Today I will be reviewing one of the most anticipated products from Etude House these days, the Play 101 Pencils! These pencils come in an extensive range of 50 shades (I want them all!), with multiple uses for each one, making them extremely versatile. Depending on their colour, they can be used on the lips, cheeks, eye-line, or on the lid as eye shadow. I got four to try it out, and so far I'm super impressed with some of them! Read on for the review and swatches. :)
The numbering on these pencils are #35, 47, 12, and 26, in the order of the boxes top to bottom.
This is a gel-type pencil that comes with vivid colors and various textures for easy and fun makeup play.
There are different textures including: matte, glittery, shimmery, creamy, and glossy. They can be used in all areas of the face as eye shadow, eye liner, blush, lip colour, concealer, highlighter, contouring, and even on the eyebrows.
These pencils are twistable, and each also comes with a sharpener. (!)
The ones I have are the numbers #12, 26, 35, and 47.
#12 is a glossy bright red ,which can be used as a lip colour or blush.
#26 is glittery pink with golden glitters, can be used as lip colour or blush.
#35 is a glittery (I see it as more of a shimmer) dark navy blue, can be used as eyeshadow or eyeliner.
#47 is a shimmery bronze, can be used as eyeshadow or eyeliner.
Love how they all come in colourful individual boxes. ^^
Click to enlarge. All the colours contain different ingredients. The glossy red seems to have the least in this bunch.
I thought these needed to be sharpened at first, since they look like the Makeon gel liners, so glad to know it's twistable!
The tips of the pencils made for lips or cheeks are extremely soft and fragile! The red one's tip broke the first time I tried to use it, I've learnt my lesson now, must use gentle strokes. :)
Tada! The hidden sharpeners! So useful, and so compact, I love it. :D
#12, 26, 35, and 47.
The pencils made for the eyes are much more resistant to smudging compared to the ones made for the lips and cheeks.
I'll be reviewing them individually, since they all function quite differently. So 4 mini reviews up ahead.~
With full colour on lips.
This pencil has a super bright red colour, perfect for the lips, it can also be used as a blush, and only very little is needed to achieve sufficient colour. Also, promotional pictures claim this can be used as eye shadow, but from the smudge test, and the colour it self, I personally find it very difficult to wear such a creamy bright red on my lids. :P
Although this pencil was in the glossy category, the texture is also very creamy, I really wasn't expecting a pencil to be this creamy, that's why the tip is now flat since I used too much force at first, and it broke off (good thing it comes with a sharpener)! >.< It has a consistency of a creamy lip stick, and is very pigmented. It glides on very smoothly without tugging or sinking into lip lines. It also feels moisturizing, and doesn't accentuate dry lips. The colour can be muted by blotting lips on a tissue, or just using it on the centre of the lips and blending it out for a gradient effect, it is also very blendable. The only downside is that the colour is easily transferable, and fades quite quickly.
As a blush, only a tiny amount is needed for red tinted cheeks, or it'll look too clown-like. It can be blended out, but not as easily as other cream blushes. It looks quite nice in person.
-Smooth and doesn't sink into lip lines
-Can be used as blush
-Colour fades and may transfer
With full colour on lips.
This is the pink glittery coloured pencil, for lips and cheeks. I chose this one because the promotional photo's swatches showed the golden glitters densely packed into the pink colour, and the glitters look much smaller than the actual product. In the actual product the glitters are large and kind of distracting, I don't know but it doesn't seem to really fit in with the colour.
This pencil is less creamy than the red one, but it is still glides on the lips quite easily. It does feels a bit dry and not really moisturizing, accentuates the dryness of lips too. Also feels a bit sticky. The colour is a nice peachy pink also very pigmented, more peachy in real-life than in the photos. I think it looks cute and girly. It is very glittery, so it's not really suited as a blush, although in the photo below it doesn't show much, in some angles the glitter is just too much for the cheeks. The wear of this pencil good, longer than the red one, and doesn't transfer as much. But instead of fading, it becomes patchy.
-Doesn't sink into lip lines
-Too much glitter to be used as blush
-Becomes patchy, and cracks
#35 Navy Blue
This is another glittery pencil, I do like the sheen it gives. The colour it self is beautiful, and since I don't have an eyeliner in a blue colour so I decided to go for this.~
This pencil is meant to be used as an eyeliner, or eyeshadow. Looks like it has some blue and silver glitters in it, but they are not as distracting as the gold in the pink pencil. I think it actually goes very well with the rest of the colour. Because this pencil is made for the eyes, it is more resistant to smudging, but it still smudges a bit on my eyelids after a couple of hours. Like the other pencils, it applies smoothly without tugging, however, I do need to apply it a couple of times for an opaque colour.
As an eyeshadow, the colour does not blend easily, and looks a bit patchy. There were also fallouts of the glitters. I'm not really liking how the colour looks as an eyeshadow either. So I'll just stick to using it as an eyeliner.~
-Smooth and creamy texture
-Applies evenly as eyeliner
-Partially smudge proof
-Glitter fallouts when used as eyeshadow
-Patchy when used as eyeshadow
Ok on to the last one.~
This is a shimmery bronze pencil, can be used as an eyeliner or eyeshadow. I love these kinds of neutral bronze-y type colours, and I chose this since I'll get a lot of use out of this one for sure.
This pencil and the red pencil are my favourites! Although it's close, I just tested them out again, and this pencil's smooth and creaminess completely blew me away! When I applied this on my lids there was no tugging at all, even though I have fat lids. And with one stroke, the colour was completely opaque and oh-so pigmented. I really like the fact the colour is shimmery without any glitter (to be honest, I don't know why I got 2 glitter type pencils when I don't really like glitter, contrary to the title of this blog lol.), so there were no fallouts when used as an eyeshadow. As an eyeshadow, this colour can be more easily blended than the blue pencil, and looks much more even. The wear of this pencil was similar to the blue one, it's good, lasts for a couple of hours (before being consumed by my eyelids), but not perfect for oily lids like mine. I prefer wearing this as an eyeshadow, as it lasts longer that way.
-Smooth and creamy texture
-Partially smudge proof
-No fallouts as eyeshadow
Here are the numbered pencils in an alternative usage.
#12 and 26 as blush, #35 and 47 as eyeshadow.
Overall, from the four pencils I've tried in this collection, it seems like these pencils are very creamy in texture and very pigmented as well! I love that aspect of it. However individually they have different strength and weaknesses. From the ones I have tried, I can say I prefer the non-glitter type pencils.
I do hope to try some more of these, especially the types I have not tried yet, such as matte and creamy.
Phew, that was quite a long post, but I hope it was informative! :)
Have you tried any of these pencils or want to?
I really want to try one of the concealer pencils, heard good stuff about it.