Monday, July 7, 2014

Etude House Baby Doll Puff: Review

Before I go on with the formal content of this post, I would like to invite everyone to join my ongoing giveaway. I will be giving away a hair dye from the Japanese brand called Dariya Palty in the shade Milk Tea Brown, which happens to be one of the popular shades they have. It is open internationally so everyone is encouraged to join. :) (You will probably see this introduction in most of my future posts up until the giveaway is over. I hope you don't mind the post by post plug. ^^)

It's not only the quality of the cosmetics that you use that makes or breaks your look but also the tools that you utilize to apply it. These things, however, doesn't have to burn a hole in your pockets. There are several brands out there that makes quality products for reasonable prices. One trusted brand for me would have to be Etude House, a Korean road shop brand.

Ever since the start of my fascination with all things beauty, I've bought several products just for the sake of trying it out. The obsession to try out the new beauty raves in forums and social media pulls us into thinking we should buy it and that it is a must-have. The same thing happened to me about two years ago, when the beauty blender trend grew to a point where every beauty guru I was subscribed (in youtube) with had one to use. At first, I was like, "It's just a sponge." but seeing people give good feedback on the product, time and time again, makes me think I am missing out on something great.

The problem, however, is not the question whether I would like to try the product out nor the fact that I don't really see beauty blenders get sold in the local department store near me. I knew in my heart that I wanted to try it and figured that if I really wanted to, I can order one online. The main problem was money. I'm not sure if you've noticed but I don't really buy stuff that are very expensive. I like to think that there is always a much better deal somewhere out there. Some of my friends call me stingy, I call myself the master of money conservation. I just can't fathom the urge to buy a PHP 1000-1500 (source: ebay) for just a sponge. I know I'm not supposed to call it 'just a sponge' because honestly, from what I can see, it's NOT 'just a sponge'. There's so much goodness behind it to refer it as 'just a sponge'. But for my case, I just feel that PHP 1000 is just too much.

 It looks just like a baby doll, true to its name! ^^

For months and months, I've been lusting over that teardrop shaped sponge. Every makeup tutorial was a pain to look at. It reminded me that I don't have (or never will have) anything like that in my collection. Up until I saw this particular product, hanging in one of Etude House's boutique. It was a pink sponge with a very cute packaging that makes it seem like a porcelain doll, looking at me, waving at me, telling me, "I am the answer to your frustrations!". I looked at the price tag and lo and behold, it's only PHP 378, a lot cheaper than the infamous beauty blender!  

I was contemplating on whether I should get it because for the longest time, I've been satisfied with just using a no-name flat top kabuki brush for applying my base makeup. But honestly, who could resist such a cute looking doll? Etude House's packaging made it really hard for me to let go of the product. Surely, when out of the box, it just looks like a plain old pink sponge but within the box, it looks absolutely adorable! So adoreble that even though I've used this tool for months and months already, I still keep it inside the box when I store it.

As I've said, I've used it a for a long period of time already and I can say that after getting ahold of this, I never felt the need to buy a beauty blender. I personally still don't own one so I can't really compare the two but boy, am I glad that I got this particular item! This is the perfect product to apply cream bases, especially BB and CC Creams, that I like to use on a daily basis. It not only proves to spread the product faster but it also doesn't make my bases look too cakey. In addition to this, compared to just using one's fingertips, the use of this item creates better coverage for foundations and the sort. Also, this has antibacterial properties so you won't have to worry about the accumulation of bacteria on the sponge but if you really want to, you can also wash it off with a nice mild soap and water, which I like to do.

You can view this video to see me actually using the product here:

Sometimes, base makeup is just a struggle to work with for blending and for coverage but with Etude House Baby Doll Puff, I never encounter cases like these. I would highly recommend that you get one for a better base makeup experience. Etude House boutiques are available here in the Philippines so you only have to look for a branch near you.

Let me know your thoughts once you try this product out! If you've already tried it before, please share your thoughts on the comment section below.

with love, Anna Luisa

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