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Mary Kay Botanical Effects® Skin Care Four-Piece Set Formula 3 Review

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By Sheila Arkee

Things that have surprised me lately:

1. The end of the school year really crept up on me! A month to go for us, but how time flies!

2. My rapidly diminishing eyebrows. I am so thankful for brow products, because I don’t know where mine are going!

3. How much I really and truly like the Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care line. This is good stuff!

Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3

I recently had the chance to try the Botanical Effects line by Mary Kay in Formula 3, which is a fragrance and synthetic dye-free line that is targeted for oily skin types. The products in this line contain antioxidants  Silymarin and Luo Han Guo to protect and soothe skin, along with botanical ingredients White Tea Extract to purify and Guava Extract, a source of salicylic acid. The four-piece set includes:

- Botanical Effects® Cleanse
- Botanical Effects® Mask
- Botanical Effects® Freshen
- Botanical Effects® Hydrate

Botanical Effects® Cleanse ($14) is a nice basic cleanser that will not strip your skin. I found it completely removed even my eye makeup, which is always a good thing, although it does require a bit more elbow grease to get the job done.

Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3 Cleanse a

Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3 Cleanse b

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Yes

Botanical Effects® Mask ($14) really wowed me. I love a good kaolin mask and this one fits the bill. I used this a couple of times during a particular hot spell we had locally and the mask helped refresh my skin and clean out my pores. I’ve been using this twice a week with no problems at all.

Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3 Mask a

Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3 Mask b

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Yes

Botanical Effects® Freshen ($14) is a toner you spritz on a cotton pad before your lotion that’s supposed to improve the appearance of oily skin as well as tighten pores. I didn’t notice much of a difference, so if anything, this is one step you can skip. I’m not that much of a toner person, but this one did not irritate my skin, regardless.

Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3 Freshen

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Yes

Botanical Effects® Hydrate ($16) is a really lightweight and definitely hydrating lotion that lends a matte appearance to skin. This sunscreen-free lotion does not make my skin feel heavy nor any extra oiliness.

 Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3 Hydrate a

Mary Kay Botanical Effects™ Skin Care Formula 3 Hydrate b

My Final Thoughts: I am honestly and truly impressed with my foray in to Mary Kay skin care. While the Freshen toner might be a superfluous step to some, the value on the 4 piece set is worth a try. This line also comes in Formulas that target Dry (Formula 1) and Normal (Formula 2) skin.

Rating: A

Price: $58

Availability: Visit Marykay.com

Cruelty-free? No

  • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

    Not a bad price for all those items!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    I’m on a major mask kick right now so the mask is the one that I’ll be looking into

  • erikatheicyone

    This line looks very nice but not appropriate for my own skin type.

  • Norah Salazar

    I’ve tried before and I, too, was very impressed

  • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

    This sounds amazing. I haven’t tried Mary Kay in ages, but heck I may just need to. This sounds great!!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    I’m loving their makeup but have never tried their skincare!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    These sound really nice!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Sounds like it works well for you

  • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

    So far I haven´t tried any Mary Kay skincare products, but these do sound good.

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    Thanks for such a thorough review on these products.

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Great thorough review! I haven’t used Mary Kay skin stuff at all

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    I havent tried any Mary Kay skincare products in a long long time! Glad to know they are still good!

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    I didn’t even know MK made skincare. The masque sounds awesome. I love Kaolin masques.

  • Justina

    Oooh I think I need to try all of these! I love MK!

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    Glad you had good results

  • http://yourclosetdiva.blogspot.in Naomi Ganzu

    MK skincare!
    Sounds amazing!
    http://goo.gl/UA8vcE

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I hear a lot about MK Skincare. A friend of mine swears by it.

  • Anastasia

    These look interesting! And I love your nail polish :)

  • http://www.stephanielouiseatb.blogspot.com Stephanie Louise Telford

    I’d love to try their mask if it is for dry skin or maybe they have one for it!

  • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

    I have never tried skincare from Mary Kay! Glad you had a good experience!

  • BTBAshley

    I am reading such great things about Mary Kay. I’m tempted to make a large order but I am trying to be a good girl.

  • Betzy Carmona

    I haven’t tried this line but it sounds great !