May 1, 2008

Etude House Spring Collection 2008: Peach Makeup Collection Review

Etude House released a rather interesting Spring Collection this year and of course the Muse couldn’t resist picking up most of it for herself!

The Collection consisted of an array of “Peach” Themed items. One item in particular that caught my eye was the Pore Erasing Peach Base. This quite reminded me of Benefit Erase Paste which I didn’t have the best experience with. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment but I decided that I needed to try the Pore Erasing Base because I had convinced myself that it had to be better than Benefit’s version! It’s 11,000 Won for the entire jar that’s under $10 USD! It’s freaking huge at 0.88oz!

I tested it this morning and it’s not anything like Erase Paste. It’s a pre-makeup primer through and through and sadly my hope that it would have some concealing benefits were quickly dashed as soon as I got it on my skin. I don’t have large pores however this is perfect for creating a smooth, matte finish on your face prior to foundation and makeup. This carries a beautiful scent of peaches as well. Understandably some girls prefer cosmetics without scent but I don’t mind in the least! Whether this allows my makeup to last longer throughout the day remains to be seen but right now I’m loving this as a pre-foundation prep! The texture is quite like Smashbox Photofinish Primer but I felt like it was a bit more moisturizing and blended easier plus I didn’t get a breakout after using it where as with Smashbox’s primer pimples crop up! I did notice although it wasn’t concealing it did lighten my face up a tad bit and almost made me appear ghost like but after applying the next stage of my makeup that effect was gone thankfully.

For the price I think it’s well worth looking into and trying out if you can get your hands on it! The good news is I got a small sample of this with my purchase and I’m giving it away to the first person that comments and is willing to review it for Musings of a Muse. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this so if you’re willing to review it give a yell! The first person who comments I’ll ship it out to and I’ll expect a review back within a week or so explaining if you loved it, hated it, etc…!

Sample of Etude House Peach Pore Erasing Base for Review!

I also got the Peach Skin Pact which is best used for setting the Pore Erasing Base. The formula is obviously very good for oily skin types and offers very nice matte coverage. Good for touch ups and setting your foundation plus the compact is so bloody cute it’s no great chore to tote this around with you! I’ll make proper use of this come Summer when my skin decides to take a field trip from dry and venture into oily!

My entire routine for makeup this morning consisted of using the Etude House Pore Peach Base and setting it with the Peach Skin Pact. I used no other foundation in my makeup process as I wanted to dupe the entire look from the video how to on the Etude House website. I don’t normally use powder as my sole foundation since I feel like I need better coverage plus powder wears off very quickly throughout the day! I’m curious if the base will keep the powder intact all day which is why I’m experimenting going without my normal foundation! If it works I’ll be doing this all Summer long as my makeup feels very light today which will be perfect for Summer! This, like the pore base, carries the sweet scent of peaches which I absolutely adore!

I got two of the Peach Cheek Blushers as well which are basically an exact dupe of Lorac’s Cheek Stamp that was released last season. These appear to be very sheer but they are not. They hold a beautiful pigmentation for an item that’s so cheap! The formula is a bit chalky but that’s simply because it’s catering to an Asian skin type that may be oily. The concept and idea of a cheek stamp is of course awesome not only for ease of application but for the cute factor! I’ve personally never tried Lorac’s version so I couldn’t say how good it is but I’m glad I decided to give these a shot. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept I’ll briefly explain. Basically this is a circle sponge that has blusher in the lid of the product. The sponge is saturated with the powder and you can pop it out and “stamp” it onto your cheeks for a pinch of color!

Lorac’s Cheek Stamp

I ended up purchasing the eyeshadow quad that was used in the Etude video as well. It’s actually not LE and is part of the normal collection but I was so juiced over the look they created using everything that I wanted to try and dupe the entire look thus this palette got tucked into my shopping list! It’s basically a quad of four shimmering shades that are very sheer but can be built up. They have about the same pigmentation as a Majolica Majorca Majolook palette. The shades in this particular palette are white, baby pink, light blue, and yellow. The shadows do have the standard chalky texture most Asian brands sport but I don’t mind as I’m used to this from various Japanese brands. They hold a beautiful shimmer and blend very well!

