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So, *I received these products free in exchange for my honest opinion. Just had to put that out there. Now on to the review!
Let me tell you a little about my history with Mary Kay. Growing up in the South, I can speak for most young ladies when I say that getting old enough to be able to wear makeup was a big deal! Even if it was just powder or shiny lip gloss. Also, there was always one lady, if not more, around town that was selling Mary Kay products. Now, my Mama never wore makeup. Maybe for a VERY special occasion, like her wedding day, but that was about it. She didn't have time and my Daddy told her she was beautiful without it, (I know, so sweet that man!) so she just didn't. This means that when it was my turn to start asking about wearing a little powder, it was a pretty much no! BUT- we did have a few of her teacher friends that sold Mary Kay and had samples for me to try. Unfortunately, I have ridiculously sensitive skin and the makeup didn't agree with me, which furthered Mama's cause that I didn't need to be wearing it.
Fast forward until I was grown and out of the house, I came across another sweet lady from church that was always peddling Mary Kay. I really adored this lady, so I received a few samples of the sensitive skin wash, and it seemed to work better on me than years prior! I was sold! I ordered things and was even thinking about selling the items myself! Then I moved away and never really searched for Mary Kay again... until now!
BOOM! Influenster sends me a Mary Kay Vox Box chalk full of products to try and I love them! Let us check out the photos and my comments for each item!
First, let me say that the items Mary Kay and Influenster sent are full sized items! I was shocked but thrilled at this! I guess when you think about getting to sample or test products, you never expect they would include full size.
Next up is the Translucent Loose Powder, Value $16.00. This stuff is nice, very light application, and reminds me of the Mineral Veil from Bare Minerals. The thing I love is it doesn't have a smell and the lid has a click closure so all of the powder doesn't get all over the lid.
This is Mary Kay's Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist color. I wore this for a day and it didn't crease in my eyelid like other cream eye colors. Smells a bit like chemicals. All in all, I'd say this would be good for those days when you don't want to wear much makeup but still want a bit of color and shimmer on your eyes. I would not recommend combining this with powdered eye shadow. Value $14.00.
Hello my new best friend! This Bronzing Powder is AWESOME! I'm a pale girl, and not a glowing pale, like a sickly looking pale, and this stuff is awesome! I do not want to to do the face contouring like you've seen all over pinterest where you start out looking like a tiger. YEAH, that's too much makeup for me, and it would take more time than I have to do it that way! I'd much rather use a powder and lightly dust my skin, and this stuff works! It adds a bit of shimmer, which is nice since it doesn't look like I have dirt on my face. Value $18.00.
Again, pale girls, listen up... this is incredible blush to bring life back to your face! This is Mary Kay's Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush and it blended so well with my face. It's a soft color, so a swipe will do, but if you want a noticeable blush look, you may have to do a couple of swipes or layers. I find that the smell is like your Grandma's blush smell, kind of strong, but do-able. And again, I love shimmer and this has a sort of goldish tint shimmer to it. Lovely! Value $12.00.
This is the Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush Applicator in Jet Black, Value $18.00. This stuff is okay. It's a little hard at first, and since I like to do a very precise thin-ish eye liner look, it was difficult to achieve that with the brush they provided. I also had to kind of work the eyeliner a bit to warm it up. If you're into a thick liner look or maybe a smokey eye this would work perfectly! Glass container was nice, and the smell was a bit chemical.
And lastly, the Lash Love Mascara in I heart black color, value $15.00. This mascara works like a charm! I have very thin eyelashes due to allergies and rubbing my eyes too much, and this mascara make it look like they were much fuller than they actually are. Thin brush on the wand was perfect to do an all over coat, but also to get in and accentuate the individual lashes without disturbing the other lashes! Thin eye lashed girls know what I'm talking about here, it's difficult!
All in all, I liked all of the products. Some I would never order again, some I would. The total cost for the products above would be $133, pretty pricey which is why I think twice when purchasing makeup. It's hard to justify spending that much on makeup that I will wash off at the end of the day. Or if it was a little more organic/natural, then I feel good about the cost. I'd love to find a brand that I could be completely loyal to, but so far, it's not that way.
Your turn, Are any of you brand loyal or do you like to jump around for different products? Comment below!