First off is the very popular Dear Darling Soda Tint. There is now a #BL601 on Instagram because this shade is just soooo popular. You can do all sorts of things with it. Etude House has other glittery lip offerings right now, but nothing comes close to the holo of BL601!!!
I was not super happy with the price conversion in Hong Kong so I thought that since my top 1 shade (BL601) was sold out, it wouldn’t be so wise to splurge. Once I see the Philippine pricing and feel that it’s more humane, PK003 and PP501 are also top picks of mine. I wanna use PK003 for everyday just to feel sassy hahaha. And PP501 because purple is such a good medium nowadays for turning the reds and browns we already own into mauves.
This is the lip swatch from their website. I already had to explain to each saleslady in Mandarin why I was swatching like crazy, so I think it’s apparent that a lip swatch and a headshot were already out of the question hahaha.
My top pick for myself is PP503 because I mostly use such shades. OR213 is also getting a lot of love from me because I am addicted to nude shades hahaha
And here are the lip swatches from Etude House’s website.
Last is the highlighter. I honestly was super sad over this! When I saw this on IG, I thought a mass makeup brand accessible in Asia had already finally picked up on the rainbow highlighter trend. But this is a very meek shade. No matter how pressure I was exerting, I just could not get it to swatch in the exact order of the pigments. And the pigments are too mild that each color does not conspicuously appear. This is meant to be mixed together, like the blush, in order to get this sort of mild holo effect. I’ll be honest that I didn’t buy this because it just wasn’t dramatic enough for me.
I think that for most people who are not blogging, this is a very good choice as this is very subtle, natural and just lends a soft ray of radiance to the wearer. This is also very fine milled so it doesn’t exacerbate the appearance of pores further. But it just wasn’t dramatic enough for me, as are their other highlighters. Their highlighters are good, but just not in alignment with my own vision of how a highlighter should work.