I also got the Peach Beam Blusher which reminds me of a MAC MSF. It has a metallic shimmer finish that’s applies as a highlight but is pigmented enough to act as a blush! The effect is a beautiful glow! If you enjoy tanned skin during the Summer I imagine this will be very fitting for not only highlighting your cheeks but giving you a beautiful peach kissed look!

Color Me Nude Lip Concealer also ended up on my shopping list! MAC makes a similar lip concealer but in a pot form. Basically it concealers your lips and primes them for lipstick or gloss. Supposedly when your lips are primed with a concealer your glosses and lipsticks appear more vibrant and bright! As I said MAC’s version comes in a pot and this just seems easier and convenient in stick form! I haven’t yet tried this and will be doing a review of it shortly!

Staying on track with dupes Etude House also released Tear Drop Lash which is identical to Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles and Dior’s Lash Pearls. This is basically a wand that distributes little tear drops onto your lashes for a bit of an interesting “teardrop” effect! The applicator appears to be thought out a bit better than both Dior and Givenchy’s version! It’s a flat square plastic applicator with a tiny hole. It works quite well at disturbing the product and applying it right on the tips of the lashes! Very nice effect! I wish I can get a really close up image of my eyes so you can see the effect!

Finally I got the Peach Water Gloss which smells amazing and tastes just as good! I used it this morning and I love how well it applies. It’s a bit sheer but the formula is nice and watery which makes it feel very light on the lips and not tacky or sticky on the lips!

I got some cool freebies as well which were a cellular phone charm that houses an Etude gloss and a mini toner/lotion set.

All and all I’m thrilled to bits with the collection and it cost me under $85 USD for the entire lot of goodies I got. Inexpensive cosmetics that actually work well totally make the Muse’s day!

This morning as I mentioned I used almost all the collection to create a beautiful peachy pink look that’s both fresh, fun, and girly! I love how the peach contrasts so beautifully with the pink in my FOTD! I’d normally never pair up peaches and pinks but this came out so well that I’ll be doing so from now on!

My attempt to dupe the Etude look as seen on the video!

What I Used:

Etude House Cute and Sexy Eye Quad
KATE Gel Mascara
Etude House Tear Drop Lash

Etude House Pore Erasing Peach Base
Etude House Peach Skin Pact
Etude House Peach Beam Blusher
Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher

Etude House Peach Water Gloss

The Peach Makeup Collection from Etude House is most definately Muse Approved!

Click here to learn more about Etude House and other brilliant Korean Brands!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • wen

    hey museyyy!!
    havent commented for the longest time.
    haha. my exams are finally over!!

    this looks so.. yummy and peachy and.. yummy!
    haha, it’s a korean brand?
    since u stated the price in won.

    tho i would really love to review this, but im all the way here in spore! no fun.

    yes, i know im babbling. hahaha. the aftereffects of exams.


  • the Muse

    hey wen!!!!!

    Missed you! Wahoooo! Thank god for that right?

    It’s very peachy and yummy 😉

    It is indeed a K-Brand 🙂

    The contest is open worldwide and you appear to be the first comment and WINNER 🙂 I’ll happily ship it to you in Singapore. E-mail your address! I’ll have to give you more time to review though as airmail takes 7-14 days to arrive 🙂


  • Sooni

    Where is a good online place to get this collection. Finding Laneige and other Korean brands of cosmetics where I live is easy, but I haven’t been able to find any Etude House products. Thanks

  • Sminkan

    You look great, as always, and I do love the necklace! Pretty!

  • the Muse

    hi sooni sadly it’s not available online 🙁

    Are you within Korea? I can ask my friend where she purchased these to see if the shop is close to your location!

  • Taryn

    Oh Muse, my heart is horribly broken that I can’t get these products. This is the first foreign collection in a long time that has me on the edge of my seat frantically searching Google.

    I’m off to cry in a corner now. 😛

    Seriously, what beautiful products and what a gorgeous look you did! I love everything – have fun with it all!!

  • the Muse

    honey check on MUA! Plenty of Koreans are willing to cp for MAC 🙂

    Aww don’t cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *hugs you tight*

    These would be very flattering on your skintone 🙂 Def check on MUA!

  • the Muse

    you sly cheeky little girl!

    I am on your blog!

    You didn’t even tell me!

    I can’t wait to read this!

