Today I’m reviewing a very popular product by Etude House: the Play 101 pencil. This is a ‘magic’ pencil which can be used to create many different looks. It can be used as eyeliner, eyeshadow, lip tint, blush, concealer, contour, highlight, brow pencil etc… What a great idea! Of course some colours will be a lot more versatile than others, but the pencils are still really fun and not a big investment at 6000 won each (around $7NZ).
The Play 101 pencils have been promoted in collaboration with Pony – a well-known Korean beauty Youtuber. Pony has created some example looks which helpfully show how to use the products in different ways. The pencils are available in 50 different colours and 5 different textures: matte, glossy, creamy, shimmering and glitter. The colours range from natural tones to vivid neons.
After hearing about these I bought a pencil in pink #16 just to test it out. I really loved the versatility so I bought 3 more colours! (even though I really don’t need them).
I have #16 pink for blush and eyeliner/eyeshadow, #31 dark purple for eyeshadow and eyeliner, #15 peach for blush and lip tint and #6 cream glitter for under eye liner.
PS. Stay tuned for a giveaway including 2 of these pencils (#16 glossy peach and #5 cream glitter)!
I really love the packaging for these pencils! The colours are great, the boxes are small and sleek and the typography is simple but elegant and playful.
The pencil is black with the name and number in pink and the colour on the bottom end. I just found out that this is a sharpener too! Very handy. The pencils wind up and are quite thin, so not exactly ideal for lips but the product is very easy to work with.
The colours are mostly very pigmented and not too sheer, which is great. The glossy colours are a bit more sheer than the matte’s and shimmers but they feel better on the lips. I used the #16 neon pink matte as an eyeliner, a blush and a lip tint. I don’t think this texture works very well as a lip tint, so I bought #15 peach in the glossy formula to see if it would work better. I love it!
What do you think of these pencils? Would you want to try them or do you prefer to use one product for one purpose?