Review: Mary Kay at Play

Mary Kay have been around for 50 years but now they are launching a new range of products designed for 18-25 year olds. The products are brighter and more affordable with eye catching packaging to match. The range is currently made up of eyeshadow trios, lip crayons, eye crayons and lip glosses and the products can be worn alone or mixed together. You can slick on a layer of lip gloss over your lip crayon to create your own shade, or highlight your eyeshadow with your eye pencil. The range is designed to give you freedom to be creative and experiment.

Mary Kay at Play Baked Trio Eyeshadow £8
Mary Kay (21) Each palettes comes with three coordinating shades that can be used together to create a great toned look. There are four different palettes to choose from; On the Horizon (plums), Earth Bound (browns and green), Tuxedo (smokey eye) and Ocean View (silver and teal). The shadows applied well and blended together really easily too, with an excellent colour payoff. The shades are strong enough to be worn alone too and last well, without creasing.
I got to try out the Ocean View palette which was a nice change for me as I don’t tend to use blue very often. This was a great little trio though, I used the middle shade on the lid with the darker blue for shading and silver for highlights and it worked really well! I forgot to take a photo though as I’m an idiot. Thankfully I got a good swatch for you all!

Ocean View
Ocean View

Mary Kay at Play Eye Crayon £7.50
Mary Kay (26)If eyeshadow isn’t your thing you might like to give the eye crayons a go. These crayons have a good colour payoff, slick on really quick and are also really good for blending. Lightweight and durable these crayons come in four shades; In the Navy (blue), Purple Smoke (plum), Green Tea (err, green) and Gold Mine (shimmery light gold).
The pencil I received was the Gold Mine shade which works as a more subtle eyeshadow but also as an excellent base shade and brow highlighter. This also works well as a highlighter on your cheekbones, so it’s a great product to have in your makeup bag, especially on a night out or on holiday when you don’t want to carry too much.

Gold Mine
Gold Mine

Mary Kay at Play Lip Crayon £7.50
Mary Kay (24)On to lips now and we have a lip crayon for you. Lip crayons seem to have exploded these year and are everywhere, but how do these stand up? Easier and faster to slick on than a lipstick, I’m starting to get quite into lip crayons. They fit in your bag well and sit halfway between a lipstick and a lipgloss. This range has four shades to choose from; Toasted (neutral), Violet Love (plum), Candied Apple (deep red) or Perfect Pink, which is unsurprisingly pink and also the shade I got to test out. This is quite a subtle shade of pink with a good level of shimmer, which is what makes me feel like it’s part lipstick, part lipgloss. They last well and don’t feel sticky or slide around on your lips. The only down side to these is the glitter, you can feel it on your lips and it migrates a little too. Not one to wear if you’re going to be doing any kissing!

Perfect Pink
Perfect Pink

Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss £7
These come in four different shades; Berry Me (pink), Crushed Plum (purple), Teddy bare (nude) and Hot Tamale (red). I can’t really say much about them though as I don’t have one to review. Have you used them though? What did you think?

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