The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Beauté Cheek Colors in 04 Cinema and 10 Ombrage (Review, Swatches & Photos)

21 Feb

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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.

(Click images to enlarge)

(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!!! :P

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)

»»Availability:, and Bergdorf Goodman (in-store only). You can also click here to find a retailer near you

»»Recommended for: everyone–there is a duo that will suit every skin color in this collection!

»»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.

54 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Beauté Cheek Colors in 04 Cinema and 10 Ombrage (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Procrastinator February 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    I can`t recall — is Paul and Joe that line with the REALLY cute cat lipsticks? The kind that you can’t bear to use because you’d smudge the thing’s face? These are equally pretty, and I wouldn’t feel half as bad using them.

    • becca February 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

      Haha yep–that would be the brand!! :P I know, when I first got wind of those adorable lipsticks, I really wanted to buy one in every shade. I don’t even wear lipstick, really–I just wanted them so I could put them on my vanity and maybe even hold them and stroke them lovingly from time to time :P haha. Really though, these blushes are awesome–check them out if you can! I am especially loving Ombrage, but I really like those types of blusher/bronzer shades!

      • Procrastinator February 22, 2013 at 9:10 am #

        I always get the urge to do that with beautiful limited edition compacts! I recently went through this mildly debilitating experience with a cream blush though where it smelled like zombie lipstick, so I don’t think I’ll be doing that with cream products any time soon =P

        • becca February 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

          LOL!! I bet it was sooooo worth it, though!! :P

  2. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) February 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Love the new layout! I really want to switch to a theme that has more white space & room for larger images, but ughhh so much work ;) Anyway, these look so cute. I’ve barely seen anything from Paul and Joe… although like the commenter above, I remember that cat lipstick :D

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 12:01 am #

      Thank you!! :D Not quite done tweaking it yet so I’m not sure it will stay this way :P As for Paul & Joe, I am fairly new to the brand as well but so far, I am really loving everything I’ve tried–especially these blushes! They are just so soft and capture the spirit and feel of spring perfectly! These duos are SO fun, I can’t wait to get my hands on more!! :D

  3. Teri February 22, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    Gotta love their packaging! Like you said, it’s a great balance of cute but pretty! Those powders make me drool, I love the fun shades they offer. Must need more money, lol!

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 12:13 am #

      Hahaha isn’t that always the problem?! *sigh* There are SO many new products coming out that I am dying to have but arruughh–hate being broke!! :/

  4. fairytalesandcoffee February 22, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    omg – redesign – its like a whole new blog! so fun!

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 1:19 am #

      Aw thank you dear! I’m not sure if I will keep it yet…do you really like it? Or do you prefer the other one better (if I were to just fix the font and make a few tweaks here and there)? I don’t hate this one but I’m not sure I 100% like it either. There’s just something about it…

      • fairytalesandcoffee February 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

        I am a sucker for newness, or redesigns, no matter what…it’s all shiny to me. If you are not happy with it, you need to keep playing with until you find the right format. I wanted to change my format for ages but the only reason why i didn’t was because I paid for it. I don’t know how wordpress works, but if they charge me again for it, I may end up switching just because. Keep playing until you are satisfied. I liked the old format visually too, but it was not easy to navigate. I didn’t know how to hop around without going back page by page, and sometimes I like option of hopping.

        • becca February 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

          Yeah lots of people told me the same thing about the navigation :/ Glad that this one is better but it’s still missing something…it’s probably a logo. I really want to get a nice one made but that will take some time :/

          As for formats, I use wordpress and this one is free! They have lots of decent free ones. I just take the free ones and have my bf tweak it for me to make it more my own. Do you know how to do that kinda stuff or can someone help you maybe??

          • fairytalesandcoffee February 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

            hahaha. I am really dumb with technology. Or just lazy. I guess I could take time to learn but I am incredibly impatient. Sadly, no techno whizzes within my social circles. I went through wordpresses free formats but liked ThemeMin, but then decided that that format which made it cost money, was too complex for me to navigate so I just stripped it soooooo it basically looks like a free one. hmmm…I have had smarter ideas….

          • becca February 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

            LOL! Dude, do NOT worry–I am completely useless with technology too. If it weren’t for my bf, I would have the crappiest free theme–NO extra addons, buttons, nothing! I am lost with technology too! :P

  5. Claire February 22, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    love your new layout Becca!! :D I really like the coral shade, Paul and Joe seems so underrated in real life and they have cute designs >.<

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 2:34 am #

      Aw thank you, Claire! I’m going to try and play around with it some more, see if I can’t come up with something a little bit better :P And I agree–I see reviews for the brand online but in real life, no one I know has heard of the brand! So hard to believe because I fell head over heels in love the first time I even saw one of their products. And now that I’ve actually tried some items, I am so happy that the quality is there too. Have you tried any of their blushes, claire? I LOVE these new duos!! :D

      • Claire February 28, 2013 at 12:43 am #

        I have! there were ok, not bad at all but those duos seem to be more up my alley, I am still thinking of getting one duo :D

        • becca February 28, 2013 at 1:49 am #

          Yeah these duos are definitely fun and come in such a nice variety of shades–how can you NOT want one, is the question?! :P haha

          Please let me know if you do end up getting one–I’m curious to see what you pick!! :D

  6. Agata February 22, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    Ohh, how pretty. I have never used anything from Paul&Joe but I think I am going to order The Cinema duo right now!

