Whether you’re sweating on the treadmill, perfecting your moves in a cardio-dance class, or lifting weights, many of us still want to look good when hitting the gym! On the other hand, some women are totally #teamnomakeup while getting their sweat on.
Whichever side you’re on, I think this is an individual choice. Motivation to work up a sweat can be a fleeting thing anyway so whatever helps you get into the groove, go for it! Personally, I don’t always wear makeup to the gym but still like to look a little polished, especially if my skin is having a bad day.
Workout or no workout, CliniqueFIT is a new high-performance makeup and skincare collection for anyone who’s on the move. From a smudge-proof mascara and foundation to mattifying moisturizer and neutralizing face powder, this new beauty line is designed to keep you looking good and refreshed wherever your day takes you!
I have been testing out the new CliniqueFIT collection at my Zumba class lately. I also asked my dear friend and AMAZING Zumba instructor Rachel to try these products (especially the foundation and mascara) and see if they can really take the heat of a rigorous workout! Thanks a lot Rachel! Here’s my beautiful friend…
So, let’s get started…
Available in 4 shades, this is described as a lightweight, sweat-and humidity-proof foundation with medium coverage that also protects with SPF 40. The formula is 100% fragrance-free, oil-free and won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.
This foundation is in fact very lightweight with a liquidy, almost runny consistency. It applies smoothly and feels really light on my skin…definitely a big plus! The formula is well-pigmented too and a little goes a long way. It offers light-medium coverage that’s buildable and with a natural matte finish.
My favorite thing about this foundation is that it gives me great coverage but with a very natural-looking finish that almost looks like ‘my skin but better’. When I am at the gym, I don’t really want a full-on makeup look anyways!
So, it’s all good formula wise but the real question is – does this foundation last through an intense workout? Well, it does…but not completely!
Zumba is a sweaty workout, so I have to wipe down a few times and some of the foundation definitely ends up on the towel. That said, it doesn’t crease or pool in my fine lines and I still have a nice glow after class. So yeah, the foundation is not 100% sweat proof but that’s probably way too much to ask out of 1 hour-long Zumba with Rachel…the class is super fun but intense!
Another thing worth a mention is that my coverage lasted better than Rachel’s…maybe because I have dry skin whereas she has oily skin type and that seems to make a difference.
This is described as a volumizing mascara that’s sweat + humidity resistant and wears smudge-free for up to 24 hours but washes off easily with just warm water. It’s 100% fragrance-free and comes in a single black shade.
If I had to pick one standout product from this collection, this is it!! This mascara really goes the distance and outlasts a good sweat sesh…even a 90-minute Bikram Yoga class that Rachel took recently. It stays on perfectly – no smudging, smearing or flaking! Bye bye raccoon eyes!
My eyes can be a little sensitive when it comes to mascara but I haven’t had any issues with this one. The formula is not super volumizing but enough to make my eyes pop in 1-2 coats, yet not look overdone. It really lasts amazingly well on my top lashes and doesn’t budge at all! (haven’t tried it on my bottom lashes while working out)
This is a loose, color-correcting yellow colored powder designed to instantly neutralize and conceal redness. It’s 100% fragrance-free and can be worn under or over makeup.
The good news is that this powder really helps tone down facial redness after a workout. Not only that, it also absorbs extra oiliness! Redness is usually not an issue for me so I had a couple of my friends try it out and you can see their before and after pics below. The difference is noticeable!
On the flip side, this powder’s built-in sponge applicator is hard to work with. You have to shake the container quite a few times to get the powder to come out from the pouf…not fun! Even though it’s spill proof, non-messy and comes with a mirror at the top of the lid for easy on-the-go use, the product design definitely needs improvement!
This is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that not only hydrates but also mattifies to control oil and shine. 100% fragrance-free.
This moisturizer does a really good job of hydrating my dry skin with a nice, lightweight feel and absorbs very quickly with a matte finish. I have actually been using it as a primer before the CliniqueFIT foundation and like how it makes my skin smooth and ready for makeup.
Since I don’t have oily skin, I am not sure if it can really help with oil control and keep unwanted shine in check. But it’s a winner for me as a moisturizer with matte finish!
This is an instantly refreshing spray that’s formulated to rehydrate and renew skin post-workout or anytime. It’s oil-free and 100% fragrance-free.
I like how this spray feels nice and cool on my skin after a good workout. It soothes and refreshes my skin but I don’t find it moisturizing. Although the bottle size is perfect for your purse or bag, it costs $14 for just 1 oz of product…that’s pricey!
These face & body wipes are designed to clean away excess dirt, oil, and sweat that can cause pores to clog or lead to breakouts. They are also 100% fragrance-free.
Perfect for cleansing and refreshing instantly post-workout, these wipes are a good size, soft and well-saturated. It’s very important to take off makeup ASAP after your workout and that’s where these wipes come in really handy, especially if you are in a rush!
Whether wearing makeup while working out is your jam or not, I think CliniqueFIT products are a good fit for anyone with a highly active lifestyle…when you find yourself running to a class, the office, gym or chasing the kids! All the products are sensitive-skin friendly and portable too, so everything fits easily into a purse or gym bag.
Out of the whole line, the mascara is undoubtedly my favorite! And the redness neutralizing powder is a must-try for anyone who struggles with facial redness post-workout or otherwise.
The entire CliniqueFIT line is now available at clinique.com and also at Ulta Beauty stores and ulta.com. Also, when you purchase any 2 CliniqueFIT products, you get a colorful bag to take home for free!