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Mary Kay Review and Giveaway!

By Sheila Arkee

Hmmm, what could be inside this elegant package?

Just some highly impressive Mary Kay beauty products that I recently had the chance to review!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve used any Mary Kay products, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received these Mary Kay items. Spoiler alert – I was very impressed with the color products, which I found to be both high in quality and pigmentation.

I received and reviewed the following Mary Kay products, which were customized to my brown eyes:

  • Ultimate Mascara in Black
  • Tinted Lip Balm in Rose
  • Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
  • Mineral Eye Color in Sienna, Silky Caramel, and Midnight

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

Can we say “wow”?

Putting the best for first, I have to tell you that I am officially enamored with the Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in black. With a short bristles, it packs quite a punch, giving my lashes a very fluttery effect. The Mary Kay mascara offers volume, separation, and does not flake. I found the mascara to provide a bit more volume than MAC’s Opulash, and will definitely include it in upcoming “365 Days of Makeup” looks.

Tinted Lip Balm in Rose

More of a texture of a lipstick, but with a glossy finish, the tinted lip balm slips on your lips and provides a glossy burst of color.

The texture could be a little lighter, but all in all it’s a nice lip product that is easy to tote and would look gorgeous on anyone. I would definitely be interested in checking out more shades in these balms.


This lacquered, magnetic compact is customizable and the perfect size to hold a blush and three shadows. There’s a mirror and even a compartment underneath that comes with a mini shadow brush and a mini blush brush. The compact is sleek, elegant, and nice for those times you want to carry some colors with you, but not necessarily bring a larger container.

Now, on to the colors!


Pretty, peachy, and shimmery– I love the fact that the blush shows up on my skin, and it does have great durability. This one is a keeper. Next time I’m going to layer this with a cream blush for an extra punch of color. This would also work great as a highlighting color.


Although I had to work with the blue shadow a little bit to get the look I wanted, I found the shadows to be creamy as all get up, pigmented, and easily blendable. Good job, Mary Kay!

For this look, I used the blue and light cream color on the lid, and used the brown shade under my eyes for a subtle smokey effect.

Mary Kay – who knew? I’m really glad I had the chance to try these products, and I’m excited to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win $100 in Mary Kay products!

Here’s how to enter – Good luck!

Visit Mary Kay and then return here to leave me a comment telling me which products you would like to try.

Short Rules:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OT WIN.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  Mary Kay® Sweepstakes Official Rules: Sponsored by BlogHer, Inc.  

Four ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post;
  2. Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post (example: @paintedladies09  is having a #giveaway where you could #win $100 worth of Mary Kay: http://bit.ly/nB7Bvy)
  3. Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post;
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules and follow instructions for an alternate form of entry.

No duplicate comments.  Limit to 2 entries per household.  10 Winners (one from each participating blog) will receive a gift basket of Mary Kay® products (ARV $100 per basket). Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.  Initial Winners will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to claim prize before it is awarded to the Alternate Winner. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including D.C. who are 18 years or older. For complete official rules, Visit the Official Rules. Contest begins Thursday, July 27, 2011 and ends Friday, August 26, 2011 at 5 pm P.S.T.

*Products provided for consideration.

contest is now closed! Winner will be announced shortly!!!