I had to take a break to eat hotpot & drink some yogurt soju, but here’s the remainder of my Etude House collection. Hopefully it’ll be useful so you can take advantage of the Etude House 30% off Christmas event. The code is CHRISTMAS2015 and the sale ends December 27th~
I did some damage with my friend Victoria for Black Friday. Etude had a 30% off sale similar to the one currently on the site with the exception of the new winter sweets collection which wasn’t yet available. As you can see, I got another box of my favorite AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Spot, but the star of the show today are the Play 101 Pencils ♡
Sorry for starting off with such a closeup of my face…. I’m wearing the Beauty Shot Face Blur in a large photo later so I wanted to introduce it first. This was a last minute addition to my order because I spotted it in the bestsellers category. It’s a base product / makeup primer that supposedly contains Baby Pixel Powder (I! KNOW!) which supposedly smooths & covers the skin so you for The Photoshop Look. It can be worn on top of your regular skincare routine or topped off with a foundation.
I seem to have lost the shot of the how the product itself looks, but it’s a light baby pink cream that has a noticeable white cast when it’s first blended out. Once it’s on my face, the white isn’t so detectable, but then again I don’t know if the effect of Face Blur itself is detectable. What do you guys think? Some of the pores on either side of my nose look smoother, but it’s pretty subtle. I think I would wear this if I want people to think my bare skin actually looks like this. When it’s underneath makeup, as you’ll see in the Play 101 #15 section, it actually does give a nice glow even before highlighter etc, but again, very subtle.
The bottle comes with a pump which is great. There is a lingering powder scent which may not be for everyone, but the fact that it’s a cream primer is a positive for people who have trouble with silicone primers like the ones Smashbox makes. I’ve read mixed reviews about it causing oily skin, but my skin is rather dry so I don’t see a big change. Overall I like it and I will finish it, but I personally like a bit more glow (I wear a glowing base, cream highlighter, and a light diffusing/glow powder…)
I was hoping it would be a nice alternative to the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector that I’m currently using, but it doesn’t have nearly the same glow finish. The only thing I can compare it to is the Baby Choux Base in Berry Pink – similar finish, but the Baby Choux Base has no noticeable glow. It brightens by literally putting a layer of light pink underneath your makeup.
PS: I have no idea what “SPA” is and I’m only hoping it’s a typo for SPF.
I’ve been wanting to try the Play 101 pencils ever since Pony began featuring them in her Play 101 tutorials. The Play 101 pencils are twist-up products in a pencil type packaging in a variety of waterproof colors and formulations for use on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. (Some products are only for use on the eyes, some only for lips, etc, and the site specifies that 11 – 26 are not safe for the eyes) The pencil type design makes it really easy to apply color with precision and each pencil comes with a sharpener at the bottom of the pencil.
I picked out four shades this time out of a selection of 38. As I understand it, there are 50 shades in total in the collection with a few seasonal limited edition shades popping up from time to time. The four colors I got were:
No. 06: Shimmer Finish / Eyes / Champagne Pink
No. 07: Matte Finish / Base / Light Yellow
No. 15: Glossy Finish / Lips & Cheeks / Peach Coral
No. 48: Glitter Finish / Eyes / Warm Dark Brown
I swatched the shades out of order in the above picture, but let’s go in order~
Etude House Play 101 Pencil – No. 6 (Shimmering)
Play 101 #6 is a shimmering neutral champagne pink shade that’s safe for use on the eyes. I love shades like this and whenever I care enough to use eyeshadow, I always use either a combination of this color & another or just this type of color all over the lids. My favorite version of this color has been the Stila eyeshadow/pigment/liner/smudgepot in the shade Kitten and I previously owned it in eyeshadow form and in one of their smudgesticks. Unfortunately I had to get rid of it because it dried up and fortunately I think #6 comes pretty close. I wear it mostly along my lower lashline (a little sparkle when I blink hehe) and I found that it applied smoothly with no tugging on my eyes. I did feel silly applying it over my eyelid because I have an eyeshadow pot and I felt like I was wasting my time coloring my eyelid in haha. I do think that with a more vivid color, the pencil shape would be really helpful in getting placement correct. Love it!
Etude House Play 101 Pencil – No. 7 (Matte)
Play 101 #7 is a matte yellow pencil that’s meant to be used as a base product. I currently use along my inner waterline to make the whites of my eyes seem brighter and occasionally use it as a concealer when my skin is doing well. This shade was released with 8, 9 & 10 as part of a concealer collection, but I found that it’s a little bit too dry to be used as a concealer. It dries fairly quickly and is tough to smudge so I’m going to pass on using it a concealer, but I really like it on my waterline. It lasts all day even and doesn’t budge even when my eyes water.
Etude House Play 101 Pencil – No. 15 (Glossy)
No. 15 is a peach pink coral shade with a glossy finish that’s for use on the lips and cheeks. I love corals and was excited to try this one out, but simultaneously worried that I’d added another color to a collection that I already have plenty of. I thiiiink I can maybe talk my way out of this one. I actually don’t have anything that is this particular shade of peach pink either for lips or cheeks. Everything is either more pink or more orange although tbh it doesn’t look all the different once it’s on my face. Because of the glossy finish, this shade applies buttery smooth and blending it in is a breeze. I like it a lot on the cheeks and it is such a pretty lip color, but I think I have to admit that this might not be the most flattering color on me. It’s either the bad foundation I’m wearing (curse the cushion) or just my overall Look? I’ll definitely try again with a brown eyeliner one of these days.
Etude House Play 101 Pencil – No. 48 (Glitter)
Speaking of brown eyeliner, I picked up No. 48, a warm dark brown with gold glitter, to replace a brown eyeliner that I had to toss after discovering that it had disintegrated. No. 48 is safe for use on the eyes and despite the glitter, applies easily without any tugging at all. I don’t use it very often on my upper lashline (apologies for the lack of a picture) since I use liquid eyeliner most of the time, but I wanted a dark brown liner for my lower lashline that wouldn’t smudge or transfer during the day. Despite the glitter in No. 48, I don’t see any fall out from it and after a full day of wear, it’s still there!
Wearing Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur, Etude House Previous Mineral Any Cushion W13, The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Design My Eyebrow (Dark Grey), Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Liquid Eyeliner, Etude House House Play 101 #7 (waterline), Etude House Play 101 #6 (inner 2/3 lower lashline), Etude House Play 101 #48 (outher 1/3 lower lashline), Etude House Play 101 #15 on cheeks and lips.
By the way, this is how waterproof they are:
My Beauty Tool Portable Remover Bottle
Picked up a small pump bottle for nail polish during the sale. It’s a great size and the pump locks to prevent spills.
Also picked up a eyebrow … screw (?). I /know/ you can get these for free from Sephora or any other makeup counter and the eyebrow pencil I use has one on the back, buuuut mine are often covered in powder from brushing my eyebrows so I really wanted something that I could keep separate from when I’m trimming/plucking. Quality is not bad! The spoolie is firmly attached even though the handle and ferrule are definitely made of plastic. It makes for a very cute addition to my (almost) all pink brush collection ^~^
And that’s a wrap! That’s all of the Etude House products that I’ve acquired in the last year. Overall, I would recommend the AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Spot, their sheet masks, the Dear My Wish Talk lipstick line, and the Play 101 pencils.
And if you missed it, Part 1 is here.