    Linking you up as well!

  • Taryn

    Waitaminute – are you talking about mine? How did you find it?

    My plan was to build it up some more and then ask you what you thought of it but you found me out!!

    I didn’t want to bug you for your opinion yet because I know you’ve been discombobulated (according to the icon!).

    Right now there’s not much to read!

    PS…if you know of any reputable Korean MUAers, drop me an email! I had a horrible experience with one girl from another country who had excellent feedback. She CPd me some things but kept asking me for big favors, like shipping her a bottle of practically new $60 Shu cleansing oil for free! And stupid me, I did!

  • *Jen*

    oh boooo i want these sooo badly and my mother’s not in korea anymore 🙁

    i NEED that erasing peach base, my pores demand it!

  • anna

    hi muse! i actually found a site that sells this line. unfortunately its in thai… (at least i think its thai): . i think i need to go to k-town to try and find these products.

  • Vanessa

    Hi Izzy! You look gorgeous as always! I miss you!

    Just wanted to personally thank you for your kind words during this time, it really meant the world to me.

  • Stephy

    hi muse! so how did u get these products? i wanna buy them online!!

  • the Muse

    hehe your blog profile says your blog address silly girl 🙂 I was reading it a bit but got busy at work. So far it’s a masterpiece. Loving it 🙂

    I adore it. Well done Taryn! I’m going to enjoy reading it daily 😉

    You can bug me anytime you want honey with anything you need/want no matter how I am feeling!

    I will do. I have one that might be helpful to you! I don’t mind returning the favor but not for free! I totally understand though as I get suckered into doing things for people and I end up doing them late and such and folk get pissy with me over it etc…or I end up doing it for free etc..b/c I’m too bloody nice 😛

    so I can relate totally.

    I know a few koreans that are pretty friendly on MUA 😉 I’ll drop you an email! What’s your nick on MUA again can you email it to me if you’d rather not post here!

  • Taryn

    Thank you, Muse! If you add me to your blog roll, I would be eternally grateful. 😀

    My user ID is TMB1975 on MUA. Gosh I miss Iris, although she probably wouldn’t have been able to get these anyway, right?

  • the Muse

    hey jen jen!

    Your pores are tiny girl! What are you worried about 😉 Although I love it as a prep and prime for my face.

    Let’s go to Korea together just to shop makeup!


  • the Muse


    thank you honey! never as gorgeous as you my dear friend!

    You’re most welcome. I’m so sorry! I wish I was closer so I can give you a big hug and take you out for some a big, fat ice cream sundae to make you feel better!

    Try not to feel badly honey! These things happen! Don’t ever stop what you are doing on your blog…haters are a dime a freaking dozen! I should know as I get ’em daily. Ignore the bad and go on with your awesome self bring all good things cosmetic to the world 😉

    I’m not the only one that adores you 😉

    Your fan base is huge and outweighs the idiots by two tons!

    Hugs honey!

  • the Muse

    hey stephy!

    I’m saddened to say I have not a single place online I can rec to you for purchasing these. I can only recommend you ask a friend or a fellow MUA’er in Korea 🙁

    A friend got these for me and was kind enough to send them over!

    I wish online shops sold this stuff as it’s brilliant!

  • the Muse

    hey taryn!

    You’re most welcome! It’s my pleasure. Let me know when to do a post about you! If you want to wait and build yourself up first that’s fine or I can do a post right away 😉

    Iris sadly wouldn’t have access to these 🙁

    She sent me thee most awesome package a few weeks ago. Must post about it as I picked it up today (my neighbor had it and she was on holiday so I couldn’t get it). Wait until you see the awesomeness she got me 😉

    I’ll look you up on mua right now!


  • *Jen*

    oh musey you flatter me. my pores are a nightmare, sometimes i wish i could remove my nose and just stock on a new one-all nice and smooth and pretty! 🙂

    the sk-ii air-touch does help smooth everything over though. you look like an ice princess today (in the good way!)

    i say we hop on a plane right now! although korea is pretty nasty in the summer…

  • xppinkx

    OMG…the etude house peach coolection is soooooooooo cute…its to doe for…i want the pore erasing peach base and the lip concealer..they make the cutest things ever!…im in the U.s where can i buy! i do need this in my life muse please help me!!!

