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Etude House Plumping Lip Tint Review

Included in it’s Fall Collection Etude House released a Plumping Lip Tint which I’m lovinggggg at the moment!

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These glosses are new to the Etude House line up and I believe LE but don’t quote me on that! They come in two shade selections both of which are sheer but give a nice tiny hint of color to the lips.

I love both shades and I’m happy I indulged in purchasing both as they are high quality items for the price and offer a brilliant glossy layer to my favorite lip stain or lipstick or of course, they look rather gorgeous alone as well. The formula is an emollient, moisturizing and quite thick gloss which gives the illusion of plumped, fuller lips. Each gloss is flavored in a cool, tingly minty bubblegum taste which, for me, a lover of flavored glosses, is quite nice!

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The glosses come with the typical spatula style applicator many Asian brands favor and which I totally love as it’s great for layering gloss on and getting a nice even finish plus it’s easy to clean up prior to placing back into the tube.

The colors available are pink and red but neither is very pigmented however since the gloss contains a fair amount of tingly goodness you can expect to get a certain pink or reddish tone to lips due to this. Over bare lips the gloss looks natural, glossy, and lovely. Over your favorite lip stain or lipstick the gloss creates a sexy mirror finish that’s gorgeous!

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At under around $5 USD each the price is terribly right and they work almost as great as my favorite plumping gloss of all time, DuWop Lip Venom.

The Muse likes ‘em and approved ‘em!

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Definitely a nice addition to my gloss collection!

What are your favorite plumping glosses?

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Enjoy more reviews from Etude House’s Fall Collection by visiting some past reviews!

Etude House Face Designing Brightener Review


Etude House Brightening Eyes Duo Review

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Etude House Face Designing Brightener Review

You may have noticed when I review collections, it’s normally a group event. I take all or most of the pieces and review each item in one big blog entry!

This week I’m switching things up a tiny little bit and doing things different by bringing you Etude House’s Fall Collection in a review a day from the items released.

I didn’t indulge in all the items but I do think I got the best of the lot of items introduced so each day, for the next week, you’ll see one item from the collection reviewed!

Today I’m starting out the review process by covering Etude House Face Designing Brightener Face Powder which is a gorgeous highlighting powder.

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The powder is a cream color with a light pink under base that has a tiny hint of shimmer and a slightly iridescent finish. The powder is a rather nice item for adding a lovely finish as a final step in your makeup application. It doesn’t really brighten the face but leaves more of a soft focused glow. Although the powder contains a bit of shimmer you can’t see it on your face once applied and all that’s left behind is a subtle glow that’s very flattering and natural.

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Directions for use suggest using the powder on the t-zone and under the eyes. I liked the idea of brushing it under my eyes and it works a treat as lightening up dark circles and giving a rather nice finish to the area after concealer use however it’s a bit too shimmery for my t-zone area so I decided to use it on the apples of my cheeks and up the contour of my face which was much better at creating that natural finish.

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The powder has a sweet little star emblem embedded into it which goes deep enough to last a while before it disappears. This comes in a very slim, slick little compact that sports a kawaii feel do to the cutesy lettering on the top in elaborate script. At 11,000 won the price is quite nice as well and pretty inexpensive for such a cute item.

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This one I liked alot. The price is great, the packaging is quite cute, and the effect on my face was lovely! I’m glad I purchased this as I was slightly up in arms whether I needed another highlighting powder but it was so inexpensive and has the quality to back it up I’m happy I indulged.

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I’ll be reviewing more of Etude House’s Fall Collection shortly so stay tuned!

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Etude House Fall Collection 2008

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review

Etude House Brightening Eyes Duo Review

Etude House Plumping Lip Tint Review

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VOV Castledew Diecut Eyes and Lip Palette

VOV takes ages to update it’s official site however I came across these rather awesome palettes entitled Castledew Diecut Eyes. I’m unsure if the palettes are new as they aren’t displayed on the VOV site, either way they do look very nice and I’m debating on purchasing them.

Since I’ve been slightly disappointed with the couple of VOV palettes I have purchased I’m kinda wary of dishing out money for these but the price is really cheap at 12,980 won so I may just indulge and see if I get lucky!

