November 16, 2017

Etude House Play Color Eyes Wine Party Review & Swatches

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I purchased the Etude House Play Color Eyes Wine Party Eyeshadow Palette several weeks ago when it launched for Fall 2017 and I literally just got around the using it earlier this month. It seems like the Holiday season came fast and hard this year so I didn’t have a chance to enjoy all the Fall makeup I hauled. None the less, regardless what stores are telling us, it’s still Fall and I can still make a lot of use out of this yummy burgundy eyeshadow palette.

I have a love hate relationship with Etude House Play Color Eyes Eyeshadow Palette. The quality isn’t nearly as good as their single range of shadows but I always end up buying their palettes because the color combos are always so outstanding plus if you’re willing to put the work in you can actually get some rather nice looks out of them. However, prepping, priming, a good cream base, and other tools are needed to get the best performance out of the shades in these palettes.

As with all the Play Color Eyes Palettes, Wine Party has a specific theme of shades. The shades here are deep wine hues, burgundies, and they even throw in some shimmery golds and browns. It’s a selection of shades that pair up very, very well together. This is why I have so much love for the Play Eyes Palettes! They aren’t the type of palette you’ll pick up and be confused about which shades match up with which. Etude House takes all the guest work out of pairing shades as they fit together shades that work well together and compliment each other. I’m sure if you’ve read my reviews on past palettes like Juice Bar, In the Cafe, and Beach Party you understand exactly what I mean.

I think the shadows run a little firmer and drier which makes them swatch poorly. Some shades are sheer which means you need a good cream base on your lid to intensify the colors The palette is dominated by mattes but does have two sheerer, chunkier shimmer shades that work as overcoats of a sort. I just think overall, you need to be able to donate a little time, love, and patience when using these. The good news is if you do dedicate that time you can get some good looks out of it. But don’t expect a silky, brilliant blendiable formula. I suggest a cream eyeshadow base, primer, and sponge applicators for good application.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Wine Party is wonderful selection of shades but the formula isn’t the best that the brand has to offer. I don’t regret the purchase though as I really liked some of the looks I got out of this palette.

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  • Christina

    A good selection of shades. They’re much prettier than I though they’d be from the promo pics.

    • Isabella Muse

      they always do a nice round up of shades! I just wish the formula was as silky as the singles!

  • kjh

    Always intrigued by these. They do put together some really idiot proof shades, not meaning to be offensive. That’s a great advantage to EH palettes. Right now, not liking fussy, so will write off, but they always hang together so well. You still own that corner of blogdom on Asian color products….since way before they became mainstream. Leader of the Pack! (Vroom, vroom!)

  • Eraser

    Got it a while ago but haven’t used it yet. I thought the colors were gorgeous, especially for us brunettes.

  • Yen

    These are so pretty! You say they swatch poorly, but somehow your swatches always make eyeshadows look smooth and pigmented. What is this magic??

  • Rebecca

    I bought the cherry one when it came out and I understand the mixed bag frustrations with these. The matte shades are awesome, but the more shimmery and glittery the colors get the harder they are to work with. I still don’t regret the purchase though, cute af packaging, nice range of colors, and a decent price.

  • Agona

    I bough a bunch of empty EH 8-pan palettes and stuck their Look at My Eyes singles in them. They’re my go-to work day shadows now!

  • Jen

    I use this palette more than anything in my drawer lately for the versatility. I agree the formula is a bit stiff, but I find it still feels soft enough on my lid once applied and blends fairly nicely with a brush!

  • genevieve

    Those shades really do suit you and I love the lipstick shade you are wearing with the second photo.
    On another note, I am putting together a beauty bag of goodies (her favourites) for my daughter in law for Christmas. We were looking at the Clarins Joli Rouge lipsticks that were on sale at a beauty retailer here in Aus. She was really interested in the Petal Pink and Coral Tulip shades and when I typed them into the browser to show her what they looked like – up came your name, with swatches and reviews. I was absolutely delighted as Anika has the same colouring as you (but with hazel eyes). She loved your review and how the lipsticks looked on you and knew that they would suit her.
    Well the lippies have arrived, and whilst it is part of her Christmas gift, she couldn’t wait to try them and sure enough, they looked wonderful on her.
    Even though your posting was 2 years ago, everything you do is so, so worthwhile. Thank you so much.