TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner Swatches & Review (03, 04, 05)

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner

Earlier this year, TONYMOLY launched a very uniquely packaged product that caught my immediate attention. Shaped like the well-adored quill pen and ink sets from the medieval era, the TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner (2g / made in Korea) is hands-down the prettiest eyeliner in my collection.

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner

“Formulated to go on intense like ink and glide on light as a feather, this liquid gel-type cushion liner never skips, clumps, or drags, helping you achieve the perfect winged look. The cushion pot helps control the amount of product that is picked up and the built-in brush is designed to work perfectly with the formula so you always get an intense payoff with precision and ease.”

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner

I definitely appreciate the quill brush included with the cushion liner and it works very well for a precise winged line. The brush “handle” fits perfectly in your hand and the bristles are flat and rounded to a tip so you can use both the larger surface and the side for varying line widths. I love how it fits perfectly in the pot so you never have to rest the brush on the table. The swatches below were made with one swipe and both surfaces to showcase the different widths achieved with the built-in brush.

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner
Swatched in natural direct sunlight.
TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner Swatches
Swatched in shade.

As advertised, the formula is great. It dries very quickly and doesn’t budge at all. Even with water and some scrubbing, it only slightly fades by flaking off (rather than smudging) which will be really nice for the rain-filled days ahead. It washes off easily with makeup remover and is gentle on the eyes. One of the key ingredients is Althaea Officialis Root Extract which conditions the skin.

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner Plum Wine

My first cushion experience was with the Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner and I didn’t like it at all hence my initial reluctance to try a similar cushion eyeliner from TONYMOLY. Obviously the packaging won me over as I ordered three… (yep). I’m so glad I gave in. The cushion pot is great for controlling the amount of product on your brush – you simply apply a bit more pressure whenever you want to saturate the bristles. The downfall with cushion liners is that they dry out quicker than gel pots so you really have to make sure you close the lid tightly. Cushion liners also don’t last as long because you use up more product each time.

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner

There are currently 5 shades available for purchase:

  • #01 Black
  • #02 Brown
  • #03 Pearl Brown (lighter than brown with more copper tones)
  • #04 Plum Wine
  • #05 Olive Black

I chose the three shades that are more unique since I have a lot of pure black and brown liners.

TONYMOLY Inked Cushion Gel Liner Pearl Brown Plum Wine

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Bottom line, if you’re looking for an affordable smudge-proof brush-included liquid cushion liner that doubles as a pretty desk or vanity piece… look no further. Here it is.

Available now at tonymoly (US), testerkorea (international), amazon, Jolse, and more.

ETUDE HOUSE Dear My Enamel Eyes-Talk (RD 301, OR 201, PK 002) Swatches & Review

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk

On average, Korean brands have new releases and collaborations every month whether it’s new packaging, new formulas, additions to existing lines or a completely new line itself. For the Korean makeup and skincare giant ETUDE HOUSE, whenever an entire collection is released, they often have promotional prices. One of their current promotional events is the Enamel Look for Fall/Winter 2016. Essentially, they chose three shades from their Dear My Enamel Lips-talk and Eyes-talk releases and combined them into a package at a discounted price.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk

There are three different looks, each with a lipstick and eyeshadow:

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk
Courtesy of Etude House

My review on the Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk can be found HERE.

When purchased together, you get 30% off the retail price. You can also purchase the lipstick and eye shades separately at 20% off.

I’ll be reviewing three shades from the Dear My Enamel Eyes-Talk, a softly melting eyeshadow with high colour pay-off and long-lasting effects. There are 12 shades in this line which are separated into 5 categories based on colour undertone: Beige (BE), Brown (BR), Orange (OR), Pink (PK) and Red (RD).

