No one forgets their first… Mary Kay takes me back to my first dealings with makeup. My mum’s friend was a seller but eventually she stopped, and she gifted me a whole bag full of eye shadows – we’re talking at least 30 individual shadows! Alas, they were my very first. Back in the good old days, when the most makeup I’d wear was some Dove tinted moisturiser (do they even make that anymore?), mascara, black or blue eyeliner and lip gloss. I didn’t have an educated opinion on makeup back then, let alone actual makeup brushes – no no, I applied those Mary Kay shadows with my FINGERS. I was 15, and what a difference 10 years can make!
Short story aside, I received these Mary Kay goodies without expecting them, and I initially thought “pyramid scheme, great”. But once I opened up the beautiful box they came with, and took a glance at the vibrant shades awaiting my swatching, I got a little bit excited. Ok, a lot. And even more so once I actually swatched each product! I was pleasantly surprised. Well played, Mary Kay, well played.
The first thing that caught my eye, being the blush fiend that I am, were these three gorgeously bright pan duos – blush and highlight, YASSS. They reminded me a lot of the NARS Dual-Intensity blushes. The Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Colour Duos* contain a matte blush and a pearlised highlight shade. I believe these are new to their collection, and they are perfect for the warmer months. There are three shades: Spiced Poppy, a warm orange shade with red undertones plus a gold highlight; Juicy Guava, a bright peach pink, with its accompanying peachy gold highlight; and Ripe Watermelon, a bubble gum pink blush plus a pink-champagne toned highlight. Basically, something for every skin tone. Despite the dry texture, the blushes are really easy to work with and buildable. They are very pigmented, so I apply them very lightly with a duo fibre brush, and they last 6-7 hours before they start fading. The highlighters are lovely and a little bit softer in texture; but pigmentation wise, they’re not too crazy – these are more day-time friendly and impart a healthy, natural glow. These duos are magnetised pans that come in plastic cases, so those with Z Palettes who like to save room will like the lack of bulky packaging. You can also purchase a compact and place your chosen pan in, as pictured.
I was surprised to see how much the Mineral Eyeshadow* packaging (or lack of) has changed in 10 years. Like the blushes, the eye shadow pans come in plastic cases and are also magnetised. I was happy to see neutral, wearable colours! I received six shades (L-R): Rose Gold, a shimmery golden brown; Stone, a matte grey with blue/lavender undertones – so unique; Drift Wood, a medium matte brown shade; Glistening Gold, a glittery yellow/gold shade; French Roast, a deep brown with golden shimmer; and lastly, Golden Vanilla, a warm matte vanilla shade with yellow undertones. The mattes are definitely a stand out – I can’t get over how buttery, pigmented and smooth they are! Very impressed. The shimmery shades were nice, but definitely not as smooth. My least favourite was Glistening Gold, as it had actual chunks of glitter and no colour pay-off. I can’t wait to play around with these a bit more!
Next, I reached for the lipsticks. The packaging is gorgeous – you press down on the lid and the lipstick tube pops out; plus it has a window so you can see the shade you’re reaching for. They’re called True Dimensions Sheer Lipsticks*, and I got the shades (L-R) Sparkling Rosé, Magenta Chill, Flamenco Red, Coral Bliss, Exotic Mango and Subtly You. These are balms with a hint of colour, that are very lightweight and comfortable to wear. I also got a Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss* in Pink Parfait, which I haven’t gotten around to using yet but it looks like your run-of-the-mill opaque shiny gloss.
Lastly, I got some retractable Mary Kay Eyeliners* in five shades – Black, Deep Brown, Dark Denim, Steely and Turquoise. These eyeliners are very pigmented, creamy and long lasting. They set quickly but once they’re locked in, they stay in place. I love blues and greys (call me weird but these were the shades I really got into when I was younger), so I was happy to get some variety to work with other than the standard black or brown. The most exciting is definitely Turquoise – can’t go wrong with a pop of colour in spring.
Overall, I was taken by surprise – I’m impressed with the quality of these Mary Kay products! I’m sure some of you are into it, some of you aren’t, but nonetheless I enjoyed giving them a go so long after my first encounter with the brand. Mary Kay products are available online.
Have you tried Mary Kay products previously? What did you think?
*PR samples. Read my disclaimer here.