A while ago I got 4 Korres samples in a sample pack for combination and oily skin, including White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser, Olive Stones Face Scrub, Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer, and Evening Primrose Eye Cream. Since Olive Stones Face Scrub (the grains in there are way too rough! I’m using the rest of the packet on my hands now) and Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer (I think this has been reformulated, because the old formula contains paraben) have been discontinued, I am just going to review the White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser and Evening Primrose Eye Cream for you.
The White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser is a transparent gel with a yellowish/greenish tinge. It smells like tea, but the smell is not overwhelmingly powerful or artificial, so that’s a big plus. It only foams up reasonably well when your hands are completely grease-free, which means when I wash my face in the morning with whatever moisture my hand cream leaves on my hands overnight, it doesn’t foam up much. Well, you know me, I am a bit foam-obsessed, so I was just about to write this gel cleanser off when I realized — hey, it leaves my face baby soft! It cleans without stripping my skin of moisture, and I have the impression that it is slightly gentler than my holy grail L’Occitane Foaming Rice Cleanser (reviewed here), though it doesn’t claim to remove makeup like the L’Occitane one. The Korres website claims that “the White tea liquid gel is fine-lathering to avoid over-stripping the skin.” It is also supposed to work “beautifully when used with a natural face sponge,” but I didn’t try that so I can’t judge if it will indeed foam up better that way.
I was looking into the future possibility of purchasing a full-size bottle when I realized it does not come with a pump. Well, let’s just say it would be a lot more practical if it did. It is in the same price range (slightly more expensive) than the Foaming Rice Cleanser, so who knows? Maybe one day I’ll try the whole bottle!
The Korres Evening Primrose Eye Cream is extremely rich in texture. Rather than I cream, I would call it a paste. You really only need a very tiny bit each use, and for double the amount of most pharmaceutical eye creams, I consider the price reasonable (Korres is sold in pharmacies in Belgium). The smell is very “earthy.” I think it boarders on being unpleasant, but since I have never really smelled Evening Primrose I can’t tell you if it smells just like that. The smell doesn’t linger though, so I don’t consider it a big problem.
According to Korres, this is “a velvety cream that shields and brightens up the eye area. Evening primrose, in combination with vitamin C, stimulates collagen synthesis, thus plumping fine lines. Ruscus extract promotes blood microcirculation illuminating the under-eye area and gradually erasing dark circles. The natural sunscreen Zinc oxide prevents premature skin ageing, while diffusing a light whitening concealer-like effect.”
Sounds amazing, but does it really work wonders? The website also provides specific instructions about how to apply this eye cream: “Apply the cream daily around the eyes. Firstly, gently apply on the lower lid and upper cheek from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye, continue with the side area of the eye and finish up by slightly smoothing it following the line of eyebrows, avoiding the upper eyelid area.”
Since the sample contains a generous amount of 2 milliliters, I have been testing it out for more than a week now. For someone who has never been able to see the difference between one kind of eye cream and another so far, I have to say this one is really pretty good! Because the texture is so thick, you really only need a tiny little. It takes a bit more time and patience patting it in, but for such a thick cream it absorbs well and quickly without leaving a greasy feeling/sheen. I was worried that a rich cream will make the eyeliner on my lower lash line smudge, but nothing of that sort happened. Right after patting it in the skin in my under-eye area looks smoother and brighter. The effect also lasts throughout the day/night. The “light whitening concealer-like effect” Korres promises is actually delivered! Of course I haven’t used it for long enough to be able to tell if it makes any difference in the long run, but I am definitely going to give the full-size tube a try once my current eye cream runs out. At some point I’ll probably update the article to let you know how it works!
The only thing that I am not entirely convinced about is the fact that this eye cream contains spf 6. I was told by a pharmacist here that unless you are particularly sensitive to sunlight, you don’t need a product that has spf for the night. Also, to avoid pigmentation issues, she personally avoids it. From what I can see on the American website, the one that is available in the US does not contain spf (contrary to the version marketed elsewhere. It also contains only 0.68 oz/20ml while it is 30ml in all the other countries I checked). I compared the lists of ingredients and found them majorly the same. The US version also has zinc oxide which is supposed to be the “natural sunscreen” Korres talks about. Therefore, I am a bit confused, but since I am not a chemist and the resident chemist of Mostly Sunny is not an expert when it comes to this particular compound, I’ll have to leave it at that.
Korres products are marketed to be dermatologically tested, mineral oil free, silicone free, propylene glycol free, ethanolamine free, and enriched with active plant extracts. At least the two products I’m reviewing here are also parabens-free, so that is a big plus for me!
Bottom line: I would definitely recommend checking the Evening Primrose Eye Cream out, especially if you are looking for a rich eye cream. If you want a gentle facial cleanser that smells lovely, you take the White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser into consideration!
What about you? Have you tried any Korres products? Are you impressed or do you find them meh?
PS: the water in Belgium is extremely rich in calcium and magnesium, so the “foaming” problem I mention is not necessarily going to happen to you if you live somewhere the water is not as hard.