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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall 2009: Etude House Moistfull Collagen (Part 1: base makeup)

Etude House's fall collection is called Moistfull Collagen vs. Code: B. Moistfull Collagen consists of various base makeup items and skincare whereas Code: B is the makeup color collection. Honestly Code: B is a snore and I only picked up one (but a very pretty) lipgloss up from the collection.


I however purchased quite a bunch of the Moistfull Collagen collection with mixed results. I like the original Moistfull range so seeing base makeup from the new improved series really excited me and I indulged shamelessly in quite a few of them.

I will review the makeup items in this post and leave the few bits of skincare for later.

The Moistfull Collagen base makeup collection consists of:
-Essence-In Primer (a dual-phase spray) - 10000 Won
-Essence-In Base SPF22 PA+ (pink or green) - 13500 Won
-Essence-In Foundation SPF22 PA+ (2 colors: #1 and 2) - 13500 Won
-Balm SPF36 (1 color only) - 16500 Won
-Essence-In Pact SPF25 PA++ (
2 colors: #1 and 2)- 15500 Won


I got all items except for the primer spray.


Essence-In Base:
This comes in bulky plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. I got the pink version (#2 Shimmer Essence) as I thought it would do a nice job of illuminating my pale skin.


The base is a lightweight cream with a smooth and silky feeling when you spread it. It nearly covers nothing but as I expected brightens my complexion and gives a soft pearly sheen.


So far so good...but unfortunately my skin reacted almost instantly to this product. I got a red rash on my right cheek along with a burning sensation so I had to remove the base and I won't be using it again.

Essence-In Foundation:
The packaging is like the one of the Essence-In Base but the top part is purple instead of peach.


The texture and coverage (about sheer-medium and buildable) are excellent, very moisturizing and smooth. However the color (#1 which is the lighter one) is so off (too dark and yellow) that it looked so fake on me I had to remove it. I think this would be suitable for a NC20-25.


It leaves a beautiful dewy finish and it's really a pity that this doesn't work for me.


Balm:


The balm comes housed in a very pretty light peach compact with an opalescent top. The balm is tightly covered by a soft plastic tray and comes with 2 sponges.

This is the only product among the Moistfull Collagen base makeup series that works for me and I really love it (and will order a few more to store in the car, purse etc.). This is actually astonishing me as I expected this to be the item I would like the least.


This is a solid foundation balm which only comes in one color mixed with white swirls of moisture cream. Together they blend to a very light beige which is really *so* close to my natural skin color. I think this would only work up to a NC-20, for anyone more tan than this it will probably be too light.


I love using this when I am on the run and too lazy for makeup but still want even skin (coverage is medium) with a pretty dewy sheen.
I should add that the lasting power of this isn't that great, only 3-4 hours if you don't set it with powder.


This has a pleasant scent like all the Moistfull Collagen range. It's a lighter and prettier scent than the original series carries.
The balm came in a set with the Cream (will be reviewed later) which cost me 31500 Won. The balm came packed together with a sample of the cream, too!


Essence-In Pact:


This is the obligatory pressed powder from the Moistfull Collagen range. I was delighted to find a moisturizing powder compact from Etude House as I like some of their powders.
The compact is purple with an opalescent cover, just like the compact of the balm but in purple.


The Essence-In Pact is too dry for me and the color doesn't match either. It's a very light-toned powder but the yellow tones aren't suitable for me so I can't wear this either.
I even ordered 2 of this by mistake!


I think I should just stop trying foundations and stick with my beloved and trusted Maquillage foundation and powders! However the balm is a great addition to my morning skincare!

I got my stuff from etudegmark on Gmarket. I purchased a whole lot more stuff (especially from their new body care products) and got some nice freebies.

12 comments:

Blovet Beauty said...

wow... nice haul! i always like EH packaging.. it's enough to win me over...

Kaye said...

I tried samples of Moistfull toner and emulsion and broke out bad! So now I'm sticking to Laneige until my Sana Nameraka stuff arrive.

miss_waterlily said...

finally i see ur long-awaited review XD
I kinda been lemming the range now i see ur reviews i know exactly what to purchase, thanks kathi;-)

Ti_Amo said...

Now I want that balm and the essence In foundation--looks exactly my shade! Will have to keep a look out! thanks for the reviews :)

Daituf said...

I love their packaging!!!
Thanks for the review! I am definitely intrigued...

~Lisa said...

Aww, I want an Etude House in Canada =[ *sigh* Everything's available online-only now :\

But the packing of these are so nice ^^ I want to try that base. . . hehe, hopefully my skin won't react to it

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mandy said...

Great reviews :) Does this range work only for those with normal-dry skin? The foundation sounds nice and the packaging is pretty too!

MEii said...

omg thanks for the review, i've been thinking of trying the essence-in foundation since sept but cant decide which color to use and its so hard to find reviews about it on the web and i was thinking of getting #2 cuz i thought #1 might be light for my skin but after reading ur review #1 is suitable for NC20-25 and i'm nc25. thanks!

findingNEVERLAND said...

I'm absolutely in love with all your etude purchases <3

LoveMe said...

wow. i was just curious about this brand.

Anonymous said...

hi! which should be applied first? the foundation or the balm? tnx!

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD SAME HERE WHEN I USE THE ETUDE BASE MAKE UP I USE THE GREEN COLOR, I THOUGHT IT WILL BE VERY GOOD ON MY SKIN AS THE KOREAN LADY IN THE SHOP SAID SO, BUT MY FACE GOT INSTANT REACTION IN THIS PRODUCT MY FACE FEELS TERRIBLY ITCHY AND RED, ITS HARD FOR ME TO SUFFER THE SWELLING AND REDNESS FOR 3 DAYS AS MY JOB AS A LOBBY LOUNGE SINGER AFFECTS ME SO MUCH..WASTE OF MONEY AND GREAT SUFFERING TO MY FACE...SOOOO DISAPPOINTING..

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