Korres Greek Yoghurt Primer Review

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?

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer
Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

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.

Love the cool tube packaging - Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer
Love the cool tube packaging – Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

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
Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

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!

You can find Korres online and at Sephora stores.  – Lisa

*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


  1. Kevin James Bennett | 2nd Sep 14

    The ingredient list makes this sound a lot more like a moisturizer than a pre-foundation primer. I’m curious as to how well this would hold up for studio use (film/tv) on long production days or in extreme climates (hot or cold). I’m going to get some and give it a serious road test.

  2. buffy888 | 2nd Sep 14

    Thank you! I am always on the lookout for non-silicone ANYTHING as my skin reacts so horribly (and so quickly) to products with silicones. Primer without silicones is especially difficult to find. Now I have a new one to try.

  3. Olivia | 3rd Sep 14

    Greek yogurt? Hmmm I am wondering when Ben & Jerry’s will come out with their ice cream primer or even foundations, because if they do; I will be one of the first to buy them!

  4. beautyin | 4th Sep 14

    Kevin, I’d love to know how it holds up under those hot lights and more extreme conditions. I am sure it won’t do as well as silicone-based primers, but since many can’t tolerate the silicone it would be great to know if this is an option that pros can count on.

  5. beautyin | 4th Sep 14

    Buffy888, be sure to post how it works for you! And Olivia, I’d be the first to buy Super Fudge Brownie Supreme primer!!!

  6. Kevin James Bennett | 5th Sep 14

    Many can’t tolerate silicone? Really?
    Silicone is derived from the inert mineral silicon and cosmetic grade silicones are known to have extremely low allergen occurrences. This is why silicone based medical adhesives have replaced latex ones for use in close proximity to open wounds.
    You might find this information interesting:

  7. cheryl | 5th Sep 14

    I’m going to have to try this. I am not allergic to silicones but they will cause me to break out in cysts or clogged pores. I can put pure oil of any type on my face no problem….but put cyclomethicone on me and watch out!

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