Personal blog by Ashleigh Dougherty. Read with a pinch of salt and a cuppa' rosy lee.

13/03/2017

MARY KAY: MAKEUP FOR PALE COMPLEXIONS


Being fair skinned, I often struggle to find foundations, concealers and powders that offer shades for my skin tone. I tend to stick with my holy grail products when it comes to base makeup, as I know it's likely I won't end up with the dreaded gravy line around my jaw. It's not an attractive sight!

I was really excited to try out some products from a brand I've never used before. Mary Kay are a brand I had never heard of before, but they actually have so many different beauty products; including skin care and makeup.

Mary Kay mineral powder foundation - £14.50
Despite wearing makeup most days, I had never tried a mineral powder foundation before. I use a loose powder to set my liquid foundation, which can be quite messy if I'm not careful. I just found it's somewhat easier to apply a liquid foundation than a mineral one.


However, this product proved me wrong and I am so glad I was introduced to it. Some days, I don't want to apply a full face of makeup; which is where a mineral foundation comes in great. This has a fantastic coverage for a mineral foundation and lasts most of the day too. I've found it's my go-to foundation for those no makeup days and mornings when I head over to the gym and want a tiny bit of coverage to my bare face.

Mary Kay timewise matte-wear liquid foundation - £16.00
They have a huge range of different foundation shades for paler complexions, which are also all divided into separate shades for different skin tones. My skin is quite pink based, which means I need yellow based foundations to counteract the redness. I gave the Ivory foundations a try in three different shades; 1, 3 and 7.


Shade 1 was far too pale for me, but both shades 3 and 7 are a perfect match; depending if I have tanned my face or not. I am used to using quite a thick liquid foundation, so it was quite difficult for me to get on with a really runny foundation. I found it quite hard to use because of how thin the consistency is; meaning it's quite difficult to blend. I also found that because these foundations are for combination-oily skin; they didn't quite match my skin type which is dry-combination. 

The coverage is ok, but not brilliant. It could possibly be buildable, but because I found them hard to blend, I just don't think they are great for dry-combination skin types. 

I have quite temperamental skin underneath my eyes, so it can be difficult for me to find concealers that I like. I was finding for ages that concealers seemed to move about during the day, so it's important for me to find the right one to prevent myself looking like a crying panda. You know... when mascara transfers. Another look that's never a good one!


The concealer claims to be lightweight and able to cover anything from dark circles and imperfections. It took me quite a few applications to like it and that was mainly due to the consistency I am used to in the previous concealer I was using. This concealer is very thick, but has an excellent colour match for pale complexions.

I have been using a beauty blender to apply the concealer under my eyes, as a highlight and on any imperfections that I have. I do find it works better with quite a wet beauty blender; simply because it is a very thick concealer. It doesn't transfer throughout the day, which is a complete breath of fresh air for me. For £10, I think it's an okay price for a product that does work. 

Like all brands, not all products are going to work for you. Whilst I love the mineral foundation and think the concealer is okay, I didn't get on well with the liquid foundations. However, I do believe this is down to the fact they are not made for my particular skin type. I would be interested in trying out more of the range and see if any of their other products take me at complete surprise. 

Price wise, I think everything is non-expensive and comes in beautiful packaging; including outer box packaging. Mary Kay are definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a new beauty brand to explore.

Disclaimer: PR samples. All words, opinions and photographs are my own.
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26 comments

  1. I've never tried a mineral foundation, I've heard they can be good in summer though. I'll have to check this brand out as I have super pale skin.

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    1. Hi I am a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and we do have the lightest shades of liquid foundations with Matte and Luminous finish. Get in touch if you need samples.

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  2. I have really pale skin so should really try out their products x

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  3. This is fab, my skin is quite fair so I may give these a whirl, as I have been looking for new makeup. Thanks hun :)

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  4. I haven't used Mary Kay in years, but they are an iconic American brand and tend to have lots of great offerings!

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  5. I've never used a mineral foundation, but it looks great on your skin so I'll have to give it a go!

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  6. I have never tried this range before, but does look like a great range x

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  7. i love the look of this makeup , i really feel i would like this on my own skin

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  8. I didn't realize that Mary Kay had come out with a mineral powder foundation. It sounds like this was a good performer for you, along with the concealer. The pricing is very reasonable as well.

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  9. I've always heard wonderful things about Mary Kay, but haven't had the opportunity to give them a try. I'm all about mineral-based makeup so I'll definitely check them out!

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  10. I have never tried Mary Kay before but I think it is quite affordable, although shame that that the liquid foundation was a bit of a hit and miss!

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  11. I haven't heard of Mary Kay either, but it is good value. I prefer liquid foundations though and am pale too and struggle to find a decent shade x

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  12. Oh i've never heard of this range before but it's great that it caters for us pale skinned ladies x

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  13. Honestly I am the same my skin is very pale and I struggle to find the right colour foundation too. I haven't tried this brand before. The mineral powder foundation sounds interesting I haven't tried any of those either I normaly wear liquid ones too.

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  14. This look a beautiful make-up. I love make up that is suited for my pale complexions. xx

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  15. I've heard good things about mineral foundations, this looks good for great coverage. Glad you found a shade to suit your skin tone :)

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  16. I have just got a few Mary Kay bits to try so am looking forward to using them x

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  17. angela milnes16/3/17

    I love Mary kay products they are so beautiful and perfect to my skin type.

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  18. I've always avoided Mary Kay as the sales people are so pushy but they actually sound great!

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  19. My skin is pretty pale, so I'll definitely look to test these out next time I'm shopping.

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  20. Great you got to try all the different products. I always find when I buy something new I expect it to be a wonder product and make me look amazing, but then I'm disappointed if it takes me a while to learn how to apply it properly or it just doesn't suit me!!
    p.s. I love your photos :)

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  21. I have heard lots of good things about Mary Kay but have never tried it before. I am quite pale too, so this sounds like a perfect product. The price is pretty amazing too x

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  22. I'm quite fair skinned so this sounds great for me! I've not tried anything from Mary Kay before, may have to check it out! xo

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  23. finding the perfect foundation is such a blessing, haven't tried mary kay, will check out the foundation for my olive skin!

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  24. I've never tried Mary Kay but the concealer sounds fab!

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  25. I too am fair skinned and struggle to find the perfect shade! I've not tried Mary Kay products before, would definitely like to try the mineral foundation! :-)
    Ashton xx

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