Korento Cosmetics Soft Velvet Primer and Rose Quartz Highlighter Review

Korento is a natural makeup line by FLOW Cosmetics, a Finnish eco beauty company. I think they launched about ~one year ago with cheek&lip tints (review here) and three types of foundation. Since then I’ve been waiting for expansion to the line and here we have it! *Soft Velvet Primer and *Rose Quartz Highlighter. I had the pleasure to be gifted both of these items, I hope you enjoy my test and review!

*Products kindly gifted for consideration. Thoughts my own and honest.

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About Korento Soft Velvet Primer and Rose Quartz Highlighter

This primer is advertised as smoothing and evening out skin tone by fading the appearance of fine lines and pores. The formula is cream to powder and promises to prolong the staying power of makeup. The primer feels similar to a pore-filling silicone primer, but is packed with organic, wild grown and ecocert ingredients. Shake before use. €45 for 30ml

Rose Quartz highlighter is in a similar small, black glass jar packaging as the Lip & Cheek tints. Korento’s highlighter contains authentic rose quartz (like Kora Organics Luminizer I reviewed here), natural waxes and oils. The Rose Quartz highlighter is designed to be used for additional glow and 3D effect to the face. I have a guide how to use highlighter here! €35 for 5ml

Both products available at Korento Cosmetics and Ruohonjuuri (FI).

The primer and Rose Quartz highlighter are both boosted with Korento’s signature Active Berry Complex (read more). Both items are also vegan and preservative free, so make sure to use up yours eco makeup in time.

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Using Korento Soft Velvet Primer

I think I’ve mentioned before, but I’m not big on primers. They simply do not do much for my skin or prolong the wear of my makeup. Most primers I can skip and use a lightly moisturizing sunscreen at the end of my routine instead. Since I don’t have very enlarged pores, silicone and pore filling primers are also a skip for me. Then I tried Korento and quite frankly fell in love.

The texture is like a silicon primer with a pinkish, ethereal glow. The foundation gives a nice slip or glide for any foundation applied with a brush or fingers. I prefer to wear Korento’s own Serum Foundation with this primer as it’s sheer and lets the pinkish glow shine through, but the primer does work with regular, non-eco foundations as well. I get what they mean in the “cream to powder texture” description as my skin feels silky as if I had just dusted with a diaphanous powder. The feel is non-sticky, just very smooth and silky. The primer doesn’t gather in my fine lines but diminishes their appearance.

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( Above is one heavy and one slightly more blended swatch)

My only minor problems with this foundation was not remembering to shaking the container enough and pilling with certain sunscreens. Not shaking may cause the formula to separate while very silicone heavy or “chemical” sun blocks may make the primer roll off the face. I use eco or “physical” sunblocks most of the time with no pilling issues, but it’s worth knowing if your favorite sunscreen is a “chemical” SPF. More about physical vs chemical SPFs in this post.

Applying this primer only is a beautiful pick me up for the skin; I’d slather this on even on days when I can’t bother with foundation. When the primer sets you won’t pay attention to the pink hue, just how refreshed and bright your complexion looks. Perfect for the Korean “glass skin” look when topped with a sheer foundation.

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Using Korento Rose Quartz Highlighter

I think Korento improved their Lip & Cheek Tint formula after the 1st launch. The contents of my pots were slightly dry and after my review I noticed some of the waxes had separated. Korento replied to this issue and told they revamped the formula. I think Rose Quartz Highlighter may be close to it? The formula is creamy, non-oily or slippery (like Tata Harper tints for example), almost “whipped” texture that blends evenly with fingers.

I’m so glad this highlighter applies beautifully on the skin without accentuating my texture too much -of course if you have a lot of texture or breakouts all highlighters will attract attention there, but in my opinion you’re better off with cream formula. The pink color has some microshimmer but I wouldn’t call it glitter, just a beautiful and natural sheen. Easy and fool-proof highlighter that will last the minimum of 6-8 hours on my cheekbones. Perfect for fair to medium skin tones I’d say. I hope they come out with a more golden color for deeper complexions (and variety).

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Above: Rose Quartz highlighter swatched and blended
Below: Closeup of my face with the Soft Velvet Primer & light foundation

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Final Thoughts

Both of these products are excellent. I can’t tell if I prefer the Kora Rose Quartz highlighter over Korento, during the warmer weather I liked Korento as it was less emollient. Now that it’s getting cooler outside, I like Kora’s more slippery texture. If you’re on the oilier side or like very dewy foundations, I’d go for Korento, but I think they work equally. The Soft Velvet Primer is a winner no matter if you have dry skin or wear a variety of foundations (stick, liquid, eco/non-eco).. and yes, to this day it’s the best primer I’ve tried.

What’s Your Favorite Eco Makeup Product?

Kora Organics Luminizer Highlighter Swatches

Last Spring I blogged about Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer and fell in love (review here). You can imagine my excitement then they brought out new shades! While the Rose Quartz is lovely, it might not be suitable for every skin tone. In today’s post I’m swatching you all the shades, but for more detailed information check out the original post! I asked these items from a PR company for review, so I did not purchase them myself.

