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The last time I touched Mary Kay makeup I believe I was still too young to be ‘allowed’ to use it. Having been notified of a plethora of new products launching into the UK market (to me, Mary Kay is Uber Americana), this was fated to change.

First up: the Mary Kay Beauty That Counts Creme Lipstick in One Woman Can. I must forewarn you, this swirly sweet lipstick is limited edition only. With a visible mix of berry and rosy pink colour strips, this colour will adapt to suit virtually any skin tone. If that’s not enough, it also fights against free radicals.

Also on the limited edition boat? The Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate. A lighter pink hue when applied to the lips, the formula is actually a blend of Mary Kay’s Cream & Sugar and Pink Parfait lip glosses and features skin-strengthening pomegranate sterol.

The brand has also launched a diffusion line (…fash talk, if you will) in the form of Mary Kay At Play. There are four lines – Eye Crayons, Lip Crayons, Lip Jellies and Eye Shadow Trios – each with four colourways. While the price points are unbelievably low (£7-£8), the quality is unbelievably high. The eye crayons, in particular; my favourite, Gold Mine, didn’t crease on the hottest day of the year. Without primer.

Last but not least, their new Translucent Loose Powder. Though the powder is pure white, it is invisible on any skin tone and simply diffuses light to set foundation and soften the appearance of your skin. For girls who don’t like to wear makeup but dread the arrival of mid-afternoon shine, this is your new BFF.

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Next month, Avon are releasing 17 new eye colours and 60 new lip colours to launch a brand new make-up collection. Spearheaded by the creation of Avon’s ‘True Colour Technology’, this new collection will feature advanced and improved versions of their best selling formulas.

My personal highlight? The new Ultra Colour Lipstick. Available in thirty shades, these babies will be priced at £7.50, contain a SPF of 15, and wrap each pigment particle in a moisturising blend of Shea butter and vitamin E. The shimmer payoff from Frostiest Mauve (far right) looks incredible in photos.

Photographed below the lipsticks you will find two of eighteen shades of Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss (£6.50)Packed with anti-oxidant properties from arctic berry oil, these glosses are virtually weightless despite a high colour payoff and super shine.

The Glimmerstick lip liners round off the first photo in the shades Simple Spice and Nude. £6 waterproof lip liners that can stay put through a gin and tonic? Lela approved.

Though Avon are also releasing eyeshadow duos and an eight-in-one Naked-comparable palette called ‘The Nudes’, I was immediately drawn to their foolproof True Colour Eyeshadow Quads. Seen here in Emerald Cut, Jeans, Purple Haze, and Stone Taupes, these saturated shades are numbered 1-4 for super easy application.

Lastly, Avon’s Ultra Colour Lip Crayon. Though they look like a lipstick, they act like a lip pencil. At only £7.50, the shade ‘Reddy For Me‘ (a red for all skin tones) is set to find a permanent home in my handbag.

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avon makeup