Monday, 25 May 2015

Fail Product: Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Etude House Nymph Aura Volumers! I had 10 testers of each of the different formulas of the Volumer in the hopes that they would make my skin look gorgeous and dewy like the beautiful Korean actresses and models that I see everywhere. Uhhh, they did not work like that for me.
"Nymph Aura Volumer is a multi-functional cream that maximizes the radiance and dewy glow on skin. Completes your look with a flawless finish with plumped and moisturised skin. Create a celebrity glow by mixing it with any liquid foundation, base, or BB cream to give skin a moist radiant look. Contains Argan Oil and Avacado Oil for anti-oxidant and skin elasticity care. 

Directions: Apply evenly on skin with 1:3 mix of BB cream of foundation. Use foundation brush or BB brush for perfect blending. When used for highlighting, apply on the nose, forehead, and cheekbones with only the volumer.

Dewy Finish

01 Pure Nymph Aura
This is by far the worst of the three formulas for me. It's ridiculously sticky, to the point that I can't wear it as a highlighter or in combination with a base because my hair sticks to my face if I don't set it with powder - thus mattifying and nullifying the effects of the volumer. 
This volumer isn't very popular in comparison to the other two formulas, and I can see why. Even though it gives a gorgeous radiant glow when mixed with a BB Cream, it sheers out the formula of BB Creams and medium coverage foundations and provides no coverage for acne scarring or blemishes. 
This volumer is ridiculously sticky. It makes it impossible to wear on my cheekbones or nose bridge because my hair will literally get stuck to it, a bit like lipgloss. Long haired girls know the issue all too well. Used as a highlight, this volumer makes my skin look oily, and accentuates pores and fine lines which is not cute either. 
Mixing this volumer with a BB Cream doesn't have the best result, it accentuates my pores and uneven skintone, while sheering out the coverage of the BB Cream, doing nothing for my scarring. I hate the tackiness of this product, and it doesn't work as a highlighter or in conjunction with a base. Total fail.
02 Brilliant Nymph Aura
The second formula is more of a hit with me! It has a thin, pearlescent formula with hints of pink and purple throughout. It's not quite perfect though, I wish the formula was a little thicker and more pigmented, it's quite sheer.
It looks gorgeous mixed with a BB Cream, but just like the other formulas, it sheers out the coverage so much.
 When applied as a highlighter this volumer is not my favourite. It looks more like oil than highlighter and is still quite sticky even though the formula isn't tacky. I need to set it with a powder to stop it sticking to my hair, but some of that radiance shines through the powder!
I do quite like this volumer mixed with a BB Cream. It gives a really lovely radiant glow, and doesn't make my face feel sticky or tacky. It does sheer it out quite a lot which means that I need to use a concealer to cover blemishes. This does make my routine much longer, but it does give me a lovely glow! A great option would be to use your regular BB Cream/Foundation in the contour areas and a mixture of BB/Foundation and Volumer in the highlighted areas (especially for me since my scarring is in the contour area's).
03 Transparent Nymph Aura
This formula for this product is like an improved version of the first! It's much thinner and less tacky, but like the second formula it's very sheer and gives off an almost oily appearance.
I found that this one made my BB Cream very sheer, but didn't interfere with the finish other than giving me less coverage. My pores were not enhanced by adding this product, and it did make my skin look moisturised and plump.
 I don't particularly love it as a highlighter, like the others it makes my skin look oily rather than highlighted, and makes my hair stick to it just like the other formula's, but I did find that it accentuated my pores and fine lines much more than the other two formulas.
I found this volumer to be very average mixed with my BB Cream, it accentuated my pores, fine lines and any bumps or lumps on my face. It sheered out the coverage of my BB Cream and didn't give me any
What I Love
- Brilliant Nymph Aura gives a gorgeous glow
- Easy to mix with Foundation/BB Cream and apply
- Well priced

What I Don't Love
- Too sticky (sticks to hair like a lip gloss)
- Sheers out foundation/BB Cream, not good for scarring and blemishes
- Some formulas accentuate pores and uneven skin-tone
Final Thoughts
All three of these Nymph Aura Volumers were fails for me really, though the Pure Nymph Aura was by far the worst! I don't mind the Brilliant Nymph Aura, but I think that for my skin right now it's not really a good product, because I need a bit of coverage for my scarring. I could use it with a really full coverage foundation, but to be honest I don't own one because I'm too poor to buy the one I want at the moment. ><

I would definitely recommend trying #02 Brilliant Nymph Aura if you're looking to make a base much more luminous, and #03 Transparent Nymph Aura if you're looking to make your base look more moisturised! ^.^


  1. what an odd product! i do like number two the best though. i think this would look and feel pretty bad on me if i used it haha. i have very dry skin but i hate looking too greasy or oily or sticky. thanks for the review c:

    1. Ooh I definitely recommend number two over the other two formulas for you then! ^.^ I've just found a fourth formula which I need to grab to make this review complete though!

  2. Reading your review makes me glad I have never bought any because they were on my wishlist for a long time. If I had bought one I think I would have bothered me that subtract coverage to my BB cream and did my face look oily, instead of giving a healthy glow.

    1. It definitely irritated me even though I only bought the sample sizes! ><


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