Mary Kay is kind of like the McDonalds of cosmetics- probably not the best ingredients, not the best for skin, but cheap and convenient. My aunt, who slings Mary Kay like it's a drug, talked me into forfeiting my Paula Dorf Perfect Glo and trying some of this. Within a half hour I had a pretty violent allergic reaction to it- my sensitive skin became red, flaky, itchy and swollen. I washed it off as soon as I could and have stayed away from it ever since. Plus none of the colors matched my skin.
Great foundation! What I love best are the natural, yellow-toned looking colors. Works great for us Asians! I also like the consistency of the product, which is creamy and spreadable. Another great thing about it is that I need only a small amount for the entire face. The foundation also looks great in photos, and looks better over time. Unlike the cream foundation that I was using before, this foundation does not make my client oily. What they can improve on, though, is the packaging, which always spews out some of the product every time I open it. I just hate wasting product! (I addressed this problem by transferring my foundations into generic plastic tubes.) I am overly impressed with the product, though, that I'm willing to overlook this and still give a five-lippie rating. :)
I've used this for years. Mary Kay products are one of those great secrets that not a lot of people try because they think its for old ladies. Its a must have for SUPER-OILY skin. Although it is called MEDIUM COVERAGE, It covers extremely rosy skin and blemishes very well. It doesn't cake up or change colors like most drugstore brands. I buy this in Ivory 100 because although it is yellow and I have a rosy complexion, it neutralizes my redness so nicely. I always wear this with the Mary Kay Loose Powder in Ivory.
Realityreject, I understand your frustration with the foundation that makes your skin feel dry...but did you know that the Medium Coverage formula is specifically designed for normal to oily skin. It's supposed to control oil production. What you need is Full Coverage in the same shade. The Full Coverage formula is very creamy and it is designed specifically for dry skin. The difference will amaze you!! Call the consultant who you purchase from and ask her to exchange it for you. She should take it back and give you the appropriate formula - no charge! That's what the company guarantees. Try it!
After two months of use, I am officially sick of this crap. At first, I thought it looked very nice. Covered up the under-eye circles and rosy cheeks quite well AND it did not break me out at all (amazing really), but now it sucks every ounce of moisture out of my face---even when applied over two layers of moisturizer!! I have dry sensitive skin and this foundation has been making my 23 year old face look dull, withered, and chalky. Yuck! Also, I don't match up well with any of the colors. I had to settle for one of the beige tones. So long Mary Kay. I wish I could find a foundation that was glowy and natural that doesn't break me out.
This is a really good founation along with the Full Coverage Foundation. It gives excellent coverage and a little goes a long way.
Mary kay products are new to me, and i'm glad i found a shade that right for me. The texture is nice, matte. the price is decent considering how much foundations can run nowadays. I also like the tubes, handy to travel with.
I'm a MAC NC15-20 and in MK wear Ivory 100, which is their lightest yellow based shade. The color is a great match. I've been using this foundation for a while and neglected it while I decided to try others, because I am on the eternal hunt for something "even better." Lately, I've been using Chantecaille Future Skin and LM Oil Free. I am between Porcelain Ivory (too light) and Warm Ivory (too dark) in LM and have been mixing them, which gets really expensive considering they are $40 per bottle. For whatever reason, I decided to pull the MK out of the bottom of my tacklebox and give it a try again. Why oh why have I been neglecting it?!? I applies and wears soooo much better than LM! I do half the touch ups during the day with MK than I do with LM. I can't even compare Chantecaille - while it glides on like silk, it lasts all of about 4 hours on my face before it's kaput. The MK comes in a nice sanitary squeeze tube. While MK is not "cool" and the packaging is not the most modern, they do have some really fab products, their medium coverage foundation being one of them! All combo and oily girls should try this -- I can pretty much guarantee that you know at least one person that is a MK rep that can get you a sample. :)
Oh my! Just got this from a swap and now I understand all the raves. I've tried all kinds of foundations--from high end, to low end. Before MK, my HG was Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Foundation (regular and/or whipped) in 'Quiet and Still' which disappears into my skin and feels like no makeup on.
Got MK from a swap to find out what the hype is all about. The tube I got is Ivory 200, and it is an absolute perfect match! What I like most about it is it covers enough of my blemishes without leaving that hated matte, cakey make-up look. Just looks like I have no foundation on! And I really hate it when foundation turns into this 'mask' that is so obvious.
I also love that it's oil-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Now if they could just add SPF15... :)
This is my favorite foundation! After years of trying many, many foundations, I can say this is now my favorite. My MK representative picked this shade, Beige 300, out for me and it looks perfectly. It is SO smooth and glides on so easily. I blend it on just as if were a lotion on my entire face and it doesn't leave any streaks or a mask line around the jaw area. I also happened to get my dirt cheap off of ebay but I think retail price is $14. Definetly worth it though!