Etude House‘s In The Cafe 10-color eyeshadow palette – an online exclusive – is sold out. Their website will restock 2000 units on Thursday October 29, at 9 am KST. Etude House’s Gmarket storefront briefly had a sale and coupon for 13,000 won palettes, down from its retail price of 22,000 won.
Special editions everywhere! Autumn in Korea is especially exciting, because of all the new releases for the “autumn lady” look, and also just because new season = new products.
- 2nd batch of Doraemon editions released this week: perfume mists, foundations, brow kits, and shading (contouring) kits. The All in One Perfume Mists and Air Fit Foundation are available in regular, non-Doraemon packaging, for the same price. The brow kits and shading kits appear to be new products.
Here’s Mentholatum’s Melano CC’s whitening lotion! The full name is quite a mouthful: “Melano CC Medicated Blemish Treatment Whitening Lotion. It’s a “lotion”, in the sense that it’s a skin treatment. It isn’t the typical creamy white lotion; it’s a colorless, thin liquid. It’s not sticky, it smells nice, and I’m convinced that it works.
One of the things I really like about Korea is the 빨리빨리 (ppalli ppalli: “hurry hurry” or “faster!”) culture. It has its pros and cons. Buildings get built with suspicious speed, an old shop shuts down and a new one replaces it and is fully functional within 48 hours, food gets delivered to your doorstep within the hour, any hour, even the line to the ladies’ bathroom moves quickly. Anyway. Combine 빨리빨리 and online shopping, and you get something that’s fast.
I recently discovered that I needed A’Pieu’s special edition Doraemon cushion case in my life. At 9,800 won for the case+BB cream, an extra applicator puff, and a refill, what’s not to like? I dreamed about it all day at work. When I got home, I caved and found myself on A’Pieu’s website (apieu.beautynet.co.kr).
I recently went to Kyoto, and unfortunately I didn’t get to stop by Yojiya’s full store in Gion. I did stop by one of their kiosks (there’s two!) at Kyoto Station. The Kyoto Station kiosks have a very limited amount of products – I only clearly remember seeing the Mayugomori hand creams and aburatorigami (facial blotting papers). I bought one booklet of 20 sheets for 330 yen.
The primer dries to an almost-unnervingly smooth, silicone finish. I find this to be both amazing (whoa! It gives me perfect skin!) and a bit freakish (whoaaa it makes my skin unreal!). I would re-buy.
Being the cheapskate that I am, I first went to Watson’s to test it out. No, I’m not paying 17,000 won at Watson’s, when the same product is available for less on Gmarket. Watson’s doesn’t even give out samples!
Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you that I like this product, and it’s worked well for me. Be aware that it is alcohol-based and I can easily smell the alcohol, so it may not be for everyone. Few products are, come to think of it.
I keep going on about Etude House. No, I’m not secretly paid by them! Hahaha I’m paying them!! The quality is great, the prices are low, and it generally has that awesome Amore Pacific quality.
Etude House’s Zero Sebum Drying Powder is a matte powder, and part of its newly-released (last month!) Zero Sebum product line.
Presently, my matte powder is Innisfree’s No-Sebum Mineral Powder. Both brands are owned/made by Amore Pacific, so mayyyybe they’re dupes for each other? (Quick answer: NO. Very different ingredients.)