Etude House - Personal Color Palette Pro (Warm Tone Eyes)
I placed an order from Etude House, as I wanted to see how the experience would go, ordering directly from them, in South Korea and shipping to Canada.
In that order, I chose this particular eyeshadow palette, mainly to see if it would arrive safely or completely destroyed in shipping. I have previous Etude House eyeshadow palettes, so I figured the quality would be similar to those.
Etude House eyeshadows don't tend to be anything groundbreaking, in all honesty. The colours they release can be unique and appeal to me in that respect. This palette looked like an interesting take on "warm" tones, which is the main reason I chose it.
The palette is broken up in to four distinct sections: Spring, Autumn, Point and Neutral. The idea behind it, was to have your warm tones for the seasons with the addition of somewhat "transforming" shades on the far right of the palette.
The names of all of the shades are printed on a clear plastic overlay sheet...which drives me crazy. -1/2 star for that.
As far as being a stand alone palette, well, that's going to depend on each individual's taste. It contains a decent balance of shimmer/pearl/matte shades to accomplish a full look with it. However, it does lack a very fair matte shade to highlight and an intense dark shade to deepen with.
I find it contains a couple too many mid-tone shimmery brown shades, that are similar in colour and tone. However, the rest of the shades vary enough that you don't feel like you have 20 of the same colour in one palette. That being said though, with 20 slots to fill, I would have personally traded out some of the browns in favour of a matte cream of sorts, placed in a deeper red/coral shade and maybe switched out one of the green shades for a deeper colour or maybe even mixed in a warm plum shade.
This isn't, however, a North American palette and it isn't marketed towards us either. These shades would most likely appeal to the current Korean cosmetics market, which is vastly different than North America. Which I can appreciate.
Mica (CI 77019), Talc, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethylhexanoin, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Nylon-12, Glass, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Magnesium Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Methicone, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Red 7, CI 15850:1, CI 15985, CI 19140, CI 42090, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
The swatches below, of the palette, are all finger swatches on approximately NC20 skintone. All pictures are taken under 5000k daylight fluorescent lighting.
Overall, I really enjoy this palette, despite the few shades that I would switch out to make a more complete stand alone product. Just means that I have to pull in other shadows, from other palettes, to complete the look. Which I have to do with just about every palette that I own.
The shipping, on the other hand, is something to be mentioned. I placed my order on June 1st, 2017. I received my order at the end of July.
Free Standard Shipping is offered on the Etude House website with purchases over $50.00 USD. Priority Shipping is available, but it is charged by weight, just like most shipping from Korea. For Canada, that begins at 0.1kg, (0.22 lbs), and the cost starts, at that weight for $25.10 USD.
Yep, Premium EMS shipping is pricey, at least for now. Etude House offers far better premium shipping rates to the US only, but the website claims more countries will be added. We'll see.
Despite the high premium shipping rates, I would still recommend forking over that amount, if you'd like to receive your order sooner than 2 months from your order date. Of course, shipping time will vary, but that was a bit much for my impatient self. Also, the items were just placed in a floppy cardboard box. The box itself arrived fairly squished and flaccid looking. I was scared to open it. Surprisingly, the palette was perfectly fine, even though it had zero protection. I also did not have any customs fees or duties applied upon delivery. Bonus.