This review has been a long time coming, but I'm finally going to write about the Etude House Play 101 Pencils in #28, #44, #45, and #18 (Going from top to bottom)! The very top pencil is #21 and my review for that is here. #18 is the only matte shade and the other are glitters. The price varies, but I got mine on ebay for around $6-7.
#28 is pink based but has silver glitter.
#18 is a matte pale lavender.
#44 is a warm bronze color with silver glitter.
#45 is a metallic rose gold with silver glitter. It looks very close to #28 when far away, but #45 is more neutral. It would also work better for those who are worried that pinks will make them look more tired.
#18 is on the dry side compared to other liners I have tried, but it really helps with longevity. I could have done another swipe to make the color even more opaque, but it looked great already so I didn't mine some slight sheerness. I've tried it on both the lid and waterline area and it lasted all day without fading or transferring. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Gel Highliners are some of my favorite liners but because they're super creamy, they transfer a lot easier if I don't wait long enough for them to set.
#28 is on the lower lashline and I'll be talking about it later in this post.
I tried using #18 on my lips, but it's way too dry for my lips. The dryness is better for my cheeks and eye lids though because those areas are more oily.
#44 is on the outer half and #45 is on the inner half.
#44 was applied in just a few quick swipes in the above two pictures.
The glitter shades are more tacky than the matte and glossy finishes. The quick swipes eye swatch does look patchy, but doesn't look that way in real life. The color is evenly distributed and doesn't feel uneven. I recommend doing 1 layer and then just blending by tapping out the edges. Because of the tackiness, the product kind of wanted to bunch up if you blend the whole area.
You can build it up more like in the #44 + #45 pictures, but it creased a lot sooner on me. If you do choose to build it up to be completely even and sparkly, I would keep your eyes looking down / uncreased to let it set more or set it with some powder eyeshadow.
I love wearing these shades alone, but they're also great bases for glitter or loose shadows. The powder really grabs onto the Play 101 Pencils (Glitter). Pigments apply better and stay on longer for me.
Even though there was glitter and shimmer particles, my eyes were not irritated at all. I didn't even have any fall out from the glitter.
Like mentioned in the review post for #21 (the red shade), each pencil has a built in sharpener and the packaging is all plastic.
Final thoughts: I'm so in love with the Play 101 Pencils. Wearing glitter is so easy with these pencils. The matte #18 wasn't as multiuse like what Etude House claims, but it's still great. There are some issues with blending, but it's not a deal breaker. The glitter shades are more tacky and so they're great as bases, but also as standalone products. I don't have to use primer underneath them, but if I'm out for a super long time I do dab a bit of Urban Decay's Primer Potion before using the pencils. Less is more for these pencils though.