Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review: Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer

As you can tell, my eagerness got to me. I originally decided against testing the Korres Pomegranate Regimen Kit but I figured a new cleanser & moisturizer would do me no harm.

My dry and combination skin simply adores the texture of gel-based moisturizers so it's what I opt for all year-round. They absorb the quickest and hydrate the best while being extremely lightweight. They are also very kind to my oily t-zone.
Today's focus is on the Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer/Cream-Gel.

Korres Description:

 Lightweight cream-gel moisturizer provides immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily and combination skin.

Key Features & Benefits
- Lightweight cream-gel with Carob tree polysaccharides and Pro-Vitamin B5 provides immediate and long-term hydration while simultaneously balancing oily and combination skin.
- Pomegranate extract, rich in tannins helps to tighten pores and tone skin.
- Vitamins C and E, in combination with Avocado extract, provide anti-oxidant benefits.

Key Ingredients
Pomegranate extract: rich in tannins, tightens the pores and tones the skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT

- Sulfates

- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates
- Triclosan

Now I understand why Cream comes before Gel in the title as the texture leans towards cream. As this moisturizer is suited for oily to combination skin, I find the formula too rich for oilier parts of my face. My t-zone feels greasy after applying this moisturizer and it doesn't fully absorb. Yet I notice the area around my nose and cheeks are dry and a bit patchy. Perhaps my oil glands are overcompensating by producing extra oil but what ever the case is, this moisturizer isn't balancing my skin whatsoever.
I have no visible pores either so I can't tell if there's any tightening or toning. The bright side is that I haven't broken out due to the Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser or this.

As for the scent, I find it questionable. I can't pinpoint a fruit or flower to associate the scent with and I had hoped to smell pomegranates but there's none of that here. It's still a light and fresh scent but it will dissipate within minutes anyhow.

Bottom Line:
My skin type isn't a match for this moisturizer so maybe oily/combination types will fair better. However, I urge those with dry to combination skin to skip this even if you're a gel-aholic like me. The price is alright ($32/1.25 fl. oz.) but it needs to actually work with my skin to be worth any amount of money. Remember to check the ingredients below if you have any ingredient concerns and allergies!

Aqua, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Mannan, Pentylene Glycol, Punica Granatum( Pomegranate) Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aluminium Oxide, Aluminium Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Geraniol, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lauryl Glucoside, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Parfum, PEG-8, Persea Gratissima(Avocado)Oil Unsaponifiables, Polyglyceryl -2 dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate-20, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Zinc PCA.


Angela said...

Sorry to hear that didn't work out for you! Are you going to return it?
Can I recommend Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel moisturizer (green, in a jar)? Lately I've been testing it (and hope to review soon) and really like it. My skin is a bit different from yours as it's more normal/dry, but it does a great job of hydrating my dry spots and is still very light so I think it can work with your oilier spots.

Shop N' Chomp said...

Aw, I hate it when stuff doesn't work out. =( You may have already tried this but Clinique's Moisture Surge is a nice gel-based moisturizer. =)

Ashley said...

I'd return it if I could but it came as a part of a regimen kit. Good thing it's a deluxe sample or the regular sized jar would go to waste!
I tried a bit of the Garnier Moisture Rescue but the scent really bugs me! It feels almost as good as the Clinique Moisture Surge though & for cheaper too!

Shop N' Chomp,
I can't help but want to try all the gel-based moisturizers in the world but I always go back to Clinique Moisture Surge! That stuff is like gel-gold for the face :P

Liz (Beauty Reductionista) said...

I say if something works really well for you, just stick with it! Experimenting has only ever led me to trouble.

Having said that, is it weird that I wish I had dry/combination skin? My skin is so damn oily. I'd go out and try this based on your review, except for the fact that I have like 1000 other things in the lineup to be tested. :)

Ashley said...

I'd stop cheating on my HG moisturizer but the packaging is no good! (Just another excuse to let my eyes wander.)

Don't wish for dry/combo skin! I vaguely remember an article that said oilier skin types are better than drier skin types. Something about the skin aging less quickly? So you might be better off with super oily skin as opposed to dry!

Tracy@Beauty Reflections said...

Have you ever tried H2O+ Oasis Gel Moisturizer? I used it for years and I still go back to it every now and again. It's really great. It will always be one of my favourites. I should review it sometime-I don't think I ever have.

che said...

Great comprehensive review, I know a lot of people find your reviews helpful for sure. Shame it didn't work out though, I'm the type where I don't like to try new products at all when I have such a reliable one.

Ashley said...

I haven't tried H20's Oasis gel moisturizer yet but it has been on my list for a long time now. I'll definitely be picking it up next!

Thank you!
I wish I were the same but there's always something for me to nit pick about and then packaging almost always sways me :(

Fruity Lashes said...

i have the wild rose one from the sephora skincare challenge program. the scent was too strong for me. maybe i'll try the pomegranate one. thanks for the review.

Ashley said...

Fruity Lashes,
I tried the Wild Rose moisturizer too but the strong scent is a turn off for me too. It's also very rich even for my dry skin. Thanks for reading!

TEA aka MonsterGirl said...

I have just found your blog and this review is really amazing, so in depth and you tell us everything, Thank you this was really helpful:) cannot wait to look around your blog and see what else you have!

Ashley said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this review! I hope you find my other reviews & ramblings helpful too :)

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