[REVIEW] Etude House Play 101 Pencils

Hello munchkin october pies,
HOW ARE YOU allllll??? I am super excited (when am I not? hahaha) to share with you the not so new Etude House Play 101 Pencils! There are 50 pencils in total, and they are meant to be SUPER multifunctional. Literally ALL the makeup that you can POSSIBLY put on your face can be reduced to a few of these pencils! They have shades that are “recommended” for lipsticks, but feel free to use those for blushes! Got a coffee brown color? Use that for eyeliner, eyebrows, or contouring! Super, super versatile.
Before we get into the review, I just wanna say that I personally am a huge fan and believer in HAVING FUN with makeup. PLAY around with different colors, textures, combinations! Be creative and YES, you CAN rock that aquamarine color as a lower lashliner. Trust me! More often than not you will be pleasantly surprised and how good it makes you feel about yourself, and that will in turn draw others to you!!!! *spam lots of hearts*
This review will feature 8 of the 50 colorful pencils, and is kindly gifted to me by KollectionK. They are an online store based in South Korea with a wide (by wide I mean HUGE) collection of Korean makeup brands like Etude House, InnisFree, and Tony Moly! They even have clothes and accessories too! By comparison, I found that they carry a lot more Etude House products than other online stores, and their online prices for most Etude House products are generally lower than other online sites. The Etude House Play 101 Pencil was around $7 USD, where I know of other online sites who price them around $10-$11.
And KollectionK was so nice to also gift a freebie PENCIL CASE to me when I ordered 8 pencils! Imagine a schoolgirl squeal. Yup that’s me when I opened the package! The 8 that I got were:
#12, #15, #16, #17, #28, #33, #48, #01
#01 is the blackest black in their collection designed to be used for eyeliner, and OMG, I’ve tried smudging this RIGHT when I drew it on, IT. DID. NOT. SMUDGE. ONE. BIT. Don’t believe me? See Video Demonstration Here.
#12 is a gorgeous bright red with an orange undertone. It can give you that perfect Red Lip, or it can be used on the inner lips to give that Gradient Lip Effect.
#15 is a pinkish coralish color with a creamy finish, and i would say that this one is the only one among the rest that I found did not look like the color in the tube. As you can probably see, the color payoff on my skin isn’t quite as vibrant as it seems in the tube. So if you’re looking to buy this color, YOU’RE WELCOME =D
#16 is a perfect matte rose mauvy color. Its warmness can be used in so many different places, as an eyeshadow wash, as blush, or on the highlights of your lip that you want to appear plumper. Love this!
#17 is my favorite color out of the bunch. If you read my Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips review, you will know that I MEGA SUPER DUPER OMEGA LOVE electric fuschia lip colors! And this one is JUST that. It’s so fuschia it’s almost purple..gosh that gives my tummy the flutters.
#28 is my second favorite color of the bunch… it’s FREAKING rose gold (like come on, WHO doesn’t like rose gold? It’s like the Tiffany of colors nowadays) and it has a shimmer finish. This has got to be the ONLY SHIMMER PENCIL that DOES NOT SMUDGE. Thanks Etude!!! You know where this goes. Anywhere you want highlighted – inner corner of your eye, lower waterline, eyeshadow wash, browbone, cupids bow, OMG LIKE ENDLESS USE! #endlesspossibilities
#33 is a subtle taupe color that will be YOUR BEST FRIEND when you want to do the most subtle no-makeup-makeup look. Great for lining your lower waterline, and contouring your nose / jawline!
#49 LAST BUT NOT LEAST this is a deep brown coffee color that is again super versatile. I primarily use this color to draw on my eyebrows, or when I’m not feeling like a super deep black eyeliner. You can also smoke out the brown liner to create sexy smokey eyes or use it as a crease color!
All 8 colors and their numbers on my arm. #don’tjudge #ihave #armhairs #guesswhat #so #do #you =D
In summary, 
These pencils are one of my FAVORITE things to use now for makeup, especially when I’m travelling! Guess what, all I need is #48 and #17 to define my brows, line my eyes (smokey or non smokey), color my lips and cheeks. #MAKEUPCOMPLETE. They even have a beige colored one that I heard is better than your average concealer… O.O Seriously guys, these pencils are the most versatile things ever. At the end of the day… makeup is just pigmentation with different finishes. These pencils are designed to have either matte, creamy, shimmer, glossy, or glitter finishes. That means while they cover the spectrum of originality and multifunctionality, it can be pretty difficult to generalize their smudging / staying power.
I CAN VOUCH for the smudgeproof-ness of #01 and #28 though! Which are amazing because they are cream and shimmer finishes! If you are feeling a little bit adventurous or if you wanna PLAY AROUND with makeup the non-traditional way, give these pencils a try! There are 42 other shades that I havn’t tried that I am dying to get my hands on (and will very likely purchase the whole thing one day lol)!
OH AND… DID I MENTION I HAVE A YOUTUBE VIDEO REVIEW ON THESE PENCILS AS WELL? Told you guys I’m obsessed! And the winner of my previous Etude House Giveaway Set is announced in the Video so click Play !

