A New Glittering Hoard to Plunder! Etude House Play Nail Polishes in #144 and #147

Greetings, from an exotic catacomb, my fellow rogues!

I recently discovered a fabulous hoard of Japanese and Korean cosmetics in a nearby catacomb, thanks to a completely unrelated quest for silicon cooking mats (you’d be surprised what goes up on adventure boards, and what orcs fight to protect). Etude House, Innisfree and a bunch of other brands appeared in alcoves and niches around me, and at incredibly reasonable prices! Needless to say I got quite excited, and couldn’t resist taking a couple of glittering treasures home with me, that is, two of the enormous range of Etude House Play polishes. I’ve also marked that catacomb on my map, so I can return at a later date to further explore the hoard…


Etude House Play Polishes

Preciousss… two of the quite sizeable range of Etude House Play polishes, in natural daylight. On the left is #144 and on the right is #147.


The full range in the store consisted of a rainbow of creme polishes, and an equally extensive assortment of glitters. The cremes were NZD 4.80 each, and the glitters NZD 6.00. Let’s just consider that for a moment. OPI have recently been reduced in price at Farmers from NZD 26.00 to NZD 20.00. Essie are in the mid twenties as well and Butter London are NZD 30.00 each. Finding a polish from a decent brand that comes in more than 5 colours and isn’t already hardened in the bottle… for less than $10.00… is like escaping a mindflayer lair with no tentacle marks!


Etude House Play Polishes

The same, in direct sunlight.


The two shades I chose were a blue-based glitterbomb (#144) and a black and white confetti polish (#147). There were literally dozens of other shades I would have liked to haul out of that catacomb, particularly the glitters, but I absolutely had to have that confetti polish – I’ve been waiting for one to turn up on these shores in any brand for the longest time! The names I will have to bring to you at a later date, after some more research, as (for some reason) every single site I can visit that might have the English translation encounters a page load error :-S If anyone knows the names, please fill me in!


Etude House Play Nail Polish in #144

Natural light – #144 on the nails. Feast your eyes on the delicious sparkliness… (pardon the blur – my usual camera was not available, so all the photos in this post are mobile device photos!)


#144 is chock full of glitter in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. We’ve got larger square glitter in cyan and lavender, small round and hex glitter in orange, lavender, cyan and gold, and tiny round glitter in fuchsia, cyan and orange. Application was super easy with one coat providing even ‘topcoat’ level coverage (i.e. you could still see a colour underneath), and two coats giving the more full-coverage effect you see here. The brush is quite wide and firm, easily covering my little fingernail in one stroke. This isn’t usually my favourite, but for a glitter like this it’s fine.


Etude House Play Nail Polish in #144

Closeup sparkliness!! To give you an idea of the colour profile of this polish. Excuse the super stubby fingernails – had to climb a few walls rather quickly recently, and it absolutely wrecks your nails…


Dry time was about average for me, and the polish is still wearing strong after two days! I used my usual Sally Hansen base and topcoats (Mega Shine and Insta-Grip, respectively), but it’s worth noting that both of these polishes are very shiny and glossy even without topcoat.


Etude House Play Nail Polish in #144

Daylight swatch, complete with cuddly sweater. This was just outside the catacomb, actually. Not pictured: orcs. Pictured: gorgeous full-coverage sparkle.


#147 is a wonderful mixture of bar glitter, small square glitter and large round glitter in black and white. I know glitter is a bit of a misnomer, since these are matte, but it’s sort of how I think of these polishes in my head. that or ‘confetti’. Or in the case of this one, ‘cookies and cream’, especially since the round glitters reming me of diassembled Oreos!


Etude House Play Nail Polish in #147

Etude Play Nail Polish in #147, in natural light. I LOVE THESE POLISHES SO MUCH AND NOW ONE IS MINE!!! AHAHAHAH!…*cough*…sorry….


I’ll come right out and say it – as you might expect, this polish was kind of difficult to apply. I needed a bit of fishing and three dabby coats to get this much coverage. That being said, it was partly a problem of the polish having setted a little in the jar, and needing a bit of a mix up with the brush to get the large glitters to the top. Once I realised that, things got a little easier. Unfortunately, these polishes don’t have any mixing ball bearings in them, so shaking does nothing – you just sort of have to rotate them in your hands if you want to mix things. The wide brush is a bit of a disadvantage here, as fishing is trickier, but when you do get a good catch, there are lots to choose from.


Etude House Play Nail Polish in #147

I cannot wait to put this polish over bright, block colour creme polishes like Chanel Rose Insolent and Butter London Come to Bed Red. But I always like to see how glitters look by themselves first!


Dry time was as described above for #144, and #147 is also wearing well after two days. I absolutely love this polish, despite its application hassles – for the price (and the fact that it’s the first one of its kind I’ve seen available here) I don’t really think you can go wrong. Both of these had a good consistency and a lacquer shine finish (even before topcoat). You can bet I’ll be heading back for more – the next one I have my eye on is a ‘harlequin’ one with diamond shaped glitters in red and purple and black!

Have you tried any of Etude House’s offerings?


The Verdict: Glitter and confetti polishes from a huge range with a great price tag. What’s not to love? OK, dabbing, maybe, but that depends on your personal patience levels and how many options you have for other, similar polishes! πŸ˜‰ Definitely a range to check out if you get the chance.

The Practicalities: Etude House Play Nail polishes are available from selected $3 Japan Stores in Middle Earth, and cost (at my local one) NZD 6.00 for glitters and $4.80 for cremes. The polishes are ( I believe, curse my lack of Korean!) around 8 mL.Β  Some are limited edition and some are permanent, but it’s a little difficult to tell which these are, so your best bet it just to go have a look and snag whatever you like. You can also find Etude House cosmetics and nail polishes from various sellers on eBay, and if you live in Korea, Japan or Singapore, you can visit actual Etude House stores. For more info and pictures of Etude House products, you can visit www.etudehouse.com.

Until next time, my rogues, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!


23 thoughts on “A New Glittering Hoard to Plunder! Etude House Play Nail Polishes in #144 and #147

  1. I have a few Etude House products, but no nail polish yet. Seems like I need to change that! I think that the first one would look lovely on a dark base coat, and the second one would look awesome on a bright pink or something.


    • Woo, a whole Etude House store! You should definitely check this range out – I’m sure there are actually quite a few more shades than even I saw – if you see anything interesting, let me know!


  2. Hi Syl,

    I’m a huge glitter fan too and first-time reader of your very interesting blog. I’m residing in Singapore and the Etude shops here retail these Play Glitter polishes for slightly more (sgd 6.90 = nzd 6.50).

    However, I usually order Korean products from this website Qoo10, seller name is Always (there are many different sellers, check out the reviews to ensure that they are reliable). Each bottle only costs sgd 3.50, which is just nzd 3.30!!! I don’t know if they ship to NZ but you can try. Stocks come directly from Korea so prices are much lower.

    Just wanna share this great news with you and other fans of your blog! Cheers!!!


    • Hi Esther! Welcome to The Painted Rogue πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the tip! It’s so tricky to get most international brands here (even American ones…) it’s great to hear of new potential sources!

      Anything for NZD 3.30 almost makes my brain explode, LOL.


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