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Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection (Review & Swatches)

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection

If you had asked me years ago if I would ever be interested in Mary Kay launches, I would’ve likely laughed you out of my apartment. But, hey, here we are! Mary Kay flies so much under the radar in the beauty community because it’s still pegged as such a grandma brand, but damnit, I’m trying to change that a little bit!

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - nail polishes
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – nail polishes

Let’s start with the nail polishes because they are hands down my FAVOURITE thing that Mary Kay makes. I won’t be swatching them for you (which is in your best interest, I promise – my nails look like I’ve been at war with them since the condo move), but if you’ve been keen enough to notice my nail polish in my YouTube videos over the last 8 months or so, you’ll have noticed that practically the only nail polish I wear anymore is by Mary Kay. These suckers are opaque in two coats, have a lovely cream finish and are overall amazing. Highly recommend.

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - lip suedes
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – lip suedes

New for the Fall 2017 limited edition collection are these Lip Suedes. They’ve only released two colours – Rose Blush and Mulberry Muse – but they’re pretty, if not somewhat conventional, colours.

These were absolutely LOVELY to wear. The colour glides on easily and smells wonderful (like vanilla). Coverage was opaque in two swipes. It goes on like a cream and eventually dries down to more of a matte finish. I liked that aspect because it made the lipstick last a heck of a lot longer than I was expecting. They’re also incredibly comfortable: I wore Mulberry Muse out for the evening last weekend, had multiple glasses of wine and there was very little fading. I also wore Rose Blush to work and didn’t even feel the need to remove it after five hours of wear which is completely unheard of for me (usually I get tired of having something on my lips).

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - lip suedes in Rose Blush and Mulberry Muse
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – lip suedes in Rose Blush and Mulberry Muse
  • Rose Blush is more of your everyday pink shade. I’m not typically keen on pinks, but this shade was very easy to wear and was something that would match a multitude of eye looks.
  • Mulberry Muse is way more up my alley! This kind of wine shade always comes back in style as the colder weather hits and I welcome it with open arms!
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - eyeshadow quints
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – eyeshadow quints

The last two items in this launch are eyeshadow quints. You can buy separate packaging to house these in, or you can slap them into one of your magnetized palettes since the back has a big ole magnet on it.

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - eyeshadow quint in Simply Smoky
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – eyeshadow quint in Simply Smoky
  • Simply Smoky will cover all your smoky eye needs… except for a cream brow bone shade which I feel is kind of vital. The far left shade is too grey/blue to be used on the brow bone, so keep that in mind!
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection - eyeshadow quint in Rose Nudes
Mary Kay Fall 2017 Color Collection – eyeshadow quint in Rose Nudes
  • A bit more cohesive, the Rose Nudes quint makes for a really lovely neutral eye with a pop of pink.

I went a little eighties with this look – smoky blue eyes with a wine-coloured lip.

I did like the way the Simply Smoky quint looked on the eyes, but as I said before, I had to pull in a brow bone shade from another palette to pull it all together.

More of a neutral look for this one – pink on pink!

Rosé Nudes was my favourite quint between the two. The colours blended onto my eye seamlessly and made for a really beautiful look. (Please disregard the horrible creasing foundation around my eyes – I have a scathing review coming up on that later on in the month.)

In short? Mary Kay makes some really, REALLY decent makeup products and I was quite impressed with the Fall launch. My picks are definitely the nail polishes, as well as the lip suedes.

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented (Review & Swatches)

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented

Mary Kay‘s Spring 2017 collection took me by complete surprise. I was expecting something more along the lines of florals (as per last year) and instead I got a whole pile of bright, cheery and FUN colours! The collection is called “Light, Reinvented” and I’m really, really in love with that concept.

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented - Glossy Lip Oils
Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented – Glossy Lip Oils

Just to get it out of the way, let’s talk about the product I didn’t love: the Mary Kay Glossy Lip Oils.

Infused with grapeseed oil, this glossy lip oil conditions lips by quenching them with moisture. This innovative lip oil provides a comfortable application with a non-sticky, luminous shine. In shades that range from sheer to pigmented, these glossy lip products deliver colour and shine while doubling as a moisturizer.

