Product Review: Korres Lip Butter & Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm

With winter fast approaching, I have been on the hunt for a new hg lip balm to help counteract the damage caused. The fact that I have the most insanely sensitive lips that are prone to peeling at the slightest provocation means that I’ve had to test a ridiculous amount of balms, serums, salves and treatments to try and find the perfect one.

Recently, I stumbled upon an old favourite and discovered a brand new product that has blown every other lip treatment out of the water: Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate and Rosebud Perfume Co’s Strawberry Lip Balm.

Korres Lip Butter:

Korres, the Greek beauty and skincare brand, uses natural ingredients to create an intensely moisturising lip treatment with a decently pigmented coral sheen. This lip balm has a slightly thicker consistency than usual balms however lacks the stickiness of a gloss, making it fairly long wearing. The colour also leaves a slight stain after the balm dries down, making it a great day-time balm.

I find that most lip balms have a tendency to sit on top of the lips, where as a select few actually sink into skin. This balm does just that, softening any dry patches and healing cracks. It applies smoothly, with an almost spongy gel-like texture. The scent is a very sweet, fruity one, reminiscent of figs, not overpowering in the slightest but those with sensitive noses may find it a tad cloying.

The down-sides to this balm include the packaging. The pots are a hassle to use and unhygienic, not to mention the plastic feels a little cheap. Another down-side is the colour, while a beautiful coral, tends to catch on any dry flakes, making them more obvious. However, this can be avoided with the clear lip butter in Guava.

Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm:

Out of the entire Rosebud line, including the minted rose, original rosebud salve and the mocha, this one has been the most moisturising. The ingredient vilvanolin provides an extra emollient, helping skin soften and serving as a moisture based exfoliant- the ingredient penetrating any dead skin and separating it from the new skin underneath (kind of gross I know). There is no colour in these, it applies like an ordinary balm and it has a strawberry-ish scent which is much stronger than the Korres and a little more artificial, so those who don’t like smells- avoid this. The wear time for these is very typical for a balm, about one to two hours.

Again, the downsides for this product are mainly about the packaging, which is a potted tin. Also, the balm does contain petroleum, basically what Vaseline is made of, which acts as a barrier between the lips and air- locking in moisture rather than actually penetrating the skin. If you have sensitive lips, you may find this balm a touch irritating after prolonged wear, for example at night.

The thing about lip-balm, like any cosmetic designed to have a healing property, is that each formula reacts differently to separate skin-types. The key is to pin-point what your personal lip-needs are and hunt down a formula that will suit you. For instance, people who are prone to very dry lips naturally should avoid anything with petroleum as a main ingredient, people with sensitive lips should stick to organic products (here I stress, organic and natural are NOT the same thing) and anyone with obvious or deeper lip-lines should use a harder, waxy formula.

If you guys have any lipbalms you swear by during the winter, let me know in the comments!

Xx Jen

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35 Comments

  • Reply Sparkles17 Wednesday 21st November, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Love the packaging so cute.

  • Reply vikki18 Friday 16th November, 2012 at 11:27 am

    mmmmm

  • Reply T1NA Tuesday 17th July, 2012 at 9:52 am

    this looks yummy!

  • Reply holly vals Tuesday 19th June, 2012 at 10:26 am

    my lips are terribly dry and have been for pretty much my whole life. Really hoping the Korres will come through with the goods!

  • Reply thugsy Saturday 16th June, 2012 at 8:44 am

    yes please

  • Reply doogs Saturday 16th June, 2012 at 8:40 am

    yum

  • Reply bardie Saturday 16th June, 2012 at 8:34 am

    love

  • Reply jarjar Saturday 16th June, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Would love to try

  • Reply philliponi Friday 1st June, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Love Korres!

  • Reply shell0606 Thursday 31st May, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Cutee

  • Reply aalana Saturday 26th May, 2012 at 11:00 am

    yum!

  • sungyoung
    Reply sungyoung Friday 18th May, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I like the idea of colour + lip butter combined.. It seems that there are so many new lip butters coming out these days! Would love a nude coloured one! Sounds yummy as well~

  • Reply candicelee22 Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Yummy

  • Reply KNY Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Sounds so lovely, I so want to try

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Ooh want to have this!

  • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Great reviews, thank you! My all time favorite lip balm is definitely the MooGoo Tingling Lip Balm….. It is a great lip balm that really does tingle when you apply it and feels oh so heavenly on my lips….. Just love it!

  • Luci
    Reply luci321 Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 9:27 am

    They look so good I could eat them!

  • Reply Blossoms Tuesday 15th May, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Looks good!

  • Viggy
    Reply Viggy Monday 14th May, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Looks good

  • Reply traanster Monday 14th May, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    It looks yummy LOL

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Monday 14th May, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Sounds ideal

  • Reply lizzie77 Monday 14th May, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    they look great 🙂 xx

  • tiffany001
    Reply tiffany001 Monday 14th May, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I love Strawberry Lip Balm!

  • Alexandra8
    Reply Alexandra8 Monday 14th May, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    cannot wait to try these!

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Monday 14th May, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I have wanted to try the lip salve for so long! Audrey, please make it avaialable in the shop! 🙂

  • Reply maggielyly Monday 14th May, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    would love to try these!

  • Reply cindyhu_1234 Monday 14th May, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    oooo i want one 🙂

  • Reply paperplane__x Monday 14th May, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    yumm

  • Reply AmberB Monday 14th May, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Cute!!

  • Reply midnightstarfish Monday 14th May, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    i’m very interested 🙂

  • Reply Crystal Monday 14th May, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    that looks yummy

  • Reply Raquel24 Monday 14th May, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    mm id like to try the strawberry lip balm 🙂 BWA you should put this in your audrey dollars shop!

  • Reply adnrew Monday 14th May, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Great photo!

  • Reply Zerotolove Monday 14th May, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    These look so good! xx

  • Reply Whatthe Monday 14th May, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Yummo!

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