Price: $18 (mini size available on korresusa.com for $8)
Availability: korresusa.com, sephora.com, & Sephora stores
Size: 0.36 fl oz
Lash-strengthening mascara naturally volumizes thin and brittle lashes, while adding length and deep pigment
• Nourishes lashes with a non-clumping buildable formula, providing maximum lash health
• Provitamin B5, a proven natural hair strengthener, improves both the length and number of lashes, treating them while adding drama to the eye
• Rice Bran natural extract expands (just like rice does in water) to provide maximum lash length, volume, and fullness.
This product is listed as Korres’s “lash-strengthening mascara” and comes in four colors: Black, Brown, Grey Green, and Blue Black. The mascara for this review is in Blue Black.
This mascara’s tube is made of brown plastic. The packaging is straightforward and practical, but not unique or particularly visually appealing.
The tube is thinner than other mascaras tubes and is lightweight, so you can easily travel with it. The wand is also made of plastic fibers.
The formula for this mascara is on the drier side. It’s by no means overly dry, but just know that it’s not as liquidy as other formulas and may also not last as long “on the shelf,” given its drier formula.
The mascara also has a distinct smell to it. The scent reminds me of rice before it’s been cooked, which makes sense since it has rice bran wax in it. The scent is very mild, so it should not bother most people.
The effect you get with this mascara is a “natural” one. You won’t get any dramatic volume or length. If you apply too many layers, the mascara will clump up (due to its drier formulation), so Korres’s “non-clumping formula” claim is not accurate.
But the mascara does have impressive staying power. On one of the days I had this mascara on, I was running errands, going back and forth to my car, and it was raining outside. Even with moisture on my eyelashes, the mascara was not affected. I even rubbed my eyes at one point, forgetting that I had mascara on, and there was only a small amount of smudging/flaking. Although this mascara isn’t advertised as water- or transfer-resistant, it holds up very well under the elements.
Although I have the mascara in “blue black,” it looks black on the lashes.
As for Koress’s claims about vitamin B5 “strengthening” your eyelash hairs and improving the number of lashes you have, I wouldn’t get your hopes up. It’s possible that ingesting certain vitamins may help the healthy appearance or longevity of your lashes, but applying something with vitamins in it topically to your lashes will not make them any healthier and will not make your lashes grow in number.
Ease of Use: 8/10
The wand is no too big or too small and has the typical tapered shape of most wands, making it good for application.
The drier formula is both a positive and negative. Having a drier formula means you don’t have to worry about the mascara getting anywhere other than your eyelashes. More liquidy formulas tend to get on your eyelids and lower lash-line during application. On the other hand, it makes it more difficult to layer because drier formulas will form clumps as you try to layer them.
Korres is a “high-end” brand, so $18 for one of its mascaras is an average price-point. You can get mascaras that give you more volume and length, though, both at the drugstore and from other high-end makeup brands.
On the other hand, Korres markets itself as a “natural” brand, and natural/organic cosmetics usually cost more. In this sense, an $18 price-point is pretty reasonable.
Try if: you want a drier formula for more forgivable application and smudge-resistance
Buy if: you want a natural effect and want a “natural” mascara
Water, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butylene Glycol, PVP, Acacia Senegal Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, [+/- (may contain),Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green].