You may remember that I went to the opening of the flagship store of Korres in Belgium a while ago. Well, there I was given three products by Korres to try out and see whether the brand was something for me. Unfortunately, after reading the ingredient list, I decided not to test the creams because I was afraid to worsen my rosacea, which is why I asked my very capable friend, Judith, to review the products for me.. so click to see a first on Eyes Painted Black: a review written by someone else!
For those of you who don’t know the brand it is a greek brand that those products that are mostly natural, paraben and silicone free! The brand is also quite transparent with the ingredient list and they are listed on their website. Kudos to that! I had the chance to test three products from their wild rose range. The three products from the range have similar claims. I will go in detail with my review of the eye cream, but the claims are pretty much the same for the entire range.
WILD ROSE EYE CREAM SPF 15
The wild rose eye cream comes in a very hygienic tube packaging. The texture is not thick nor runny and it smells strongly of a sweet rose smell like the rest of the brand. The claims: For the reduction of fine lines & dark circles It is a smooth, brightening and moisturizing eye cream that helps restore skin tone and texture around the eye area. Wild Rose oil is a natural source of vitamin C, which demonstrates significant repairing activity to fine lines and skin color disorders. Yeast extract improves microcirculation and decreases dark circles.
One of my biggest pet peeves is false claims. Even though it is actually proven that wild rose oil has anti-aging properties it is very low in the ingredients list. There is more perfume than rose oil! This is actually not surprising since rose oil is very photo sensitive and has a tendency to go rancid quite fast. Here is the ingredient list:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triheptanoin, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Betaine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sucrose Distearate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Distarch Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactic Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract,Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum.
Out of the three products I tried from Korres this is the one I prefer. It moisturizes well and it is absorbed quickly. That’s a great eye cream for the day. I didn’t see any reduction of my fine lines or any brightening effect. The biggest advantage of this cream is that it doesn’t make your concealer smudge or oxidize and you don’t need to wait very long to apply your make up.
WILD ROSE 24-HOUR MOISTURIZING & BRIGHTENING CREAM SPF6
This cream is for normal to dry skin and comes in two versions: normal to dry skin and oily to combination. I personally have dry and reactive skin with rosacea. It comes in a very nice dark red tub. The claims are the same as for the eye cream, brightening, line reduction and a reduction of skin color disorder. This time though the rose oil is much higher in the ingredient list: the ninth ingredient. I did like this cream, but I wasn’t wowed by it. I think this would be much more for normal skin types than really dry type. After one month half of the jar is gone since I have to apply quite a generous quantity. The 24 hours claims are also exaggerated, after 5 or six hours my skin feels quite dry. The brand will come soon with a night cream from this line, but as of today it is not available. The cream is a good cream to put under a moisturizing foundation. When I use a less moisturizing foundation, I don’t find it moisturizing enough. I didn’t see any improvement on my rosacea, but it didn’t exacerbate it either. I think this would be a good cream for people with true normal skin.
WILD ROSE & VITAMIN C DARK SPOT CORRECTING TREATMENT
This product is for all skin types and comes in a hygienic bottle. I’m not going to go in length with my review of this treatment because I don’t have any hyper pigmentation or scars so it’s a bit hard for me to judge of the efficacy of the product. It comes in a pump and has a runny lotion like texture. I think this would be good for combination to dry skin or for anybody that doesn’t like the feeling of a heavy cream. Or under moisturizer for dry skin, but it does take a few minutes to absorb. For my needs I do not find it moisturizing enough on its own. The main oil in this is sweet almond oil and once again the wild rose oil is lower in the ingredient list. Overall I have mixed feelings about the Korres wild rose skin care line. I love the fact that the products do not irritate my sensitive skin, but I haven’t experienced any brightening nor improvement in my skin. I just wished this line was sold as a quick absorbing moisturizer instead of a brightening line. I also wish the products wouldn’t be so fragrant.
Judith is a Canadian expat living in Belgium and she has a passion for hair care and make-up, so when she has time on her hands you can find her at Lipstick in the Attic for critical reviews and other beauty posts. If you would like to know more about Korres, click here for an introductory post or here for one of my current favorite lip butters. What do you think of the products? Do you use an eye cream?