Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ice Cream Mani and Etude House Ice Cream Nails Swatch

Hello everyone!!

I promised to make a swatch and review post from my Korean haul before so this is it, my first (again with "first time") swatch and review post!! But first thing first, of course, let's begin with nail art!!

Polishes I used:
OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Etude House Ice Cream Nails OR201 (thumb)
Etude House Ice Cream Nails GR701 (index)
Etude House Ice Cream Nails PK001 (middle)
Etude House Ice Cream Nails BE101 (ring)
Etude House Ice Cream Nails PP501 (pinkie)
Etude House Ice Cream Nails BR401 (chocolate sauce)
Revlon Super Top Speed 60 Second Top Coat

Now is time for swatch and review!
This is my first time swatching and reviewing so I hope it's not really... strange?
Here we go!

Today I begin with my Etude House Ice Cream Nails collection. Speaking of Etude House, it reminds me of my local tour guide when I was in Korea. He always said "Attitude House" instead of saying "Etude House". And I always laughed that time. Always. Even now as I'm typing this up. Hahhahaha! Well, he's a guy so I think it's normal to know nothing about that Korean cosmetic brand, although he's a Korean.

Etude House Ice Cream Nails, as its name, has a really cute ice cream cone packaging and wonderful yummy colors that I can't resist. Too bad I didn't get the blue mint one because it's sold out in every stores I visited. Aaaargh that one is my favourite!!

For this swatches, I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat and I skipped top coat to see how their real shine are. Their formula is rather thick and goopy but fortunately the polishes went on quite smoothly on my nails and some were opaque enough in one coat. I've read some reviews of these polishes and a lot of people don't really like the application because the cone shaped handle is lightweight and a little hard to hold. But I didn't have any trouble with the application as I'm quite comfortable with their wide brushes and those cute cone shaped handles. One thing I don't like about these polishes is they have very strong chemical smell. This is the first time I got a little dizzy after applying nail polish. I even wore my dad's extra surgical mask (my dad is a doctor) to cover my nose.

Etude House Ice Cream Nails OR201, two coats.

Etude House Ice Cream Nails GR 701, two coats

Etude House Ice Cream Nails PK001, one coat.

Etude House Ice Cream Nails BE101, two coats.

Etude House Ice Cream Nails PP501, one coat.

Etude House Ice Cream Nails BR401, two coats (I did french manicure first to test the opaqueness... Opaqueness?.. Opacity?... Whatever.)

Overall, I love everyone of them. Really love their colors, really love their seriously-I-can't-resist ice cream shape, don't have any problem with the application. And I didn't have any significant chipping problems. Oh, and they're cheap! Insanely cheap!! Retails for 2,000 won which is around $2 per bottle and there was 1+1 (buy one get one free) deal going on. Wow! Seriously! $1 for one bottle of nail polish! How insanely insane that is! One thing I hate about them is their very strong chemical smell. Well, let's say it's the trade-off for the super low cost. 

Have you ever tried any of them? And what do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Well, that's all guys. I hope you enjoyed my first nail art+swatch+review post.

God bless you
Love, Victoria


  1. I love the ice cream look! It came out super cute with those colors. Sorry to hear about the smell, that sounds like the situation I'm in with the Kleancolor polishes. I love them to death, but they smell horrible!

    The things we do for beauty :)

    1. Thanks a lot dear! Really glad you like it and I love those colors too :D I totally hear you! I think this is what we should pay for some of those oh-so-lovely polishes. Yaaaay anything for beauty :)

  2. Love your ice cream nail art. :)

    My mother always says that we have to suffer to be beautiful, I guess that means inhaling stinky polish fumes, too. :) I think that your first swatch and review post went very nicely. :D

    1. Aww thanks a lot Erika, so glad you like it and so glad you enjoyed my first swatch and review post :D Well, I hope my mother would understand that someday. She told me not to wear those stinky-but-gorgeous polished too often instead :(

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    1. Thanks a lot Sarah! Really glad you like it :D

  4. love this nails ><
    how do you create those "melting" effect?

    1. Thanks Josephine :D I used my dotting tools to create that effect. I just found out that cutepolish has a very helpful tutorial for this effect
      Glad you like it dear :D