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I absolutely adore lip balms and could not imagine not being able to use them as I hate the feeling of my lips getting dry. Because of this I am always slapping on lip balm throughout the day and night and I have literally hundreds lying about in all sorts of different places form my car to my desk drawer and in all my handbags just so I can ensure that I never run out.
Most of the balms that I buy are cheaper varieties but occasionally I do splash out and buy myself a decent one. Korres do some of the nicest lip balms known to man but because they are quite hard to come by where I live I only really buy them very occasionally when I am away to a bigger city shopping or if I am on holiday somewhere.
You can of course buy them online but as I said I only buy them occasionally and I am quite frugal with them so they tend to last me a bit longer than most of the balms I buy do.
Korres call their balms lip butters and this is actually a good name for them as they are very rich and soothing more so than most balms. There are a few different ones that they do but my favourite one has to be the Pomegranate lip butter.
All the Korres lip butters I've ever tried have been deeply soothing but this one just seems extra nourishing and as a nice bonus it also smells delicious and has a lovely colour to it.
The butter comes in a little pot and you have to just apply the butter whenever your lips are feeling dry or if you are going out in windy cold weather to protect them. The pomegranate lip butter is made with shea butter as well as loads of other lovely natural ingredients and it is really thick and luxurious feeling when I put it on my lips.
It has loads of vitamins and anti oxidents in it to care for my lips. I tend to use this when my other balms have let me down and the cold weather and central heating have taken their toll on my lips and they are looking a bit cracked and weathered. As soon as I put this on my lips the relief is immediate and I can feel it starting to take away the dryness and soreness straight away.
Within about half an hour of having applied this the pain from my cracked lips is totally gone and they are left feeling much more supple and nearly back to normal. It is amazing for when my lips are in need of some intensive conditioning. As well as just sitting on the top of my lips and stopping them from feeling dry it actually penetrates deep down in to them and works to make them healthier looking and feeling and after a couple of days of use my lips are looking much nicer. They seem plumper and more luscious and the fine lines on them appear much less pronounced. I would definitely say this is more than just a lip balm and I would go so far as to say that it is an intensive lip conditioning treatment.
Of course it can also just be used as a balm and when I put this on my lips when they aren't all cracked and haggered it makes them moist and gives them a lovely sheen. The Pomegranate lip butter has a gorgeous colour which is a pinky red colour and it makes my lips look really healthy and luscious and is one of the nicest colours in any balm I have ever tried. Of course the colour isn't that deep because it is a balm but you could easily wear this during the day instead of a lip stick or gloss and have some colour and shine without feeling too made up. I also like to use this on top of a matt lip stick as it not only makes the lip stick colour last longer it actually helps to improve it. I have a lip stick in a similar colour to this and the lip butter makes the colour more intense and also helps highlight my lips more by giving them a lovely sheen and shimmer while not being too glossy and sticky.
Longevity is always a problem when it comes to lip balms and this is no exception. It does seem to last a lot longer than cheaper balms probably because the ingredients are a higher quality and it is thicker but like with other ones you will need to be careful with eating and drinking to ensure that it doesn't rub off too much. The beauty of the little pot though means that even if it does need reapplied it is no hassle and you can keep it in your bag or even pocket for touch ups throughout the day or night.
I am a little bit gutted that I have nearly run out of my pomegranate lip butter as this cold weather means that my lips are starting to show the effects of the weather and this means I have been using it a little more than I normally would. I will have to definitely make sure that when I am away Christmas shopping I pop in to Sephoria and stock up on some.
Pomegranate lip butter costs around about £5 for a tiny little pot which may seem expensive but I cannot recommend it enough as it is absolutely fabulous not only as a lip balm but as a conditioning treatment for your lips and also as a subtle substitute for a lip stick or gloss. The ingredients used in this are high quality and you can really notice the difference this makes to the overall quality of your lips when you compare it to something such as Vaseline or something similar.
Do your lips a favour and buy a pot of this and treat them to a proper treatment since it is the party season after all and they will thank you for it. A few days of using this and they will be looking and feeling in tip top condition and be readily primed to be looking amazing for any lip sticks or glosses you put on them over the party season.
This lip butter was given to me as part of a gift, and as a big lover of my lip balms and glosses I was keen to give it a try!
This is the first product by Korres I have ever had and I must admit to being completely unfamiliar with the brand. But a little online research tells me that this is a Greek brand of hair and beauty products and all its products are natural - so they contain only organic ingredients and no 'nasties' such as parabens or genetically modified ingredients. This does mean that, as you may expect, Korres products are pricier than others ... and the pot of lip balm I am reviewing here costs around the £6 mark in shops - although it can be found online for around £4.
A little tub of moisture
This lip butter comes in several shades from an untinted version through to a light pink and all the way up to a dark plum colour. The version I have - pomegranate - is somewhere in the middle. The product contains shea butter and rice wax to hydrate and moisturise lips.
This lip balm comes in a little 6g tub which is housed in it's own cardboard carton (a bit unnecessary as this of course gets thrown away - although it does make the product seem a bit more expensive). The lid of the tub reflects the shade of the balm inside. And I was a bit worried about how pigmented this would be when I took off the lid as I don't like to wear too much strong colour on my lips (I save this for my eyes!) and the shade inside is actually quite a vibrant red colour. It also has a very faint, fruity fragrance.
Smooth and rich
Applying this with my finger, I immediately loved how it felt on my lips. It is incredibly smooth and rich, and it instantly leaves feeling soft and moisturised. For me I felt this really was enough to justify the slightly high price tag as you can tell straight away that it's an effective product! However one slight disappointment is that I can't really taste the fruitiness that I can detect when smelling the product - but this is a minor gripe.
As for the colour ... well, if I was to buy this again I would probably go for a slightly different, more subtle shade. Having said that, this isn't actually that strong a colour - in fact it gives a really nice healthy tint of red to the lips, but for me I just prefer something even more subtle. As well as the flash of colour, it also gives lips a nice shine and it really makes lips look and feel healthy.
This lasts a decent amount of time on the lips and although it does need reapplication, I have definitely used lip balms that wear off a lot quicker than this one.
In summary ...
Overall I like this lip butter and although it is more than I tend to pay, I would purchase it again as a special treat as it really does moisturise lips effectively. So although it isn't the cheapest out there, I think the price is justified by the quality.
For the softest, most kissable lips only use Korres Lip Butters / Coming in five beautiful colours your lips will be left with a subtle tint while being gloriously soft and protected / Pomegranate is a fruity pink shade that will suit any skin tone / '