February was the month of Etude House for me. I don’t normally buy Etude House products, but the new ones caught my eye. The Give Me Chocolate collection features 6 limited edition nail polishes, and 3 limited edition duo eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are affordable at around $9-10 USD (although the USD -> CAD conversion still hurts my soul), so I bought the duos in Cherry Truffle and Salted Caramel. Honestly, who can pass up a chocolate-inspired collection, with such delicious names? The brown in Cherry Truffle is right up my ally, and the pink/coral shades are great for the coming spring and summer. I didn’t get Cacao Fudge because I didn’t feel like those are colours I really needed, since I’m already a huge palette hoarder.
“Chocolate Shadow for girls who need sweet comfort for their bittersweet lives.
Please remember that no matter what life throws at you, there is always chocolate.
Chocolate deep savory taste and fresh syrup color gently melts onto eyelids for sweet eyes.
Comes with a real chocolate design that gives off a sweet cacao fragrance, providing you with the delightful experience of just opening up a chocolate box.”
(description from etudehouse.com)
“Its chocolate color and glitter makes your eye make up more sweet and lovely.
Sweet cacao fragrance in chocolate motivated design.”
(description from beautynetkorea listing)
(taken from beautynetkorea.com)
All of the brown shades have a satin finish~
The slip of the box has a vintage design that matches the name of the duo eyeshadows. I love the different fonts and the border on the face of the box. The back of the slip has all the description and information you need in Hangul and English. While the interior box has some reasonings as to why you should give me/someone chocolate, and well, I can’t disagree with any of those.
Although the packaging is plain, the eyeshadow is cute and has that novelty factor to it with the embossed chocolate design. I like that there’s a distinctive division between the two shades, since some eyeshadows with mixed colours in one pan sometimes end up melding together. Although I do wish that they did a little more with the packaging, such as put it in a tin that has a similar design as the box.
It has a very faint scent of chocolate, but it’s a very sweet scent. The eyeshadows aren’t comparable to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar/Semi-Sweet Palette (and some of their bronzers), which smell like hot chocolate or milk chocolate. Nonetheless, they smell pleasant~
The colours are not as dark as the solid eyeshadows suggest, even after swiping 2-3 times to get an adequate swatch. The cherry brown in Cherry Truffle resembles the solid bronze shade in Salted Caramel, if not a little more reddish. That shade is nowhere near as dark as the solid eyeshadow, even after building up the colour. With respect to the Salted Caramel duo, the glittery coral is significantly lighter than the solid colour and it has some fallouts. While the fallouts are not a problem for me, this is something you might want to consider if you have sensitive eyes since the glitter might irritate your eyes. But regardless of the pigmentation, the eyeshadows still have decent colour pay-off and blend into one another seamlessly for a natural, romantic look. I think Cherry Truffle is the epitome of a feminine, romantic eyeshadow combination~
I don’t know if it’s just me, but initially the eyeshadows weren’t very pigmented. The top layer of the shadows felt rough to touch rather than velvety smooth, and it took several tries to get a swatch that represented the eyeshadows well. After some usage, the eyeshadows felt smooth to touch, without a chalky texture. I found that a little odd, since I’ve never experienced that with any other eyeshadow.
TL;DR: the eyeshadows are aright. I like that they come in a small portable case, because palettes are often an inconvenience to carry around since they’re so bulky. I wish the case had a little more something-something to it though, because the simplicity leaves something to be desired. It’s a nice product to have in your makeup bag if you want to touch-up your eyeshadow, or deepen the colour to transition from day to night. The aspect I like the most is the coral/pink shades, which are uncommon amongst Western brands. I mean, I could use a blush as a pink eyeshadow, but it just feels nicer to have a designated pink eyeshadow. On that note, you could hypothetically use the matte pink as a blush if you want that multi-functionality; although I haven’t actually tried that myself.
I wouldn’t say to go out on a limb to purchase these, because they’re not spectacular but they’re nice to have in a collection. I think the eyeshadows are good for those who want something simple, portable and easily buildable (and thus more forgiving), but not so much if you’re looking for something high quality. If you have the money, I feel that the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is a better investment since there’s 16 shades.
I bought these from Cosmetic-love for $9.45 (link). But you can also purchase it from Jolse ($9.48), Beautynetkorea ($9.99), TesterKorea (8,500 won), biz-inside ($8.99).