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REVIEW: Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

My parents were recently in South Korea and one of the things I asked her to bring back was Etude House’s famous Precious Mineral Blooming Fit which is something that I have used before. As it turns out, they no longer sell it.

They then explained that the product I am reviewing today is actually their new and updated version of the Precious Mineral Blooming Fit. They even changed the name to ‘ Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream’.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

After receiving this product, the first thing I noticed was the packaging. It’s definitely more simple than the previous version. I’ve inserted the image of the previous version below for those who are curious.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB Cream

I find the packaging on the new bottle to be simple and honestly, quite cheap looking. It’s now comes in a basic squeeze tube. I wished they kept the pump.

I purchased this for KRW15,000.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This BB cream comes in two different formulas. Matte and moist.

This comes in 5 shades:

  1. Beige
  2. Petal
  3. Sand
  4. Tan
  5. Vanilla

I have the shade Tan which is the darkest shade. For reference, my MAC shade is NC30. Tan is a tiny bit lighter than my skin and is a little pink for my yellow skin but it is still an okay match. Nothing a little bronzer can’t fix.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

“Multi-functional BB cream that protects and clears the skin through beautiful covers and blocking effects”

This BB cream contains SPF50+ PA+++ so it saves you from applying sunscreen separately. However, I sometimes on particular days, I like to apply extra sunscreen underneath.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This product has no scent. Again, I am leaning towards the previous version because it had a nice, soft, flowery scent.

After my daily morning skincare routine and priming with Etude House’s Beauty Shot Face Blur primer, I apply this BB cream.

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My face after applying Etude House Precious Mineral Beautifying Block Cream – Moist

This BB cream has a dewy finish and leaves a nice glow to the skin which I would not recommend for those with oily skin.

These two images were taken on the same day and time in two different lightings. The second is in natural lighting and you can see that this BB cream is a tiny bit pink but it looks okay. This is also my face with the rest of my makeup finished.

This has light coverage which would work really well for those who naturally have nice and clear skin. It feels lightweight. As the day progresses, the BB cream holds up pretty well. However, it cakes a little around my upper lip. If you sweat, this tends to fade especially around the forehead but it still isn’t too bad. From what I can remember, the formula is very close to the previous version and I don’t notice any difference.

Pros:

  • Lightweight feeling
  • Leaves a nice glow to the skin
  • Affordable
  • Has a wider shade range as compared to other Korean brands
  • Contains SPF50+

Cons:

  • Fades a little after sweating
  • Still a limited shade range
  • Cheap looking packaging

Overall rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: Lovely Cookie Blusher

Etude House was one of the first few Korean brands that I had discovered when I took an interest in South Korean culture. Their Lovely Cookie Blusher was also one of my first few purchases from them.

I purchased this blush in Japan for ¥500 which is roughly around $5 AUD.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

This blush actually came with a little powder puff which I never used so I disposed of it. I will insert a photo of what the original packaging looks like for those who are curious.

This as one of those makeup items I purchased on a whim and I came into this with no knowledge of it.

This is what Etude House has to say about it:

“A blusher that supplies cheeks with vivid colour for a preppy and gorgeous look. Easy and fun to apply with powder puff.”

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

The packaging of this blush is adorable with Etude House’s traditional cute, princess-y aesthetic. The blush is contained in a plastic, dome-like compact which allows the powder puff to sit perfectly inside.

I’m personally not a fan of the powder puff. It fails to dispense a desirable amount of product on my cheeks . It is also not waterproof and easy to clean. Because of this, I apply this blush on the apples of my cheeks with my trusty powder brush from Nude by Nature.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher – shades

This blusher comes in eight different shades which mainly consist of baby pink/coral type of shades which I am personally a fan of. I really don’t like certain type of blush colours (e.g. hot pink)

The shade I have is No. 6 Grape Fruit Jelly.

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher – No.6 Grape Fruit Jelly

The picture above is what the blush looks like. If you’re wondering why there’s a hole, it’s because I poked it with a needle to see how deep it was.

I have had this for 3 years and I have only made a faint dent. This lasts for so long!

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher

Everything on the back of the packaging is written in Japanese so unfortunately I am unable to provide any further information on what is written.

This blush is not the most pigmented blush out there. It just adds a soft wash of colour on the cheeks. However, it IS buildable. I am not one for very bright and strong blushers and I love to use this blush on days when I want to go fo fresh, dewy look. It is very easy to blend and does not fade throughout the day.

Pros:

  • The shades are very natural
  • Buildable
  • Cute packaging
  • Very affordable
  • Lasts very long

Cons:

  • Powder puff is practically useless

Overall rating: 4/5

REVIEW: Etude House Happy Essential Foam Collagen

Among the many products I purchased in South Korea, I have another product to review for you lovelies. It is the Happy Essential Foam Collagen by Etude House. I purchased this on a whim as I needed a new foam cleanser and it was also quite cheap.

Price purchased: W4000

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The cleansing foam I am reviewing is part of their Happy Essential foam line and it is one of five. I have collagen, which is the one in the pink packaging and it is best suited for those with dry skin.

This product claims to nourish the skin as well as brighten it.

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I can’t go too much into the packaging as there isn’t much to say. However, I do think it’s quite cute. The cleansing foam comes in your standard squeeze bottle.

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This product does a fair job at cleaning the face, washing out the leftover makeup with no difficulties. It foams up well and glides along the skin quite smoothly. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry which I really, really like. For its price, I think this product is of good quality and I recommend this for those looking for an inexpensive alternative.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Moisturising
  • Removes makeup well

Cons:

  • None

 

Overall rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur

I haven’t really experimented much with different primers but this is one I have been wanting to try for so long and it is Etude House’s Beauty Shot Face Blur. This primer is said to be lightweight which gives the skin a smooth finish with minimised pores and a bright complexion. The product even has SPF 15/PA++!

Price purchased: AUD$30

What it does:

  • Covers pores and bumpy skin to make skin look flawless.
  • Softening skin layer like filter effect to give smooth and even skin layer.
  • Natural whitening skin to make dark skin look bright and cover imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on screen and in real life.
  • Baby pixcel powder and cover powder compounds give 3-in-1 multi filter effect like adjusting light on skin.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Glycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Magnesium Sulfate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Fragrance(Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Mica (Ci 77019), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) 

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According to their website, this primer is made of ‘airy skin powder’ to give lightweight and comfortable wear for a long time. I’m not too sure what they mean by ‘airy skin powder’ which is something i’m quite curious about.

As you can see on the right, the primer does a fair job at reducing redness and making my skin appear a little brighter. The freckles on my face are also less noticeable which I really like. This primer makes my foundation look flawless and airbrushed and it holds pretty well throughout the day. However, I don’t recommend this for those who have oily skin as it does give you a slight dewy look, especially later in the day.

Pros: 

  • Reduces redness
  • Brightens skin
  • Makes the foundation look flawless

Cons:

  • Not fit for those with oily skin

 

Overall rating: 4/5