Last fall/winter, popular Korean brand Etude House released several sweet, princess-inspired pieces called the Etude House Princess Etoinette collection. It reminded me so much of the Les Merveilleuses de Laduree collections which I’ve been lemming forever but absolutely can’t afford yet, that I had to pick up a few things. In reality, I think the pieces don’t have the same luxurious look of the Laduree collection (just as well; if I’m paying upwards of $150 for a blusher, it better look damn nice!) but I actually kinda like the girly motifs and packaging.
Today, I’m reviewing the Crystal Shine lips in PPK004. It reminds me quite a lot of the Sailor Moon toys I used to have as a kid, though if I’m honest, I’m not sure I’ll be pulling this lipstick out of my bag in public a lot! It’s cute and makes me happy on my vanity, but it might be a bit too immature for public! (Just me? No?)
Most Asian lipsticks I’ve tried are very sheer coverage; heavily pigmented lips just haven’t been in fashion in Asian beauty for quite some time, and especially with the Korean trend of the “bitten lips” (sometimes referred to as gradient or ombre lips in the US), lipsticks usually tend to give very light, and glossy coverage.
PPK004 is a bright red-pink with cool undertones. It looks quite vivid in the tube, but applies with light pigmentation. It can be built up to moderate pigmentation, but can look a bit patchy when done so. On my lips, the color was noticeable, but a lot of my natural lip tones did come through. There is glitter in the formula, but on lips it disappeared and was mostly a cream-look finish. (There was no gritty or sharp feeling either when applying.)
It has a very creamy texture, so it applied almost balm-like. Despite the texture, it was not moisturizing but neither was it drying.
The lipstick is beautifully scented of sugared roses. I love rose-scented anything, and this is lightly sweet and fragrant without going powdery like some rose scents can. It is unflavored, and the scent disappears once applied, so it shouldn’t be a problem for those of you sensitive to fragrance or who hate rose.
Wear time was short, as I expected. Many light coverage lipsticks with a glossy finish tend to have short wear times, and this was no different. I got around 2 hours uninterrupted; after a cup of tea, it disappeared straight off my lips. Because of this and its creamy texture, this is one of those lipsticks you’ll use up quite quickly.
In Korea, Etude House is priced similarly to US drugstore brands and largely marketed towards teens and young women, which explains the overly cutesy packaging. I bought this off eBay, where the markup was not terrible at the time. I paid around $13 with free shipping. As the Etude House Princess Etoinette collection was limited edition, markup may be worse on eBay at this point. Pretty and Cute now carries this, also.
Price: I paid around $13. Not sure how much Korean retail is.
Where to buy: eBay or Pretty and Cute
Would I repurchase?: No. Overall, the lipstick itself was pretty unimpressive. If I’m honest, it was exactly what I expected and I really only bought it for the packaging. I’m a total packaging hoor as you guys might know by now.
Disclosure: All product(s) featured in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.