Did your parents ever take you to the carnival/fair when you were a child? I loved it there. It was a place where you could let loose and have some good old-fashioned fun; a free pass to gorge on all the popcorn and cotton candy you could handle, play games, and of course–my favorite part–ride the carousal. While waiting in line for my turn to ride, I can remember being filled with a dizzying kind of delight and anticipation. When you finally got on and the carousal started to slowly spin while the horses bobbed up and down, it was like you were in your own magical world, the world becoming a hazy blur around you as the carousal slowly sped up. Nothing could beat that feeling!
What does all this have to do with beauty, you say? Well Paul & Joe have somehow managed to capture that sense of enchantment and whimsy and package it up in their Spring Creation 2013 Carousal Collection. Each item in this collection features its own magnificent theme–rich eyeshadows with magnificently intricate carousal-horse images imprinted on them, a pressed powder with pastel-colored sugary-swirls, lipsticks with carousal-horses engraved on them–the whole collection is to-die-for. Yet if I had to pick just one item that caught my eye most, I would definitely go with the new Cheek Color releases. There are 10 new duos to choose from that let you mix, match, and play. Today, I’ll be showing you 04 Cinema and 10 Ombrage.
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(realized too late that I photographed these upside-down. Ah well…)
04 Cinema is described as a “playful coral that evokes a retro vibe.” The left side (smaller stripe) is a soft, pale peachy-pink. The right (larger) side is a warm, brightened pinky-coral. Blended together, they create a soft coral pink. Both sides are matte, though I would call the finished effect a glowy-matte.
10 Ombrage is described as a “rusty gold [that] creates a glowing, sun-kissed impression.” The left side is a light-medium golden-tan with a fine golden micro-shimmer overspray. The right side is a very interesting shade that is a bit hard to describe (and photograph accurately!). I would call it a neutral brown-pink (which may puzzle you but for some reason, no matter what lighting/camera I used, it was near impossible to capture the pink in this shade. It is much more obvious in real life and especially when swatched). This shade is completely matte. Blended together, the 2 shades create a beautiful tawny peach shade. It’s absolutely spectacular on the cheeks as a blusher/bronzer type shade!
These duos are meant to be played with–you can blend the shades together and totally customize your perfect hue by experimenting with the amount of each shade you use. Or you can use the shades separately to create a lovely contour and highlight for the face.
The compact is sold separately. Unfortunately, I do not have one to show you guys but here is a link to where you can see/buy one. I plan on buying 2 so that I can house these beautiful blushes (I have never been one for depotting or creating my own palettes. A large part of the reason why I buy/collect makeup is for the packaging!). The 2 refill pans that I have come in a clear plastic case with Paul & Joe’s signature chrysanthemum on the lid.
These powders are finely milled and exquisitely silky-smooth to the touch. I find that Cinema is just a tiny bit softer than Ombrage, but not enough to really be that noticeable. Cinema is also a touch powdery but no need to worry, it does not apply that way. They are decently pigmented but are meant to go on just a little bit soft-looking. They apply almost as a soft haze of color–it’s very easy to apply and very hard to overdo. Upon application, they both go on looking perfectly blended/diffused already. This is the type of cheek color that I enjoy to use: easy, effortless, and pretty.
The blushes have a lovely powdery-floral fragrance to them. The scent is actually extremely similar to that of Guerlain’s powders. I am in love with it and would totally buy the perfume version if Paul & Joe were to make it (hinthint!!). If you have a very sensitive nose, I would try to sniff these before buying if possible. However, I can’t smell it at all once it’s actually been applied.
L to R: smaller pale peach shade from Cinema duo, larger coral-pink shade from Cinema duo, both shades mixed together, smaller golden-tan shade from Ombrage duo, larger neutral-pink shade from Ombrage duo, both shades mixed together. Click on images to enlarge
Both Cinema and Ombrage lasted almost 4 1/2 hours on my (very) oily skin before I began to notice some fading. It’s definitely not the longest a powder blush has lasted on me but I just can’t stay mad at these guys–they’re too cute!!!
Overall, love love love these! There is such thing (in my opinion) as being too cutesy; I find that Paul & Joe perfectly toes the line between cute and whimsical so that all their products are adorable and fun but not childish. They bring out your inner (albeit glam) child and really allow you to play with makeup the way it was meant to be played with. These blush duos are so easy to apply, are gorgeous, soft, and subtle and will suit a variety of skintones. With 10 gorgeous duos to choose from, I’m already eyeing a couple more (Re-Belle and Peaches ‘n’ Cream, you will be mine!!). What about you? Have any of these caught your eye?
»»Pricing: $18/0.15 oz. (4.4 g.) ($8 for the Cheek Color Compact Case I)
»»Recommended for: everyone–there is a duo that will suit every skin color in this collection!
»»Overall Rating: A
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