Korres Naturally Defined Eyes

Limited Edition Collection Available From Sophora
(The below product details are from their website):

What It Is:

A limited-edition selection of Korres most popular eyeliners, in five shades, and a travel-size Volumizing Abyssinia Oil Mascara.

What it does:

The Naturally Defined Eyes collection features five full-size eyeliner pencils and travel-size Volumizing Abyssinia Oil Mascara. These pencils are creamy, hydrating, long-lasting and offer a variety of looks. The lash-strengthening Abyssinia Oil Mascara provides the perfect finishing touch, for a lush, very dramatic volumizing effect.

This set contains:

- 0.04 oz Black
- 0.04 Metallic Brown
- 0.04 oz Green
- 0.04 oz Grey
- 0.04 oz Blue
- 0.13 oz Black Volumizing Abyssinia Oil Mascara

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates
- GMO's
- Triclosans


This collection is very well-priced considering that natural eyeliners can easily run $15-20 apiece. These five are full-sized and in shades that are varied without being too "out there". All the colors show up dark enough as an eyeliner perhaps with the exception of the metallic brown.

I would recommend using that one to fill in brows since it's not very metallic at all. The blue is a nice shade of navy. Although described on Sephora's website as being creamy and hydrating, these eyeliner pencils are not at all long-lasting. In fact, the pencils' softness can be a dilemma: they're perfect for lining the lower inner lid and they smudge beautifully but don't expect the smoky-eye effect to last more than an hour or two so gauge your social activities and desired effect accordingly. You could meet someone for coffee but after that you'll be contending with raccoon-like circles under your eyes.

Some of this problem could be offset by applying a like-colored eyeshadow over the liner if it was used on your lids; with inner rim lining you're out of luck.

Nonetheless, the price and variety make this collection a good value and liner wears differently on people. Sephora reviews for this product run the gamut from "runs" to "lasts all day." I think "smudgy" is the best descriptor but sometimes a look calls for that.

The mascara is unimpressive. Though it wears well it doesn't have much impact. I would recommend using it only as a natural daytime look. For evening wear it is barely detectable.

The Skin Deep Database links its ingredients to allergies and immunotoxicity but I experienced no adverse reactions despite my ultra-sensitivity to anything questionable near my eyes.

Ingredients from packaging: Hydrogenated Jojoba oil, Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Mangifera Indica, Talc, Candelilla Cera, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carnauba, Macadamia Ternifolia Nut Oil, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May contain: CI77499, CI77491, Mica, CI77492, CI77007, CI77891, CI19140, CI42090, CI75470, CI77510

Ingredients from packaging: Water, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Oryza (rice) Bran wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelila) Wax, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butylene Glycol, PVP, Acacia Senegal Gum, Phenoxythanol, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Hydroxythylcellulose, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics lists Korres SA - Natural Products as a company that has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics but is not in compliance because of their use of one or more ingredients prohibited or restricted under the Compact. The Skin Deep Database rates Korres Eye Liner Pencils as 3 and the mascara as 4 (moderate hazard out of 10). The mascara contains ingredients that are linked to allergies/immunotoxicity but Skin Deep also notes that only 6% of all mascaras have lower concerns than Korres'.

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