Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powder Trios – Santorini and Mykonos Swatches and Review

Self-Purchased

I think this may be the longest post title ever! Today I have two contour powder trios from Korres, the Magic Light Face Contouring Powder in Santorini and Mykonos. I picked these up from Sephora during their after Christmas “sale on sale” promo. I think these were a seasonal product and is hard to find these days though as of this post they are still available over on beauty.com.

So let’s dive in! These babies are described as:

A weightless, light-diffusing powder combined with sculpting powder and brightening cheek glow to enhance natural facial architecture, adding shape, dimension and soft focus to the skin. The result is an interplay between shadow and illumination that mimics the “magic light” of Greece – bathing skin in a soft, flattering glow.

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders Packaging

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders Packaging

I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging and these are downright gorgeous! They’re like Greek sunset postcards with postal markings and all. So beautiful! The cases are plastic and incredibly sturdy. My Mykonos powder opens easily but my Santorini is tight and difficult to pry open.

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders Back Packaging

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders Back Packaging

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders Instructions

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders Instructions

The inside of the box comes with instructions for using the product:

1) Using an angled blush brush, sweep the sculpting powder (deepest shade) around the outside edge of face, and in hollows of cheeks.

2) Using the same brush, apply brightening cheek glow (medium shade) to apples of cheeks and dust lightly on chin, tip of nose, and forehead.

3) Finally, apply the light diffusing powder (lightest shade) all over face, blending out any harsh edges and concentrating light at cheekbones and browbones.

Alternatively, use a large, fluffy brush to blend all three shades and dust over complexion as a luminous finishing powder.

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders. Santorini (left) and Mykonos (right)

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders. Santorini (left) and Mykonos (right)

There are 2 colors. Santorini (left) is a more neutral nude set. It’s the one I was expecting to work best on my pale self. Mykonos (right) has a pink illuminating powder and purple cheek powder and would be most ideal for darker skin tones I think; the pink illuminator is like a blush on my skin and definitely not an illuminator.

When these first arrived and I did my first set of “omg I have to try this NOW” swatches I wasn’t impressed. I felt like there was no pigmentation at all to them and was planning on returning them after I wrote up this review. Then when I sat down to do the swatches for this post suddenly I was actually getting color up so I had to stop and play with them more and form a better opinion. I think maybe the top layer was just hard and once I had gotten a couple of swipes on it to the good product below it was gorgeous on my next use.

These powders are incredibly finely milled and soft. They feel so luxurious to work with. At first I found the proportions of the shades to be a little off. I would think that you’d need more of the contour shade, a medium amount of blush, and the least of the highlighter… except I guess the highlighter shade is meant to be used all over the face so if you used it that way the proportions make sense I suppose. Santorini is great for contouring on my skin. While I can’t contour with Mykonos on my skin tone it makes a really beautiful and natural looking blush when all 3 shades are mixed together. No way am I returning these babies now!

Now for the swatches… I had the hardest time photographing these. My camera just refused to focus. Usually when that happens I can cheat and darken my arm freckles with a lip liner and get it to focus on them… but something about these just threw off the whole thing so these photos are horrible and I apologize in advance. (I definitely need a new camera but it’s done a passable job on my other photos recently…). All of these swatches are built up quite a bit, these are not 1 or even 2 swipe swatches. If the product was that pigmented you’d end up with clown face so I think this is one of the rare cases where it’s a good thing that I had to build up swatches.

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders - Mykonos swatches

Mykonos swatches. Left to right: light diffusing powder (lightest shade), brightening cheek glow (medium shade), sculpting powder (darkest shade), and a blend of all 3.

You can see Mykonos is fairly rosy toned. The purple shade pulls a darker almost lavendar-ish pink on my skin. All 3 combined make a nice peachy natural blush shade on me (far right swatch).

Korres Magic Light Face Contouring Powders - Santorini swatches

Santorini swatches. Left to right: light diffusing powder (lightest shade), brightening cheek glow (medium shade), sculpting powder (darkest shade), and a blend of all 3.

Santorini is lighter than Mykonos. As you can see the illuminator shade barely shows up on my arm. The bottom photo was taken with my cell camera instead of my regular camera as my regular camera had more trouble photographing Santorini than it did Mykonos. The contour powder is still a bit dark for me by itself (even though this swatch is build up pretty thick) but the shade made by combining all 3 would be a decent contour for me.

Because I’m so darn pale I’m a little wary of using their alternate technique of lightly dusting the 3 shade combo over your whole face to illuminate it. Even with Santorini’s lighter shades that would just look odd on me and Mykonos is too dark for that for sure.

Do any of you have these powders? If so what do you think?

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