Playing with Etude House Play 101 Stick
Look what I got sent for this month’s Etude House Pink Bird box. It’s the Etude House Play 101 Stick!!!
Don’t know about you but I’m all for stick form makeup!
So handy. If you wanted even more reason to open up your wallet, then let me tell you that they’ve collaborated with makeup artist extraordinaire Pony.
The Etude House Play 101 stick is a stick foundation. This is the image blurb I received in the mail!
You can check out the videos here to see how Pony uses them. Unfortunately it’s not subbed but it’s not hard to see how you’re supposed to use them. The key points being that you can use the skin shade sticks to contour and slim your face, nose and even your collar bone (I didn’t know that this was a thing! Is it a thing?)
The second video shows how you can incorporate both the play pencils and sticks together.
Let me just put it out there, I’m not a massive contourer! I get a little nervous about shading my nose because if overdone it will look too pointy and obvious! I’d rather embrace the flatness and roundness of my face then mess it up with poor shading. The most that I do is with a brush and powder. I feel like you’re less likely to mess it up if you apply it lightly! So this is definitely going to be an interesting experiment.
Here’s what Etude House sent me:
- Play 101 Stick 02 foundation
- Play 101 Stick 13
- Play 101 stick 11
- Play 101 Stick Contour Duo
I was curious to see how much ‘stick’ you get so in the below picture you can see!
The set also came with the Play 101 Stick Brush which you can use to blend. I personally think it’s best suited for smaller areas rather than the sides of the face. I found this was perfect to use around the nose.
Let’s talk about the Play 101 Stick Contour Duo
The play stick 101 duo concealer has two ends. One has a white pearly finish which acts as a highlighter. The other is a darker shade used for shading around the nose and anywhere you want to give more shadow.
The first time I applied the highlighter stick, I put on way too much, thinking I could use it as I did with my powder one. As always with highlighters, use it sparingly, otherwise there’s too much shine!
Once I got the hang of that, I do think this is a nice highlighter to use.
With the darker end, it’s more of an orange shade. As the ‘nibs’ of the duo stick are smaller, I found that it’s better to use it around the nose (as opposed to sides of face like Pony did in her video.) I think you’re much better off using the thicker no.11 stick to contour the sides of the face and temples. It covers much more area.
I need more confidence and practice in contouring to be honest! So I’m not sure how much I would use the contour side of the duo stick. I will however be happy to use the highlighter. It functions perfectly!
Let’s move onto the Etude House Play 101 stick
This is what the no.11, 13 and 02 look like without their lids on. You can see the creamy consistency!
I actually took some pretty decent swatches! I found it quite difficult to control the lighting so you get two options. The last two colours unnamed colours are from the 101 stick contour duo.
Etude House Play 101 Stick No.13
This is the pink shaded play 101 stick. When I first saw this, I thought would be great for lips. However it is actually very gold! So I don’t want really want to wear it on its own. In the end, what I did was mixed it with a lip balm, which left my lips with a pretty gold sheen.
It’s also makes for a great eyeshadow highlighter and blusher. As a blusher, it’s perfect for the apple of your cheeks and the pink hue is more obvious as it can spread over a wider area!
Etude House Play 101 Stick No.11
I also got 11 stick which can also be used for lips and blusher. It’s a kind of golden colour which I thought would be perfect for the hollows of my cheek. It’s a very subtle warm colour and I actually preferred to use this for contouring on the side of my face.
Etude House Play 101 Stick 02 Foundation
I was also presented with a the play 101 foundation! It was a bit of a gamble in picking my shade. I know I’m not the palest so I opted for no.2. shade. I’m not sure whether it was too light for me in the end. It did settle into my skin after a while but in future I might need to go for a no.3 instead as I like my neck to match my face colour!
I never put foundation all over my face. As a rule, I just apply it where I need coverage to keep it looking natural. So I put it round the area of my nose as that’s where I’m most pigmented.
I like the thicker consistency of the foundation. It’s creamy and gives a good coverage without looking heavy.
You can check out the step by step of what the final result is below!
I was really pleased how it looks! The makeup is bouncing off light in the right areas and has a pretty sheen to it. My skin also looks really smooth. It might because I also used the Etude House face blur with it. Either way, they both work well together.
I used my sigma foundation brush to smooth out the foundation and then set it with a powder. As I said, my face colour was paler than my neck! So to balance it out, I needed to warm up my face a little more around the jaw line. To blend it out, I contoured the sides of my face with the Snowy Dessert Ginger Cookie Blusher and dabbed extra blusher (the coral cushion by the Faceshop) to my cheeks!
On the whole, I really enjoy the versatility of the Etude House play 101 stick! I think having a thicker stick widens the range of uses and they are much easier to blend than the play 101 pencils. I really want to try out the other colours of the Play 101 sticks – the red and orange ones in particular!
As for the duo stick, I haven’t fully embraced nose contouring but I will test it out the duo stick a bit longer!
My favourite has to be the foundation stick. I’m seriously impressed with it and will continue to use this. Whether I fully dump my trusty BB cream for it is another thing! (I can’t seem to let them go).
The Etude House Play 101 sticks are definitely worth a play!
You can buy them here at Etude House.
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