While I can’t say that the glossy lip oils feel overly uncomfortable on the lips, the thing I find the hardest to get over is the weird fruity but gooey scent. They’re kinda gelatinous and if you apply too much to your lips… well they just look like a pile of ooze.

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented - Glossy Lip Oils - swatches
Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented – Glossy Lip Oils – swatches

In swatches, I have to say they look rather pretty, but these are just a pass for me.

Wearing Magenta Ray
Wearing Magenta Ray

Magenta Ray has the most pigment in the bunch and it’s definitely a beautiful colour.

Wearing Brilliant Violet
Wearing Brilliant Violet

Brilliant Violet is kind of patchy and sinks into my lip lines.

Wearing Sheer Pink
Wearing Sheer Pink

And Sheer Pink is just a milky, streaky mess.

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented -Eye Color Palettes
Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented – Eye Color Palettes

Lip Oils aside, let’s talk about the good stuff! These Light, Reinvented Eye Color Palettes were a pleasant surprise.

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented -Eye Color Palette in Glistening Horizon
Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented -Eye Color Palette in Glistening Horizon

Glistening Horizon is definitely my favourite quad out of the two: the colour combination is really, REALLY nice. The purple may swatch a little weakly but it did apply better to the eye. That deep blue shade as well as the shimmery pale cream are EXCELLENT!

Wearing Glistening Horizon
Wearing Glistening Horizon

On the eye, Glistening Horizon makes one hell of an impact. I honestly think my favourite shade in that quad is the palest champagne colour – it’s gorgeous!

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented -Eye Color Palette in Sunlight
Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented -Eye Color Palette in Sunlight

The Sunlight Eye Color Palette is a little bit more powdery in texture when you compare it to Glistening Horizon. I do wish there was a bit more depth to this quad because you may be hard pressed to create a look without keeping it very, very mild. That being said, the pink is INCREDIBLY pigmented and the orange has absolutely beautiful shimmer thrown in.

Wearing Sunlight
Wearing Sunlight

On the eyes, the pink and the orange translate really well. (Although in hindsight since the pink has more pigment, I should’ve put the orange in the crease and the pink in the outer corner.) The pale peach is fine and versatile as a brow bone highlight on my complexion. The one that really doesn’t end up translating very well is the pale lavender which basically diffused itself so much that it’s no even apparent (it’s on my inner corner).

Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented Nail Lacquers
Mary Kay Spring 2017: Light, Reinvented Nail Lacquers (left to right: New Blue, Brilliant Violet, Luminous Mauve and Vivid Sunburst)

I’ve saved the absolute best for last: Now I get to talk about the limited edition Light, Reinvented nail lacquers. These are INCREDIBLE and are hands down my absolute favourite nail polishes right now. I’ve worn each shade at least once, and I’ve already started in on my second rotation of wearing them (currently sporting Brilliant Violet again). These are wonderfully pigmented cream polishes (two coats for full opacity) in absolutely breathtaking shades. I’ve got nothing bad to say about these, and in fact I’d encourage you to get your hands on these as quickly as possible before they sell out. The formula, the colours and the wear time are all absolutely incredible.

And seriously, I’ve been wearing them in practically ever video I’ve recorded lately:

Since I’m not an epic nail swatcher like my friend Kaitlyn is, please head over to this blog post of hers in order to see these gorgeous polishes swatched. (Seriously, go over there – not only to see these beautiful polishes in action, but also to see just how amazing her nails are!)

In Short

  • The Glossy Lip Oils are a pass in my book.
  • The Eye Color Palettes are a lot of fun, the Glistening Horizon one in particular.
  • The Light, Reinvented nail lacquers are what you need in your life RIGHT NOW. If you only get one product from this launch, make it the nail lacquers.
The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.

Swatch Sunday: Mary Kay Pure Dimensions Eye Palettes

Mary Kay Pure Dimensions Eye Palettes

Brands may already be talking about spring products, but since it’s still firmly winter in my book, I’m swatching up the winter release palettes by Mary Kay. The Pure Dimensions Eye Palettes are silky smooth and are absolutely stunning to look at (although you’ll need some mattes to get a completely comprehensive look since these are all shimmery!).

