Not My Mama’s Mary Kay Makeup — Plus, Win a $100 Mary Kay Gift Basket!

When BlogHer asked me if I’d like to review some Mary Kay mineral eye makeup, my first thought was: Yeah, makeup!

My second thought was: Hmm, Mary Kay? Isn’t that the stuff that PTA moms used to try to sell to my mom in the ’80s?

I suddenly envisioned myself looking very Cyndi Lauper circa Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, you know, but Asian. Sure, Cyn was my childhood idol, but that doesn’t mean I want her on my face in 2011. Um, you get what I mean.

I received an eye color combo geared for brown eyed gals like me. My usual eye shadow palette consists of shades that range from gray to slightly darker gray (yes, I’m a wild child), so I was like whoa there when I saw Midnight Star, a shimmery blue, in the mix. But it worked and blended so nicely with the Sienna and Silky Caramel, two warm, pretty browns. The end result was flattering, and could work for both day and evening.

The makeup itself was so soft and smooth, gliding on my eyelids with ease. Also, you don’t need to put a whole lot on—these are vibrant, high-pigmented colors that pop with just a light sweep. I also loved the fact that the mineral eye color bundle came with step-by-step instructions on how to apply each shade, along with a paint-by-number-esque graphic. It was like coloring! For grownups! New makeup is always a little nerve-wracking, but the visuals made it less so.

They also threw in the Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in black, which gave my lashes clump-free flair, along with a tinted lip balm, which looked very, very pink at first glance, but turned out to be perfectly subtle in real life.

Because I know you’re thinking “less talk, more proof,” here you go. A photo of my two eyes—one sans makeup and the other made pretty by my new friend Mary Kay.

As part of this review, I’m giving away a $100 Mary Kay gift basket! Just leave a comment telling me which Mary Kay product you would love to try and you’ll be entered into the sweepstakes! For extra entries, blog or tweet or FB about this contest and link to it in a comment. The contest ends on Friday, August 26.

No duplicate comments. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. See the Official Rules here.

Be sure to visit BlogHer’s Promotions & Prizes page for more opportunities to win!

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146 Responses to Not My Mama’s Mary Kay Makeup — Plus, Win a $100 Mary Kay Gift Basket!

  1. Pingback: A Mary Kay Makeover (Plus, A Giveaway!) | Woo!

  2. Is it cheating if I say I want the TimeWise microdermabrasion set, even though I’ve been using it for years and wouldn’t actually be “trying” it? That’s my answer.

  3. I think I’d be all over that mineral eye makeup. Cuz you can never have too much eye makeup, right?

  4. I’d like to try the eye shadows. Also, I do believe I was dragged to a Mary Kay house party in the late 80s. I’d love to see how they’ve updated their products and brand.

  5. I’d really like to try the Mary Kay eyeliner. I’ve been on the lookout for a new brand!

  6. I would have to say I would love to go back to mary Kay facial products. It has been years since I have even seen a dealer. I would choose the timewise products and maybe try the new mineral makeup.

  7. I LOVE my Mary Kay makeup compact. Makeup on in 5 minutes. But I would love to try more of the TimeWise products, especially the Microdermabrasion set.

  8. I want to try the face care. My mom used to use it when she was about my age (early 20s) and she absolutely loved it! It’s really about time that I start taking better care of my skin!

  9. I would love to try their eyeliner (black), love lash mascara, and the mineral eye color. Thank you!

  10. I’d like to try their eyeshadow bundles for specific eye colors – I always just choose beige/light brown!

  11. I’d like to try the eyeshadow. Thank you! and P.S. I love your blog.

  12. i would love to try the eyeshadow bundle to liven up my boring dark brown eyes and eyeshadow! thanks leanne for the link!

  13. oops i meant to say eyeliner for that second part!

  14. I’m kind of obsessed with all lip products, so I’d love to try to tinted lip balm!

  15. Anything lip related!!!! BTW Michelle I just started reading your blog (saw your profile on Angry Asian Man), love your humor and taste!

  16. whoa, Mary Kay, really?? I have the same 80s-mom association with this brand, but you just proved me wrong, so…….. I’d love to try the blue-eye mineral bundle eyeshadow set.

  17. Looks great on you! I tried their eyeliner once and it was amazing.

  18. Elizabeth Owens

    I visited Mary Kay’s website and I would like to try their Eyeliner in Black! I have never tried it before, but I would love to! :)

  19. Not2Haute Just-Right

    I love Mary Kay’s purse compact that holds the pressed powder and lipstick together.

  20. I’d like to try the Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara™ in Black

  21. I want to try the foundation!

  22. jessica edwards

    They have a great variety of eyeshadows, would like to try those.

  23. i would love to try the NEW! Limited-Edition* Mary Kay® Tranquil Waters™ Fragrance Penci

  24. I’d really like to get the Satin Hands….or the On the Run eye makup kit

  25. Gloria Walshver

    I’d like her lipsticks please.