  • Beauty Addict

    Oh my!! These are GORGEOUS!! The blushers are to die for! I heart peach blushers!!!!!

    Hey Izzy, love this FOTD 🙂 U look very fresh faced and kawai 🙂 Cute Hello Kitty necklaces u are sporting too 😉

    *Sigh* Times like this I wish I can fly to Korea immediately..hehe

    Hope The Face Shop/Missha/Skin Food/Beauty Credit brings similar items like this to SG..

    P.S. I’m having lotsa fun at Cozy! Thanks for rec 🙂


  • Row


    Where can I buy this?! I love peach?!?! so cute! so shimmery!

  • Ping.

    oh man its related to peach! i would like to try it… muse you always make me wanna try and buy hahahahha

  • the Muse

    jen you’re insane! Your pores are fine! LOL! My nose is kinda yuk too but think of it this way…someone has to come in with a close zoom to see it so don’t worry! Seriously who is every that close, aside from BF, that will notice?


    Oh my gosh thanks! I like that reference 🙂 Ice princessy 🙂 I was feeling Spring like but I think icy fits me better 😉

    thanks darling!

    The sk-ii tempts me badly but the price makes me cry!

    I don’t care! frack the summer! Let’s just GO, NOW! I need a holiday badly. So much stress lately!

    Love you!

  • the Muse

    hi anna!

    I think it’s thai too…sadly I can’t read it. My translater doesn’t work on it either blah!

    I have to convert..curious about the prices they are charging!

    Good find honey!

    I’ve looked around here but never came across any Etude. Bet san/fran has a few shops with it!

  • the Muse

    hello gorgeous xppinkx!

    How are you!? Very cute! 😉

    Oh sadness pink 🙁 No online shops are selling it. However do check out mua as some users in Korea are willing to cp at times 😉 vivian at she had once offered to stock etude when I had asked her. MAYBE just maybe she can lay her hands on this. I think she’s based within HK and has easy access to Korean/Japanese/Etc..brands!

    good luck!

    stay gorgeous!

  • the Muse

    hey gracie me mate.

    me too me too! I think peach is my better color!

    awww thank you kindly Mizz Gracie! I love me some HK 🙂

    Me too. Let’s buy a ticket and just go!

    Someone had mentioned something about Etude appearing in ‘pore but I was like ummm no don’t think so. I wish they had it in singapore too!

    OH YAY! What’s your user nick!? We have to play on the same threads and chitter hehe. I’m always in the “what did buy cosmetics” thread 🙂

    Cozy is an awesome place

  • the Muse

    hey rows


    Sadly no online shops 🙁 got a mate to purchase it for me! Do check MUA as certain users are willing to cp !

    Also viv from facial-shop might get it for you. She had mentioned possibly getting etude in stock!

  • the Muse

    ping! how are you!?

    hehe I’m bad for your wallet honey!

  • MandyPandy

    That packaging is too cute for words! I’m not so crazy about the chick from the “Lovely Face” campaign; she’s trying to look like Sandy from Grease and ends up looking like Mei Li from Flower Drum Song. Etude should totally have a campaign based on Flower Drum Song and call it “I Enjoy Being a Girl!”. And they should ditch that freaky looking dude.

    You’re right Smashbox’s PFP is acne in a bottle; I don’t know how they manage to keep selling it.

    That Pore Erasing Paste though, looks fantastic.

    Where did you purchase all these Etude items? I checked a few online retailers, but they didn’t have the Pore Erasing Paste, sadly.

  • loey

    Ooh, I got some Etude stuff from China last year (but haven’t got around to using them yet; explains why I need to go on a makeup ban until I’ve at least created a dent in my current collection – oh yea, I’m miztgral on Cozycot by the way, haha.)

    Anyway, the duo blusher thing, it looks exactly like Paul & Joe duo no.07 (not too sure about the number). If it’s comparable quality, I’m sure it’ll turn out really nice as a blusher built-in with highlighter. Heh.

  • serenity.

    hey babe;)

    i’m loving the new etude house collection. it’s definitely something i might have my friend pick up for me when he goes home to korea for the summer. i absolutely love korean brand cosmetics because prices are relatively cheap and, not to mention, the packaging is always too cute for words.

    i hope you’re doing well these days!


