Review: Korres | Lip Butter "Pomegranate"

Korres had their big breakthrough moment when they first appeared in the shops of Sephora a few years ago. Hailing from the sunshine land of Greece and with their focus on natural ingredients (which at the time was still relatively new in the mass market) the brand quickly gained a faithful following. One of these iconic Korres items is the Lip Butter which comes in small colourful pots, ready to heal dry chapped lips.

Korress Lip Butter_01

THE BASICS
Brand: Korres
Product: Lip Butter in “Pomegranate”
Shades: 6 total (Quince, Guava, Pomegranate, Mango, Jasmine, Wild Rose)
Size: 6ml
Price: $12 USD / $16 CAD (via Sephora)
Availability: Korres (website), Sephora (online)
Would Repurchase: Yes, when it’s on sale.
Websitewww.korres.com

Let me start this review with a small refresher on this magical term “lip butter”, which by now is thrown around left and right, thus it seems many companies (even drugstore) has products which they consider to be soft, buttery and emollient. In short, they can be seen as similar to a tinted lip balm but coloured lip butters seem to pack a bit more colour and is more creamy rather than waxy. When I first encountered the Korres lip butters (2010 – 2011), the term was still very new and thus quite innovative.

I purchased a lip butter and glaze set (both in pomegranate) from Sephora in San Francisco which was sold at a great price, only $15 USD for the two. Opening up the small plastic container, the product itself indeed looks quite buttery, the consistency is one which melts smoothly onto my lips and imparts a surprisingly bright pop of colour. The colour saturation varies depending on the shade but with the exception of Jasmine, all the others offer a visible juicy tint to the lips that borders on a light coverage lipstick with a soft balmy shine. The texture is very creamy or “buttery” as you can say and has no waxy feel at all, much more like a lip moisturizer. My pomegranate version is lightly scented with a sweetly tart fragrance which I actually quit enjoy.

Korress Lip Butter_02

The description actually claims various benefits from each flavour by means of the included extracts but looking through the ingredients list, I highly doubt how effective they actually are. I certainly don’t consider polybutene to be very natural and that’s at the top of the ingredients list, the actual pomegranate is listed much lower down as punic granatum extract. None the less I am very happy with these because it smoothes out my lip lines and makes my lips look naturally juicy, voluptuous and dare I say kinda sexy in a “girl next door” way. For daily use these lip butters are certainly worthy of my makeup bag, I like using it to refresh my lips when they are looking drab. With continued use I did find my lips to be slightly softer even after the butters have worn off but these are far from an intensive treatment so in the moisturization department, I’d only recommend them for maintenance use. While these are not terribly expensive, at $16 a pop Canadian, they seem a bit unreasonable here considering the much lower American price but they will be repurchased when I find them again in a Sephora across the border. Get them if you can, especially if it comes in a kit!

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INGREDIENTS
Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxystearic Acid,Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tocopherol,Aroma (Flavor), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Punic Granatum Extract, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Butyrospermum Parki(Shea Butter) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, CI 77891(Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake,Red 6), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).

HAUL: Sephora + Victoria Secret = SanFrancisco!

Hello Everyone,

If the first thing you get excited about on vacation is being able to go shopping, well then this post is for you! A quick photo and video post about PART One of my San Francisco shopping experience; it will be split up into 2 videos for categorizational sake.

First, a grand look at the whole gang 🙂
[group photo! *click*] 

Sephora & Victoria Secret (SanFran)

Now on to the video fun!
[did you spot the special intro for my SanFran series?]

A close up look at some of the items!

Bare Escentual BUXOM PASSPORT SET

Sephora Bare Escentuals--Buxom kit
I never thought thought that I would actually be so excited about a Sephora insider gift to actually trade in 500pt for it but this one is pretty promising. Can’t say no to a cute pink gloss and a nudy-lipstick. 
Oh Sephora you hit me in my Achilles ankle right there!


Victoria Secret: BIG SMOOCH Plumping Gloss Duo
Victoria Secret--Big Smooch lipgloss

This had got to be one of the cutest things I’ve encountered in a long time. I adore the colour combo and although it doesn’t tingle, this product DOES make your lips extra juicy and feels great to wear too! Now I wonder why I didn’t also get the nude colour too >.>”

NAIL INC. FALL Nail Colours

Nail Inc. Fall2011 Collection

Ahhhh….the beginning of my FALL nail collection, though I do own a few *similar* colours to these, I was really intrigued by this new brand and mainly wanted to test out the formulation. What I CAN say so far is that I love the smaller bottle size, who can use up a 15ml polish anyways before it dries up?
The 10ml is actually a pretty good idea in my opinion!
Thats it for today.
Stay tuned for more SanFran updates ^-^
CIAO!