Korres Lip Butters

When it comes to make-up I've always been told to draw the most attention to my best features; making my lips the part of my face that gets played down the most. I've just never been a fan; my top lip is much smaller than the bottom and there's something noticeably 'not right' about the way my mouth sits all together (well, noticeable to me anyway). In recent years, tinted balms have become my lippy BFF's. They allow me to create a perfectly subtle, barely there finish; but until recently I was yet to try the holy grail of them all, the Korres Lip Butters. I have no idea why it took me so long to add a couple of the beauties to my collection, but now I have I'm definitely craving more.

The formula of these is most definitely their main selling point. A soft, creamy formula that appears to melt into the lips and deliver a punch of hydration alongside an impressive wash of colour; I'm in love. I still adore the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms, but in terms of wearability these beat them hands down - although the BB options are far better for on-the-go application. I know a lot of people have a gripe with the packaging of these, but I don't overly mind applying them with a brush when needed (the Real Techniques Concealer brush is currently my tool of choice - not necessarily it's main purpose but it's the perfect size and density to apply lip colour with). I'm a huge fan of Korres' branding and design anyway, so the potential messiness of the pot can be overlooked in my case.

I have the shades Quince and Pomegranate, both of which are quite similar in colour and leave a pretty pink sheen on the lips, although Quince is definitely my favourite of the two. One of the things I love most about these is their adaptability, in that they can be used their own or on top of another lip product for an extra pop of colour. At the moment I'm really enjoying using MAC's Rose Maiden underneath Quince, or Maybelline's Magic Mauve paired with Pomegranate - but they're just as beautiful being used by themselves, too. Like all other tinted lip balms I've tried the longevity of these isn't great, but nor does it claim to be. The benefits that come with using a lip balm make them the perfect option for winter and I don't think I could go without keeping one in my handbag now. I can't wait to get my hands on a couple more shades!