I did a big haul of Korean makeup awhile back and been joyfully testing them out for the past month! I was especially excited about Etude House's Sweet Recipe collection (cutest marketing angle ever!) because food + makeup = my kyptonite.
Also I actually bought a bunch of extras for a giveaway ^^, so stay tuned for a Etude House Sweet Recipe giveaway in the next weeks (haven't had a chance to record a video yet...:P)!
Basically, Etude House's Sweet Recipe collection is comprised of a whole range of makeup items - eye shadow, foundation, lipstick, lip balm, nail polish etc - that are all dessert related. For today, I'll be reviewing 1 of 4 nail polishes from their Limited Edition collection.
Purchased at: KollectionK (affiliate link) for $3.84. They're OOS right now, but it was one of the cheapest places I could find this. I noticed they bumped up the price by .74 since my purchase, but they're still one of the cheapest places to buy this and they're legit - great packaging, sealed products, and not sketchy at all. Also, the shipping time is reasonable considering they ship from Korea.
Packaging: Duh, it's Etude House so it's super cute! The bottle is made of glass and the ice cream cap, a sturdy plastic. In a nutshell, it's a creative and well-made product.
The brush is slightly flatter on one side, about the same as Zoya's brushes.
|A swatch on white paper so you can see the sheerness.|
Color: It's a milky pink color with hints of lavender. The multi-colored sparkles are squares, hexagons and a few (very few) stars. It's a soft, lovely, near universally flattering color.
Formula: In my opinion, nail polish is a consistent weakness of popular Korean makeup brands. I understand that sheer polish is the ideal, but there is a difference between sheer and streaky.
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Overall, I don't like the formula, which is very unforgiving and friggin' smells terrible.
|This shape but in different colors would've made perfect sprinkles ^_^!!|
However, applied properly, it really is a lovely color. I wonder why they didn't use "sprinkle"-like glitter though - that would've been perfect for an ice cream theme!
|You can see the slightly bumpy, gritty finish (no base or top coat).|
I have rather mixed feelings about this product. Bloody gorgeous ice cream bottle and I dig the cool 3D effect of the glitter. It's also pretty cheap as nail polish goes, but I think the formula sucks and the stench is just...definitely the opposite of sweet :P I suppose this falls in the same category as OPI's Hello Kitty in Blueberry. Glorious packaging, so-so formula.