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 3:22 am #

      Oooh I so excited for you!! :D You will LOVE it…if you are a fan of softer blushes. It can definitely be built up but I like how it applies like a soft cloud of color–it’s so effortless and subtly pretty! :) Have you tried anything from Paul & Joe before, Agata?

      PS: how did those polishes end up working for you? :D

      • Agata February 22, 2013 at 5:41 am #

        As I said earlier in my comment I have never used any of the their products. All of the blushes look so pretty.

        The nail polishes worked out great. I love all of them! :)

        • becca February 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

          Oops sorry Agata! Not sure why I included that last part bc I did read your comment, I swear (in my defense, it was about 4 or 5 in the morning when I wrote that!! :P)

          Glad you liked the polishes so much! My favorites from that collection were definitely the glitters! *sigh* I miss Christmas…but at the same time definitely looking forward to spring! :D)

  7. Sunny February 22, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    OOO pretty! I really like the packaging as well. There’s something about those flowers that really speaks to me ;)

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 4:57 am #

      I know–I LOVE Paul & Joe’s signature chrysanthemum print–the print across the front of the box is just TOO CUTE! I really want a makeup bag with that print and maybe even a bedspread and pillowcases!! :P

  8. Toya February 22, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    I’m also not one for depotting either Becca – the pretty packaging is part of the fun!! I haven’t tried any Paul & Joe products but I have plans to in the future. You’re right, they manage to be cute but in a refined way, somehow :) I looked at the other duos online and I’m SURE I can find a few shades to take home with me :D

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Haha glad someone else feels the same–I thought I was alone in this! :P I always feel like such a baby when I hear people talking about depotting their recent purchases and I cringe. I can’t even imagine depotting a MAC eyeshadow let alone something like a Guerlain (Kate from Drivel about Frivol is H-core! She depots is ALL! :P). haha!

  9. Chris February 22, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    These colors look gorgeous but the floral scent is kind of a turn-off. :(

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      aw really? I LOVE the scent so much…I guess because I really like powdery-florals and I REALLY like the smell of Guerlain’s powders and these remind me of those…do you not like scented products at all or just not a fan of florals??

  10. Taylor February 22, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    These are so beautiful. Paul and Joe has amazing packaging. I’ve always wanted to try the brand but I’m not familiar where they sell them. I love both of these colors, I can see why you love them too. I think it’s quite exciting to pick out your own compact :-)

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      You can buy the brand online but you are in NY, right Taylor? I know they are found in-store at Bergdorf Goodman (you lucky, lucky girl!!). If that doesn’t work for you, you can click the link I have above in the “Availability” section at the bottom of the post and search for a retailer near you! I highly recommend doing so…these powders are AWESOME!! :D

      • Taylor February 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

        Oh why must you make it so easy for me, haha. I’m ogling Re-belle online and Merry-go-round lipstick! Your always trouble for me… Thanks Becce :-)

        • becca February 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

          LOL! You’re very welcome darling! I can’t wait to see your goodies! And good choice–I am eying Re-Belle too. Sooo pretty! *swoons*

  11. Kiss & Make-up February 22, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Very cute! Especially the pink one appeals to me.

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      It’s really a great spring–or year-round–shade! Paul & Joe also did a lot of other great pink duos with this release–you should definitely check them out!! :D

  12. Meryl @ Memoiselle February 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Aww now that I looked at this post, I am sad that Paul & Joe is withdrawn from Singapore . But I’m still grateful that it’s still available in sone online sites :) The shade looks so cute and I just love the PJ embossed there :)

    • becca February 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      What really?! I didn’t know Paul & Joe withdrew from Singapore–I thought the brand was really popular there?! :/ That’s too bad. But true–at the very least I’m glad you can still order it online. You HAVE to check these cheek duos out, Meryl! You will love them!! :D

  13. Kristen @ Glambunctious February 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    LOVE these shades! OMG! My blush-loving heart approves, lol! :)

    • becca February 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      Hahaha–as it should! :P I definitely recommend checking these out if you can–everything from the packaging to the gorgeous selection of shades…it’s all so perfect! Love this one!! :D

  14. Gummy February 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Your pictures are beautiful!!! I love the flowers!! I don’t have any p&J, but these cheek colors are really pretty! And both these colors look extremely wearable. Hey have you tried their lipsticks…what do you think??

