Purple, glitter, and purple glitters

In this mani I have Illamasqua Jo’Mina layered with PGR702 by etude house (name translates as DJ-ing Show). It has, *deep breath now*, purple, pink and green bar glitter, purple mini glitter and small purple squares. Not professional, but rather cute.

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Unfortunately etude house does not play that well with Illamasqua (or indeed any other 3-free polishes) which reinforces by theory that it is not 3-free. The polishes take a looooong time to dry, much long than Illamasqua usually does.

DJ-ing the show

This polish does not become opaque even though it looks like it might in the bottle, it’s strictly a topping glitter. If you are looking to buy this and don’t have an etude house nearby there are a couple of options on ebay and you can usually expect to pay about $5 a bottle with free shipping. My bottle is swapped with a friend, and was originally purchased in store.

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Boom Boom (dear my party) by Etude House

This weather just makes me feel blurghhhh. I was wearing Essence I gotta a secret as a plain mani and the friend I gifted the etude polishes to earlier suggested I should borrow one of her polishes and layer a glitter over to cheer up my mani at least. That’s a rainy day friend.

This polish is part of the Etude House ‘dear my party’ range and I think the name translates as Boom Boom? Any way it’s red, white, purple and black matte diamond glitters, silver diamond glitters and black and white bar glitter. Boom Boom indeed! The silver glitters are curling/taco-ing a bit 😦 but it doesn’t stand out too much. I really like it although I think that one colour less (either no red or purple) might have made it a bit easier to work with. It’s backed with glitter but I often ended up one colour short on nail so it looked a bit off and I went back and did double layers. I think a lighter coat would look better if you could get the colour distribution working.

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Edited to add – I always seem to get lots of questions on where to get these polishes. Both kollectionK and ebay are good sources. On ebay you’ll find this polish as PWH905, I’ve used f2plus1 and pretty christmas and could recommend them both (neither seller is affliated with me). Expect to pay around $5 with free shipping.

Etude House Ice-cream Nail Polish – Mint Chocochip

This is a swatch of the etude icecream polishes in mint chocochip. My teenager got this for me as a Mothers Day present! Isn’t that the sweetest thing? Speckled nail polishes are a real trend this season between the i’mperfection nail polishes like illamasqua and the Deborah Lippmann speckled polish. This polish has a combination of small pink square, copper and pale green hexagonal glitters and smaller black circular glitters against a blue-green creme background. This is three coats.

Etude House Chocochip Close-up

Anyway, the etude house icecream polish is not a dupe for the Illamasqua or Lippmann polishes. The colour sits between the blue of Fragile/Rockin’ Robin and the green of Mottle. The Illamasqua polishes seem to have all black hexagonal/small circle glitter and the Deborah Lippmann polishes have small back circles only. However it’s a really pretty take on the trend and a good way to try the trend for a lower price tag. (Also the packaging, in the icecream cone bottle is utterly adorable.) EDITED TO ADD: I seem to be getting a lot of searchers looking for where to buy this polish … the mint colour seems to be going for more on ebay than the others in the sweet recipe icecream series, but at last glance it’s available through pretty christmas who I have used before and liked. The store is not affliated to me in anyway. Hope this helps my fellow polish-loonies!

e Chocochip Icecream Polish

On the negative side – the wear time is not excellent, I already have a little tip wear after 12 hours. The formula is a bit painful – thin but heavy with glitter so you need some dabbling to get the glitter in place and it’s very easy to get messy cuticles. I also can’t find any evidence that this is a 3-free nail polish, so that may be an issue as well.

Face off – Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream SPF30/PA++ vs Za Cosmetics 12-in-1 Total Hydration BB cream SPF 43/PA+++

The previous face off posts seemed to be popular so this seemed like it might be worth doing. Za cosmetics is not known as widely as some of the other brands. It is the drugstore end of the Shisedo brand and had only really been offered in China and Indonesia traditionally but is now spreading through the rest of SE Asia. It’s a great drugstore brand and I wish I could get it more easily in Australia, the cleansing oil is fab.

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The etude house cream is initially a touch more beige than the za which is good and the texture is thicker.

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The RRP of the za bb cream is about $SG16.50/20ml in singapore. The etude house cream looks like it retails for around $SG39.90. Both have one shade which may be an issue for darker skin tones. The Za cream claims 12-in-1 benefits but I ca

The etude cream also has a slightly blue undertone which knocks out some of the yellower under tones that asian skin can have but is more likely to give the grey-ish tinge pinker toned caucasian skins sometimes see when they use bb creams.

