So far results have been great for eye and lip products, but mediocre for complexion makeup. However, after the 5th or 6th makeup artist recommended Estée Lauder's Double Wear line, I started to get my hopes up. I don't want to test drive these at a milonga, however. Seeing my makeup on my partner's jacket is not how I want to find out that the products failed. So I did the next best thing I could think of - interval training.
For my complexion makeup pictured below, I wore Estée Lauder's:
- Matte Perfecting Primer,
- Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup (1C1),
- Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Concealer.
- Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer 2C Light/Medium
- IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Micro-powder - colorless.
- Mehron Setting Spray (Revlon, L'Oreal and Urban Decay make good ones as well, but Mehron just works a little better for my money and the Texas heat.)
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye lid primer
- Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette: Vanilla Nuts, African Violet, Truffle
- Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eye Liner + Serum - Brown
- tarte: the brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer in fair/light
- L'Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara Waterproof Black
- stila cherry crush lip and cheek stain - for blush.
- L'Oreal Pro Last Lip Color: "Timeless Rosé" #115
Let the challenge begin!
|Me, with no makeup - moisturizer only.|
Time for my Day Makeup Look. I applied my face makeup a bit more sheer than the foundation and concealer are capable of, but that's just personal preference. The products "set" well even after a few layers. Just be sure to use a colorless setting powder and setting spray.
|My "Day" look - all of the cosmetics above, except for the Laura Mercier African Violet and Truffle shadows I used later for my "Evening" look.|
I do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on the bike, for about an hour every other day. On this day, I went as far as long as I could - about 70 minutes. (I only wore makeup to test the performance of the cosmetics. Wearing makeup while working out is not something I normally do, or recommend.)
|Post-workout. Flushed and sweating, but my makeup hasn't moved.|
After my workout, you can see my face is flushed and sweaty, but the makeup is still in place. I blotted with bathroom tissue to see if anything comes off. Of course the sweat showed up, but only the barest trace of color. I had a little color rub-off mostly at my hair line where I sweat the most. To be fair, I don't normally wear makeup all the way to my hair line. If I decided to while dancing, I'd probably use a facial antiperspirant such as Neat Feat 3B Face Saver Antiperspirant Gel for Facial Perspiration and Shine found here: http://amzn.com/B00B5N1QFY, to prevent "sweat-off" better.
At this point, if I were out dancing, I would just blot really well and apply colorless setting powder. That's essentially what I did below, but added additional color for my "going out" evening look.
|Bath tissue after blotting my face, post-workout. Not much color - mostly just sweat.|
Let's really see what this makeup can take. I took a shower and washed my hair. Would the makeup last through that?
As a matter of fact it did (mostly) . . .
|Post shower - makeup is still there.|
My face makeup is mostly still there. I've lost my eyebrows a bit from washing my hair, but just about everything else, even my lipstick, is still going strong. I blot again to see what color comes off.
|Post shower blotting - lots of water, but not much color at all. The makeup is still going strong.|
After my shower, and blotting once more, I see if I can still apply more cosmetics over what's already present - without streaking, caking or flaking. I touch up my eye makeup and eye brows, my lipstick and my powder (with setting spray once again), apply a little bit more concealer and I'm ready to go. Thanks to the hot shower, and probably still from the work out - I don't need to reapply any blush.
|After workout and shower, and application of more dramatic evening color, my face makeup still looks like it did a couple of hours ago.|
I knew the products would hold up pretty well, but I was very surprised at just how well!