Etude House Sugar Tint Balm

Etude House - Sugar Tint Balm

Etude House’s Sugar Tint Balm is great to wear on a daily basis since it is so light to wear. It even feels lighter to me than Vaseline and lip balms I’ve used in the past, but thick enough to glide over my lips with perfect color.

My review of this product is based on my experiences using No.3 Apple Kiss. This product comes in 8 different colors, which are: Strawberry Milk, Cranberry Pie, Apple Kiss, Tomato Ketchup, Pink Macaron, Grapefruit Tea, Grape Jam, and Blackberry Jam.

Pigmentation: 10/10

This product has great pigmentation. I chose Apple Kiss in no.3 because I prefer reddish colors over oranges or pinks. To me, red-based colors make my lips stand out more. Also, this tint balm appears to be brighter than any plain lip balm that you might get at a local convenient store. Since it has a mixture of tint AND balm compounds, it gives you BOTH the vivid, long-lasting color of a tint and the moisture of a balm.

Texture: 9/10

When you first apply it, it may feel like you’re applying a soft lip balm plus vaseline over your lips. When I first used it, the tint balm was so soft and moisturizing that I actually ended up rubbing it back and forth a little too much. Keep in mind though that when you overdo it, you might end up smearing it, having it run out over your natural lip line, or causing the color to go away. However, this was my mistake, and putting the right amount will give you the color you want.

Longevity: 7/10

This tint balm will probably last you for about 3-4 hours. However, if you apply too much on your lips, sometimes you can see it bleeding out of your natural lip line. Therefore, make sure that you are ONLY rubbing back and forth a few times so it doesn’t smudge around your lips!

Hydration: 9/10

Since this tint has a balm formula in it as well, it stays quite moisturized throughout the day. I didn’t find it drying up at all as I went about my daily activities. It’s also very buildable so you can easily put another layer after a few hours if you feel like you want more color and/or moisture.

Coverage: 10/10

The coverage is excellent. I got the exact color that I wanted from choosing Apple Kiss in no.3. However, it’s not as vivid as the Etude House Balm + Color Tint that I’ve also tried very recently. If you are looking for something that’s more bold and vivid, I recommend you trying other creamy lip tints that are out in k-beauty shops now.

Application: 9/10

All you need to do is untwist the top of the lid and pull it open. It’s really easy to use, and I don’t ever have to worry about it leaking inside my bag. When you twist the bottom white part of the container, it also pushes more lip tint to the top.

Removability: 8/10

Similar to some best lip tints out there, you would need to use a lip tint remover to completely remove all remaining product on your lip. However, you may also use other lip & eye makeup removers OR another waterproof makeup remover to do the trick. It’s always a good sign that you need to use a remover to get rid of all the lip tint because that means it doesn’t get wiped off so easily after drinking or consuming food!

Packaging: 9/10

The packaging is great. It’s really small and a bit thicker than the usual skinny, long lip tints we see in some stores. For example, it’s thicker and much shorter than the ‘Style Pop Pudding Tint’ or one of the ones we’ve already reviewed like ‘Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense’. However, it’s still compact enough to make it really convenient when it comes to putting it in your makeup pouch or sliding it inside your pocket!

What lip tints do you use? Have you tried the new lip tint balm range? What about Etude House Sugar Tint Balm? I’d love to hear your thoughts, reviews & experiences in the comments section below!

This review is based on Jihee Park’s editor review. Her review is based on real usage & review with her skin type as listed.

Skin Type: Dry
Skin Color: Light (No.21)
Skin Undertone: Natural beige, warm undertone

Etude House - Sugar Tint Balm
  • Pigmentation
  • Texture
  • Longetivity
  • Application
  • Packaging
  • Hydration
  • Removability
  • Coverage
The Good

Highly pigmented



Easy to carry

The Bad

Can smudge

Jihee Park

Jihee Park is the Lead Beauty Editor of K-Beauty Now. Based in the heart of Seoul, her professional expertise and approach in academic, social media, and lifestyle coverage provide compelling articles the community can trust. Translated from Korean to English, bringing you the latest k-beauty news straight from South Korea.