Monday, August 26, 2013

[Review] Etude House Ice Cream Nail Polish

Tell me, how freakishly adorable are these nail polish colours? [Picture heavy post]

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 I'm not one to wear nail polish often, and my friends know - I have a slight obsessive (and weird) tendency to peel off my nail polish after a couple of hours. But some of the Etude House ice cream nail polish colours are so darn adorable, I've kept them on for as long as I could! I'll be reviewing the set today, a hearty thanks to w2beauty.

W2beauty is an online store run by Alice - the store sells a huge variety of brands and products. Some brands include: Etude House, Tonymoly, Holika Holika, Iope, Laneige, Mizon, even Sulwhasoo! It's like a wonderland of Korean cosmetics - with free shipping~ *___*

Now on to the review! Huzzah!

Click "read more" to see more pics + swatches! 

The packaging is way too cute to resist - the brush even has the texture of an actual ice cream cone! This is adorable, but the triangular shape isn't too practical to use. It's kind of awkward to hold in your hands. As for the brush, it's quite wide! It covers a lot of nail in 1 stroke, which I personally like.

I'm quite sure that the coloured "ice cream" part of the packaging is made of glass. It's a perfect circle, so cute. I like circles. ^o^

Each Etude House ice cream nail polish has 10ml of product!

These polishes are currently on sale at w2beauty! Just $3.80 each - free samples are included with every order! (Click here to see)

There are currently 8 colours in this particular Ice Cream line (Etude house also has several ice cream nail polishes that are sparkly!) These colours do not have any shimmer nor sparkles in them. The colours are quite bright and really pretty.
I've listed them below, and have attempted to describe them to the best of my ability (seriously):

PK001 - Strawberry (Far left)
It's a pretty "bubblegum pink" colour!

OR201 - Grapefruit 
A creamy, orangey-pink colour.

OR202 - Peach
It's a lovely, pastel, pink-peach colour!

BR401 - Choco (Far right)
This colour reminds me of bronzer and beaches. It's a soft light brown colour.

BE101 - Banana 
A pastel (but still bright) shade of yellow.

GR401 - Green Apple 
It's a soft lime-green colour.

BL601 - Blue Mint 
This one reminds me of Essie's recent "In the Cab-ana", though they're not quite exactly the same. One of my favourite colours!

PP501 - Blueberry 
A pastel lavender colour with a hint of blue tone.

I've swatched the nail polish colours on the wheels below! Nail swatches for these polishes will be shown in upcoming NOTDs, and will be linked from this page.

OR202 - Peach 

GR401 - Green Apple

My Experience 

I adore the packaging, that's what first drew me to these polishes! Whoever designed this must be the Einstein of marketing, because this is brilliant. There are drawbacks to having such packaging, though - the brush and overall ease of use is affected. As mentioned above, it's quite awkward to hold in the hands and may take a few uses to get used to the unusual brush handle. The brush is wide, so it covers a lot of "nail space" in one swipe.

As for the polish itself, I got a full application in 2 coats. The first coat would be a bit goopy, streaky looking and uneven, but the 2nd definitely smoothed things out. It also dries quite fast.
The polish latest 4+ days without chipping, which is pretty fair in my books!

I did like the colours! They're all very pretty, and creamy looking. Even though I do like a bit of shimmer in my polishes, I do like these even if they don't have any (I could always add a shimmery topcoat or something). I hope Etude House comes out with more creamy looking nail polish colours like these, I would actually really look into buying some different colours.

Easiest to apply: Grapefruit (OR201), Blue Mint (BL601), Blueberry (PP501)

Hardest to apply: Banana (BE101)

There is definitely a difference in quality between the Etude House nail polishes and other brands (such as OPI), but it still isn't bad enough to really comment on. It's fair, and I can live with it! The only thing I don't like about this polish is its unusually strong, chemical smell.

