If you are looking for cute things to collect, then the Paul & Joe beauty collection must not slip through the cracks. I first noticed this brand when I was in Hong Kong and remembered their cute cat shaped lipsticks, and they have finally crossed over borders and made it into a few Shoppers Drug Mart in Vancouver (and Canada!)
Paul & Joe is a French brand that also has a fashion collection in addition to their beauty products. I don’t know much about Paul & Joe clothing, but the cosmetics have some of the utmost adorable packaging, it’s like looking at a unicorn. This is my first time trying anything from this brand, and I had received the Color Powder CS (aka a blush,) and a lipstick to test out.
The Paul & Joe Color Powder CS (090 Amaryllis) is a blush housed in this cute, circular package, look at that donkey and the pale pink tub! It has a flower imprint which is Paul & Joe’s signature chrysanthemum emblem, sadly they will rub off once you start using it. Argh, I took a picture of the Color Powder, defaced it, went to edit pictures and decided that I didn’t like the original picture I took, SO I do not have a nice, good quality picture of the blush (#bbloggerFAIL.) Here is a picture of the untouched design I have on instagram, and a picture on their website.
Amaryllis is describes as a “radiant red” but I found it to be more coral- pink (if it was a red blush, I honestly probably won’t wear it anyway.) It has pretty good pigmentation, so I used a lighter hand to brush the colour on my cheeks (swatch at the bottom of the post.) It gives a very natural looking blush on the cheeks and can be built up for a more flushed look. I can’t find a Canadian price for this, but if you’re a blush fanatic, you certainly want to see this in person and grab it if it’s not too overpriced (overpriced for me would be more than $28.)
For the Paul & Joe Lipstick, both the lipstick case and lipstick bullet is sold separately. I didn’t have much trouble inserting the lipstick refill into the casing, as there were instructions on the packaging of the case. The lipstick refill I got was 105 First Kiss, which is a sheer shade with a hint of pink. It has a slight fruity scent. The lipstick formula is like a gel/gelee texture, kind of like the Joise Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee, but in a tube form.
I wouldn’t call this a lipstick as it is almost clear, neither it is a tinted balm. It is very moisturizing and gives a slight tinge of pink to my lips which reverts them from looking like a snake skin. I reapply around the 3 hour mark after using it. This would be a perfect companion for a no makeup-makeup look. I am personally fine with the lack of pigmentation, but I am expecting the price point of this to be around $20 at Shoppers Drug Mart; not something you would want to pay for a clear lipstick ($23 on beautybay).
The Paul & Joe cosmetics were very fun to have and definitely a welcome addition to my cosmetics collection. I still really want their cat shaped lipstick (though I need to double check if they’re in Shoppers Drug Mart!) Though I have been doing a really good job to curb my spending, I will be saving up my Shoppers Drug Mart points and will redeem some at the Paul & Joe counter for sure! Are you a sucker for packaging like this?!
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Disclaimer: Press Sample provided, all opinions are my own.