Etude House had recently released their Play 101 Pencils. 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 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
Initially, I bought shades 12 and 16 only (reviewed here), and then went back for shades 3, 15 and 25.
Etude House Play 101 Pencil in Shade 3
Play 101 Pencil in shade 3 is a grayish silver with silver glitters. As it has a glitter finish, it is recommended for use as an eye shadow or eye liner. Shade 3 has a smooth texture and it glides easily without tugging on the eyes.
In the photo above, I only used it as a highlight for the eye lid area, but it will also look good on the undereye area. It lasts around 4-5 hours on me.
Etude House Play 101 Pencil in Shade 15
Play 101 Pencil in shade 15 has a glossy finish and is a sheer, flamingo coral pink. It’s recommended to be used o the lips, as a blush or as an eye shadow. Shade 15 having a glossy finish, I had expected it to glide easily, but it feels like a normal lip liner because it does tug on the lips a little. I also think that it will be a bit drying on my lips, and the color is on the light side so it appears to be an almost nude shade on me.
In the photo above, I used it on my lips and also as a blush. For the blush, what I did was draw about 5 lines on the area of my cheeks just near the apples, then blended it out. Once blended, shade 15 looks like an extremely light, pinkish coral with a shiny finish. It does make my cheeks appear oily and it also easily fades and only lasts around 2 hours on my slightly oily face in an air-conditioned environment.
Etude House Play 101 Pencil in Shade 25
Play 101 Pencil in shade 25 has a glossy finish and even though it is recommended for use on the lips, as a blush or as an eye shadow, I feel like I could only use this for the lips (for now). It is a slightly dark, raspberry pink with a red tinge. Surprisingly for a pencil, it glides easily without tugging on the lips. Shade 25 does feel like a regular gloss once applied, but give it a few minutes and it will feel like you’ve got nothing on your lips.
Shade 25 is quite pigmented so there is no need for a lip base. Even for dry lips like mine, I feel like I can get away without applying any lip balm because it is not drying at all. It isn’t as sticky as a normal lip gloss and does not feel heavy at all. It stays on my lips for 4-5 hours and leaves a beautiful stain, that I don’t really feel the need to reapply it.
Each costs Php348 for 0.5g worth of product and I feel like it was money well spent, except for Shade 15. I’m thinking of purchasing more to add to my Play 101 collection! 😉
My least favorite of the 3 pencils is shade 15 just because it is too sheer for my taste. Have you tried the Play 101 pencils? What is your favorite? Let me know your thoughts on them.
Stay fab and savvy! ✌
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“