Etude House Hand Cream

Etude House is a Korean cosmetics brand that has been available in Malaysia since 2008. Their price is mid-range or more of a high end drugstore range. However, Etude House is one of those brands that periodically has promotions so one can find their products at budget-friendly rates.

Makeup commonly includes an extra element that is not put on the skin; nail polish. I don’t wear nail polish but what I do use is hand cream. Every nail polish junkie knows that in order to rock beautiful nails, the hands need to be moisturised and well hydrated. As your hands glow, so will those ornamental colours on the nails! Which brings us to today’s post about the Etude House hand cream. Just so you know, this isn’t a review. It is more of a suggestion that you can try out.

Best part is, I got these at MYR 10 per tube!!! I KNOW RIGHT!!! This particular promo is over now but like I said, Etude House is constantly having sales and promotions, so do look out for them.


I got two! Hehe!

I got two! Hehe!


Descriptions on the back are mostly in Korean but there is one part that is in English which I have a close-up of.

Descriptions on the back are mostly in Korean but there is one part that is in English which I have close-up shots of.


How creative is that description!?

How creative is that description?!!! This one has SPF 15.


This one too!

Warm spring sunshine!!! 😀


These hand creams smell nice, absorb well into the skin and leave your hands feeling soft and smooth. They are small tubes with only 25ml of product per tube, however, it does seem to require only a small amount to cover my entire man-hands so I am sure the tube will last quite substantially. They smell amazing and come in several scents so you can pick and choose your preferred scent. Although it says citrus, the one in the yellow tube smells a bit medicinal but the scent is faint so it fades off pretty fast after application. The one in the green tube does smell floral and reminds me of baby powder but like the yellow one, the scent is pretty faint so its not cloying and fades off pretty fast. Overall a lovely product and the packaging is adorable too!

My Top 5 Most Affordable Drugstore Makeup Brands in Malaysia

I listed the 5 most affordable makeup brands in Malaysian drugstores and then rated it according to five criteria.

Price, Product range, Accessibility, Quality, Packaging and design.

Disclaimer: This isn’t a poll and I rated them myself. Please do let me know if you disagree with any of these ratings or any criteria. This is just my humble opinion and not an ultimatum. I love all these brands and nothing presented here is a reflection of the actual quality of the brand.

I will insert a Table with all the scores and the average score of each brand that allowed me to put them in order of preference.


No. 5


IN2IT has similar price tags to Essence and Catrice although some products are slightly more expensive. Where it scores slightly lower is accessibility. Not every drugstore carries IN2IT. IN2IT also does not have the most interesting packaging to my liking and their products are sometimes a fabulous hit or somewhat a miss. And so it gets the fifth spot on this list!


No. 4


Catrice has fast gained popularity here in Malaysia. However, I have known very few Guardians (the drugstore which the brand is exclusive to) stores that actually carry them and it scores pretty low on that aspect. However, the brand carries a wide range of products (they have makeup brushes, primers and colour correcting concealers!!!) with packaging that is just plastic but looks very sleek. Catrice scored the same points as the next one on the list but it is placed in this position simply for the fact that it is not so easily accessible.


No. 3


Essence is probably one of the more affordable brands in the list however where it scores slightly lower is packaging and accessibility. Essence isn’t so popular because not every Watsons carries it. Although improved upon their packaging is also generally not the most attractive aspect of Essence but it is my 3rd pick for the top most affordable drugstore makeup brand because they have probably one of the lowest if not the lowest price tags in the entire range of drugstore makeup range in Malaysia. Like Catrice, they carry makeup brushes and primers too!!!


No. 2


Silkygirl got the second spot not just because I am a fan of the brand. Silkygirl is one of the more affordable drugstore makeup brands in Malaysia. They have many great products (although some are complete duds for me) and Silkygirl is very accessible! If you buy makeup at Malaysian drugstores, it is impossible to not know about Silkygirl! If you do refer to the table at the end of the post, you’ll see that I rated it lower on the quality and design aspect but it still made second place due to its sheer accessibility and price range.








No. 1


Was there any doubt? They have been in the business for a hundred years as of 2015; if there’s a makeup booth in any hypermarket, supermarket, mall, drugstore etc there’s definitely a Maybelline booth. Maybelline has also some of the best products in terms of quality for the price. And Maybelline’s booths anywhere in the country always has some kind of sales and/or discounts! ALWAYS! At any given point, one product or another would be either marked down in price or offered a purchase with purchase discount. So Maybelline takes the top spot for me!


Ratings Table (Preference based on a 5 point scale)

Top 5


Honourable mentions;

ZA – It is a very Asian inspired makeup brand and like IN2IT not that popular a brand. But ZA is among the more affordable drugstore makeup brands in Malaysia and they carry skin care products too!

Cathy Doll – Very VERY elusive brand but with very affordable makeup! Thailand based makeup brand.

Collection Work the Colour Cosmetics, Lock n Hold Lipgloss

I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone that reads my blog know that I have very little use for lipgloss. My dance makeup or even my guy makeup does not involve them. On top of that, lipgloss is the last on my list of makeup faves. So I’ll rarely do reviews for lipglosses which is why I am including this as a non-categorised post. However, I will give you all the details. And if I do use this product enough I may just do a review for it.

It’s all about the Collection Work the Colour, Lock n Hold Lipgloss. Collection Work the Colour is a makeup company based in the UK and they were introduced to Malaysians early last year. They’re available in selected Watsons and F-Block stores in Malaysia. The line of makeup was founded in 1987 which means they have been in the business 2 years shy of 30 years. I did Google it to see if any Malaysian beauty bloggers had blogged about this particular product i.e. the Lock n Hold Lipgloss. I also tried searching on YouTube if any Malaysians beauty YouTubers had reviewed/introduced the product. I failed on both accounts. I then headed over to the Collection Work the Colour Malaysian website and the product was not listed. It was, however listed on the UK website. So I am guessing the product is little known or has yet been introduced to the masses (or even beauty bloggers) in Malaysia. I got this product because I entered a small giveaway for Mother’s Day via the Collection Cosmetics Facebook page (yes, there were two and I gave mom one!!!). So I don’t even know how much this costs!

The product.

The product.

Description on the back.

Description on the back including the shade I have it in (Body Pop).

The description peels off to reveal ingredients and other details.

The description peels off to reveal ingredients and other details.

It comes with a standard doe-foot applicator. However, it is very flexible as shown in the following picture.

It comes with a standard doe-foot applicator. However, it is very flexible as shown in the following picture.

It is really flexible.

It is really flexible.

The product has a fruity scent but unlike other lipglosses, it isn’t as thick and gloppy. The other thing to note is, the product is devoid of glitter. On the other hand, the product can bleed. The shade I have (Body Pop) is quite sheer and not very pigmented and thus it isn’t a mess to apply. Even when it does spread, it doesn’t look horrible. I haven’t tried many liglosses but I don’t hate this one.

I have some swatches too.

Just the product. It appears much more sheer on the lips.

Just the product. It appears much more sheer on the lips.

Since the colour is quite sheer, layering it on a lipstick may be a better alternative.

A matte lipstick.

A velvet matte lipstick.

The lipgloss over the lipstick.

The lipgloss over the lipstick.

Lipgloss junkies should definitely give this product a try if you can find it. I would love to read other reviews from other Malaysian beauty bloggers.