Etude House Play 101 Pencils 4, 8, 13, 50

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Etude House Play 101 Pencils 4, 8, 13, 50

Etude House Play 101 Pencils have been released last year. With 50 pencils in the line, there is a wide variety of colors to choose from. They are so versatile because you can use them in so many different ways: lip liner, lip gloss, lip color, blush, concealer, bronzer, highlighter, eye base, eye liner, eye shadow or brow liner. The Etude House Play 101 Pencils come in 5 different textures and finishes: creamy, glitter, shimmering, matte and glossy.

What Etude House says:

☆ No smudging, clean make up waterproof type
☆ Clear color with vivid application
☆ Creamy: Silky fit clear color
☆ Matte: Soft application but powdery finish, For eye base, contour shadow, concealer and eyebrows
☆ Glossy: Moisture texture with gloss, for lips, blusher and wide areas
☆ Shimmering: Small pearl particles giving soft shine
☆ Glitter: Particles with big glitter pearl providing bling bling colorful make up look

Etude House Play 101 Pencils 4, 8, 13 and 50

I first bought Etude House Play 101 Pencils in shades 12 and 16 (reviewed here), then went back for shades 3, 15 and 25 (reviewed here). I got really smitten with these pencils that I vowed to collect them all. All the colors that appeal to me, that is. I have also recently reviewed shades 27 and 41 here. Now, I’m reviewing my recently purchased Etude House Play 101 Pencils in shades 4, 8, 13 and 50.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 4

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 4

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #4 is a very light pink with silver glitters. As it has a glitter finish, it is recommended for use as an eye shadow or eye liner. It has a smooth texture and it glides easily without tugging on the eyes. The glitters are not too chunky therefore the finish is very pretty and there are minimal, if any, fallouts.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 4 Swatches

Even without a primer, Etude House Play 101 Pencil #4 didn’t smudge. It dries quite fast, so you’ll have to be quick if you need to blend it before it completely sets. On my oily lids, Etude House Play 101 Pencil #4 didn’ t crease at all and was surprisingly long-lasting.

I love using Etude House Play 101 Pencil #4 as a light wash of color for the entire eye lid area, as well as on the undereye area. It can also be used just as a highlight to the inner corner of the eye as well as the inner 1/3 of the undereye area. This can help brighten the overall look of your eye makeup. It lasts around 6 to 7 hours on me and it was very easy to remove using an eye makeup remover.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 8

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 8

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #8 has a matte finish and it is recommended for use as a base or as an eye shadow. It is a warm-toned light beige that can be used as an eyeshadow base. I have only used it as a concealer though, and I must say that it really delivers.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 8 Swatches

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #8 is very easy to use as a concealer. Before I bought this, my favorite concealer was NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. But that one is a hassle to apply especially because I don’t apply it directly and still use a brush. With the Etude House Play 101 Pencil #8, I can apply it directly on my dark spots, blend a bit, and it’s done! It also applies smoothly and is quite pigmented. It dries fairly fast and is also long-lasting. It lasts around 8 to 9 hours on me, which is usually until the time I remove my entire makeup. 😉

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 13

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 13

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #13 is a bright orange with gold glitters. Even though it has a glitter finish, it is recommended for use not just as an eyeshadow but also as a blush or even for the lips. At first, I had only used it on the lips. But later tested it on my cheeks as well, then finally used it as an eyeshadow. Play 101 Pencil #13 looks really cool however I use it.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 13 Swatches

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #13 has a smooth texture and it glides easily without tugging on the lips. The glitters are not too chunky therefore the finish is very pretty. It is a shimmery golden orange on the lips that will look great as a highlight for the center of the lips to add dimension and fullness. When used for the whole lips, it looks glamorous and reminds me of those MAC lipsticks that seem golden bronze on the lips. However, Etude House Play 101 Pencil #13 is a much wearable color than the MAC ones. If you’re planning on wearing it as a full-on lipcolor, I recommend applying a lipbalm underneath it because it tends to be a bit drying due to the micro glitters. It sets quickly and lasts around 4 to 5 hours on my lips.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 13 swatches

When used lightly as a blush, it looks gorgeous as well. The micro shimmers do not accentuate the pores and application is a breeze. I just draw a few lines where I want my blush, then quickly and gently blend. It only lasts around 4 to 5 hours on my cheeks, but that’s probably because I only apply a little amount.

