[REVIEW] Etude House Play Color Eyes #Caffeine Holic (Coffee to Go)

I saw this on Etude House’s official IG page last year, and because I’m such a huge fan of brown/nude shades, I immediately noted it down on my shopping list and made it a point to buy it in Korea.

I’ve been meaning to write this for some time now, but always forgot about it.. until today!


Product Description

Inspired by the art of coffee, this is a 10 color eye shadow that comes in various texture for different expression of the eyes for different occasions.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD35.90


Ingredient List

Can’t seem to find this online, but I think it should be rather similar to the other Etude House eyeshadow palettes.


Packaging: Sorry if the packaging looks a little dirty – I took these photos after using the palette for about 2 months!

If you’ve been to Korea, you’d know that coffee is REALLY big there, so it’s little wonder that an eyeshadow palette inspired by coffee would appear someday. There’s nothing very unique about the packaging (at least, nothing much different from the other Play Color Eyes palettes released previously, except a change in graphics).

I do have to say though, those individual pans look like they aren’t tightly secured in the palette, and I’m very sure I did not drop this palette before. Maybe it’s time for Etude House to look into this, please?

Texture: The shades in this palette glide on SO smoothly, I almost thought I had bought the wrong brand. I used to struggle a fair bit with Etude House’s eyeshadows because sometimes it applies too clumpy, but this palette applies like a dream.

I think there’s still some more work to be done with the matte shades, but I definitely think the glitter/shimmery shades in this eyeshadow palette are pretty smooth.

Colour payoff & intensity: I’m not going to lie – I was, and still am, blown away by how great the colour payoff is.

I would like to think that Etude House improves its formulations with every new palette released, and that’s why I keep buying from them even though I’m not super impressed by the previous ones. I’m truly convinced that EH has done something right with this, because I’m actually not complaining about any shade here being near invisible??

Colour: Browns are so good for beginners, and basically anyone who is bad (or good) with eyeshadow. I would say that the 2 shades Black with Extra Shot and Extra Caffeine are extra hard to work with, but everything else is very easy to blend and use on a daily basis.

I’m also quite impressed that this palette has a good mix of warm and cool tones. Although brown eyeshadow palettes are usually thought of as ‘warm’, this one manages to incorporate a few shades that are catered to those with cool undertones as well. This is great news if you have cool undertones, or lean more towards neutral (and hence can use both warm and cool shades).

I also just realized that the shades offered look rather similar to Urban Decay’s OG Naked palette – do you agree?

Staying power: Nothing amazing, but nothing to be criticized also. Its staying power is pretty average.


Final Verdict

If there is only 1 eyeshadow palette you have to buy from Etude House, this is it. Not even the KitKat novelty one compares to this (sorry).

I’ve never been so impressed with an Etude House palette, and I’m sure that if you have been using their palettes since the early days (think Juice Bar), you’ll agree with me as well. I am so glad that the brand listened to customers’ feedback and keep producing great palettes like these.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮

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[REVIEW] Etude House KitKat Play Color Eyes Mini Eyeshadow Palette

This is probably all the rage on the Internet now, and I have to admit that this is another one of my impulse purchases. I read about it on Allure, found out that Etude House was selling this in Korea, and immediately placed an order for it on Shopee.

Everything happened really quickly, and I was still kind of in disbelief that I got this so fast. I’ve never been one to hop on trends and buy new product launches because I’m really not into that kind of thing, so you can imagine how much I really wanted to try this out!


Product Description

In the original milk chocolate and a white strawberry chocolate packaging each one includes 6 shades + a KitKat pouch (about $18).

Both eye shadow palettes feature six shades in packaging reminiscent of KitKat wrappers. The milk-chocolate version includes a matte beige, a rich matte tan, a medium brown with gold shimmer, a matte chocolate brown (of course), a shimmering gold, and a shimmering red. The strawberry-white-chocolate version, inspired by one of the many flavors exclusive to Asia, includes a matte cream, a shimmery peach, a shimmery pink, two rich browns — one matte and one shimmer — and a matte golden brown.

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Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD26.80 (Shopee)


Ingredient List

I don’t think this has been published yet, will update once more details are available!


Packaging: The Kitkat packaging is seriously very worth collecting, but you know what makes this even better? The fact that it actually comes in a box that’s has a Kitkat pouch AND real Kitkat chocolate!!

Texture: You can see from the swatches that the texture is a little chalky and powdery, which is actually pretty common with some of Etude House’s Play Color palettes. That being said, you may find it a bit difficult to apply this evenly on your eyelids as well, especially with the darker shades.

Colour payoff & intensity: If it looks like there are only 6 shades in my swatch photo, the lightest shade is clearly almost invisible :’) I had a pretty hard time trying to get a decent colour payoff for the lighter shades (the first 2), but found that the last 4 are actually pretty okay.

