February 16, 2016

Etude House In the Cafe Play Color Eyes Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Etude House In the Cafe

Etude House In the Cafe Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition 10 pan eyeshadow palete that recently launched in Korea along with the new Juice Bar Eyeshadow Palette. I, of course, was all over this since I feel like I can never have too many nude, natural eyeshadow palettes plus my minor obsession with Etude House demanded I add this to my collection.

Let’s take a look!

Etude House In the Cafe Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

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This palette was apparently released in a very limited run in Korea but it’s easy enough to get on Ebay.com from a variety of sellers. I find these larger palettes from Etude House do tend to sell out fast enough so when I see them I purchase them as quick as possible.

Etude House In the Cafe Play Color Eyes

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A few people asked me about Etude House’s Eyeshadow formula in recent posts I’ve done on the brand. Honestly, I find the texture varies from palette to palette and single eyeshadow to single eyeshadow. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them. I feel sort of lukewarm about Etude House in the Case Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow Palette! It’s fun to have but it isn’t a necessary purchase.

This comes in a long slim line plastic compact with a full size mirror and two double-ended sponge applicators. The 10 shades are a range of matte and shimmer shades but the matte finish eyeshadows do dominate in this palette. Mattes seem far and between with brand’s like Etude House which caters to a younger crowd of makeup users and lovers. Shimmer and sparkle seem to dominate their eyeshadow collection with some satins. Mattes though? Not as common which is why In the Cafe Play Color Eyes is an interesting release.

Sadly the mattes aren’t a great formula here. They are pretty dry but apply decently enough without patchiness. However, the color pay off is very, very sheer and you need a good deal of building to get fair color off. Note “fair”, as that’s about the extent of the color pay off you’ll get even after building.

Etude House In the Cafe Play Color Eyes palette

Etude House In the Cafe Play Color Eyes swatches

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The real stars here are the shimmer eyeshadows. These have a chunkier, flakier consistency but they apply beautifully with a liquid metal-like finish. The pigment is excellent here and I didn’t have any issues with fall out either which was a plus considering how “loose” the formula was. The very last shimmer in the palette is a little denser and produced very little color, this seems like more of a top coat.

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The Etude House In the Cafe Play Color Eyes is really a must have palette. If you’re ok with softer, sheerer mattes you might like this palette but honestly, I’ve seen far, far better from Etude House. This one just didn’t jump up and grab me. Honestly, though, I still feel compelled to say I’m glad I purchased it as I can definitely work with these shades when I’m doing quickie no-fuss looks. But again, it’s not something I’d recommend you run out and purchase.

For those interested many ebay.com sellers have it in stock now.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • Laura

    I was kind of hoping these would have a coffee scent. I’m still on the fence about it. It looks beautiful on you though. What lipstick and blush are you wearing? The combination looks amazing! I did order both Berry Delicious palettes though! They had me with the packaging!

  • Tina

    Hey Muse! I don’t know if you have tried BBIA and Beauty People Eyeshadows before as they are more popular online brands in S. Korea and Etude House is just well known overall. I would love to know your opinion on the BBIA and Beauty People, pigments, shadows and eyeliners (which are said to be extremely popular amongst online korean bloggers). They have extremely pretty natural and shimmery shades as well as matte and would love to know how they compare to a brand like Etude House.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Tina! I don’t have the pigments or eyeliners but I have a ton of the single eyeshadows. I can def get a review/swatches up for you soon 🙂

      • Tina

        Thanks Muse! It’s hard to find an english review on them so its great to know someone like you is taking the leap and being the first to review them. ^-^

  • genevieve

    It’s not just Etude that has problems delivering high quality matte shades – lots of brands, including HE, do. These are lovely shimmer colours and they look beautiful on you Isabella.