I can BREATHE! That’s right my first of the season cold is gone. No more fever, no more chills just sweet, sweet oxygen and a world where not everything tastes like cough drops.
And just in time for traveling too. So no tissue filled sneeze mobile for me as I head down the highway. I suppose I can now remove the biohazard stickers from the side. That’ll probably make my neighbors happy too.
But that is not the point of this post. No this post is of the Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel and I have to say, this was an interesting trial for me. I bought the cream, used it for a couple of weeks and then got a different cream in a subscription box. I did my two week trial of that cream and reported my findings, then went back to using this cream. I repeated that again a second time and then just decided to finish the jar of cream before I reviewed it and I am pleased to say the jar is empty (and has been for a little over a week actually.)
So first let’s clear away the basics. The jar of Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel (and it is a frosted pink glass jar with a plastic lid) retails for $34 and contains 1.35 ounces/ 40 ml of product. It is listed as good for either oily or combination skin. I am in the combination category. I used it as both a day and night cream during my use.
So, to the claims on the website.
This pore-minimizing moisturizer delivers immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily to combination complexions and acne-prone skin. The unique, lightweight cream-gel texture is formulated with a blend of 15 percent pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.
This product contains 93.1 percent natural ingredients, and like all KORRES formulations, it is made without petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. It is dermatologically tested and cruelty-free.
Okay first to duration. While most of the products I’ve been testing lately end up having around 1.7 ounces of product, they have generally lasted around five weeks. While this has 1.35 ounces of product inside (and was open a bit longer than my use of it) the cream lasted seven weeks and three days with two times of active use per day. So despite the lower product amount, it lasted longer. Also some of that use was when the weather was still hot and some of it was after the temperature changed and autumn made it’s late entrance. (if you’ve been reading this you may recall I used the Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Cream during the transition time, there is a review posted for that cream if you are interested, just follow the link).
I had no problem with this cream during either season. When I spent more time in the sun I tended to use a little bit more of the cream then when I was spending more time indoors, but that was still not a lot of product. And that is the trick with this product. You do not need to use a lot, so it lasts.
If you break it down then for $34 I received fifty-two days of use from this product which breaks down to about $1.53 per day (and since I used it twice a day instead of once it is about $0.76 per use, which isn’t bad.) which is a good deal for a product that works so well. If your skin is oilier than mine, you might actually use a little less. (I know it’s a strange thing to list out cost break downs about a face cream, but let’s face it, most of us don’t have unlimited funds and work with a budget, this checks the value for money box for me.)
I did find that when I applied what my skin decided was a ‘correct’ amount, the cream/gel formula (which I’ll be honest looks and feels like a cream to me) soaked into my skin well with very little wait time before applying my makeup over it. My make-up also went on well over the product with no issues. If I used a little too much, my skin just took a little longer to absorb it but had no adverse reactions. I just felt like I was wasting product, but that is a personal thing. It claims to be matte and to be honest, my skin did not look at all greasy after applying it and letting it sink into the skin.
The cream has a light, pleasant scent, but it is not overpowering. Since Korres doesn’t add any extra scents beyond what is naturally in the product it is not a punch you in the face smell. And as much as I like scents, I’m happy extra wasn’t added to my skincare. If scent is an issue for you, I don’t think this will cause you any problems. The scent is more of a ‘that’s a pleasant smell’ when opening the jar and sniffing more than an actual fruity type scent, if you know what I mean.
While I’m not sure of the scientific gauge for pore minimization, I can say this did help reduce the look of my pores, especially along my cheeks (near the nose area) and nose, which is where I have issues. My skin felt hydrated and I had no breakouts at all while using this. In fact, I didn’t even have any bumpy under the skin blemishes appear while I was using this cream. (Those tend to drive me mad because they never actually erupt and clear out, they just half surface like some sort of strange skin ice burg to make the surface ripple and bump for a few days before slinking away again. Not to rant. Okay, just the mini rant, I’m done now. And they weren’t an issue here anyway).
So essentially, Korres met all of the claims for its Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel, even if it didn’t feel like a gel of any sort to me. Would I purchase this again? Yes. I would purchase this again. And I would purchase this at full price instead of waiting for a sale (although really, you know me, I love my sales and currently they do have a sale going on on their site I’ve linked the site above and I think it’s currently at 40% some products at the time of me writing this.) because it is a good value for the money.
As we are edging into December, I am starting to mentally review the products I’ve used throughout the year and compile a list of my favorites. Personally, it is one of those activities I really like where I get to mentally revisit the good, the bad and the ‘oh, no never again’ that I encountered through the year. At the moment this is actually my front runner for favorite everyday moisturizer. It dethroned the reigning champ. Will it be able to stay on top? I won’t know until the end of the year, but at the moment, it is definitely a contender.
Normally I would end this here, but thinking about the Korres site sale, I wanted to mention another sale that is currently going on the Alyaka website. They specialize in clean beauty products. Personally, as I like to try products before I commit to buying the full (and usually pricy) sized version, I pick up some of their trial kits. I haven’t done so in a while because I had a bunch of stuff accrue and I’m trying to clear out things before I purchase more (I know what a strange concept) but I loved their Lilah B test kit (which I think was $30) and there is a Kypris trial set I have my eye on at the moment.
Anyway, while normally I would just post my affiliate code at the bottom of the page (and yes affiliate code means I do get a referral fee if you actually buy something when you use it, if that bothers you, just go to the site without using my code.) Not only are they having a large seasonal sale, but you can get you fifteen percent off with the posted code, so I’m posting it and actually mentioning it. Hopefully someone out there finds it useful.
Affiliate code linked below
Alyaka The Art of Beauty: Receive 15% off for your first order! Use promo code: SAVE15