Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Korea Haul: Etude House

Having always been a fan of Etude House products, with their cute packaging and wide variety of products and shades, it was only fitting for it to be the first brand that I researched when compiling my 'list of things to buy' before my trip to Korea.

I had heard so much about BB and CC cushions, it was the first item to make it onto the list. On entering the store, I made a bee line for the Etude House Any Cushion.

I originally had my eye on the Minnie Mouse case that I'd spotted online, but when my eyes landed on the Cinderella case in store, I knew it had to come home with me. To save a bit of money, I bought the Cinderella case and a refill of the Etude House Any Cushion in W13 to put into the case.

I wore it over the next few days in the hot, humid weather before coming to the conclusion that I needed a refill for when I ran out back home!

During the course of my time in Asia, this was the item that I kept reaching for over and over again. To review it briefly; great coverage and lasting power, but the application might take some getting used to. It took a while for me to train myself to tap-tap-tap consistently all over the face.

I had never heard of the Nymph Aura Volumer prior to my research, but quickly noticed that this product was quite highly rated among the blogging community. It has been compared to Benefit's High Beam, acting as a highlighter that gives a natural, lit-from-within glow. With three shades to choose from, I went for #3 Transparent Nymph Aura. From what I saw online, #1 is more orange-based, whilst #2 is more pink-toned, with both containing shimmers.

As directed on the bottle, the product can be used on its own as a highlighter, or mixed in at a 1:3 ratio with BB cream or foundation. The resulting look is meant to reflect those worn by Korean actresses; beautifully lit-from-within, but not sweaty or greasy looking.

One of the things that I love about this is the packaging - a pump that comes without a stalk, using only pressure to release the product from the bottle!

I have yet to use this, but if the hype around this product is justified, then I know I'll be reaching for this as much as I reach for my High Beam!

Nymph Aura Volumer in #3 Transparent Nymph Aura

Around the time of my trip, Etude House had just released the Play 101 Pencils, which includes 50 different creamy pencils in a wide variety of shades and finishes. They are suitable for use on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. As I adore Korean eye liners for their long-wearing and budge-proof abilities, I purchased two shades: #6 and #50.

The pencils twist up for easy application, and the coloured end pulls out into a convenient plastic sharpener!

These pencils are extremely creamy and glide a hundred times better than the famous Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil. No tugging or dragging; just pure creamy eye liner that's relatively quick to set and does not budge AT ALL. Before trying Etude House's Color Pop Drawing Show Creamy Pencil set a year ago, I never thought I would find anything better than the Urban Decay, which served me well but had a couple of what I regarded as downfalls.

Left: #50 - matte, deep brown.
Right: #6 - peachy/pinky metallic silver.

These pencils lived up to my expectations and continue to work really well for my monolids, as do the Etude House Drawing Show Creamy Pencils, with these perhaps being even slightly more creamy - if that is even possible.

The Face It Primer was actually something that I purchased on a whim. Prior to this, I only owned the GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer in Clear, which I don't really think does much for me despite its good reviews.

With the choice of the Velvet Skin Primer or Moisture Fitting Primer, I went for the one I felt would be more useful in the impending, drier weather.

The packaging is similar to the Nymph Aura Volumer - a stalkless pump, with the product housed in a creamy, metallic, plastic bottle.

The product itself is thick and a very pale pink. On swatching, I noticed that it leaves a slight greasy feeling to the skin, but I'm not sure if this is due to swatching such a large amount of product on such a small surface area.

The consistency reminds me of a thick moisturising lotion, which is also a little off-putting. I have yet to test this out properly under make up, but am putting this off because I'm worried it might feel too greasy and heavy!

Finally, the last product that I purchased from Etude House was the Surprise Stick Concealer. I initially planned to purchase #01, but swatches in store and a discussion with the sales assistant lead me to purchase #02.

The product comes in a twist up tube, with the concealer itself feeling a little drying and more difficult to blend than others. I have yet to use this properly aside from swatching in store, so unfortunately I cannot say whether or not this is worth purchasing!

The packaging for this concealer seems cheap, and another downside is the lack of shades available. With shade #01, the concealer is super cool toned and appeared more of a pale peachy-pink on my hand, whilst the #02 shade appears more warm toned, but has definite shades of orange. As I have yet to use this on my face, I cannot confirm what shade #02 would be suitable for in terms of shading for other brands.

Hopefully I will find time to review these products in the future!

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Are any of these your personal favourites?

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