Review: Korres Lip (and Body) Butters

By Voxy  

korres pomegranate lip butterI know it seems like even though this blog is only a few weeks old, it’s already been kind of lippy. That’s actually unusual, because up until now I haven’t been that much of a lip fanatic. (You would not believe how much having this blog has changed my skincare and makeup habits. Of course I have to wear lipstick! I have a responsibility! It is my sacred duty!)

Here’s the review in a nutshell: run-don’t-walk to your nearest Sephora or ULTA and pick up the amazingly fantastic Korres lip butter. “Full price” for this is only $9, so I’m marking it a steal even though it feels like a splurge.

A full-size container of the Pomegranate Lip Butter came with the Sephora sampler pack I mentioned previously (which is made of win, by the way; more reviews to follow but I have three rave products already, of which this is one!).

But considering that November is All Largely Somewhat About Skincare, I figure I can get this in under “skincare” just as easily as under “makeup,” because it is without a doubt the most fabulous-feeling lip product I have ever had the pleasure to apply, and that includes hot fudge.

Some other time I’ll get into my rant about lip balms, waxes, and other supposed dry-lip solutions. (Do you know what’s in Carmex? Yeeesh.) So you can safely assume I didn’t have high hopes for this product. As has happened several times recently (DuWop Circle Block, Almay Smart Shade foundation), I am pleased to be wrong, wrong, wrong. The lip-feel of this product is nothing short of extraordinary.

Not only that, but the color is fantastic: a sheer translucent full-bodied pink with a hint of melon. Gor. Geous. This is a product with some fragrance, but I don’t find it obtrusive: it’s a delicious fruity scent.

I do, of course, wish it had more staying power. But it’s easy to reapply and feels so good that frankly you might want to apply every hour just for the sybaritic pleasure of it.

There are several other shades available, besides the scrumptious Pomegranate: Guava, for those of you who prefer an untinted lip butter, and tinted butters in the following shades: Quince, Wild Rose, Jasmine, Plum, and Mango. Bonus: you can also use them on your cheeks if you’re out of blush. (OK, I sometimes do that anyway, but these are specifically approved for that.)


To up the “skincare” legitimacy of this entry, I’ll also mention that I recently tested a sample of the Korres Guava Body Butter, which I liked but which I didn’t feel like plunking down $29 for. (I mean, really.) They have a sampler/gift kit that has three smaller-but-still-reasonably-sized tubes in it (Guava, Quince, and Fig), which was, I think, $24.50? Something like that. Anyway, still too expensive. But as it happened, my next stop on the way home was TJMaxx, and lo and behold, what did I discover in TJMaxx but the exact same body butter 3-pack for the low low price of $6.99. Well, now, that’s a different story. I may review these later as part of a hand/body cream round-up.


Korres Lip Butter: $9

Provenance: Purchased (part of Sephora sampler pack)

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent

Purchase again? You bet your sweet lips I will.

(Have you used these products? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Want ’em? Let us know in the comments!)

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  1. avatar ab_grp
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I guess I’m a few weeks late with this comment, but just wanted to report that I bought the Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter (because I can’t even try a different one! I must buy the exact one you specify! It did sound delightful) and love it. It is a wee bit light in color(? saturation?) but goes well when I do more dramatic eyes. It feels wonderful. I used to use Carmex and Blistex as a teen, but had a terrible amount of irritation. Maybe it’s the lanolin? I have been using Chapstick ever since.


  2. avatar Inthelab
    Posted November 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    When I bought the mint and jasmine, a small tube of guava came free. I like the scents but need more oomph.

    I’ll refer the woodwindist to ChopSavers, though I think she also likes the fact that Mom can pick up tubs (read, 6 at a time) of Blistex at CVS for little $$.


  3. avatar Inthelab
    Posted November 4, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Carmex and Blistex are lip balms my woodwindist daughter swears by. I personally like Blistex SPF15 and Rosebud Salve (in minted rose).

    I just dropped a bundle on 2 Korres body butters for my ever-dry hands; I’m disappointed in them, not enough to return them but enough to go back to Lubriderm with shea and coca butters when I use these up. Haven’t tried their lip product yet.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 4, 2009 at 7:29 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’m surprised your daughter isn’t a ChopSaver fan! All of my wind-and-brass musician friends love it.

      I haven’t tried it myself but now I’m inspired to track some down. I like the arnica, comfrey, etc.

      Sorry you didn’t enjoy the Korres body butters! I like the Guava best, and what I like about it is not the immediate skin-feel (which I agree is only average; there are plenty of products that feel more luxe going on), but what my hands are like 10 or 20 minutes after application: smooth and soft without being greasy. That lasts a long time for me, even through one hand-washing. (More than that and I have to reapply.)

      I definitely agree, though, that they don’t warrant the price, which I think is exorbitant. For that price, that cream should not only moisturize your hands, but clean your kitchen and make little origami cranes.


  4. avatar pinky
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh no oh no oh no! There’s nastiness in Carmex? It’s one of the few things on the planet that keeps me from having near-constant cold sores.

    *weeps with disappointment*


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I’m sorry! Here, have a tissue and a cookie. :)

      Nothing in Carmex actually addresses the cause of the cold sores; it only treats the symptom, which is the sore itself. Menthol and camphor, which are among the active ingredients, are both analgesics, so they reduce the sensation of pain/burning/itching. But both of them (especially menthol, which is a peppermint oil derivative) can also cause inflammation. That bit about the tingling of the product being a sign it’s working? It’s really just a sign that irritation is occurring. Your lips swell slightly with the inflammation, and then they are covered with oils and waxes, so they appear plump and smooth. (It’s the same principle as Lip Venom and other lip-plumping products that use peppermint or cinnamon oil or some other skin-irritating ingredient to provoke an inflammation reaction, which they then stick a shiny gloss on.)

      Phenol and salicylic acid are also in there, and they are mild exfoliants (remember that if a BHA product is going to be an effective exfoliant, the pH of the product has to be low … which therefore means it shouldn’t be on the sensitive skin of your lips).

      One of the other ingredients is lanolin, which a lot of people are allergic to.

      I know better than to try to pry a jar of Carmex away from a Carmex fan! For some people, though, an equally moisturizing but less irritating product may be a better choice (particularly if they don’t need an analgesic in their lip products).


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