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