Review: Korean Makeup | Etude House Play 101 Pencil

This was the first product I ever got for a blusher, I ended up really liking it and bought a few more.


The first time I saw this product, it was introduced to me as a 3-in-1 makeup item. Etude House’s Play 101 pencil could be used on the eyes, face, and lips. So, my first impression was:Β wow! This product could be a deal breaker since I can use it for almost anything!Β 

The first colour I bought was a red colour that is creamy in consistency (#21). I started using it as a blusher; since it was a very bright-toned red, I needn’t use a lot. And, I did end up liking it a lot. πŸ‘πŸ½ This product retails for about RM40 (USD 10) in stores, but I got all of mine when they were discounted at 50% off. A great price when discounted!

This product also comes in different textures (glittery/matte/creamy), so although it could be used in the 3 areas I stated, I’m not really into putting on glittery products on my lips for just personal preferences. But, hey, if you’re into that glitter lip, go for it! πŸ˜‰

As I got more and more into Korean beauty items, I decided to extend my Play 101 Pencil collection and bought more shades. So now I have 4 shades in total and I’ll show you a little swatch in the picture below!


From the left:

  1. #16 – a light baby pink
  2. #68 – a deeper pink
  3. #5 – a glittery gold
  4. #21 – a bright classic red

I also decided to swatch them on some paper just for you guys to see how it looks on white. πŸ’– They’re in the same sequence as the swatches above, so don’t worry about it. Also, I think all of my shades are a creamy consistency except for the glittery one which is, y’know glittery. I didn’t want to go for any matte shades.


Now that I’ve introduced you to the colours I have, let’s get into the review on what I overall think of this product. πŸ™‚


The product is shaped in a thin and long pencil that comes in their coloured boxes. They’re nothing too fancy and looks, honestly, quite ordinary (I say this because compared to other Etude House products, they really look ordinary). But, I’m alright with that, it’s easy to store since they are thin.

What I absolutely dislike about the package of the product is that the tips where they indicate the colours comes off very easily. What I meant by very easily is, me just whipping it out of my makeup bag and it flies about three feet away and rolls into Neverland. That’s pretty annoying… 😐 Β I really don’t understand how they come out so easily! And it’s not because I have dropped them or anything. They were already like that when I first bought them. So, friendly tip, I would recommend you tape these, even if I haven’t… yet.


These pencils are very pigmented, I sometimes accidentally use too much, so you have to be really careful. However, they are easy to blend. I usually only put on three strokes (you’ll see what I mean in theΒ how it is usedΒ section) on my cheek and blend it out with my fingers. They’re a little transferable but I guess that’s pretty normal.

The longevity of it is amazing (using it as a blusher that is)! I would give it a big thumbs-up for that. I put it on in the morning, and it’s still visible when I take it off at night. So, it keeps my face nice and flushed all day long. In addition, my T-zone and cheek area tend to get really oily through the day, and it still stays. It’s amazing!

One thing I don’t like about the product is that when you first got it new, there would be a little tip of the pencil sticking out. So it will be there until you use enough product that shortens it back into its hole. I tend to always hit the product on the cover when I use it and I really don’t like that.


As you can see on the far right, the product got smudged while I was closing it. It gets messy and it also wastes some product. So, be careful closing it when it is new and still sticking out! Once that bit is finished, you can turn the pencil at its ends to get more product out and turn it back it so that wouldn’t happen.

How it is used:
I feel like I shouldn’t elaborate too much on how you want to use them. But for me, a real tip using them as a blusher is this: you draw a triangle right on the apples of our cheeks and blend them out. Remember to use light stroke for the triangles so you don’t get too much product on, repeat again if you want the colour to show through more. I hoped this helped! πŸ˜€


Verdict: 7/10
Overall, the product has great pigmentation and is easily blendable. It also lasts a very long time despite my face being oily. The only downside is that the top coloured tips keep falling out and the product can easily get smooshed when newly used. I would recommend you to get it if you’re all for multi-purpose makeup and enjoy using stick blushers/lip liners. All in all, I’m pretty happy with my purchases. πŸ™‚

Have you used this product? What’s your favourite blusher? Tell me in the comments below! ✏️

Have a great day ahead! ❀


6 thoughts on “Review: Korean Makeup | Etude House Play 101 Pencil

    1. I don’t use mine as eyeliners so I’ve not experience it drying out. It works amazing as a blush. Thanks for reading! πŸ’–πŸ’–


    1. I occasionally use them as a lip liner but not enough to give you a good review on how they are on the lips. :< all I can recall is that they're glide on the lips smoothly

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