  26. id love to try the Ultimate Mascara

  27. I never buy any “girly” products for myself. I would love to win this!

  28. I would love to be entered in to win a Black mascara or tinted lip gloss. Could be older products are the best……..Thank You

  29. I would love to try the matte or liquid foundation for oily skin…and FINALLY find a foundation that works for me. grr Cheers for having this giveaway!

  30. Amanda Grant

    My all time fav MK product is definetly the Satin Hands!!!

  31. Lauren harrison

    I have been using Mary Kay for years and I like most things that I have tried. I love the eye color shades. I switch colors with what I’m wearing each day just for fun! I would love free products.

  32. I’d like to try the tinted lip balm and the Mineral powder foundation

  33. Ready to try something new. So, I’m not sure. I’m moving on to new adventures and would like to look good as I go.

  34. I’d like to try the mascara – I gave up wearing mascara and am ready to try again

  35. I would love to try Mary Kay’s mineral (there are so many good colors!) or cream eye color (apricot twist).

  36. Amber Vanwinkle

    I’d like to try any of it since I’ve never tried any of it at all but hear about it all the time. If I had to pick I’d go with the cream eye color first!


    I would love to win the mary kay makeup

  38. Priscilla Dalton

    I do Glamour Pictures for Mary Kay ladies.They have proved to me that Mary Kay is the best Makeup and Skin care. I am a Makeup Artist Thanks as I would love to win such Great Makeup.

  39. Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in black

  40. I would love to try either the mascara in black or the melon lip gloss. Love your blog!

  41. I’d like to try the eye shadows

  42. Would <3 to try thier lip scrub & mineral foundation :)

  43. Mascara & lip stcks

  44. I need new makeup, so I want to try it all!

  45. Judith Wisner

    I have never tried Mary Kay but always wanted to!

  46. I would love to try Mary Kay products

  47. I love the lipstick. I would like to try the eyeshadows.

  48. Stacy Bishop

    Well its been along time since iv had new makeup, so it would be pretty nice to have some new and plus Mary Kay”s makeup is good…Iv used it in the past just cant find anyone around where i live that sells it…


    would love to try the mary kay

  50. ladyoflarkspur

    Haven’t had alot of extra money lately to purchase Mary Kay, but I love the products. They are very high quality and they also come in the greatest colors, especially the smoky palettes. Wonderful.

  51. I love the eye shadow. I rarely use it but would like to try.

  52. I love Mary Kay and I’m hooked on: Sunset & Icy Peach lipsticks, Coral Rose lipgloss, Citrus Bloom & Strawberry Cream blushes, Sienna & Almond shadows. But, I would like to try the newest mascara (for fine lashes) in Black. I already have my organizer and the powder compact that holds a lipstick. It’s just ime to replenish.

  53. I tweeted, but I can’t find the full URL. So, I’ll just tweet everyday to help you find it.

  54. Eye shadow! I haven’t tried MK for a long time, but I used to love their eye makeup.

  55. I would absolutely LOVE to try Mary Kay liquid eyeliner!



    Limited-Edition* Mary Kay® Shadow & Line Eye Duo.
    in “Frosted Fig”

    kytah00 at yahoo dot com


    2nd entry tweet @!/kytah00/status/102455500100206593

    kytah00 at yahoo dot com

  59. Jeanette Huston

    I would love to try the TimeWise® Firming Eye Cream, $30

    Firms, brightens and provides intense moisturization, plus minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Great for those who want to fight the signs of aging around the eyes.

    Jeanette Huston

  60. Katie Bowers

    I am using the 3 in 1 cleanser and have been pretty happy with the results. Would love to try more!

  61. I want to us the mascara

  62. I have tried Mary Kay in the past. Like to see there up dated line. I like the eye shadows, so soomth on your eye lids. Good giveaway.

  63. I would love to try the Compact Mini! What a wonderful idea that I can change the color and combination any time I want! Genius! Thanks for a chance to win.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  64. eye makeup and lipgloss

  65. I want to try Mary Kay’s mineral eye shadow’s

  66. I’d like to try the Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Colors.

  67. Any of the TimeWise products. Mary Kay has some really nice makeup and skin care options. Kind of pricey, but worth it I think.

  68. MK cleanser for combination skin!

  69. I follow @MichelleWoo on Twitter.

  70. I like Michelle Woo on Facebook.


    love mary kay.


    would love to win

  73. Carol Kirkman

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. I love the mascara but I would love to try the eye shadow too. I would also love to try their lip stick.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  75. Tweeted too here!/gmissycat/status/104201017712852993

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  76. I would like to try the Timewise Miracle Skin Care Products.

  77. I would like to try the mineral eye makeup,along with just about everything else Mary Kay!

  78. I also tweeted Lokia747@

  79. I love Mary Kay cosmetics…would be so great to win. I especially would like to try their Sienna eyeshadows.

  80. I love all things by Mary Kay, but my favorite is the mascara!!!

  81. I have never used mary Kay an would like to try it. I know people that use it but never put it on.

  82. I would love to try their microdermabrasion set or their new night cream!

  83. I love their TimeWise 3-in-1 cleanser and TimeWise moisturizer…and the friend who introduced MK to me swears by their Satin Lips Mask. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet. That would be my first buy!

