[REVIEW] ETUDE HOUSE Dear Darling Water Tint (02 Cherry Ade)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a review of a makeup product.. hehe I’ve been way to focused on my skin lately that I haven’t been using as much makeup as I’d like. Anyways, today’s product is from Etude House, the master of extremely and incredible cute products. The product in question? Their Dear Darling Water Tint, which is lip tint that I got from the September Bomibox. I did a review on a two different lip tints that I got from Megan’s KBox a while back, if you’re interested in checking them out I’ll leave the links here. (Berrisom, PONGDANG)

Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)! 
Links: Affiliate links will be marked with an **. But to save y’all some time – I currently do not have any affiliate accounts anywhere yet. 






$5.20USD – Cheap cheap and wallet-friendly!

The Good
  • Nice colour
  • Easy to Apply
  • Dries quickly and doesn’t smudge
The Bad
  • Doesn’t last really long
  • Only works if you’re trying to achieve the gradient lip
Will I buy this again

No, while I think it is a very easy to use lip tint product – I have way too many lip products right now and I feel like there are better products out there.

About the product

Description from Etude House: A moist-fruity water tint with the feeling of refreshing fruits bursting.

Instructions from Etude House: Lightly dab onto centre of lip for gradation.


The water tint comes in a small glass container, with a lid that has the applicator attached to it. I like how it’s a glass container for some reason, it just makes it seem that much more worth it because it’s not plastic. hehe


It makes sense that they use a glass container though, because if it was plastic, then the water tint would stain the plastic container pretty badly – you can already see the stains at neck of the bottle.


The product should come wrapped in a plastic wrap. The expiry date can be found where there is a bar code, and the name of the product (which is in Korean). I think my really sad beginner’s Korean is getting better because I could decipher the name of this shade. yaaas.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Trehalose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Orange 4 (Ci 15510), Punica Granatum Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Red 33 (Ci 17200), Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance

(From Etude House)

I noticed that they had some fruit extracts in this product (Grapefruit Peel) and Sapindus Trifoliatus – which probably contributes to the fruity scent. For curiosity’s and the product’s evaluation’s sake, I put this through CosDNA. There are two ingredients (which I marked in a different colour) that may cause acne – but since this is a lip tint, I don’t think it would cause that much issue?? Not sure :o


Strong fruity smell – reminds me of cherry/strawberry. Might be a turn off for some, but I didn’t mind it!


With a doe-foot like applicator, applying this lip-tint is really easy. But since it is a water tint, little water drops can make the application look uneven. To help fix the unevenness, I used the applicator to go over the water drops a few times until the tint was almost dry.


I did a few hand swatches (because I failed to take a photo fast enough before the tint dried up), and because I wanted to show the difference between the colour and how it looks before and after the tint has dried and set.


Right after the application, it’s a little hard to get an even application, unless you go over it several times to make sure that the water drops are spread out evenly on your lips. Otherwise, you can see how the other two swatches on my arm that are dried up are pretty uneven in some areas.

Appearance (Finish) & Effectiveness

I was disappointed by the lasting power of this lip tint – I took pictures after 4 hours of wear. During these four hours I drank water and had some Pho, and the lip tint was completely gone by the end of it. The saddest part is that you’d think it would last long, but it isn’t the case :(


One thing I also noticed is that it is hard to get this water tint to show up on the top lip. It generally performs well on the bottom lip and you can get a really good gradient colour with it, but it applies really oddly on the top lip.


My sad attempt to show how the colour doesn’t really show on the top lip, and even if it does the application looks patchy. Blegh, it makes me sad because I really like the colour!

Since it doesn’t have a strong even application, I think this lip tint would only be good for gradient lip applications. It’s hard to use it as a full on lip colour because when it dries up it looks gradient. Not very versatile :(. But I do know that there are a lot of Etude House products, so there are many other better ones to choose from.

In Summary

Before taking all these photos, and fully reviewing this product – I have to admit when I first got it, I thought I really, truly loved it. But after a few more applications and tries, I realised it wasn’t as good as I thought it to be. I’m a bit disappointed by the appearance and long this lip tint lasts. After all, lip tints are supposed to tint your lips, so you would think they would last longer than 4 hours at least. And even if it doesn’t, I would still hope to see a very faint colour left like the lip tint from PONG DANG. It’s not a terrible product, and the colour is still lovely and I’ll continue using it to achieve that ‘bitten lip’ look, but other than that there’s not much I can do with it. :'(

Thanks for reading!

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