Etude House: Look at My Eyes (Pearl Shadow Base)

10 Feb

Average retail online: $4.50-$7.50
Store retail: ₩4,500 ($4.10)

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I wanted to try some of Etude House’s basic shadows in the “Look at My Eyes” line. Look at My Eyes has 11 Jewel shades (dry/shimmery), 3 Icing shades (creamy/shimmery), 8 Cafe shades (matte), and at least 16 other new shades.

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Cons
I wish this was a bit more creamy. It’s creamy enough to rub with your fingers, but it’s a bit dry still. After I spread it out, it adds shimmer but doesn’t necessarily leave a good layer for applying shadow on top. If I put this on over my eyeshadow primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion review here), then my eyelids look cakey.

Pros
For the price, I’m happy with the purchase. Recently I haven’t been wanting to go all out with my eye makeup, so I just smear this over my eyelids to give them a radiant glow.  I usually line the corners of my eyes as well, too.

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I have Etude House’s Pearl Shadow Base just on the eye on the right.

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Even though it doesn’t create as smooth/vibrant shadow colors as my Urban Decay primer, it still gives that extra smoothness and boost that a less pigmented shadow will need. In the pictures, I put my Etude House, Look at My Eyes Jewel (Ethnic Bronze Bangle) shadow on top. Without the cream base, the shadow looks more transparent.

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Left: Etude’s Look at My Eyes (Ethnic Bronze Bangle) over the Pearl Shadow Base. Right: Just Ethnic Bronze Bangle.

I give this three out of five stars.

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Take a Look
Here’s my typical eye look using Etude’s bronze shadow with Etude’s shadow base. I also used my Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner.

Etude House: Eraser Show, Eye Remover Tissues

9 Feb

Average retail online: $6-12
Store retail: ₩6,000 ($5.47)

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Here’s another Etude House review for you. I have more items to post, too–you can probably tell I went on a mini-shopping spree at the Etude shop!

Con
I really don’t like the packaging. The design, graphics and font are cute, but the functionality is bad. A “sticky” flap seals the tissues–however, it’s not very sticky. After only a few uses, I’ve needed to pinch some laundry clips on it to keep it shut. I bought some Face Shop facial tissues that had a nice plastic snap top, and I never needed to worry about them drying out.

Pro
I love that I don’t need to pour a liquid onto a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup. I use to end up with cotton pads and tissues scattered around my bathroom each day. I like that I can just grab a wet tissue and wipe off my makeup.

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With my eyes, it does a good job wiping away my makeup. I’ve used this on my face, too, when I ran out of my face tissues. It worked OK, but I definitely needed two for my face, and even then it wouldn’t wipe everything off. I always wash my face afterward anyway, though. I also didn’t notice it breaking me out or anything.

It doesn’t smell bad. It smells like a mild floral lotion scent.

I would buy this again–at least until I found some eye tissues with better packaging!

I give this four out of five stars.

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Urban Decay: Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Eden)

3 Feb

Store retail: $20

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This was my first eyeshadow primer. I’m happy with this purchase, although I might buy one of the other shades next time. This primer comes in Eden (nude matte finish), Greed (shimmering yellow-gold), original (nude, dries invisible) and Sin (champagne shimmer).

Cons
Texture/feel: When I apply BB cream, I like to put a little on my eye so it matches. If I put the Urban Decay Primer Potion on top of that and then apply eyeshadow, my eye will look cakey or scaly. Basically, I can’t put BB cream over my eye if I want it to look OK.

Also, I’m not sure what purpose this does, but inside the tube is a layer of oil or some clear liquid. Every time I squeeze the tube, this clear liquid comes out first. I need to carefully squeeze it out, and then I can get the product out. Kind of annoying.

Color/shade: I don’t like the color without any shadow on top. Since I always cover the primer with eyeshadow, of course, this doesn’t matter too much. However, I need to be careful not to get it anywhere where I won’t put eyeshadow. It’s a really light, pasty color. It doesn’t match my skin well.

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Pros
Amount needed: You only need a tiny, tiny drop to cover each eye. I wasted so much product my first few times, because I would squeeze way too much out. The cream is very dense, so a little goes a long way.

Finish/appearance: It was hard to show in the pictures, but the primer really makes your eyeshadow pop. When I don’t use it, the shadow looks more transparent and the edges look more blurred or cloudy. When I use the primer, it gives, bold, sharp eyeshadow. It’s especially useful if you have light shade eyeshadows, as the colors may be hard to see to begin with.

Before

1. Lieole Real Color EyeShadow (25 brown violet), 2 Too Faced (honey pot), 3. Too Faced (velvet revolver), 4. Etude House (ethnic bronze bangle), 5. Too Faced (silk teddy)

After

1. Lieole Real Color EyeShadow (25 brown violet), 2 Too Faced (honey pot), 3. Too Faced (velvet revolver), 4. Etude House (ethnic bronze bangle), 5. Too Faced (silk teddy)

I wanted to share how I apply this, too. I always used my finger, but it was really hard to apply it where I wanted on my tiny eyelid. I had a MAC brush that I hadn’t found a purpose for, then BAM! I realized it was perfect for applying eye primer! It fits on my lid perfectly and follows the crease well. It’s my MAC 282 brush.

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I give this four out of five stars.

MAC: Studio Finish Concealer (NC 20)

3 Feb

Store retail: $18

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I finally got a concealer that I love! Sorry about the little black hairs from my brush (I’ve had this product for almost three months). Now, let’s take a look at MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer!