  • Gee

    I want that Beam Blusher!!!!!!!!!!!! Where did you get it from??? I want, I want, I want sooo badly.

    I <3 blush!!

  • petitebelle

    ahhh everything looks so cute!! especially the eyeshadow quad. everything looks great on you!

  • the Muse

    hello my pandy 😉

    Agreed. It’s adorable. The other bits in the line are just as cute 🙂

    Oh no you mean the Peach Collection, the chick from the lovely face advert is doing SPF windblow look 😉

    But yes def doing the entire grease theme 🙂

    LOL I enjoy being a girl you’re nuts you realize that right. Great reference.

    Me either. Also pills like crazy. 36 bucks for that crap!

    Pore Erasing Paste is my new HG. I wore it with the skin pact and my face lasted all day into the night. Doing a detailed review in the AM for ya!

    A mate got ’em for me from Korea. Sadly haven’t run across a retailer that is selling ’em online. I was suggesting to check the girl that runs it, vivian, had mentioned she might be able to get me etude but I never took her up on the offer!

    good luck!

  • the Muse

    hey loey! Nice to know who you are on cozy lol! Now I can match your nick on here to your hauls on MUA haha 🙂

    I occasionally have the same it and later on realize I never used it. Please I need a support group to tie me down and tell me NO MORE!

    It works fab as both a hl and a blusher 😉 Very good quality for the price 😉

  • the Muse

    ‘ello serenity. I love when you step into my comment box and visit 🙂 Been ages how are you!?

    Def get it darling. Well worth your cash. Very nice collection!

    Quality is fab for the price and I agree packaging is too cute for words!

    I’m ok. I’m getting there 🙂 Somedays are better than others! I hope you’re well. Eager to read more k-drama gossip on your blog 😉 get to it babe!

    hugs! kisses!

  • the Muse

    hey gee!

    A friend 🙁 Sadly no online shops I know of yet. If I come across any I’ll let you know 😉

    hehe. I know the feeling of a lemming believe you me 😉

  • the Muse

    hey serene!

    Thanks honey 🙂 I concur! Cuteness times 10!


  • MandyPandy

    Right, Peach collection. Got it!

    I’m telling you, they need to bring back Flower Drum Song! And call the new collection “I Enjoy Being a Girl”! Don’t tell me that dude doesn’t enjoy being girl; he’s wearing almost as much makeup as the chick standing next to him.

    Yeah, most primers either pill up, or vanish after an hour or so, defeating the purpose. Most bloggers are on a Monistat Chafing Gel kick right now, saying it’s just as good as Smashbox’s PFP, but that’s just it: it’s the same crap, just in a tube, at a lower price. Clarins makes a great primer, but overall, I suspect Asian companies (Japanese ones in particular) make better, more diverse primers.

    Oh, I posted the 6 quirky things like you asked me to. I also rewrote and resent the e-mail; I sent that badboy from my new G-mail account (at this point I’m sick to @$!#%ing hell of Hotmail).

  • YukiNatsuo

    hey muse!

    that is such a lovely color u got there…when i looked through i thot it would like utterly bright pink…but u blend in the colors really well… *u’re my inspiration!*

    lol…you have a great weekend ahead (its gonna be the weekend here in singapore :P)

  • YukiNatsuo

    hey muse!

    that is such a lovely color u got there…when i looked through i thot it would like utterly bright pink…but u blend in the colors really well… *u’re my inspiration!*

    lol…you have a great weekend ahead (its gonna be the weekend here in singapore :P)

  • Askmewhats

    Hi lovely muse with such lovely make up collection…I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! the peach beam blush looks exactly like my paul and joe autumn 2007 blush collection 🙂

    Love your products ! thanks for this *hugs*

  • wen

    hey musey~~
    omg seriously!
    hahaha yays! that’s like a present to celebrate the end of my exams! lol~
    ok im gg to email u my add now!


  • Ann*

    i can’t believe i’m missing out on this! this is so gorgeous!

    *sigh* i’m definitely lemming for the blushes. its too cute to be true.

    so does the base make your make up last longer?!

  • PaoPao

    Lovely look (and lovely hello kitty necklace!)

    Have a great weekend, Muse!