    • becca February 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      Aw thank you so much!! :D No, I haven’t tried their lipsticks yet. I haven’t tried much from this brand, actually. Just a few items from their Holiday 2012 set (loose powder and cream cheek color) and these 2 blushes. So far I am mighty impressed though! These blushes are what really blew me away though–I like a very easy-to-wear soft wash of color on the cheeks and these blushes give you that look with ease! Plus the colors are GORGEOUS (I am so, so in love with Ombrage! It might not look that “pretty” in the pan but mixed together and worn on the cheeks, it’s seriously AMAZING!)

  15. BooBooNinja February 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    04 Cinema is right up my alley. Paul & Joe Beauté consistently grabs my attention with their charming product design. I’m a serial depotter, but the compact case is a must. I’m going to hold off this blush for the time being. Does Paul & Joe normally sell out?

    • becca February 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

      Isn’t Cinema gorgeous?! It’s such a bright yet soft and subtle wash of color on the cheeks–love it!! :D I’m impressed that you are able to depot–I just can’t imagine doing that. The thought makes me cringe!! :P I love packaging of products so much! :P

      To my knowledge, Paul & Joe usually doesn’t sell out. It’s a new blush and there are many shades and it’s available on many large sites so I think you should be fine! :)

  16. svetlana February 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    RANDOM TANGENT!!! I have to say becca, your photos you post on here are simply lovely. They are simple to the point and gorgeous. They all flow well and mesh together witht tge props and the color of the props used. I just wanted to say that, I was scrolling back and forth between the pictures. And maybe I’m being biased or mentioning it now because those flowers you used remind me of my fave: peonies. I would buy all this makeup cause the pictures do it justice! Ok, sorry for the essay, these colors are very lively for the cheeks. Love em.

    • becca February 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Aww you are so sweet for saying so–THANK YOU! I worked really hard on this one because I wanted to highlight these gorgeous blushes, so I’m glad the hard work paid off :)

      and yes–lively is right! Even Ombrage makes my cheeks look flushed and pretty! I know it looks very brown in the pan but on the cheeks, it looks like the perfect nude-pink effortless flush!! :D Both are gorgeous but Ombrage is by far my favorite–I’ve been reaching for it every single day!

  17. Liz February 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    These are only $18??? I was under the impression that P&J are much more expensive.

    Your pictures are always so perfect. I’m a little afraid that these blushes won’t look as nice in real life. ;) I miss P&J being at Sephora and thought they weren’t anywhere in Canada, but apparently there’s a boutique in Toronto that carries a select range. The only thing I’ve tested from P&J were their blotting sheets, lol!

    • becca February 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

      I KNOW, I always thought so too! I think the price is quite reasonable, especially for such gorgeous, gorgeous blushes! And TWO colors!! :D :D :D

      Thank you for the sweet compliment. I really do think they (or just these particular 2 shades) are even more spectacular in real life, though–and ESPECIALLY on the cheeks. Especially Ombrage. Seriously, it is not to be believed, especially if you like those really effortless, neutral blushes (which I KNOW you do!! ;D)

  18. Sukie February 25, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Looks like soft blushes seem to be all the rage these days!! I love how you photographed the blushes my dear, those beautiful peonies just makes all the difference! xxx

    • becca February 25, 2013 at 12:28 am #

      Aw Sukie, thank you!! :D I know, I just love love LOVE peonies too–they’re one of my favorite flowers :)

  19. Makeup Morsels February 26, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    LOL good point! You really can’t stay mad at such adorable blushes. Loved your carnival anecdote, I’ve personally never had that experience, but I can live vicariously through your younger self haha. Cinema is such a beautiful pink, but Ombrage looks like it would wear beautifully on the skin. Both gorgeous, basically :)

    • becca February 26, 2013 at 2:17 am #

      Aw really? How bout a carnival experience from when you were older? Please don’t tell me you’ve never been to one!!! :( If not, you MUST! I wasn’t kidding–the carousal is really a magical thing that you have to experience at LEAST once in your life!! :D Oh, and they both really look light and lovely on the skin–they almost seem like they might be powdery but they melt right into the skin!

  20. Liz March 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    PRETTY!!! I was pretty bummed when P&J pulled out of Sephora way back when. I know there’s a boutique in Toronto that carries a few P&J items but it’s a hassle to get there. Happy to be vicariously enjoying these through you. <3

    • becca March 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      I don’t remember P&J being available at Sephora, but I think that was when I was just getting into makeup and still almost exclusively shopping at Nordstrom :P Really though wifey, if you get a chance, TRY THESE! They are awesome and, I think, priced quite reasonably!

  21. Jenni@lifeandlensofbeauty March 10, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Cinema looks like a pick-me-up color!! I prefer Ombrage for everyday use though :)

    • becca March 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      I agree–I have been using Ombrage a lot. It just goes with everything and looks so subtle and pretty! But the past few days when I’ve worn coral lips, I’ve paired it with Cinema and OMG–I’m in love!! They’re both so amazing! :D

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