Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Polishes from Etude House

Last Saturday I went to Sunway Pyramid since I haven't been there in awhile, in search for new colours that might interest me or colours that I want and have not already own. As I passed by this store Etude House, I noticed they have quite a number of customers. I thought *Hmm* and went to check it out. Oh, its not like I've not been into Etude House before.. I was rather put off for awhile after purchasing their matte series of nail polishes and was totally put off. They were so tedious to apply, and almost never smooth out properly. Anyway, this time I decided I should give their "normal" or the gloss ones (since I've got Inglot's matte topcoat which I'm quite satisfied with) a try before scrapping off their brand from my list of nail polishes.

And then I know why there were many people. They were having mega sales! Yay! 

So, I've been in a search for a pale light blue for awhile now. 
Etude House BL501 Nail Polish Review
Etude House BL501 - MYR 5.90
Yeap. Just the shade that I wanted. Oh, I got it at MYR 4.13 and that, to me is very good. An excellent bargain. They were 30% discount. Normal price is MYR 5.90. And the quality is not too bad. The pictures of my nails are 3 coats. There is subtle bubbling though....but I'm sure I can fix that if not, reduce the bubbling issues by dipping my fingers into a bowl of icy cold water. Overall, I am very satisfied. Oh oH!! They do dry pretty fast!! Which is what I really like. Hahaha!!

Okay moving on, I got myself a pale light brown polish too. It is also another colour that I've been wanting to get.
Etude House BR307 Nail Polish Review
Etude House BR307 - MYR 9.90
Alright, notice the price difference? I asked the salesgirl there about it too. Why the price difference? And she told me its because the one that has this dark purplish cap have smoother application. Less streaky. She even proved it to me by sampling it on my sister's finger (since mine already had polishes hahaha!!). But I saw that she was kinda scared. I guess she must be worried if she was proven otherwise.. I saw a washed of relief on her face when she was "right". Honestly, even though I witness it before my very eyes, something in me says its gonna be the same.

And my instincts proved me right. I re-applied these 3 times. Because there were bubbling issues. I hate little bubbles trapped in polishes. And I didn't shake them at all. (I do think its because Malaysia is so darn hot nowadays). They were rather streaky too. Nothing like what was demonstrated. Anyway, on my third try I prepared a bowl of icy cold water to dipped my nails in, after each application. In the picture above, I used 2 coats.

Were they really easier to apply? Actually, no. I don't see any difference when I used them. Maybe I'm just really bad luck and happened to pick the bad bottle. *sigh*. Anyway, luckily this one is on discount too 30% as well. I got it for MYR 6.93. I really like the shade though. It's just right for the ideas I have in mind.

There are pro and cons in using Icy cold water to dry nails faster or cool down the temperature of one's hands. I read on the internet to leave it in for at least 2 minutes. But I tried, and two minutes really isn't enough. I keep them inside the bowl for at least 5 minutes or longer between each coats.

The Good : Faster drying time, less bubbles
The Bad   : Wrinkly fingers... hahahaha. Sometimes if water is too cold you can actually feel your finger freezes. Do take them out even if its not yet 2 minutes. Wait a little while and then dip them in again.


So yes, back to the topic about those nail polishes and the brand. In conclusion, while there are dislikes about the polishes, I am quite satisfied. And I will return to buy again should I see any colour I lack or fancy in the future. However, I will not repurchase any of their Matte polishes. Way too streaky for me. 

Till the next post,

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