Korres Lip Butter Glaze

January 21, 2011

Korres is a Greek skin care brand with roots in Athens’ first ever homeopathic pharmacy. The first Korres product was an aromatic herbal syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by rakomelon, a warming spirit-with-honey concoction, which George Korres' grandfather used to favor in his hometown on the island of Naxos.

Set up in 1996 with the aim to utilize its extensive scientific resources for the development of clinical effective and safe products, the company today offers a natural and certified organic skin and hair care range, a makeup line as well as sun care products. It latest innovation is the Lip Butter Glaze ($14).
Touted as a creamy, moisturizing liquid gloss that adds a touch of color, the lip  glaze is an ideal product for soothing dry winter lips as they transition to spring. Sugar cane extract—rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamins—offers regenerating and nourishing properties; while pomegranate fruit sterols enhance defense against damage by environmental agents. The SKU is available in five shades that offer a pop of color: Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Quince, Jasmine and Raspberry.
Happi tested the most popular lip glaze, Jasmine. The origin of its name lies in the Arabian word yasmin and the Persian word yasaman, both of which take “front seat” in numerous legends of the ancient East; stories like the one about the Chinese riverboats that sailed the river Yangtze and offered rich merchants and mandarins the services of beautiful courtesans who wore jasmine flowers and roses in their hair. Aromatherapists today, following on from the findings of ancient doctors and physicians, believe that the regular use of jasmine essential oil boosts self-confidence, too.

The texture of the lip glaze was true to description—stronger than a lipgloss or a lip balm, the butter makes it thicker and not sticky or shiny. However, the pigment—a pale pink—was weak and faded fast. A subtle vanilla taste made this product pleasant to wear. But speaking of wear, this is not a longwear product by any means. Frequent applications were necessary throughout the day. The slant-tip tube makes application easy—but the tubes themselves are fragile and might break, as experienced a week later.

In summary—for those who want a quick fix and a natural look, Korres Lip Glazes are a prestige upgrade to the basic Vaseline or Chapstick lip balm products, especially in cooler winter temperatures where more moisturization is needed. But due to the packaging, watch storage in bags and pockets.

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