Feb 08 2017

Fabulous Gym Skin

Disclaimer: PR Sample, see bottom.

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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.

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The retractable brush is compact, lightweight and seems nice.

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You can see the hole where the foundation fits snugly.

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The instructions for setting up your foundation brush are easy peezy:

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There are five shades of this foundation and I received the foundation to try in the shade geared towards fair to light skin (100):

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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:

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Here’s my face with half the foundation on:

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And here’s my face fully covered with the foundation:

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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:

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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:

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And here’s my skin after a 20+ minute cardio workout:

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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!

  • http://www.FromMyVanity.com/ Katie Garvin // From My Vanity

    That’s awesome! I’ve used this a few times, but my baby girl is always touching and swiping at my face, I am having the hardest time seeing if it lasts through a day of work and sweat, lol. 😛

    • BeautyJudy

      Lol darn babies, lol!!! Although I’ve found my foundation needs to be a little tougher now that I have a child that wants to be held and snuggle under my chin and touch my nose. It’s a valid wear test!

  • http://www.stephanielouiseatb.blogspot.com Stephanie Louise Telford

    I’m really impressed!

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too!

  • http://glamorable.com/ Anastasia

    I am totally guilty of wearng makeup at the gym, usually just some waterproof mascara, a lip tint, and brow gel.

    • BeautyJudy

      That seems reasonable! I’ve seen some really made-up ladies with bright red lipstick on a Saturday morning and just thought, I don’t know that I could do that!!!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    I would never think to wear makeup when I’m at the gym but I get seriously flushed so I’m intrigued. It is a bit dark for you but that may be a good think because it balances out the redness.

    • BeautyJudy

      Me either. And thank you!

  • robin

    I love how it makes you glow! I am going to have to look into this. LIke you I don’t wear makeup to the gym. I go in the early morning. On the weekend though I would like to try this so that maybe going for coffee with friends right after the gym wouldn’t be so embarrassing!!!! LOL I am a sweat monster when I work out and feel really akward going out after!! I am going to check it out at Sephora!!!! Thanks for this tip Judy!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Robin! Yes I’m excited to try this on a proper run, once I’m back up to being able to run for more than a few minutes at a time!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    It does look like it’s too dark for you, too bad it doesn’t come in a paler shade.

    • BeautyJudy

      Agreed. If I had the jawline “line” I wouldn’t be able to wear it. I could not contour or do anything “heavy” with this foundation!

  • http://www.notesfrommydressingtable.com/ Erika

    This makes you look as if you’ve been out in the fresh air and sunshine. It has a lovely finish.

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes! I wish it was lighter but at the same time, I didn’t have the dreaded jawline “line” and it gave me a bit of color.

  • Norah Salazar

    This looks like it has great coverage and wear, pretty impressed with that! Good luck with your training 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Norah! Yes, it’s not full coverage for me but natural.

  • marciaf

    It’s just too bad that it doesn’t come in a lighter shade because it seems like it works great. I’d love it in the summer if it was lighter.

    • BeautyJudy

      I know, I wish they would expand to offer a light AND fair. There is a very distinct difference when you are pale!!!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    Wow that’s amazing! I’m glad something like this exists!

    • BeautyJudy

      I haven’t used mineral foundation in years and this certainly is a good one!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I am intrigued to try this brand, you did a very good review. But most of all, I like that you don’t filter or Photoshop your face, and that makes you so genuine. Keep it up!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you Kath! I really appreciate those kind words!!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    WOW that looks like it REALLY stays on well!!! My face tends to absorb any and all loose mineral makeup and it ends up looking like I’m wearing nothing after an hour. I wonder if this would be the one that finally doesn’t do that?!

    • BeautyJudy

      I was surprised how well it performed! I can’t wait to see how it wears after I get to properly do a 5k training workout! And maybe it will be you’ll have to find out! 😉

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    That is great! I have two mineral makeup brush powder things but I don’t know if they would make it through the sweat test though I wear them to the beach. I love that this brand positioned their product that way. I work out at home, but when I went to a gym I liked to wear some makeup too. Great idea.

    • BeautyJudy

      I do like the concept of the brush and I think if I required less coverage it would be ok.

  • polarbelle

    Brilliant!!!! Amazing that they are filling a void in the market. I started off wearing my regular tinted moisturizer to the gym and I was breaking out from it. I switched to a mineral base, (and a little contour), and haven’t had any problems. It’s also the little boost that I need to feel human enough to not be self-conscious and be able to have a decent workout and then run a few errands. Ill be out of mine soon….maybe I’ll try these products. I’d sure love to! Great story, Judy!!

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s great that you were able to switch and have better results!!! And I agree, it’s a nice boost!

  • Julie Santoli White

    I would never thought that this type of make up would interest me but last year after having my fourth kid I started working out 4 times a week and correcting my diet, I lost 30 pounds in 18months. Now with my truly active lifestyle, workouts, 4 kids and work, Judy, you have convinced me to try this… gotta love wearing makeup, looking good while you sweat!!

    • BeautyJudy

      You are AMAZING!!! Way to kick thaT fat!!!