[REVIEW] Etude House Precious Mineral Compact Vanilla

Etude House Precious Mineral Compact Vanilla Review:

When Etude House released this new powder compact, I was hopeful that it would be like the previous Precious Mineral compact which I could use instead of bb cream on lazy days. The old one was almost too dark for me, so when I saw this one came in more shades than the previous ones I was really happy and hopeful about this compact.

I truthfully didn’t do much research about this compact, instead looking at the 5 different shades and hoping that it would be better than the previous one. I wasn’t sure which color to get because the Etude House website swatches all look quite similar so it is a bit deceiving. I went with the lightest color because almost every powder I’ve tried has been way too pigmented or the undertone is completely wrong for me.


Multi-function compact that achieves makeup expression for 2 kinds of face styling with one product



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Etude House Precious Mineral Compact Vanilla Review

Volume: 10g

How to use:

After applying foundation or BB cream, pick up certain amount of contents with puff and spread evenly by patting on the skin

My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.

Etude House Precious Mineral Compact Vanilla Review:

This compact comes in a white round compact, with a flat top and bottom. It has a metallic gold part to open it – it’s misleading in that it looks like a button but it actually isn’t. The top part can just be lifted up or pulled up quite easily. It clicks into place when you close it. It has a different sort of puff, or at least it was different to me. It is a double-sided puff, so it comes without a ribbon or handle.

Etude House Precious Mineral Compact Vanilla Review

One side of the puff is white – which is apparently is for expressing smooth skin, and the other side (which is beige) is an air puff which can be used to control oil and even out the skin. When I used this puff I found that one side (the beige I think) was harder to use? It seemed hard to pick up the contents with it so I mostly only use the whiter side of the puff.

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I bought the compact in the “vanilla” shade which is supposedly pink based and equivalent to #19 in the Korean shade range, if that makes any sense. I find the name confusing because “vanilla” to me should have a slight hint of yellow to it and in fact I find the compact powder does have a hint of yellow to it as well. I think it’s more neutral than truly pink, but again that could just be me?

Etude House Precious Mineral Compact Vanilla Review

I’ve been using this compact on and off since last year, I don’t use it all the time but only sometimes because I don’t always find it that easy to use. From the swatches you can see what kind of color it is, that it is very light almost completely white with a slight hint of yellow to it. Well that’s how it looks on my hand.

Personally, I find it’s quite hard to work with it, it’s easy to put too much and then I get patches of yellow which looks a bit odd on me. I mean it looks quite white, but once you start applying it, the yellow undertones show up more strongly. I also tried the petal compact (which is the next shade up), and that was too pigmented for me. Even using it very lightly made my skin look a strange peachy-yellow color that looked really unnatural.

Because it is hard to work with this powder I don’t use it very often unless I have no other powder to use. I also find that it dries my skin out or makes it look drier and patchier than when I use other powders. I think it actually matches my skin quite well, if applied lightly but that seems difficult with this powder.

I have also tried using it instead of bb cream, and the color and coverage is fine but it doesn’t last very long. After two hours my skin looks really flaky and patchy and quite frankly terrible. I don’t think this powder suits my dry and dehydrated skin, it’s more drying than some of the other powder compacts I have used in the past.

The best way for me to use this powder is just to touch up my bb cream. Because the powder matches my skin quite well, I often find that if I ruined a small patch of my bb cream, or some of it got wiped off then I can use this powder to touch it up. Of course, it is more drying, but in small areas it isn’t too noticeable and it matches the bb cream and my skin so it looks alright and more natural.

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So, it’s not my favorite powder compact, which is a shame because the shade is pretty spot on for me. It’s just too drying and easy to over do it, which is why I don’t use it often. However, I do like having it on hand as a back-up, but if I can find a better compact then I won’t repurchase this one. I think it’s best suited for people with oily, combination and normal skin and not for dry or dehydrated skin.

Where to buy:

Amazon | eBay | Cosmetic-love | Yes Style

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