My limited experience with Mary Kay products has exposed me to some products that I quite like. I love the Timewise Night Solution for its clarifying and anti-aging properties. Their eye primer and bestselling oil-free eye makeup remover work as well as similar products from department store brands. So when Mary Kay asked me to try some of their new eye makeup products, I was definitely game. The package I received in the mail included:
- The Mineral Eye Colour Bundle ($22) for brown eyes, which consisted of Sienna (a matte dark beige), Silky Caramel a medium beige very close to my skin tone), and Midnight Star (a sparkly blue). These eyeshadow bundles are purportedly put together by makeup artists to intensify and flatter different eye colours. The mineral eye colour formula, according to Mary Kay's website, is long-lasting, crease-resistant and oil-absorbing.
- The Shadow and Eye Line Duo ($18) in Brushed Copper, a combination shadow/liner pen with coppery eyeshadow on one end and a brown pencil liner on the other. This product promises convenience and superior blendability.
- The Lash Love Mascara ($21), which contains an exclusive Panthenol-Pro complex and Vitamin E to nourish your lashes and claims to deliver 4x the volume of your ordinary lashes.
Before I share my thoughts on each product, here's a photo of what my right eye looked like sans makeup. I tried the Mineral Eye Colour Bundle on my left eye and the Shadow and Eye Line Duo on the right.
As much as I like the Mary Kay products listed in the first paragraph, their latest offerings disappointed me for a variety of reasons.
The portability and convenience of the Shadow and Eye Line Duo pen are tops, but the eyeshadow wasn't very easy to blend and the brown liner smudged after a couple hours. The shadow's colour also seemed a bit off. I was expecting something more bronzy and shimmery from a hue called "Brushed Copper." The actual result: a bright pumpkin orange with very little shimmer. I had to rub my finger across my lid to mute the intensity of the orange.
I wasn't impressed with the Mineral Eye Colour Bundle either. Sienna and Silky Caramel are good neutral basic shades that would look great on anyone. Midnight Star, however, made me look like I had a bruised eye. Overall I found that the eye colours weren't as long-lasting, blendable or highly pigmented as other eyeshadow brands I've tried.
The Lash Love Mascara wasn't bad. Its flexible plastic applicator does a good job of coating every lash without clumping, and the formula stays put admirably instead of smudging or flaking. Nonetheless, I'd hesitate to purchase Lash Love Mascara just because there are plenty of drugstore mascaras that can do the same things (no clumps, smudges or flakes) at half the price.
Given my experience with these new Mary Kay eye makeup products, I think I'll stick to my tried-and-true favourites.
Any Mary Kay fans out there? Have you tried these or other products from the line?