LIP SET WEEK | Korres Cherry-Picked Lipgloss Quad: review, photos, swatches

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The product: Korres Cherry-Picked Cherry Oil Lipgloss Quad

↳ Cherry Full Color Gloss in Natural Purple, Rose, Fuchsia, and Light Purple

The formula: The Cherry Full Color Gloss formula doesn’t knock me out of the park, but I do really like it. The glosses wear with a bit of weight to them, and surprisingly, they stay where they’re put – despite the fact that these are quite pigmented, and despite the smooth, non-sticky texture*. They’re comfortable, moisturizing, and at $7 each (the set’s just $28 US, and the glosses are full-sized), they’re a really good buy.

The scent: Okay, so this is the only thing I’m not crazy about. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it, and it’s light enough that it’s not going to turn me off them, at least. The cherry scent is a little bit too cough-syrup-sweet for me, which is never a fun trip down memory lane, but a lot of people do really like it! I suppose I’m just not one of them. (As usual, ugh, nose why are you doing this to me I thought we were friends.)

The shades: The Cherry-Picked Quad (and really, quad? Am I the only one who thinks this is a weird term used out of the context of eyeshadow?) includes, you guessed it, four different shades. There’s Natural Purple 25 (described as a sheer dusty rose), Rose 22 (sheer golden rose shimmer), Fuchsia 54 (shimmering muted fuchsia), and finally, Light Purple 23 (mauve pink shimmer).

I’ve never really understood Korres’ naming scheme, but whatever, I’ll run with it.

Swatched L-R: Korres Cherry Lipgloss in Natural Purple, Rose, Fuchsia, Light Purple

I’m guessing that I’ll get the most wear out of Natural Purple, because it’s the only one that’s shimmer-free (and I’ve never been all that into shimmery lip glosses). It’s sort of a rosey medium-nude; a warm mauve, if such a thing is possible. The resulting lip is really natural, and while it would look quite different on all skintones, I can’t think of any that it wouldn’t suit.

Korres Natural Purple swatch

Rose is the medium-pink to Natural Purple‘s medium-nude. Again, it would make a great everyday lip colour, and would suit quite a few skintones & makeup looks. Despite the fact that I don’t like shimmer, I’m actually quite fond of this one – the sheer colour goes on really evenly, and the gold-toned shimmer compliments the fresh, slightly-coral pink perfectly.

Korres Rose swatch

True to their confusing naming scheme, Korres’ Fuchsia doesn’t seem all that, erm, fuchsia to me. Of the set, this gloss packs the most pigment, and creates the boldest lip colour.

But – fuchsia? I don’t know.

I’d probably describe this as a sheer, bright red, or a cool, bright berry-pink. (Er, not because it’s awesome and I’m in the nineties; cool as in blue undertones). Anyhow, Fuchsia features tiny, subtle silver and pink shimmers dispersed through the formula, and– Korres just does good shimmer, okay? Don’t judge me for being so fond of it.

Korres Fuchsia swatch

Finally, Light Purple is a slightly milky baby pink with silver glitter. The shimmer isn’t actually larger than that of Fuchsia or Rose, but I still feel like the particles “jump out” from the base colour in a way that it doesn’t in the other shades. (Perhaps because it’s so contrastive; pink in Fuchsia vs. gold in Rose vs. silver in Light Purple).

Again, I think it would flatter both warm and cool skintones — though perhaps cool a bit moreso — and it has enough pigment to tone down my natural lip colour.

Korres Light Purple swatch

Is it giftable?

Nope. Nuh-uh. Not even a little bit. If you’re going to pick these up, you’re keeping ‘em. Period.

If, however, you picked up two sets (in a flurry of clarity and proactive-ness), then: yeah. They’re giftable. The trick is just to convince yourself to actually let them go ;)

Honestly, I think that Korres summed this one up really well for us in their product description: (a) full-color, (b) shine without a sticky finish, and perhaps most importantly, (c) a range of shades, from natural to vibrant, for every mood and occasion.

Crazy, right? Marketing-speak that’s actually right on the nose!

(bare lips, for reference)

Swatched L-R: Korres Cherry Lipgloss in Natural Purple, Rose, Fuchsia, Light Purple

The ingredients

Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer (VP/Hexadecene Copolymer), Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Jojoba Seed Oil, Anise Alcohol, Aroma, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Lauryl PCA, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Sweet Cherry Seed Oil, Bitter Cherry Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, +/- colourants

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19 Responses to “LIP SET WEEK | Korres Cherry-Picked Lipgloss Quad: review, photos, swatches”

  1. Jamilla, on December 22nd, 2011 at 8:33 am said:

    I think you look great in ANY lip colour!

