Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer

Before I begin let me first say that I received this sample product with compliments from BeautyStat.com, but my review is my own objective opinion. For more information on the KORRES™ products, please visit www.korresusa.com.

Now on with the review!

I was sent a small smaple size of the Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer to review, so I do not have first hand photos of the full sized packaging to show you, but I will insert an ad photo here.

It is a 3-in-1 primer, corrector, and antiaging product for the eyes available in a 0.14Fl.Oz. size for $21. According to the product information this primer "provides a 360-degree smooth canvas around the delicate eye area, ensuring crease-proof, long-lasting eye shadow and concealer wear. Enriched with quercetin and oak extracts, it minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to provide softer skin while visibly improving skin texture. The apricot undertone instantly corrects darkness and imperfections on the eyelid and undereye area."

For those of you concerned with product ingredients Korres boasts that this product is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, or Triclosan.

The active ingredients include quercetin & oak extract which is supposed to provide "powerful antioxidants that help improve the signs of aging."

Other ingredients include Isododecane, Nylon-12, Talc, Squalane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylonitrile/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethyhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Oleate, Quercetin Caprylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Quercus Robur Bark Extract May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

The precautions for this product are to "avoid direct contact with the eyes."

Instruction are to "apply under the eye and on the eyelid before applying concealer and eye shadow."

The first thing I thought when I opened my sample and saw this...

Is that it is the exact same color and consistency (although not in pan form) as this...

which is the mark. please hold eye primer in light to medium available in 0.106 Oz. for $8.

As you can see here when the products are swatched next to each other on my hand (Korres on the left and mark. on the right) they look exactly the same.

So I already know that there is a product available that looks the same and gives me more product for less money although the mark. primer does not have any antiaging benefits in it's claim what-so-ever. That being said let's talk about the Korres for a moment.

I have to admit that from the start I used the product incorrectly according to the package instructions. How so you ask? Well, it has always been my way to apply concealer on my eyelids right after I apply foundation to my face. The package clearly instructs you to apply this PRIOR to applying your concealer. Old habits die hard and it seems I just can not remember to change the order of my routine when I am getting ready and have a million makeup things running through my mind, so ultimately I have applied the primer over my concealer every time. Has this really made a difference in it's ability to work? I don't really think so although one could argue that without direct contact to the lid the antiaging benefits are lost in translation. I would argue that I have a hard time believing the antiaging claims anyhow as I can't really see this product's molecules being so small that they are able to be absorbed into the skins cells and utilized in an antiaging fashion anyway, BUT I will leave that to other scientists to argue over. I do believe the notion ,however, that it "minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to provide softer skin while visibly improving skin texture" as that is the purpose of a primer anyhow. Don't they all sort of fill in the lines and pores and smooth out the texture of the skin to provide a smoother base for the rest of your makeup? That is the definition of a primer at it's core. If smoothing out lines and wrinkles in this fashion is your definition of improving the signs of aging then I think this product is successful in that claim, but I'm not prepared to agree that antioxidants from Quercetin & Oak Extract have anything to do with it.

I also must focus on the softer skin portion of the claim as I have seen many reviews by other customers claiming that the primer was drying on their lids. I did not experience this problem, but felt it was worth mentioning. I should also mention that I do not have extremely oily or dry lids either way. I'm as normal and boring as they come in this category.

Regarding the claim that "the apricot undertone instantly corrects darkness and imperfections on the eyelid and undereye area": I have to be honest in saying that the mark. primer does a better job of this. Once you pat or smooth out the Korres primer it becomes sheer and blends into the skin losing the color almost completely, so it is not going to cover any veining or freckles or skin discolorations at least on it's own. If used according to the package instructions your concealer should then take care of that problem for you, but the Korres alone will not. It just does not hold it's color as well as the mark. primer does even if you built it up a bit.

Next I should address whether or not this product is crease-proof and long-lasting. I can honestly say I was very pleased with the actual performance of this product. I have felt like my shadow has looked really nice and have felt the same way about it right before taking it off with no touch-ups in between. Now... the flaw in my experimentation is that I have not yet used it with a cream shadow to see if it prevents creasing in that manner. I also have only been wearing makeup in the evenings before going out, so the number of hours I have been wearing it has also been a bit limited. Some of the other customer reviews I have seen have complained that it wasn't so long-lasting although in all fairness many of them follow that up with the claim that they have either very dry or very oily lids.

Last we should touch on the ingredients list. Are there products in the "formulated without" portion that would probably not be found in a primer anyhow? Yes. Are there products in the ingredients list that we should probably still be cautious about? Yes. I will leave this part up to you to decide whether it is right for you or not.

So what is my final opinion on this product? I like it. I feel it performs nicely keeping my eyeshadow on the way I like it. That being said I will probably stick with my mark. primer because I feel it has the better value (it's way cheaper) and provides better coverage in the "corrects darkness and imperfections" category. I think ultimately you will have to decide if you believe the antiaging claims or not. If you do then $21 is probably worth paying for those additional benefits. If you are skeptical like myself then you will probably pass. It would still make a nice gift for someone if the $20 range is your spending limit and a little luxury is the "feel" you are going for, but for everyday use the price might be a bit steep.

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