Etude House Play Nail in Tea Champagne

Etude House — Tea Champagne (Play Nail) Swatch & Review

Collection: Etude House 2015 Spring/Summer, Afternoon Tea

This summer, I thought I’d try out my first South Korean nail polishes, and chose to start with the popular Seoul-based brand Etude House. I purchased mine on sale for just under US$4 each at Cosmetic Love (referral link).

I picked up three polishes from two of their recent Play Nail collections:

Etude House Play Nail group
Etude House Play Nail in Ultra Mercury, Fake Emerald, & Tea Champagne

Today’s review is for Tea Champagne (374), from their Spring collection, Afternoon Tea. It’s a cute beige polish with warm golden shimmer.

The formula is semi-sheer, but you can get pretty decent opacity, with just a hint of VNL, using two or three coats. It looks nice and smooth enough with just one coat, as well, if you prefer a sheer wash of beige shimmer.

Etude House Play Nail in Tea Champagne, swatch

The brush is wide, and a little on the shorter and thicker side. The bottle is small and adorable, with cute designs on the cap. This particular polish sports an adorable teacup pattern, reflecting the themed collection to which it belongs.

Etude House Play Nail in Tea Champagne, cap

Overall, the polish is perfectly nice and I would certainly buy another if the color looked interesting to me. The quality is good, and, considering the low price tag, it’s a good nail polish deal. If Etude House polishes were sold at my local drugstore, I’d probably eventually amass an embarrassingly large collection of them! Keep in mind, however, the bottle is smaller than usual at 8 mL.

Etude House Play Nail retails for between US$2.90–3.90 (it seems to depend on collection) and is 0.27 fl oz / 8 mL. It is made in South Korea.

Etude House was founded in 1966—their website claims that they are the first South Korean makeup brand—and is based in Seoul, South Korea. It was acquired in 2006 by Amorepacific, another South Korean company which owns Laneige and innisfree, as well as fragrance brands Annick Goutal and Lolita Lempicka.

9 thoughts on “Etude House — Tea Champagne (Play Nail) Swatch & Review

  1. This is a gorgeous shade! I have quite a few Etude House Nail Varnishes collected which is gradually increasing (which I’m needing to post about) and I love all of them!) and I love the brand’s nail varnish for the price of them.


  2. Ahhh SO cute! And so BEIGE. And just a hint of shimmer. They designed this one JUST for me, I know it. I know it’s probably not your cup of tea (ha, see what I did there?) but the colour is very flattering on your skin tone!

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  3. It’s so cute based on the packaging, definitely a stand out with the typical North American packaging. I find that I never finish my nail polish bottles regardless of how small they are 😛


  4. Ohhhhhh I really like that color! I feel like it would give me mannequin hands with shimmer and I’m totally OK with that!!!

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