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Regular readers of my reviews may know that I try and seek out natural cosmetics as often as I can, as long as they are capable of giving the same results as the conventional products. One such product I decided to try some months ago was Korres Wild Rose Foundation. This is made by the Greek company based in Athens who sell mail order in the UK, and now have a rather lovely shop in Glasgow as well as their flagship store in London. I love this make and have several of their products - all are good quality and a pleasure to use.
I purchased this foundation from Amazon for £21 in the shade WRC2 which is the second lightest of 5 shades they make. The product is sold in a rather attractive rose covered box, and is contained within a black bottle. It is said to be a brightening and long lasting foundation with an SPF of 20. It claims to give a flawless finish which is radiant, and the extracts of wild rose are said to minimise fine lines and to even out skin tones. So how did it perform?
First of all I have to say that foundation is the one area where I have found the greatest difficulty in finding natural products which I really love. So far yes I have one that I turn to again and again- The Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, but it is here that my ethical and natural selection finishes to date, and sadly the Korres will not be re-purchased either, as it has several problems which I will cover in this review.
The foundation is a liquid and it comes in a black glass bottle which you unscrew and tip upside down to release the fluid. It is quite difficult not to pour out too much, so you do have to be careful at first. I think this makes using this product quite a challenge as it has no fancy dispenser or pump mechanism. It certainly caught me out a lot the first time I used it. I think that due to the product being quite runny this is less than ideal.
The colour in the bottle looks much darker than it does on the skin so don't let that frighten you. It really is quite a thin liquid, and you should find no problems blending the foundation as it covers easily. It gives a light to medium coverage and a moisturising and dewy finish. I would say that it does live up to its promises of being luminous, and as such is probably better as a summer foundation.
I have found that you can apply the foundation either with fingers or with a foundation brush and both are equally good.
My experience with this foundation is that it is extremely oily. I actually gave some to my daughter to try -she is 22 and she also reported that this was an issue. I have normal skin and am 51, but this was really very oily on my skin, and my daughter said she found it caused her to breakout in spots a couple of days after using it.
In terms of coverage it does not have sufficient for my needs and falls far short of what I am looking for in a foundation. I feel on my skin it has more of the look of a tinted moisturiser, so for ladies of my age I would say that it is not ideal to use as a foundation. It did however look natural on my daughter's skin, and she would have been happy to carry on using it had the oily nature not been too much of a problem.
It is certainly a lightweight product and as such feels lovely on the skin and the fragrance is beautiful making it a pleasure to use. It has a flowery scent which I really like. It is also long lasting on the skin; though I would say it does require powder to set it and this will need to be applied throughout the day in order to combat the oily finish.
Removing the foundation is simple using a face wipe, cream or simple soap and water.
In conclusion I would say that this foundation is not for ladies of a mature age who are seeking a medium to full coverage. It may suit younger women who prefer a lighter look, but those with oily skin need to be aware of the potential risk of breakouts.
I love the fact that all the ingredients are natural and that the company has a no animal testing policy and operate ethically, but the foundation is not something I would repurchase as it was not suitable for my age or skin type.
This review is also posted on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.