Monday, June 22, 2009

Going Greek {with Korres}

I've found my new summer lip wear! On Saturday, I stopped by the Korres section in Sephora. I remember them from a few years back... I tried some samples with olives or rose or some such ingredients but never really got into the line. But now, with the nice big display at Sephora, I was really able to check out this brand. With ingredients like cinnamon, guava, thyme honey, and wild rose, there's lots more I plan to try.

Korres has its roots based in the oldest homeopathic pharmacy in Athens, Greece and is the result of a collaboration between a pharmacist and chemical engineer (they got married too!). They produce earth-friendly, people-friendly products that include lots of natural ingredients and leave out things like sulfates and petrochemicals. Many of their products score "0" or "low hazard" on EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. I would like to see them come out with a definitive stance against animal testing.

First off: Face Primer. I've tried a couple of primers but some of the ingredients seem to scare me a little... parabens and silicones and all that. Love this! My face feels soft but not greasy and my foundation has been looking fresher longer.

Next: Love Your Lips Collection. Love, love, love. This set includes three Cherry Full Color Glosses and a Lip Butter. The gloss colors are all beautiful and just different enough to make it worth buying the set. They have just the right amount of shine and sparkle for me and don't feel too sticky. They don't have that fake cherry taste - they contain cherry oil! And the Lip Butter... wowzie. Love this! Butter is right. Just smooth, soft and buttery. Not too heavy and not too flavored. Perfect.

The colors in this set are Light Pink 11 ("sheer milky pink"), Beige Pink 32 ("pink champagne shimmer") and Nude 33 ("sheer pinky beige"). The lip butter in this set is the Pomegranate version.

And last, I tried a lipstick: Mango Butter Lipstick SPF 10. Again, a winner. I bought Natural Purple 25. I never thought I would own a lipstick with the word "purple" in the color description, but trust me, it isn't purple. They describe it as "plum brown" and it is a perfect neutral that just deepens the shade of my lips and is perfect for my coloring.

I remember reading a while back that if you can go organic or natural on just one thing in your make-up bag, make it your lipwear because you do end up, well, sort of eating what you put on your lips throughout the day. I've been buying natural balms like Burt's Bees and more recently Yes To Carrots, but now I feel like I'm glamming it up a bit more with my Korres.

Happy Monday everyone!



  1. OMG! I didn't know a primer without silicones existed! I don't care for any silicone in my face makeup as I think it makes me break out. I need to try this now. I love the looks of that lipstick too. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. I know! I didn't either... I think this is new. I was so happy to find it! :)

  3. I have been using the Korres Face Primer for about month now, I think I read about it in either InStyle or Lucky. Anyway, my skin is sensitive and I break out EASY. I love it! I actually think my skin is better for it! It also has a citrusy/fresh smell. I was using Laura Mercier and switched to this and can tell a real difference. I'm was interested in trying the other products and with your reviews,will definately be checking out the lip items!

  4. Pam - I'm glad you found it! I really like it too and am looking forward to trying some of their other products also. :)

  5. Love the lipstick (I'm really not much of a gloss girl or balm if it's in a pot - I'm all about applying the stick). You are so right about going organic on the lips. I will have to check it out sometime.