Monday Mix: The Ultimate Sunscreen/Makeup Road Test, and Sales!

By Voxy  

Sarah_Grad_2009_211_17 by nsaplayer.Ah, there’s nothing like Commencement — the strains of Pomp and Circumstance, the stirring speeches by inspiring people, and oh yeah, the three hours in the blazing early afternoon sun in 90º weather with high humidity, dressed in layers of black cloth and velvet, scrunched next to each other like hot sardines, with no shade anywhere in sight, and with one 12-oz. bottle of warm water apiece. This year I got heat exhaustion from Commencement. I am not kidding. I was ill for the rest of the day and could not regulate my body temperature until somewhere around midnight. If you have never had heat exhaustion, let me tell you that it is seriously unpleasant.

However, although my body was overtaxed and stressed, I’m pleased to say that my makeup and sunscreen hung in there. I had been wondering how some of these products would perform in extreme conditions, and I’m happy to report that they did a darned good job overall.

This was the first time I’d tested the Neutrogena Liquid Sunscreen, and I don’t have a single red/burned spot on my face. Not bad for three hours in the constant sun. It held up very well, and it was indeed almost imperceptible after application. For the body I am using up one of my facial sunscreens that I don’t like on the face (Kinerase Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30), and that worked well too. All in all I escaped without any sunburn-related redness. (I was worried when I saw my arms and legs turning pink, but it turned out that was just my muscles and internal organs cooking. Whew!)

Instead of a tinted moisturizer I decided to go with my regular MAC Mineralize Skinfinish cream foundation (SPF 15). Actually, “decided” is the wrong word. “Reached for without thinking” would have been more accurate. I set it with MUFE HD powder, as always, and used Too Faced Primed & Poreless facial primer, Shadow Insurance eye primer, and Lip Insurance lip primer underneath. (Review of that last one coming soon.) The combination did a remarkably good job of keeping me in the “dewy” category rather than “rivers of sweat pouring down my face.” Yes, I did “glow” a little, but it was much better than it might have been. My eyeshadow (Urban Decay and Clinique, applied over MAC Paint Pot in Painterly) lasted beautifully in the heat and my Tarte cheek stain in Berrylicious did a pretty good job too. Lips were a lost cause; my lipstick just melted. All told, though, it could have been a lot worse.


Just a couple, but they might be up your alley:

Smashbox is having a F&F sale through 5/28! 20% off your purchase with code FF2010.

Sephora is having a 10% off sale for VIBs through 6/7 with code V436CB.

… and don’t forget that the Hourglass sale (35% off!) is still going on through 5/31 with code LUCKYBREAKS2.

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  1. avatar a biologist
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I had heat exhaustion as a teen. I got it in a similar way and since then have been very nervous about Commencements. I should warn you–if you don’t already know–that you will be less heat tolerant from now on.

    What is the purpose of the Mac Paint Pot?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

      “I should warn you–if you don’t already know–that you will be less heat tolerant from now on.”

      Oh, carp. I was never all that heat-tolerant to begin with, and I’m not looking forward to being even less so now. Poo.

      “What is the purpose of the Mac Paint Pot?”

      TFSI is a lovely primer for the eye, and does hold shadow in place, but it is basically colorless on the lid. Eyeshadow colors are brighter when they are applied over an opaque light base — or, at least, a flesh-toned base that doesn’t allow the eyelids’ natural redness and veins to show through. That’s what Paint Pots are for. I have a review coming up on one of them. It’s an extra step in the routine, which can be annoying, but the color payoff is worth it for the most part. You can also use them as eyeshadows (especially the darker ones) or as color-building tints under shadow — for example, you might use a blue paint pot as a base for a blue shadow; it will intensify everything.


      • avatar a biologist
        Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for explaining the Paint Pot. I have been experimenting with concealer to try to reduce the redness around my eyes so that light-colored shadows will show up. It sounds like the Paint Pot will be next on my list of things to try.


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