Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation: Perfect For High Temperatures and Humidity!

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation

When Beauty Directory contacted me to review a new foundation by Mary Kay, I was interested in giving it a go but as they emailed me about a week before I left for Malaysia, there were a lot of urgent emails back and forth to make sure that I was able to bring some of it on my trip to test out. This arrived on my door step 12 hours before I left for the airport. 😛

Initially, I thought “what’s the big deal about this foundation that I have to try it out whilst I’m on holiday?” When I finally saw the product and its press release, I realised that Malaysia would be the perfect environment to test this foundation out. As the product is small, thin and light, I threw it into my makeup bag and hours later, I left for KL.

I was bare-faced most of the time when I was in Malaysia but the days that I wanted to put some makeup on, I gave this foundation a really good go. And you know what? In such a warm weather and high humidity, it worked pretty swell.

Can’t beat the heat? This foundation can! With Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder foundation, you can keep that freshly-applied look even when temperature rises. The formula is heat and humidity resistant, so you can feel confident you’ll stay flawless in those warm, steamy days. Stays true and appears fresh for 12 hours.

If you live in Malaysia or any other tropical countries, tell me if that’s not an accurate description of the weather!

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation Ingredients

First of all, I had to take my hat off to the packaging. Now what I received were refills and not the actual compact the foundation is originally supposed to come in. I had a look at the pictures of the foundation in the compact and you know what? I much prefer the refills. I don’t need the mirror it’s supposed to come with nor any sponges, brushes or what have yous. The refill is perfect for travelling; there’s no fuss, no muss and since I normally use my fingers to apply foundation anyway, the packing is good enough for me. Heck, if all cream/powder/cream-to-powder foundation come with refills like this, I’d just get the refills!

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation

Let’s talk about the foundation. It’s creamy to the touch but dries to a powder when you start blending on the skin. It glides and blends on the skin easily and leaves a matte finish. I usually set my foundation with a light sweeping of translucent powder but I found that with this foundation, there was no need for powder as the foundation already adhered to my skin well. Coverage may appear quite light at first but it’s easily buildable to a medium.

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation

In terms of staying power, I really wouldn’t say it lasted 12 hours. Mine lasted about 6 hours before the foundation started to fade and showed streaks on the nooks and crannies of my face. Having said that, it controlled the oiliness on my T-zone quite well and my T-zone only started to shine after a few hours, even though I’d already started sweating the moment I stepped out of the house.

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation

Bear in mind, I tested this in 35C heat (Penang was particularly a scorcher) and high humidity yet this foundation lasted a lot better than I expected. I was sweating buckets and lo and behold, my face was still looking matte. I was expecting this foundation to melt and fade quickly given the high humidity but it stayed on far longer than I thought it would.

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation Ingredients Swatch

I tried this again when I came back to Melbourne when the temperature is no longer high and the humidity low. To be honest, I didn’t like using the foundation here. It’s too dry and made my face look cakey. However, when I was using this in high temperature and humidity, this worked a treat.

The Before and After photo below was taken when I had this on in Melbourne. You can see how dry this foundation looks on my skin when used here. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any Before and After photos when I had this on in Malaysia. It certainly did not look this dry; it looked far better on my skin then.

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation Before and After

If you have oily to combination skin, live in areas with high temperatures and humidity and like your foundations leaving your skin matte, this foundation will work well for you. I only used the liquid foundations I packed with me once as this Mary Kay foundation worked far better. On the other hand, if you live in areas with relatively mid to low temperatures and it’s dry most of the time, I’d say give this foundation a miss because it will be too dry for you, unless you have very oily skin.

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation

Mary Kay’s Endless Performance Creme-to-Powder Foundation comes in 9 shades and retails at AU$30.00. Gone are the days that you’ll need access to a Mary Kay rep to buy Mary Kay products; simply shop online via Mary Kay’s Beauty Direct website for a fuss-free delivery.

What I like about it: The refills are perfect for travelling, stays on the skin well in high temperatures and humidity.

What I do not like about it: Doesn’t last as long as it says it would (mine didn’t last 12 hours), doesn’t work as well when used in mid to low temperatures and low humidity.

If you live in areas with high temperatures and high humidity (e.g. tropical countries), are there any foundation(s) that works very well for you?

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4 comments… add one
  1. Allison

    I have never tried a cream-to-powder foundation. But I love cream anything. However, my skin is dry. I wish Mary Kay were more readily available. I can’t deal with direct sales. I would love to try it just to see. It looked great on you, Tine!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks lovely! I don’t have dry skin so I can’t be sure but I’m not sure if you’ll like cream-to-powder foundations because the drier ones can settle into fine lines making them look more obvious. Benefit has that BB cream that’s cream to powder so perhaps you could check it out in store.

      I’m not a fan of direct sales either, which is why I’m so glad brands like Mary Kay and AVON have made online shopping available. Given the choice or not, I would go for the online shopping option any time!

    2. Elizabeth Foreman

      Hi Allison,

      Unfortunately Mary Kay does not make samples of the Endless Performance foundation. If you would like to try it, I am happy to ship to you at 50% off plus tax and shipping. This is a non-drying formula.

      1. Allison

        Elizabeth, thank you so much for your reply and offer. I love the look of the MK cream to powder foundation, but truth be told, I am also a beauty blogger and I am currently drowning in foundation. Mary Kay products have really upped their game over the past few years!
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