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Kora Organics and Luminizers

Founded by the model Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics’ philosophy is to be a holistic brand that not only creates beautiful products for the skin, but also pampers the mind with positive affirmations. Their special ingredient is the Noni Fruit, an antioxidant rich food, which Miranda started ingesting as a child. Some of their products are also infused with Rose Quartz for “good vibrations”. I don’t know about that, but whatever makes you happy! Kora Organics are certified organic (COSMOS). The luminizers come in 3 shades: Rose Quartz*, Clear Quartz* and Amethyst*. 6g for €29.9 at Kicks.fi*

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More Thoughts On the Luminizers

I still agree with my original review - Kora’s highlighters are excellent. They are quick, easy-to-use and blend effortlessly with fingers. After applying blush I dab some highlighter on the high points of my cheeks, nose bridge and cupid’s bow. For tips how to highlight your face check out this post. I’ve noticed that Kora highlighters don’t move my makeup (blush, foundation) underneath as some liquid or creamy highlighters may do. This isn’t a real issue, but I will say that the Rose Quartz one changed the texture little over the summer (the surface isn’t as smooth).

The colors are quite subtle and you might think the swatches look very similar, but IRL there is a more notable difference when light hits the highlighters. I can still wear the Amethyst Luminizer without looking like a purple unicorn as the base color is more subtle. I’d recommend choosing your shade according to which color you like the best, as they are all quite cool toned.

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Kora Organics Luminizer Swatches

Rose Quartz - a light pale pink with an icy hue

Amethyst - a light lavender with cool tones

Clear Quartz - a white clear highlighter that looks wet when blended.

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Final Word

I love these highlighters, they’re so quick and easy I find my hand reaching for them all the time. I prefer Kora’s softer formula to RMS or Tata Harper - I do not have their luminizers, but I’ve tested some other their “pot products”. I can’t pick a favorite shade easily, but right now I’m quite liking subtle, wet-looking highlighters so I’d might go with Clear Quartz.

This week has been swatch-heavy, but new topics next week! What’s your favorite cream highlighter?

*These products were kindly gifted for consideration.
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Supermodel Glow with Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer (Review)

I'm constantly asked about eco makeup products, so I'm happy to review you the beautiful highlighter** by supermodel Miranda Kerr's brand, Kora organics! Btw: I'm sorry I haven't been posting as constantly lately - I just dealt with almost 3-week-long flu/cold, but now I'm back with a lot of new and fun upcoming posts! Enjoy!

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

About Kora Organics

Kora Organics is a brand created by Australian model, Victoria's Secret Angel (lingerie giant's model) and self-help author Miranda Kerr. I used to be obsessed with models, fashion magazines and candid photos in my youth, but for the past few years I haven't paid any attention. I don't have a TV to follow Victoria's Secret shows - I highly doubt they even sell the brand in Finland. I still highly admire women who have made a business out of their modelling career as fashion isn't an easy business. Same goes with beauty. It "makes sense" a model would create their own clothing or beauty line, but to my understanding Miranda is also very passionate about sustainability, natural ingredients and organic life. The highlight ingredient of Kora organics is a fruit called noni, which is a "super fruit" that can be taken internally and externally. I learned Miranda has drank the juice of noni fruit since she was a child. 

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Rose Quartz Luminizer

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Highlighter is a cream pot highlighter with rose hued luminous glow. Can be used on the high points of the face with  be used with fingers or a small brush. The ingredients are mostly organic and 98.8% of natural origin. 6g/0.21 oz of product for 28.90€/$28 (Kicks.fi* and Sephora.com).

Using the Rose Quartz Luminizer

Don't you hate the expression when someone (especially a beauty blogger) is obsessed with something? Well, I am with this highlighter. It gives the most natural sheen without being too subtle or undetected. The luminizer makes the high points of your face to stand out and glow without looking like you've applied highlighter. Perfect for the "glowing from within", seamless finish.

I'm especially happy that the luminizer is easy to blend with fingers. I very lightly dip my index finger into the cream, do two to three taps on my cheek bone and use my middle finger to blend. If you need some inspiration or tips how to highlight your face, read my highlighter tips post. My mind does a little scream every time I dip my fingers into a cream product, but that's life. I think you could use a concealer brush, a small goat hair or synthetic brush to blend and buff this product, but honestly I think softer cream products are the easiest to apply and blend with fingers. I leave my brushes for harder cream products, such as the THREE Duo Highlighter (review here).

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Here's some highlighter applied on my cheekbones and cupid's bow. It blends into my foundation very seamlessly, it was pretty hard to capture on camera - congratulations if you notice anything, but take my word: it looks beautiful in real life!!

Ingredients

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Mica (and) CI 77891, Hydrogenated Palm Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Quartz

I usually don't dig the ingredients of makeup products, but as this is almost 100% natural and organic ingredients, I thought I would paste them for you. I was hesitant to use a makeup product high in coconut oil on my face, but luckily I've had zero congestion from using this highlight. I've also had no reaction from RMS beauty products, so if they worked for you so might Kora. If you're sensitive to shea butter or coconut oil proceed with caution or ask a sample. I don't own Tata Harper or RMS highlighters, but compared to my RMS Buriti Bronzer the Kora is much more softer in texture and doesn't feel as dry.

Notice: Coconut Oil etc natural butters should be kept under 30°C / 86F to avoid melting. Finland is now having a heatwave and my highlighter is a bit soft in the middle.

Swatches

Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review
Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer Review and Swatches

The color of Rose Quartz Luminizer is icy pale pink. In these pictures it looks almost lilac, but don't worry - this isn't an "unicorn highlighter" but has just a strong white undertone. I have nothing like it, but I swatched two of my pinky highlighters and the paler side of TF's Paradise lust and THREE Shimmering Glow Duo 01 (review here).

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Overall thoughts

This highlighter is a clear winner for me! I hope Kora Organics brings out more complexion products - if so, I'll be first in the line! (Please, Miranda, bring out a BB cream! Right now I'm testing Kora's skincare items, I hope to report back soon, but so far... I'm impressed. What's your favorite eco makeup item? Do you love cream products for the Summer?

**Kindly PR gifted for consideration. Images and thoughts are my honest and my own!