Hello hello! Today I'm reviewing the Etude House Nymph Aura Line Balm - kindly provided by Beautynetkorea for review. The Line Balm is a solid foundation packaged in a compact, and is applied with a sponge puff - though the foundation is technically solid, it's actually quite soft and melts on contact, so it adheres to the skin very well, giving a natural finish.
It's a must-have if like me, you adore the glossy, radiant finish all the Kpop idols and actresses are rocking at the moment.
The Line Balm consists of a foundation and a shimmering pearl highlighter in a 7:3 ratio. It's similar in concept to the foundations with the highlighter swirl in them, except the Line Balm divides the foundation and highlighter rather than have a swirl running throughout.
The foundation contains Adenosine and Collagen to encourage elastic skin tone, and Hyaluronic Acid, Argan Oil and Avocado Oil to keep skin hydrated. So not only does it help even out the skin tone and cover blemishes, but it also treats and nourishes the skin at the same time. I love a good multi-purpose product ^_^
Unlike regular foundation puffs, this one is shaped in that of a tear drop - it supposedly works better for applying foundation near the nose and under the eyes. I guess it's more helpful, but I found the shape a little awkward to hold, and the puff is smaller than I'm used to (or maybe I have giant hands lol).
As you can see the paler part at the top is the pearl highlighter and the bottom part is the foundation.
I actually really like having the two divided, as with a highlighter swirl you don't have a choice between whether you want to mix the foundation with the highlighter or not, but with the Line Balm you can choose to skip mixing the two up.
The highlighter itself is really nice because it's not too pink or silvery, so it's quite suitable for all over the face, and looks natural on the skin.
|Shade No2 Light Beige vs Shade W13 Natural Beige|
No2 is too light for me, however I can use it as a natural highlighter instead!
Unfortunately the shades are limited to two - No 2 Light Beige and W13 Natural Beige. Natural Beige is closest to my skin tone, but a tad dark. However I don't need to worry about the Line Balm being too dark on me as when mixed with the highlighter it lightens the shade a little, making the colour more suitable on me ^_^
|Swatches L-R: W13 Highlighter, W13 FoundationNo, 2 Highlighter, No2 Foundation|
The texture melts a little upon contact, and is very balm-like in texture. It applies really smooth and lightly on the skin, and results in a slightly glossy finish, which I just love. It makes my skin look naturally dewy and glowy, but not oily or sticky.
I have dryer skin though - if you have oily skin this may make you look/feel a little oilier, as it's meant to be a moisturising formula.
|Before Line Balm|
|After applying the Line Balm|
Coverage is light to medium - it won't completely cover severe blemishes, dark circles or redness, but what it does do is provide a natural look coverage. Even though I have blemishes to cover I still really like this because it makes my skin more even and radiant overall.
|The instructions on the box say to do it a different way, but this is how I do it ^_^|
How to use? You can just apply the foundation first and then apply the highlighter on your high points (forehead, cheeks, brow bones, cupid's bow, chin), or you can mix it up and apply all over highlighter and foundation. To do that you rub the puff in an clockwise position, to evenly mix the highlight and foundation, for all over brightening.
Honestly, I'm really loving this at the moment - in fact its taken top spot as my favourite foundation! Previously my favourite go to foundation was the Innisfree Melting Foundation, which I've nearly finished and was going to repurchase, but now I've decided to buy this one instead, after I use it up.
I still would recommend Innisfree though! Its got more shade selections, has slightly better coverage, and is a little more long wearing than Etude. However, I like both the Innisfree and Etude melting foundations very much <3
Time for some selfies - all wearing the Line Balm in W13~
|FOTD: Etude Line Balm in W13 all over, Etude Aloha highlighter on high points|
Holika Holika Magic Pole Mascara, SANA eyeliner, Models Prefer Sweet Shadows
Etude House Princess Entoinette Shine Lipstick in POR202
Skinfood Brow Kit
|FOTD: Etude Line Balm, Benefit's Dandelion on cheeks|
Skinfood Brow Kit, Benefit's Gilty-Pleasure on eyes, Sana brown eyeliner, Maybelline's Colossal Mascara
Gradient lips with Etude Rosy Tint Lips in Sweet Poison, with Etude Jelly Lipstick in Lemon over the top
Overall, the Nymph Aura Line Balm is an exciting new addition to my foundation collection. I find myself favouring these types of 'melting' creamy foundations a lot more than liquid foundations lately...they just tend to 'adhere' to the skin better? And I love the in-built highlighters for all over glow ^_^
You can find the Line Balm on Beautynetkorea here, and they retail around $20USD with free shipping.
Do you like dewy and glossy foundations? Or do you prefer a more matte base?
Thanks for reading lovelies~
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