Any excuse: how sea sickness led to a Korres makeup haul

I got complacent.

Three days into our Greece sailing trip I missed a dose of my motion sickness medication. I woke up the next morning and felt fine, and thought that my experience seven years ago of throwing up my breakfast pancakes over the side of a yacht was a one off. So I went ahead and missed the morning dose as well.

That day we set sail for slightly more open waters, with bigger swells coming from the side. Dozing on the netting of our catamaran probably didn't help either -- there's not just the jolting and slapping of the two hulls, but the independent motion of the nets as well. Apparently everyone else started feeling queasy, but I went the extra step of hurling my breakfast of fresh figs and Greek yoghurt over the bow of the boat. So glam.

Said breakfast of Greek yoghurt and fig.

Said breakfast of Greek yoghurt and fig.

We changed our plan of heading to Hydra, and stopped off on the island of Poros instead. I was running out of medication so kept my eagle eye out for a φαρμακείο (pharmakeio, pharmacy -- I was trying my best to learn the Greek alphabet). It wasn't hard, because there seemed to be one on every block in Greece! God knows I love a good foreign pharmacy, and this was a good one: hello Korres makeup!

Korres makeup Zea Mays Blush and Volcanic Minerals Eyeshadow sticks

Korres makeup Zea Mays Blush and Volcanic Minerals Eyeshadow sticks

Korres skincare is pretty easily found in the UK, but this was the first I'd seen their makeup range (available in the UK at House of Fraser and Lloyds pharmacies). If you take a look at the names you'll notice the references to botanicals and minerals, which goes back to their Greek origins and ethos of using products from nature. I'm not sold on the whole "natural products" thing (and that goes for all brands), but I like that they carry out research and scientific validation into their ingredients. Whether having active ingredients in makeup has any effect is dubious (see: Tarte Cosmetics), but it makes for a point of difference! 

I went for the Zea Mays blush in Orange, and the Volcanic Minerals Twist Eyeshadow in Golden Pink. I liked the eyeshadow formula so much that I went for the Golden Bronze when I came across it later on, along with the Morello Creamy Lipstick in Pearl Berry.

I didn't end up being such a fan of the lipstick on me, but I think I will include it in a pink lipstick round up soon. Here are arm swatches (roughly NC30) of the blush and eyeshadow sticks:

Korres swatches, L to R: Volcanic Minerals Eyeshadow sticks in Golden Bronze, Golden Pink, and Zea Mays Blush in 44 Orange on NC30 skin

Korres swatches, L to R: Volcanic Minerals Eyeshadow sticks in Golden Bronze, Golden Pink, and Zea Mays Blush in 44 Orange on NC30 skin

These are the first eyeshadow sticks I've ever bought, although I have swatched offerings from Lancome, Bourjois, and Charlotte Tilbury before -- they're all fairly similar in that they set pretty fast so you have to blend quickly, and once set they don't budge or crease; you'll need a decent eye makeup remover to get it off. Both Golden Bronze and Golden Pink have a very fine shimmer. I've tried taking photos of them on my actual eyelids but dammit if I'm terrible at taking makeup selfies. Golden Bronze is warmer and deeper in colour than Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, for reference (I'll update the post with a comparison swatch soon; the original turned out rubbish). 

Korres Zea Mays Blush in Orange -- it's a touch more true orange in real life!

Korres Zea Mays Blush in Orange -- it's a touch more true orange in real life!

The blush formula is quite silky and easy to blend. It's not super pigmented, which I find really helpful when it comes to bright shades like this peachy-orange. I'd call it a satin finish, which you might be able to tell from the swatch above -- there's an ever-so-slight sheen which doesn't emphasize my textured skin, but helps give a bit of a glow (not that I needed it, what with my naturally oily skin and extreme humidity at the height of the Greek summer). I was around NC35 after a week of sunshine and it showed up well, so I would think it'd suit a fairly wide range of skintones. Here it is on my face -- this shot is from my last post, and I've brightened and enhanced the contrast a bit because the original is pretty underexposed:

Korres Zea Mays Blush in Orange on my NC35 Greek tan. Base is the Maybelline powder I mentioned in my last post.

Korres Zea Mays Blush in Orange on my NC35 Greek tan. Base is the Maybelline powder I mentioned in my last post.

So I'm pretty happy with what I picked up on the trip. If you're planning to visit Greece any time soon, I'd recommend keeping your eye out for the Korres makeup range; the quality is great, and it's reasonably affordable, particularly with the current GBP-EUR conversion rate. They have a number of standalone stores throughout the EU, too, plus various online stockists shipping worldwide. Kiwis, you can find it in Kit Cosmetics and Mecca Maxima in Australia; I couldn't find any that shipped directly to NZ. 

If you've tried the range before, what did you think?