June 21, 2018

Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette Review & Swatches

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3 stars out of 5

Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette review

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 Swatches (Pajama Party, Rehearsal, Lace, Pink Skin, Pink Stage)

Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette (Backstage, Model Walking, Silk Gown, Purple Slip, After Party)

Etude House Lingerie Backstage Play Color Eye Palette Swatches (See Through, Nude Beige, Final, V Secret, Corset)

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.

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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  • Christina

    That’s a pretty pink look on you. I tend to gravitate towards shades like these, so I have a lot of soft pinks and plums that I wouldn’t need this, but it’s a nice line-up of shades.

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks ;-D I had fun with this one even if the formula sucked!

  • Jujubes

    The shades are really pretty, but what a pity they are dry…I have a few palettes like this, not the easiest to blend but I use them just because the colors are exactly what I want! πŸ˜‰ I have my eye on the Kose Visee Namie Amuro eye palettes coming out in 2 weeks, I find the Japanese eye shadows smoother, though not heavily pigmented.

    • Isabella Muse

      SAME here! They always have great color lines up and they are exactly paired the way I like! The formula needs a lot of work but I still love ;-D I can’t believe it has been nearly twenty years since Namie worked with Visee! That’s insane! what’s even more insane is she does not look 40!

      • Jujubes

        She could pass for a 25 year old!! She’s so beautiful, I love her. I am so getting at least one of her palettes!!

    • kjh

      Isn’t Kose the brand that owns Tarte? I like the sheet masks…. gotta google this. Plus, idk who Namie is…and clearly am missing something.

      • Isabella Muse

        Yup! Kose purchased them a few years ago. Kose also owns a slew of other brands as well like Decorte, Jill Stuart, Addiction, and a slew of others ;-D Namie’s the queen of J-Pop ;-D She’s an all-one-wonder! Singer, dancer, model, etc..etc…etc.. ;D

    • Christina

      I have been living under a rock. I had no idea she was doing another collection with them. The colors are so pretty! I just wish they were more pigmented!

  • kjh

    Love the colors. But 50% of the time, it’s Morris the Cat time, with ‘I’m far too finicky to deal with that.’ But you inspire me. Much as I hate Bobbi sparkle shadows, I have on Peripera turquoise or teal something mascara and no shadow, so i’ll go home and play with BB sun sand surf whatever, where the shadows are in a stripe, and they look different in the pan, but translate to grossly the same……Can you say not a BB eye fan? If I get s.t. that is difficult, like Backtalk, then it’s Tim Gunn time; Make It Work. I guess I refuse to give in, but don’t want to invite an issue that you forewarned me about. Zoeva cream shadow bushes, and doubtless others, think I have a Billy B, also do pretty well for packing, if one is finger averse.

    • Isabella Muse

      I am too sort of! especially in the AM when I can’t deal with stuff like this! But when I have time, I don’t mind so much! I’m actually one of the few that really like Bobbi’s Sparkle Eyeshadows. They were my favorite a few years ago ;-D But I can see why others would hate ’em!

      • kjh

        Mostly, they just piss me off because the colors wind up with too little differentiation. Why have a sea and sand palette, when the blue family looks pretty much the same, and the neutrals look, uh, pretty much the same? Loved bobbi’s original l/s range, BITD, but the e/s, not so much. Do have to give them points for a simple wash of color, though.

        • Isabella Muse

          I always find the sparkle shades are best used individually and not together!

  • Auroraboros

    Hi! Are you going to review the leopard palette too? That’s the one I was most interested in πŸ™‚

  • Kel Habicht

    i think its pretty but there are too many light colors. i mostly wear pinks but i don’t think these would show up on me.

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ a little too frosty for me ;-D but I had fun playing with it!

  • Debi

    These cooler shades are gorgeous! Thank you for going cool for those of us who leave warmth for the weather.

  • Midori

    I love, love, love the look you’ve created with it! You look beautiful! Etude House eyeshadows always speak to me with their gorgeous colours even though the formula may not necessarily be my favourite.
    P. S. It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by here but I just wanted to say how much I’m loving the changes to your blog!

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks πŸ™‚ xoxo! ITA! the formula isn’t something there but the shades are so lovely! Aw thanks!