Swatches: A (Tiny) Korean Nail Polish Extravaganza, Part I

Hello everyone!

Korean makeup and skincare products are now well-known in the West due to the advent of American BB creams, but their nail polish brands are largely unknown.  For my first post I’ll be giving a peek at some Etude House polishes from the Dear My Party collection. Etude House is a popular, low-to-mid priced Korean cosmetics brand with ultra-girly packaging. They’re best known for their makeup and BB creams, so I was really surprised when I stumbled upon their nail polishes while browsing for makeup.

Most Etude House polishes are easy to find and you can find them in sets of 3-4 on Ebay for $10-$15 CAD. Individual bottles can be found but the price varies widely depending the colour or seller. Even though they’re pretty inexpensive and the bottles are small (~5-10mL), the quality is good and they have some amazing, unique colours in addition to the standard lineup of pinks and neutrals. There are even some solid dupes of expensive Western brands like OPI and Deborah Lippmann. They have a couple that resemble some popular indie brands as well. Lastly, they don’t contain toluene or pthalates. I’m not sure if they contain formaldehyde, though, so be forewarned if you’re concerned about it. I know their top coats don’t contain formaldehyde so take from that what you will…I’ve probably huffed 10000x more formalin from dissections and tissue specimens than from nail polish, so I’m not worried about it anymore lol.

Now…onto the polish!

Etude House #PBE104 Golden Bell

Etude House Golden Bell #PBE104

Etude House #PBE104 Golden Bell

This is a really pretty gold glitter polish from the Dear My Party collection. My photo doesn’t really capture how shiny and bright this polish is – it is super glittery. It has multiple shapes/sizes of gold glitter, along with gold micro glitter, all suspended in clear base. It looks a bit like e.l.f. Golden Goddess, but in a more yellowy shade of gold.  The formula is quite nice, very thick but not sticky or goopy. I was pleasantly surprised at how densely packed the glitter was – a few brush strokes and it was almost full coverage! The larger hex glitter didn’t curl at all. Dry time was quite quick as well.

goldenbell_acrylic

Left – 2 coats. Right – 1 coat.

Ignore my ugly cuticles – isn’t it pretty?! This polish looks really striking against dark colours. Here I have it layered over OPI Live and Let Die.

So shiny!

Etude House Golden Bell gradient over OPI Live and Let Die

Gold glitter is nothing new, but I’ve never seen a polish that looked quite like this one. I got it on Ebay for $4.80, but you can likely find it for $3-4. It’s a little on the rare side, though. Happy hunting!

Etude House #PPK004 Peach Punch

Etude House Peach Punch

Etude House #PPK004 Peach Punch

Another winner from the Dear My Party collection! It’s a shimmery pale pink with multiple shapes/sizes of hex and round glitter in pink, silver, and holo, alongside silver micro glitter.  It has a soft foil finish eve though it looks a bit jelly-like in the bottle…it’s almost completely sheer and didn’t show up very well on my dark nailbeds without 3 coats. Next time I think I’ll put it on top of a pale pink like CG Bridezilla. It’s super shimmery and glittery – it looks gorgeous under the light! The formula on this one is similar to Golden Bell, but a lot thicker. It’s dense and heavy, but not sticky or gloopy. The larger glitter didn’t apply as smoothly as Golden Bell and clumped a little bit, but it was easily sorted by sweeping across the nail with the brush. No curling glitter here either! This one dried a bit more slowly than Golden Bell, but I did 3 thick layers.

Pretty!

Left – one coat. Right – two coats.

Etude House Peach Punch

3 coats of Etude House Peach Punch

Like all Etude House products, the Dear My Party polishes come in lovely packaging. The polishes come in 10mL tapered bottles. It’s hard to see in my pictures since the bottles are full, but the Etude House heart chariot logo is embossed on the front of each bottle. The brushes are wide, full, and were helpful in getting the glitter to spread out evenly along the nail without clumping. I can do a whole nail in one stroke. My main beef with them is that there are no steel balls in the bottles, so they’ll probably get clumpy later. Even my cheap Sally Hansen polishes often have a steel ball included, so that’s just laziness or lack of foresight on their part.

Etude House is definitely worth a look if you don’t mind waiting for shipping from South Korea. I waited 1-2 weeks for everything to arrive.

So, what do you all think of Etude House so far? I’m already sold by these two alone, and the best part is that the Dear My Party Collection is huge and full of gorgeous, unique glitter bombs! How many dupes of well-known polishes can you spot?

GLITTER. GLITTER EVERYWHERE.

The Complete Dear My Party Collection

That’s it for now – stay tuned for more Etude House and Korean polish swatches in the near future! =) Thanks for reading!

❤ CC

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2 comments on “Swatches: A (Tiny) Korean Nail Polish Extravaganza, Part I

  1. […] Click here to read Part I of this series! I’ve given a rundown on Etude House’s lines of nail polishes in terms of quality, selection and price. […]

  2. […] Part I and Part II if you want to see some of my Etude House swatches from their Dear My Party, Look at My […]

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