I love using Etude House Play 101 Pencil #13 as an eyeshadow. Much like Play 101 Pencil #27, it applies smoothly and doesn’t tug on my eyes. It dries quite fast, so you’ll have to be quick if you need to blend it before it completely sets. On my oily lids, Etude House Play 101 Pencil #13 didn’ t crease at all and was surprisingly long-lasting. It lasts around 7 to 8 hours on me and it was very easy to remove using an eye makeup remover.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 50

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 50

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #50 has a creamy finish and it is recommended for use as an eye shadow or eye liner. It is a dark brown with no shimmers at all. Because of this, I like using it as an eyeliner or tightliner. I love glittery and shimmery eyeshadows but for eyeliners, I often prefer matte, creamy or non-glittery liners. I still use glittery eyeliners sometimes, though. 😉

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 50

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #50 applies smoothly and glides easily along my upper waterline. It is very pigmented so I don’t have to repeat the process just to make sure that the color is really evident. Before it dries, it smudges easily so it can also be used for smokey eye makeup. Once it dries though, you’ll be surprised that it doesn’t budge at all. Etude House 101 Pencil #50 dries fairly fast and is very long-lasting even on my oily lids.

Etude House Play 101 Pencil 50 Swatches

For daytime makeup, Etude House Play 101 Pencil #50 is my current favorite tightliner. I also sometimes wing out my eyeliner for added drama. It lasts around 7 to 8 hours on me and it was also very easy to remove using a regular eye makeup remover.

Etude House Play 101 Pencils 4, 8, 13, 50

The Etude House Play 101 Pencils come with a built-in sharpener at the other end of the pencil. To get more product out, all you have to do is twist the colored part at the end of the pencil where the sharpener is housed. Then use the hidden sharpener if you need to sharpen the tip.

I bought these Play 101 Pencils from Etude House in Robinsons Manila for Php348 each. These are really great products that are so versatile and super easy to use. I highly recommend for you to check them out if you haven’t yet.

Yesterday was the last day of the Etude House Hello New Year Sale, so I was able to buy 8 more shades at 20% off. I gave 1 to my sister-in-law who visited earlier today. She was so ecstatic when I showed her the Play 101 Pencils and told her how versatile these pencils are. At only 18, she is still just a newbie at makeup and was intrigued when I showed her how to do tightlining. So I gave her my newly purchased shade 50 so she can practice tightlining her eyes. It was supposed to be my backup, but I’ll just buy another one. I’m just glad to have made her really happy. 😉

Do you have an Etude House store in your country? If not, how do you order Etude House products if you do? What are your thoughts on the Etude House Play 101 Pencils? 🙂

Alyssa Melanie

6 Comments

  1. Hey Alyssa, these pencils do seem pretty versatile! I’m wondering if #8 can be used to brighten the waterline as well. I’ve never seen a pencil like this that works as a concealer! No Etude here in Belgium, but next time I’m back in Taipei I’ll make sure I check these out 🙂

    • Hi Sunny! Yes they are so versatile and easy to use that’s why I really love them. 🙂 #8 can be used on the waterline, but it doesn’t seem to be bright enough for me, so I only use it as a concealer. When are you going back to Taipei? You really should check these pencils out! 😉

  2. Alexandra-elisabet Dorofte on

    these pencils do seem pretty versatile , unfortunetly for me this brand is not in my country ; romania

    • Hi Alexandra! EtudeHouse.com now ships worldwide, and I believe that Amazon.com sells Etude House products too! I hope you can try them out soon. 🙂

  3. Hi Alyssa, thanks for the great review. I’m living in the south of Vietnam, which means it’s summer every single day of the year, and it’s hard to find the right eyeliner for tightlining. I’ve been trying a lot of pencil liners for my tightline but all of them smudge badly no matter how water-proof they promise. I’m quite interested in the Etude House Play 101 Pencil #50 after reading your review, but still hesitate about getting one since my friend told me to avoid eyeliners with creamy formula if I don’t want to become a panda at the end of the day 🙁 . So could you give me some advice please?cuz I’m pretty desperate now! ><

    • Hi Thao! I know how it feels because I’m also living in a tropical country. I wouldn’t recommend using a creamy eyeliner during summer months because it would most likely smudge on you. For these instances, I always use a very good waterproof eyeliner like the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliners. If you can’t get a hold of these, your best bet would be Make Up For Ever or MAC eyeliners. What you can do when you tightline is to apply the eyeliner as you normally would, then run your finger along the length to smudge-force it. This helps lessen the chance of any eyeliner to smudge on you. If only there was a primer for it, we wouldn’t have any problems, right? 😉