolution gym-goers create a busier workout environment.
But right now? This January? This February? Right now, I AM that New Year’s resolution gym-goer. When I roll up into my gym, I can’t even run a mile without walking. I’m starting from scratch trying to simply get healthy again and run a 5K before I turn 40 in May.
To be honest, I am self-conscious at the gym right now. I have been slender and fit in the past but right now I’m fat and out of shape. So I almost feel like a little foundation goes a long way in helping me put my brave face on and get done what I need to do to be a better version of myself for me, and my family. Evening out my rosacea will make me less self-conscious about my appearance than I already am.
Enter Sweat Cosmetics.
“Sweat was inspired by our own personal lives as collegiate and professional athletes trying to find a balance between being an athlete and being feminine,” said Sweat’s COO, Taryn Hemmings, who was a pro soccer player for the Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars, as well as teams abroad. Hemmings answered a few questions I had about the brand via email. “We officially launched the brand in June 2015.”
Sweat’s hero product is its SPF Mineral Foundation. “It was important to us to start with a product that was for the whole face and really embodied what we wanted the brand to be,” Hemmings said. “It’s long-wearing SPF 30 that gives your skin a healthy glow.”
And while Sweat was created by pro athletes, and is designed to withstand an up to 80-minute intense workout, thatt doesn’t mean you have to be a pro to try it out.
“We started the brand as professionals and for professional and top-tier athletes, but it quickly evolved as we saw how so many women today are living,” Hemmings said. “We wanted to really be the brand that active women could trust to get them through their days and make their lives just a little bit easier.”
When you open the box to the foundation – the product is designed to fit inside of a brush, so I have the foundation and twist-brush set to share today – you feel instantly motivated.
The retractable brush is compact, lightweight and seems nice.
You can see the hole where the foundation fits snugly.
The instructions for setting up your foundation brush are easy peezy:
There are five shades of this foundation and I received the foundation to try in the shade geared towards fair to light skin (100):
I got sick, and developed bronchitis (complicated by my asthma) after I received this sample, so I found myself wear testing it day-to-day before I could exercise with it. Here’s my face before the first time I wore it:
Here’s my face with half the foundation on:
And here’s my face fully covered with the foundation:
First – this foundation looked AMAZING.
When Hemmings says this gives you a healthy glow, she is not joking. My skin looked luminous and I have not received as many compliments on my skin as I do when wearing this foundation. It’s unfortunate that the lightest shade is a little too dark for me – those with paler skin than me may find this to be too dark for them.
I continue to wear it, though, because it’s not SO dark that I can’t wear it and not just look a little sun-kissed.
Here’s how I looked at the end of the day, wearing the foundation for 8+ hours:
This foundation evened out my skin tone but it didn’t totally hide the fact that my skin has imperfections. It was more of a natural finish. So as the day wore on, the small imperfections that it did cover, like veins and bumps on my nose, wore. But it wore in a very natural way, and evenly, and I much prefer this than looking like I have patches of red skin bare in the midst of a made-up face.
For everyday wear, for my mommy and corporate lifestyle, this foundation gets a thumbs up.
“We spent almost 14 months perfecting our formula and are really proud of it,” Hemmings said. “The five of us [the creators], along with other teammates, were testing each new round ourselves to make sure it was exactly what we were looking for in every way. All our products are oil-free, fragrance and silicone free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist approved, vegan and cruelty-free.”
Then, I finally got the chance to work out with this makeup. Remember, I mentioned I’m just getting started after a rough start of illness this year. So my workout wasn’t as intense as I hope my workouts will be in the future. but here’s my skin before with the foundation:
And here’s my skin after a 20+ minute cardio workout:
I don’t even see a difference, and I’ve got a layer of light sweat on my forehead!!
Sweat’s products are designed to protect from the sun but the brand says it won’t clog your pores. I let my skin air dry before I got a shower and I have to say, that in the past, wearing makeup to the gym, my face will feel a bit stiff from the sweat evaporating off my made-up face (I historically have only worn makeup to the gym when I’m going after work). With this, my face did not feel odd at all.
Can you imagine if you are a professional athlete, having that kind of coverage, lightweight?
I asked if Sweat would be introducing any color products – right now they are focused on foundation, cleansing clothes (look for a review on those in a separate post!), bronzers and illuminators and workout clothes. Hemmings said they do have new products planned and they’re excited about what’s to come for the brand this year.
The ONLY thing I didn’t like about Sweat Cosmetics’ foundation and twist-brush is the retractable brush. I tried to make it work. I tapped, and tapped and tapped. But my skin is flawed, and I seek a coverage that this twist brush couldn’t give me with this foundation. So I dipped my own brush into the container and blended it onto my skin that way. Perfection. Therefore, I would LOVE to see Sweat offer their amazing foundation in containers not solely designed for the retractable brush. I experienced frustration with Jane Iredale’s retractable brush, as well, but the foundation came in a round pot, and you filled the brush with it so you had the option to use it without the brush contraption. I do, however, understand that part of the appeal of the way this foundation and brush are set up by Sweat is that you can just replace the foundation when it runs out, and the brush itself is easily cleaned (the bristles are antibacterial).
Not everyone is going to have skin like mine and desire a fuller coverage and the brush may therefore work for you.
This kit – the brush and foundation – retails for $42. You can get it from Sephora.com, or from the Sweat Cosmetics site here. Foundation refills are $24 and I will definitely be purchasing this when it runs out, like I said – I LOVE how it looks on my skin, even if it’s a touch darker than what I would normally wear.
I even asked Hemmings about her thoughts on that New Year’s resolution gym-goer. I can’t help it, it’s on my mind.
“Sweat’s line can be a great companion for those who may be new to the gym or just getting back into it,” she said. “Its convenient packaging makes it easy to throw in a bag to always have with you- so whenever you get a quick moment to workout out you’re prepared to protect your skin before and get back to your life after.”
What do you think about the concept of Sweat Cosmetics and its Mineral Foundation?! I’d say this brand and foundation are one of my favorites finds so far of 2017!
Disclaimer: I received the foundation for honest consideration from Sweat. Some of the other products were purchased and some were sent previously for honest consideration. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!