I’m getting into matte lipsticks in a serious way. This is coming from the girl who has always been a huge fan of anything glossy, so you can see I’m making an earnest effort to broaden my beauty horizons. Speaking of expanding, we don’t see nearly enough matte anything from Korean brands, so I jumped at the chance to try a matte lip cream like Etude House Rosy Tint Lips shade 8 (PHP 478).
Quick Specs: 7 g ; made in Korea
- I love the colors in this particular line. Aside from offering mattes, the rich reds and pinks look so luxurious. #8 is a rich reddish magenta that looks bold but girly. I’ve been on the lookout for this exact color for ages, so I was relieved to find it.
- The creamy lip color has a soft, velvety feel on lips.
- It has buildable color that takes 2-3 layers to get opaque.
- Leaves a rosy stain on the pucker.
- I personally love the rose scent. (My two favorite lipsticks scents are rose and vanilla.) Though strong at first, the scent doesn’t linger for long.
- Doesn’t taste like much, so it’s less bothersome when you accidentally get a lick.
- I don’t think the packaging offers the most precise application, especially the domed sponge tip. How do you not muck up the edges? I use a lipliner and lip brush to get the most accuracy. For retouches on the inner parts of the lips, the sponge tip will do. For an ombre/gradient lip as advertised by Etude House for this lip color line, the sponge tip will suffice. Not the most sanitary, though.
- After two hours of wear without food and drink, my lips start to feel “grubby” from the dryness. It offers no moisture, so starting out with dry lips means getting that grubby feeling before the two hours of wear. Also, the dryness seems to emphasize lines on the lip.
Verdict: I love the color and feel, because who doesn’t want a velvety matte? Prepping with hydrated lips is absolutely necessary as the formula can be a bit drying.