ETUDE HOUSE Play 101 Contour Duo Stick #02 Review

I’m getting rather obsessed with Etude House range and Pony, the talented Korean makeup artist.  Picking out Etude House Play 101 Contour Duo Stick from Stylekorean was mandatory for me since this is a collaboration between Pony and Etude House:)

If you haven’t come across Stylekorean before, it’s an online destination for Korean beauty.  Please check my previous posts (here and here) for more information.

I’m one of those who feels my makeup is unfinished unless I have contoured (never as sculpted as Kim K however:)).  As an oily gal, I tend to gravitate towards powder contouring although personally I think cream contouring would give a more natural finish.  I couldn’t be happier to get my hands on Etude House Play 101 Contour Duo stick #02.


Etude House Play 101 Contour Duo Stick is a nifty double ended pen.  There are 2 colours available, #01 described as highlighting and shading and #02 described as light base and dark shading.  The Duo contains 1.7g/0.05oz of each shade.  As you would expect, Etude House Play 101 Contour Duo stick is extremely portable.  It is so convenient to use the stick to draw lines and map out your contours as precise as one would desire.  Both shades of the Etude House stick #02 glides on easily, feel creamy and can be blended out seamlessly.  I use a small synthetic brush to blend the shading colour out and upwards until the cream is just about to disappear, then layer up for more depth.  The shading colour has a matte finish and appears a little more orange than what I normally lean towards but after proper blending and setting it with powder the end result is much more natural than I originally thought.


The light base shade is ivory-white and has micro glitters which are not noticeable on skin once applied.  Although officially it is described as a concealer, I prefer to use it as a highlighter.  The finish is very natural without any metallic or reflective effect.  I love using this light base to highlight my nose ridge and the cupid’s bow as it’s perfectly subtle for those areas.  Using the light base shade to tidy and carve out my cheek contours further is something I enjoy too.


Here are the swatches of the products drawn on my arm:

I then wiped away some of the products and slightly blended the products out.

With further blending, the orange undertone in the shading colour would become less obvious.  I sometimes set it with a more grey undertone contour powder to prolong the longevity (a common practice for me as my skin gets quite oily throughout the day).

Being cream products, both shades last around 5-6 hours on me.  It is winter in the UK at present and I do always set my makeup.  During the hotter months, the longevity could be reduced as I get quite oily during these period.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy using Etude House Play 101 Contour Duo stick #02.  It has been my go-to contouring item.  I love the portability, the ease of contouring and highlighting with it.  This shade would work for fair to medium skin tones.  It is perfect for beginners and the price is very reasonable.

Have you tried any of Etude House Play 101 Sticks?  Is contouring a must in your makeup routine?

Hope this was helpful.

Much love always,


Disclaimer: This post featured a PR sample. My opinions expressed here are honest and unbiased.


  1. 28th December 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing your review Sandy. My friend sent this to me as a gift and I have not yet used it. I think I shall give it a try!


    • Sandyxo
      30th December 2016 / 1:05 am

      You should definitely try ASAP. It would be interesting to know your thoughts. Thank you for stopping by Dom. Much love xo

  2. 30th December 2016 / 12:37 am

    Stunning pigmentation ! Etude House is a lovely brand with cute and efficient beauty products ! Have a wonderful end of the year. Hugs !

    • Sandyxo
      30th December 2016 / 1:03 am

      Indeed Etude House is winning me over. The quality is there at such an affordable price. Thank you for stopping by Kédija! Hope 2016 ends
      with a big bang for you.xo

  3. sassypout
    1st January 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I haven’t tried this one but Etude house has great products & I think I’ll buy lighter wersion

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