Primers are awesome for ensuring a smooth, even application of makeup. If you have issues with makeup fading after a few hours, primer can be the perfect solution. But for many, silicones aren’t tolerable…and most primers are full of them. Korres recently sent us their silicone-free option, Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ($30), to test. Can a primer without silicones do the job?
First, let’s talk about packaging. The box is very attractive and chic with a geometric blue and black floral pattern. The tube is pretty cool too – it reminds me of a tube of toothpaste. I don’t know, maybe it’s just so different it appeals to me, but I get a kick out of using this primer every time simply because of the packaging.
Yogurt is the main ingredient mentioned, but while yogurt is a healthy food option I can’t find any studies that specifically say it’s a great topical skin care ingredient. However, there are plenty of other skin-friendly ingredients in this primer that smooth and nourish skin – all without silicones, parabens, or sulfates.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer is a white gel that resembles a light moisturizer. Unlike silicone-based primers that sit on top of the skin this one sinks in, and it does have a scent that smells like yogurt (go figure).
Korres reports that 94% of women they surveyed felt that after using this primer their skin was more hydrated and healthier-looking, and 94% of women saw visible improvements in skin texture and smoothness. I think this primer is a good choice for combo to oily skin because it doesn’t clog pores. It’s probably not moisturizing enough for very dry skin. I find that in terms of preventing my makeup from fading, I get the best results when I apply it after moisturizing and then let it sink in for about 5 minutes before applying foundation.
Overall, this is a very good option for anyone who wants a non-silicone based primer. It certainly smooths skin and keeps makeup from fading, and the yogurt makes me feel like I am doing something healthy even when I eat nothing but fast food and chocolate all day!
*sent for editorial consideration
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, C12-16 Alcohols, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Triheptanoin, Yogurt, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Menthyl Lactate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance (parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Gluceptate, Lecithin, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extra