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I received this Korres lengthening mascara in a gift set for Christmas. Until then I had actually never heard of or came across Korres before. Korres is a brand of natural products, they not only do make-up products, but skin care products too. It is a quite expensive brand and this mascara alone costs £15.
It is a 'Provitamin B5 and rice bran easy-to-layer creamy mascara' designed to give volume, extra length and the deepest colour. The provitamin B5 helps strengthen the lashes. This is available in three different colours: black, brown and blue black. I have this in black and I love the colour, it really does give a deep colour and makes my lashes look very dark.
Not only this, but it also lengthens the lashes. There are many mascaras out there that say they are designed to lengthen lashes, but don't always work, and I had still yet to come across a one that did this well. I had found many I liked that volumised the lashes but this Korres lengthening mascara does both, volumise and lengthen. It only takes a few coats and the 'creamy' formula does not irritate lashes. It is quite a thick creamy mascara and not what I am used to using, but I thought this would be because of the natural ingredients that are in it.
I had never actually smelt the product before, as I don't often smell mascaras! However, when I came to review this product on here I couldn't help but notice the title of the previous review on the mascara, stating that it smells like mud. So I have just actually smelt the tube and it actually does smell of mud and it isn't very pleasant. I had never noticed this mud-like smell before though and so it isn't strong, only if you actually smell the tube will you notice it, and so for this reason the smell does not put me off this fantastic mascara.
It makes my lashes appear longer all day too, lasting at least 8 hours before I would consider applying a top-up. It doesn't easily smudge and doesn't leave your lashes clumped together, which because of the texture of the product I was scared it might at first.
I do like this mascara and would consider buying it again, £15 is expensive but mascaras always last me around half a year (they would last me longer but you are advised to change your mascara every six months). It is available from the Korres website, or from a few other websites that stock Korres. I have yet to see this brand in any shops though.
I was lucky enough to get a set of Korres products for a very reasonable price, and this particular mascara was just part of the set. Korres offer two mascaras, with the first being a volumising mascara which includes abyssina oil, and the second being a lengthening mascara which consists of provitamin B5 and rice bran. If purchasing separately, I would have personally gone for the volumising mascara, as I prefer to have big eyelashes as opposed to long ones. Nevertheless, I have been trying out this mascara to see what it is like.
Similar to all other Korres products, the packaging is kept very simple, with just a white tube and black print. I think it makes it look more expensive and of a much higher quality, as it is very clean cut and simple. The mascara I own is in shade black however there are four different colours that you can choose from, and these are as follows:
* 01 - Black
* 02 - Brown
* 03 - Cobalt Blue
* 04 - Plum
I only ever wear black mascara, apart from in the summer when I sometimes opt for brown. I know that there are some people that much prefer to wear different coloured mascara, therefore the cobalt blue and plum shades are perfect for you, as well as being great for wearing on a night out. I think it is excellent that there are a variety of shades to choose from, as it is a chance to experiment with different colours.
I find the brush very interesting with this mascara, and as you can see in the image, it is slightly angled and gets thinner towards the top. The bristles are all straight and packed very closely together, however after using this mascara for a month, the product has not become clumped on the brush. When taking the brush from out of the tube, it does remove the majority of excess product from the brush which means you do not get large clumps on to your eyelashes which is excellent.
The colour itself is a very rich black, however it is not completely jet black, therefore if you are after the blackest black, this one is not for you. I am very happy with the colour however, as it does manage to transform my eyelashes and make them stand out much more.
It is easy to apply, and I did notice that it made my eyelashes look much longer than they did before. It does do exactly what it claims to, and it did stay on throughout the day. However, towards the end of the day, I did find that it started to become very drying, and if you do like to put lots of mascara on like I do, it does become a little flaky, therefore if you touch your eyes in the day, you will notice that bits will start to flake off on to your skin. It was not a huge problem as you could just dust it off your face easily, but generally for staying power it was relatively good.
This mascara is opthalmologically tested, meaning that it is done medically and no animals are harmed which is great. It is also free of mineral oils, propylene glycol and ethanolamine.
On top of this, it is also packed with provitamin B5 and rice bran, meaning that its ingredients are all natural and friendly. Unfortunately, this does mean that the mascara has a disgusting smell. When I first smelt it, it does smell fairly earthy and like mud. My friends have smelt this and said that it would put them off using it, however if you are willing to put up with it then I would recommend you try it out.
This mascara is available directly from Korres' website which is www.korres.com, and I have also seen it on ASOS (www.asos.com). I believe there are other stockists of Korres products as well, so just look around for them. This mascara is quite pricey, and does retail at £13.75 which I believe is an awful lot to be paying, and I do not think I would have brought it if it was full price.
Overall, this mascara does leave your eyelashes looking defined and much longer, however it is just too expensive and smells of dirt! I would rather continue using my £5.00 Rimmel mascara as it does the job just as well! Thanks for reading.