- Mary Kay Compact Mini
- Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color: Golden Vanilla, Truffle, Lavender Fog, Midnight Star, Sweet Plum and Black Pearl
- Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
- Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black
- Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in Black
- Mary Kay Waterproof Lash Love Mascara in Black
- Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Gloss: Mango Tango, Rock 'n' Red, and CafÈ au Lait
- Mary Kay Lash Primer
- Mary Kay Microdermabrasion Set
- New! Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream
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Let's dive right in to my assortment of Mary Kay products!
The Compact Mini:
Mary Kay's eye shadows and blushes come in pan form. The Compact Mini is a small magnetized empty palette that you can customize in any way you please! Personally, I am a huge fan of customizable palettes. You get to pick and choose what you need and what you will use. How many times do we purchase a pre-designed palette only to use just a handful of shades? (All the time.)
The top flips open to reveal a mirror and the area for the shadows/blushes. The pans just stick right on magnetically. Just be careful and take your time when removing the pans for reorganizing! While in a hurry, I accidentally dug my fingernails into one shadow and the blush. Oops! The pans are not difficult to remove, but there is just a small space in between to pry them out. The magnet is very secure. The outer compact is sleek and sturdy as well.
Here is how my palette is organized:
What gorgeous shades! Both the eye shadows and blush are heavily pigmented. The textures are soft without being overly powdery. Both the eye shadows and the blush apply very smoothly and blend easily. The eye shadow and blush are long-wearing mineral-based powders. The shadows are formulated with Vitamins A, E and C.
- Shy Blush: This blush is just lovely! It is a gorgeous peachy pink with a golden luminous finish (without being sparkly). If you love NARS Orgasm, then you will like this blush, as it is very similar. It is just that ideal peachy pink shade that I tend to go for. The blush is very soft and powdery. Just the slightest touch of your blush brush will release the powder. I just tap off the excess.
- Golden Vanilla: As the name implies, Golden Vanilla is a gold-toned matte vanilla shadow. While this shade is a bit too yellow and dark for me as a highlight shade, it would be pretty on those with neutral-warm coloring.
- Lavender Fog: Ooooh! This one might just be my favorite from this assortment! I love purples/lavenders and didn't have a shade quite like this in my collection. I like wearing this soft matte lavender on my outer lid corner for definition. It is such a subtle way to "do color."
- Truffle: What a complex color! This is a deep and rich brown that has a duochrome flash of purple. The shimmer in it is slightly glittery and flashes a bronzy/peachy/pink color. Gorgeous! I use this either as a liner or outer corner color. Another one of my faves from this assortment.
- Sweet Plum: This is a deep and rich burgundy shimmer with a duochrome flash of pink.
- Black Pearl: Black Pearl is actually not black. It is a deep charcoal with a silver shimmer. It blends beautifully (like all of these shadows).
- Midnight Star: This is a deep medium-navy blue. It almost has a gray quality to it with its duochrome flash between cobalt blue shimmer and a more silvery gray. The color is very deep and nicely suitable for a liner shade. (Sorry there is no swatch pictured! Somehow it got skipped!)
Eye Lashes: Mascara and Primer
Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black:
This is Mary Kay's volumizing mascara. It is the one pictured with the curvier tube. The black is super-duper dark black. The brush is a classic spoolie brush with very dense hairs. I think this mascara thickens the look of my lashes nicely. However, I did find that it clumped a little bit, so I just use a lash comb to comb it out after application. The formula seemed not overly wet (which I like!). Also, good news...it doesn't smudge! I have such a terrible time with most mascaras smudging. But not this one! The suggested retail price is $15.00.
Lash Love Mascara (Waterproof and Non-waterproof):
Lash Love Mascaras have a thin rubberized brush head. I say thin because I am used to the BIG rubberized brush head of my CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara. Anyways, these rubbery mascara brushes are exactly the type of mascara brush that I love! No clumps with these mascaras. I think that the wand style makes a huge difference. These mascaras give nice definition. Plus, no smudging or clumping with these mascaras. Also, these Lash Love mascaras hold curl very nicely. The wear is great with both Lash Loves. The waterproof version will give you even longer wear. (Mary Kay claims up to ten hours of wear "through sweat, rain, tears, humidity, and pool and salt water.") Now, I didn't test it through all of those elements, but I can tell you that this mascara wears well through the Georgia humidity! The formula is enriched with Panthenol Pro Complex and Vitamin E. These mascaras can be a little harder to remove. Just take your time with your remover and it will all come off. Also, be sure to stick to about two coats. I find that these mascaras cause lashes to stick together and look "spidery" after two coats. The suggested retail price of the Lash Love mascaras is $15.00 each.
Mary Kay Lash Primer:
This primer really is different from other primers I have used. Unlike other primers, this Mary Kay Lash Primer is invisible. So you can't see it going on. So I don't really see a huge visible difference in the finished look of my lashes after primer and mascara. Where this primer really is different is that it is not just for lash "looks," it is a nourishing formula designed to help condition and strengthen your lashes while helping the lashes lhold curl longer. The suggested retail price is $15.00.
This formula is completely non-sticky and smooth! It is a moisturizing gloss that feels incredibly smooth and hydrating on your lips. It is a bit more like a sheer liquid lipstick than a full-on gloss. It packs pretty good shine without looking too glossy or wet. I love how comfortable it makes my lips feel. My lips are always dry, so I appreciate a hydrating gloss! The best part? This gloss is not super shiny. It has a natural shine and is not overly thick. It feels smooth going on as it instantly hydrates your lips, leaving them looking plumper and fuller.
