My introduction into the whimsical world of Paul & Joe Beaute began with their ‘Carousel Collection’ released this past Spring. I’m not one who is usually drawn in to such “pretty” although it seems to happen more often the older I get. My curiosity for the collection first began when I caught a glimpse of the elephant lipstick case (cases and lipsticks are sold separately), which I found quite irresistible. After seeing some swatches of the blushes on some of my daily beauty reads my interest was further piqued.
The Collection included three limited edition lipsticks. I soon found that tracking down one of these limited edition shades was not an easy feat. After some searching I finally came across the lovely coral shade ‘Merry-go-round’, which I had my eye on, at ASOS.com. I havent included swatches of the lipstick shade in this post because its simply not available anywhere to my knowledge, so on to the blush!
Paul & Joe released 10 blushes in their ‘Carousel Collection’. Like the Lipsticks, the blushes are purchased separately from the cases and come out to $26 together, $18 for the blush and $8 for the case. The blush refill fits securely in place the compact by a magnet. I picked up the shade Re-belle described as a “blissful blend of shining rose and warm apricot designed for breathtakingly neutral looks.”
Re-belle is a lovely pink-rose shade. It has a sweet scent of plastic childhood toys, Charmkins anyone? The scent isn’t that overwhelming and does disappear after some time. The two shades can be applied separately to create a lovely contour or swirled together. The blush contains a heavy over-spray of shimmer. Most of the over-spray washes away, although to my best efforts, quite a large amount of shimmer still remained. The shimmer particles are quite large and tend to sit in pores which is unfortunate because the blush is rather lovely. The formula is very soft and blends into skin quite beautifully, leaving a lovely sheen.
I have over-applied Re-belle in the above image to best show the shade. When photographing these photos I need to consistently apply the blush as the intensity wore away very quickly. Paul and Joe Cheek Color is not one for long-wear but does create a lovely natural glow for several hours.
In conclusion, the wear of the blush and amount of shimmer doesn’t make this one a love for me. I am hoping in due time some more shimmer will wear away making it more wearable. I am not against shimmer if it is executed well, leaving a natural effect. The lipstick however is a beauty and I will gladly review it upon request.
Paul & Joe Cheek Color