My run in with the lip products released with the Etude House Miss Tangerine Collection is turning into a downward spiral of bad picks. I really was hopeful that some of the orange-y shades would prove wearable but sadly, so far, it’s just not happening for me.
The collection is a release of several products themed around the orange trend that takes hold of us almost every Spring/Summer from popular Korean brand Etude House.
Let’s take a look at some of the Miss Tangerine VIP Girl Dear Darling Lips and see if these shades worked for me!
A moisturizing lipstick with a twist of tangerine taste!
Of course, the main appeal for me here is the packaging but I admit the entire tangerine theme really draws me in as well. Considering how hydrating Korean lipsticks are I was hopeful this would mean louder shades of orange would apply sheer and possibly a bit opaque therefore rendering them quite easy to wear but not the case so far. As with the LuciDarling Lipsticks I recently reviewed, the VIP Girl Dear Darling Lips pretty much sports the same formulation in pigment so you’re getting bold, vibrant color pay off here with a cream finish.
I’ve been asking myself if maybe the problem with wear could be the cream formula as I don’t wear such a finish to well. Perhaps a bit of shimmer would ease the harshness of the tangerine shades and make them more wearable for me. Hopefully I’ll have my answer when I try the Shawer Lips, another product in the Miss Tangerine release that promises a more moisturizing formula.
The shade that’s the loudest and bolder is OR 207, C’mon Miss. This is a true tangerine orange with a cream finish. As I mentioned formula wise it’s very moisturizing and glides on beautifully but the color is really bold and the cream finish does nothing for me. I notice it pulls a bit as well since my lips are a bit dry so the finish is a tad chalky and gross due to this. But that’s not an issue with the formula, it’s an issue with my dry, cracked lips!
The second shade OR 205, I say Peach is a more subdued shade. I wouldn’t call it completely peach but more a lighter orange. It does falls victim to my dry lips and applies badly. And the shade simply does nothing for my complexion.
As I said above the appeal of the product is the darling packaging as well. Each lipstick is housed in limited edition peach tinted tubes. They look almost like a little girl’s makeup and obviously won’t appeal to those with more sophisticated tastes. As for me, well, I love anything that brings the kawaii so I think they are darling.
The shades will probably fail to work for many complexions. You seriously have to have a really special way with lipstick to sport orange and I’m of the mentality that few people can pull it off. These shades are even harder due to the creamy finish. I’ll spice things up with some lipglass to see what new shade I can create with them but it does defeat the purpose of the orange trend when cocktailing with other shades eh?
The formula, although moisturizing, tugs on dry, cracked lips so be sure you have a smooth canvas to work on prior to application!
Etude House is sold in Korea and a few select Asian countries so online purchases are in order to haul these lippies or anything from the collection!
- Those who rock orange!
- Those who want some great shades of tangerine, orange, or lighter citrus-y shades for Spring/Summer.
- Those who simply adore sweet makeup pieces (the packaging and the shades are just so luscious and hard to resist even if you can’t rock ’em)!
- Those who can’t wear orange or tangerine shades (I was hopeful these would work but sadly can’t rock them so well).
- Those who are sensitive to fragrance or flavor in their lipsticks (these have a tangerine scent/flavor).
- Those unwilling to shop online and deal with airmail costs (these are not available within the US).
So far, the Miss Tangerine lip products are proving a hard pill to swallow. I thought the shades would prove wearable but they are pretty bold so I’ll be playing mad scientist with them to see what new shades I can create when I add a few different colors of gloss on top of these.
The formula is fab, the tangerine flavor is endearing, and the packaging simply wins my heart over but the colors definitely don’t work and probably won’t for most folks.
Hopefully the Shawer Lips prove a better experience as they are the last lip products in the collection that I have yet to try.