The first stories I ever read were fairy tales. My mother would always buy these little books for me, books about frog princes and warty witches and hapless goodhearted princesses. I grew up loving fairy tales and oh, what I won't give to be a princess myself! And then I got hold of a copy of Grimms' Fairy Tales when I was seven or eight. That one was a shocker for someone who had Disney stamped on her forehead.
Well, I still love princess stories no matter how sordid or saccharine they may get. :) Anyway today I will be reviewing the Etude House Etoinette Special Kit, the brand's princess-themed collection which was released last December if I'm not mistaken. It was inspired by the baroque extravagance of Marie Antoinette.
The set contains a blush, lipstick, kabuki brush, and mirror, all in pretty pastel pink packaging with elaborate dull gold flounces. It rather treads the fine line between looking classy and looking like a toy, but I'm inclined to think that it was all done tastefully. They bring a special brand of cuteness to any vanity!
The products themselves do not disappoint. Well the kabuki brush could be softer I suppose but otherwise I am loving the lipstick, mirror, and blush. Check out the swatches and how the makeup looks like when worn.
The Etude House Crystal Shine Lips in PPK002 is a bright pink with a warm plummy base. People always ask me what lipstick I'm wearing whenever I have this on. ;) It's not super opaque so I need to layer a couple of times to get this gorgeous wash of color, but I don't mind.
The Etude House Princess Etoinette Heart Blusher is another standout find. I was thinking it's just all cute and no substance but the blush actually performs well. It's a deep pink color with a bit of a frosty finish - odd and shiny if you think about it - but it gives this beautiful glow on the cheeks. It also stays on a good four to five hours, which I found surprising. If you don't like shiny blushes then this won't cut it for you though.
The puff is just for holding the loose hearts inside the jar; don't bother trying to use it for application. Just get your normal blush brush and swirl it around to get a nice amount of product. Don't worry, the hearts aren't as fragile as they look! I was able to swirl roughly and they stayed solid.
I am also loving the mirror that comes with the kit. The mirror is big, the compact thin AND light! I always bring this out with me now. You know how it is with the vain. ;)
And here I am wearing the blush and lipstick together. Now I'm not entirely sure about the availability of this specific set in the Philippines, but I hear that the Etude House Etoinette can already be found in stores. If you have the price info, please do share in the comments. I'm guessing these are a little more expensive than normal EH prices though! What do you think? Which one is your favorite from the set?