Review: Korres Zea Mays Powder Blushes in Peach and Pink

By Voxy  

Continuing on today with minimalistic product names, I’m reviewing two powder blushes by Greek brand Korres, in the simply-named but accurate Peach and Pink.

These blushes were my first purchase from Korres’ cosmetics line, not counting the lip butters (which I still love). I had been unimpressed with some of the skincare products, so I wasn’t expecting much of the cosmetics going into it. But I bought Peach, and it was Teh Awesome, so I had to get Pink as well (which is what’s pictured at the top of the post).

These blushes are generously sized, well-pigmented, and smooth to apply. They also have a mirror in the compact, which is nice. They do not have a brush in the compact, which is even nicer, as it makes the compact more … er, compact … and there is no space wasted on a silly flat little brush. I am NW20 in MAC and can wear either of them with my cool-toned skin. I think that cool-toned people often have a hard time finding flattering peach blushes, but this one works well. It’s easy to build up the color intensity — perhaps too easy — so you will want to start with a light hand. The Pink shade applies more coolly than it seems like it will based on the color in the pan and might not look as good on warm/olive-toned skin. I’d swatch before purchasing on that one, but both cool and warm skin tones can confidently order Peach. Both of them, but Peach especially, have shimmer in the pan but this is virtually unnoticeable on the skin unless you go overboard. Peach is often described as NARS Orgasm for people who can’t wear NARS Orgasm (like me), and I think that’s probably not too far off. It’s a similar shade but the shimmer is toned way down.

The lasting power is reasonable for a powder blush. You all know that since I discovered cream and gel blushes, my expectations for wearlength of any blush product have skyrocketed, which is probably unfair to powder blushes as all of them tend to fade much sooner on me than cream blushes. Meh. Setting with HD powder helps.

The packaging on these is a little too utilitarian for my liking. They’re square and kind of clunky, and the typesetting/type layout is all very simple and un-glam. You know me, I like my frills and ruffles and rhinestones, so I’d have liked it to be a little more luxurious in terms of presentation, but the product itself is very nice. (I suppose I could always Bedazzle the outside of the compact if I really wanted to… KIDDING.) The use of the “Zea Mays” term is inconsistent: some products contain it in the product name, some don’t. Zea mays is corn, or, more specifically for this product formulation, corn starch. So if you are allergic to corn starch, you might want to give these a pass.

Photos and swatch!

Korres Blush in Pink

Korres blush in Peach. Why is it in a dark brown compact when the Pink is in a white one? Dunno.

Left: Peach. Right: Pink. Pardon the weird shine in the photo.



Korres Zea Mays Blush: $24. Sephora also carries it for the same price but they only have four out of the eight shades.

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good. There’s a lot of product. At 0.21 oz, you get almost twice as much as Bobbi Brown and Smashbox blushes (which are 0.13 oz each) and almost three times as much as a MUFE powder blush (0.08 oz), for comparable prices.

Purchase again? Yes, but I suspect I already have the two shades that suit my fair skin best.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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One Comment

  1. avatar Inthelab
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Like the Peach a lot. When I think I’m too old for Orgasm I’ll get this one.


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