I had the privilege of meeting with my friend and Mary Kay beauty consultant, Gabrielle, for a skincare and makeup sampling of some Mary Kay products. It was my first time trying anything from the Mary Kay brand so it was a fun and educational experience!
Mary Kay has been around for years, but it wasn’t something I had ever been attracted to — I remembered it as a brand that looked like its’ target market were “old ladies” — back then in my teens and early twenties, “old ladies” were those in their 30’s and up! Now, in my 30’s, I take that back ha ha!!
Of about a dozen products Gabrielle let me sample — from eyeshadow to face primer to hand lotion and more — the two products I wanted to review were the Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer for Combination/Oily skin and the Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser for Combination/Oily skin.
Keep in mind — the opinions I post here are just that: my opinions. They are based on my experience with each product and I’ve tried to give you an accurate description of the product itself — how get on with the product is based on my own personal experience or preference!
The TimeWise® range is one geared for anti-aging. In addition to offering the range to combo/oily skintypes, the range includes products that are also geared towards normal/dry skintypes.
I’ve used these products for almost one week and feel like I have a good handle on what I like and don’t like about the products.
Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer for Combination/Oily skin
According to the Mary Kay website, the moisturizer is described as follows:
This oil-free lotion reduces the appearance of fine lines for younger-looking skin. The combination to oily formula helps absorb and control oil, while providing essential hydration and special ingredients to give the skin a silky feel with a matte appearance.
I have to say, I do like this moisturizer! It’s fragrance-free, light in texture, easy to blend and absorbs quickly into the skin, while making my skin feel very hydrated. A little bit goes a long way with this moisturizer — a little less than a dime-size is all I needed to cover my entire face and neck.
The only downside of this moisturizer for me is that it doesn’t contain any SPF. It’s too bad, because with winter upon us, I could really see this as a great option for those with combo/oily skin as it would provide really great hydration, but without it feeling heavy on the skin. So with that said, I used this only in the evenings after cleansing and it provided a good dose of hydration. I woke up to soft, moisturized skin each morning.
This comes in an 88ml tube for $35 Cdn.
I do like the performance of this moisturizer, however, as a day lotion — no for me as there is no SPF. As a night cream, it’s a good option, however I have other ones on the go that I believe to have ingredients that would provide better anti-aging results for me personally.
I give the Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer for Combination/Oily skin: a HIGH FIVE
Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser for Combination/Oily skin
According to the Mary Kay website, the cleanser is described as follows:
This lathering combination to oily formula washes away excess oil to leave skin feeling thoroughly cleansed and balanced. It begins the process to reveal younger looking skin as it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. Plus, it’s gentle enough to use twice a day for soft, smooth and refreshed skin.
This cleanser is a gel cleanser that has tiny microbeads to help exfoliate the skin. Less than a dime-size amount of this fragrance-free cleanser was sufficient for me to get a good lather and cleanse my entire face.
As far as cleansing goes, this definitely left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. Surprisingly, I noticed that my skin afterwards actually looked that much more refreshed and brighter, in comparison with any other cleanser I’ve used recently. Really good! However, I really don’t like the way this rinses off — it feels like it takes me double the time to get this completely off my face than other cleansers. I think it has something to do with the gel consistency — I’ve tried other gel cleansers (for example, TBS Vitamin C cleanser, Etival, etc.) and although they were decent cleansers, they were just such a chore to rinse off.
The instructions on the back does say to use a wet washcloth to rinse this off — I’m sure this would help to get the product off faster and more efficiently, however, for me personally I can’t be bothered to use one.
This cleanser is a great option if you’re looking for something fragrance-free, gentle yet effective and you like that extra boost of exfoliation with the micro beads. For me however, this cleanser is not for me. Although my face felt really clean without feeling stripped, the way this rinses off is enough for me to pass.
This comes in a 127g tube for $30 Cdn.
I give the Mary Kay TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser for Combination/Oily skin: a SHOULDER SHRUG
I just received an order I put in for a Mary Kay mascara that I tried during my consultation with Gabrielle — I can’t wait to start using it and do a review on that product! Stay tuned for that!!
Have you tried any of these Mary Kay products or any others? Like or dislike? Recommendations?
Thanks for reading!