The Lunar New Year is coming up soon (February 8!) and it'll be the Year of the Monkey! To celebrate, Etude House brought out some new shades from their Look At My Eyes range with special packaging. The Look At My Eyes Monkey Wish Eyes collection contains both jewel and velvet finishes and includes 6 new limited edition shades. The velvet finish version of the shadows retail for $4.60 and the jewel finish version of the shades retail for $7.20. Both versions contain 0.07 ounces / 2 grams of product and you can find these shadows on Etude House's website here!
In this post, I'll be reviewing GR707 Exam Passed, BE109 Pay Day, and PK013 Cheer up! If you missed it, I also reviewed the Big Cover Concealer BB and Cushion Concealer here.
I feel like I've been putting a lot of "disclosures" lately, but I wanted to point out that there are differences between western eyeshadow formulas and Korean eyeshadow formulas. If you've seen the trends from South Korea, everything is more focused on being more natural, soft, and dewy. Even with non-neutral shades, they are still natural and wearable. With that being said, these shades follow that same concept and are on the sheerer side compared to western brands but the formulas are still impressive.
All three shades were swached without primer, but you can always used a tacky primer to pump up the pigmentation.
The first shade up is the Etude House Look At My Eyes Jewel Eyeshadow in GR707 Exam Passed*! In the pan, it looks like a duo chrome shade with a warm brown base and green/olive shift. When swatched and applied on the eyes, the shift isn't that strong but it's still very pretty.
GR707 Exam Passed applied very well on my eyes with a brush and/or finger. In the above picture (and the rest of the eye swatches), I used a flat shader brush to apply and blend out the color. It blended out very easily and there was no fall out whatsoever. The texture of the shadow is very smooth as well.
This kind of duo chrome coloring is very popular in makeup and some examples are MAC Club Eyeshadow and Blue Brown Pigment, Urban Decay Lounge, and one of the shades in the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette. I've had two of those shades and they are more pigmented, but the warm brown base would show up very red on my skin. I only have the Wet n Wild shade now and when I do use it, I have some issues with fall out. In comparison, I would say GR707 is the more toned down version that's easier to wear.
The Etude House Look At My Eyes Eyeshadow in BE109 Pay Day* is a light beige eyeshadow with some very slight goldeny tones to it and has a satin finish. The texture is pretty similar to the shadow above
I was pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn't too light for me like how Burberry Pale Barley is. I know that it barely looks like anything on my lids, but it's because the base color is already close to my own skin tone. If you're lighter than me, it's going to show up a lot better.
For this kind of shade, I would use it as an all over lid color + mascara for an easy put together look or with thick winged liner. It's not sparkly/shimmery enough for doing a Halo Eye Look but it adds a bit of something to no-makeup makeup looks.
Oh boy, the Etude House Look At My Eyes Jewel Eyeshadow in PK013 Cheer Up* is so pretty in the pan and on the skin, but so hard to photograph. This shade is a light pink shadow with pink, gold, lavender, and silver shimmers/glitters. The glitters are very fine though and it doesn't feel gritty or rough. This shade is a bit more prone to fall out, but only if you use a fluffy brush to directly apply it instead of a flat brush or finger.
This shade has that sparkly but not over the top look I often see Kpop stars wear. It's still sheer, but it's pretty reflective and catches the light very well. I personally wouldn't wear it by itself like above because it's a touch too pale for that on my skin though. I recently bought pinky / rosey matte shadows and I've been loving using PK013 like a glitter topper on those matte shadows to make it more interesting.
Because of the texture, the monkey imprint didn't appear that well. I also think it's a bit softer compared to BE109 and GR707 as well. Mine felt a bit loose when it first arrived and so I would just be careful with it and maybe not take it traveling.
& here are some arm swatches! I did three layers and did the swatches using my fingers.
You can see that they do look more pigmented when swatched this way. I'm a bit disappointed that the shift in GR707 and the multi color shimmers/glitters in PK013 aren't showing up that well this way though. When you move around, these aspects are a lot more apparent though!
I've tested these shadows in all kind of ways and I'm very happy to say that they did last a full 12 hours without fading or creasing. Sheerer shadows tend to crease on me and fade faster since there isn't a lot of pigment to stick onto my skin, but I didn't see those problems with these shadows at all.
Final thoughts: If you've only used Western shadows, you might be disappointed by these (like I initially was) because they're not as strongly pigmented. Personally, I really enjoyed these shadows and was much happier with these products than the other half of the Pink Bird Box I received. My biggest problems with sheer shadows is that they tend to look really patchy and fade very easily, but these are definitely formulated way better even though the pigment isn't strong. They go on very smoothly and barely had any fall out. They also last with or without primer, but I would still use a slightly tacky primer to bring out the shimmers. GR707 has also become an every day shade for me since it's more interesting than just a normal shimmery brown shade. It's also not too red so my eyes never look tired when wearing this shade by itself. These kind of shadow formulas aren't for everyone, but I would still recommend checking these out for every day / soft and natural looking eye products.
*These products were sent to me for free as PR samples as part of their Pink Bird Program. As part of their program, I get sent a box of products each month to review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.
What kind of eyeshadow formulas do you like? Do you like natural looking products or something that gives a stronger appearance?