If you're a hardcore manicurist looking for a high quality nail polish, I don't think this is it. However - if you're like me and just paint your nails for fun, for a bit of everyday colour, this is great! It's cheaper than Drugstore nail polishes (at least in Toronto), and hold up as well as most of them. Because there's 8 different colours, I do think there's a colour for everyone here. ^___^

My experience with w2beauty has always been excellent - I've been so happy with their service that I've added them to my "where to shop" page (a non-sponsored page). Alice, the shop owner, is one of those genuinely nice, trustworthy people. I would absolutely recommend shopping from w2beauty, it's one of the 2 Korean cosmetic shops I will personally shop form.

- Very affordable
- Wide brush
- Packaging is adorable
- Bright, pigmented colours
- Wide variety of colours

- Unusually strong chemical smell

I wouldn't repurchase these because I have enough - but I'd definitely look into buying different colours if Etude House comes out with more peachy/pink colours (I need me some more of those) + shimmer! I love shimmer.

Note: I don't give half marks. 

Packaging: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Colours: 5/5
Quality: 3/5
Overall: 4/5

What about you?
Have you tried these nail polishes? What do you think? Would you try them?~

Disclaimer: These products were sponsored for review purposes. As always, this review is 100% honest. My opinion cannot be bought. This post contains an affiliate link. 


  1. I agree, these are the CUTEST nail polish bottles EVER! I'm tempted to get them all but I hardly wear yellow or orange shades, so I didn't. >_< My fave is the turqoise blue shade. <3

  2. Omg you bought so much product O.O
    they're true a pretty cute color~ too bad I ain't use nail polish..

  3. Omg they're all so sweetie♥ Cute:-) Fantastic colors!

  4. Bottles are totes adorbs, but man, I really can't deal with an impractical brush @_@
    It would be fun to have these just sitting on display on the vanity though. Blue mint is gorgeous!

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ | Makeup & Silly things

  5. Feels like i wanna eay them haha. So cute! ^^

  6. You should try the peach/pink ones from the Look At My Nails line, reviewed heavily on my blog haha!

  7. These are adorable! I love the colours, especially blue mint and blueberry xx

  8. They are so cute and small and adorable <3 I love the packaging and cute colors! I personally like blueberry and mint <3 thank you for the amazingly detailed review June ^^


  9. I have the blueberry and the grapefruit :) I like them a lot!! they are just so cute!!
    I really want to buy all of them :)

  10. ive been wanting these nail polishes so bad but im trying to stop myself from buying anymore nail polishes at the moment. i have so many and NEVER use them. i always just buy them and then put them in my drawer! its getting freaking annoying lol

  11. omg they are so damn cool *__*

  12. These are so cute! I would just have them just because of the packaging. And I love pastels on my nails :)

  13. Cutest nail polish <3
    Btw, awesome review :)


  14. OMG! This is sooooooo cute, they're gorgeous, I've seen a lot of divine stuff by etude house, but I haven't been able to get something, I hope I do really soon! :3

  15. What a great review. I can't believe how cute these are - classically Korean!

  16. CUTEEEEEEEEE. the colours are amazingggg! I actually want to give each one of them a try :p but I've also read the-not-so-good reviews about its consistency and of course its cute handle, being not so practical when it is used. Well, when you mentioned blue mint and blueberry are the easiest to apply, I am thinking to buy these first before deciding to buy the other colours :3 Thank you for the review!

  17. I've only tried the ones with glitter, but I really like them. In Australia, 'drug store' nail polish is still usually $8+ except for a few really budget brands, so these are a steal with quality that rivals more expensive brands. ^^

  18. I already have the blue one and now I know I need the peach shade too. So cute all together!

  19. Cutest nail polishes ever! I love all of the colours-especially grapefruit and blueberry

  20. Great job on the review beautiful colors.

  21. Simply cute!
    I love cute packaging; the colours are pretty too :)

  22. Oh they are so cute! I totally want to try them ^.^

  23. All the colours are so pretty and the packaging is adorable! Want to try them all! (:

    Yuen from The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

  24. I agree this is this has to be the most cute nail polishes ever they are so adorable!! ^__^

  25. Thank you so much for reviewing these June~ they are the cutest nail polishes I've ever seen! I always wondered if they were good quality but it seems they are good for home use hehe^^ x

