Review: Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher

by Paris B on · 36 comments

in Blush,Cheap and Good?,Product Reviews

PB + Peach Blush = Love

Usually this equation holds true :)

I’m not one for gimmicky products and to me, the Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher falls into the category of gimmicky. A blush with a stamp pad applicator – definitely gimmicky makeup gadget!


However, I have the dubious honour of owning one such gimmicky product and rather liking it to boot! The Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher was purchased by me off Kahani of Soloverly who found it was not quite her. I was not taken in by the packaging but the colour in 05 – Happy Peach called my name.

What the Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher is is a blush pan with a foam sponge stamp spring loaded applicator. The cover screws shut and when you open it, it pops up a little due to the spring in the cover. I believe the screwing and unscrewing motion causes the sponge to rub against the colour so it transfers onto the sponge.

If you use the stamp applicator provided, you get the sort of look on the left. The look on the right is after I’ve religiously blended the blush like crazy leaving a cute pink-peach blush on the cheeks.


If you stamp a few of them on your arm you’d look like you just got attacked by a giant octopus! Perfect for halloween perhaps? You could go as a victim of a giant sea monster LOL…

Stamp them on your cheeks and you end up with a rag dolly look that is not becoming, so don’t try it. Instead you can lightly (and I mean LIGHTLY) stamp it on your cheek then quickly use a brush to diffuse the colour, blending away the edges. Done this way, it gives a cute pop of colour on the apples of your cheeks.


However, I do find that using the foam applicator stamp results in too much colour being deposited on your skin. So, what I do is use a brush to pick up colour from the applicator, tap off the excess and then apply it to my cheeks. Even then, its still rather strong so do dust off some colour first before applying.

The colour I have is 05 – Happy Peach which is a lovely peachy pink shade that is mostly matte. It is rather powdery but the pigment and colour is lovely. And it lasts on me!

At RM39.90 a blush its not budget breaking and is definitely worthy of the “Cheap and Good” award. Pick one up if you like but do be sure to have a blush brush on hand so you don’t end up like a victim of a sea monster or a rag doll come to life! :) Etude House is available at various shopping malls in Malaysia.

Pros: Cute colours, Portable, Affordable

Cons: Foam stamp applicator is not practical, Colour is quite bright

One (Wo)man’s love is another’s disappointment

If you have read my experience with the Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher to its happy conclusion, now go read Kahani’s less than stellar experience with it. You might be thinking “There could not have been 2 more different experiences for this same item!

And this my dears is why you read product reviews yes? So you have a more informed choice because what one woman loves, another might hate with every fibre of their being and vice versa. So, the moral of the story is not to take just one person’s word as gospel because we are all different. And this is also a reason not to have catfights or be nasty just because someone likes a product and another doesn’t.  :)

So if you have wondered why I don’t have star ratings anymore, this is my reason for doing away with my product ratings for future product reviews. I will still include pros and cons of the product but the star ratings will go because I don’t want to put your expectations up too high if I like a product nor do I want to look like I’m trashing when I give a low star rating – I’m fair, I am :)

So tell me, are you taken in by gimmicky products like the Etude House stamp blush? Do you own makeup “gadgets”?

Stay beautiful,

Paris B

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prettybeautiful April 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

i have to admit that i really like the packaging of this, but i will not be tempted to buy this, with the price + i top up a little, i can get a pretty decent blusher right? :p glad that it works for u tho


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 10:20 am

Hi prettybeautiful

Psst… wait for sale or offer ;) I liked the colour which was the reason why I bought this to be honest. The packaging is mostly meh…


Shay April 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

I have the same gadget from The Face Shop. The colour is apricot. Not as cute as the Etude House one. Its a fun makeup item but I don’t use it already. I prefer my Benefit/NARS blush. hehe…


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

Hi Shay

Oh the Face Shop has one too? I wasn’t aware because I don’t really go there. When I get gadgety stuff like this, I try to get a colour I don’t already own – that way I’d use it for color if not for texture heh…


Shay April 14, 2009 at 11:12 am

Yes. It has 2 colours. 1 apricot and 1 pink. I bought 2 apricot ones in korea. But sadly, I only use 1 for a couple of times.

The colours are not as dolly as the Etude House range. Perhaps it is less pigmented, thats why I can do without a brush to apply. I just “chop” several times on the apple of my cheeks and pat in the colour with the sponge a bit.


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Aha… less pigmented colours makes sense because these sort of gadgets need light colours. Still, I really liked this color and maybe girls in Korea do too? hehe…;)


kahani April 14, 2009 at 9:30 am

Yay I’m so glad it worked out for you! I think the peach shade really suits your fairer skin (btw it’s the darkest shade of the lot!). You look fresh without being too candy-dolly.

I may add that all the hoo hah you’re going through to get the product to work is another reason why I was disappointed. It was supposed to be easier not more complicated! LOL!


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 10:23 am

Hiya Kahani

Yay and thank you! I love the colour – Bob thought it was lovely too that day haha… Maybe they’ll come out with a similar color :P I do agree with you about the hassle – its the reason why I cannot carry this one around which as you say defeats the purpose!


