Sold via www.marykay.co.uk until November 15th, 2013. £1 from each sale will be donated to charity.
--What does the promo say?--
"Celebrate is a shimmery peachy-pink shade created from the fun swirl of two Mary Kay® lip glosses: Cream & Sugar and Pink Parfait. This versatile colour looks great on any skin tone. From the moment you glide on the creamy, ultracomfortable formula, you get brilliant shine plus an instant boost of moisture that leaves lips feeling soft and supple. The nourishing, nonsticky formula contains antioxidant-rich vitamins and plant-derived minerals to smooth, protect and condition lips."
The swirl of pink and gold glosses in the plastic tube is definitely new and different, but it's practical as well thanks to the standard lipgloss wand. The pale gold lid also matches the golden gloss nicely while giving a classy aspect to the product and contrasting the pink gloss.
Apply on its own, or over lipstick for a multi-layered effect.
I was initially worried that the pink aspect of the gloss would make the overall effect garish. However, I needn't have been concerned: the result was pale, pretty, and multi-dimensional. The pink and gold combine very naturally together to create an authentic effect that worked well with my skin tone.
--Texture and consistency--
Non-sticky as promised. I like that it contains vitamins and minerals, too (though SPF would be even better).
Doesn't last a meal, but then again, what lipglosses do?
--Value for money--
The £10 price tag means that it costs the same as Philosophy and Jurlique, so given the quality of the ingredients and the brand's profile, this seems about right. This is a high-quality product that does what it promises, and at £9 for the individual Cream And Sugar gloss mentioned in the promotional material (curiously, Pink Parfait is apparently unavailable), it's easy enough to create the same sort of effect again even after this promotional anniversary period is over. With £1 going to charity too, it also has that feel-good factor. However, I'd say that what this complimentary (thanks, Mary Kay!) lipgloss has most done for me is to reconsider the brand. In all honesty, the only experience I'd ever had with it before was an overly made-up advisor coming to visit us at home in the late 1990s or early 2000s. However, looking at the website, they seem to rival Avon quite nicely in terms of the quality and range of their products, perhaps even going one better. Even though some of their website photography is terrible, they offer something for everyone, whether it's funky neons or anti-ageing skincare. This makes it a brand I would definitely consider more in future, as I can already see some products that appeal.
Dance To Life Anniversary Fragrance, £40
Dance To Life Shimmer Lotion, £15
Special Edition Compact Mini, £56
Limited Edition One Woman Can Lipstick, £13