The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Make Up Collection 2012 Holiday Set in 001 Frozen Lilac Review & Swatches
Ah, Christmas time. Usually we associate the holidays with all the usual suspects–Santa, elves, snowmen…but this year, let’s pay homage to those majestic 4-legged, behooved beasts that sometimes get left out. No, not reindeer, silly–unicorns(duh)!! Paul & Joe have released their holiday 2012 collection and it’s magical–literally. The collection features items emblazoned with mystical unicorns and furry little woodland creatures that are sure to warm your heart.
The Holiday 2012 Winter Wonderland collection is a limited-edition 4-piece collection that includes the Eye Colour & Lip Balm Set, Pearl Foundation Primer, and Make Up Collection 2012 set. The Make Up Collection 2012 set comes in 2 different variations: 001 Frozen Lilac and 002 Sleigh Ride. Today, I’ll be showing you 001 Frozen Lilac.
*Apologies in advance for the wonky, inconsistent lighting. The sun kept disappearing behind the clouds and it was the only day I had time to take pictures :/
This amazingly beautiful and fun set comes with a lovely, light lilac sateen pouch with a unicorn printed on the front. The 2 makeup items included are the Creamy Cheek Powder in 001 Frozen Lilac and their Face Powder in 001 Kiss of Snow. Frozen Lilac is a gorgeous medium rosy-pink cream-to-powder blush that gives you those coveted, perfectly flushed après-ski cheeks that everyone wants to emulate. White Lily Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate moisturize while Jojoba Seed Oil and Rosemary Leaf Extract lend to the emollient texture–perfect for winter-parched skin.
As for the Face Powder, 001 (from this set) and 002 (in the Sleigh Ride set) are both the same shade, though they are numbered differently. It’s a translucent finishing powder that’s meant to softly mattify the skin while providing a “touch of dazzling shine.” This light-as-air powder moisturizes and conditions with Hydrolized Silk, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Orange Flower Water while Rose Fruit Extract provides light oil-control.
The Creamy Cheek Powder comes packaged in a darling little white plastic compact with a beautiful flower print embossed across the top. Inside, you’ll find that the product has a delicate silver snowflake overspray over top. It gives it a lovely, festive touch but sadly disappears after the first use. On the Face Powder, you’ll find that our unicorn friend’s noble visage making another appearance on the shiny, pearlized-lavender lid. Both products are lightly perfumed (a slightly powdery perfume-scent that is quite similar to Guerlain’s powders) but I don’t notice it at all once it’s actually on the skin.
Frozen Lilac has a very creamy balm consistency. It’s much creamier in the pan but once it touches your skin, it feels super thin in that smooth, kind of powdery-silicone way. The heat from your fingers melts the perfect amount of product from the surface of the blush. It feels nice and light–like nothing once on your skin. It’s also very pigmented but sheers down nicely, so it’s easy to achieve a heavier cheek or a very subtle cheek.
The Face Powder is pretty straight forward. But what makes this one amazing is the fact that is not only sets your makeup but it also soaks up excess oil while proving a soft, slightly illuminated finish. It imparts a radiance to the complexion without being overtly shimmery. This lightly moisturizing powder does leave a soft matte finish but it doesn’t feel drying or cakey in any way–instead it’s light, silky texture leaves a soft, almost velvety feel to the skin. The Face Powder is great allover or would be fabulous for setting undereye concealer too (as it won’t cake up and will subtly brighten any darkness around the eyes).
I will say, though, that if you apply too much of the powder, it can leave a very slight cast to your skin, which might pull a bit ashy on darker skin tones. I would be sure to apply a light dusting with a big, fluffy powder brush and try not to cake it on with touch-ups throughout the day.
Frozen Lilac wore for about 3 1/2 hours on my oily skin. I find that products that contain a lot of silicone tend to slide right off my face or are devoured by the copious amounts oil. 3 1/2 hours is actually not bad for my skin at all and I suspect that those with dry or normal skin will find this product probably lasts about 6-7 hours. The Face Powder set my makeup perfectly and I didn’t feel the need to blot for almost 3 hours (which doesn’t seem like a long time but is actually quite good for me). Both are gorgeous products, though my favorite is by far the Creamy Cheek Color. It’s the star of the set and creates the most stunning, naturally-flushed-looking cheeks I’ve ever seen–it’s literally the exact color I flush and it’s perfection in a cute little compact!
This set is an utter delight–the whole collection seems to perfectly straddle the line between whimsical glamour and kitschy fun. It appeals to both young girls and the eternally young–the products are playful but also pretty and immensely effective. I had so much fun with this set and am dying to test out the Eye Colour & Lip Balm Set (squirrels and baby deer? Hell yes!! ). How about you–have any of the items from this collection caught your eye? Does the fantastical nature of the unicorn fascinate you or turn you off to this set completely?
Pros: gorgeous colors that will work on a variety of skin tones–if you prefer something warmer, the 002 Sleigh Ride also looks gorgeous; Frozen Lilac is very easy to sheer out or build up; Frozen Lilac gives you truly authentic-looking flushed-from-the-cold cheeks; great wear time; Face Powder is very silky; though perfumed, smells nice and dissipates quickly
Cons: I wish the Creamy Cheek Powder contained a bit more product, the face powder can leave just a hint of a cast if you apply too much
»»Pricing: $65 (Creamy Cheek Powder=0.1 oz. [3 g.], Face Powder=0.35 oz. [10 g.])
»»Recommended for: anyone who loved Lisa Frank as a kid!!
»»Overall Rating: A-
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