So today I'm reviewing these three little wonders pictured above—all by Mary Kay. They were given to me by Elizabeth from Carolina Mrs., who also happens to be a MK consultant! (You can check out her website here.) I've used these products for a couple weeks now and feel like I've formed enough of an opinion to share with you. Moving from the left to the right in the photo above, we have the Makeup Finishing Spray, then the Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, and finally the Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.
I was so pumped to try this stuff because I've heard amazing things about makeup setting sprays, but it's been years since I've tried one. I used to own one by Skindinavia and I actually loved it, but I'm not quite sure where it went. So when I heard that Mary Kay's was formulated by the same company (but it's sold for half the price), I was all on board.
This spray can be used for two purposes. First, as the final step in your makeup routine to "set" everything in place for all day wear of up to 16 hours. Second, it can be used as a refresher at any time during the day when your skin needs a little perking up.
To be honest, I don't feel like I notice 16 hours of wear when I spritz this on my skin after my makeup has been applied. Of course, who wants to wear makeup for 16 hours anyway? (Removing it is the first thing I do when I get home in the evening!) I still think it's an amazing final step in a makeup routine. Here's why... Even though it doesn't seem to extend the life of my makeup, it definitely makes it look more natural, giving me a fresh-faced look. It basically makes any powders on your face have a skin-like, smooth appearance. I would definitely say it's worth the $18 just for that reason alone. Plus, it's going to last forever since only a couple of pumps are needed.
Removing my eye makeup is something I take very seriously. You absolutely have to be delicate with this area because it's the thinnest skin on the face and excessive tugging can cause premature wrinkles. After trying this, I will say that I still prefer removing my eye makeup by pre-cleansing my face with a gel or oil cleanser, then following up with my main cleanse. But, I love this for going in with a cotton ball afterwards and removing any pesky mascara that just didn't get fully removed. That said, if you are someone that likes to use a makeup remover like this—one that is applied on a cotton pad—then this would be your best friend. It removes makeup like a dream and doesn't leave skin feeling greasy afterwards. It's super gentle and doesn't irritate the eyes. It blows makeup wipes (like those Neutrogena ones) out of the water and performs better than any other remover of this kind that I've tried. (Probably on par with Bioderma, but that's hard to find in the US!)
Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara
Elizabeth sent me this in the brown shade and I love it! I've only ever used black mascara, but the brown gives such a great natural, soft look. This mascara is just awesome. The curved brush perfectly fits my lashes and allows me to coat them so much better and easier than a standard straight mascara brush. Lengthening? ...yes, it definitely lengthens and provides a ton of lift to the lashes, too. I swear it makes my lashes look like I spent a ton of time curling them with a lash curler, even if I skipped that step. The curl and length lasts all day and doesn't flake all over my face. (Isn't that the most annoying thing in the world when mascara flakes below your eyes and accentuates dark circles? ugh!) A little tip: For a more dramatic look, I've been doing one coat of this mascara in brown, then following up with one coat of a different mascara in a black shade. Layering the brown and black shades gives an awesome effect!