Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette ($22.99) is one of three new 15-pan eyeshadow palettes that launched Korea recently for Summer 2018 that includes an assortment of cooler pinks, grays, plums and taupes. I’ve already reviewed the warmest of the three palettes which is the Etude House Trench Coat Showroom Play Color Eye Palette and as you know I do prefer warmer shades but I do like how pink looks on my eyes so I decided to purchase this and see what sort of looks I might be able to get out of it.
Here’s my thoughts!
Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette arrives in a pale pink compact with a fishnet logo decorating the front. There’s a full-size mirror inside with 15 eyeshadows that are 0.03 oz each. If I had to pick a favorite of the three palettes Etude House launched this would be it in terms of packaging as I really love all the pretty pink.
Unlike the Trench Coat Showroom Play Color Eye Palette I didn’t feel confused about how the shades would work together. They all seemed to line up quite well for me although, I will say there are a lot of shades that sort of look similiar and run together a tiny little bit but all in all it really is a great selections of plums, pinks, taupes, and browns that all work well together.
The palette contains 7 mattes, a few satins, and a few chunkier sparkle shades. Some of the sparkle shades remind me of Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Eyeshadow formula as they have a chunky pressed pigment texture that does flake up a good bit and work best when applied by tapping on with finger rather than a brush. I’ve mentioned in my past review that some of Etude House’s smaller Play Color Eye Palettes such as In the Cafe, Peach Farm, and Wine Party don’t always have a strong formula (but I still collect and love them crazily). There was some improvement upon the texture and consistency when I tested out the Trench Coat Palette but that doesn’t quite extend to the Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette. The mattes are quite firm and drier and I had a little bit with many shades applying very sheer. If you use a sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicator that goes a long way to pack color on your lid but using a regular brush I could barely pick up color. The satins packed the most pigment and had the softest texture here with a nice velvety texture. The sparkles are very chunky but very pretty when applied by patting them gently on the lid with a fingertip.
I can pretty much rant all day about how firm and disappointing the mattes were but in the end with plenty of TLC I was able to create a ton of pretty pink and plum looks using this palette that I actually really, really liked. Go figure!
Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette has its moments. This isn’t an eyeshadow formula I’d rave but like the regular line of Play Color Eye Palettes I’m actually pretty happy to have it. These freaking eyeshadow palettes are really weird at times because I can rant and rant and rant about them but when I spend time applying them I’m always really happy with the end result even though the formula proves difficult to work with. Weird I know ;-D
I probably wouldn’t recommend it as your first Etude House purchase as it isn’t a great representation of the brand but if you already used and worked with some of their past palettes and had some success you might want to explore this. I really don’t regret the purchase as I knew what I was getting into prior to buying this and even though my prior experience with the Trench Coat Palette was quite good it didn’t surprise me that the Lingerie Backstage wasn’t as good.
I will say it is worth exploring for seasoned Etude House eyeshadow palette fans though!
Where to buy
Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette is a new eyeshadow palette that contains 15 matte, sparkle, and satin eyeshadows that are 0.03 oz each in cool tones of pink, rose, taupe, brown, plum. The formula leaves a lot to be desired with the mattes having a firmer difficult to blend formula and the sparkle shades have a chunkier texture with some fall out but I have to admit I created some really great eye looks using it despite all this.
- Really a beautiful selection of cooler pinks and plums!
- Quite affordable for 15 shades at around $22 from some sellers.
- Mattes are quite dry and firm with a difficult to blend texture.
- Sparkles are pretty but chunky and need to be applied with a finger not a brush.
- Not really a run and done palette! Looks can’t be rushed and you have to spend time blending well to get the best looks due to a poorer shadow formula.
I do think the Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette should be appealing to those who are familiar with the Play Color Eye Palettes and have played with them before and understand what they are getting into. This isn’t the best formula in the world but there’s so much potential to great really nice looks with this round up of shades.