FGW: Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation SPF 10

September 24, 2008 at 1:46 am 3 comments

I’m an impulse buyer. Really. You know those racks of stuff by the checkout at the store, “impulse racks”? They put those there for me. My husband loves to tease that I can’t get through a line without grabbing something, anything. Hey, I completely forgot I needed a permanent marker, an eyeglass repair kit, and antler polish until just this moment, okay?

So when I placed my last Sephora order and they recommended a foundation based on my profile information, who was I to turn them down? Into my basket it went. After all, if a random computer generated match of products isn’t right for me, what on earth is?!

I have to say, I’ve never been happier with an impulse buy.

I had previously heard of Korres, but they’ve mainly stayed under my radar because they aren’t sold in any local shops. A Greek company with roots in Homeopathic Pharmacy, they now offer more than 500 products for face, body, and hair. As a company they strive to stay true to their history , and use many natural ingredients while avoiding things like mineral oil and silicone. The yoghurt ( or yogurt, depending on which side of the pond you hail from) products contain real edible yogurt if that gives you an idea of their dedication to time tested herbal remedies.

The Ginger & Vitamins Foundation ($28) is packaged in a tube, much like toothpaste, which is incredibly durable and handy. I have no qualms about tossing this in my diaper bag on the way out the door, as it is tough and the cap stays put. While this is billed as a medium coverage I think it’s somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and a traditional medium coverage, simply because of its amazing lightweight feel. Something about this foundation covers my red blemishes wonderfully and evens my skin tone. My skin appears soft and fresh, and the formula stays well without caking or changing color through the day. So easy to blend, I simply can’t stress enough how wonderfully natural this foundation looks and feels. The decision to replace synthetic silicone with dry vegetable oils doesn’t hurt this product at all, as it still has a smooth feel with really good staying power. I haven’t experienced any skin irritation or breakouts from this product, though it does contain Glycerin (sorry Jami).

I would expect more than an SPF 10 in this day and age. By now companies should know to use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at LEAST 15 or just skip it altogether and let us apply our own underneath. Claiming SPF coverage when very little is actually offered is one of my pet peeves, since it can make many women feel as though they’re doing the “safe” thing, while actually leaving them poorly protected. When in doubt, make sure you have a moisturizer with good SPF or a lightweight sunscreen in your arsenal just in case. Depending on your skin type you may want to set this foundation with powder or carry your tube for touch-ups through the day.

This spontaneous buy has turned out to be a real find. It bumped my previous favorite face color, a tinted moisturizer, and has shown itself to be a great all-purpose foundation. Quick to apply and easy to blend, with great coverage to boot!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kate2004rock  |  September 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Sounds similar to the Tarte Smooth Operator. I’ve tried a couple of other pieces from the Korres Color line…eyeliner, shadow, gloss, blush and I have been thoroughly satisfied. I doubt you can go wrong with this one.

  • 2. Jen Hill  |  September 24, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Sounds like a fab foundation! Thanks for the great review Mo.

    Guilty of the impulse buying! My weakness is that I am a sucker for skincare. Remember back in March when I bought that skincare item for $$$!? I did return it though.

    My mantra SHOULD be, “I will buy any creme, cosmetic, or elixir from a woman with a European accent.” – Erma Bombeck

  • 3. Jan  |  October 12, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Excellent products. Yes it is hard to resist buying on impulse specially when they place those irresistible cosmetics right in your face. Thanks


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