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Etude House Limited Edition Play Color Eyes Palettes: First Impression

These are the limited edition Play Color Eyes palettes from Etude House, a Korean cosmetics company that believes makeup should be playful and fun as opposed to being routine. Its brand name is inspired by Polish composer Frederic Chopin’s music. 

Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow - #1 So Hot Play and #2 So Chic Play

Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow – #1 So Hot Play and #2 So Chic Play

Retailing at S$37.90 each, one eyeshadow palette contain 10 shades with individual pans containing 1gram of product. The packaging is simple and sleek, with individual palettes packed in a cardboard box featuring ingredients and storage recommendations printed on the back.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow - #1 So Hot Play and #2 So Chic Play

Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow – #1 So Hot Play and #2 So Chic Play

#1 So Hot Play showcases slightly darker shades while #2 So Chic Play features more muted neutrals and glitter shades.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow - #1 So Hot Play and #2 So Chic Play

Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow – #1 So Hot Play and #2 So Chic Play

#1 Hot Play shows darker shades and #2  So Chic Play has mostly neutrals and glitter shades

#1 So Hot Play has darker shades and #2 So Chic Play has mostly neutrals and glitter shades

Initially, I was impressed with its packaging, seeing as to how compact and lightweight the two palettes are. I was quite happy with my shopping experience at the Etude House outlet at Bugis Junction (once you get past all that pink in-store) and looking forward to unboxing my new palettes.

Upon opening both palettes, I noticed that one particular eyeshadow pan in the #1 So Hot Play palette was popping out from the palette case and dangling rather precariously. That did not leave a good impression as I have never come across eyeshadow palettes that weren’t properly QC-ed and subsequently released for sale. I had to push the pan back into the case to ensure it would stick to the bottom of the palette and was so worried that in doing so, I might break the eyeshadow!

Here are the shade names in #1 So Hot Play:

  • Party Gold (shimmer)
  • Burning Red (matte)
  • Temptation (matte)
  • Naked (matte)
  • Pony Tail (shimmer)
  • Modern City (shimmer)
  • Chic Blue (shimmer)
  • All Night (matte)
  • Snow Queen (shimmer)
  • Military Khaki (shimmer)

Here are the shade names in #2 So Chic Play:

  • Coco Brown (matte)
  • Clutch Brown (glitter)
  • Pop Champagne (glitter)
  • French Kiss (matte)
  • Misty Rose (matte)
  • Diva (matte)
  • Glam Forest (glitter)
  • Midnight Star (glitter)
  • Sparkling Wine (glitter)
  • Leopard Brown (matte)

A word of precaution, the glitter shades really contain glitter that will leave specks everywhere if not applied and removed properly.

No matter, here are the swatches from the two palettes. Whilst the shimmer shades are highly pigmented and give great colour payoff, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the majority of the matte shades which appeared powdery and slightly chalky and less pigmented than the shimmer shades. I had to swatch the matte shades twice in order to get visible swatches.

I almost damaged #2 So Chic Play while trying to swatch the shades because the glitter shades are rather inconsistent in texture. The earlier shades in the pan felt rather hard to touch (creamy nonetheless) but when it came to Glam Forest, the eyeshadow was so soft, I made a dent and left glitter all over the place. It was quite a mess. If you look closely at the swatch photo below, you will notice I had to push the eyeshadow back into the pan.

Swatches of Play Color Eyes by Etude House in #1 So Hot Play

Swatches of Play Color Eyes by Etude House in #1 So Hot Play

Swatches of Play Color Eyes by Etude House in #2 So Chic Play

Swatches of Play Color Eyes by Etude House in #2 So Chic Play

Overall, I think I am happy with the two palettes although if I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn’t have purchased them at all. For those who may still be considering to get these palettes, I think #2 So Chic Play palette is more versatile given its slightly more muted neutral shades and one might get more use out of this palette. The #1 So Hot Play palette has a gorgeous red matte shade (Burning Red) which I am sure most consumers would be attracted to. I also love the Military Khaki shade in #1 So Hot Play for its slight olive-gold shimmer colour.

I hope this first impression blog post has been useful to anyone who might be considering to get either one or both of these palettes.

Thanks for reading!

 

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