These glosses come in fourteen shades. They are packed with lip conditioning ingredients like antioxidants and botanical extracts. The glosses have a very faint vanilla-like scent.
CafÈ Au Lait:
This is the quintessential My-Lips-But-Better (MLBB) lip gloss. I know that is an overused term, but, honestly, I think it is the best way to describe this color! It is exactly that: my lip color but only slightly darker, more "neutral"/nude, shinier, and generally more luscious. Who wouldn't love that? The color is a neutral brown-toned medium pink -- a spot-on neutral. I have a suspicion that this will become one of my most worn and used lip products. I am already using it constantly! It's neutral shade makes it so easy to wear. When I want fool-proof lips, I reach for this lovely gloss.
Rock 'n' Red:
Mango Tango is a slightly shimmery/sparkly orange gloss. It is slightly more sheer than the other two shades that I tested. I love the punch of bold orange color. It is actually very flattering! Personally, I love wearing orange lippies. I think the orange color is completely on trend and a great follow-up for all of us who have been loving corals through the spring and summer.
NouriShine Plus Glosses have a suggested retail price of $14.00 each.
Skincare: TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream and the Timewise Microdermabrasion Kit
Before going into the skincare reviews, let's take a quick look at my skincare background. I have sensitive normal/combo skin (normal in warmer months and normal-dry during the cooler months). I have a little bit of oil through my T-zone. While I do not have any major lines or wrinkles yet, I am in my late 30s and interested in age fighting products. When my skin is dry, fine lines do crop up around my eye area. Also, my pores are on the large side and I battle dark under-eye circles.
This eye cream is part of Mary Kay's new TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Line. This line targets common complaints such as sagging skin, crepiness, under-eye bags, puffiness, and dark under-eye circles.
My eye area is very sensitive and I struggle with dark circles. While I do not have any major lines or wrinkles yet, I find that a good eye cream is crucial not only for age prevention but also for helping to make the eye area look refreshed and hydrated.
This eye cream is packaged in a nice and sanitary tube. The tube's tip has a metal-type applicator that maintains a "cool" feeling. At first I thought that the metallic tip was no big deal. Well, let me tell you, I *love* the feel of this cool applicator on my eye area. It is so cooling and pampering! It makes my eye area feel instantly refreshed, and I feel that it helps my under-eye puffiness.
How I use it: I apply less than a pea-sized amount of eye cream to my entire eye area (lids and under-eyes). Then I take the cool metallic tip and smooth out the cream under my eye and in the inner corner. Honestly, I look forward to eye cream application just for this extra little step!
The eye cream is non-irritating and hydrating. While I do not see a reduction in lines or wrinkles (because I do not have any), I do see that my very faint "expression" lines look even more faint because the area is generally well hydrated. I think that the combo of the eye cream ingredients plus the cooling applicator tip has helped to decrease the puffiness under my eyes. I look a bit more rested. As a mommy of an 8-month-old, looking rested is a feat!
The TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream has a suggested retail price of $40.00.
As many of you readers may know, I am a huge fan of a microdermabrasion and any "good scrub." Good exfoliation is absolutely key to fighting signs of aging! That is why I think it is such a brilliant idea that these two products are sold as a set! You get two products in the kit: the Refining Step (an exfoliating cream) and the Replenishing Step (an antioxidant-rich serum).
Refine is a professional-quality micordermabrasion treatment that uses the key exfoliating ingredients used by dermatologists. This product provides superior exfoliation and reveals very soft and smooth skin.
Replenish is a nourishing antioxidant/anti-irritant rich serum. This works to nourish the soft and smooth skin that is revealed in Step 1. It feels very soothing going on the skin.
How I use it:
I use this product two to three times a week. First I gently cleanse my face. Then I use about a dime-sized amount of the Refine product. I gently smooth it on using small and slow circular motions around my face (avoiding my eye area). Then, I rinse thoroughly using warm water. I pat dry and then apply about a dime-sized amount of the Replenish serum.
I found this set to be both easy to use and gentle on my skin. While Step 1 is very abrasive, it is still remarkably gentle for a microdermabrasion scrub. I did not have any issues with irritation. If you have sensitive skin, start with this one or two times per week and then build up to more frequent use if your skin tolerates the microdermabrasion. Also, I suggest using Step 1 very gently. Just lightly smooth it over your skin in gentle circles.
I really do not have any major lines or wrinkles, however, I did see an improvement in the appearance of pore size and skin smoothness. My skin feels baby soft while using this two-step treatment. Also, my large pores are somewhat minimized and smoothed. The pores in my T-zone (which usually look quite large) appear recuced. I am pleased with the results!
The suggested retail price for this set is $55.00 (for both products).
In summary, I am quite pleased with this assortment of Mary Kay products! Actually, I found a few items that have potential to be new go-to items! My makeup favorites are the CafÈ Au Lait lip gloss, the Shy Blush, and the Lash Love mascara. Also, I am impressed with the skincare as well. I will continue to use the TimeWise eye cream and microdermabrasion set in between other product testing. I really am in love with that cool-feeling applicator tip of the eye cream!
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