Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

24 08 2009


By Desiree

Slap-on and go. That is what I love most about tinted moisturizers. Perfect for those with busy lifestyles, tinted moisturizers are great since they moisturize, even out your skintone, and contain SPF. I’ve been happy with one brand of tinted moisturizer for years, but found that I would benefit from a little more coverage from time to time.

Discussing this with my sister-in-law, she told me of her latest fave, Korres tinted moisturizer. I was nothing but skeptical UNTIL she mentioned that her sister kept looking at her in awe at how ‘glowy’ her skin looked. And that was it.. She got me at ‘glowy’!

Of course, just like a makeup crazed girl I then ran over to my local Sephora and snagged a sample. I tried it on the next morning and what I found surprised me.

Straight out of the tube, the product is thin—in fact, it was almost watery (at least my sample was). Once you start to apply and spread on your face, the product quickly dries to a powdery finish. With that, I found that I needed to mix and spread quickly. A little also goes a long way, so use sparingly or you can easily look overdone and ‘masky’. There is also a watermelon fragrance, so if you’re not fond of them and fragrances in general, then this is not for you. Personally, I didn’t mind it. I actually have a thing for edible fragrances.

As far as the finish, I was again surprised that it was matte and powdery looking on me, being that most tinted moisturizers have a sheer, dewy finish. In fact, this product performs a bit more like foundation than tinted moisturizer, giving medium to full coverage if layered. It did give an appearance of better skin texture, which I loved. The product, once it set on my face, reminded me a lot of Stila’s Illuminating powder foundation, which gives a bit of a ‘sheen’. Overall, I imagine people like me who have combination to oily skin would like this more than those with severely dry, wrinkled, or flaky skin, because the product does dry to a powdery finish.

The verdict? Two thumbs up—I wore this on an eight hour shift and I still had it on after all that running around and sweating, which is a HUGE plus! Just as great is the fact that it has SPF 30 for UVA/UVB protection. I also found that it served as a good eye shadow primer that day.

In conclusion, if you’re willing to deal with the unusual consistency of this product, don’t mind the fruity fragrance, want/need medium to full coverage AND you don’t have dry, flaky skin–then I think this product may be worth sampling. I am surely going to wear this in hot and humid weather because it lasts and doesn’t melt off your skin. This gets a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, losing a point on consistency and ease of application.

*Shade assistance: Medium honey was perfect on me. (I use Laura Mercier’s TM in Sand, and Vincent Longo Water Canvas in Sandy Beige).

Image via Sephora.com




2 responses

3 09 2009

I second your opinion! LOVE this TM. I tried it this past weekend and was surprised at the coverage factor! Yes, a little goes a long way. I was impressed with how “glowy” and fabulous my skin looked with so little product! I find that as the day goes on, the matte finish gradually becomes dewier so to cut down on the shine, a translucent powder over this is helpful. I’m thinking of switching to Korres from Laura Mercier’s TM. Your review is definitely influencing my decision to do so.

Thanks for your thoughts! I’m looking forward to reading more!

12 09 2009

Mylee! Are you still lovin’ this?

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