Mascara Monday: Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara and giveaway!

| November 24, 2008 | 48 Comments
It’s Monday! Yes again. I know, I know. I’m groaning too. Only one thing can make dreadful Monday mornings a little better. If you said, “Payday!” I’m with you! So okay….there are TWO things that can make Monday mornings better. Yay to Mascara Mondays! I do my best to review and tell you about the most popular, unhead of, a bit pricey and mad cheap mascaras from all brands. I do not discriminate….only appreciate!

When it comes to mascaras I would have NEVER considered Mary Kay. Mary Kay for skincare? Absolutely. Mascaras? Not so much. Is there a reason why you don’t hear much about their mascaras or are they silent forces to be reckoned with? Hmmm….

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara



Price: 3 out of 5 ($16 from marykay.com or your favorite MK consultant) )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Uhhh, I didn’t see any claims so I guess my expectations shouldn’t be that high. LOL!”

The truth: A little pricey but this one may be a diamond in the rough!

What I loved about it: It doesn’t clump! Each time I wear this mascara, I can get up to 4 coats without getting a ANY clumps. That’s amazing!

What I didn’t like: I’m just a picky wand chick. I’m come to realize it. A wand can make or break a mascara in terms of application and I did have some challenges with this one.

The bristles aren’t defined enough for me. Definition=better control. Better control=better application. Better application=amazing lashes!

Overall: I don’t know why, but I am super shocked at how well this mascara performs. I mean….who have thunk! I am super impressed with how you can “build it up”. Most mascaras only allow a good 2 coats before it begins to clump. Which, when you think about it, makes sense. To find out that I didn’t get ANY clumps nor do I get that “too much mascara” look with Mary Kay’s Ultimate, well…I was just stunned. I went so far as to do a 4th coat and nope…still no clumps. Very impressive! I found this to be a great volumizing mascara and it’s pretty decent as far as lengthening goes too. It is your everyday mascara. This would be perfect for traveling as it doesn’t flake and lasts pretty much ALL day with easy removal. Go Mary Kay!! I know the “eye ball” pictures are a little scary but I just wanted to show the great volume and length the Ultimate gave me!

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats



Would I recommend it: I would. Is it a must have? Hmm…I wouldn’t say that but it is a GOOD mascara from a company that many of us have grown to love over the years.

…..because I loved this mascara so much I decided to give one away! That’s right…one lucky reader will win Mary Kay Ultimate mascara by simply leaving a comment and telling me your favorite Mary Kay product AND your name and email address. You have until the next Mascara Monday (Mon, December 1) to get those entries in. Get to commenting…I want you to win!

….feeling a little better about Monday now? I certainly hope so! Stay beautiful.


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  1. Stargirl says:

    Helloooo! Love your blog! I’ve been following it on my Google Reader for sometime. You’re so funny and honest. Love it all. Anyway, my favorite Mary Kay product is the Satin Lip Mask. Makes my lips soft and smooooooth. Love it. Especially because if my lips get dry and chappy, then I will have this subconscious habit of biting at my lips too much. I don’t notice until it hurts. When I use the Satin Lip Mask, my lips aren’t chapped or dry or anything. Anyway, I would LURRRRVE to try this mascara!!! Yaaay!

    My name is Stargirl Heuser and my email is stargirlheuser@gmail.com

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  2. pinkyblue says:

    my fave is the mary kay medium coverage foundation; perfect color!

  3. Amina says:

    hey there..
    yes i’ve used that mascara in the past and i’ve enjoyed.
    My favorite Mary Kay product is the eysicle eye color in island bronze…so pretty

  4. NuBeauti says:

    Ok. I am so sorry! I should have told you the claims, but it’s funny because everything the company claims the mascara does is exactly what you loved about it.

    Claims:
    “Exclusive, all-in-one formula delivers long, thick, voluminous-looking lashes. And it has Smart Wiper™ technology that delivers the exact amount of mascara you need for maximum plumping – without the clumping.”

    The company use to offer a curved wand, but no longer does. My customers loved the curved wand. I wish that they would bring it back.

    Thanks Brittany!

  5. The Pretty Brown Girl says:

    I’ve always liked MK mascara. That’s one of the first I ever used when I started using make-up when I was 16. My mom was a consultant for many years back in the 80′s.

    My very favorite Mary Kay product is the lip scrub/mask and the lip balm. I have been using it since I was about 13 and nothing makes my lips smoother and more ready for gloss or lipstick. I make sure to always stay stocked up with that. I absolutely swear by it. I recently put some on my dude and won him over (even though he won’t admit it! lol!).

