Oct 282016

Lipstick is one of those products that can really make a look. There’s a wide range of possible shades, and they each give a different end result. The Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick collection has 8 different shades, and while the performance is all the same, they look drastically different.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick closed

The lipsticks come in black plastic packaging. They’re flat on the bottom, and have a slight angle on the top. The tops are transparent plastic, so you can get a peek at the shade inside, if you stand them up. It’s pretty sleek and simple packaging.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick

Look at the lipstick army! The shades in this collection range from little nude to vampy dark, with a touch at each shade in between.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatches

See what difference a lipstick can make? The rest of my makeup is the same for each shot, just the lipstick is different. And no, the colour isn’t Photoshopped in, I’m just very consistent with my camera angles.

These lipsticks are very comfortable. These are highly pigmented, semi-matte, non-drying gel based lipsticks. Easy to apply, and easy to wear, with a ton of shades to choose from.

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatch in Always Apricot

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatch in Bashful You

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatch in Mauve Moment

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatch in Midnight Red

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatch in Poppy Please

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatch in Powerful Pink

Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick swatch in Rich Truffle

Wait a second… I’m missing a swatch. Yup, I somehow missed putting together a swatch collage of Crushed Berry, which is a gorgeous purple shade (it’s top row, second from the left in the face collage). I didn’t notice until after a clean up of my photos, which means I don’t have the original photos, so instead of trying to do it again, I’m just going to leave it out. Oops. It is a gorgeous colour though.

These lipsticks are $21 each, and there isn’t a bad one in the lot. If you can only get a shade or two, it really comes down to which shade will you wear the most. Hard choice since they’re all so pretty!

PR sample received for review.

  9 Responses to “Review and Swatches: Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick”

Comments (9)
  1. always apricot is my favorite 🙂
    i love how you did the swatches 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous shade range! Those are some pretty neutrals and I love the bright pink and orange especially. Thanks for taking the time to take such great swatches! 🙂

  3. The transparent tops is such a great idea! My favorite shade on you is Mauve Moment!

  4. I have Midnight Red and Powerful Pink but I think I need to grab Mauve Moment and Always Apricot. I have really been liking the two I have, they last decently and don’t dry my lips out too much

  5. Love these shades! I’ve never used MK lipsticks yet but I swear by some of their other products. Putting in an order soon so might have to add one of these!

  6. These shades all look great on you! Mauve Moment is one I would reach for a lot if I had it.
    That’s cool that you can see into the tubes from the top, makes finding the shade you want so much easier!

  7. Totally not fair that every one of these shades look amazing on you lol. I am loving Powerful Pink! Might have to find a mary kay rep now…

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