I probably repeat myself ad nauseam, but I am such a sucker for packaging. And, I mean... put a cat on something and I'll throw my money at you with the force of Gaston while simultaneously cooing and squealing like a girl who loves... well, cats.
Now, French brand Paul & Joe Beauté always knock it out of the park when it comes to aesthetic appeal, but their most recent additions are particularly good, in my opinion. I do regret that I wasn't able to secure one of their cat lipsticks to swatch (out of stock, womp womp, tears shed), but I'm determined to get my hands on them ASAP.
I did, however, get a chance to try out some of their other products, including their give-you-a-toothache sweet, sweet blushers and eyeshadows, and their equally dreamy foundation primer and finishing powder.
PREPARE THYSELF FOR EYE CANDY GALORE.
OK, so their Perfect Makeup Primer ($42) is more demure than the kitschy things I'll be swatching ahead. Primer, though, is an integral step in any makeup routine, and this one's a goody.
It's not too thick or thin in consistency, and it leans a little yellow/bronzy. Because I am so fair, I was initially unsure about the color, to be honest. However, I found that it created a glowy, ever-so-slightly-sunkissed effect on my skin, which I ended up liking. The product blends well, and provides a nice base for your foundation or BB cream.
In the following pictures, I am wearing this primer with Urban Decay Naked foundation on top.
The blushes apply quite sheer, allowing you to build up desired intensity. The pink does a great job of creating a natural flush, while the bronzier blush creates a soft, summery glow.
The pink/white eyeshadow is Raspberry Truffle, the peachy shadow is Caramel Drizzle. Both are equally shimmery, and for the amount of white and cream in either, they pack a surprising dose of pigment. Cost is $28 per.
This is one swipe per color. Like the blush, though, you can build up intensity. It's hard to see from the picture, but the shadows are pretty shimmery. The formulation is velvety and applies easily. The only downside is that there's a bit of fall out. I suggest tapping your brush more aggressively before application, and perhaps waiting to do your base until after your eyes are done.
OK, on my eyes I'm wearing a mixture of both eyeshadows, which creates a sort of tequila sunrise effect. I've got a light dusting of Raspberry Truffle on my cheeks, and as I mentioned before, the primer underneath UD's Naked foundation. If you were curious, that's NYX Butter Lipstick in Sweet Tart on my lips.
This gilded compact houses a seriously soft and velvety finishing powder. It does a good job of mattifying the skin, and also sets your primer and foundation. Because it's plastic, it's very lightweight and easy to carry around in your purse for all those emergency nose-powdering sessions.
- Initial thoughts? Cute enough to squeal over?
- What's the cutest thing you've bought recently?