  • Bliss

    Such a sweet haul and iso loving the packaging, very pretty FOTD, totally worth the money, im so jealous hehhe 😀

  • the Muse

    yes damn you tis the peach collection.

    I think? lol!

    I love me a girly boy 😉

    Funny you mention pilling…I just did a review on this and mentioned it.

    Monistat Chafting Gel I haven’t tried and honestly I probably. I’m scared of putting anything on my face that’s suppose to go between my legs lol!

    100% agreement. It’s the same matte weird sticky feeling that doesn’t work 😛

    The pore base actually freaking works which I chuffed silly over!

    I agree. I think many asian girls suffer from oily skin and the market caters to that and makes much better primers than you’d find here in the US.

    Plus humidity is an obvious factor in various countries.

    I gots it. Will reply soon! Also read your quirks briefly but still must reply.

    Lurve you.

  • the Muse

    hello YukiNatsuo!

    THanks very much. aww thanks so much I truly appreciate your compliment 🙂

    You have a beautiful weekend too! ENjoy 😉

    I can’t wait. I need some rest and relaxation 😉

  • the Muse

    hey Askmewhats!

    Thank you honey 🙂 It reminds me of the p and j too!

    *huge warm hugs*

    Happy Weekend 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi wen!

    Of course seriously hehe 🙂 Awww! Yay for end of exams 🙂

    I’ll get this out to you Monday 😉
    Can’t wait for your review!

  • the Muse

    hi Ann*!

    It’s a super collection! I’m doing an article where you might buy these 😉 Hopefully it’ll help you guys get it!

    It works perfectly at making my makeup last allllllll day 🙂 A deeper review to follow shortly hehe 🙂

  • the Muse

    hey bliss!

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉 I wish I had recs where you guys could buy this for yourselves 🙁

    Happy Weekend!

  • nilla cookie

    Great FOTD! It’s so fresh and pretty! And it really does look like the video 😉

  • Nic Nic

    this brand looks very cool! you look so pretty in it! the package looks very cute.. especially the blusher!

  • serenity.

    i’ve actually gotten a few words written down but i need to go back and do some editing/adding pictures, etc. now that school is over for the summer and i have a lot of free time on my hands, i’ll be able to keep up with my blog and drop by yours more often. 🙂

  • kissthefishies

    Ah I love etude house 🙂 Do you know how long these will stick around for? I’m going to Korea in 1.5 mo and am very very much hoping that they’ll still be around.

    Oh and just fyi, a won recently rose so it’s more 1000W – 1 dollar, not the old conversion (over the winter a dollar was only about 800W! which was horrid because I couldn’t use my credit card haha)

    And if they’re still around, I’ll be entirely willing to cp for anyone who’d commented on this site 🙂 I’ll be back in early July and can mail from the US so it won’t cost an arm and a leg!

  • kissthefishies

    Oh and ps I don’t really know if cp offers are allowed on here but so many people are excited about this I’d feel bad if I didn’t offer ><

  • Carmen

    i find the idea of peachy cosmetics sooo appealing and yummy! where can i get my hands on that make up line?

    i love your use of them makeup, and a suiting outfit to match!

  • wen

    hey musey~

    haha i forgot to comment on the lip concealer as well.

    is it very drying on ur lips?
    cos ive got really pigmented, duo-toned lips that drives me to the wall!

    i was thinking of trying canmake’s lip concealer, but there were some who found it too drying.

    and i dont get the idea of moisturing ur lips first, before applying that, cos i think it might cause the lip concealer to wear off too quickly.

    but im not v sure cos i havent tried. haha. but i really want sth that would at least help my lips look mono-toned! haha. if that’s the word for it.


  • the Muse

    hi LeAnne!

    Mmmm. Are you Asian? If so you’ll find that cosmetics from Japan are better suited to your skin type. Asian girls tend to have oily skin and foundations, primers, etc..are geared towards making the skin more matte. I’ve also noticed foundation powders are more suited to a yellow under tone of skin.

    Quality wise everything is just better. Inexpensive drugstore brands are as good as posher counter cosmetics.

    Packaging wise everything is better as well. If you’re a package type person you’ll appreciate the “kawaii” design of everything. The cheapest brands are cute and pleasing to the eye.

    Not speaking of top shelf items but just drugstore brands..they would definately be of higher quality than anything you can find within the US.

