Etude House blingbling crayon eyeshadow review

Hey guys, 

I’m back again with another Etude House product review – honestly as much as I love their Stay Up foundation which provides even and good coverage(though it has been discontinued), I feel like their other products are hits and misses.

They sell for $8AUD each at Kim Sun Young/Beautyworks on George Street, Town Hall, Sydney.

The packaging is made of sturdy plastic with a window at the base of the barrel to show a real life glimpse of the product. When swatched instore, these blingbling sticks demonstrated strong pigmentation – however, what wasn’t able to be tested was how they’d hold on skin after ‘a few hours’.

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Top #13 Sunbeam star Bottom #12 Sunset star
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Seal | Twist cap to break
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Tip is round | wind up to expose more product

Ingredient analysis

There is not a list of ingredients on either of the eyeshadow sticks so I pulled up the ingredients from their website as it is still a current product.

<12 Sunset Star>

C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Myristyl Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceresin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ozokerite, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Polyethylene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Carmine (Ci 75470), Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol

<13 Sunbeam Star>

C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Myristyl Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceresin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ozokerite, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Polyethylene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Carmine (Ci 75470), Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol

All information below is sourced from the above links unless stated otherwise

  • Caprylyl Glycol has antimicrobial properties, however it can be irritable for people with sensitive skin. It can also be plant or chemically synthesised. [Source] 
  • Carmine not Vegan friendly
  • Myristyl Lactate determined safe for use in cosmetics, however there has been incomplete data in regards to possible links to cancer.
  • Lauroyl Lysine is a derivative of lauric acid and lysine [Source] and is deemed safe for use in cosmetics, subject to use and/or concentrations.
  • Tocopherol a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E, there has been one or two animal studies showing tumours at high doses.
  • Overall, there’s a lot of waxes and your usual preservative, Phenoxyethanol.
  • There’s also quite a few ingredients of or related to the Paraffin family, a subject of continued debate – it has been said that people with chemical sensitivities may have a reaction.
  • However, there’s a few natural ingredients but not all natural ingredients are beneficial and not all synthetic ingredients are harmful.

*Each individual’s experience/reaction will differ. Please consult your dermatologist if problems arise as I am not a skincare professional – this is merely compiled from online pages. 

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#12 Sunset star eyeshadow on bottom lash line | Immediately after application
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#13 Sunbeam star on eyelids | 2 hours after application

I’ve noticed that the product clumps in creases whether it be the small creases near my inner eyes or my eyelid crease.

Overall comments

Overall, in terms of performance, they’re neither amazing nor a major disappointment. I would not repurchase as this is a product I can live without. Especially after looking at the ingredient list with quite a few ingredients being derived from petroleum, I’ll be looking for another alternative to provide me with my daily glitter and shimmer. Even if I don’t have a physical macro reaction to the cream eyeshadow(I think my skin’s adapted/worsened over the years I’ve been trialling and testing and wearing makeup), I don’t want to run the risk of unnecessary damage to my skin since I wear eye makeup almost every day(when I’m out and about) – I’m most particularly concerned with what goes near the skin and on the areas around my eyes – where there’s too many grey areas with cosmetic ingredients, I don’t feel reassured to purchase/repurchase hence I will not be repurchasing this until the ingredients and formula change.

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated! 

Emily 

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