The Gift Guide | Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Korres’ holiday gift sets don’t always feel particularly “holiday,” but they’re always gorgeous nonetheless. The full feature for this one is in the works but here’s a quick soundbite for now: the lovely rose lipgloss is a variation of Light Pink (which you may remember from last year’s holiday Cherry-Picked Lipgloss Quad), but the true stunner in this collection is the Magic Light Contouring Face Trio in Santorini.

Review/swatches soon — this face trio really is as breathtaking in person as it looks in photographs, and the rest of the set pairs well with it.

Korres Goddess Beauty Color Collection, $42 USD/$55 CAD at Sephora.com. 

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!

Ingredients & more »

Coming up | Korres Cherry-Picked

More details in the morning! (Er… six hours from now. Or less, really.)

More photos »

COMING UP | Lip Set Week at theNotice

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

“But Rae!” you say, “It’s already Tuesday night!”

Well, yes. It is.

We’ll be covering three different (very different) lip sets for the Holiday season this year, so keep your eyes peeled! Reviews and swatches upcoming – the first one should be up by tomorrow night. These lovely kits by KorresBite, and Clinique are great last-minute gifts for anyone you’ve forgotten, from your lipgloss-only niece, to your classic-matte auntie, to your allergic-to-everything best friend.

And, of course, they’d be fabulous gifts for yourself :P

Back to your roots: a random violet EOTD

Monday, November 28, 2011

It occurred to me that I haven’t done a violet eye look recently, which – well, I mean, seriously? I feel like I’ve accidentally broken one of the key rules of engagement for real life.

Anyhow. Just a simple, wearable violet eye look for you today. Clinique Lid Smoothie in Born Freesia (of course) as the base, Lancome Angora eyeshadow in the inner corner, Korres Plum for most of the colour. Plus, my secret to any violet smokey eye – just a tiny, tiny bit of Make Up For Ever 92, buffed overtop with a fluffy blending brush and feather-light movements. I’ll have to do a before/after with it one of these days; a little bit of 92 makes so much of a difference.

Finish with black liner smudged into the upper lashline (probably L’Oreal HiP Creme liner, just because I’m attempting to use mine up) & Imju Fiberwig (which I adore) on the lashes themselves. Keep reading »

The violet crease | A quick, easy way to wear colour

Monday, October 17, 2011

One of my favourite everyday looks (perhaps my top favourite, even) is one that, ironically, I will never be able to wear.

I’ve always loved the clean simplicity of a light, neutral lid with a soft pop! of colour in the crease – an eye that can be done in under two minutes, but still create a very polished, fresh look. So, to share it with you, I borrowed a friend’s lids (and, er, face)! Everyone, meet Becky. Becky, meet… everyone.

Hope you enjoy the look :)

Okay, so, a moment of honesty? These photos are over a year old (I wasn’t kidding when I said that I really do procrastinate a lot), and I’m not completely sure what we used. I’m going to guess the GOSH Golden/Chocolate duo on the lid (Golden as a wash, and Chocolate lightly on the outer 1/3, both on the lid and along the lower lashline), plus a blend of Korres Plum and Annabelle Violet Vibe in the crease.

With my predictability, I’d say there’s a 90% chance that these guesses are correct :P

P.S. I’m a huge fan of violet in the crease, but you could really go with anything! Blue, brown (a basic neutral eye), green…. anything. Hit up our colour posts for swatches of some of my favourite colour families.

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