  84. Great product would like to win so I can have more

  85. Deborah Merritt

    I would love to try all of your products. I was very impressed with the comparison of 2 eyes…also the fact that the makeup makes you look natural not fake. I hope I win. thank you.

  86. haven’t used eye color in a while…am curious. also the Satin Lips or the Velocity shower gel and perfume! I buy the basics…’s a guilty pleasure.

  87. I’d like to try the mascara

  88. I would really like to try the mascara

  89. Lillian Williams

    I would really like to try Mary Kay Cosmetics!… I have heard of them before, but never got to try it. I herethey have mineral makeup now,.. that is best to look good & be healthy too!

  90. i was trying to enter the sweepstakes for the $100.00 make-up give-a-way.. but I can’t find it? Why would it not be here? Did I somehow miss it?

  91. Would love to try the Mary Kay eye shadow.

  92. These are excellent must have products.

  93. The mascara, because I have very straight, dark eye lashes and nothing shows up or makes them look any different. They are always just there… blah!

  94. Sharlene Earnshaw

    I think the Amber Blaze mineral eye color looks pretty.

  95. My wife would LOVE this!!!

  96. mary kay is a trusted name in cosmetics

  97. good quality make-up

  98. MaryKay Products are great! I have sensitive skin and allergies and never had any problems with MaryKay Products. The Time Wise Firming Eye Cream is the best! Thank-You for the opportunity to win a gift basket of MaryKay items!

  99. Deandra Bischak

    Love the brand!

  100. Betty Dennis

    I’d love to try the TimeWise® Firming Eye Cream. I’ve heard great things about TimeWise products

  101. Betty Dennis

    thanks for the review. I’d love to try the TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer and the new tinted lipbalm

  102. I would most like to try the mascara.

  103. would love to try the mascara!

  104. I would love to try Mineral Powder Foundation,Bronze 3, Lash Love™ Mascara,I ♥ brown, Mineral Cheek Color,Golden Copper, NouriShine® Lip Gloss,Bronze Bliss, Mineral Eye Color Bundles,Beautiful Brown
    I tweeted about the giveaway!/TiisNHC/status/106665557146869760
    I posted about the giveaway in my blog

  105. Loren Gaffin

    i would luz to win the fall edition of the eyeshadows from Mary Kay!

  106. Corinne Lockie

    I would like the eyeshadow pallette

  107. Wow, I would love to try the eyeshadows for brown eyed gals…they look so good on you! I would never have picked blue, but I love this shade and would love to try it with the caramel one!

  108. d schatzi taylor

    timewise firming eye cream

  109. westin taylor

    I need the help around my eyes, the timewise firming eye cream looks good!

  110. imzadi taylor

    like my Mom and sis, I too need help around my eyes. The timewise firming eye cream looks helpful…….

  111. imzadi taylor

    like my Mom and sister, my eye area needs help. I think the timewise firming eyecream would fit the bill……..

  112. cory ann taylor

    so much to choose from! But, like my family (above), I’ve got saggy areas near my eyes………..the timewise firming eyecream looks good!

  113. I would love to try Mary Kay’s Mineral Powder. I have 2 adorable & very active little boys and if if saves me time getting ready that would be awesome! Thanks.



  115. I would love to try the Waterproof Mascara in Black/Brown

  116. stephanie macdonald

    mascara all the way!! I love MK!


    I would love to try the eye liner. I have heard that it is a great product!

  118. I would gratefully try any of the Mary Kay mineral makeup

  119. I would like to try the Ultimate Mascara.

  120. I would love to try the MK eyeshadows.

  121. i would like to try the eyeliner

  122. I would love to try the moisturizer for sure. Any of their moisturizers would work for me.

  123. I would love to try the Mary Kay® Tranquil Waters™ Fragrance Pencil.

  124. I would love to try the MK Time Wise Matte Liquid Foundation.

  125. Kristen Benson

    definitely the eye makeup. or the mineral makeup.

  126. My very fist Mary Kay product was a mask/bright pink called “Miracol” 1960′s; then and now bring me your matte eyeshadows colors are gorgeous. And the powder doesn’t fall in the lines followed by the lengthening, enrichedf black/brown mascara. Thanks SW

  127. I would love to try their mascara. I just ran out of my current tube.

  128. I am amazed at how many women have never tried MK. That just let me know as a consultant that we need to put product on more faces so people can experience the Mary Kay of today!

    Great blog and review!!

  129. I would want to try the mineral eye shadow!!

  130. I do like Mary Kay! The makeup lasts and, as you stated, a little goes a long way, which totally makes it worth paying just that little bit more. I also love their fragrances. One that I haven’t yet tried but would love to is Warm Amber:

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  131. I’d love to try the TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer!

  132. Ever since I tried the TimeWise skin care products a couple of years ago, my skin has been in much better shape. I intend to keep using that line for a long, LONG time!

  133. Kelley Reed

    I’ve been looking to try the Microdermabrasion set, NouriShine Plus™ Lip Gloss and the Mineral Eye Color Bundles! :)

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