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Mary Kay Skin Care Review

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Tiffany Blue. Coca-Cola Red. Hermès orange. A few brands are closely associated with one color and in the cosmetics world, Mary Kay has cornered the market on pink. This iconic brand has been around since 1963, when its consultants sold the products at house parties and the most successful ones earned a pink Cadillac. Here’s a closer look at the brand, Mary Kay’s top selling products and whether Mary Kay is right for you.

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What Is Mary Kay?

Mary Kay was founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash with an initial investment of $5,000. She launched the company in a small Dallas store with just nine products– five skin care items and four makeup products. What set her strategy apart is that she also launched with nine independent beauty consultants to help spread the Mary Kay gospel.

Her brand grew in popularity via word of mouth recommendations, and according to the company, in just one year Mary Kay grew to having 857 independent beauty consultants. In just three years, the company passed the $1 million sales mark.

Mary Kay is one of the pioneers of direct sales cosmetics, or what we now call peer to peer sales, which is also the sales model for Rodan + Fields and Beautycounter. Kay encouraged her sales consultants to introduce Mary Kay products at home parties and implemented sales incentives. At that time, peer to peer sales appealed to women who need flexible work hours and could work largely from home.

Mary Kay Ash wrote about her unique business strategy and life lessons in many books, including Mary Kay: The Success Story of America’s Most Dynamic Businesswoman (1981), Mary Kay on People Management (1984) and Mary Kay: You Can Have It All (1995). There’s also a Mary Kay Museum located in the lobby of the Mary Kay headquarters in Addison, Texas.

Today Mary Kay has an estimated three million independent beauty consultants in more than 35 markets worldwide, and annual wholesales sales are estimated at $3.25 billion. The company hosts Mary Kay seminars and conferences around the world for its sales consultants, and the Mary Kay Intouch website is a resource and educational tool for their beauty consultants.

What is the Story With the Pink Mary Kay Cadillacs?

Perhaps you’ve seen a unique pink hued Cadillac with a Mary Kay logo on the road. According to the company, in the 1960s Mary Kay Ash asked a Lincoln dealership to create a car painted in a custom shade of pink to help promote her business. Lincoln said no, but Cadillac said yes, matching her car to a Mary Kay blush compact. It was a brilliant marketing idea that was ahead of its time. In 1969, Mary Kay Ash rewarded her top five sales consultants with a brand new pink Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Today the cars are a reward for Mary Kay sales consultants who reach $100,000 in sales.

What Does Mary Kay Sell?

Mary Kay has expanded exponentially since it launched with nine products, and now includes a wide range of skin care, makeup and perfume. (And for people that want to know if Mary Kay is a cruelty free brand, the company says that it is). Here’s a closer look at some Mary Kay products.

Skincare

The Mary Kay Skincare line is wide ranging, and includes cleansers, face wash, moisturizers, eye creams, serums and toner. The TimeWise line tackles the signs of aging with products such as TimeWise Microdermabrasion Refine, an exfoliator, as well as TimeWise Age Minimize 3D 4-in-1 Cleanser. The Mary Kay Oil Free Moisturizing Gel is designed for sensitive skin, while Clear Proof Pore-Purifying Serum helps prevent blemishes. The TimeWise Night Solution serum delivers a dose of antioxidants and skin soothing peptides. Many of the products come in starter kits such as the TimeWise Ultimate Miracle Set 3D, which contains a cleanser, day cream, night cream, eye cream, microdermabrasion paste and a pore minimizer.

Makeup

Mary Kay’s cosmetics include foundation in many different forms (mineral powder and liquid foundation, as well as multi-tasking CC creams. The NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss offers a high gloss finish, and the Mary Kay Lip Tints provide a sheer wash of color. There are multiple Mary Kay mascaras and brow products as well, including the Lash Love Lengthening Mascara, and a Lash and Brow Building Serum. Makeup palettes are also available.

Body & Sun

The Mary Kay Sun Care line offers a line of sun protection creams as well as a self tanner. There’s also a wide range of hand and body creams, including Mint Bliss Energizing Lotion for Feet & Legs and Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Nourishing Shea Cream.

Men’s

Men are also included in the Mary Kay range, but the iconic pink packaging has been swapped for charcoal grey. There’s a small selection of products aimed at men, including the MKMen Skin Care Regimen, a starter kit that contains all the key men’s products- KMen Daily Face Wash, MKMen Shave Foam, MKMen Advanced Eye Cream and MKMen Advanced Facial Hydrator Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

What Are Some Mary Kay Bestsellers?

TimeWise Vitamin C Activating Squares- this innovative product is a tiny square that delivers pure vitamin C to the skin. Just place the square in the palm of the hand, add three to four drops of water, and mix until dissolved.