Tsk tsk, those of you who didn’t click play. You will realize that you’ve just missed out on the Giveaway of a lifetime!

Yes i am hosting another INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY that is also SUPER EASY TO ENTER! Subscribe + like + comment = you’re done! 
 
There will be 3 winners this time around with 3 Etude House products! 
NOW ARE YOU GONNA CLICK PLAY? 

xoxo, Mango

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17 Comments

  1. October 3, 2014 / 3:09 am

    Wow #15 sure doesn’t look like the tube color lol. But, I kinda like the color! Pretty coral pink :)

  2. October 3, 2014 / 9:59 am

    What a great review! The swatches are so good! The rose gold pencil is definitely my favourite!
    Thank you so much for organizing so many awesome giveaways!
    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

  3. October 3, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    # 12 is defo my fave

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  4. October 3, 2014 / 10:08 pm

    i never understand makeup and this is my first time seeing such pencils, but i think it’s so great hahahah it’s perfect for travelling or just to be the standby makeup kit in your bag.. i live in south korea now and etude is incredibly cheap here, but i don’t know how much these pencils are.. hihihi

    http://www.gabrielleatmajaya.blogspot.com

  5. October 4, 2014 / 12:48 am

    Love the red. These would be so convenient for traveling!

  6. October 4, 2014 / 9:40 am

    Number 28 is so gorgeous – definitely my favorite of the bunch! Thanks for sharing and reviewing these! >u<

  7. October 4, 2014 / 12:42 pm

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  8. October 7, 2014 / 12:39 am

    No17 and no33 are my favourites. Awesome reviews of these. I really want to get these pencils on ebay:) I entered your giveaway on youtube. Great products you are giving away! xxx http://divadesle.blogspot.com

  9. Irene
    June 7, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Please don’t kill the messenger but that silly faux-hashtag about your armhair has got to go. I mean…..

    ” #don’tjudge #ihave #armhairs #guesswhat #so #do #you =D ”

    Cringe-worthy.

    I didn’t even see the armhairs until you mentioned it. They are barely visible (at least on my smartphone). I’m sure many readers feel the same.

    I love your detailed review and how generous you are with the pictures of the product/swatches. Certainly helped with my online purchase decision. Hopefully this comment can be taken positively since I know it’s better to be silent but I encountered this review quite a few times while googling for “etude house 101 pencil review” whenever my fave online shop have it on discount. And I always forget about that caption (and armhair) until I read it (unfortunately it was no less cringe-worthy than the last time).

    I guess what I’m trying to say is…. I have no ill-intentions. After a half a year, I just had to scratch that itch. Today. Sorry. >_<

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