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk
Courtesy of Etude House

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk

These come in a clear acrylic case with snap closure and silver embossed letters on the lid. I adore the simple yet elegant lace pattern on the product itself which ties it nicely to the Dear My Enamel collection (this print is also featured on the Lips-talk tubes). Each shade currently retails at 6.80 USD each.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk

RD 301 Berry Berry Vitamin – A vibrant cool-toned red.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk
RD 301

Honestly I think this is such a nice shade … FOR LIPS. I don’t tend to wear bright reds on my lids; however, I must admit it ties in nicely with a bold red lip – especially if you use it as a transition colour with the slightest sheen peeking through.

OR 201 Afternoon Tea – A grapefruit peachy shade with satin finish.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk
OR 201

Such a feminine shade with a slight innocence to it. This shade actually melds very nicely with RD 301 and also as a blush. Because there is a slight shine to these shadows, Afternoon Tea can work as an all over lid colour.

PK 002 Lover of Sun – Golden sand with the slightest pink undertone.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk
PK 002

I love this shade for everyday. It brings attention to the eyes in a very natural way.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk
Under natural sunlight

This is a new eyeshadow texture from Etude House which they claim to be a “melting shadow” – shadow that keeps colour fresh without creasing for long hours compared to cream shadows.   The texture is very creamy to the touch yet you can also tell it’s made from a powder form. If I had to compare… it’s very similar to the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow pots (reviewed HERE).

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk

These blend very nicely on the lids without any tug or pull. I would highly recommend using your fingers to get the best effect from these shadows rather than a brush. I have dry lids so these do last all day. If you have oily lids, I’d definitely put an eyeshadow primer first.

In all, another fun collection from Etude House. I love how the eye shades compliment the lip shades previously released. I’m not too fond of RD301 since I won’t be wearing it on a daily basis but the formula itself gets a thumbs up. I’m interested in more brown and earthy shades such as BR402 and RD302 and will be looking to purchase those!

These are available for purchase at Etude House .

Etude House Dear My Enamel Eyes-talk

Until next time,

Kelly (TAKARABOXX)

THE ITEMS FEATURED IN THIS POST WERE KINDLY SENT TO ME BY THE ETUDE HOUSE GLOBAL TEAM FOR REVIEW CONSIDERATION; HOWEVER, AS ALWAYS, ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE UNBIASED, GENUINE, AND MY OWN.

ETUDE HOUSE Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Swatches & Review (BE101, OR205, RD306)

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

Here with another launch from Etude House, the Dear My Enamel Lips-talk moisture lipsticks!

Quick overview courtesy of Etude House:

With the hybrid of moisturizing effects and beautiful vivid colors, the Enamel Lips Talk will leave your lips dead-skin-free and smooth for a long time.

I have always suffered from dry and flakey lips which is why I used to always opt for lip glosses or just pure lip balm. In recent years, the beauty community has advanced tremendously in lip care and lip innovations which allow those with dry lips like me to enjoy colour once again. Lipsticks are now infused with moisturizing and enriching ingredients to, if not keep your lips luscious throughout the day, at least prevent drying out the lips. However, one downfall from moisturizing lip products is the lack of colour longevity – not only do they transfer, they fade after a few sips of water.

With the launch of Etude House’s Dear My Enamel Lips-talk, I am pleasantly surprised to find a new lip product that will accompany me through the harsh Canadian winters.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

These lipsticks combine the vivid colouring from a traditional lipstick with the moisturizing shine from a lip gloss. Available in 20 shades from Beige and Orange to Pink and Red. Each tube contains 3.4g / 0.11oz of product housed in a cute baby pink plastic case with snap closure retailing at 24 USD each (recently reduced to 12.60 USD).

