I know I am a little late with the reviews for the March box, which I do sincerely apologize for. As I mentioned in my previous post, I was in Korea at the moment. So, without further ado, let me guide you guys through the unboxing of March's box + providing my first impressions and reviews!
The Glass Tinting Lips-Talk, also known as Etude’s new line of lippies was the one I was anticipating so much because Etude House created 20 colors and 20 different cases just for us to mix and match! Say what? Yes, 20! The fact that it is customize-able makes everything personal and I like the concept behind it. Etude House sent over three colors, which are the following: #PK003 Romantic Frill Pink, #RD302 Swag Red (both Krystal’s pick!) and #BR402 Bohemian Rosy Brown.
First of all, the color #PK003 and #RD302 are quite similar in terms of colors. #PK003 looks and feels like the typical Barbie pink that has a pop of neon to it. The only difference (to me) between the colors is that RD302 slightly contains more red pigments. All colors are spring appropriate but personally the moment I saw #BR402 on the lipstick bullet, I thought it was too dark to wear on brighter days. After testing it out on my lips I was so shocked and impressed at this unique color. I don’t know how they did it but it contains pigments of brown and a tinge of orangey coral, which resulted in a perfect toned down brown-ish kind of lipstick, that I swear I could never pull off until I met this color! Does the color come close to the one at the promotional picture? I would definitely say yes.
These lippies are sheer in formula, but the layers are buildable without having feeling heavy on the lips. What I love about the texture is that the smooth and buttery texture really lives up to the name “Glass Tint”. It applies like a dream and provides a glossy feel on the lips.
When applied on the lips, I could feel the benefit of the “balm-like” texture come into play. Even during a cold day, it still keeps my lips as smooth as it possibly can. Now, while I am fairly positive on the product, I wish the lasting power would survive one drink. Other than that, I would recommend this product if you are not annoyed by reapplying after each drink/meal.
Etude House specially created a collection that caters towards all the sensitive skin types, which I am personally really excited about because my skin falls under this category. The collection of this skincare line is named SoonJung, which I believe is translated as "Pure" in English. A fitting name for this collection, or is it?
Before I start with the reviews on this collection, I would like to mention that this will only contain my first impressions. All of the products in the SoonJung line are free from 10 toxic ingredients, such as: animal derived ingredients, mineral oil, pigments, synthetic perfume, polyacrylamide, silicon, imidazolidinyl urea, triethanolamine, PEG surgactant and paraben.
Etude House SoonJung PH 5.5 Relief Toner is a hypoallergenic toner that contains pH 5.5 (as the name suggests) and it is created to protect and heal the skin from external factors that damages our skin while providing a moisturizing barrier. I know that in the April Box I actually talked about the Honey Cera toner being similar to the texture of the Son&aPark Beauty Water. However, I think the Soon Jung toner comes closer as comparison instead since both look like water and it feels like splashing water on my face! The formula also absorbs quickly into the skin--within a minute or two to be more exact, while the pH level helps prepping the skin to absorb the next skincare products easier and faster.
The Etude House SoonJung 10 Free Moist Emulsion contains a soothing gel-like texture that is lightweight and non-greasy. The 10 in the name is derived from the main key points of this collection, namely it is free of 10 toxic ingredients. The emulsion goes on smoothly and keeps my skin properly hydrated, surprisingly even if I wait for an hour to apply the cream for the next step.
Moving on, the Etude House SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream is supposedly to strengthen the protective barrier around the (sensitive) skin. This cream melts into a thin and light texture when evenly spread, but it leaves a sticky feeling. Thankfully, it doesn’t stay long and disappears once the cream is finely absorbed into the skin. Therefore, I feel that it makes a great spring/summer moisturizer to provide enough hydration for the lighter days.
For the last skincare step, Etude House SoonJung 5-Panthensoside Cica Balm is the type of cream that is specially designed to calm and soothe areas on the irritated skin. Similar to the emulsion and cream, it is a gel-type of balm but feels a little bit thicker than the previous two. While testing this out, I didn’t feel like it did anything special other than leaving me with a more hydrated skin. NOTE: I have to add that my skin wasn't irritated or stressed these days (thankfully) so I couldn't test its full potential.
In addition to all the products, I was happy to find three of Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Masks in the box. I view mask sheets similar to icing on a cake, an essential product that does not only contribute to a well-deserved homely type of spa, but also boosts the skin greatly. Etude House claims that these masks are 0.2mm and can be used every night on the skin. Each and every mask is divided into three types of essences: The Moist Water Type Essence, The Ampoule Type Essence, and the Emulsion Type Essence.
The mask sheets that I received are: Strawberry, Aloe and Pearl. These mask sheets are thinner than the usual, but it was a bit tricky to unwrap it out of the packaging since it is loaded and soaked with the essences. They are scented, but not overwhelming to notice once it is applied on the skin.
For me, all three masks bear similarities in the benefits they deliver, in particular the Strawberry and Pearl masks which are focused on brightening and whitening the dull complexion. The potent ingredients do deliver instant result on the skin, which I was surprised since I didn’t have any expectations. The Aloe mask is highly moisturizing on the skin, but I can’t say for sure that it is soothing since I didn’t have any skin issues prior to applying this mask. All in all, I can understand why Etude House would advice consumers to apply these masks once a day. They are hassle-free, feels light on the skin and they do their job well.
And now we've come to the end of the post. My overall impression of this month's box is that it was everything I could have wished for in a box. I'm a sucker for lip products, sheet masks and the new skincare line that works perfectly on my skin without any irritation. My skin is happy! Do you see any products that you like, tried, or want to test out?