I may be slightly prejudiced, but I always had the idea that Etude House’s eyeshadow palettes are really not the best in terms of colour payoff, so this one did surprise me (pleasantly) by quite a bit.

Colour: While I can’t find the shade names online, they are briefly described as ‘a matte beige, a rich matte tan, a medium brown with gold shimmer, a matte chocolate brown (of course), a shimmering gold, and a shimmering red’.

Matte beige would be suitable for a base colour, and the rest I would use more for accents. I quite like the shimmering gold shade – you can use it to layer your eyelids, or use it to tighten your waterline. But of course, my favourite shades still have to be the brown, because brown shades are really very easy to work with for all occasions.

On the other hand, I find the red a little intimidating to work with (it’s really very red), but if you are a fan of bright & bold colours, you definitely have to check this one out!

Staying power: Nothing amazing, but nothing to be criticized also. Its staying power is pretty average. My tip is to use an eyeshadow primer if you really want this to last for a whole day, because you’ll most likely have a faded, muted eyeshadow look by the end of a long day.


Final Verdict

Did I buy this for the novelty? Yes.

Do I love the palette? Yes.

Do I regret buying this? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

(For those of you who are curious, yes, this palette does smell like chocolate.)


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

[REVIEW] Colourpop NO LIMIT Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

So I got (slightly) addicted to Colourpop after using their lip products, then I was egged on to try their eyeshadow palettes which, according to friend A, was also another product absolutely worth trying ‘because she heard so’. Well, I didn’t really need that much convincing tbh. I scoured the website for eyeshadows that I thought would be good for an everyday look, and then I saw THIS palette.


Product Description

Get some money in this pumped up mauve palette.

Highly pigmented shadow that applies evenly and feels ultra-velvety and silky. This long wearing formula contains a unique combination of softer powders which adheres easily to the eyes, gives a soft focus effect, and blends smoothly and evenly.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: USD 12


Ingredient List

SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TALC, BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SILICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), MICA (CI 77019), RED 40 LAKE (CI 16035), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

I don’t recall having seen Synthetic Fluorphlogopite in my previous reviews, so I did a check and understood even less than I had started with:

Synthetic mineral based on fluorine, aluminum and silicate; also known as synthetic fluorine mica; used as a bulking agent.

Bulking agent? Huh? Another foreign term, so I consulted Google again:

Non‐nutritive substances (commonly non‐starch polysaccharides) added to foods to increase the bulk and hence sense of satiety, especially in foods designed for weight reduction.

Nope, nope, nope. Someone really needs to make ingredient lists easier to understand so that ordinary consumers like us can be more informed about whatever we want to buy without having to google every single ingredient.


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Packaging: It’s thin enough to fit into most makeup pouches, but the best part of this palette’s packaging is definitely its magnetic clasp. It ensures that your palette stays closed and I assume, in turn, helps to reduce the chances of your eyeshadow powder smashing to pieces if it ever falls on the floor (touchwood). I do think, however, that one minor flaw is that how easily the mirror can get dirtied with nothing to keep the shadows and mirror separate.

Texture: The eyeshadows feel powdery, and thankfully not too chalky despite the talc ingredient. This makes the eyeshadows very easy to apply and blend evenly on my eyelids.

Colour payoff & intensity: After having experienced Etude House eyeshadows’ almost non-existent colour payoff, I was absolutely not expecting to see the vibrant colours that this palette is capable of. I used to struggle and had to apply multiple layers of eyeshadow onto my eyelids for a slightly stronger tinge to show up. However, with this palette, all I need to do is use my Innisfree brush to lightly pick up the colours I want, gently swipe over my lids and voila! I am in love with this strong payoff and intensity that you can’t find in a lot of K-beauty palettes.

Colour: This palette contains mostly orange and corals (according to Colourpop’s website, that is). There are 3 matte finishes and 1 duochrome finish, the combination of which I have found to be very versatile. The warm colours flatter my warm undertones, and should easily fit most people’s skin tones. In addition, this is one eyeshadow palette that can easily take you from day to night just by adding Come And Get It – a gold, shimmery update to a more muted look. Although I do like all four colours, I find that the Going Steady shade is a little too blueish and dark for me, so it’s my least favourite one in the whole palette. On the other hand, my favourite shade, Labyrinth, is a gorgeous rose pink that I feel would also make a good blush colour.

Staying power: Nothing amazing, but nothing to be criticized also. Its staying power is pretty average – it generally lasts for about one day, but don’t expect it to stay fully intact at the end of the day. I also feel that the darker colours have longer staying power than the lighter shades, so be careful about piling too much at one go.


Final Verdict

If you are new to eyeshadows, or just love a versatile look great for warm undertones, this is it. This is my go-to palette because nothing else I’ve used so far has come close to its performance and price point, and I strongly encourage this necessary purchase. Many reviews on Colourpop’s website have also sung praises about this palette, so you know this ain’t a biased recommendation from me.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮✮

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