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Korres Love Your Lips Set Review & Swatches

April 13, 2010
Korres Love Your Lips ($63.00 value for $34.50)

 I happen to love products that come packaged together – palettes, GWP makeup bags, face in a box sets, etc. – as they just make life so much easier, and lucky for us Korres has brought us all the essentials to whip your lips into prime-puckering shape with minimal effort in the form of the Korres Love Your Lips gift baggie.  Check out the full review, photos galore and some lip swatches after the jump!

Your $34.50 gets you two of Korres’ Cherry Oil Lip Glosses in Naked Rose 22 and Naked Beige 30, a Lip Butter in Jasmine (LOVE their Lip Butters – see my review HERE), and their Lemon Lip Scrub – a great value considering that each and every one of these products is one I’d use regularly.

I’d actually planned on purchased Naked Beige (a sheer neutral beige shimmer) at some point prior to receiving this set from Korres as it’s a great neutral shade that can pull together any dramatic eye look, but what really tugged at my heartstrings was the gorgeous golden shimmer in Naked Rose (a golden rose shimmer with light to medium pigmentation).  I’m a sucker for gold in my glosses, and so of course I proceeded to spend a good ten minutes or so just admiring the shade in the sunlight (weird I know).

Korres’ Cherry Full Color glosses have an addictive light cherry scent and nice color pay-off (although some shades are definitely sheerer than others), but what I really love about them is that they stay put remarkably well despite the fact that they’re not sticky or tacky.  Admittedly the shade range is rather limited, but I like to think that the selection is well-edited and hope that Korres will bring us more shades in the future!

As for the Lip Butter, well you need only read my initial review of Korres’ Lip Butter in Quince for my thoughts.  The Lip Butters are smooth, creamy, delicious, and slip right on like butter.  On me Jasmine is pretty much invisible making it much more of a balm than a tint, but it does make a great lipstick underlayer.

So having been continually disappointed by Lip Scrubs that don’t actually scrub over the years (I’ve tried so so many and they really don’t do much of anything for me), I was expecting more of the same from Korres’ Lemon Lip Scrub, but lo and behold this product actually leaves my lips feeling soft, supple and exfoliated.  I was a little disappointed at the lack of lemony scent and the fact that it didn’t get rid of all of my lip flakies, but I did love how fine the exfoliating granules were, which I’m pretty sure is what made this so much more effective than products I’ve tried in the past.

Swatches (from L to R): Jasmine Lip Butter, Naked Rose, Naked Beige
And a close up of Naked Rose and Naked Beige for your viewing pleasure (you know you love the shimmer as much as I do!).
And lip swatches as promised!  Naked Rose on top, Naked Beige down below.
The Verdict: All in all I’d have to say that the handy little package that is Korres’ Love Your Lips set is pretty great value and would make somebody a nice, simple all-in-one gift.  Next time your lips are in need of a little pick-me-up, definitely check this out!
This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration.  If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at

AmorePacfic @ Sephora and the Latest (and Greatest!) 500 Point Redemption Product

March 26, 2009
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin ($118 Value for $50)
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin is a limited-edition ensemble of handy skincare must-haves. These luxurious products are all you need to make your dry skin healthy, resilient, and age-resistant. Keep your complexion youthful and glowing—at home and on-the-go!

This set contains:

  • 1.0 oz Moisture Bound Vitalizing Crème
  • 1.0 oz Treatment Toner
  • 0.25 oz Treatment Enzyme Peel
  • 1.0 oz Treatment Cleansing Oil

I was so excited to see that Sephora recently started carrying AmorePacific, since the only other place that I’ve seen much of them is Neiman Marcus. This Introductory Kit is really a great deal–the Moisture Bound Vitalizing Cream costs $150 for 1.7 ounces, and so the one ounce size in this kit would cost $88.24 alone! On top of that I’ve been dying to try the Enzyme Peel (it gets amazing reviews) and the cleansing oil, so this kit was a natural buy.

