September 12, 2013

Review: Etude House Bling in the Sea Proof 10 Color Eye Stick

So... Etude House released a summer collection called Bling in the Sea... and I only found out about it last month because I live under a rock. When I did see the release, I immediately checked out whatever was left and picked up a few items - mostly eye color sticks.

If you're familiar with the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Colour and Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow, you'll find that these are similar.

What sets these apart from its western counterparts is that it contains a tad bit more micro-glitter. But even with the high amount of glitter present, these still feel smooth upon application... not the least bit gritty. I also like that I don't get a glitter bomb finish - its gorgeous, head-turning... nothing obnoxious.

Each one that I own are pigmented and can easily be sheered out whether you use the sponge tip applicator that's part of the packaging or your fingers or a fluffy brush. I still use a primer underneath but I skip setting it with powder eyeshadow because it stays put amazingly.

For professional artists, you will love these for underwater photo shoots or videos because it will not budge! I tried washing off the swatches below with soap and water (thrice) - nothing happened. I had to use the NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover to remove the pigment and followed with Bioderma Micellar Water to remove any leftover glitter.

Above are the colors in order, from left to right: OR202 (Sunrise Orange), PK003 (Bubbling Pink), BR401 (Tanning Brown) and BL602 (Ocean Wave Blue). With the exception of the last color, none were dupes of Chanel or Laura Mercier sticks. Whew! 

Of the four, I been reaching out for PK003 (Bubbling Pink) the most as a sheer wash over my lids.

Within the next few days, I'll try to post some comparison swatches on Instagram for reference, so please make sure to follow if you would like to see those. :)

photo credit: kpoptown

I'm still trying to hunt down BL603, PK002, OR203 and BR402 because they look gorgeous too!

Tell me, which colors appeal to you from this collection?


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