Mary Kay ChromaFusion – the ChromaFusion makeup collection offers long lasting products, including blush, eye shadow and highlighter. The pigment-rich products are sold individually and in palettes.
Mary Kay TimeWise Miracle Set 3D- this starter kit comes in two formulas; one for normal/dry skin and for oily/combination. The kit comes with a cleanser, day cream, night cream and eye cream and is designed to tackle the signs of aging.

Mary Kay Volumizing Brow Tint – available in four shades, this brow tint keeps hairs in place while adding a boost of color.

Mary Kay Timewise Replenishing Serum+C- this vitamin C serum is housed in a dark, airless pump and can be applied twice a day.

What Ingredients Are in Mary Kay Cosmetics?

Mary Kay products rely on industry standard ingredients such as vitamin C, a key ingredient in the TimeWise line. Mary Kay’s vitamin C is derived from botanical extracts including pomegranate, kakadu plum, camu camu (a fruit grown in the rainforests of South America), as well as argan seed extract and black currant berry. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that also helps give skin a glow.

The key ingredients in the TimeWise Miracle Set 3D are encapsulated resveratrol, which has antioxidant benefits (and is found in red wine and cocoa); vitamin B3, an antioxidant that also helps brighten skin; and peptides, which are thought to help support collagen.

Mary Kay’s TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask is formulated with the antioxidants vitamin E and acai berry, as well as moisturizing squalene. Chestnut seed extract is thought to helps firm and calm skin.

Where Are Mary Kay Products Sold?

Mary Kay products are sold on the company website and through a network of independent beauty consultants. Mary Kay is also available on Amazon.

How Much Do Mary Kay Products Cost?

Mary Kay products are reasonably priced and are in line with mass market, drugstore items. The TimeWise Vitamin C Activating Squares retail for $24, while the Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream is $15. The four-piece Clear Proof Acne System is $45. The makeup is also reasonably priced. The Mary Kay ChromaFusion Blush is $14 and the NouriShine Lip Gloss is $14.

Do Mary Kay Products Work?

When deciding if a product is right for you, it can be helpful to read customer reviews but keep in mind that everyone’s skin can react differently to the same product. A little bit of trial and error is always needed when trying new products.

Customer reviews of Mary Kay products on Amazon tend to get high customer reviews, with most products garnering four stars.

The Mary Kay Timewise 3 in 1 Cleanser Normal/Dry Skin has 460 reviews, and a 4.5 star rating; 82% of customers gave it five stars. Customer comments range from “This is one of the only times I’ve really felt compelled to leave a review on Amazon. I tried this cleanser almost ten years ago, and have since experimented with a myriad of other brands and even organic oils, only to finally reach the conclusion that nothing compares to Mary Kay’s Timewise..” and “I’ve been using this cleanser for many, many years and at 73 years of age, my skin seems soft and free of a lot of wrinkles that I bet I would have were I not using this Mary Kay product. I must say I love this cleanser and defoliator.” Detractors said that the formula dried out their skin or wished that it created suds when used.

The Mary Kay Timewise Miracle Set – for Normal/Dry skin gets an average 4.5 star rating on Amazon from 70 customers. Fans say, “I have tried so many different brands of creams and serums, wasted hundreds of dollars. Using this for just a few days and already have seen a drastic difference!!! Never using anything else again!!!!!” while users who didn’t like the products say that “Saw no results do not recommend.”

Customer reviews on the Mary Kay website for the TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask include comments such as “I bought this mask when I lived in Florida and I was unimpressed. Then I moved to Colorado and WOW what a life saver! I put it on every night and my face stays nice and moisturized every day. It doesn’t feel like a typical mask, it goes on lightly and soaks into your skin very well.”

What Are Some Alternatives to Mary Kay?

Mary Kay may not be for everyone. Younger customers may view the brand as being a little old fashioned, such as Avon, and associate it with something their grandmother might use. And not everyone likes to buy beauty products from a consultant at a house party, as they can feel pressured to buy. But if you’re looking for a well rounded skincare line, there are a few other brands to consider.

Formulyst is sold directly to the consumer, and its philosophy is long-term and effective skincare. The brand wants to help its users achieve their best looking skin, rather than covering it up with makeup.
The comprehensive line of products targets everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin.

Formulyst Retexturing and Perfecting Serum ($39) is powered by gentle but effective alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which dissolves dead skin cells, leaving behind fresher, smoother looking skin. If you have anti-aging concerns, reach for a product with the gold standard ingredient for tackling fine lines — retinol, a vitamin A derivative. This is the star ingredient in Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream. What makes this formula different is that it contains a high dose of retinol but it’s also packed with ultra-soothing and hydrating safflower seed oil and jojoba to lock moisture in and soothe the skin.

If you like the simplicity of a skincare kit, consider Advanced Dermatology. This no nonsense brand offers a pared down approach to skincare. The packaging is simple and streamlined, and the products bring skincare back to the basics. The kit contains just six essential items including a daily cleanser; serum; anti-wrinkle firming treatment; night cream; day cream and an eye cream. In other words, everything you need to achieve your best possible looking skin.

