My friend Evangeline recently reached out to me because she found out a few Mary Kay products were going to be included in a future Box That Shall Not Be Named. As a Mary Kay rep, she was super fired up about it and was excited for me to try the products. I reluctantly told her the story about The Box That Shall Not Be Named and so she offered to send me the products directly! I’ve been using them for the past week so I have a few thoughts on the products I can share with you. If you follow us on Instagram, you probably knew this was coming. ūüôā

First of all, I kind of forget Mary Kay is a thing but it turns out, ¬†they are still around and kind of killing it in the skincare game. Who knew?! In the past year or so, I also saw them being the featured makeup line on Project Runway which is pretty cool. Random fact: Matt’s dad worked for Mary Kay for about 17 years, which is also kind of cool!

The main thing to know is that at the heart of every TimeWise Repair product is the patent-pending Volu-Firm Complex, which is a combo of plant stem cells, Tripeptide 1 and a skin volume-supporting peptide. Another thing to know is that you only need very little of each of these products, so if you end up buying them, they will last you a very long time! I’ll review everything in the order of use.

Mary Kay¬†TimeWise Repair Volue-Firm Foaming Cleanser ($28): I really liked this cleanser! You only need the tiniest amount and it foams up so much! It left my skin feeling very clean but not stripped of moisture or that “squeaky clean” feeling. It also has a really clean, pleasant scent. This is one of the products I may buy in the future when my current products (this and this) run out. I would say if you are looking for a product to compare this to, it reminded me a LOT of the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash.

Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Lifting Serum ($70):¬†The serum felt super velvety on my skin. It kind of reminded me a bit of the Hourglass primer. I really liked this because makeup went on smoothly on top of it and there weren’t any issues with pilling or anything. This product’s main focus is that Volu-Firm Complex I mentioned before, which is supposed to help with firming and lifting skin, targeting skin resilience, restoring the look of youthful volume and vibrancy, restoring skin suppleness, softens the look of lines wrinkles and crepiness in the neck area and immediately increases skin moisture by 61%. (Random number but all right, Mary Kay. :)) I obviously only used this product for a week so I can’t speak for most of those benefits but I did like that velvety feel, versus a sticky feel of many¬†serums. This is also the most expensive product I tested but I do think it’s a fair price considering¬†serums are the products that pack the most punch in terms of active ingredients, so this is par for the course with serums in all lines. (And let’s be honest, most serums are way more expensive!) While I do like this serum, I’m not sure if I’m going to trade in my favorite one, but I do think it’s a great one to consider, especially if you have aging concerns!

Mary Kay¬†TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($52): Out of the products, this was probably my least favorite. I feel like this would be great on a weekend or something when you aren’t wearing makeup but it felt a bit heavy on my skin under makeup and felt like my makeup got a little cakey when I wore it. Maybe if you are more on the dryer side, you skin would drink this right up, but I ended up skipping this after using it for a few days and going directly from the serum to my makeup because I liked how that looked and felt better. But I do think it’s super cool this has SPF 30 in it, and of course, the Volu-Firm Complex.

Mary Kay¬†TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream ($42):¬†This was probably my favorite product that I got to try, and one I will definitely be purchasing when my current eye cream runs out. (Too bad I literally just bought my current one¬†a few weeks ago. Wahh!) Anyway, I’m very picky about eye creams because so many of them irritate my eyes. Those gel type eye products are the worst for me- I guess they are supposed to tighten and smooth but my eyes always just end up red and dry. The TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream¬†is a rich cream like my Clinique¬†one but I think it has more active ingredients that may help with wrinkles, which has become a problem for me. (When did I get so old, btw? It was like one day I looked young for my age and then the next day I had 100 wrinkles. How and when did this happen?! I’m not cool with this.) The TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream should help with how old I suddenly became because it claims to target deep lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, target under-eye bags, puffiness and dark circles, target crepiness and dry skin, increase moisture for 12 hours and of course contains the Volu-Firm Complex.¬†So yeah, I really loved this eye cream and I’m excited to buy it later.¬†And another thing I’m excited about is that it comes in a tube versus a jar so I won’t have to dig my fingers in it and weird things won’t get caught in it. This is what happens with my current jar of Clinique, so I am fired up that this is in a tube!

Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Night Treatment With Retinol ($52): The active ingredient in this night cream is Retinol, which is great not only for wrinkles but acne as well, if those are issues you are dealing with. (*Raises hand.* Why do I still have acne as an adult? It literally never stopped since I was a teenager. I find that to be very unfair. #FirstWorldProblems.) Retinol can be drying but this cream delivers it in a very moisturizing way. I think this cream would be great if you have very¬†dry skin because it felt a little heavy on my particular skin type. I tend to be combo/dry so sometimes it’s tricky for me to find the perfect cream to balance those concerns. (I have been using this cream lately and it tends to bridge that gap for me.)

TimeWise Repair Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler ($45):¬†While I was able to try most of the TimeWise Repair line, I didn’t get to try all of the products, but when I was looking at the site, this is one that I am really interested in trying in the future! I’ve mentioned my issues with fine lines, so I’m wondering if this product will help makeup go on more smoothly and not settle into wrinkles! (Hello, smile lines, anyone?) The product claims that 100% of women who tested it showed an improvement in the¬†appearance of wrinkle severity. It also claims that deep wrinkles appear to be visibly plumped, deep wrinkles are targeted by retinol and most importantly to me, it won’t flake or ball up- it dries to an invisible finish. So I am interested in checking that out when I make my order for my eye cream!


Y’all, I was so¬†impressed with this Mary Kay TimeWise Repair line, and I am so grateful to Evangeline for giving me the opportunity to try it! I was particularly impressed with the cleanser and the eye cream but I think the serum deserves an honorable mention as well! (Honestly, if I wasn’t so devoted to my Est√©e Lauder one, I would be interested in buying this serum.)

If you are interested in any of these products, you should really get in contact with Evangeline because she is super sweet and will help you with all of your skincare and makeup needs! She let me know that if you go to her site here,¬†it’s super easy to register and create a profile so she can start recommending products specifically for you! If you aren’t sure you want to buy anything yet but you are curious about learning more about the products, you should join Evangeline’s Facebook group, Evangeline’s Mary Kay Beauties, and you can check out the chatter! And if you’re old school, you can always give her a call (or text!) at 724.454.4936 or email at¬†ehokeefe@marykay.com.

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A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

3 Comments on Mary Kay Skincare Review

  1. Scentsy Katie
    May 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm (5 months ago)

    A friend of mine just started selling Mary Kay so I decided to support her new business and buy this system. I invest a lot of money in my skin care products and so far I’m quite pleased with Mary Kay. I find their products to be just as good, if not better the expensive products I have been using, for more than half the price.

  2. laurenelectro
    May 21, 2017 at 5:31 pm (5 months ago)

    I’ve really enjoyed using the Mary Kay products and in fact, I just ordered that same set that I reviewed above because it is the perfect size for my gym bag but I also ordered a full-size of the targeted wrinkle cream. I’m interested to see how that works but so far, I definitely agree with you!

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