I’d heard about Mary Kay before, and to be perfectly honest, it really wasn’t a brand on my radar. Somehow, in my youthful mind a long time ago, I’d equated Mary Kay to be the overseas version of Avon. If I’m writing about the brand now, naturally something happened to change my mind. Heh.
Last year, I was Beetrice’s plus one at a Mary Kay event in Singapore to launch their TimeWise Plus new serum and eye cream, where the very nice lady (whose name I forgot because I didn’t get her card) persuaded me to test some of the sensitive skin range products during the event. My first time washing face in public yo! I was mildly impressed that my usually uber sensitive skin didn’t really act up, and that was that.
Fast-forward to this year and I recently received a TimeWise trial Miracle set for editorial consideration. I’m still on the fence about the serum, moisturizer and sunscreen that came in the set, but I am totally SOLD on the cleanser.
And now we get to the real review (after beating around the bush).
The Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser is one of those products that I didn’t have any expectations of and it just leap-frogged its way to the top of my list, dislodging my previous staple of Lush Angels on Bare Skin (which I have also yet to review).
This cleanser is a cream based cleanser with minute microbeads for exfoliating action. It comes out of the tube as a thick-ish white cream and it does not foam up at all so it feels like I’m massaging cream into my face. I like that it’s totally non-drying to my skin and non-fragranced so my nose is happy. There is mention of bentonite in the ingredients, so I assume that it enhances the deep cleaning action of this cleanser.
I wasn’t expecting anything but apparently my skin loves it. I had some dry, flaking problems from a recent eczema flare-up around my mouth and chin area. My skin totally calmed down (less redness) and after just a few days of use, the flakies have reduced tremendously. I attribute that to the mild exfoliating action and also maybe the bentonite. Skin feels soft and moisturized even before layering on any other skincare and I feel as if my skin looks brighter in the mirror. My skin is relaxed, comfortable and happy after each wash and that makes for a happy me because I am so much closer to having skin that actually looks normal. When I find myself reaching out for this cleanser automatically without having to stop and think about which cleanser to use, that’s when I know I’ve got myself a keeper.
My only gripe is that the trial size cleanser (2 oz.) which I got comes in a tube with a screw top cover. I would have much preferred a flip-top cover for easier one handed use. The full size cleanser (4.5 oz.) apparently comes with a flip-top cover so it’s just the trial size packaging that could be improved.
Reviews on the web for this cleanser are mixed, so your mileage may vary. I would say that if you’re looking for a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin and does some very mild, gentle exfoliation, then you could try this out. If you’re used to foaming cleansers and stronger exfoliation as well as oil-control, then this product may not be for you.
A full-sized Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser (4.5 oz.) retails for USD 18.00 on the international website. Please refer to the Mary Kay website to locate an Independent Beauty Consultant near you.
Description : Fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic (won’t block pores). Combination-to-oily-skin formula is oil-free. TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser combines age-fighting benefits with three essential functions in one product – cleansing, exfoliating and freshening – to reveal younger-looking skin.
Directions : Apply TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser to wet face and neck. Rinse or remove with a warm, wet cloth. Follow with TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer. To remove eye makeup, use Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover before 3-in-1 Cleanser.
Note : The product/service in this post was provided for consideration by the brand itself or a PR firm. This does not affect my review in any way and do refer to my disclosure policy for further details.