HAPPY NEW YEAR! And late Christmas greetings to you pretty ladies! And maybe gents if there are some who accidentally stumbled upon this humble site. 🙂
I skipped all the Christmas/Holiday sets last year because of my very tight budget. Also, I still have lots of makeup that have yet to be used. There was also that trip last month where I had to save up for too. But those didn’t really keep me from buying at all. I bought some Paul & Joe cosmetics. There’s a (yearly) pop-up store near my workplace and they sold Paul & Joe really cheap amongst a vast selection of perfumes and eau de toilette.
I got a matte foundation, eyeshadows, a mirror, concealer, sample foundation (supposedly for my trip but ended up not using), lip glosses, and pressed face powder. This is the first time I’m to use Paul & Joe makeup. The first that I used among these is the Paul & Joe Ornamental Pressed Powder for alternate use with Laura Mercier Loose Powder because I love that, it’s my HG face powder, and I just don’t want to use it up quickly. 😛
The Paul & Joe Ornamental Pressed Powder contains 7g of matte and shimmer powders in a plastic gold compact embossed with flowers on top. The compact feels slightly cheap since it’s made of plastic, but I dropped this once and even slid off afar fro me. Everything was still intact.
Paul & Joe seems to have a wide variety of shades per makeup. Each shade is named with a three-digit number. Best to look at the labels properly. I made a mistake of taking a shade 100 when I wanted was 001. That was really frustrating because I went home excited only to find I have the wrong one. Gah~
A powder puff is included that I don’t use, but considering because the face brush that I bring often is big for my current vanity kit and heavy.
Under the puff is this very pretty plastic film cover. Pretty cute. 🙂
There’s matte and shimmer in this powder. I had second thoughts of buying this because of the shimmer, then the Clnique shimmery powder I had came into mind. I had wanted another shimmery powder. So here it is. I want some shimmers because it brightens up my face — Perfect for every day I wake up with a zombie-like face.
I used to retouch at least once on a regular work day. If I don’t, I get white patches on my face. The powder accumulates on the dry or oily parts. It’s not that visible yet I see them when I check my face up close. On a properly moisturized face, I can go by without retouching the whole day. I also found out it’s a match with my Missha Deep Sea Water Aquarism Foundation No. 23. That’s what I like with the powder so far besides the pretty compact.
I don’t dislike the powder, but I don’t like it much either to fully recommend it. I think it will work better for those with normal skin and the shimmer may not be to everyone’s liking. I’m glad I didn’t get it at its original price. I’m not saying it’s supposed to be cheap, but — Refer to first sentence of this paragraph. 😛
All the makeup I bought are made from Japan. It made me think the brand is from there too because I see it too on Japanese fashion magazines. But the brand is actually French. The names are of the sons of the designer Sophie Mechaly.