i have ordered some products from Paul & Joe some months ago, i haven't had anything from this brand yet although i was interested in their single eyegloss in Murmur and their cream matte foundation for a long time. however the packaging always seemed a little too romantic/cute (reminds me of a colorful version of Rouge Bunny Rouge, but more vintage) and the price a little too high to buy sight unseen with ambivalent reviews in the back.
now they might have discontinued the mono eyeglosses and launched a line of duos some time ago, there are some shades in the limited summer collection also (at the time to a reduced price on asos.com). since the LE shades are a bit too light and bright for my taste, i went and finally ordered some P&J Eyeglosses from their permanent range on beautybay.com (they are not listed on asos.com).
the one i'm showing you today is shade #04 Bourgeoisie.
it comes in a double sided tube with floral design and consists of a sheer golden beige with multicolour shimmers and pearlescent flakies and a chocolate brown with pink and gold shimmer. the light side has a flocked doe foot applicator and a creamier consistency than the dark colour, which comes with a spongey doe foot shaped applicator and is more on the liquidy side. i like the dark shade better in this duo.
i find the texture of these quite hard to handle, they are very sheer, shimmery and thin so i would need to stipple or dab it on to achieve an even and visible result but not have a sheer mess over the whole place.
from the texture they remind me of the Guerlain Ombre Fusion (Havana, Maya) cream shadows, but a lot harder to maneuver since the Guerlain cream shadows stay creamy and blendable for a longer time and create a very even finish with their fine microsparkles.
these have a medium blendability and are not suited to pack on intensely since the texture balls up and feels thick and uncomfortable on the lids. using each color alone as a sheer wash of shimmer is beautiful, but both together for a complete look is rather tricky.
the staying power is very good, though. no creasing when worn alone but also nice as a shimmery base for powder eyeshadows. i like to use a 217-type brush with cream shadows, but i find these are best applied with the finger for an effortless messy eye make up.
all in all i'm disappointed with this product as a whole considering the high hopes i had for it, but i quite like the brown colour in this duo.
these contain 5.7ml altogether and cost 19.70€.
|Paul & Joe Eyegloss Duo in 04 Bourgeoisie in sunlight: swatched heavily and blended out.|
i used the light colour on the inner half and the chocolate brown on the outer corner. MAC Coffee as a liner, Essence Love Me Tender eyeliner on the lower lashline.