Rainbow Milk? Etude House Play Nail Polish in #113

Greetings (slightly guilty), from a familiar hoard, my fellow rogues!

Pardon the title confusion – my trigger-finger gets a little twitchy on the ‘post’ button as well as the crossbow… ๐Ÿ˜€

On the theme of colours and rainbows, I feel it’s an appropriate time to mention the result of a moment of weakness I suffered a week or so ago while passing that same Etude House hoard I reported on recently

Yes, my weakness for sparkles, milky polishes and a bargain combined like a siren’s call to lure me in for another bottle of Etude House Play Nails polish. Do I regret being captured? Was it trapped? Is it cursed?! I’m happy to report that it is none of these things, and is instead a rainbow of wonder and magic. In a milky base. What’s a rogue to do?

Etude House Play Nail Polish #113

Rainbow sparkle milky goodness in the form of Etude House Play Nail polish in #113. If you’ve ever visited the Etude House website, you’ll know why I felt compelled to display this on a floofy pink background.

Etude House Play Nail polish in #113 is a mixture ofย  different sizes (‘normal’ and small) and colours of hex glitter (I found white, red, peach, gold, green, cyan, silver, aqua and fuchsia) in a milky, blue-white base. I say blue white, because it has that sort of blue aura to it, even though it it visibly white. In other words, it’s not a yellow-white. In other other words, it’s more like the centre of a magic missile than the ribcage of a skeletal necromancer. Does that help?

Etude House Play Nail Polish #113

(Indirect) daylight swatch. I love this stuff so much I can hardly even. Can’t even finish sentenc-!

The photo above is two coats of the polish with my usual Sally hansen top and base coats. One coat gives a decent amount of glitter and a more sheer white wash to the nails that is even and actually quite pleasing. Since I wanted the full ‘milk’ effect though, I went for two coats. This stuff is incredible. It applies smoothly, with a full complement of glitter. No dabbing or blobbing necessary here. The milky base isn’t streaky at all, and even when you have lots of glitter it isn’t chunky or uneven at the surface. The dragon that originally assmebled this hoard might be gone now (I hope), but by Corellon, it had taste!

Etude House Play Nail Polish #113

Cuddly sweater shot! Don’t mind the bars – they’re an occupational hazard as a rogue, but I have ways of getting around them… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m actually having some trouble articulating how awesome I find this line of polishes to be so far. This one has been going strong for three full days now, which is basically undeard of for my nails. It’s doing better than Chanel! And they’re $4-6! *opens and closes mouth in fish-like, inarticulate astonishment*

It’s actually quite hard to make a rogue speechless, you know!

Dry time is a shade longer than average, but we’ve been having some very humid weather recently, so I’m not sure it’s a fair test. In any event, it wasn’t so long that it really bothered me. I’d rate this polish OK for campfire manicure maintenance, but not if you think it’s really likely a goblin raid will occur soon after application. Maybe check with the ranger first.

Etude House Play Nail Polish #113

Raking light for contrast! Once again, don’t mind the bars…or the not-yet-cleaned-up-edges of my polish…

Anyone else a fan of milky polishes? Now that I know that the formula is good, Etude House has a few more milky ones that I’ve got my eye on! Any favourites from other brands you can suggest?

The Verdict:ย  If you’re a fan of milky/glitter polishes, but get annoyed with the uneven application issues that can haunt them, or if your nails are usually allergic to holding onto polish and you want something that will last more than 12 hours, I can wholeheartedly recommend this polish! The brand in general is really impressing me right now ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  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!


25 thoughts on “Rainbow Milk? Etude House Play Nail Polish in #113

    • Actually, I don’t usually go for milky colours (especially white) without the glitter either! There’s just something about these milky glitter ones that I can’t get enough of…


  1. I like that the milkiness gives it some coverage but there is enough sparkle to not make the milkiness so noticeable. It’s a good visual balance. Too bad it’s not more sparkly, you could use it as a distraction technique in the dungeons!


    • Indeed. Fortunately, I have a good many glitter polishes that I can fall back on should distraction be necessary – that or bright lipstick, which is easier to pit on in a real hurry!


  2. Oh what a fab find! I like how even the base color is (you’re right, especially considering it’s milky) and how even the sparkle is distributed! This could definitely pass as one of those indie polishes!


    • I know, right?

      I’m so excited about this brand – it keeps checking all the boxes, which no brand usually does for me! Except Chanel, maybe, but in the price war, $6 trumps $46 every time!

      Just going by the bottle, the Etude House Play Nail range also seems to have decent dupes for Chanel Taboo (!) and Butter London The Black Knight…


      • Oh that’d be pretty cool! The thing is if you’re willing to wait around for a while, MULTIPLE companies will come up with Chanel shade dupes. As long as you don’t need something now NAO, you can most probably save a pretty penny or two!


  3. This is actually rather cool. Not as blue as you think it’s going to be. I have issues with the lack of sparkle or shine that sometimes happens with the milk polish, but this one has a nice pile of color.

    I’m currently testing a Picture Polish milk. Quite impressed so far.


    • Ooh, which one? And yes, I was really very impressed indeed by this polish – it went on so smoothly and lasted so well, I began to wonder where the catch was. And then I realised: it’s in wanting to own ALL of these polishes…


    • I don’t know, I’m afraid! I’ve never seen that collection! Looking at the pictures on Google though, I think that one is a little more pastel in the colours. It’s hard to tell!


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