What it is: Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo
The packaging: It’s cute and well-made, but it’s not the most practical, either. While a circular pan split in the middle may be easy on the eyes, it makes it kinda hard to get at the product itself! (Especially in those little corners, right by the halfway line). If you used your fingers all the time to apply the blushers, like the box tells you to, you’d probably end up with about 1/4 to 1/3 of the product being a PITA to access. With a brush, it’s not so bad, but it’s enough to annoy me — I prefer pans without tiny corners, or at least as few as possible, pretty please!
The formula and finish: This blusher is one of many, with a dry formula that sets as a smooth powder. It’s scented with a very synthetic, fruity cherry odour — just enough to annoy me for about fifteen minutes before it fades. The colours are pretty decently pigmented off the bat and last 3-4 hours without fading, and while I like my blush to last all day, I’m okay with the fading (for the cost).
What I liked…
- The accessibility (for those of you in Asia, who can never find what I rave about!)
- The price ($4-6 direct, usually marked up to about $10 in North America)
- The two shades chosen — they’re both very bright, but still natural, and aren’t at all similar (which I think is great)
What I disliked…
- The wear time (I like my blush to last more than 4 hours, please!)
- The amount of product (0.11oz in total — Ben Nye’s have .25oz, and you need about 4x as much product with these than you do with BN’s for the same amount of colour).
- The powder finish (most of the time, if I want a powder finish… I’ll just use a powder blush!)
- For those of us who are out of Asia, these can be pretty hard to find. Try google-searching it?
- The icky synthetic cherry scent. Bleh!
The verdict? This one really depends on your own preferences; mine is this: I could definitely survive without it, but I don’t regret adding it to my stash. Feel free to make your own decision, though ;)