The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Make Up Collection 2012 Holiday Set in 001 Frozen Lilac (Review, Swatches & Photos)

5 Dec

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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)!! :D 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 :/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!! :P). 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.])

»»Availability:,,, and all Paul & Joe Beauté retailers (click here to find a location near you)

»»Recommended for: anyone who loved Lisa Frank as a kid!! :P

»»Overall Rating: A-


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

35 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Make Up Collection 2012 Holiday Set in 001 Frozen Lilac (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Sunny December 5, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    The kit is cute! My issue with Paul & Joe is that the packaging is a bit too cute for me to take it seriously… if that’s even possible. I’m slowly turning around though! Seems like everyone’s raving about it!

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 2:01 am #

      LOL really? I think it’s so kitschy and cute! :P Maybe I wouldn’t carry this one around as a clutch…but I LOVE all of their other little makeup pouches. Their floral ones are SO FAB and I recently saw a pink one with little pelicans printed all over it. TOO. CUTE!! I want it soooooo bad!! :P

  2. Paris B December 5, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    I love Paul & Joe. Their makeup is gorgeous and so are their designs. Since they pulled out of here, I haven’t paid much attention. But I’ve since figured out where I can get it online so I’m back looking at it! :D I wanted to get this set but passed because of the cream cheek. I don’t do cream cheek very well but I bet its gorgeous on you!

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 6:05 am #

      This is actually my first Paul & Joe item but I LOVE it so far! I’ve always been attracted to their adorable packaging, their beautiful makeup pouches, and the gorgeous colors. I definitely plan on getting more! I REALLY want the eye and lip set that’s part of this collection too–it looks nice!

      I actually don’t do cream cheek products that often since I have such oily skin, but this one really feels quite powdery once it touches the skin and it feels REALLY light–like nothing at all! Do you not like cream-to-powder formulas either, Paris?

  3. Meryl @ Memoiselle December 5, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Hi dearie,
    glad you are back :D

    The make up pouch looks super cute! Love the unicorn print there :)
    The cream cheek product seems to be a very nice product; the color looks pretty. There are so many christmas themed products out there that screams my name but I need to resist :p

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Thanks hon! :) Not quite done with my finals yet, but I couldn’t resist posting :P

      I LOVE the cheek product, which surprised me. I usually don’t like cream-to-powder formulas but this one is juust right! It’s not too slippery/silicone-y and it feels so nice and light on the skin! Plus, the color is gorgeous! :D

  4. Popblush December 5, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    The snowflake imprint on the blush is so pretty.. I do agree that you could probably do with abit more product as that blush is teeny tiny!

    Sad to say that I haven’t tried anything from Paul and Joe yet! But the unicorn definitely fascinates me ^_^

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      I know–I was heartbroken when I had to destroy the gorgeous snowflake!! :P Everything about the cheek color is lovely but yes, definitely wish there were more product! All in all great set though–I can’t wait to get my hands on more Paul & Joe! They have a really pretty eye and lip set for Holiday 2012 that you might like too? :D

  5. Kai December 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    i got this but I haven’t had to play with it yet! But after reading this I have to do it soon! Thanks Becca!

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

      Oh yay! Did you get the Frozen Lilac set or the Sleigh Ride set?? I love the cheek color so much, I wish they sold it individually because now I want the peachy Sleigh Ride one too! :P

  6. svetlana December 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    a little whimsy is always so cute. i’m glad the products turned out great! ;)

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

      Thanks Svetlana!! :D I know even if the products didn’t work well, it’s hard to go wrong with such cute packaging :P

  7. Chris El December 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    You know, I’ve been wanting to try Paul & Joe for quite some time now, but there isn’t a store near me where I can swatch, and I very rarely buy something sight unseen. It does look gorgeous!

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      I know how you feel! I hardly ever buy makeup online unless I’ve swatched it in-stores first! It takes A LOT for me to do that :P But I’m really glad I finally got a chance to try Paul & Joe. Now that I know the quality is there, I won’t feel so scared about ordering sight-unseen from online!

  8. Larie December 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    *shakes fist* parabens! It’s so pretty! I wants it! I want pretty packaging :(

    • becca December 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      Gah!!! So sad you have to miss out on such a cute set because of parabens, Larie :(

  9. Taylor December 6, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    Gorgeous! I have never tried Paul and Joe… Yet, I love the blush, such amazing packaging as per usual.

    • becca December 6, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      I know–they really have the BEST packaging, huh? I love all the floral prints they do and the animal print ones are adorable too!! :D

  10. Tina @ My Highest Self December 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    YES, I am now in love with this set thanks to you, it went straight to the top of my Santa list! Also, I would totally carry the unicorn bag as a clutch, quite proudly I might add :). I LOVE UNICORNS!

    • becca December 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Hahaha–you are AWESOME, Tina! I’m glad someone is loving this set–and unicorns–as much as me!! :P

  11. Liz December 7, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    Kind of want this just for the unicorns! Such pretty packaging. :D

    • becca December 7, 2012 at 1:36 am #

      Hahaha–isn’t it?! Paul & Joe has the BEST packaging EVER!! :P

  12. Tracy@Beauty Reflections December 7, 2012 at 5:14 am #

    I would have killed for this when I was 13 and in love with unicorns! I don’t know about now though lol-I like it, but then again it kind of looks like something you’d find at Walmart in the Olsen Twins section haha. Love the blush!

    • becca December 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      LOL! Yeah I don’t really see myself carrying the little clutch around, but it’s cute just to have and look at, ya know?! :P

  13. Makeup Morsels December 7, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Ahh beautiful, so beautiful! And LOL unicorns ARE heart warming, I agree wholeheartedly :P While I don’t think I would actually use the products in this set much, I just can’t resist P&J packaging. They always make everything look so darn alluring. Lovely review :)

    • becca December 7, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      I know, I’ve ALWAYS admired Paul & Joe’s prints–they’re irresistible!! Kittens, pelicans, flowers, unicorns…what will they come out with next?! :P

  14. Lulle December 8, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    Can makeup get any cuter? I don’t think so!
    The cream blush is really pretty, I like that it doesn’t look too shimmery.

    • becca December 8, 2012 at 2:11 am #

      LOL I agree–this packaging is as cute as it gets!! And the products are really gorgeous too! A lot of the overspray got mixed in with my blush swatch but its even less shimmery than that! It’s VERY pretty and very natural looking!

  15. Amanda December 9, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Ziet er zo schattig uit!

    • becca December 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      I know–it is SUPER cute, isn’t it?!! :P Thanks Amanda! :D

  16. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog December 13, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Love the packaging of the holiday set. So cute.

    • becca December 13, 2012 at 2:09 am #

      Isn’t it to-die-for?!! I also LOVE the eye and lip set that they came out with–the packaging is little tins that have adorable little woodland creatures on them. I really want it! :D Have you tried anything from Paul & Joe before, Angela?

  17. Toya December 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Ugh, that blush shade is so darn pretty!! I really want to try the line but haven’t yet. I’m just not sure what products to go for…I’m going to have to start researching! :)

    • becca December 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Haha I was content enough with the adorable packaging but when I realized that the products were actually quite fabulous too, it made my day! :P I really want to go for one of their powder blushes or eyeshadows now!

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