Hey all! Here's a review for ya on Etude's Secret Beam Powder Pact in Light Beige. I purchased this on a blog sale for 8USD, so I'm not sure about the actual retail price. If you have an idea, please let me know!
PRODUCT: Etude Secret Beam Powder Pact PROS: Packaging, Smooth Texture, Silky Feel, Price CONS: Can Be Chalky, Contains Glitter Would I Recommend? No
First glance, the packaging is very nice and I love classy pinky purple color. The size is not too big or too small, but I did hope the mirror would be just a tad bigger. I purchased this because it reminded me of a MAC beauty powder. I figured since it's a light shade, I could use it as highlighter. Then, when I received the item, I realized it isn't really going to work for that. I thought it was going to be shimmer, but instead it contained glitter. I figured I could still use it as most MAC MSFs contained glitter and I worked with those quite fine, but that wasn't the case. It looks lovely in the pan, but on the skin its totally opposite. If I used a highlighting brush that was fluffy and slightly dense, you won't be able to see any type of sheen. Instead, you just get a nice strip of light powder on the cheekbones, haha. But if I were to use a small stippling brush, you could see the some sheen slightly. This powder is meant to be used all over the face to help brighten up your overall look, but its a bit unattractive to have glitter everywhere. I don't understand why Etude would come out with such a product. Plus, I feel that this can look a bit chalky, even if you are extremely pale. Only because of how pigmented this powder is and how it appears on the skin. Just check the swatch below.
The top is three swipes and the bottom is one light swipe. See how this powder is nearly white? See the little specks of glitter? I seriously have no idea how anyone can pull this powder off. The only way I've been able to put this into use is as a brow highlight. I use a big, fluffy eyeshadow brush and apply it the brow bone and it gives a satin type of highlight and blends the harsh edges. If you have this product and you've found a way to make it work for you, please let me know. I think this my my worst purchase of 2010.
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