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Blended, after 5 mins

Blended, after 5 mins

The Etude is a touch more glowing/dewy and much more smoothing on the pores and fine lines  than the Za which is lighter coverage and matte. The Za is a more yellow toned cream than many of the bb creams I have tried so might be relatively good for more sallow/yellow-ish skin tones. Overall the Za cream is one of the most pleasant to use on my combination skins in terms of texture, it’s a nice blend of oil control and moisturising and is my pick from these two products.

Face off – Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream SPF30/PA++ vs Maybelline BB cream Pure Mineral SPF 50/PA+++

The previous face off posts seemed to be popular so this seemed like it might be worth doing. I’d fill you in on the 8-1 benefits claims the Maybelline makes, but I can’t read them hahahaha… so please fill me in if you can.

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The RRP of the Maybelline cream is about $SG16.90/30ml in singapore. The etude house cream looks like it retails for around $SG39.90. the etude house cream comes in 4 shades whilst the Maybelline has one colour which is quite neutral.

The etude house cream is initially a touch more beige than the Maybelline which is good and the texture is thicker. The etude cream also has a slightly blue undertone which knocks out some of the yellower under tones that asian skin can have but is more likely to give the grey-ish tinge pinker toned caucasian skins sometimes see when they use bb creams.

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Blended, after 5 mins

Blended, after 5 mins

The Etude is a touch more glowing/dewy than the Maybelline which is more matte.  Both are and quite smoothing on the pores and fine lines, although the Maybelline is probably the more matte and gives a slightly lighter coverage. I look for a smoothing effect as I have large-ish pores, but it’s worth noting the ingredients include silicones like dimethicone which can be clogging. For me the Maybelline is a more natural ‘my skin but better’ and etude is slightly heavier coverage and better for when you want a more made up look.

Face off – Etude House Precious Mineral BB cream SPF30/PA++ vs L’Oreal BB cream “UV Perfect” SPF 50+/PA+++

The previous face off post seemed to be popular so this seemed like it might be worth doing. The etude house cream is initially a touch more beige than the L’oreal which is good and the texture is thicker.

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The RRP of the L’Oreal cream is about $SG17.50/30ml in singapore (although I purchased mine in Indonesia so paid about 70% of that). The etude house cream looks like it retails for around $SG39.90. the etude house cream comes in 4 shades whilst the L’oreal has one colour ‘whitening’ which I can do on my skin tone and just look a touch paler but I suspect might not work as much on darker toned skins.

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The etude cream also has a slightly blue undertone which knocks out some of the yellower under tones that asian skin can have but is more likely to give the grey-ish tinge pinker toned caucasian skins sometimes see when they use bb creams.

Immediately after application

Immediately after application

Full blended and left for 5 mins

Full blended and left for 5 mins

The Etude is a touch more glowing/dewy and much more smoothing on the pores and fine lines  than the L’oreal which is more fluid and illuminating. I prefer the more smoothing effect as I have large-ish pores, but it’s worth noting the ingredients include silicones like dimethicone which can be clogging. I found that the etude was a better product for my skin and the smoothing effect was relatively long lived on my oil-y slightly sallow skin. The biggest downside is the higher price tag and lower sun protection.  More mature skins would probably prefer the L’Oreal, as would anyone with a pink undertone in their skin.

Korean nail polishes rule the school

I am the best enabler friend a polish fan could want. Check out these little beauties I picked up in etude house to replace the ‘missing‘ Illamasqua ones I promised my friend for her birthday. There is a matte red/white/black diamond shaped glitter, with silver diamond shaped glitter, and bar glitter polish (I’m dying to get my own bottle of this one), the etude icecream which is supposed to be a dupe for the Illamasqua freckled polishes and a green/purple/silver/black bar glitter polish. And the total damage to my wallet… $SG20.70 ($16AU) which is less than the cost of one illamasqua polish.

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I also scored some sample of the etude bb cream for free so I’ll do a comparison post with the l’oreal bb cream as the garnier/l’oreal bb cream comparison seemed popular. They sure know how to get me in, it’s a good thing they aren’t expanded into Australia yet for my wallets sake!!!