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Shades

I have three shades to review for you today: Beige (BE) 101, Orange (OR) 205 and Red (RD) 306.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Shades

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk BE101
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk BE101

BE 101: there are two shades under the beige category (BE 101 & 102) which contain more brown neutral tones compared to the rest of the collection. BE101 is the lighter of the two and gives your lips a very natural MLBB finish.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk OR205
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk OR205

OR 205: there are four shades under the orange category (OR 203, 204, 205 & 206) which are the coral toned lips. I tend to not veer towards coral lips because they don’t flatter my skin tone and OR205 is quite orange. I can’t wear this lip alone but I do enjoy layering it with other red or neutral lipsticks for a gradation effect.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk RD306
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk RD306

RD 306: comprising the majority of the Enamel Lips-talk collection, there are 8 Reds in total (RD 301-308). These shades make up the darker side of the spectrum and are especially fall-appropriate. RD 306 is a mid-toned red with blue undertones.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Daylight)
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Natural Lighting)
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Flash)
Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk Arm Swatches (Flash)

True to its claim, all three of these lipsticks feel very moisturizing on the lips and diminish any flakiness you may have (even after exfoliating). They don’t settle in the lines and dry to a demi-gloss finish. The flat tip of the lipsticks make application a tad more challenging compared to traditional pointed tips (similar to Tom Ford Moisturecores) but apply smoothly nonetheless. If you want to use a lip brush, you can. If you want to dab on some colour, you can. If you want to layer it on top of another shade, you can. I love the versatility of this because no matter how you choose to apply it, it keeps your lips looking moisturized and feeling great.

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

The Etude House Enamel Lips-talk lipsticks take about 5 minutes to fully set (you could always put a tissue overtop the lips and brush some loose powder to remove the shine). All three shades are fairly opaque even on my pigmented lips and last around 3 hours. These will fade with any food or drink intake. I didn’t notice any feathering during wear but these lipsticks do stain your lips (especially the red). It took a lot… and I mean A LOT of effort to remove the swatch stains from my pale arms!

Etude House Dear My Enamel Lips-talk

In all, I’m getting more and more sold on Etude House lip products. Their formulas are hydrating and flattering on the lips. My favourite shade from the three is BE101 and I’m very tempted to get BE102 and some from the Pink and Red categories!

You can shop their entire collection HERE .

Have you tried any lip products from Etude House? Let me know!

Kelly (takaraboxx)

THE ITEMS FEATURED IN THIS POST WERE KINDLY SENT TO ME BY THE ETUDE HOUSE GLOBAL TEAM FOR REVIEW CONSIDERATION; HOWEVER, AS ALWAYS, ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE UNBIASED, GENUINE, AND MY OWN.

 

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection for Fall 2016

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Etude House released their new fall collection in Korea last month: Pink Skull Collection. The new collection features a chic and funky style which is slightly different from their usual cute and playful existing lines. Etude House has been rebranding their image since 2016 and I can’t wait to see what they have planned for 2017!

The Pink Skull collection embraces a strongly chic, stylish and bright edgy pink theme. The entire collection is comprised of:

  • 2 x “Pink Skull Color Eyes” Eyeshadow Palettes (#1 Lovely Skull & #2 Funky Skull)
  • 2 x “Pink Skull Twin Shot Lipstint” Dual Lip Tints (PK003 Pink x Pumpkin Shot & RD304 Funky x Skull shot)
  • 2 x “Pink Skull Cream Blusher” (#1 Skull Rose & #2 Funky Pink)
  • 2 x “Pink Skull Curl Fix Mascara” (in black and brown)
  • 1 x “Pink Skull Curl Fix Mascara Long Lash” (currently sold out on EH)
  • 1 x “Colourful Scent Eau de Perfume”
  • 3 x Nail Polishes (currently sold out on EH)

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection

If you choose to purchase your items through www.etudehouse.com (ships internationally), they currently have promotions of 10% off single items, 20% off eye kits (eyeshadow & mascara), and 30% off face kits (eyeshadow, mascara, lip).

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Etude House Pink Skull Collection Fall 2016

I will be reviewing two items today: eyeshadow palette in #1 Lovely Skull and twin shot lip tint in RD304 Funky x Skull shot.