THE BEST SKIN CARE LINES 2019

 

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Formulyst

The philosophy of Formulyst is long-term and effective skincare, rather than covering up any imperfections. The comprehensive line of products tackles everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin. While some brands rely on unnecessary fillers and scents, Formulyst focuses on ingredients that help create results, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of the Formulyst’s products harness the power of plant and citrus extracts as well as gold-standard workhorses such as retinol.

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Advanced Dermatology

The Advanced Dermatology skin care regimen addresses the most pressing aging concerns. It can be used by men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. This award-winning system can help diminish wrinkle appearance, reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, fade away redness, even out skin tone and improve the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. Some of the standout products in this line include the Super Youth Serum, Complete Age Defense and Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Treatment.

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  • Christine Hoekstra 11.19.18 Reply

    I’m hoping you got this figured out! I had the same problem! The new 3D skincare is so advanced & purifying the company prewarns you might have breakouts or skin irritations due to the product & it might bring out any future breakouts which would have happened naturally. The cool thing is the new MK skincare nips it in the butt so future breakout are minimal! I love how my skin is so much more healthy looking & brightening!! Please let me know if I can help you! It’s the BEST brand!

  • Mary 11.03.18 Reply

    This may be due to the fact that there are different formulas for normal to dry or normal to oily and you may be using the wrong one for your skin type. Also, she should be able to refund 100% or replace so you would not waste your money.

  • Mrs. Atkins 08.07.18 Reply

    I work in tv so the face I present to the world is important. Live the demo. Fmskin felt great 2 days last after buying 176 dollar set of time wise my whole face is covered in a red rash. I told the consultant I had sensitive skin and she said it would fine. Is it normal to break out like this?

  • Marissa Young 08.06.18 Reply

    I would be curious to know if you got the same formula each time? There is a normal/dry formula and a combo/oil formula. If you use the wrong one for your skin type it could either be over or under-hydrating causing these different results you’ve experienced. Also did you use a different skincare regime in between the TimeWise sets/consultant changes?

  • robin m 06.15.18 Reply

    A few years back I was a customer of Mary Kay products and used their Soothing Eye Mask. I used to love that product, but now I use the Made from Earth Chamomile Eye Therapy for under my eyes. I LOVE this product. I used to tell people that it was a life saver because you could be running on no sleep at all and the product would completely remove all puffiness and no one would ever suspect that you weren’t well-rested. It makes me feel more awake.

  • Nikie 06.01.18 Reply

    Been using MK timewise cleanser and moisturizer since college as I was impressed by the demonstration did of the consultant 3 blocks away from our house. I did purchased new one after I finished the first set. And in my second luck, I instantly got pimples whenever I’m using it (i got them from a different consultant and tried reaching out as to why I am having a different result from the previous one and I never got a proper reply. She wasted my money) now that I am here in abu dhabi, I did buy again (from a new consultant) and I noticed that my face got worse. There are blackheads breakout. Can somebody explains why? I feel so bad about my face.

  • Shanda F. 05.14.18 Reply

    I am absolutely thrilled with the Mary Kay products which I was introduced to them about one month ago. I am using the Time Wise products and my 13 year old daughter is using the botanical skin care products. I do not wear make up and never will but my daughter enjoys the samples that the consultant provides. My husband’s hands get very dry as he is a mechanic and they get covered with grease which dries them out and I had been buying a drug store lotion for him which worked okay and then he ran out and so I noticed that he was using my sample lotions from the consultant as well!! So I will be purchasing the hand lotion for him as he states that it works better than the drug store brand.

  • Gabi Belanger 05.12.18 Reply

    TimeWise Repair® Volu-Fill® Deep Wrinkle Filler is a relatively new product – certainly wasn’t around 20 years ago. I do like and use Mary Kay products but the wrinkle filler is one of the few I don’t care for. It’s almost like spackle because it doesn’t rub in but rather sits on the skin.

  • Fernando 04.20.18 Reply

    Hello everyone, yes my name is Fernando, and I am guy who is extremely proud with his results. I used to have dry skin with a fatty cyst on my left cheek. The cyst is completely gone and my skin has improved dramactically. The dryness was caused due to anithestamines and cold climate. My professional beauty consultant did a proper assessment on my skin and did an awesome recommendation product line. Most of all, I personally follow a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water. I feel better about myself. My self esteem is better. Thank you MK.

    ******** That’s my rating.

  • Sarah 04.08.18 Reply

    Mary Kay is such a crappy crappy product. All of it is junk for your face, none of it is healthy to put on. Don’t waste your time and money on this crappy stuff. Your skin will feel tight and horrible. The makeup looks like something for a clown to wear at the circus. I hate the parties they do, none of them know what they’re talking about. Plus they always push there producrs on you to buy. Or they will try to keep bothering you to get a job with them. If I don’t like the product, why would I work for you? Just never ever try this Mary Kay, I promise you your face will be great without all that shit on you. Try a high end makeup brand, it might be pricey, but at least you know it’s a better product for your face. Save your face ladies please.

