Review: Etude House Play 101 Pencils No. 10,11,22

23. May 2014


Since the YouTube video by Pony showing makeup tutorials using Etude House’s newest release, the Etude House Play 101 Pencils, everybody seemed to be curious about them. The tutorials show, how to create different makeup looks, by simply using these new pencil liners by Etude House. 50 different colors were released for this new multipurpose product. I couldn’t resist buying three of them, although I really want to cut down on buying until I’ve used most of my products…but all these new releases do tempt me so much XD.



I decided to limit myself to three of these pencils, because otherwise I would have spend to much money again :D It was so hard to decide, since there are so many colors and there are different types, too. You can choose between matte, creamy, glossy, glitter and shimmer pencils. I ended up choosing these three friends: No.10, 11 and 22. My idea was to get one color suitable for contouring (10), one suitable as a blush (11) and one for the lips (22). You can use these pencils for many different things and not only as eyeliner, but also as blush, lip stain, eyeshadow or eyebrow pencil.


No. 10 is supposed to be a matte pencil, No. 11 is labelled creamy and No. 22 has glossy properties. All the pencils are delivered in a paper card box, each card box shaded in the color of the pencil. The corporate design is playful and contains typical ornaments, as we are used from Etude House. The number of the pencil is written in different styles on the package. The font size of the number is quite large, so you know directly which number to pick.


The paper card box also contains the description of the pencils. The Korean description is printed on the backside. I love the tiny sketch of the pencil sharpener in the speech balloon on the bottom part of the descriptions. ♥ I didn’t even know that a sharpener was included, so I was more than happy :) The English description is written on one of the sides of the box:

“This is a gel-type pencil that comes with vivid colors and various textures for easy and fun makeup play.
Twist to dispense certain amount and use on desired area. Close cap after use. When using sharpener, insert lead and sharpen while turning slowly.”


The pencils themselves are made of black plastic with a protective cap on one side and the sharpener on the other side. The sharpener has the color of the pen, which is quite convenient if you store the pencils in a jar or similar.
The pencils have the name written on them on the one side, whereas the other side contains some Korean description again (do round pencils have a side at all?!:D).
The bottom of the pencils is again marked with the number of the pencil and an arrow indicating the part which is twistable, in order to dispense the product.
Now, the interesting part: how do the pencils perform? Below you can see the colors of the pencils tips and the included sharpener. It is tiny, so it can be used on the pencil bullet only. It won’t sharpen the pencil like a normal sharpener would and remove the plastic part of the pencil.
I swatched the three pencils on my hand with one normal swatch and one blended swatch. You can see the colors of the swatches with and without flash below. Comparing the colors to the promotional pictures, they don’t look the same. I thought No.10 and 22 would be darker and No. 11 more coral than orange. Nevertheless they are nice colors.


The only color I wished would have been different is No. 10 actually, because I thought it is slightly darker, so I could have used it for contouring or as eyeshadow. The beige color is too light to show up on my skin tone. I can use it as base color for eye shadows or for slightly retouching eye bags, but the matte consistency of the pencil makes it a bit difficult for the thin skin under the eyes. Other than this, all pencils glide smoothly on the skin. No. 11 is a nice blush color, which is not too intense and will look quite natural. My favourite is the No. 22, definitively. I thought it would be a darker shade, but nevertheless I love this shade a lot. It is perfectly usable on lips and doesn’t look flaky or drying (it is not moisturizing, but it does not dry your lips either), and as promised by the label it has a glossy finish. I tried to use No. 11 on my lips, too, but it did not work out and looked patchy and drying.

So, what is my conclusion for Etude House’s Play 101 Pencils? I would definitively recommend trying them. As for the Play Nail polishes from Etude House it might turn out that you like the one or the other shade more, but still it is great to have such a huge selection of different colors, which can be combined in different ways. It’s a pity that the promotional pictures are not 100% like the real product– and unfortunately, there is no local Etude House store here in Germany, so I could have tested the colors before deciding which one to buy. But nevertheless I’m happy with my choice and I could imagine to buy other shades, too. The price is okay, keeping in mind the nice packaging and the included sharpener.
You can get these pencils at W2Beauty for 6.00 US$.

I didn’t rate the ingredients, because each color has different ones :)
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  • Evelyn Vidal 23. May 2014 at 21:05

    I love it!!! Thank you for doing this review so quickly *A*!!

    Nº 22 is awesome, I love how red it is :3
    Again, thank you!! ♥

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 12:40

      I love No. 22, too. I’m thinking about buying another one of the red shades :D

  • Chloe Ng ♥ 23. May 2014 at 21:31

    Thank you for the review! I’m really impressed at the pigmentation of the pencils. :)
    Number 22 looks gorgeous on your lips btw!