    Pigmentation is excellent for the price too and I find that almost all brands are very sparkley and shimmery which I appreciate in product as I adore shimmer!

    Just paying less for a product and getting more feels fantastic!

    Hope this helps!

  • the Muse

    hey nics!

    It’s awesome 🙂 Aw thanks so much! I love the blusher 😉

    I wish more brands in the US would go the route of kawaii cosmetics!

  • the Muse

    hi serenity!

    Yay! I can’t wait to read 🙂

    I look forward to new posts 🙂 and I look forward to seeing you around here more often 😉

  • the Muse

    hi there kissthefishies!

    Me too. I’m not sure but I’m hopeful at least until after Summer as I am requesting backups from a friend!

    I hope they are around when you go on Holiday!

    The won indeed rose above the $1 you’re right. Sigh 🙁

    That stinks 🙁

    Thank you very much for that offer. I’m positive people will be excited to read your comment!

    Thanks for the generous offer!!!!!

    It’s fine you mentioned it 🙂 It was very kind of you to offer! I may take you up on it myself 😉

    Thanks so much!
    Happy Monday!

  • the Muse

    hi carmen!

    hehe me too 🙂

    Sadly it’s unavailable within the US and I haven’t found an online site that sells it 🙁

    If I find anything I’ll definately let you know!

    Thanks so much! People give me alot of grief on my blog about matching! Nice to hear a compliment 🙂

    Appreciate it greatly!

  • the Muse

    hiya wen!

    Lip concealer is very nice. I didn’t find it too drying. It covered up my lips well!
    After applying gloss on top I didn’t feel it drying out or drying my lips!

    I don’t normally moisturize myself. Seems pointless and I agree makes stuff wear off 😛

    It’s really inexpensive so it’s worth giving a try ya know?

    I’m sure your lips are gorgeous silly girl 🙂
    Hugs! Happy Monday!

  • wen

    hey musey!

    great! but that’s if i manage to find this in spore. i hope i will!

    thanks a lot! =DD


  • the Muse

    hi wen!

    I hope so too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You’re most welcome! My pleasure 😉


  • Anonymous

    Hi, may I know what is the shade of those blushes you have? Is that #3 and #5? Thanks!!

  • the Muse

    hi there sorry about that! I was a bit delayed in my reply.

    They are 2 and 4 🙂

    Hope this helps!

  • jkim

    i recently became a fan of etude house as well. i visited korea recently and saw their cute little pink shops everywhere i went (similar to how you’d see a bath and body works in the u.s.). the prices are definitely unbelievable! i don’t wear any makeup, but i am obsessed with skin care products. i walked in, ready to put down at least $60 for their products. everything i bought, the entire regimen (cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mattifier), totaled 36000 won (that’s about $36 US). i just broke into them the other day, so i can’t really comment on the quality, but i am loving them so far. and the number of samples i got from my purchase…!!!

    another product of etude house that i love (and am currently kicking myself for not getting while i was in korea) is their new aqua drop sun guard. i tried a sample, and it was the best sunblock i have ever used in my life! most of the sunblock i get here in the states, even the “better” ones or the kind blended into moisturizers, always leave a slightly disgusting residue. theirs was like i was putting on lotion, period. it blended well, and no stickiness whatsoever!!! i’m still searching for a similar product stateside, but i’m not really keeping my hopes up (i’m open to any recommendations!).

  • the Muse

    hi jkim!

    Sorry for the delayed reply. Your awesome comment slipped under my radar 🙂

    I WISH I could go 🙂 I’d love to see the shops as I’ve seen pics and they are so cute!

    The prices are ridiculous for such high quality cosmetics!

    I pictured the moistful line and it cost me about the same plus airmail shipping! Surreal right?

    I got a slew of samples too! A mask, shower gel, a cell phone lipgloss charm, etc! So awesome!

    I haven’t tried the sunblock but you have me lemmin’ it now 🙂 I’m always on the look out for good spf care.

    I agree! I always get a rather greasy or oily or sticky residue!

    I wish I had a rec but I’ve had the same experience as you and nothing else will do aside from Japanese brands I’ve used.

    Asian cosmetics are much higher quality drugstore wise vs what you can get here in the US at the counter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the comment 😉 and sharing the love of etude house!

