This review is going to be in three parts and it is because of the packaging. This lip product was a spring release, not sure if it was 2015 or 2016, but faced large complaints about the original packaging it came in due to it not working the way it was supposed to work.
Etude House did the right thing and changed the packaging, something I have to give the brand credit for doing as I feel that it shows respect to us consumers. The new packaging I feel does make it easier to achieve what this product is supposed to do.
The idea behind this product is that it will make it easier to create the gradient look but also that you can use the two shades independently. It is a multi purpose lip product that you can get a lot of different looks out of.
I own three of these in which one is in the original packaging and one has the new packaging. The third however is part of the limited edition pink skull line and one of the wands differ from the new packaging of the original line.
I will come back to this in the individual review of the products and swatches, but I will say beforehand that I feel that despite enjoying these respectively, I’m not sure if I am going to buy any more of these as I do feel that the formulas differs too widely.
Now let’s get into it.
PK002 Inner x Peace
This one was the first one I got and it so happened that it was in the original packaging.
The idea behind the original packaging was that it was supposed to be like a “shot”. Essentially the doe foot applicator had a hole in it that the tint shot were to go through after you pushed the button on top.
There were specific instructions for what you were supposed to do the first time you used this. I don’t remember it specifically but it was along the lines of: click slowly two times and wait till the tint gets out.
Sounds easy right?
Well I left mine on my bathroom counter overnight and nothing had come out….
I did after clicking like a madwoman manage to get some of the tint shot out, only to find out that only a tiny drop came out. Then I came on to the bright idea to just click once, just once, what happened next involved me having to clean up the bathroom floor…
I’m happy they changed the packaging to say the least.
The colours is where I have some really differing opinions on.
The tint itself I like and I do enjoy mixing it up with other lip products. It is different from the other tints in this series as it is a colour changing tint. It goes on a lovely periwinkle but turns into a lovely pink shade, yes it is one of those lip products that changes based on your specific PH-level.
In my opinion those types of products usually all look the same but this one does have more of a purple tinge to it in my opinion, so it differs from the usual hot pink that most of these turn into. It also last for hours which is another bonus and makes it interesting for me to combine with other lip products.
The tint shot however when I managed to get it out, is gorgeous both alone or combined with the liptint. It seems to be composed of pink and golden shimmer in a light liquid, which makes this a perfect top coat for a variety of lip products.
Pink Skull Lips X Tint: Funky X Skull Shot
This was part of the limited edition collection called Pink Skull.
Let me start with the tint shot which is a glittery blackened cherry. I don’t like the tint shot in this one at all and it is not because of the pigments but the formula which is greasy, yes it sounds wrong to call a lip product which is not a balm greasy but that’s the case here.
I hate it when I try to make it work with the mousse tint. It never manages to stay put or look good. It just slides on top and never stays put. It also looks weird in my opinion.
Alone it looks much better and it does feature a light staining effect which does make it last longer when worn alone without the mousse tint. So alone it is actually gorgeous in a way but I still find it looking cheap and tacky.
The mousse tint named Funky on the other hand is A+. The shade is what I would describe as a vivid fresh rosy red which has a neutral to cool undertone and that will look good on a wide variety of people.
The formula on this one is amazing and both look and feels good on the lips. When you apply it does contain a hint of glossiness to it but after a while you are left with a nice looking matte surface.
I find myself using this quite often since the shade is just one that you don’t find that often, it is the perfect balance of pink and red.
RD303 Boss X Mad Shot
Now this one is of the new regular packaging and it is my favourite of the three.
For me these two shades are different from other shades in my makeup collection.
The mousse tint in this one is called Boss and it is a shade that I would define as a neutral with a hint of both orange and red. Which sounds weird but I’m having a bit of difficulty defining this one, but I find it sophisticated aswell as easy to wear.
The tint shot in this one differs widely from the two others as it is has a wetter formula than the mousse tint formula. It is called Mad and it is a deep blood-red shade.
The formula of Mad also differ in that it feels much more like a liquid to matte, as it is much more long lasting but also features quite a thin but still very pigmented consistency.
The swatches of Mad came out a lot pinker than it is in real life.
Combined I feel that the usage of a q-tip helps make the gradient look nice and clean. The effect is quite lovely and of the three I feel that Boss X Mad is the one I feel works the best as a whole based on formula and colour.
Boss X Mad in direct sunlight.
So a little bit of a mixed review this time but I just wanna ask since this is an “older” product.
Have you tried this?
What do you think?