Pink Skull Color Eyes #1 Lovely Skull

Housed in a rectangular plastic case with clear top and snap closure, this lightweight palette is both travel friendly and perfect to display on your vanity. I love the cute skull design with heart eyes and also the heart embossing on each individual shadow. Compared to #2 Funky Skull, Lovely Skull features a much warmer variety of shades with 3 shimmers and 6 mattes.

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes

I’ve tried Etude House eyeshadows in the past and I’d say the formula is very similar. Compared to western brands, I find korean colour makeup is more subtle with a soft wash of colour. The colour intensity also varies in this palette depending on the shade chosen. I adore the three shades in the upper right corner. I find they are perfect for every day with a hint of shimmer to bring light to the eyes. I have a light skin tone which varies between fair-light to light-medium depending on the season. I an currently in the middle of that spectrum and all of these shades appear on my skin. #1 is a almost purely shimmer with a slight cream undertone. I find #8 to be a very nice dusty rose and #5 is a sweet pink that applies more naturally on the skin than it appears in the pan.

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes

There is medium powder kick-up with a brush, similar to Too Faced shadows. Most of the shades blend flawlessly aside from #7 and #9 which requires a bit more work. In terms of longevity, I noticed minor fading after 4 hours without an eyeshadow primer; however, the palette is very convenient to bring with for touch-ups (it doesn’t have a mirror though). The shadows fade naturally without creasing on my lids even without a primer.

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes Swatches
ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes Swatches (with FLASH)
ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes Swatches (indoor artificial lighting WITHOUT flash)
ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes Swatches (indoor artificial lighting WITHOUT flash)
ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes Swatches (natural lighting)
ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Lovely Skull Eyes Swatches (natural lighting)

Retailing at 20.52USD for BOTH eyeshadow palettes (10.26 each), it’s a pretty good deal. If you enjoy Pink/Brown makeup looks (which I find appropriate for winter months), I believe you will enjoy this one!

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Twin Shot Liptint

Pink Skull Twin Shot Lip tint RD304 Funky x Skull Shot

When I saw this in the box I thought I’d never wear that insanely sparkly tube of darkness. Then I swatched it and thought hmm… this isn’t too bad… and when I tried it on my lips Yes. This will work!

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Twin Shot Liptint

Funky x Skull (Mousse Tint Shot)
Funky x Skull (Mousse Tint Shot)
Funky x Skull (Pearl Tint Shot)
Funky x Skull (Pearl Tint Shot)

While the Mousse side has a very smooth and opaque deep pink that supplies most of the colour and minor gloss, the Pearl Tint offers the extra shine and sparkle with a purple undertone. Layered over each other, it forms a luscious glossy lip. On days where I don’t want such an intense look, I pat a bit of the Mousse on the inner lip, blend it out as a gradient then add the Pearl Shot on top. Because the Mousse also leaves a stain after removal, sometimes I deliberately remove the colour and apply a gloss over the stain.

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Twin Shot Liptint Swatches
ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Twin Shot Liptint Swatches

ETUDE HOUSE Pink Skull Collection Twin Shot Liptint Swatches

The two ends have different applicators with the mousse side shaped more like a paddle with rounded contours for ease of application.

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Overall, I was most pleasantly surprised with the lip tints. I haven’t tried lip products from Etude House in the past but I will definitely experiment more with them from now on.

Are there any items from the collection that caught your eye?

Until next time,

Kelly (takaraboxx)

Etude House Pink Skull Collection Fall 2016

The items featured in this post were KINDLY SENT TO ME BY THE ETUDE HOUSE GLOBAL TEAM FOR REVIEW CONSIDERATION; HOWEVER, AS ALWAYS, ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE UNBIASED, GENUINE, AND MY OWN.

Peach & Lily Korean Beauty Ordering Review (Shangpree Gold / Black Premium Modeling “Rubber” Masks & Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask)

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