I don’t need another lip color or blusher, but if I did, I’d be scooping up a few items from Korres. I’ve had an eye on their Cheek Butter in Philia Rose for a while; actually, I’d probably use it as a lip color instead. And now there’s a new lip product called Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Lip Cooler, which seems to be a tinted conditioning balm in a tube. My pick would be Raspberry.
I like those rosy-pink shades, but it’s the packaging that really keeps tempting me. Korres is a Greek company, of course, and for these two items they’ve borrowed ornamental patterns that date back to the art and architecture of classical Greece. One is the “meander” pattern, this repeating, maze-like border.
Another is the palmette motif, a symmetrical design that resembles palm fronds. Both these images come from The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones, a design sourcebook published in 1856. In this book, we’re seeing ancient Greek decorations filtered through a Victorian sensibility; more than a century and a half later, Korres continues the long tradition of adapting and reusing them.