  • jkim

    muse! this comment is about a month late, but i was doing some late night “research” (a.k.a. web surfing) and guess what i just came across!!!

    that’s from etude house’s own blog. you’re famous!!! basically, it’s talking about the increasing popularity of korean cosmetics worldwide, and it highlighted your review of their peach cosmetics line.

    it starts out with a general description of your blog (what it is, what you do, etc.), and then goes onto talk about this particular review. then it quotes etude house’s marketing director as saying that they are making preparations for international sales and/or distribution. !!!

    god, i feel like i’ve been spending a lot of my time lately commenting here! haha! well, i enjoy reading your blog, so feel free to hit me up if you ever need a little language deciphering! anyway, have a good weekend! 🙂

  • Iris

    I love your Etude cosmetics, its so lovely!!! Is it possible to email me the person who is willing to do cp for Etude cosmetics? If u dun mind, can email me @ [email protected].

    Thanks a million ^__^

  • the Muse

    oh my gosh jkim!

    Thanks so very very very much for posting this! I knew I was in a Korean online newspaper but I had no idea I was on the etude house blog! How wonderful!

    I hope you don’t mind if I blog this!!!!!!!!


    Who is the international chairman? Someone had contacted me recently and I’m wondering if it’s the same person 🙂

    Awww I love you visiting me here hehehehe 🙂 And I’m loving talking to you!

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! believe you me I struggle sometimes to get the translations correct 😉 hehe appreciate the favor!

    Happy Monday and thanks again this made my day!

  • the Muse

    hello Iris.

    I’m so sorry but the person that cps for me is a friend and I already drive her nuts with my request so I think it would be a bit rude for me to ask her to do cps for people on my blog.

    You can check MUA out or korean forums to see if anyone would cp 🙂 A few girls around are very willing!

    Also ebay and online shops sell a few pieces but the price is not retail!

    Hope this helps!

  • carina

    Hey Muse!!!

    I love Korean Cosmetics too and skincare. Have you ever heard of Beauty Credit before. They have some great skincare.

    If anyone would like to order some products, I will be more than happy to ship it to you guys. Just let me know.

    Muse, you are doing an awesome job!!!

  • the Muse

    hi carina!

    Me too 🙂 I have indeed. I just did two reviews on Beauty Credit makeup bases/primers 🙂

    Good stuff!

    Aw thanks so much! We all appreciate it I’m sure 🙂

    Aw thanks!! *hugs*

    Hope to talk to you again soon!

  • the Muse

    hello menq_dreamz!

    It’s basically applied to the very tips of your lashes to create a diamond like effect on your lashes.

    It works in a similiar way as Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles 🙂

    It’s an extension to the eye lash yes I guess that could be what it’s called 🙂

    The applicator makes it easy to drop a tiny amount of the product on each lash creating a doll like effect!

    Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Margzy

    Heya! I just stumbled on your blog! So cool! The makeup looked so good on you. You look like a doll! I cant wait to read more of your blog 😉

    • the Muse

      aw cheers margzy thank you, you’re too kind! HUGS! Hope we talk again soon hun!

  • Hani

    seems like i’m too late for comment, sorry 🙁
    i just seen this blog..and this is awesome!
    especially, i really really love the lip gloss!
    could you tell me the code of that lip gloss? also use lip concealer?
    oh, i want the lip color tottaly same like you!
    thank you..

    • the Muse

      hi hani not sure of the color/number as it’s in Korean. lip concealer? I don’t have any on no.

  • Giovanna

    OMG…. I would certainly DIE for all this T ^ T
    just wonder where could I buy this brand… only ebay? ò__O

      • Giovanna

        thank you indeed ^__^
        I’m actually doing some researches xD
        the only big problem for me (I’m Italian…) is the damn Custom-House! It’s quite annoying…

        • the Muse

          my pleasure gio. I don’t know many online shops that sell Etude House sadly so E-bay is sometimes best. Yea, customs sucks maybe work it out with the seller prior to purchasing and tell them to put a lower purchase cost on the customs form.

  • nelin

    Hi, Muse. the products are really sweet and awesome.. @,@
    can you tell me how did your purchase them ?
    because i really want to try this brand too.
    thanks. 😀