Thursday, June 14, 2012

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

Twice in one week with the skincare reviews! What is the world coming to??

In all fairness I couldn't not blog about this product. It's a new release in the US and not yet available in Australia but it's fabulous and I want you to all know about it.

The Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial is exactly what it says: It's a facial cream you rub on to your face before you go to bed and works overnight to brighten and refine your skin. It addresses uneven skintone and dark spots while improving skin quality for a brighter, more luminous complexion.

From the Sephora website:

This overnight facial-in-a-jar is a breakthrough in beauty sleep. More than a mask, more than a night cream, it contains the Korres Phos Compound, a proprietary blend including a brightening agent and stabilized vitamin C. Day after day, week after week, uneven tone and dark spots will continuously improve. After only 14 days you'll see skin that's brighter, more even-toned, and exceptionally radiant.

At $48 plus tax, it was kind of pricey to test out on a whim (with no recommendations because it was so new) but if it did what it said on the packet then it truly was an absolute bargain. I've spent a lot more on failed products in the past, so I purchased it, packed it and flew home.

A few days after I got home I decided to try it out. When I opened the box there were no instructions for use or directions on quantites which was kind of annoying, and nothing on the box either. Given it was 11pm I wasn't about to go searching for them on the internet. So I just smoothed a bit on my skin, switched off the light and went to sleep.

The next morning my skin did, indeed, feel brighter. It was softer and more refined. All done while I was sleeping. In short: it actually did what it said on the packet. Big thumbs up from Miss Kitty!

For the detail nerds among us, here's why.

The ingredients list is long and varied (as with many things we all use), but according to Korres, the ones to point out are:

  • Wild Rose Oil: Evens skin tone and repairs fine lines; moisturizes, heals and softens skin while forming a protective layer to improve its texture. This is a key ingredient in many of Korres' keystone products and it works for many different types of skin.
  • Stabilized Vitamin C: Helps to minimize the appearance of skin discolorations. It also plays a vital role in the production of collagen.
  • Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract: Provides continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin which helps the other active ingredients erm... activate.
  • 15% Rose Water: Provides weightless hydration and makes it smell very pretty.
The one thing you'll notice straight up is it's heavily fragranced. It smells of blossom and springtime. It's more perfumed that creams that I usually like to use but it's not unbearable. A lot of people say they like the perfume. You only need a tiny amount - a little goes a long way.

Having used this for more than a week now, I think it's safe to say that I really like this product - when combined with my Clarisonic for a deep clean, an intense hydration product is absolutely essential. Subsequently, after some research, I have discovered I need to use it like a serum - in between my cleanse and moisturising stages. Once I started to use moisturiser with it, I saw an even bigger difference - my skin is smooth and radiant (despite the loss of sleep an 8 month old affords you). It's so good I have stopped wearing tinted moisturiser.

Let me repeat that: I no longer wear tinted moisturiser every day. On the odd occasion, I still slap it on, but my skin is now so good I don't need it - just a bit of concealer and some powder. If that's not a ringing endorsement I don't know what is.

Korres products are available from Kit Cosmetics in Australia. Hopefully this amazing product will be available here soon!



Maxabella said...

I need an overnight facial - does a new face emerge? Chuckle. x

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

You know what? It's done wonders for my face. But alas, it's still the same face. When someone makes a new face cream I will line up for that no questions asked.

K xxx

Kimmy said...

Kit doesn't stock this :-(
Anyone have any idea where I can get this in oz? Or know a website that sells it and will ship internationally? I really wanna try itt!!

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

I believe Korres is only stocked at Kit in Australia. I'm fairly sure it will be stocked there at some point. It was brand new in May in the US so it might be a little while though.

I haven't yet seen it on any UK sites. The other option is to use a drop shipper like Hop Shop Go and buy directly from Sephora.

Kitty x