Mary Kay Mascara: Yay or Nay?

With the holidays, comes office parties, family portraits and parties with friends/family.  Looking good all of a sudden becomes especially important, probably because all of these events come with camera bearing guests.

One of the best ways to look good in pictures is to make sure that your eyes pop. Having beautiful, thick, long lashes is one of the easiest ways to make your eyes stand out.

Mary Kay Mascara

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I personally have never been good at applying false eyelashes, so I have to rely on my natural lashes.  That means trying to find great mascara that accents my eyes.

Mary Kay Products

I was asked if I would try the following products by Mary Kay.  While I am not a regular user of Mary Kay products, I have heard good things about them.  So I decided it was worth giving these items a try.

  • Mary Kay Lash Primer  Suggested retail price is $15.00
  • Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara  Suggested retail price is $15.00
  • Mary Kay Lash Love  Suggested retail price is $15.00
  • Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara  Suggested retail price is $15.00
  • Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum  Suggested retail price is $38.00

I began by using the Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum on a daily basis.  The instructions said it should be used nightly after cleansing the skin.

Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building SerumThe applicator looked like a liquid eyeliner.  It was applied the same way, right along the lash line.  For the eye brows, I applied to the areas that had sparse hair growth.  For me, that area is right on the inside corner of the brow.

Once the Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum had been applied, I simply waited for it to dry.  It says on the information packet that most people see a change within 30 days.  However, I did not particularly see any difference during the time I used it.  Therefore, it is not a product that I would continue to purchase for the price of $38.

I am sure that individual results vary, but I cannot personally share a success story of my own.

As for the other products I received, I had a good experience with them.

Mary Kay Lash PrimerI did not use the Mary Kay Lash Primer in the way it was recommended.  I tried it one or two times as an eyelash primer, but I didn’t see that much of a change.  It just seemed like an extra step for me.  A lot of times, I don’t have time for extra steps.  Instead, I used it on my eyebrows to help keep them in place and looking well groomed.  I thought it worked great for this purpose.

The three mascaras I was sent to try out did a really nice job of lengthening my lashes.  I also felt that all three helped them to look fuller.

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

With Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

I don’t wear waterproof mascara that often because it is harder to remove.  Although, if you are going to an event that may bring on the waterworks, this one seemed to do a nice job of not running when wet.  Nobody likes to look like a raccoon in pictures they will have to look at for years to come.

My only complaint with the Mary Kay Ultimate mascara was that it could create clumps if you weren’t careful.  Make sure to use only one coat, as that is all you will need with this one.

Mary Kay Lash Love Overall, I would recommend any of the three mascaras I tried for creating a nice dramatic eye.  Just perfect for attending holiday parties or a night on the town.  However, if you are looking for a more natural, day look, these may not be the ones to grab.

If you are anything like me, I find it is always nice to have a couple of mascaras to fit different needs.

If you have tried any of the Mary Kay Cosmetics, I would love to hear which ones worked/didn’t work for you.

Disclosure: The information and products were provided by Mary Kay® through MyBlogSpark.  All opinions on the products are 100% my own.”


  1. Karen Medlin says

    Well I haven’t tried the waterproof mascara yet, I do have a few products of Mary Kay that I purchased last year from a friend just starting out. Maybelline Great Lash has been a favorite of mine to keep around… I don’t think it is as thick as the Mary Kay. It may work better on others, everyone will have to try it out and see what their results are,.

  2. says

    I enjoyed this post because I have been using Mary Kay products for many years. Everything I put on my face and eyes is not Mary Kay, but most of it is. My primary reason for using MK is because I am not allergic to any of it and the products have enough moisture in them and sustaining agents (for lack of a better way to word it) to look good throughout the day. I especially like the Foundation Primer (used after moisturizer and before foundation).

    But here’s a tip for those who just don’t have the money to spend on such products:

    1) determine and establish a simple daily skin cleansing routine that works for you and then be highly disciplined in keeping it. Both immediately and over time you will see pleasant results in your skin and appearance.

    2) even if you don’t choose to use color (foundation, eye products, blush, lipstick) at the very least, moisturize your face morning and evening after cleansing. Moisturized skin looks younger and more alive. Using a moisturizer during the day with sunscreen is a really good idea, too. Some kind of lip moisturizer with a touch of shine makes a person look alive, even more cheerful!

    Thanks, Laurie, for the tips on the different kinds of mascara. I use the same one all the time. I had not considered that there are occasions (weddings and funerals, for example) where it would be to my advantage to use a mascara that is waterproof. I appreciate that insight.

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