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Face of the Day: Sports Test

18 Apr

How well does your makeup stand the test of a bit of sweat, eating and time? I took a photo right after applying my makeup and then another after lunch, playing tennis – four hours later. I would not ordinarily wear lots of makeup to play sport (!) I just thought it would be a good test.

In comparison, my skin certainly looks more even and clear with the foundation freshly applied. I would be surprised if there was much left in the after picture. That being said, if I hadn’t been out in the sun playing tennis I am sure the foundation would have lasted longer. I didn’t use a primer, which may have helped. I would say that the concealer has done a magnificent job under my eyes, which without makeup are deep grey.

Chanel Pro Lumiere is my go-to foundation, ordinarily it will last me most of the day. It produces a ‘professional finish’, satin without shine and medium coverage, which photographs brilliantly. A light dusting of the Body Shop powder over the top makes the skin pristine. I have repurchased the powder four times: it’s soft, easy to apply and never clogs on dry skin even if your skin is undermoisturized. I use it as a finishing powder, as well as a foundation in its own right applied with a sponge.

The Chanel Lipstick has, of course, completely disappeared. It partially made it through lunch, but all the sips of water during tennis must have made it vamoosh. As much as I love the finish and the colours and the oh so sexy packaging, Chanel Lipsticks just never win me over because of their (lack of) staying power.

I was unimpressed by the performance of the Benefit Bad Gal Mascara. It applies neatly and creates long lashes, without much volume; I prefer length to volume (Long Pretty Lashes by Clinique is my biggest ‘discontinued’ regret). I wore waterproof to ensure that it stayed put, but upon my return home I could not help but remove the ungainly dark smudges beneath my eyes. In the photo, therefore, this problem goes unrecognised. It seems amazing that such a renowned brand could not make a waterproof mascara that withstands some heat. Others, I know, would swear by this mascara and sleep with it on after nights out. Personally, though, I am still in search of the perfect waterproof. Any suggestions?

Products Used:

Chanel Pro Lumiere Clair 20

Body Shop All In One Face Base 04

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer

Estée Lauder Soft Matte Bronze

Benefit BadGal Waterproof Mascara Black

L’Occtaine Lip balm

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 75 Amusing


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