Mary Kay: Brand Review and 10 of the Best Products

A selection of Mary Kay products on a pink background.


With almost 60 years strong as a beauty brand offering makeup, skincare, and more, there's a chance you've heard about Mary Kay at some point or another, especially from your grandmother, aunt, and own mother, too. A household name in cosmetics, Mary Kay Ash, sought to change the female work experience in 1963, doing something that not many other women of her time had ever done before. We spoke with Mary Kay's current VP of Salesforce and Marketing Support, Regena Pipkin, to get the inside scoop on the past and present details around this prestigious beauty company.

Mary Kay

Founded By: Mary Kay Ash in September of 1963

Based in: Dallas, Texas

Pricing: $$$

Best Known For: A wide variety of high-performance skincare and makeup products.

Most Popular Products: Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, Ultimate Mascara, Micellar Water, Hydrogel Eye Patches

Fun Fact: Mary Kay is committed to empowering women’s lives and philanthropic efforts through the Mary Kay Foundation, which in the U.S. is dedicated to ending domestic violence and funding research for cancers affecting women.

Other Brands You'll Love: Estee Lauder, Lancome, Bobbi Brown.

Tired of experiencing inequality in the workplace as a female, and with only $5,000 to start, Mary Kay Ash set out to do something that no one else was doing. Little did she know, Mary Kay would create a beauty empire that is still going strong today, since being developed over 50 years ago in the year 1963.

"Mary Kay was really was ahead of her time. She wanted women to have the chance to be in control of their own future. So with her decision to start Beauty by Mary Kay, she changed the business world forever."

While the model of the business has changed over the years, the mission remains the same. Having such an enormous impact on women for decades, the brand's overall goal is not just to sell cosmetics but to change lives. Pipkin adds, "Our incredible salesforce is what sets us apart and is truly the heart of our business. They inspire and motivate us as a company.  And of course, our amazing products, too."

So who exactly is wearing and purchasing Mary Kay products? Anyone who wants to wear Mary Kay cosmetics can, as the brand offers a wide range of selections from makeup to skincare, for anyone who wants to feel and look their best. "Whether you want to take care of your skin, or you love the way you feel after putting on the perfect shade of lipstick, we've been genuinely encouraging self-care long before it ever became a trend."

With a team of scientists led by Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Lucy Gildea, the efforts to research and innovate never retire, while research for all Mary Kay products remains solely dedicated to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge skincare and irresistible color cosmetics, body care and fragrances. Needless to say, Mary Kay remains on top of anything having to do with the research and development of its products.

Ahead, we've compiled a stellar list of all the Mary Kay products you need to try; keep scrolling to shop the top recommendations in makeup and skincare.

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Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

eye makeup remover
Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover $18.00

This oil-free eye makeup remover gets everything off, and we mean everything! From stubborn waterproof eyeliners and mascaras to even long-wearing lipstick, this product is a must-have for anyone who wants to remove their makeup easily and efficiently.

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Ultimate Mascara

mary kay ultimate mascara
Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara $16.00

If thick and voluminous lashes are what you're after, this mascara is the one for you. Create the look of big, bold lashes with this formula that lasts through the day and night; we love the fact that it's also clump, flake, and smudge-resistant.

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CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15

mary kay cc cream
Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $22.00

This CC cream acts as a foundation yet is much lighter in consistency and texture. Correct uneven skin tone with this formula; it has the benefits of skincare and makeup all in one easy-to-use formula.

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TimeWise Miracle Set 3D

mary kay timewise set
Mary Kay TimeWise Miracle Set 3D $120.00

This 3 step skincare routine helps to address any major skincare concerns you might have, such as anti-aging, wrinkles, fine lines, and dullness of complexion. Available in options for all skin types, you'll start to see noticeable results within just four weeks of consistent use.

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Hydrogel Eye Patches

Mary Kay Hydrogel Eye Patches
Mary Kay Hydrogel Eye Patches $40.00

If your eyes look and feel tired or puffy, the solution is these shimmering pink eye gel patches that treat puffy, tired-looking eyes in minutes. Adding these into your skincare routine for just 20 minutes twice a week can make a noticeable difference in your under-eye area.

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Extra Emollient Night Cream

emollient night cream
Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream $16.00

Keep your skin's hydration in check with this emollient night cream that replenishes moisture in any dry areas; this cream is also excellent for addressing dryness in hands, elbows, and feet.

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ClearProof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

charcoal clearproof mask
Mary Kay ClearProof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask $25.00

The charcoal in this face mask acts like a magnet to seriously deep-clean your pores, drawing out stubborn blackheads and addressing excess oil and breakouts. Just one application can help to reduce shine and oil, helping skin look clearer instantly.

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Clinical Solutions Retinol 0.5 Set
Mary Kay Clinical Solutions Retinol 0.5 Set $120.00

Reap the benefits and power of retinol with this skincare set; each product is formulated to do something different in helping address and correct signs of aging. Use the nighttime serum to address the loss of firmness, discoloration, and wrinkles, and the facial milk to gently cleanse away impurities without stripping skin of its natural moisture.

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White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips Set

mary kay satin lips
Mary Kay White Tea & Citrus Satin Lips Set $22.00

If a spa-like treatment is what you're after, this set will do the trick. With nourishing shea butter along with white-tea and citrus flavors, chapped lips are a thing of the past.

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TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Set

mary kay timewise
Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Set $215.00

Target signs of aging specifically with this anti-aging skincare set are designed to tackle issues like deep wrinkles and sagging skin. A combination of plant stem cells and peptides work together to give your skin the anti-aging attention it needs.

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