Review: etude house dear darling water gel tints (ice cream tints!) + swatches


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Lately, I’ve been really enjoying the look of tint on my lips instead of fully opaque color. I find that tinted lips look really fresh và are very suitable for days when I don’t feel like wearing any makeup.

I think that my love affair with matte lipsticks has finally come to an end. After scouring the mạng internet in tìm kiếm of an affordable lip tint, I came across the very popular Etude House Dear Darling Lip Tints.


The packaging looked so attractive, I couldn’t stop myself from purchasing two shades – PK004 and RD307. Today I’ll be sharing with you guys my experience with this product.

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About the Product: Water gel tint fully expresses sweet lips with deep, rich ice cream color. 

Price: Rs. 450/- each | Buy from Nykaa 

Key Claims & Benefits:

Vivid high màu sắc tint full of moisture: long-lasting moisturization with adhesive moisture helps khổng lồ express vivid lip color. Moist và lively lips with fresh fruit extract: tons of minerals and vitamins from soapberry extracts make your lips moist & lively! 

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Trehalose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985), Tromethamine, Polyacrylate-13, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Polyisobutene, Red 27 (Ci 45410), Fragrance / Parfum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, xanh 1 (Ci 42090), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract

How lớn Use?

Use the applicator to apply the tint to your lips. Apply extra layers for added coverage.

My Experience with Etude House Dear Darling Tint


The quality selling point of this product is obviously it’s the packaging. The tint comes in a cardboard box that looks like a miniature version of the popsicle boxes you get in Korea. The actual bottle is shaped lượt thích a popsicle, & the handle of the applicator looks like an ice cream stick. The bottle is transparent and made of acrylic plastic. The packaging is not very high quality but is extremely adorable.

Upon twisting xuất hiện the somewhat flimsy cap, you will find a sponge tip applicator. It is small, shaped lượt thích a teardrop and has a well in the center that holds a decent amount of product. It is also slightly angled which is very convenient for application. 

The sản phẩm has a fruity scent lớn it. I was hoping that each shade would have a different scent because all shades are based on fruits, but that is not the case. The scent is quite pleasant and not overpowering. I cannot smell the product once it’s on my lips. 

The consistency of this sản phẩm is watery. These tints are quite sheer & not very pigmented, which is exactly what a lip tint should be. They can be built up khổng lồ an opaque finish and no matter how much you layer them they won’t feel cakey. However, like most lip tints, they vì not dry down. They vị transfer and will come off if you eat or drink. Only the dark shades leave a stain behind. 

They have a semi-glossy finish when freshly applied but eventually, the shine goes away. The color that remains sits on the lips lượt thích an additional layer, however, và does not completely stain the lips lượt thích a traditional lip tint. It is completely weightless và not drying at all. They vì not last long and will come off the moment you eat. 

I sometimes like to use these tints on my cheeks for a subtle flush of color, but they’re not long-lasting on the cheeks either. Basically they demand reapplication every 2 hours on the lips & cheeks.

I have the Etude House Dear Darling Tint in two shades – PK004 & RD307. 



Described as a ‘kidney bean red’, this màu sắc is actually not red at all. It’s a mauvy pink shade that brings out the pink màu sắc of my lips beautifully. It’s quite sheer & does not stain the lips. However, if you have pigmented lips it won’t show up & I would thus not recommend it for you. 


A watermelon red shade that is perfect for summer & spring when you don’t feel like wearing heavy lipstick. It does leave a stain behind & is very buildable. It shows up on pigmented lips as well. Also, it works well as a blush on my fair skin tone. 

I really like these tints because of the way they look but they’re not the best lip tints in the market. They work very well for me, but I’m quite fair, và they’re not suitable for a majority Indian skin tones và that’s disappointing. They’re definitely very affordable và the darker shades perform well but the lighter shades should be avoided, especially by richer skin tones. 


Very dễ thương packagingAffordableGood applicatorBuildable coverage


Terrible staying powerOnly selective shades will show up on darker skin tonesDoes not stain the lips