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[REVIEW] Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick

If you’ve ever struggled with getting your eyeshadow to look good, or just too lazy to blend properly in the early morning, products like this eye stick should definitely be in your makeup pouch. I’ve always appreciated the convenience that comes with stick products (like MISSHA’s blush), so I had this on my wishlist for some time.


Product Description

Smooth and creamy eye shadow stick that provides vibrant eye color with easy application.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 8.90

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Ingredient List

C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Myristyl Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceresin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ozokerite, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Polyethylene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Carmine (Ci 75470), Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol

Each eyeshadow shade has a different ingredient list, because the colours are created using different pigments and chemicals. Top ingredient, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, is “determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations”. Second most common ingredient, Mica (Ci 77019), is actually a natural shimmer pigment that’s deemed safe for cosmetic use.

A potential ingredient for concern is Tin Oxide, but they’re generally deemed to be safe in small doses. As it is the second-last ingredient listed, you can rest assured that the amount used is quite small.


I’m a huge fan of Etude House’s eyeshadow palettes because of the colours, but not so much for the colour intensity. I like how wearable the shades are for everyday looks, and I honestly had a very hard time trying to decide which one to buy. I eventually settled for #12 Sunset Star, an orange-brown colour.

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Packaging: It’s quite small and convenient to bring around – in fact, I feel that this is much more compact than eyeshadow palettes. It also looks like a crayon, which is great for giving the impression that applying this is gonna be as easy as using crayons to draw.

Texture: The texture is different from those of the usual Etude House palettes, which tend to be more powdery. This product is creamier in texture, and definitely much easier to apply evenly on the eyelids. I do get the feeling that it can get rather oily though, so you might not want to use this together with oil-based eyeliners.

Colour payoff & intensity: I’ve often commented on Etude House’s eyeshadows don’t give a great colour payoff, unlike what they look like in the palette, so this honestly came as a nice surprise. You can see from the swatch that the colour is actually pretty intense just with one swipe, which I really like. there’s a bit of glitter – not too over-the-top for a natural look in the day, but still glamorous enough for a party at night. You also don’t have to further blend the colour with your finger or a brush because the colour is already quite well-blended out upon application (how convenient!).

Colour: You may not be entirely comfortable with using orange eyeshadows, because too much of the colour can make your eyes look like they’ve been infected. However, I would say that this shade works well for most skin tones, especially if you have warm undertones. The other colours should also work well – after all, brown is possibly the most versatile eyeshadow shade ever!

Staying power: I’ve tried to apply this eyeshadow without any eye primer on my eyelids, and with eye primer on another occasion. I find that the colour does seem to fade a little towards the end of the day without primer, but it’s not totally gone. My eyelids tend to be quite oily, so you might want to take that into consideration as well.


Final Verdict

Etude House wasn’t exaggerating when they promised easy application with this product. As much as I love applying eyeshadow, it’s sometimes not the most convenient step in a makeup routine because you have to really take time to choose a nice colour and blend properly, if not you’ll look like you randomly smacked some colour on your eyelids.

At SGD8.90, it’s not very cheap since it’s just one colour, but it’s a worthwhile investment especially if you pick a shade that fits you very well and is versatile enough for you to incorporate into any looks.


Rating

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

[REVIEW] Etude House Play Color Eyes #Cherry Blossom

Having previously bought Etude House’s eyeshadow palette, I was convinced to buy its new launch this year as well. I have yellow/red undertones, therefore warm colours like pink and mauve would be a nice fit for me.


Product description

The 10-color eye shadow palette colors your eyes with pink color resembling cherry blossoms dancing in spring

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 24.85 (from Lazada)

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The pink colours look gorgeous, and I personally really like the glitter shades more than the matte ones.

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If you do a quick Google search of this palette, you see really good swatches. I have no idea how those bloggers did it because I sure had a hard time with this. As I mentioned previously, the one gripe I have with Etude House’s eyeshadows is its poor colour payoff. It took me a few swipes to get each colour swatch, and the lighter colours look almost nonexistent on my skin.

Nonetheless, I really like the colours in this palette. My go-to colours for a natural look are The End of Spring, Cherry Blossom Rain, and Sweet Jujube Tea. The muted colours help in softening your eye look, especially if your eyeliner game is strong.

When I want to go for a stronger look with more emphasis on the eyes, I’d go for Cherry Blossom Festival and Pink Bakery. Popped Cherry Blossom Popcorn, the white glitter shade, is also a good substitute for white eyeliner, and I sometimes use it to draw my waterline.


Final Verdict

For its price, I’d say this palette is definitely a steal.

However, as with most of Etude House’s eyeshadows, I still lament about the poor colour payoff and its durability. The colours are so gorgeous – it’s such a waste that they’re not coming off as strong and nicely as they should.


Rating

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

Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar

Besides lipsticks, I’m also a huge fan of eyeshadow palettes because of the multiple colour combinations you can mix and match to make your eyes shine. Some of my favourite ones are from Etude House, in part due to the affordability, as well as the lovely palette colours.

This was my first ever eyeshadow palette, and I bought it at a time when I was obsessed with peach/apricot colours.


Product description

This is a 10 color eye shadow like a glass of juice comes in various textures for different expression.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 26.44 (from Lazada)


Neutral shades like the ones in this palette are easy to work with, especially for beginners to eyeshadow.

My personal favourites are Orange Bianco & Grape Fruit Tart. I use Orange Bianco as a base, or when I don’t want so much focus on my eye makeup, and Grape Fruit Tart for a pop of colour on days that I’m aiming for a pink-based makeup style.

Other shades like Raw Cacao and Muscle Mania are great as eyeliner alternatives – simply swipe them the same you would with eyeliner. Bubble Bath also works well on the waterline to make your eyes look bigger.

20160418_shadow-pallet-juicebar600While the colours are gorgeous, the colour payoff and staying power aren’t as amazing. If no eyeshadow primer is used, it is highly unlikely that your eyeshadow will still be as visible as it was at the beginning of application.


Final Verdict

10 highly blendable and lovely eyeshadow shades for less than, say, a Naked Palette, seem like a fantastic deal. However, you might end up having to keep reapplying your eyeshadow throughout the day if you want your eyes to look as great as they did at the beginning, and this is Juice Bar’s biggest flaw.

I would highly recommend this if you’re new to eyeshadow and want to experiment with easy shades, or simply looking for eyeshadow that would work well with most people’s skin tones.


Rating

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