  2. BeautyReflects, on December 22nd, 2011 at 10:19 am said:

    Haha I don't like the cherry scent either. Our noses must be good friends! :)
    I've tried the other one in the squeezy tube-the lip balm ones and like them, so I'd probably like these too!
    My recent post My First Guerlain Eyeshadow Quad-Les Fumes

  3. AdorableOnYourVanity, on December 22nd, 2011 at 5:26 pm said:

    lol i love how you insist that they are not giftable :D
    I have a set from 2 years back and I agree, they are not giftable unless you have some yourself.
    I'm a big fan of natural purple myself and it looks great on you :)
    My recent post Review | MAC Sumptuous Olive Eyeshadow

  4. Thank you! ^^

  5. That depends. Have you tried the Bottega launch yet, and did you like it? (If yes: they can indeed be good friends. If no: our noses are no longer friends, Tracy. I'm sorry.)

    I actually haven't tried their lip butters yet :o But I hear they're excellent!

  6. :D But it's so true!

    Natural Purple is lovely, isn't it? (I bet it looks amazing on you!)

  7. Ahhh, I love Rose and Fuchsia! The shimmer is so understated on your lips. And I agree. This is definitely not giftable unless you pick up 2 sets. Maybe 3 (you know, in case you get a backup. Which is sometimes a good idea).

    Light Purple though…I'm really not seeing the light purple in that shade. This is confusing me…
    My recent post Things That Are Nice: Revlon Cherry Ice

  8. Ugh I think Korres is no longer available in my country, or it hid in somewhere dark, far away and really unreachable because I can't seem to find it! But I miss it (the first thing I ever bought from them was a Cherry Oil Lipgloss by the way) :( On another note, I thought I was the only one who keeps stuff bought to be presents ( oh hello, Clinique moisture surge kit!) but now I think about it, it doesn't seem that bad :D

  9. LOL! Oh yes, three would be the perfect number :P

    Idk, Light Purple actually does make a bit of sense, to me – a violet-undertoned pink & definitely a light colour. Makes more sense than "Natural Purple," at least, lol!! I'm not getting much of a purple vibe out of that one at all…

  10. Wahhh! :( :( No way to have it shipped in?

    (& LOL, that's the way to do it! :D What do you think of the Clinique kit?)

  11. As for the moisturizer (gel formula) I think it's pretty fantastic. It feels like butter on a toast but is nowhere near heavy and makes my skin so smooth I can't keep my hands off my cheeks. You know I have the oiliest skin in the world but it just disappears into it and doesn't make it any oilier than it already is (Bioderma made it slightly tacky but this doesn't). I have never had skin this soft, Bioderma made it really soft too but this just makes it softer and is a dream to put and spread on. I combine it with a face massage I've seen on the Clarins website (thanks to you ^^) and the mimic lines on my forehead started looking smoother but I'm not quite sure why :D I've been using it for a month by the way. As for the eye gel, eh. It's not bad, but I prefer my Yes To Cucumbers Cooling Eye Gel. And there is also a Superbalm in the kit, but I've been already loving it for years, so it's basically all about the moisturizer for me. Oh and the eye serum and the lipbalm are minis. About Korres, unfortunately no way :(

  12. Um, can you tell I totally failed? Yeah, comment below which needed to be right here as a reply! But we can always blame the sleeplessness, right? :) So sorry! But I don't know what happened to my little Bart :D

  13. LOL @ "butter on a toast but is nowhere near heavy" :P Yeah, I wouldn't want to put butter on my face, either!

    I'd never be able to use the Clinique kit myself ('cones, yeah?) but I will definitely keep the gel moisturizer in mind the next time someone asks for a rec! :) Thanks, Nina.

    And onnnee last thing before I cut myself off (am I rambling yet? Idk, there aren't that many letters in this comment box, but it feels like I'mr ambling) – let me know if you ever need a Korres CP! The rates would be higher than US retail (because Canada marks up, and also, our postal system @!)#(%& robs us blind), but still. I'd be happy to help if you've no other options but really want to try!

  14. migrainemidge, on January 2nd, 2012 at 7:58 am said:

    Those'd be perfect in just about every skin tone; and they look gorgeous on you!
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  15. My thoughts exactly! (About the first half of the comment, not the second. But thank you for that! :))

  16. Sorry late reply again (new years and birthday at the same time = fun in a exhausting way) :/ Thank you Rae, really. When I want something I'll let you know, thanks again! :) Plus, I don't think it would be that bad compared to where I live (have you ever seen a $58+ US Burt's Bees product? Yeah, I haven't either.). And I like your ramblings honey ^^ Happy new year!!

  17. D: Oh my god, that's insane! Sorry to hear that everything's super (super) marked-up for you :(

    Happy new year to you, too! & don't even with the lateness – I'm SO bad at getting back to people promptly! Consider yourself forgiven, no matter how late the reply is :P

  18. BooBooNinja, on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 pm said:

    I agree with the strangeness over Korres' use of "quad".
    "Korres Cherry-Picked Lipgloss Quartet" may have been better.
    But then again, I'm procrastinating from doing school work. First day back to the grind tomorrow!
    AHHhbhhlkhhhhghghghghghhhhh bleaghghhhhhh

    heh heh :D

  19. Bleh. The first days back are always hell to get through, aren't they? :s

    & yes to the "quartet"! That would actually be quite cute – I'm surprised it's not a more commonly used term!

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