Review: Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring in #2 Dark Brown

The first time I dyed my hair was last December, using the Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring, but in #3 Natural Brown. I was obviously satisfied because I bought another one, which is darker than the previous color. I wanted brown with a hint of red, but want the convenience of a mousse, so I settled for this color even if it doesn’t have a reddish tint.

Price: P378.00

Availability: Can be bought in any Etude House counter nationwide or you can buy it online.

Shades: #1 Black, #2 Dark Brown, #3 Natural Brown, #7 Mocha Pink, Sweet Orange, Wine Red, Bronze Blonde

The box contains a pump bottle, a solution, hair treatment, plastic cape, latex gloves and an instruction manual written in Korean, which is pretty useless.

If it’s your first time coloring your hair, then this product is for you since it’s noob-proof. When I first dyed my hair, I was actually amazed how easy the process is and how it completely colored my hair evenly, except for the top part since I left it on longer than the other parts.

How to do it:

  1. Mix the solution with the pump bottle. I don’t know what it is, but mixing them makes the bottle warm.
  2. Tilt the bottle for a couple of times, around 10 times or longer to fully mix the liquids. This will slowly produce the bubbles or suds.
  3. Wear the plastic cape and the gloves. You can choose to skip wearing the cape if you’re not comfortable. I honestly find it a hassle, so I just wear any dark-colored shirt.
  4. Apply the mousse to your hair. The instructions suggest that you start from the top. I did that a year ago and my top hair came out way lighter than the rest(probably because there is more heat in our scalp than in any part of the hair), so I just start the other way around and gather the hair to the top.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes. You don’t have to wear a shower cap, but I prefer to because I can do anything I want without worrying that my hair will fall off.
  6. Rinse your hair thoroughly. You will find that it feels rough, and that’s what the hair treatment is for. After applying the treatment, you’ll find that your hair feels silky smooth and fragrant as well!
  7. Dry your hair and style it as you want.

I actually forgot to wear the gloves, and the dye stained my fingers! Yikes! I don’t mind it though since I’m going to cut my nails short, but it still looks disgusting. Wear the gloves unless you want to sport this kind of nails.

Coloring hair using the Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring is as easy as ABC! 🙂 As for my two cents on the shade itself, I find that it’s not a moussey as the #3 Natural Brown one. When I took off the shower cap, some of the color transferred to it. When I rinsed my hair, some of the color were washed away. I literally saw light brown down the drain, which freaked me out! I don’t know if this has ever happened to you guys. I probably might have gotten a bad stock, which I’m not pleased about. The #3 Natural Brown was really high-quality, this one isn’t much. It didn’t completely color the hair from the roots, which defeated the purpose of me buying this dye. But I actually like the color.

Here’s my hair before, with #3 Natural Brown. You can already see my natural hair color, which is brownish black.

Here’s my hair after coloring it with Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring in #2 Dark Brown. It’s not as red as it appears in the picture though. The color was even, except for the top part.

This is what my hair looks like when taken with flash. Yes, it doesn’t look as good on the top part as it is on the middle and bottom part. 🙁



  • Very affordable and easy to use!
  • Lasts very long. I’ve had my first one for about 7 months already, and it has faded only just a little bit.
  • Contains a lot of product.
  • Colors hair pretty evenly, not all.


  • I don’t like the chemical scent it leaves on my hair. The scent goes after a couple of weeks though.
  • Almost always out of stock. LOL.
  • I wish they have reddish brown and a variety of colors.
  • It’s a one-time use product, so if there’s remaining product left, you can’t use it anymore.


  • Always use the gloves if you don’t want to stain your fingers.
  • Always apply conditioner because this dye makes your hair not so smooth.
  • If you want to save, you can share this with your friend if you both have medium-length hair. I have thin, past waist-length hair and the remaining product was just enough for my boyfriend’s hair.

I like the results, but the color or performance was better with #3 Natural Brown. This product is mostly out of stock, so if you see this on display, definitely grab one! 🙂 I’ll try Mocha Pink next time or the Prettia Hair Coloring.

Rating: 9/10. I most probably won’t buy this shade again, but I’d buy #3 Natural Brown again.

10 thoughts on “Review: Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring in #2 Dark Brown”

  1. thanks for this review,. I really wanted to try this from the first time i saw it at Etude but I’ve got scared coz it might cause my hair to be dry or something.. Was looking for some reviews and glad to see this on your blog.. haha maybe i should give it a try now..

    1. Yes sis, this dye made my hair kind of dry, but conditioner always fixes that problem. 🙂 You can try Mocha Pink of you want a lighter shade.

    1. It is not advisable, but people still do it. Maybe you can wait 1-2 months after rebonding your hair? Hair is our crowning glory and we don’t want it damaged, right? 🙂

      1. after 3 weeks since I had my hair rebonded, i used etude bubble color sweet orange (coz that’s the only one left in SM MOA) to hide my gray roots.

        effect on my newly rebonded hair: NONE. it’s still smooth and healthy, it didn’t even dry out. maybe because my hair strands were thick to begin with so it can withstand more chemical exposure.

        effect on my gray roots: NONE. my roots weren’t covered, the whites are still showing, but the rest of my hair has a coppery, henna-ey color which looks good.

        after a week of coloring my hair with etude bubble, i’m going to color it again on thursday with dark brown. hopefully, it will be effective in hiding my gray roots.

        btw, i’ve eczema but i did not have any reaction to the chemicals of etude bubble, which is why i fell in love with it! 🙂

    1. Hi Shiela,

      As of the moment, my hair is still dark brown from the dye. My roots are already showing. It is not black, but it is darker than the dye. You can check my instagram for some pictures. I really recommend this hair color. Very sulit for only one-time use.

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