  • Greta 01.02.18 Reply

    I am sorry that you had a bad experience with the product and the consultant. We strive for excellence, and in that spirit, I urge you to give MK another try. Find a different consultant in your area that can help you use the right products.

  • Ellen 12.27.17 Reply

    I am also a licensed esthetician and worked for a plastic surgery center for 15 years. I agree about professional products but not everyone can afford them. MK is a very good product for people on a budget.

  • Lisa 11.28.17 Reply

    For 30 days I followed the MK regimen using nothing but their products. Was not impressed. Some products weren’t bad, but the Timewise Repair Day Cream I found very greasy and had an unpleasant scent. I asked the representative to switch it out for something else. She said she would but she never did.

  • Sarah 08.12.17 Reply

    Talk to your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. She should be ensuring you are 100% happy with the products and modify your skin care and foundation to best suit you! Their motto is Gold Rule Service. She wants you to be happy and will find the product mix that works for you and your chemistry! If not, find a better consultant that will take better care of you!

  • Cheryl 07.25.17 Reply

    ANdi, You are correct about the law in China. The market in China is a relatively new one for Mary Kay. The company is actually teaching China how to create and test products without testing in animals. Somebody had to lead the way to create change there. I just hope the laws change soon.

  • Mila 07.18.17 Reply

    Hello Z.K.
    Mary Kay has all types of foundation: for oily & dry skin or just for natural make up.

  • Mila 07.18.17 Reply

    Hello Lee,
    Mary Kay still has 2 steps serum for a day with SPF protection & night with vitamins. Please, let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Candice 07.10.17 Reply

    Lee, it was probably the TimeWise Repair® Volu-Fill® Deep Wrinkle Filler. If you haven’t found it already you can purchase it at mary kay dot com forward slash Candice dot Oglesby . If you have questions about it you can email me at Candice dot Oglesby at Mary Kay dot com.

    I just wanted to post that for those with rosacea, my older brother loves the After Sun Replenishing Gel for his. He stocks up on it because it’s only seasonal. He was using it years before I started Mary Kay. Home it helps someone else.

  • Misherald 06.29.17 Reply

    IF what I’m hearing is correct your speaking of the V TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Lifting Serium it retails at $70.00 currently.

  • Lee 06.13.17 Reply

    About 20 years ago I used a skin care product I purchase as part of a package. It was a serum that worked wonders on lines and wrinkles. It cost approx. $40 when purchased separately. Stopped using because of other skin issues. Does anyone know what that product is branded under recently, Timeless, etc. .???? Thank

  • Heather 05.03.17 Reply

    If it’s sold at Ulta, it’s not professional. Dermalogica used to be sold only to professionals who had to undergo special training. They sold a few years back to a large cosmetics company and the formulations changed to meet the needs and requirements of over the counter goods. Professional products are only at Dermatologist offices and Med Spas.

  • Lisa 01.25.17 Reply

    I have used Mary Kay since 1982, a year after graduating High School, Mary Kay has grown with my skin’s needs and changes. Now at age 54, I consider myself an authority on the effectiveness of Mary Kay skin care lines. My mother, now age 83, has been using Mary Kay just as long as I have and Loves the Newest member of the line, Time Wise Repair. The results we have received with line are phenomenal! I gave my mother a facial using the Microdermabrasion kit and Time Wise Repair and her results were noticeable for two weeks after treatment. Yes The proof is in the pudding, the pudding being the results! A Mary Kay consultant can work with you to adjust to your skin needs. Again, at age 54, things change and Mary Kay has changed with me. I am very glad to say Mary Kay has adjusted with my seasonal needs and needs with my aging process.

  • Lisa 01.25.17 Reply

    I have used Mary Kay since 1982, a year after graduating High School, Mary Kay has grown with my skin’s needs and changes. Now at age 54, I consider myself an authority on the effectiveness of Mary Kay skin care lines. My mother, now age 83, has been using Mary Kay just as long as I have and Loves the Newest member of the line, Time Wise Repair. The results we have received with line are phenomenal! I gave my mother a facial using the Microdermabrasion kit and Time Wise Repair and her results were noticeable for two weeks after treatment. Yes The proof is in the pudding, the pudding being the results! A Mary Kay consultant can work with you to adjust to your skin needs. Again, at age 54, things change and Mary Kay has changed with me. I am very glad to say Mary Kay has adjusted with my seasonal needs and needs with my aging process.

  • ANdi 12.14.16 Reply

    Corrine. Actually MK DOES test on animals. I wrote to the company and they confirmed this. The do not test in the US, but in order to sell in China- they are required by law to test on animals. So the true companies that value life more than their pocketbook do not sell in China. Mary Kay is more concerned about money.