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 13:20

      I was most surprised with 22, too! The pigmentation is really nice :)

  • Elina Wagner 23. May 2014 at 22:21

    No. 22 looks absolutely gorgeous on your lips! I really like how Etude House included sharpeners, I always tend to lose the ones I buy specifically for my eye/lipliners. I think the idea of having one product for multiple purposes quite intriguing but hardly viable. It’s also a shame that the colours aren’t true to what Etude House shows on the promotional pictures.
    Thank you for the review :)

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 13:59

      Thanks for commenting, elina! I love the included sharpener, too! And you won’t probably loose it easily, since it is part of the pencil XD

  • Michelle Tang 24. May 2014 at 0:46

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  • Michelle Tang 24. May 2014 at 0:48

    I removed the typo, so here is my comment again without mistake:
    The play 101 pencils look very promising, I cannot wait to get some myself. :)

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:00

      I’m looking forward to your review on the pencils :) Hope you’ll do a post for them, too! thanks for commenting :)

  • Chee Z 24. May 2014 at 2:03

    Wow #22 looks amazing on your lips! *_*
    Kyaa I’m so excited, since I just ordered 4 of these, looks like they are going to be great! xD
    Great that they included a sharpener too. Thanks for reviewing them!

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:02

      I’m curious about the pencils you’ll review! Hope you’ll get them soon ! Thanks for commenting ♥

  • merve shenme 24. May 2014 at 9:40

    I love the idea of pencils ^.^
    Thank you for your review ~~

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:06

      Me too, they are so versatile! Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Sharlynn Ng 24. May 2014 at 12:00

    Beautiful! I totally would love to try a lip pencil and then a gloss over like you’ve done to wear out! Love the red! I straight away thought that the palest shade that might not work so well on the lips but would be great as an eyeliner? maybe?

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:08

      The lip pencil looks really great, I was super surprised, because I was expecting the consistency of normal lipliners, but this one was smooth and looked great, too :) I think the orange shade could be used as iliner, too, but I didn’t try it yet. :D Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Jurika 24. May 2014 at 12:13

    so pretty and intresting review! thank you!

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    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:09

      Thanks dear! Thanks for reading and commenting ♥

  • Bethany 24. May 2014 at 14:25

    Definitely love 22. Very sexy colour. ;3

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:11

      Agree! I thought it will be a bit darker red, but I think I will try one of the other red shades, too, if I have some left over money :D Thanks for commenting (and I’m looking forward to read some new posts from you, too ♥)

  • Mizu chan 24. May 2014 at 18:51

    Review,..yeay! I myself actually planned to buy it next month for the Etude House 1+1 event coz I want to buy more colours and save money :D

    I actually wondered how to sharpen the creamy or glossy one with sharpener since they’re mostly delicate. (I’m referring to the outer pencil that need to be sharpen in order to get the product)

    Thank you for the review :)

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:13

      I’m already looking forward to your review on these pencils!:D A 1+1 Event would be great :D
      Luckily you don’t have to sharpen the outer pencils because it is twistable. So you only need to sharpen the tip with the included sharpener, which is a great idea :)
      Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Sakuranko 24. May 2014 at 20:16

    Oh very cute colors~
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    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:14

      thank you! Thanks for commenting ♥

  • TheBeautyWolf 24. May 2014 at 20:48

    I have #6, #8, #1, #19, and #20 on their way to me right now, I really like that little sharpener thing on the end, clever!

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:16

      Wow! I’m looking forward to your review! I’m in love with the tiny sharpener, too. It is so cute :D thanks for commenting ♥

  • Rebecca B. Bird 25. May 2014 at 2:06

    I *LOVE* number 22! That color is so beautiful on you. I have so many pencils as it is, but if I were just starting to build up my makeup collection I’d be tempted to buy up the whole range, haha.
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    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:19

      Thank you!! ♥ I’m super happy with the color, too! I mean, if I would have had already a lot of pnecil type makeup I wouldn’t have bought these either, but I mostly have black eyeliner pencils, or light colors for eyebags/lower waterline. :) Thanks for reading ♥

  • Camille L 25. May 2014 at 14:32

    #22 is so pretty!
    I was curious too of this line, but it’s a little bit difficult to me to decide which color to pick.

    • Frl. Schnee 27. May 2014 at 14:28

      It was difficult to me, too. But I had to choose in the end XD I’d love to have the full collection, but this is not very likely XD Thanks for commenting ♥

  • 매리@bitterseoul 8. June 2014 at 10:58

    #22 is really pretty on you. I definitely
    need to try these, thanks for sharing. :)

    • Frl. Schnee 9. June 2014 at 1:28

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to hear your opinion as soon as you tried these :)

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