November 13, 2008

Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set Review & Swatches

I think I missed the memo going around saying how freaking aweome Korres is. Um hello how did I not know about this?

Yeah well I’m thinking I didn’t get the memo because this guy is taking care of them!


Anyway. Note to self: Korres is the awesome!

Ok, so now that we established that Korres is my new favorite brand of all time I can get on with my review of the Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set! Holy beautiful Batman! This set is too gorgeous for mere words and what’s inside…my the very my! It’s sincerely good stuff and you shouldn’t bother reading further just head to your nearest Sephora and snatch it up for yourself!

I think a few people had mentioned they were on the bubble about this Gift Set and honestly so was I. I’m guessing a few of your concerns were the fact that plum colored shadow is kinda iffy and you might have also been worried about the gloss not being up to par and the balm just being an add on that you really didn’t need. I know these are some things that entered my head while I was playing a game of tag with myself debating on purchasing the set. My main concern was that I don’t do plums or purples so well! As much as I love these shades I felt like they might make my dark circles prominent and my puffy eyes even worst looking then they already are!

However, I dove in and decided to purchase the Korres Sugar Plum Gift Set during Sephora’s Friends and Family event and I’m so happy I did because it’s a sincerely an awesome set and comes with my highest recommendation and Muse Approval for purchase!

The set includes Korres Eyeshadow in Plum, Korres Lip Butter in Plum, and Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss in Plum 27. All the items are highly pigmented which is thrilling as the an entire “All Natural” theme sometimes forsakes quality but not the case with these items! This is the first time I’ve tried anything by Korres and honestly the quality and inexpensive price tag should have me returning for much more!

Although all the items really impressed me I have to give major props to the Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss in Plum 27 . I’m unsure why they are calling this a lip gloss as it’s SO much more then merely a gloss! The color payoff is much like a lip cream and comparable (and possibly better then) to Laura Mercier’s Lip Velvet. They are glossy but not so much of a mirror shine more like a a semi-glossy, intensely pigmented lip color. Plum 27 is a plummy maroon with a deep red base that’s stunning when paired up with the shadow included in this gift set!

The Korres Eyeshadow in Plum was also richly pigmented and very easy to blend. As I mentioned above I was worried that such a deep shade of purple would make my eyes look quite tired while displaying my dark circles even more but turns out the color lends an aura of mystery and seduction to my eyes. I know, I know Muse and seduction should never be used in the same sentence but honestly the shadow just has a certain sexy, seductive feel that makes eyes literally pop! I used the shade on my own without anything else aside from some black liner on my lower water line and my eyes just sizzled! Truly a great shade and pairs up beautifully with the lip gloss in the kit!

Now the Korres Lip Butter in Plum was the item I was kinda meh about. I honestly don’t use balms aside from when I go to bed at night. I find them messy and feel they apply horribly which is why I stick to applying gobs of balm at night to my lips when no one is around to witness it dripping off my lips onto my chin. Korres may have single handedly turned my thoughts around about balm! Whoa! This too was an amazingly pigmented surprised! The butter smooths on lips like a lip cream and you’re left with a richly pigmented pout which you can top with a bit of gloss for a real smoking lip look!

For my look below I used everything included in the kit and just added my own mascara, a little blush from the Bobbi Brown Mauve Palette, and a bit of liner on my lower waterline!

All in all I’d say nab this set right away! It’s a limited edition set so who knows how long it’ll be around! I think the shades are simply gorgeous evening wear for the holiday or anytime really! The colors just work well together and create a very seductive finish! The price is fantastic at well which is $29.50 USD (I paid even less during Sephora’s FF!). This one is a must have in the Muse’s opinion and I highly recommend nabbing it!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kerri

    Yay! Glad to see you review this…I have this also, and it IS amazing. I believe there is a 3 pack of Korres glosses on Sephora’s website that I am lemming … alas, they don’t stock this brand in the actual Sephora stores in Toronto. You look great!

  • Karrie

    Everything looks great on you.
    I like the Korres body butters.
    They are really moisturizing

  • Laura

    Wow, plums really suit you, whereas I look like a grey corpse or something haha.

  • the Muse

    Hi Kerri!

    Isn’t it FAB!? Did you try pairing up the shadow with anything else..I’m trying to think of good combos ๐Ÿ™‚

    I really want the trio too…I seen it and wants it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Awww damnit that stinks it isn’t around ๐Ÿ™

    Thanks hun! You should do an FOTD and share it with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    thanks karrie ๐Ÿ™‚

    I haven’t tried ’em but will add them to the list!


  • Anonymous

    Kayvid: I would love the lipgloss…the eyeshadow is beautiful on you but I can almost be sure that it will make me look like I’ve been punched in the eye…Guess I have to pass…My recent crazy purchases are driving me crazy. Need a no buy real bad.

  • Anonymous

    Sold! Thanks so much for the swatches and FOTD. I’ve been wanting to go with a bolder cherry lip colour for a while and the option of paying what I usually pay for a lipstick and getting a shadow and balm too? Awesome.

    I am realllly hoping I can find this in a store where I live in Canada otherwise I will be paying through the nose for it from the US ๐Ÿ™

    – Shiny

  • the Muse

    lol kayvid..I really need a no buy too.let’s support each other on that ๐Ÿ™‚

    You can always purchase the gloss seperate…not this shade but plenty of similiar shades available ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hi shiny..

    the price tag really astounds me as the quality is superb!

    If you need any help shout at me ๐Ÿ™‚
    will do my best to help!

    It’s really a nice little deal..and so pretties!