  • Z.K. 10.30.16 Reply

    A little sadden with all the changes over the past few years. I have been using MK for over 20 years and looked good, younger even. My issue is the change in the skin care and foundation. I been using the skin care from the original formula 3 to the Time wise repair now that I am older. I now have large pores and my skin that was once smooth is turning bumpy since I been using the Timewise Repair. The foundation which I need the lightest colour ever is now too dark and I need to find another foundation Ivory 101 was what I used. I need a lighter shade which when MK had the lavender concealer was perfect, but now no more. So sadly I find my self using less MK and looking for something else.

  • Tinu 08.22.16 Reply

    My name is Tinu. I started using Mary Kay 3years ago. I used to have very dry skin and I was using Miracle Set Normal to Dry, within 1year of using it, I’ve to change to Combination / Oily because my T- Zone( my forehead & nose side) has changed to Oily. I ‘m now Independent Sales Director in UK. The Company is doing great with their Skincare ranges, enriches women by creating opportunities and flexibility. I’ll say things can go wrong when order of application of products is not right, when you’re using the wrong products for instance if you’re dry skin and you’re using products that is met for people that are Combination / Oily. If you need any concern with any Mary Kay products, feel free to contact me (UK)
    and Mary Kay always make the Customers feel important and satisfied and the products come with100% customer satisfaction. If you’re not happy with your purchase return it to your consultant or call the company. Thanks for this forum.

  • Corrine 06.30.16 Reply

    I have to disagree. The Mary Kay products definitely promote change. I’ve been using Mary Kay for over 35 years and have fabulous skin. I recently switched to the Time Wise Repair system and have seen a remarkable difference in fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t know when you “researched” Mary Kay but they have an extensive team of dematologists and scientists that are constantly studying and improving upon their products. AND they do not test on animals AND the products are all made in the USA. Also, the company stands by their products 100%. When used consistently and properly the results are amazing! And having a personal skin care consultant (at no additional cost) is unprecedented in the industry.

  • Diana 06.23.16 Reply

    Interesting suggestion, Bio Effects or ACCUTANE? ACCUTANE may be able to permanently stop acne , but at a huge physical cost. There are so many chemicals in ACCUTANE that I would never agree to take the course of it. My own brother took ACCUTANE and his kidneys were almost destroyed. Mary Kay’s products can’t hurt anyone like that. There is a specific science and reason that Mary Kay uses the ingredients that they do. I am not only a licensed cosmetologist but trained in medicine as well. Make no mistake, people on this site have been bashing a wonderful company. Mary Kay is and always will be a phemenonal company. Women will receive exactly what they desire when using Mary Kay with consistency. By the way, their Botanicals line is purely plant based and has no sunscreen. Being that I am a 7x CANCER survivor, including Malignant Melanoma, I strongly recommend using products with sunscreen to protect you from cancers that can kill you. I have regularly used Mary Kay’s Time Wise Repair line for the last two years. When the malignant melanoma first showed up, I would use their microdermabrasion and TW Night Repair to keep the cancer at bay. When I stopped using it for a two weeks the cancers would return, therefore Mary Kay has healing properties. For serious cancer Mary Kay can’t cure you, only a surgeon can effectively remove cancers of that nature. I fully recommend the Mary Kay products.

  • Krista Arnold 06.22.16 Reply

    For those claiming that Mary Kay doesn’t have any results, I researched and there are actually quite a few products that have the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval. Which, if you don’t know is really hard to get. It basically means that it’s proven to do exactly what it says.

  • Lyn 06.20.16 Reply

    I was a Mary Kay consultant 23 years ago and loved the product. My experience with the company was so positive that it was an influencing factor in my decision to become a licensed aesthetician. Now, I have returned to college to continue my education in Biology and Anthropology because there is a lot of misinformation about skin care that is shared even among professional aestheticians. My studio spa that I own only uses phytotherapy so as one who researches ingredients and their scientific effectiveness, I would say even “professional” lines are questionable. So why am I a Mary Kay Advanced Color Consultant? Because they are the only company that offers a real value with professional results. I have been to their company factory in Dallas, TX and they are impressive when it comes to quality control for their products. Some may say that only a professional can determine the best skin care regimen for a client. That’s only true some of the time. I’ve had to correct many a botched prescription for skin care by dermatologists. It all boils down to the knowledge and care of the practitioner.

  • Amy 03.19.16 Reply

    As a skin care professional, I do not recomend this line at all. I used it for years and when I went to school to become a licensed professional esthetician I learned to study ingredients and the effects on the skin. Mary Kay will not reach below the stratum corneum layer of the skin. It is and occlusive product which will help prevent trans epidermal water loss, but it will not create change. Only a professional line will bring change and they can only purchased with a licensed skin professional. The ingredients are mostly functional or a combination of function and performance. Anything below the first preservative is less than 1% of the product but they can still claim it is there. Lines like PCA, Osmosis, and Image are great. There are many more out there with more to offer and they do not cost much more if any more than any cosmetic skin care line like Mary Kay. The proof is in the pudding. Research each ingredient and write it down one at a time. Mary Kat will take pages to research but it is your skin we are talking about. Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and hyaluronic acid are amazing for the skin. Chemical sunscreen is a chemical and your skin is a body organ absorbing the chemicals.

