May 5, 2012

Mary Kay Botanical Effects 3-in-1 Cleanse and Hydrate

After a month and a half of using the 3-in1 Cleanse and Hydrate from Mary Kay's Botanical Effects, it's time for a review.

This was my first time to try anything from Mary Kay. Since they follow a business model that involves direct sales, it's not as accessible compared to most brands. I'm the type of person who wants to at least feel and smell the product before buying. So I'm glad I finally had the chance to try this and for those who are not familiar with the brand, I hope this review helps.

The Botanical Effects line aims to make skincare easy while using natural ingredients to care for the skin. There's a cleanser, moisturizer and mask for each skin type: Normal, Dry and Oily. All of these are also suited for sensitive skin. If you want more information about the line, I wrote about it here. On to our review...

According to Mary Kay the 3-in-1 Cleanse cleans, tones and exfoliates. It's used the same way you would any kind of foaming facial wash. There's a faint soap/bleach scent, nothing overpowering. It contains micro-beads and you can actually feel it scrubbing your face clean. I have Rosacea and I tend to scrub real hard so my cheeks and nose would get flare-up after washing. After applying Hydrate, the redness subsides.

For the first two weeks, I used my toner after washing but every single time, I noticed that there wasn't any dirt or leftover product. This is the perfect skincare product for the beauty minimalist because it's efficient.

If you're wearing eye makeup, you will still need a makeup remover but if not, then all you need to clean your face is the 3-in-1 cleanse.

Hydrate is the line's moisturizer. It's in gel form, has no scent and has a lightweight formula - it gets absorbed into the skin quicker than most moisturizers. I'm so impatient about waiting for my moisturizer to set before I put on my makeup so I see the value in this.

The set I got was for Oily Skin. With consistent use of these two, I noticed that my T-zone was less oily and my skin did not break out in acne. However, since I have Combination skin, I think formula for Normal skin would have been better suited so that my cheeks were better hydrated. Make sure to choose the correct formula for your skin type!

Both products do not contain any alcohol, fragrance and synthetic dyes which is good because for me, the less ingredients, the better.

Here's the bad news: PETA has removed this from its list of Cruelty-free companies - a head's up for those who are conscious of this.

All in all, this was a pleasant Mary Kay experience for me. It's the perfect line for people who are too lazy to follow numerous skincare steps or for those who come home from work really tired and just want to get to bed as fast as they can. Can you say easy peasy?

A press sample was provided for editorial consideration.

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