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I have recently been trying to use more natural products and came across the brand Korres which has just started to be stocked in my local Debenhams. I bought a few of their products including this lip butter.
I often have dry lips and therefore like to have several lip salves or lip butters around that I can use regularly during the day. I keep this lip butter in the house (rather than taking it with me in my handbag to work) and therefore use it on a day to day basis.
The lip butter comes in a small round container with a dark red lid. On opening it the first thing that you notice is the dark red colour of the product. It also smells gorgeous - a strong rose smell which I really love.
To use the lip butter I place a small amount on my finger and then smooth it over my lips. I find that it goes on very easily and immediately sinks into my lips feeling quite luxurious. My lips feel soft and hydrated and it straight away gets rid of any dry feeling or chapped lips.
The product lasts for a few hours on my lips before I feel I need to put some more on which is quite good staying power.
The only problem I have with the lip butter is the colour. Although it looks a loverly deep red colour it is too dark for my complexion and therefore I would not really wear it out. However it is also not great to wear around the house as it stains both my fingers and my lips and I have a bad habit of putting some on just before I go to bed and then having red all over my pillow in the morning! I am hoping to try our another of their lip butters which is a lighter colour.
As can probably be seen by my extensive reviews on lip products, well I really love lip products. In fact I use Dooyoo to feed this addiction! I actually bought my first Korres lip butter with some of my second Dooyoo pay out! I had read a lot about these lip butters on the internet and they seemed the perfect combination of a moisturising balm as well as intense colour.
I own two Korres lip butters in the following shades:
Mango - a bright orange coral
Wild Rose - a light wine red
I love the packaging it is very minimal but has a kind of pop art feel with the bright colours of the lids and the cool font which goes around the jar. It is also practical with a screw top lid and the pots are made of plastic so they can fully with stand the impact of being chucked around in my bag all day.
The lip butter itself smells slightly plasticy, it is not an unpleasant smell but it is very synthetic and not at all natural. Once on the lips this smell dissipates. The colours of the lip butters are gorgeous and very natural - especially wild rose - when they are swatched.
The colours are rather intense unlike more standard tined lip balms. You can wear them as a natural wash or build them up into a statement lip. I think this is quite impressive as in pigmentation it can mirror a super moisturising lipstick. However, in terms of texture and longevity I am not impressed it seems to just sit on the lips rather than moisturise them. Also this really does not last and you can expect to be applying this product every two hours or so.
The price of this product does vary by a couple of quid depending on where you buy it, it is normally around the £6 to £8 mark. These are essentially glorified lip balms - they are nice but not amazing. I am glad that I have tried them but I do not think I will be purchasing any more shades of re-purchasing once I have used them up.
My lips are constantly feeling dry or chapped both in the summer and in the winter so I feel that I always need to have a lip balm on stand by to keep my lips feeling soft and comfortable. I was recently given a little and very welcome gift off my friend in the form of the Korres Lip Butter.
What does the product do?
The product contains Shea Butter and rice wax to hydrate the skins deeply leaving them soft and supple which nourishes them with vitamins and goodness. The product also claims to protect the lips from the elements stopping them from becoming dry and damaged and leaving them in a better condition. It has the added benefit of giving the lips a shiny finish and a lovely tint of colour.
The product comes in four different varieties. I was given the Wild Rose one but you could also choose the Pomegranate, Quince or Guava. These are quite classy varieties as opposed to the usual strawberry type choices you usually get with products of this type.
Packaging and Price
The product originally comes boxed and then the actual product is packaged within a white plastic little pot which has a screw top lid. The lid is a deep red colour which is similar to the colour of the product inside. The product will cost you around £5 and it can be bought from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
When you remove the lid of the product, you are greeted with the lovely aroma of fresh roses. It isn't too floral or old fashioned and I really like it because it is also quite sweet. The aroma isn't overpowering on the lips and although you can smell it originally, it doesn't hang around for too long. The colour of the product in the pot looks very deep and intense, especially against the pure white packaging. It is quite a frightening shade for those who don't like dramatic colours on their lips but this intensity does not translate at all onto the lips. What you are actually left with is a sheer colour which has a lovely hint of red to it. If you want it to be a bit brighter, you can build the colour a bit but for those who love drama, this isn't for you.
The product also leaves a gorgeous sheen on the lips that isn't to the extent of a gloss but that is still pretty and evident. When the product wears away, there is a pretty red stain on the lips but not as much as that which is left by Benetint by Benefit. Even though the colour of the product isn't as good as Benetint, this is better in that it leaves a pretty shine and it does hydrate the lips too. It makes my lips feel instantly more comfortable and removes feelings of dryness. It leaves my lips feeling softer and smoother, and it stops them from becoming chapped when used constantly. The product has quite long lasting results and it will stay put for a while. The shininess doesn't really withstand eating and drinking but the colour stain is there for the duration. The only downfall is that it can get a bit messy to apply because you do stain your fingers as well as your lips so you may prefer to apply it using a lip brush.
All in all, this is a good versatile product which hydrates and softens the lips while giving it a pretty sheen and a splash of sheer colour. The colour isn't as intense as some may lips and the shiny finish doesn't stick around to look but the tint on the lips stays put. I do like this product and I would be tempted to buy another one. You just need to watch what you are touching after applying the product!
I have tried a few lip butters from Korres in the past, but they were very pale and as such I never really found that they were anything more then a normal lip butter, until I rediscovered the range recently in Oliver Bonas. Korres do a much wider range of colours then I first realised and I was particularly interested in the Wild Rose colour.
In the pot, it appears to be a very very dark almost purple type red, however it doesn't translate so dark on the lips. When applied it gives a sheer wash of dark red colour, which is absolutely beautiful. The lip butter is extremely moisturising, which I love, it allows me to both nourish my lips at the same time as applying colour to them. The colour doesn't have a long staying power due to this being a lip butter, but I am happy to reapply throughout the day as it is easy to carry the pot around in my bag. In fact I recently took this on holiday with me and was very impressed that it doesn't melt in the way some lip butters do, it kept its consistency even in high temperatures which meant I could continue to use it.
You receive 6g of product in the pot and they cost around £5, which I think is a reasonable price considering the performance of the product. It can be bought from Oliver Bonas stores, or is readily available online. I have owned mine for a few months not and am only half way though the pot, so I think it lasts very well which makes it even better value for money.
I would definitely recommend this product!
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 / Wild Rose is a natural red shade that will suit any skin tone / '