  26. I love these nailpolishes the color and the packaging looks so freaking cute >u< I really wanna try them someday but I can't choose the right color because every color is so cute ahh*-* <3
    Thanks for reviewing them, June~! ^-^


  27. OMMGGG!! Thanks for posting!! Love the packageing and colors! You swatches are amazing show what the polish look like! I like the picture where you shot the swatches together for the rainbow effect :D How can I get this in the USA?

    1. Heyoo! Hah, no problem and thank you! You can buy these polishes on w2beauty with free shipping - it comes straight from Korea. ^__^ (And you can enter "" during your purchase to get a $5 reward off $30+ orders).

  28. We're so jealous! They look amazing but they are not available here in Greece!
    Love your blog!

  29. They are so cute!

  30. These are so... cute ♥_♥ The packaging and the colours! I adore that pink and brown.

  31. These are the most adorable polishes I have ever seen so of course I bought two of the glitter ones as soon as I saw them ^^ Curse Etude House and their cute packaging! (but not really though because I love them) xo

  32. I have the whole collection too ^-^ their packaging is so kawaii &my favorite color is blue mint ;) ♡

  33. I love these too! I have them all except the blue and red one. I agree the packaging is ingenious! *_* The only colour I don't really like is yellow, I can never get an even coating with it and it's very runny. :x

  34. I love etude house polishes! I was thinking of getting them when I was in Korea but the brush was too wide for my pinky >.<

  35. I own a few of these and I absolutely love them!

  36. strawberry, grapefruit, chocolate & greenapple

  37. My favorite color is the blueberry purple shade :) I'm a sucker for colors like those tbh haha!

  38. gorgeous colors... can't decide which one i want!! :D

  39. These are the cutest! I want all of them! I should have had my oppa pick them up for me in South Korea while he was there, but now I have an excuse to do some more online shopping!

  40. I need more shades like peach! Besides wearable corals and peachy nudes I'd love to have more blues and teals! But I'm not really wearing much polishes nowadays. The packaging is soo damn cute!

  41. I don't wear pastels much, but the design is really cute and this rainbow group of a little bottles is a pleasure to look at^^ :D

  42. You are so lucky to get all the colors. Cannot wait to see them on your nails. :)

    Michelle | At First Wink

  43. I definitely want all of these. I personally prefer my polishes without shimmer so these are perfect!
    Have you seen these though? Not shimmer, but added glitter!! Plus you still get the adorable bottles! :D
    Great review as always! I definitely have to get my hands on some of these.
    ♥ Bec

  44. I'm back Ms. Jun! This is Rhia, I'm not sure if you can still remember me. Anyway, I love the packaging! So cuuuuuute!~ The shades are so adorable! ^^

    Followed via bloglovin and twitter! Have a great day! ^^

  45. The packaging is so adorable! I'm not big on nail polishes or doing my nails because they get chipped really easily, but omg... so cute qq. I love all the colours, except the brown one LOL

  46. wow, they look sooo cute. Even though I don't like to polish my nails (b/c I bite my nails a lot :P), I feel like buying this set so badly!!!

  47. This is the type of product I could buy only for its packaging.

  48. This is just so sweet! It makes me wanna try it all!


  49. These look to good, I wish they sold them where I live, your blog is really nice as well!

  50. the packaging of these nail polish is so cute!!
    the colors also look really nice :x

    i might purchase them now because of your review lol, but...the smell is the only thing stopping me...for now at least :)

  51. These are so cute and I'm loving the colours of the nail polish

  52. awww you have a cutest blog ever im happy im following you

  53. they are like the cuutest nail polish ever =)

  54. OMG these are soooo cute! I'm totally going to buy them!!!

  55. I like the blue mint nail polish.


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