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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Etude House Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base (Mint Choux #01) Review



I am thankful I resisted the urge to buy this product last year. Very thankful indeed. Because when Etude House first started Baby Choux Base, the products were put in jars. I have always had fears of items in jars because being the hygiene junkie I am I have always viewed jar packaging as unhygienic because you'd repeatedly dip your hands (which may have germs) in them. You can go and use spoons or spreaders, but still you'd end up dipping germ-filled items into the product, which can lead to possible skin infections or faster spoilage of the product.

So I am just sooooo happy that their face primer now comes in tube! IN TUUUUUBE!!!! 


Tube packaging also means that you can be more sure that the product will not dry up so fast as most of  the product is safe in the tube, away from air. Dropping the product with the lid off is not as traumatic as in the jar form as only a little amount may spew out once dropped. The jar might spill half of its contents once dropped... 

Or even break given that the jar is glass... At least this plastic tube won't shatter...

So for formalities sake, here are photos of the box...

It is important to note that this product has SPF 25, meaning that it can be good enough to use as sunscreen. And if I heard correctly, the product may be priced the same as when it was still in jar but now there are more contents inside. If I heard correctly the jar format did not have as much as 35g of product.


Can I just that the box is soooo cute? I just love cream puffs anf the whole idea of putting cream puffs on the box is just soooo cute... How I wish that the tube itself had cream puffs on it!!!


Too bad there are no cream puffs here... 

But the first thing I want to note is that the product is sealed well. The box may not have tape over it but  there is a foil seal on the tube itself...


What then comes out is a light green cream that smells really sweet and fruity... by far this is one of the most fragrant products of Etude House that I have encountered (aside from their fruit scented cream blushes). 


When swatched on the hand it basically looks just like a sheer white veil... it's barely visible actually...

Basically the product does nothing for coverage. As in nothing (given that it is a primer/color corrector and not a BB cream/foundation). Do not expect anything to happen to your dark circles, pimples and blemishes. As in you can still see my pimples and dark circles sticking out like sore thumbs in the after photo... 

But if you do have reddish skin, do expect that this will somehow help to ease the redness and even out the skintone in a general sense. I know it's so weird but I'm an Asian with reddish skin. As in my skin may look yellow from afar but when you look in closely or look in better lighting my skin would reveal its reddish undertones. I think this is because our family is 10% Dutch, and even if my whole face looks Chinese and all the 10% must have manifested itself in my skintone... 

As for the other aspects of this product,  it also provides a natural white glow which will definitely help the BB cream look better, and texture wise it provides a good improvement by making the skin smoother, more chiffon like and more matte so that the BB cream can slide on better afterwards. My pores also felt less obvious (less bumpy when I touched them)... This might be a problem though for those already with dry or flaky skin because the product may amplify these problems further...

Color correction wise, this is still not as drastic as what I was hoping for, but this is better than really just my bare face. For those who already have very even skintones, you can actually use this as base makeup and use powder already for the next step. Or for those who want a fragrant sunscreen and those who don't really need that much SPF (for example you work in an office and don't walk under sunlight to get there), this may also be a good go-to product. But this may not be the kind of product that people with dark skin would want as it whitens the skin when applied to give that glow; I have yet to see if this product will oxidize to adapt to darker skintones and just give a slight glow or already look ghostly white... 

In terms of longevity the product was okay on my face even after 10 hours-- it did not move, cake, nor oil up. So I do think that this product can also help in oil control...

They also make this in two other variants (peach color and berry color) to suit other color correction needs so be sure to check your own undertones before buying! 

And to my fellow Pinoys, please do not assume that just because you live in Asia you already have yellow undertones. Pinoys have a lot of mix-in genes from Europeans and Americans and this may contribute to a more reddish skintone. We are not as "purebred" as our East Asian counterparts so as to have purely Asian genes and purely yellowish skin...  

To end this post, I got this item from BDJ Box for 628 pesos. You can also get this in all Etude House outlets for the same price. If I am not mistaken there are still jar editions being sold as of the moment so if that's your kind of thing you can also go for it. 

And that is it for my review! Please don't hesitate to ask if you have other questions on this product! 

And who else here has reddish undertones despite being Asian? Please also tell me on the comments box! 

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2 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for this review Mari!
    I live in Korea and am planning on doing a big makeup haul today, and I am really interested in this primer. I have olive skin (I am Mc NW25) but I do have slight redness and have been thinking about this product for a while. However I am a little worried as my skin is definitely darker than Korean skin and I don't want to look like a ghost :)

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    1. You're welcome! glad you got some info! I think it's not necessarily a problem if your skin is lighter in the sense that your foundation will work the same. Problems will only arise if you mix your foundation with some other shade and just figure out your shade on the spot because this primer will make your skin lighter. Other than that, your normal foundation will more or less just go on normally :)

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