    I’m CaShawn and I can be reached @ askthepbg@gmail. :)

  6. Askmewhats says:

    LOL you are too cute B..and I love your lashes, definitely no clumpin’! :D

  7. keyonda says:

    Hey diva!
    I simply love your blog…very informative. I read it everyday!
    Well anywho my Fave MaryKay product is the lip gloss….they have some awesome lip gloss. It’s thick, but not to heavy and it has a shine that isn’t too greasy looking. I don’t remember the pricing because I brought mine a while ago, but once I am out I will sure be looking for another ube=)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway idea!

    -Keyonda
    Keyonda7@yahoo.com

  8. MaryJoyce says:

    I am thinking of trying the concealer of Mary Kay, which i heard is way better than MAC. My last concealer gave me zits under my eyes and i was horrified because i never ever had zits there before. Now im ditching my old concealer.

    -Joyce
    joyceongco(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. ShanSoPink says:

    My favorite MK products are the Velocity skin care items my skin has never been so gorgeous! That stuff is amazing!

    Shannon
    SLedbetter88@aol.com

  10. Toma says:

    My favorite is the Belara perfume. Whenever I wear this, people stop me to ask what it is. It lasts all day and night. I LOVE IT!!!!

    Toma
    toma@makeupmasala.com

  11. Wes says:

    I have this mascara but have yet to try it… I guess I should give it a go! Thanks

  12. Caramel Diva says:

    My fav is Satin lips, lips balm

  13. Tammy M says:

    My favorite product from MK is their waterproof eye makeup remover, LOVES IT!!!!

  14. Product Junkie Diva says:

    I like what it did for your lashes, especially after two coats.
    Have a great day.
    PJD

  15. Starry x2 night says:

    Whoa, I won’t lie, I wasn’t expecting so much from MK! You’re right, a little pricey, but those are some great results!

    You’re a fan of MK skincare, I take it?

  16. thepegster says:

    i love the angel perfume if they still sell it and their skincare is great although it was sort of pricey but i think that it works!

  17. Mrs.Young_fashion says:

    Mascara really does make a difference when applying makeup, the two coats did you justice. I’m also a fanatic about wands, my Sheer COver wand bends for easy access to the coners. My fav MK product is the Satin Hands scrub, leaves them silky smooth and moisturized and they are great on the feet. I’ll swear by it.

    -Chyvone
    ctcaraballo@hotmail.com

  18. Claire says:

    I’ve actually never tried Mary Kay before, but I’m always super-interested in a good mascara, and the Mary Kay compact looks really interesting, with space for small brushes, eye and blush colors, and a lipstick in the back. How practical!

  19. Jermaine says:

    I am J Mintuck

    devonm @ sasktel . net

  20. Gloria Arroyo says:

    Sometimes I do makeup for other people and I love to use the medium coverage foundation. With the 100,200,500 and 600 I combine any two and get the perfect color for the person. And looks great in photos.
    Gloria Arroyo
    glory345@hotmail.com

  21. prettybeautiful says:

    wow 4 layers and no clumps at all! amazing product. the usual mascaras i have always get clumpy after the 2nd layer

  22. Bigmac says:

    Hi :), your blog is so cute! So my fav mary kay product is the MK Signature Eyesicles Eye Color… so…. wicked! and super easy to use! its like a cream you just put it on with your finger and it dries into a powder like thing… lol… I have both colours… They’re the besttttt!! I swear you could put it on with your left hand (or right for you lefties :D) and it’ll still be fly! Iv been using them for years…

    Ciao!

    makedamahadeo@hotmail.com

  23. rmcandlelight says:

    Wow!! The mascara really made a difference to your lashes. The only product that I ever bought from Mary Kay was a lipstick called Down Brown.

  24. kae says:

    My favorite Mary Kay product is their brushes. FOr my birthday, my sister ordered me a set of brushes (all over face brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush, blending brush and an angled tip applicator) in a soft leather case. I LOVE IT! The brushes are soft and hold the minerals from blushes and eyeshadows well. The brush also doesn’t shed. I’ve had them for 2 years now and they work and look brand new.

  25. Lillybeth Melmoth says:

    oooh ooh, yes I love the Mary Kay compact PRO – wow, a compact that holds liners, mascara and lippy as well as all the usual. :-) !!

    lillybeth@abeautifuleducation.co.nz

  26. Huguette E. says:

    I’m looking for a great mascara, this might just be it :) My favorite is the Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color

  27. SuzieC says:

    Let me find out Mary Kay is doing something with mascara! Lashes look great!

  28. Nessa says:

    I love Mascara Mondays!! You helped moi pick out the L'oreal Beauty Tubes mascara and I *love it*
    I don't use a lot of Mary Kay, actually only one product –> Happiness perfume. It is awesome and it totally brightens my day.
    Thanks, Girl!