Mary Kay Pure Dimensions Eye Palettes
Mary Kay Pure Dimensions Eye Palettes

Mary Kay Pure Dimensions Eye Palette Swatches

Mary Kay - Paris Starlight
Mary Kay – Paris Starlight
Mary Kay - Paris Starlight - Swatches
Mary Kay – Paris Starlight – swatches
Mary Kay - Moroccan Dunes
Mary Kay – Moroccan Dunes
Mary Kay - Moroccan Dunes - swatches
Mary Kay – Moroccan Dunes – swatches
Mary Kay - Maui Gardens
Mary Kay – Maui Gardens
Mary Kay - Maui Gardens - swatches
Mary Kay – Maui Gardens – swatches
The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

Swatch Sunday: Mary Kay Runway Bold Eye Color Palette

Mary Kay - Runway Bold Eye Color Palette

As part of their fall launch, Mary Kay released this Runway Bold Eye Color Palette in Rock The Runway ($26 CAD. This palette is more like an addon to your collection as you may struggle to make a cohesive eye look with it without going overboard with all of the shimmer.

Mary Kay - Runway Bold Eye Color Palette
Mary Kay – Runway Bold Eye Color Palette

Mary Kay Runway Bold Eye Color Palette in Rock The Runway Swatches

Shade 1
Shade 1
Shade 2
Shade 2
Shade 3
Shade 3
Shade 4
Shade 4
Shade 5
Shade 5
The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks (Review & Swatches)

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks

There’s only so many times us bloggers can extol the virtues of Mary Kay before I hope we’re heard! While Mary Kay has long been touted as “your grandmother’s brand”, they are really, REALLY are stepping up their game. It’s not (yet) apparent in every product, but the more I try, the more I’m blown away by their transformation.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks

Available as of August 16, 2016 (yesterday!), Mary Kay has launched their Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks. These are the “first full coverage lipstick by Mary Kay to utilize gel microsphere technology for rich, stay-true colour that lasts for hours without leaving lips looking or feeling dry”.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks

There are currently eight shades available and they’re an interesting selection – there’s a bunch of nudes with a twist (I’d say they have a brown edge to them) as well as some bright  colours. The colours are intensely pigmented – you won’t find very much of your own lip colour peeking through (except for Crushed Berry, that was the only one that I felt was a slightly bit sheer).

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks - swatched
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks – swatched

There is a slight scent to the lipsticks that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s almost a little herbal-y. At fist I wasn’t sure how I would feel about that, but in the end they are completely tasteless on my lips so I was really pleased about that.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick Swatches

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Bashful You
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Bashful You
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Rich Truffle
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Rich Truffle
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Mauve Moment
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Mauve Moment
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Powerful Pink
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Powerful Pink
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Always Apricot
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Always Apricot
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Poppy Please
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Poppy Please
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Midnight Red
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Midnight Red
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Crushed Berry
Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Crushed Berry

To see these on a deeper skintone, please visit my friend Samantha Jane’s blog. She has a MAC NC42 skintone and has the whole range swatched out as well.

My Thoughts

My initial thoughts on these lipsticks was that I wasn’t going to be okay with the scent of them since they aren’t your usual vanilla lipstick flavour. However, once I discovered that these had no flavour on my lips, it was smooth sailing! These are absolutely gorgeous lipsticks that wear like a dream. The longevity of them is phenomenal (easily 6+ hours and it was still going strong) and they are exceptionally comfortable on the lips. They’re not even remotely drying which is always a blessing in a matte lipstick.

I also like just how solid the bullet feels – I never felt like I was at risk of breaking my lipstick and I was able to get full colour opacity with only a few swipes. I found the colour range adequate for a first launch (my personal favourite shade is Poppy Please), as it pretty much covered all the usual lipstick bases. Going forward, I would really like to see this shade range get expanded because I think Mary Kay has a truly winning formula in this lipstick range!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.