Monday, December 24, 2012

On My Face: Korres Pomegranate Discovery Kit

If there is one thing that gives me joy in life, it is kits full of random different types of makeup and skincare goodies that I have never tried before. As much fun as it is to get one full size product, by the end of the tube/tin/container/whatnot, it's not longer as special as it was when you got it.

That being said, once I tried the Korres Pomegranate Discovery Kit, I bought two backups in case they stop making it. (It's on sale for $19.50 so that's not an impossible proposition!) Because, love of new things aside, I will never get sick of a product that just fucking works.

The idea behind the kit is that it is going to perform magic and shrink your pores and make your lips 800% more kissable in eight weeks or something silly like that. And it won't do that because those are ludicrous claims.

But what it WILL do is be a damn fine primer for oily or combination skin and a great, au naturale lip look. 

Lips:
Korres Lip Butter and Lip Glaze together. I really am the worst photographer.
Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter (full size, 0.21 oz), retail value $12.00
Korres Pomegranate Lip Glaze (full size 0.34 oz), retail value $14.00

Lip Butter on the left, Lip Glaze on the right
The lip butter is wonderful and moisturizing, with just the faintest hint of coral color.  You can go over the lip butter with the glaze, which is more pigmented and acts much like a gloss, but still subtle enough to look natural. The glaze is, perhaps, the least sticky thing I have ever put on my lips.

Face:

Korres Mattifying Treatment and Primer
Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment (0.34 oz), approximate value $9.57
Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer (0.34 oz), approximate value $11.00

Korres Mattifying Primer Swatch
My skin has a bad habit of looking like I smeared salad dressing on my face by the end of the day. As much as I love salad, it is not my favorite look. The mattifying treatment is basically a super-light coat of starch that absorbs any excess oil. The primer is made without silicone, which means it is going to work a lot better with my water-based makeup. (On the other hand, if you are using a silicone-based foundation, you definitely want to use a silicone-based primer such as Mirabella Prime, which came in Ipsy this month, or the much-beloved Smashbox Photo Finish.) It forms a great base for my foundation that helps it stay on as long as I need. It is very, very slightly tinted, but it looks completely sheer on my skin. If you have very dark coloration, though, I might give it a test in store before making the purchase, if you have the opportunity.

Retail value of the kit: $46.57

Sephora seems to be under the misguided impression that this kit is worth $56.00, which is a good reminder that you shouldn't blindly trust their little "Blankety-blank dollar value!"

I will forgive them because the sale price of $19.50 is such an overwhelmingly good deal that I would get this Sephora URL tattooed on my lower back (not really).

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