Saturday, September 5, 2009

REVIEW: Korres Advanced Natural Silicone-Free Face Primer

Korres skincare products ... my first experience with this naturally based brand was scoping the shelves at TJ Maxx and enjoying the scents of their shower gels. Woodsy, citrusy, nutty, Korres offered a scent collection in products no one else was doing at the time. And they were producing them with all natural ingredients. And they were powerfully attractive yet gently effective. In fact, Korres was completely ahead of their time.

Skip ten plus years to today and Korres is still producing powerfully attractive, aesthetically pleasing, gently effective, naturally based skincare with active ingredients, and, yes, they're still ahead of their time. This is an all new Korres! One that the shelves of TJ Maxx and the likes only wish they could manage to get their hands on. So let me re-introduce you to a brand you may already know a little something about, but will want to know more.

Let's start with their completely silicone-free, 99% natural, ECOCERT approved, anti-oxidant rich facial primer. Now, most of us know primers' biggest value to be smoothed skin, where our lines, wrinkles and pores are "filled in" to create an almost flawless canvas for makeup application. And we also know that it's the ingredient of silicone that mainly gives that kind of result.

Korres found another option. Their use of the ingredient edelweiss extract is what soothes and provides a perfect primer formulation in place of silicone. Other active ingredients include vitamin E, which protects the skin from internal and external aging and jojoba oil, which moisturizes and carries the vitamin E.

Korres' Face Primer is rich in skin-soothing botanicals, this 99 percent natural formula refines skin texture without silicone, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces the appearance of pore size. Lightly moisturizing, it leaves skin primed and ready for makeup application. My daughter, age 15, saw it sitting up on the bathroom counter the other morning, applied a bit (she never wears foundation, powders, etc. because she hates the way they feel on her skin), then paraded herself into my bedroom saying, "I like this stuff, mom. Look how soft my skin looks, and I can't even feel it. Hmmmm". Guess this means I need to make sure my tube doesn't disappear as that has been known to happen when she finds something she likes.

As for my experience, I must admit I was quite surprised that a silicone-free primer could smoothe and prepare my face so well. The primer is kind of a white, gel-like cream texture, freshly scented of lemon, and provides a fresh, lightly hydrated matte finish. My foundation and concealer spreads very easily and evenly after use, and the primer leaves a softness to skin that may allow you to not wear makeup at all unless skin imperfections ar ruddiness leave you feeling you need a little something extra. I don't find it fills lines quite as well as the silicone based primers, but it does do a nice job and I like the fact that it's 99% natural.

Here's a little funny for you. In researching the primer, I found it on and took to reading some of the reviews. Overwhelmingly, reviewers gave this primer five out of five stars, some fours and only a couple or so less. The main "con" some sited of those giving less than a high rating was that it was expensive. That's the funny, my angels. The tube contains over one full ounce of primer and sells for $28. Have you priced other primers? Here's a little comparison of the top faves of beauty lovers:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer 1 oz $52
Smashbox PhotoFinish 1 oz $36
Make Up For Ever (MUFE) UV Primer 1 oz $30
Urban Decay Primer Potion 1 oz $30
Too Faced Primed & Poreless 1 oz $30
Korres Face Primer 1 oz $28
Tarte Clean Slate 1 oz $27
NARS Makeup Primer 1 oz $19

Sooooo, I'm not really feeling the cost argument. This is a grand primer, loaded with good for you ingredients, no silicones, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oils, petrochemicals, phthalates, or GMOs. ECOCERT Certified a pea-sized amount is enough for a full facial application. I can't wait to try more Korres products. Look for more reviews soon.

Korres Face Primer retails for $28 a 1 oz tube and is available at Korres online and Sephora. Shop Korres now and save 20% off storewide with promo code: FALL. Offer ends 10.7.09

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