MyNykaa New Launches: Etude House and Tony Moly Review’19

*Disclaimer: All the pictures used in this post belong to me. This post is not sponsored. Everything written over here is just my opinion.*

Hey, folks!

The rains are almost here! I’m not a big fan of getting drenched in the rain, I’m more of a cower under the covers during thunderstorms person, but, the best part about the rainy season is when you get to snuggle and curl up under the covers and smell that first rain. That’s probably the only thing that I enjoy about the rains, classes getting canceled is just a bonus. With the change in seasons, look’s like Nykaa also has some serious tricks up their sleeves. Oh, yes, you already saw it in the title. I’m talking about the launches of not one, but, two big Korean makeup and skincare brands, i.e., Etude House and Tony Moly. Many of us were shocked when we saw the news in our inboxes, or online on various social media platforms, as well as, on the website, Nykaa.com. Several of us have tried to get our hands on these products, either by getting fooled by fakes on Amazon or by trying out our luck via YesStyle.com. Behold as I unfold the real truth behind some of these latest launches, and unveil their real results.

What is Nykaa?

Nykaa is an e-commerce platform for men and women with various beauty, fragrances, accessories and fashion needs, with their services ranging from selling products to providing expert advice. Derived from the Sanskrit word “Nayaka” that means actress or one in the spotlight. Nykaa also has its own in-house brand that mainly focuses on cosmetics, bath & body and skincare products. It houses several luxury brands like Bobbi Brown, MAC, Estee Lauder, Dior, etc. Nykaa is the largest beauty destination in India with over half a million customers and has a large number of stores that are spread out throughout the country. They only ship within India.

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Word On The Street?

Nykaa is about as popular as it can get in India, men and women alike, are very well aware of this giant, ever-growing brand and platform. This doesn’t exclude Nykaa from criticism, though. While there are many people praising the competence of Nykaa’s services, there are several others, who are constantly questioning it. Most posts of Nykaa on Instagram and Facebook, usually have several people inquiring about missing orders or openly expressing their disdain over unfortunate and disappointing experiences. From missing and delayed deliveries to faulty products and fake items, Nykaa hasn’t been the problem free site it promises to be.

Personally?

I have been using the Nykaa app for quite some time now. It’s also no secret among my friends and family that I spend an awful lot of money buying things from there. Though, despite me being a regular customer, I have had my fair share of problems with Nykaa. Getting a fake product from Nykaa is still something I haven’t experienced for myself and I really hope I won’t ever have to go through it, but, I have received products that were broken, and products that were never delivered to me. The only issue that really bugs me about Nykaa is the customer service, and it’s not just me, but many friends of mine and others, who have had to face issues with rude customer care employees or even, folks who just didn’t know how to help us and would throw us in an endless loop. I really hope that Nykaa improves this and takes note on all the feedback that comes their way regarding such issues. Of course, I still shop from Nykaa and, well, that just goes to say that these issues aren’t a huge danger or even as common for every customer. It always helps to be aware of such possibilities, though.

So far, the scores are:

Arrival: 9/10

Social Media Activity: 9/10

Customer Service: 6/10

Authenticity: 8/10

So, let’s start with Etude House first.

Etude House (Hangul: 에뛰드하우스) is a South Korean makeup color cosmetics brand owned by Amore Pacific. The brand name ‘Etude’ means ‘study’ or ‘practice’ in French. As of 2018, there are 231 Etude House stores.

To visit their website, click here.

ETUDE HOUSE Dear Darling Tint – PK004

The container is in the shape of a small popsicle. It’s supposed to vividly apply the tint, with the doe foot applicator, evenly on the lips, while also hydrating them. The formula makes the tint last longer with its soapberry extract that contains the necessary minerals and vitamins.

I’ve used this tint a couple of times now, and I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it. If you’ve used the Face Shop Watery Tint then must be familiar with such products, but the major difference between the two is how long does the tint stay put. I’ve gone up to 5 hours with the Face Shop Watery Tint going strong and not needing another coat, whereas the Etude House Dear Darling Tint didn’t stay on for more than nearly 2 hours. After the first hour, the latter starts fading away. This was quite unfortunate because I had my hopes riding on this one since I had seen so many people use and rave about it online. Of course, the packaging is really cute, I like the way it looks but, is that worth the price? I’m not really sure. This does make me curious about the quality and longevity of the Dear Darling Water Gel Tint, which is also priced the same at Rs. 450. Overall, it’s cute packaging with no so cute results. Maybe it’s the shade I got, and the others are better. I will be sure to report back if I try out the other shades in this range.

