Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks Review

Published March 1, 2013 by Beauty-full Dreams

Finally, it’s time for the Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks review ! So, grab a (soft) drink, sit back, relax and enjoy these yummy little treats made in Korea 🙂


Let’s be honest, a big part of the Sweet Recipe line success lies in its highly attractive packagings, and these Candy Sticks are no exception. They truly look like a colorful spring version of the famous Christmas candy canes and that was enough for me to buy them 🙂

Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks come in 3 different colors :


Lemon Candy,


Orange Candy


and Strawberry Candy.

As you can see, the curvy part comes off to reveal a matching tube that comes out thanks to a twist-up base. What you don’t see though is that these lovely Candy Sticks are no ordinary lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm but a tint gloss 🙂 And a color-changing one, to boot !

Here’s what the colors look like on the back of my hand :


Lemon Candy : 1, 2 & 3 swipes


Orange Candy : 1, 2 & 3 swipes


Strawberry Candy : 1, 2 & 3 swipes


The 3 colors swatched together : top left = Lemon Candy, bottom left = Orange Candy and right = Strawberry Candy

But color-changing products adapt their shades according to the pH of the skin, so the results are a bit different on the lips. Take a look at these pics :

(left = 1 swipe, right = 2 swipes)

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Lemon Candy

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Orange Candy

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Strawberry Candy

These Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks are really easy to apply since they glide perfectly on your lips. One major plus is that they’re not sticky. As you can see on the photos above, they turn into beautiful colors that show nicely without being too obvious. And each candy cane has a wonderful smell of lemon, orange or strawberry hard candies 🙂 They even get a matching taste, in case you lick your lips accidently 😉

Sweet Talk :

Etude House promises us a “lasting, vibrant” tint gloss that “instantly turns into a lovely color” and that makes your lips “smoother and more resilient” thanks to its “5 plant extracts (bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, and lemon) and xylitol”, the xylitol adding a “refreshing feeling”.

The Naked Truth :

Well, lots of things to say about these sweet little sticks. First off, if the colors are indeed lovely, the change is far from being instant : allow a couple of minutes for the actual color to show completely. That’s why you should be very careful when applying them, wait for the full color change of the 1rst swipe before deciding whether to add more. Otherwise, you may end up with a much stronger shade than expected. “Vibrant” ? Not really, as the colors are more on the natural side. “Lasting” ? Depends on your what you’re looking at. The gloss part (which by the way is much glossier on photos than in live, my It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balms are more shiny than these candy canes) rubs off pretty fast, leaving marks on everything that comes in contact with your lips (glasses, food, skin, etc.). On the other hand, the tint part will stay until you remove it, and even a bit after… Because the Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks are a pain to get rid of. Here’s a pic of my hand after using a cotton pad soaked with my beloved Baviphat Milk Moisture Lip&Eye Remover once  :


Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks do contain the 5 extracts plus xylitol, as stated. I translated the full composition below :

Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Triethylhexanoin, Diisostearyl maleate, Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides, Glycerol sebacate / isopropyl palmitate, Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ozokerite, Ceresin, Synthetic wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated castor oil isostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ethylene / propylene copolymers, Xylitol, Bilberry fruit / leaf extract, Sugar cane extract, Lemon extract, Orange extract, Sugar maple extract, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Caprylate, Water, Fragrance, Red 202 (CI 15850:1), Red 218 (CI 45410:1), Yellow 4 (CI 19140)

Still, I’ve never felt the promised “refreshing feeling” of the xylitol. As for the “smoother and more resilient” lips, don’t count on it either : the Candy Sticks aren’t moisturizing so you’re going to end up with a bit dry to very dry lips instead, depending on your initial condition.

Oh, and last minute advice : beware of the twist-up system, even if you use it carefully and never let your Candy Stick fall, it might randomly get stuck and you’ll have to push back the tube yourself. I know, it happened to 2 of my sticks out of 3 !

So, Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks in a nutshell…

Nice Texture ? Yes

Pleasant smell ? Oh yeah !

Easy to use ? Yes

Comfortable ? Not so much if you have dry lips

Effective ? Nope

Long lasting ? Globally, no. But you’ll have a hard time getting rid of the tint…

Nice color ? Yes

Good value ? Yes ($4.27/2g)

Despite their pretty shades and wonderful fruit candy smells, these Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Sticks are quite disappointing. Now if you don’t have dry lips and don’t mind rubbing your lips with point remover until the tint finally goes off completely, you can give them a try. Or if you’re looking for a really cheap alternative to permanent makeup 😉


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