    Jenessa jenessa_rose_nesbitt@yahoo.com

  29. Yonna says:

    Hey there…my favorite MK product is the Diamond exfoliator…woo, this stuff is AMAZING. That and the lip mask…and the oil free eye make up remover…

    can you tell I have alot of favorites? lol

    catch me at mzrayona@yahoo.com !

  30. Alyssia says:

    I have the Satin Hands set and I absolutely LOVE IT! Its a great addition to my manicure routine, esp. when its 30 degrees and snowing..my hands can become sooo dry!

    great post, girlie!

    asmoore1216@aol.com

  31. Sherry says:

    I have used Mary Kay’s TimeWise4 line for years and at my “advanced” (middle-age) age, my skin is as good as it was in my twenties!

  32. MJ says:

    I’m a fan of Mary Kay’s hydrating gel- works great on my oily skin!

    butterflyrouge(at)yahoo(dot)com

  33. cowgirltazz says:

    My sister was a MK rep for years. I actually have two major favorites of theirs: the lip treatment(balm/scrub) and the satin hands system. Both awesome products.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    cowgirltazz@yahoo.com

  34. FrostedCouture (at purse forum) says:

    I like the Mary Kay tinted moisturizer in beige 1 or 2 because it disappears into my skin and it has decent coverage for how light it feels. plus it has sunscreen. i have recently gotten this, before i used laura mercier. they are very similar but mk is less expensive. laura mercier just has more of a iridescent glow. i really like this product!

    Grace. my email is frostedcouture@gmail.com

  35. Sugar.lemon93 says:

    Love the Mary Kary Creme lipstick.

    Rosanna
    sugar dot lemon 93 at gmail dot com

  36. Jane says:

    I use the satin lips (r) lip balm at night every night! Mary kay has created a magic potion!

    Jane

    yee ( _ ) family ( _ ) information ( @ ) yahoo ( . ) com

  37. Joanne says:

    The MK signiture Concealer!

    It’s creamy and wonderful! They don’t have very many colors for darker and bronzer skins.

    Joanne

    forevertwentyfour at inbox dot com

  38. Reana says:

    Oooo I love their lip gloss. I think it’s a limited edition one though… it’s the duo (lip and fragrance). It smells wonderfully!

    Thanks!

    ry2011 at mail.com

    Reana

  39. Jana says:

    Jana

    spamisafish AT gmx DOT com

    The lip liner is great! it’s the smoothest liner I’ve used in many ages.

  40. Nicole says:

    Belara perfume sounds like it would smelll sooooo good!!!

  41. rmcandlelight says:

    B, I forgot to give you my email address. Ha! Ha!

    rmcandlelight@yahoo.com

  42. Kelly says:

    My favorite product is the Satin Hands routine. It makes my hands so baby soft!

    My name is Kelly and my e-mail is ka_samuels@hotmail.com.

  43. Kat C. says:

    I like the MK e/s. and now, my aunt gave me satin hands set, which i love. And this is why i wont hesitate to try this mascara!

    katch05(at)gmail(dot)com

  44. Pixelpig says:

    Never tried anything from Mary K, it’s not readily available in Sweden, so I would say my favourite would be this mascara, if I am the lucky one to win it and give it a try!
    Great Blog!

    karin.nyborg-at-telia-dot-com

  45. hi says:

    The Signature concealer!! So amazing.
    xemailheather@gmail.com

  46. Anonymous says:

    Shelan
    honeypooh63@yahoo.com
    I really don’t care that much about makeup, but looking at it makes me want it!!So i wanna win!

  47. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad you put a picture up of the MK Ultimate mascara as well as your lovely results. This has been my favorite mascara for a few years now and it has never let me down. No clumps, great length, and buildable volume with no eye irritation. BUT…The packaging of this mascara has changed and apparently so has the formula. The new tube is black, not silver. It clumps on the second coat and leaves my lashes looking short, not the lush elegant lashes I have grown accustomed to. I would love to hear your feedback on the new product.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Clumps of mascara is right! I recieved this as a gift and I would completely disagree about this mascara. love the blog tho! this mascara makes my eyes itch and very wattery and the mascara clumps together by the end of the day.

    I was so weirded out by this experience because I've never had anything like it happen before that I researched. Found out a few other women had had a similar experiences with Mary Kay. Hmm….may it's something in the product. I've tried different techniqes and putting less on, but it happens every time. Basically it is just destined to happen. Sadly, I am going to have to toss this mascara but have been holding onto it for an emergency backup. Don't want to be losing anymore lashes over it tho! My overall feeling is "yuck! why bother?!"

    A great mascara that never hurts is Physcians Formula. Love this brand! A lot of their products are talc-free or are organic. It can be a little pricey and the tube is a little lacking(rubber insert falls into tube eventually making the product then a tosser – in a way this is actually a good thing as it prompts you to throw it out by the time you should), but the product is great, doesn't clump, and the brush/wand is the best!

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