And what made this an even more exciting Sephora order for me was the fact that Sephora finally decided to grace its devoted Beauty Insiders with a halfway decent 500 point gift–this great Korres set of its founder’s favorite products, called Lena’s Picks (I happen to LOVE their lip butter–see my review HERE). I haven’t received mine yet but check out Nicole’s photos below:



The set includes:

I’ve heard great things about Korres’ skincare, the mascara get fabulous reviews, and I know for a fact that I really like their glosses so I’m so ridiculously excited to receive this set in the mail. Anybody else planning to redeem their points for this bag of natural, wholesome goodness?

Korres Lip Butter in Quince Review and Swatches

November 18, 2008
Korres Lip Butter in Quince ($9)
(Learn a little more about Korres here.)

Korres’ Quince Lip Butter is a part of Korres’ Color Collection, a range of homeopathic formulas that provide flawless color and skincare benefits from natural ingredients. It’s a lovely sheer berry/rose hued buttery lip balm that melts onto the lips and offers a slightly glossy, tinted finish. The combination of shea butter and rice wax offers deep hydration and softness which is ideal for chapped lips.

This lip butter has really downsized my winter makeup arsenal. During the colder months my lips inevitably begin to feel a little dry, so rather than applying some type of soothing balm, then lipstick and then topping it all off with gloss, I reach for my Korres lip butter and pretty much get all three products in one lightweight little jar. I’ve become a little obsessed with the feel of this on my lips–non greasy or waxy, sheer yet hydrating, and comfortable enough that I can forget that it’s there–and will definitely be going back for the Pomegranate shade which is a beautiful sheer coral.

Hand Swatch

Lip Swatch

I’m generally not a lip balm person (I wear it maybe 5 times a year when my lips are feeling extra dry), but Korres’ Lip Butters have captured my heart! Two issues I know some of you may have: 1) this product has no SPF, and 2) it comes in a pot meaning you need to stick your finger in the container. But even if you’re hesitant definitely give these a shot! The Lip Butters are available in a range of 5 shades (including clear), and for $9 how can you go wrong?


RATING: 4.5/5

Korres Sugar Plums Set Swatches and Mini Review

November 17, 2008
Korres Sugar Plums Set
($41 value for $21.50)
What it is:
A limited-edition kit with a lip butter, a lip gloss, and an eyeshadow.

What it does: Korres Sugar Plums Kit has all you need for a dewy, flawless look. Plum 27 Cherry Lip Gloss is a sheer, high-shine, color lip gloss. Cherry oil hydrates the lips while vitamins E and C offer antioxidant protection. Plum Lip Butter is a buttery balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish. A mixture of Shea Butter and Rice Wax offers deep hydration and softness. Plum Sunflower & Evening Primrose Shimmering Eyeshadow is a velvety, easy-to-apply, pressed eyeshadow with sunflower and evening primrose oils that care for the sensitive eye area.

What else you need to know: This Sephora-exclusive set contains products that are dermatologically tested and are mineral oil, silicone, propylene glycol, and ethanolamine free.

Swatches (L to R): Plum eyeshadow, Plum lip butter, Plum gloss

Korres’ approach to skincare and beauty is simple: using natural ingredients to create effective and affordable products. With a philosophy like that, what’s not to love? While I’ve had my eye on several Korres products since their launch at Sephora some time back, I only made my first Korres purchase (not this set but you’ll find out what it was soon enough) days ago. But enough about that–onto this set!

Korres’ Sugar Plums Set is a trio of plum products that all contain wonderful skin-nourishing ingreidents. This set is a way to indulge your love of beauty while also indulging your delicate lip and eye areas in a little TLC: the shadow contains nourishing sunflower and evening primrose oils, the lip butter has shea butter, and the gloss has cherry oil for hydration (as well as a slew of other great ingredients).

How was the pigmentation you ask? Well as you can see in the swatches above, it was pretty wonderful! The Plum shadow is a rich plum shade with shimmer interspersed throughout, and has a beautiful velvety consistecy that not only feels great going on but has good staying power. The Plum lip butter has an “oooh my lips feel so great and non-waxy” consistency and provides a slight tint to boot, and the Plum gloss has an almost liquid-lipstick like look to it.

While this set isn’t for the faint of heart, combine all three products and you’ve got a wonderfully dramatic holiday look. I highly recommend checking it out for yourself!