Aren’t they gorgeous?

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Each palette contains nine shades and two applications enclosed in the typical VOV mirror compact.

They look lovely but as I said I’ve been disappointed before by VOV and color payoff on their other Castledew palettes has been mediocre at best!

But who knows they might be great!

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Banila Co De La Couture Fall Collection 2008

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Banila Co has updated it’s site with it’s brand new Fall Collection entitled De La Couture. Expect more mini stories from Banila Co after this as they tend to do many small releases over the course of several months.

De La Couture consists of new shades of popular items in new packaging design especially for the Fall. Banila Co has obviously gone with a warmer, nude look for the Fall where as many companies are lending a hand to metallics and vampy looks.

The palette looks like a particularly nice item with shades of pink, brown, gold, and green. This retails for 22,000 won.

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Two new shades of the popular marble eyeshadow duos are also available in new packaging for Fall. These are 8,500 won each and in a gold version and a grey version.

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The popular Secret Blush/Highlighter has a new shade for Fall which appears to be a light peach shimmering shade. This retails for 18,000 won and is available in the new Fall packaging design as well to match the shadows and eye palette.

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The lipsticks released are all nudey peach shades to compliment the neutral shades of the collection.

Although the packaging is extremely nice I doubt I’ll be purchasing any of the items aside from the palette (and that’s only a maybe on the palette!) as I have my eye on other Koran cosmetics I’ve been wanting.

All in all if you’re a lover of naturals and nudes this is definately appealing!

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Missha Shimmering Oven Blush Review

Missha is a Korean brand that makes a wide variety of cosmetics and skincare. Many of their items are quite good and higher end in comparison to other Korean brands such as Etude House (although for me Etude House remains in my top five favorites list).

I purchased Missha’s Shimmering Oven Blush a few months ago and have been using it off and on. One of the key selling points for me was the amazing packaging. The blush comes in a huge metallic pink compact which opens to reveal the shimmering highlighting powder. This comes with a generous size brush which is super soft and fits the contour of your cheek perfectly so it’s fairly goof proof getting the powder on correctly.

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Although it’s name suggests that this is a blush, I think it’s safe to say that it does not work as a blush but more as a highlighting shimmering powder. The powder isn’t as silky as I’d prefer which is both good and bad. Good, since it doesn’t create a mess as you swipe across it with the brush and you’re not picking up a ton of product that you’re later left shaking out and wasting. Bad, because you have to work a fair deal to get a decent size amount on the brush.

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The best way to use this is to apply your blush as normal and proceed to follow up with the Missha Shimmering Over Blush to highlight your cheekbones and face. If you prefer you can dip a sponge applicator into the powder and apply on the highbrow area of your eye for a bit of a shimmering highlight or all over the lid of your eye for a light shadow wash.

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The effect on the cheeks is just a really sheer shimmer of pink powder that gives your face subtle glow but nothing too dramatic. This is particularly a great powder if you’d like to add a bit of luminescence to your cheek bones without over doing it with tons of sparkle and shimmer.

The powder comes in three shades selections, a white marble, a peach marble, and the one I got in pink. These retail for 17,800 won but I got mine for 14,000 won or so as the day my friend purchased it the website was having a sell at 20% off.

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The packaging along makes this a winner item however the formula does need a tiny bit of work to get the Muse’s full approval on it. The price is right, the packaging is wonderful, but the formula could use a little work, I like it alot but I’m not loving it.

Visit Missha’s website at the following locations:

US Portal (Missha US only offers very basic options from the original line up available in Asian countries)
Korean Portal

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Looking for more ways to brighten up your face? Check out some past highlighter reviews!

Eyeko Touch Up & Glow Highlighter Review

Laneige Snow Radiant Blusher Review

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder Review

Majolica Majolica Holiday 2007 Review featuring Snow Carat Powder


See tons of shimmering products in my Ghosts of Christmas Past Round Up Review

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Shimmerbrick in Pink Quartz Review

Guerlain Forever Gold Face of the Day

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