  • Cristiane 05.04.15 Reply

    I just purchased the new skinvigorate brush and the cleanser and moisturizer. My skin has become very red and irritated so I figured I needed to cut down on how many times I use the brush. Its been four days and my skin is still red and raw. Is this the cleanser and moisturizer? My consultant said it is just the purging phase but I am very concerned. Would love to hear another opinion

  • MK Customer 03.06.15 Reply

    Hey Princess, I’m also 19 and I went to a Mary Kay party recently and purchased $106.00 worth of MK Products. One of which is the 3-in-1 cleanser. I live in michigan, and it’s the winter time right now so my skin gets really dry. The cleanser alone adds a lot more moisture to my skin. I use it once every night

  • Nichole 01.29.15 Reply

    Hello!

    I just want to say I have really enjoyed reading all of these great comments/reviews!

    I feel as a Mary Kay Independent Sales Director, I am helping so many women & their families! It’s my favorite part about this company & business, besides the wonderful products of course! I am truly blessed to be able to meet such extraordinary women & have them share their stories with me!

    My wish is that every woman can be made to feel how special she really is! As Independent Beauty Consultants, that is our job.

    Have a great night!

  • Michelle 12.31.14 Reply

    Mary,
    Yes the dark spot remover works, it is amazing. I am a Mary Kay consultant and used it for about 3 months. The age spots on my hands were almost gone so I quit. Now I have started again since more (or maybe the same ones) came back. Some of the spots didn’t which leads me to believe I quit too soon on the “bad boys”.
    I looked on product central and according to the literature the shade of foundation you would want would be an Ivory 5 in the Timewise liquid foundations and and ivory 1 or 2 in the mineral powder.
    I have been on the TW repair for a little over a year and love the results. I had more of a problem with uneven skin tone and the change is awesome. As for the pores have you tried the microdermabrasion. I have only been in MK for 18 months so I’m still fairly new so someone else out there might have more incite. I hope this helped.
    Happy New Year,
    Michelle

  • Mary 12.27.14 Reply

    I quit using Mary Kay about 5 yrs ago and now my skin has gone from oily to combination/normal and sometimes dry from harsh products. I am also in menopause and have begun to notice large pores and brown spots. Also, the colors I used to use were ivory 200 mixed with ivory 202 as my unique color. Now all the colors and formulas have changed. I’m familiar with everything else. Could you wonderful consultants make suggestions for me. Mine is moving and wasn’t on point with my skin. So I’m re-inlisting with an order today mainly to purchase a year’s worth of my own products. Does the new dark spot remover work? Are the lifting cream and retinol night cream the real deal? Not watered down?
    Any help is extremely important and a matter of weeks. I may be able to trade one product with my outgoing director. Thanks ladies!!

  • Anna Sabalbarino 11.15.14 Reply

    Good Day!
    I’am Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, You can purchase Timewise Miracle Set and Velocity Facial Cleanser to me 🙂

    Just keep in touch so we can talk about this matter.
    Best regards on your way to young and beautiful skin.

  • Diane 11.09.14 Reply

    With any skin care line, you must be consistent with your application of the product in evaluating its true results. I find that most women I speak to use a variety of cleansing and moisturizing products that reportly clash and cause sensitivity and facial breakouts. Makeup, polution and other environmental factors combine usually contribute to pores being clogged, wrinkes and uneven skin tones. The consultant can help the consumer with selecting the right product suitable to their needs. This is important and the consultant is committed to personalizing skin care services to their customers. Try before you buy and receive an education on whats best for you! That’s the MK difference.

  • Sandy McKenzie 09.18.14 Reply

    Perhaps you are using the wrong formula? I would get with your consultant and tell her your concerns. She would be happy to assist you. With Mary Kay if you are not completely satisfied you can exchange or she can refund your money. I’ve never had anyone want their money back, I’ve exchanged products; and they have since been happy. If she doesn’t (but she should) make sure you are happy, then you can call the company. Best of luck!

  • Angela 09.09.14 Reply

    Ladies, please be consistent and committed to your product to see results. What I love about Mary Kay is that if you’re not totally satisfied you can send the product back for refund and try something else. Me, as a consultant would assist with you finding the right Mary Kay product.

  • Angela 09.09.14 Reply

    Cindy, you can try the Bio Effects or ask your doctor for information about Accutane. Severe Acne will never be a part of your life again.