  • Kerri

    Hi Muse!
    I have paired it with Dolce Vita Gloss by NARS (dusty rose tone), Striptease gloss by Nars (nude) and a bold red lippie…hehe. I adore plum, so I’ve worn it a bunch of times! I also like to put a little bit of white UD liner in the inner bottom corners of my eyes so it’s more wearable for day and a bit cooler-toned.

    I don’t usually pair the gloss and eye shadow together, as I think that’s more of a ‘night’ look for me. So usually I pair a green or bronze shadow with the gloss and liner on the top lid only.

    Hope my suggestions help ๐Ÿ™‚ honestly, the kit is so fabulous that you can’t go wrong ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kerri

    Shiny – you can definitely order this via Sephora Canada. I don’t think I paid much more than the USD price and it is well worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    hi kerri!

    Jotting this all down ๐Ÿ™‚ as I have most of what you mentioned! Particularly like the Dolce Vita combo!

    OOOO likey the UD white liner! nice combo ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s def an evening sort of look..but I…sheepish…wore it to work today!

    I like a brown or green with the lippie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Totally helps! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m thinking of a little bit gold with the plum shadow…wonder if that’ll work!?

    I can’t believe how great it is, truly shocked.

    You ever get the feeling that “all natural” products end up forgoing on the quality…?

    Not the case with this…whoa super pigment!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks guys,
    I just got off the phone with the Sephora store in Toronto that I will be in the vicinity of this month and it is available there!
    I’m glad because I was going to ask my brother to get it this weekend in SanFran otherwise.

    Canada: $35 w/o tax
    US: $29.50 w/o
    So with the exchange rate it would be the same price for Canadians ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    yayyyyy shiny! Fantastic!!!!!!!! so glad the price is the same ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s such a fab deal! It’s like $10 bucks each per item USD! So great ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do stop back and tell us whatcha think when it arrives?


    *happy dance*

  • Anonymous

    Wow! How great is that look! And the choice of blush was perfect. The eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashes looks great too. Makes your eyes look huge and bright. Yay!

  • the Muse

    hi anomymous!

    Thanks so very much ๐Ÿ˜‰ glad you enjoyed the look!


  • Shefali

    Holy cow!! This is your first Korres foray!? OMG you’ve been missing out! My love affair with this brand started last year when I read about it in either Glamour or Lucky…can’t remember. I bought a gift set in the Guava scent and never looked back. I’ve tried their hair products too and they are also wonderful. The lip butters are a staple in my house. I have one in every room because they are so incredible. I have been eyeing this set…so glad you reviewed it. I’m all over it.

    Try more of the makeup…it really is amazing.

    By the way, Ulta sells their products too.

  • the Muse

    Hi Shefali!!!!!!!!

    I KNOW! i missed the boat on this ๐Ÿ™‚ I just sometimes steer clear of brands that do the all natural deal..I sometimes feel like when they go that route it ends up forsaking quality but not the case with this! Whoa good stuff!

    I’m so diving further in and purchasing more! I want the blushes and foundation next plus want to try some of the hair care..glad you like it b/c that means I will too I’m sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have to give this one a it’s a steal at that price!

    heading over to ulta now teehee…wanna see if they have stuff sephora does XD!

  • Phyrra

    This is really pretty! I love the pigmentation in that gloss.

    I always put lip balm on before I put down color as I find it makes it glide on easier and seems to help it stick around better.

  • Sophia

    Muse thanks so much for the reviews. I’d be dying to see a review about the new plum shades!! I see the set is a Sephora exclusive, not sure if we’ll get the set in Greece, but I’m sure we’ll get the products individually, and I’m dying to try the e/s and the lip butter!! I have 2 more lip butters, LOVE THEM! They have something that make my really dry and painfull lips so smooth! Same with the lipglosses, it must be the cherry oil!!
    I’m glad you love Korres!! I really LOVE the Guava Body Butter, if you haven’t try it yet, YOU MUST!! It’s amazing!!

  • Askmewhats

    oh my gosh! girl you look so chic! the eye make up is total VAAVOOM!!! you look so hot and pretty!!!

  • the Muse

    thanks dd!

    I do the same thing ๐Ÿ™‚ It always makes my gloss or lippie last longer and it glides on better too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    so the kit is ideal as it includes a nice tinted balm prior to using the gloss!

  • the Muse

    hi there sophia!

    You’re most welcome! Isn’t it lovely?

    I think you will! I looked up the items and they are selling’s not as cheap but still the shades are awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m pretty impressed with the pigmentation of the lip butters whoa ๐Ÿ™‚ plus they do feel great on my dry lips!

    hehe will add the guava body butter onto the wish list ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have a huge korres wish list going now lol!

    Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • noangel

    this fotd looks SO sophisticated and lovely on you! i tend to look punched with dark shadows like that but you rock the shade!

  • the Muse

    thanks no angel!!!!!!!!

    I was worried I’d look strange with it since my dark circles peep out when I wear such dark shades..but I just concealed extra well and called it a day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the lovely compliment!

  • Anonymous

    WOW! One of the best looks I have seen on you! those colors look FAB on you! I can totally see where that color plays up your eyes too. Gorgeous!


  • Ghoulina

    This is gorgeous! Looks fabulous on you! I think I need to get one for myself! ^_^

  • 20thcenturycat

    Like everyone says – that plum shade is just stunning on you. Since this is available in the UK at a very reasonable ยฃ16, I might well be splashing out on it!

  • the Muse

    thanks 20thcentury ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think tat’s a fab deal! Not too much difference from our end either which is always nice!!!!!!!


    I look forward to hearing your good word when you get it!


  • Brooke

    woe..dat’s a way nice purple, but it looks like the fallout would be horrid…is it a hot mess to apply?