Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Etude House

So I bought a couple of things from Etude House a while ago and have been meaning to do a review on them. I wanted to try a few things ever since Catalina gave a positive review on their Moistfull cream (coincidentally I did not get that). I like that the prices are not overly high and there's a good range of skincare and makeup products. So here's what I got....
Brightening Sleeping Facial Pack
"Sleeping Facial Pack promotes improved complexion overnight with 10 hour energized sleep efficacy."
The sleeping pack comes in 3 different formulas: brightening, moisturizing and pore tightening. For those who don't know what a sleeping pack is, it's like a mask you leave on overnight and wash off in the morning. In the description it says "Brightening for Bright and Vitalized complexion" but I have to say I didn't notice any brightening effect after the 2 weeks I had been using it. I do like it however because of it's light texture, almost like a lotion. Some people may like a thicker consistency but because I have oily skin, this was perfect for me. I also use the Laneige Water Sleep Pack and in comparison, this is wayyy lighter in texture. I find that the Laneige breaks me out sometimes and I suspect because it is so thick and heavy that it clogs my pores. I can only use the Laneige once or twice a week whereas the Etude I can use nightly without any problems. It has a slight cooling sensation when applied on the face and another plus, it's in a squeeze tube! I don't like dipping my fingers into a jar/ scooping it out with a spoon thingy.

Tear Drop Liner
"Eye makeup that brightens eyes and brings out their sparkle.  Now with three options for color!"
For this I chose the "Pearl" finish because I wanted something that was more natural looking as opposed to the "White" and "Silver". I have to say that i'm glad I chose that because the other two finishes would've been too bright for my liking. I used the product to line the inner tear duct of my eyes and I think it's nice for an evening/ party look but too distracting for everyday. The tip of the wand is very sharp and is good for maneuvering around the inner corner of the eye. I actually didn't like having a fine line and instead just wanted sparkle in the area so I tried smudging it, but darn, the product dries so fast!

Peach Cheek Blusher
"Stamp blusher creates vivid cheek expression with lovely colors for oil absorbing and long lasting blush. One step application of bright and colorful pigments infuse dull cheeks with peachy blush. Cheek makeup withstands oil and perspiration for long lasting expression without fading. Comes with a unique one-touch sponge applicator for easy application without flaking."

Smile Peach
 The blush comes in 4 shades: Smile Pink, Happy Pink, Smile Peach (that's the one I got) and Happy Peach. I have to say that the colour that comes out compared to the one in the pan is a lot pinker and not very peach-y. This packaging/ design of the product is very interesting, you unscrew the jar and the lid becomes a sponge applicator. The sponge has a spring on it and when you screw the cap back on, the sponge is swirling in the pan and picking up the product. You're supposed to "stamp" the sponge applicator onto wherever you want the product on your cheek and you'll definitely need to blend it out w/ a brush. It's a little scary at first when you stamp it on your face because the colour looks so pigmented but when you blend it out, the colour is actually very faint. The consistency is very velvety, smooth and matte which I like because my skin is oily and gets shiny throughout the day. I can't say that the shades will work for everyone because it tends to lean towards the pink side and not peach as stated in the name. Other than that, I really like the precise application of the product and the texture.

I also got some samples - baking powder pore scrub, yogurt peel cleanser and i'm not sure what the last one is. The baking powder pore scrub was nice and not harsh but didn't really notice that it cleaned out my pores. The yogurt peel cleanser was very nice smelling and cleaned very well, a little too well I think because it left my skin squeaky clean (literally) and dry afterwards :(