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I received a Korres make up bag full of goodies around a year ago when I saw a good deal for it on an internet website. This eye liner pencil was part of the bag and I have been using it here and there for the past twelve or so months, and felt that it was time to do a review of it.
Firstly, if you are interested in purchasing this eye liner, it is quite difficult to get hold of as it is popular throughout much of Europe, as well as in the USA. However, trying to purchase it from UK stores is a nightmare, and your best bet would be to scour the internet. It retails at around £8-£12 which is quite a hefty price tag for a simple eye liner, but I obviously got it much cheaper so this was not too much of a problem.
The main reason in which a number of people may be drawn to the brand Korres and their products is because they are completely natural. This eye liner is made from cedar wood, and is rich in vegetable oils and waxes. In addition to this, it contains macadamia nut oil and vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection, and meadowfoam seed oil which supposedly helps to revitalise the fine skin around the eye area. As you can see, there is obviously a lot of care and thought that has gone into this product, and I know that many people look for this in make up products, so this would be truly recommended for those people. It would also be particularly good for people who have quite sensitive eyes, as this would be kinder to the eyes than various other make up products on the market.
So the ingredients get a tick from me, but what about the shades? I am happy to say that there are a wide range of colours to choose from with this eye pencil. I did not get to choose as it came in a bag of goodies, and I received the shades black and golden. Each have a number signed to them, as well as a name. There are a number of everyday shades such as browns and blues. There is a gold and a couple of nice bluey green shades, however there are not much for the wilder make up wearer.
To use this is very simple, you just remove the cap and apply directly to the eyes. I personally wear kohl eye liner such as this directly on the waterline, however you can wear this on the outside of the eyes too, but I would not recommend this! The reason for this is that the pencil is extremely creamy, which does have its benefits as it makes it easy to smudge and create nice effects, however it is a little too creamy. When I apply on the waterline, it does apply nicely, however it is not a strong, impacting look which I was disappointed with. It is good to apply to the surrounding skin on the eye, and smudging to create a sexy look. However, within a few hours you end up with the eye liner running down your face. It smudges far too easily, and because of this it really ruins the product and means that it never stays in place.
The pencil sharpens nicely, and does last a fair amount of time. Unfortunately, I would not pay the full price for this eye liner pencil, as various other brands such as Rimmel offer much better alternatives for around half the price of this. It does do the job, and does look okay. But do not expect the eye liner to be sticking around long as you will need to keep reapplying it!
Overall, I would not personally recommend people purchasing this for the full price. It is okay if you receive it at a much better price such as me, but unless you are specifically after natural ingredients within make up, I would just settle for those already sold in pharmacies as they are much better! Thanks for reading.
I received a Korres make-up set for Christmas last year. I had never actually heard of 'Korres' before until then and was told they are quite a good and expensive brand. So for all of you who have never heard of 'Korres' before or seen any of their products, it is a manufacturer in Greece of all natural products which range from skincare, body care, make-up, suncare and even fragrance. They also have a men's range available.
Ever since I have often seen Korres products around and even more so on ASOS.com as this is one of my most frequently visited websites! However, after just looking I have noticed they do not sell the make-up products anymore like they used to, and only sell their skincare products now. The make-up and more specifically the eyeliner pencil, can still be bought from Amazon for around £12. The products cannot even be bought directly from the Korres website. I am thinking that maybe when the brand has become a bit more popular (if it does) then they might actually start to sell their products directly from the website.
There are two types of eyeliner pencils from Korres, the normal one and the 'soft' one. I own and am reviewing the normal one so cannot state what the soft one is like. The shade I am reviewing is black, I also have the golden shade which I also received in the gift, but as I don't wear gold eyeliner I have never really wanted to try it out.
The pencil itself is white with a little bit of black on so you can clearly see the shade that it is. The pencil also has information on but I have sharpened mine quite far down now and so no longer can tell what it read, but on the Korres website it states that this eyeliner is : Smooth Cedar wood pencils with 100% natural base rich in herbs and vitamins. Eyeliner pencil, rich in vegetable oils and waxes. Macadamia nut oil and vitamin E provide antioxidant protection, while Meadowfoam seed oil revitalises the fine eye skin area. The lead diameter of 4mm provides accurate application.
It does say that it provides accurate application but I think the pencil itself is very creamy and so after being sharpened it does not stay sharp for very long and actually goes blunt, so when applying it goes on quite thick. I would not say this is good for accurate application, but luckily for me I like a thick line along my top lash line so I do not mind. However, for the bottom I prefer a thin line and it does prove to be quite tricky when doing so with this pencil, I have to be much more careful so that it doesn't go on too thick. Therefore, if you only like a thin line along your lash lines then I would not recommend this eyeliner, not unless you want to be sharpening it more times than necessary so that you have a sharp tip for every application. This does make me wonder what the actual 'soft' eyeliner pencil is like by Korres, as this one seems soft enough. I guess it is down to the natural ingredients that is in it.
Korres give directions for when applying this eyeliner: Apply along lash line from inner to outer corner. Leave as it is, or blend for a softer look. Its soft texture allows easy application and excellent colour consistency.
It's soft texture does allow you to blend it very easily and I have often found that when wearing this eyeliner I end up with panda eyes if I am not careful as it smudges that easily. I don't usually like to smudge my eyeliner in for a softer look but if you do then this pencil would be good for that. I have often found that when applying this eyeliner I will end up with blotches of black on other parts of my face, but I really dont know how!
It is very easy to apply this eyeliner as it is so soft, and only one stroke is required and after that it is very dark. With many other eyeliners I have found that I will need a few strokes to get it as dark as I like. It does stay on all day but is often smudged by the end, I need to be careful not to rub any parts of my eye by accident when wearing this. Also, because of its softness this doesn't tug at your skin or irritate your eyes. I do have quite sensitive eyes and have often not been able to wear some brands of make-up as it irritates them too much, but with this I have no problems.
I won't be buying this eyeliner again but that is simply because of the price. I think £12 is too much to pay because of how quickly it will be used up because of its softness. I do like it for a few reasons which I have mentioned, but I would prefer to buy other eyeliners that I like better.
Korres Eyeliner / These smooth cedar wood eyeliner pencils are rich in vegetable oils and waxes / Macadamia nut oil and vitamin E provide antioxidant protection / and meadowfoam seed oil revitalises the fine eye skin area / The lead diameter of 4mm provides accurate application / Pencil.