Product Ratings

Quality: 7/10

Quantity: 8/10

Defects: None.

Value: Rs. 450

Worth The Buy?: Not really.

To buy it from Nykaa, click here.

To buy it from YesStyle, click here.

Etude House Play Color Eyes Cherry Blossom

This palette comes in a light pink case with cherry blossoms on it. It has 10 shades with 3 matte shades and 7 shimmer shades. The theme follows nude browns to pink tones to suit the cherry blossom theme of the palette. There’s also a small mirror within the palette, along with two dual-ended sponge-tipped eyeshadow applicators.

Everyone was surprised to finally see actual Korean make-up products, people were shaking and wigs were snatched. I was quick to order this palette, though it did take some contemplating of its own. It’s no big news that brands often repeat shades in their palettes and, Etude House was no exception to this either. While I originally wanted to get 2-3 palettes, I realized that a lot of the colors had been repeated within palettes with the exception of a few colors here and there. That being said, Korean make is mostly subtle and so, it would be unfair to expect high pigmentation from the eyeshadows. The shades are really nice and are fairly buildable, they look nice and subtle on light skin but I can’t quite say what impact it would have on tan and dark skin. It’s a really pleasant palette and I just might invest in another from the same brand. Though, I would suggest buying this either with coupons or during a sale because 1600 is just not quite justifiable, in my opinion.

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Quantity: 7/10

Defects: None.

Value: Rs. 1,600

Worth The Buy?: Sort of.

To buy this from Nykaa, click here.

To buy this from YesStyle, click here.

 

ETUDE HOUSE Dream On Powder- 02 Pink Beige

The product finely milled loose powder that covers skin imperfections and absorbs excess oil to give your skin a complete mattified finish. This loose powder also helps cover uneven skin tone due to its ultra-fine texture that blends in beautifully with your skin. It can also be used to set and fix your makeup. It comes with a powder puff.

I realized that 2 products each from Etude House and Tony Moly would not be justice enough, so when my setting powder gave out, the Dream On Powder came in. Now I haven’t seen any reviews on it before and neither had I ever heard of it before, all I saw was pretty packaging and NO translucent white shades. I have always used white colored setting powders and since there was none here, I decided to go for Pink Beige. That being said, let’s get into what happened afterward. I have used this powder 3-4 times now and again, I have mixed feelings about it. The powder has a white sheen, and as far as I have seen, most people don’t like that. While I don’t mind it, this may be a product that may not appeal to everyone. As a setting powder, it does work well, it settles down your make up, but if you think it will make you less sweaty or hide the sweaty sheen for a while, then this might not be the best match for you. What I do really like about this powder is that a little goes a long way. I haven’t used the powder puff it comes with yet, but it’s really soft and of decent quality, so, I think it should work just fine.

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Quantity: 8/10

Defects: None.

Value: Rs. 900

Worth The Buy?: Yes.

To buy this from Nykaa, click here.

 

Now, let’s get into the Tony Moly Review!

Tony Moly (Hangul: 토니모리) is a South Korean cosmetics brand. Tony Moly was established in 2006 with the support of Tae Sung Industry. The name Tony Moly means “putting style into packaging”.

To visit their site, click here.

TONYMOLY Pocket Bunny Perfume Bar 01 Bebe Bunny

This perfume bar is a solid stick-style perfume that allows for easy application while adding a hint of fragrance to your wrists or neck. The stick perfume is convenient, moisturizing, and compact, making it travel-friendly.  Its top notes are Bergamot and Orange, Floral, and the middle notes are Rose and Orchid. Lastly, the base notes are Musk and Vanilla.

I bought this product for two reasons: I needed it for a review and I like cute packaging. My point is, I’m probably not part of the demographic they are targetting, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t give you my opinion on it. Stick perfumes have always been around, they aren’t something I have used before, but there’s always a first time. Since I like applying a little perfume on my wrist, I decided to dab some of this on it. Right off the bat, I could smell the vanilla-like fragrance, but it’s so strong that it reminded me of the horrible Ponds Body Lotion. It does take a little getting used to, and once that’s done, it’s almost pleasant. It lasts for about 2-3 hours before completely fading off. I don’t think this is something I’m gonna buy again, but for those of you who use deodorant sticks, maybe this is something worth considering for you. I would say, give it a shot before making a decision.

