Product Review: Korres Face Primer

Product: Korres Face Primer
Cost: $28 (at Sephora)
Rating: 4/5
Pros: good for skin, light, absorbs fast, fills first-lines
Cons: more lotion than slick-gel primer feel, didn’t do much for hiding pores, would love to see an SPF version

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In my quest to clean my routine, I’ve been looking for the perfect clean primer. Primers are meant to help foundation/concealer last longer and be applied more evenly to create a ‘photoshop’ effect. Most primers use silicones which based on some studies is shown to almost suffocate skin, and be bad for acne prone skin.

Although I don’t really get huge breakouts anymore, I still get a zit here and there when I try new products or change habits (like sleep patterns or travel). I found Korres when I did a search of silicone-free primers. The product description, “silicone-free, 99% natural, antioxidant-rich” sounded too good for me not to try so I bought a tube.

The first thing I noticed was that the product comes out and applies much like a moisturizer than previous primers I’ve used which had that siliconey-slick gel feel. I loved the light citrus scent. The primer is very light-weight and absorbs fast. I’m not sure if I want primers to absorb fast as I want it to still be fresh on my skin when I apply foundation.

I noticed that make-up did go on smooth but to be honest the results weren’t the same as using primers from Hourglass, Smashbox, Laura Mercier or Urban Decay. Foundation didn’t spread as smoothly, but it did make a difference and I would rather use it than not use any primer. I noticed that it covered fine-lines really well but for full disclosure, I am relatively young and do not have ‘wrinkles’, my coworker at NM calls them “first-lines” around my smile-lines.

After a full work day I can say that it didn’t make my skin oily or dry and make-up stayed on pretty well. I noticed after 3 weeks of using it as my sole-primer that my skin felt softer and healthier which no other primer really does. I wish it had some SPF in there but that isn’t a deal-breaker. A tube of this will probably last me about 3-4 months. While I’m still looking for other clean primers, I will probably buy this after it runs out.

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