  • Andrea 05.07.14 Reply

    Hi 🙂

    Thank You for this blog 🙂

    I’m an Independent Beauty Consultant of Mary Kay here in the Philippines.
    And I’m so happy to read all the good reviews here. I’m more eager to share how effective Mary Kay is and how it will make you feel and look younger.

    Thanks Much

    Your Beauty Consultant for Philippines

    Andrea

  • Cindy 04.15.14 Reply

    can the Mary Kay timewise help my acne problems?? my doctor has told me that at my age((38)) I shouldn’t be having them anymore, she thinks my hormones are causing this problem,

  • Melissa 04.04.14 Reply

    I definitely recommend the microdermabrasion, the skinvigorate brush and the miracle set! All will do wonders for your skin and complexion!

  • Karla Aguirre 03.22.14 Reply

    I recommend you the complete time wise set….but if you want to start with something, get the cleanser, and the microdermaabrasion…Look for a consultant near you that is a director o has inventory…they will give you a free facial, and you can try the product before you buy it…keep you receipt and if after a month you feel they are not the products for you…Mary Kay will give you the money back…But I can assure you that you will love them just like I do.

  • Jade 03.20.14 Reply

    I am in California- anyone anywhere – feel free to contact me for product or information. Your first order I will give you a 20% “Welcome” discount 🙂

  • Jade 03.19.14 Reply

    I am so happy to read all of these reviews as the majority are very positive! I too thought Mary Kay was “just another Avon” but once I started using the products I fell in love with the results and even became a consultant. If you tried it and didn’t like it … I am happy you did check it out. If you tried it and loved it like me… even better because every time you make a purchase, you aren’t only supporting a small business, you are also helping fund Cancer Research and you are keeping shelters open for Domestic Violence survivors. These are the reasons I am in love with the company! I just found out that you can turn in 10 of the plastic bottle caps or product containers and Mary Kay will have a tree planted…. more and more to love. Another huge thing is the boxes that Mary Kay sends your order in are amazing; you can rinse them away right in your driveway and they will not pollute- 100% no landfill….AMAZING. Way to go Mary Kay!

  • twinkle 03.18.14 Reply

    hi am 23 years old before now i had very nice soft no prblm face skin now i have to much pores on my cheek i used so many product used so money but sadnly not seen result now i want to move mary kay can some body help.me wich product i need to use

  • India 02.23.14 Reply

    Take before and after pictures to see the difference in your skin. I personally have oily skin. I purchased a vanity mirror with adequate lighting to watch the transformation. Email me your success story.

  • Christine Wick 01.21.14 Reply

    Hello Donna,

    My name is Christine and I am a mary kay beauty consultant. We have many products I’m sure will help your skin problems. Go to my website marykay.com/cwick2 and shoot me an email and I will help you find the best product for your skin. I look forward to hearing from you!
    -Christine

  • Jody 01.10.14 Reply

    My mother started using Mary Kay when I was little and I used to put the “pink cream” on the cracks of my finger tips that I would get in the winter and it worked like a charm. I then started using MK when I was 19. I just turned 50 and still use it to this day. I cant say enough about the products. They are the best ! I did start my own MK business because I wanted to share these products with others and the training has been awesome. So, if you have ever wanted to try these products, I encourage you to do so. If you aren’t happy with them for any reason, there is a 100% money back guarantee!

  • Charllene 01.01.14 Reply

    So i’m a newbie to Mary K products and I will be honest, I thought, “Ehhh, just another avon like sales situation.” Of course I was wrong….I have been dealing with hormonal breakouts, which is horrid and never in my life had the problem before. I deal with acne scares, and breakouts etc. and i have been using the product for four days now and already i have seen a major difference. my skin is more smooth and supple, my skin color is almost completely evened out, pimples are almost ALL gone and now i feel confidant to walk out my door without makeup. I also stopped using and liquid foundations however i did get Mary K’s mineral foundation and i’d have to say it poses as a “healthy” medium to full coverage and now i don’t have to worry about waking up with a new pimple if incase i do fall asleep with my makeup on. I have just been doing the timewise regimen daily and four days later i’m already seeing amazing results!

  • Crystal 12.10.13 Reply

    I would love to help you with any or all of your skin care and cosmetics needs. I can also help you if you would like to be a consultant yourself.

    Crystal Webb

  • Irene Vallejo 12.09.13 Reply

    Mary Kay does wonders to my skin. I am very pleased to have used their products and I will continue to do so, as long as I live. For those interested to purchase or join the business opportunity, please visit my website at ibanezdelights.com 🙂

  • Penllopeellwyn 12.02.13 Reply

    People rave about Mary Kay skin care products, but I have not seen any major difference in my skin. To be perfectly honest, I found the products to be very similar to Avon products. I have tried the Mary Kay Timewise Cream and it is a lovely product but I cannot see a major difference in my skin even though I have been using it for a few months now.

