Etude House glow on oil volume base Review + Demo

Etude House glow on oil volume case reviewBack around September, Etude House came out with a product that actually caught my eyes.  Usually Etude House is all about the cute factor but the product itself is kinda meh.  This product, their “glow on” reminded me a lot of Guerlain L’or primer with the whole gold beads flowing in the liquid type of thing.  I personally haven’t tried that primer since, well it’s $82 CDN and I’m not about to spend an arm and a leg on something like that. So, I got me the Etude House Glow on oil volume base right when it was released.  Trying it out for couple months now, I’ve got a solid opinion on it so let’s start with the review.

Full name of product:
Etude House glow on oil volume base

Limited edition/ Permanent?:

Description of product:
“The oil volume glowing base brightens skin with the natural glowing effect of soft light and abundant oil feel.”

16,000 won

Amount of product:
30 mL

Duration before expiration:
2 years

Country of Manufacture:
Made in Korea

Where to buy:


Water,Glycerin,Propanediol,Diglycerin,Methyl Gluceth-20,PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer,Dimethicone,1,2-Hexanediol,Betaine,Undecane,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract,Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Tromethamine,Tridecane,Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Fructooligosaccharides,Saccharide Hydrolysate,Titanium Dioxide (CI77891),Xanthan Gum,Pullulan,Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,Phenyl Trimethicone,Iron Oxides (CI77489),Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid,Tocopherol,Gold,Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil,Polysorbate 20,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

How to use:
After finishing basic skincare and before applying makeup, apply an appropriate amount on the face in the direction of skin texture.

Etude House glow on oil volume case review

Etude House glow on oil volume case reviewProduct packaging:
The packaging for this product is quite elegant, if only they had changed the cap into something more sleek and not that ugly dusty pink color.  This product comes in a glass bottle with a plump built in to it.  The cap is a hard plastic that is relatively secure so you can easily travel with this thing.  It’s not super duper heavy to carry around if you were wondering.
Etude House glow on oil volume case reviewColour/ pigmentation:
The liquid itself is clear while the oil volume base version comes with tiny little shimmery gold beads.  There is another version which is the “hydrating” version which has silver beads mixed with fine rainbow shimmers.  This gold version contains super fine gold shimmers along with gold and red shimmers as well.  On the skin, the shimmers don’t really show up, nothing like Mac’s strobing cream which gives a disco ball effect to the skin.  I personally enjoy this one a whole lot better since it suits day wear way more and gives a nice elegant look to the skin.  For me and my dry skin, this doesn’t hydrate enough for me to skip my skincare and moisturizing routine and sometimes I have to use this primer twice, especially around the places where I’m extra dry.

Texture/ Finish:
Blended into the skin, at first it seems like it is just a liquidy, watery primer that doesn’t seem to do much. Then you’ll feel there is a slight oiliness that I didn’t like at first but it definitely grew on me as time went on.  For those of you who have normal, dry and maybe even combo skin, you might enjoy the slightly slickness it leaves your skin.  If you are oily skin or someone that doesn’t like slickness, maybe get the hydro version instead.  Once it is absorbed into the skin, there is a very natural glow and after about ten minutes when it is fully absorbed, the slickness goes away.

Lasting power:
I can’t really tell how the lasting power is since I never used this product by itself.  From what I can tell, this product doesn’t effect my base make up which is a good sign.  I get about 6-8 hours average of wear with my base make up until it sort of fades away around the cheek area.

No fragrance detected.

Okay, let’s try this baby on.

Etude house glow on reviewHere is my bare face with no make up on. Excuse the scab on the side of my nose.  I had to extract a deep whitehead but it’s completely healed now :).

My usual skin concerns is mostly just dry skin and dullness.  I always buy things that are more hydrating then anything.  I also got my exfoliation game down at this point so no dry flakey skin on the nose anymore muhahaha.

Etude house glow on oil volume base

And here is the before…

And here is the after.

And all over my face.  You can see there is a slight glow to the skin.  My skin definitely feels a lot more hydrated.

-a touch of glow to the skin without being overly shimmery

Nothing much in this department to be honest.

Most likely if I feel like I need another hydrating moisturizer in the future.

Stars given out of 5:

Overall thoughts:
I’m surprised I actually like this hydrating primer.  Although this is not a jelly pack, this is in a realm of its own. It is light weight yet still hydrating enough for me to feel comfortable and it soaks up into the skin relatively quickly.  The shimmers in it seems to disappear after application which I appreciate because there isn’t anything worse then having shimmers all over the face.  Overall I give this a four out of five stars and something I would consider repurchasing if I feel the need for another hydrating primer that truly works.

What do you guys think about this product?  Is it something that interests you?  Have you tried Guerlain’s L’or primer and how does that one preform?  Let me know in the comments down below what you guys think and what your experiences are with the Guerlain primer if you have tried it yourself.

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