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!
This is a great foundation!!! I love the texture and feel of it; once it's on, it's very transfer resistant, but still feels like skin, unlike other foundations I've tried, which just end up feeling chalky. It's also very versatile. On days when I want a more polished look, it does beautifully; on days when I want a more natural look, I mix it with the MK Timewise moisturizer, and it looks absolutely wonderful. Ivory 200 is my perfect match!!
This is the best foundation for me, hands down! I have gross cysic acne prone skin and huge pores, and this is the only foudation that both covers & looks natural, and matches my skin perfectly. I use beige 300...for those of you who want a more "yellowish" tint, the one's w/ the 0 at the end are yellowish and if they have a 4 at the end, they're pinkish (104, 304, etc) I use MK skin care too and it's the only thing that has ever cleared up my troublesome skin! WOOHOO! Pricey, yes, but for clear skin, worth every cent! I was wasting my money on cheap stuff that didn't work for toooo long! I've been loyal to MK for about 5 years :) continued >>
This might be a little early to say still, but I think I've found my HG. I love that you don't need a lot of it to look fantastic. It's buildable, which is great depending on your skin that day and I also love how I can't really feel it on my face (I tend to touch my face when I wear foundation because it feels as if something is on my face) It evens out my skin, hides the blemishes and etc. Great stuff!
I had never used any Mary Kay foundations before and had never really been interested in them, but I got the medium coverage as part of my Miracle Set. The color that I got was Ivory 104. For reference, I am a MAC NC20/NC25, so this is a decent match, although I'm not sure if it's "yellow" enough for me - seems a tad bit on the pink side, when I look at it in certain lights.
Even though it purports medium coverage, I think the coverage is rather heavy. I don't usually wear much foundation - just a tinted moisturizer like Stila's, or a light foundation like Px Traceless or Tarte Smooth Operator, so this was a slight departure for me because it is so opaque. It also has a matte finish, which looks almost powdery, so I see it more for evening wear or for photos. (For real life/day to day, I'm more into dewiness.)
As for controlling oiliness, it does keep my face fairly matte throughout the day, although my nose does get a bit shiny by the middle of the day, and I have to blot it. The packaging is pretty nice - a white squeeze tube, so it's sanitary and easy to control the amount that comes out.
I put that I would purchase this again, but I wish there was a "maybe" - this is not a HG for me. Although I don't dislike it, I do see other products performing better than this.
UPDATE 9/26/05: I have started using this as a concealer instead. I use it in my nose area, just a dot to even out the skintone around the nose, and it is working really well... have kept the oilies at bay and provided coverage.
I love the coverage of this foundation! I use Ivory 200 and it is a close match, but not perfect. I sometimes think It might be breaking my face out but I continue to use it because I love the feel/texture of this foundation. I would repurchase even though it is a little pricey for me.
I started using this product when I was pregnant. My coworker sold MK and noe day when the boss was out, she selected a shade for me and gave me a sample. It really evened out my skin tone and gave my skin a nice even color, covering my freckles, blemishes and undereye circles. I really like this product even though it is a tad pricey considering the container is kind of small. Even so, it beats the prices of department store brands; i switched from clinique's foundation to this one in a heart beat, just because I like how it feels slightly powdery after it dries (and no, its the medium coverage and not the cream-to-powder foundation - i have never tried that one). I really like it and would definitely buy again.