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Cons
Price: At $18, this concealer is a bit expensive. However, you’re paying for MAC and the product’s reputation.

Pros
Size: Although this may be costly for some, you get a lot of product. The product sits in a 1-dollar-coin-sized container. It’s about 1-inch deep. I was worried the product may only cover sit a few mm down (using deceiving packaging), but it really fills the whole container.

Coverage: Check out a picture of how well it covers up my mole on my arm. I use this over my BB cream and then set everything with a misting spray or powder.

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Texture: Studio Finish has a thick, clay-like texture. This makes it strong enough to cover marks well. I’ve been using my MAC 286 brush to apply it. You can also use your finger, but the brush helps even out the color. However, I would like to start using a smaller brush–I feel like I’m wasting some product.

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I give this five out of five stars.

Innisfree: Dual Effect V Mask (Green Tea)

29 Jan

Average retail online: $2-6
Store retail: ₩2,000 ($1.85)

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Cons
I don’t know if it was this product, or a sample of The Face Shop’s Sleeping Mask I tried the next night, but I broke out with a few pimples after using the products. I hadn’t had bad breakouts for a while.  But, I don’t remember getting any after using my first Innisfree Dual Effect V Mask.

I’ve also used other masks before, and I was fine.  However, I know Innisfree is a very popular brand in Korea. It’s a more high-end brand, similar to Missha, I think, rather than brands such as Lioele, Etude House and The Face Shop.

Also,  the dual mask might be confusing at first. I think I just make things complicated though.

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This is the bottom part of the Innisfree Dual Effect V Mask. The hole is for your mouth, and the flap on the bottom goes near your neck.

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This is the top part of the Innisfree Dual Effect V Mask. The slits go over your eyes, and the hole is for your nose!

I bought two Innisfree dual masks.

First mask: I couldn’t unfold the masks right–I couldn’t tell which part went where on my face. I ended up with a glob of sheet mask crumpled all over my face! -_-

Second mask: I figured out how to put on. Still, I’ll stick to a one-piece mask next time.

WARNING: Are you ready for a scary picture? People who aren’t use to face masks may think it makes you look like a scary serial killer–which it does! o_o

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Pros
The scent is nice. It’s a calming, refreshing, and sweet floral and citrus scent.  It really moisturizes well.

Also, if you’re looking for a mask that covers more than your face, this is great to use. Since the mask is two pieces, it covers under your chin and covers your neck area.

I give this four out of five stars. Only four, just in case it was the cause of my break me out. I’m being a tough cookie.

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Etude House: Bubble Hair Coloring (Dark Brown)

27 Jan

Average retail online: $11-12
Store retail: ₩7,000 ($6.50)

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FYI: This will not be my typical cons/pros format. I’m just going to tell you about Etude House’s Bubble  Hair Coloring.

This hair dye comes in seven shades–No. 1 Deep Black, 2 Dark Brown, No. 3 Natural Brown, Wine Red, 5 Sweet Oranges, Gold Bronze, No. 7 Mocha Pink. I bought Dark Brown because I have light hair, and I wanted to dye it darker.

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I read many great reviews about it.  When I opened the box, I was happy to see all of the materials inside. It comes with a nice pair of gloves, as well as a plastic sheet to drape around your shoulders. It also comes with a conditioning hair treatment (which I definitely needed later >:c).

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Bubble Hair Coloring is foam dye. All you do is add the pink pouch to the white foam dispenser. The box has English instructions, which helps with figuring out what to do.

A good amount of product is inside, so I had no problem covering my hair with dye. After I smothered it all over my hair, I left it on for 25 minutes. The box says to leave it on 20 to 30 minutes.

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And 25 minutes later … my hair hasn’t changed at all. Also, my hair was a tangled mess–that’s where the hair treatment became necessary.

I had no product in my hair before dying it, and my hair was clean. I don’t understand how this hair dye did nothing to my hair–I am very unhappy and $6.50 short. Hmhp.

Maybe this hair dye only works for people with dark hair that want to make it lighter?

But then, why is there a black shade?

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Etude House: Oh~ m’Eye Lash Curling & Clean

26 Jan

Average retail online: $8
Store retail: ₩4,000 ($3.80)

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In need of new mascara, I spontaneously decided to try this. It was on sale at the store for ₩2,800 ($2.60) and thought it was a great deal. Overall, I’m glad I didn’t spend more.

Pros
You can’t beat the price–around $4 for a mascara is cheap. This mascara is good enough to get me by without spending a lot.

The wand is a nice shape. It lets me comb through my lashes nicely. It has a small angled flip on the end, letting me curl my lashes slightly.

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Cons
It smells like plastic. The smell oddly reminds me of my clarinet’s smell (when I played about 10 years ago). However, I’ve never not liked a mascara because of the smell. I figure some people want to know the scent.

My number one problem is how long it takes to dry. I noticed that it will leave marks on my lids after I apply it–some 15 seconds later. I hate this. I hate constantly rubbing my eyes and trying to fix my makeup. I also hate needing to clean mascara streaks off my glasses!

I don’t really care for this mascara much. I think the price suits  the quality. I won’t be buying it again, but I would like to try some other Etude House mascaras. Do you know any that work well? Comment below! Thanks ^_^

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Can you tell which side has Etude House’s Oh~m’ Eye Lash Curling & Clean on? That’s right–it’s on the left side of the picture. The eye on the right side has no makeup on.

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I give this two and one half out of five stars.

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