Product Ratings

Quality: 7/10

Quantity: 8/10

Defects: None.

Value: Rs. 600

Worth The Buy?: Maybe.

To buy this from Nykaa, click here.

To buy this from YesStyle, click here.

TONYMOLY Takopore Blackhead Scrub Stick

The product is a blend of marine plant extracts, black mud, and charcoal in a compact and convenient scrub container, which easily extracts pore-clogging skin impurities to reveal a more clarified complexion. Formulated with cellulose beads, the balm effectively removes excess sebum and gently exfoliates pores to pull out blackheads, whiteheads, and other skin impurities, so that, the skin looks and feels cleaner, smoother, and more refined.

I usually avoid using scrubs because these almost immediately dry up my face, even though I have a combination skin type that leans towards oily. Unfortunately the dryness is not just limited to my cheeks, my nose must also pay the price. But, I was rather curious about it and for a review, I must try it out myself. So, for the duration I had the stick with me, I used it twice a week. I assumed that it would leave a sticky or slimy residual feeling after I wash it off, but there was none of that. Surprisingly, my pores didn’t feel any different either and they definitely weren’t taken care of with regard to the oil deposits in them. Quite the anticlimactic result, really. Maybe this stick was from a bad batch or it’s just not a very good product. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t spend ₹550 for it again.

 

Product Ratings

Quality: 5/10

Quantity: 7/10

Defects: Scratches on the top.

Value: ₹550

Worth The Buy?: No.

To buy this from Nykaa, click here.

To buy this from YesStyle, click here.

TONYMOLY Takopore Bubble Pore Pack

The product has a powerful blend of marine plant extracts, this wash off Bubble Pore Pack includes an effective combination of natural Rotorua mud and charcoal extract to absorb excess oil and sebum. It applies and spreads easily over the skin, while the bubbling effect draws out skin impurities, while also, gently exfoliating the buildup to reveal clean pores and smoother, clearer skin.

I’ve seen so many videos and reviews on face packs that bubble up, it just looked like so much fun. When I came across this product, I figured that I will give it a go. Unfortunately, I waited for way too long to make the purchase and it went out of stock. To my surprise, it was out of stock for a while. So, when I got the notification that it was back in stock, I made no delay to making that purchase. The bubbles were not nearly as bubbly as the ones I had seen online, granted they were from different brands. So, I pulled up another review on YouTube for the same product and it had a similar result, not a lot of bubbling. But, keeping that bubbly factor aside, it did have a nice cooling and light feeling on the face. I really enjoyed using it and it’s something I can see myself purchasing once more.

Product Ratings

Quality: 8/10

Quantity: 8/10

Defects: Scratches on the top.

Value: ₹900.

Worth The Buy?: Yes.

To buy this from Nykaa, click here.

My Verdict?

The sudden bursts of new launches from Nykaa of foreign brands has been quite the talk in town in the beauty community and quite honestly, I’m here for it. Innisfree and The Face Shop are definitely great brands, but it never hurts to add the likes of Etude House, Laneige and Tony Moly. I hope this means that more K-beauty brands will be coming in with larger ranges into the Indian market. Hopefully some other brands like Fenty Beauty, NARS and Tarte decide to show up around here as well. Bottom line to this review, should you go for these products? Yes! A lot of these products are really nice and their results are likely to differ from person to person. So, dive into this pool and get reasonably carried away. I will be exploring some more K-beauty brands soon because they generally have a very impressive line of cosmetics. It’s never off season to indulge in skincare!

As always, thanks for sticking around and do feel free to reach out to me via the contact details mentioned. Comment down below if you’ve used any of these products before! Feedback and constructive criticism is always accepted.

Until the next post,

Laters, folks! x

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. iseul99 says:

    If you don’t like the products give them to me😆!!
    And your hand dimples😍😁

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Hahaha early birthday gifts! xD

      Like

  2. Beth Olivia says:

    Interesting read and posts! Sorry to hear about the issues of customer service! That doesn’t sound good 💜

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, and really, it’s no fun!

      Like

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