  • Victoria Brown 11.24.13 Reply

    Hi Monalisa,
    I am a mary kay beauty consultant. Yes there is a starter kit to purchase to begin your business. However, if you still currently in search of a personal consultant you may email me and also check out my website. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jerri 10.29.13 Reply

    Hannah, Most likely that cream, or at least its updated version, is now the Extra Emollient Night Cream. You can still purchase that product. It also may be the skin softener used in the Satin Hands Pampering Set, though it can’t be purchased separately. Check with your consultant to see if she (or he) can get you some samples of either/both of those creams.

  • Irina 10.24.13 Reply

    I happened to win free Mary Kay Timewise kit samples and microdermabrasion sample kit. Just used it without any projection. I am 46, my skin is stil oily in Tzone, rough and has large pores. Microdermabrasion instantly got my attention. I don’t remember having so soft skin even when I was 20. But the biggest difference I noticed when I ran out of samples. In 5 days I called consultant back and ask for appointment ASAP. I also bought spot treatment for acne for my 13 years old daughter (5% salicilic acid). Few years ago I started with rosacea pimples. I never had pimples before. I tried all kind of treatments. Being a physician I never considerd over the counter “stuff”. I used metronidazole gel, even antibiotic pills for 6 mo with very little results. So, I desided to try spot treatment and it worked a wonder in 7-10 days. I stil have some rosacea pink discolorations on my cheecks, but they are absolutely flat and can be easily covered with pressed powder now. Go figure. I checked other over the counter products at Walmart and all others acne treatments had salicilic acid 2%, none had 5%.
    Overall, I do suggest to give MK a try. It works for me very well.

  • Florence 10.06.13 Reply

    I’ve been using Mary Kay Skin Care Products for a little over 4 years now. Last year I switched to the Timewise range and I noticed my has improved. My dermatologist recommended I try another product but it smelt horrible and I could not continue to use it.

  • Becky Kelley 09.30.13 Reply

    I have used Mary Kay since I was 19 years and am now 50. I tried other things that were cheaper over the years but I am allergic to most of them. Mary Kay is the only base makeup and eye shadow that I can wear without it making my skin and eyelids raw. I love the new cream eye shadows, especially. I also get told that I don’t look my age a lot. I have very few, if any wrinkles and lines on my face. I would give it 10/10!!

  • Amy berenholz 09.30.13 Reply

    Hello how are you? My name is Amy Berenholz and I am an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay. If your interested in products or the business please feel free to contact me at my website. marykay.com/aberenholz

    Amy berenholz

  • Sandra 09.11.13 Reply

    I bought several Mary Kay products under the recommendation of a friend and I love the range! I agree with a lot of the other reviewers. Mary Kay products are amazing. I am using TimeWise Targeted-Action Line Reducer because I have wrinkles but I have noticed they are not getting any bigger or deeper.

  • Parma 08.29.13 Reply

    I found mary kay timewise microdermabrasion cleanser to be an excellent alternative to the microdermabrasion they have at the beauty therapist. I will rate this product 5 out of 5 but I have not evaluated other Mary Kay skin care products.

  • Jacqueline 08.28.13 Reply

    Let me start by saying that I am 47 years old,
    I give Mary Kay Skin care a 5 out of 5.

  • Anna Blue 08.27.13 Reply

    Hi Monalisa,
    It’s great to hear that you are interested in becoming a part of the Mary Kay family. I would love to have you on our team. I can help you out with all your questions. Just send me your e Mail or phone number and we will be in touch. You can also contact my team leader Chandra, check out artistrybychandra.co and get in touch with her. Just let her know you were contacted by Anna. Chandra is a sweetheart and we are active in NC and FL and have plans to expand our team even further.

    Would love to hear back from you.
    Anna

  • Danny 08.14.13 Reply

    My skin is definitely smoother after switching to Mary Kay. I through out my old moisturizer because it did not stop my wrinkles. I wish I could go back because I would use Mary Kay Timewise Age-Fighting cream to stop the wrinkles from coning to life. One day they might invent a time machine and I can go back and repair things.

  • Tiffany 08.08.13 Reply

    Mary Kay Timewise is pretty good. This product is amazing! I have tried many different skin care serums and moisturizers but nothing comes close to Mary Kay Timewise. The products are fairly priced and I have a good relationship with my consultant. I would rather give her an income than some overpaid fat cat ceo.

  • Prudence 08.02.13 Reply

    I started using Mary Kate after reading Good Housekeeping and they awarded Mary Kay® Age-Fighting Products a the best anti wrinkle products. I swear by Mary Kay moisturizers and love the way their products work.

  • Erin 07.21.13 Reply

    Mary Kay TimeWise Targeted-Action Line Reducer is a very good skin care product from Mary Kay. I have been using it for two years and have certainly noticed quite a change in my skin. You need to apply it twice per day and in about 3 months you can see the results of this product. I have not tried other Mary Kay skin care products but there make up is very good. I think they are even in the process of developing a mineral make up. See what happens.

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