Nikki April 14, 2009 at 9:46 am

PB! I’d love to own makeup gadget :) But this is..well..I would say I’d rather use a brush with it too! I don’t want to have clown cheeks :) But yours came out super nice :) thanks for the 2 sides, you are right, different products really work differently, that’s why there’s a whole lot of beauty bloggers out there :D


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hiya Nikki

The clown cheek look would be perfect come Halloween I’m very sure of it! I can see myself patting it on my cheeks and going as Raggedy Ann LOL…


Natalie April 14, 2009 at 10:09 am

I first saw this on So Loverly :) good that it stays prettyy on your cheeks :) you’re right about the rating, i’ve experienced the disappointment before. Kudos! :D


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 10:25 am

Hi Natalie

I’m glad you are supportive of me removing the ratings :) I figured it was a personal rating anyway so better to let everyone else decide for themselves if they like it.


Monstro April 14, 2009 at 10:29 am

Hey that looks great! That foam stamp looks fun to use–haha, maybe I’m just a sucker for gimmicks!
And I actually like those bright blush colours :-)


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Hey Monstro

Its fun but you can easily over stamp haha… I like bright blushes too yay!


Kahani April 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I think the temptation to overstamp comes from the satisfying ka-chok! sound it makes. =D

Love the description “attacked by an octopus” btw. Didn’t mention it earlier.


ParisB April 15, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Haha… but the resulting red ring does not become anyone ;) Doesn’t it look like some giant sea monster got their suckers onto your arm? hehe… I should stamp a few and scare people.


Synaesthesia April 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

Maybe I’m not those pursuing cute and gimmick gadgets person… I won’t buy something that is cute or gimmick but I would rather to choose nice shade or something good to my skin… If I like the color like ParisB you like Happy Peach, definitely I’ll take it home…


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Hey Synaesthesia

You are a very rational consumer! :) But like you I’d probably do the same – choose based on color and if its a gadget all the better!


xisa April 14, 2009 at 11:12 am

After trying the YSL and Elianto version of stamp blush, I have concluded that I hate these types of blushes and I will stick to old-fashion next time. I love Etude House and I read quite a lot of rave about this plus peachy blushes are my weakness as well, but I don’t think I will pick this up. If its a normal blusher than maybe I would. :D


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Hiya Xisa

Oho! I know the ones you mean. I tried the one by Kanebo Coffret D’or. I must say that those are a little different. The colour comes from the sponge bit and the sponge does not rub directly against the color so those are less intense. This one is Whoa! Bright! ;)


Connie April 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm

That’s a whole lot of blush on your arm!! enough for 3 pairs of cheeks!

hmm… beauty gadgets… does a heated lash curler count? I don’t use it though. But I do want those straight type heated lash curler. AND those electronic face cleanser brush. Watsons selling the latter at 30 bucks. I’m waiting for it to go on sale :p


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Hey Connie

Yep! It is certainly thick! I’ve always been intrigued by the heated lash curlers but never bought to try. That gadget escapes me a little because I’m afraid my lashes will get caught and pulled out! :O


Connie April 15, 2009 at 12:26 pm
It looks pretty safe since there’s no actual crimping of the lashes.


eliza April 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm

wow! the colour compliments your skin tone ^^

thx for the review, thought of buying the stamp blush….but looks like its much more of a hassle to me @@


ParisB April 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Hey Eliza

Thank you! :) It is a hassle unfortunately. Not one for the faint hearted


jojoba April 15, 2009 at 6:54 am

girl, i have this and reviewed it too. seriously, the spong stamp can work but it requires practice. (I wouldn’t call it skils. :P)

I can do it and it is very lovely. I love the shades. But you are right. it’s easier to just use a separate brush. But that stamp is by no means useless. I do use it to pick up the colours then spread the powder out with my fingers or another brush. Not sure why I don’t just use a brush straight. hmmm I think i am nuts.

but I tell you this is one great colour and good lasting blush. I don’t think it’s gimmicky. I love mine!


ParisB April 15, 2009 at 11:48 am

Hey Jojoba

Yeah I remember the round stamps on your arm LOL… Its a nice blush and nice color but I guess I’d have to work on learning to apply it with the stamp itself rather than using a brush hehe… I use a brush to pick color right off the stamp not on the pan inside.


Dilba April 15, 2009 at 8:49 am

Does anyone know where can i buy Etude House Cosmetics in the US ???? Thanks =)


ParisB April 15, 2009 at 11:53 am

Hi Dilba

I’m afraid I can’t help you. You might have to look at some online Asian stores. Hope you find one soon.


Joyce April 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

i actually have 3 of these, and i find them really easy to use. just stamp on my face, blend and im ready to go :)


ParisB April 16, 2009 at 10:56 am

Hey Joyce

Maybe I’m stamping them too hard. I’ll try to use a lighter hand and see how it goes.


jojoba April 16, 2009 at 6:06 am

parisb: i think i gotta to just use a brush like you do. not sure why i always have to touch that sponge! hahahaha

so stupid eh?


ParisB April 16, 2009 at 10:58 am


Not stupid, just practical ;)


April 16, 2009 at 6:06 am

Hahaha, this would be useful in a costume party, if one were to go for the whole doll look (no blending of the blush, of course; just stamp stamp stamp! :P).

Hmm I don’t think I own any makeup gadgets. I thought the clicky-pen lipgloss was a gadget *click click click goop comes out* :P


ParisB April 16, 2009 at 10:59 am

Know what Tine? I should go for a Halloween party this year just so I can be a dolly! :D


lady's room March 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

actually, i don’t like use the stamp. it’s ok with brush.. sheer and not shimmery


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