The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Eye Liner WP & Eye Crayon Duo in 002 Fiji (Review, Swatches & Photos)

24 Jun

««Press Sample»»

I’ve been feeling the itch lately–the itch to get away and head to a sunny locale where I can just laze about on a hammock all day drinking fresh coconut water and sunning myself. Of course that ain’t happening any time soon, especially since I just barely make enough at my new job to cover driving expenses, alone. :/ (The experience will be good though and hopefully I’ll find something a little better soon!). Still, I can’t complain too much because I do live in beautiful, sunny So-Cal where the weather is nice and temperate year-round :) So while I’d like to get away to someplace faraway and exotic like Fiji, I’ll settle for sipping drinks on the beach here in California while wearing Paul & Joe’s new Eye Liner WP & Eye Crayon in Fiji. :)

This duo is another item from Paul & Joe’s Beach Baby Summer Creation 2013 collection (which I went into more detail about here). It’s a limited edition double-ended pencil featuring a water-resistant eyeliner on one side and an eyeshadow crayon that also doubles as a liner on the other. There are 5 duos in all: 001 Saint-Tropez, 002 Fiji, 003 Cypress, 004 Las Palmas, and 005 Santorini.

Fiji is described as a “sandy beige and delicate lavender”. The sandy beige is the liner in this case and the lavender shade is the eye crayon. The liner is actually more a mid-tone warm brown with subtle plummy tones. The shadow crayon is a light-medium, brightened lavender-pink with a beautiful pearly glow.

You can see that like the Eye Gloss & Lip Gloss Duos, each side is clearly labeled as “Eye Liner” or “Eye Shadow” so you don’t get confused. There is not much else to say about the packaging–it’s double-ended with soft orangey-apricot plastic caps and Paul & Joe’s beautiful logo etched onto the beautiful bronzy label.

Let’s talk about the Eye Liner first. The liner has a very smooth, creamy consistency. It’s not too hard but it’s not very soft like some of the new-age waterproof liners are (think Giorgio Armani or, to a much lesser extent, Make Up For Ever). The hardness of the pencil makes it really easy to apply the liner quickly (ever notice that with softer pencils, you have to go slower and be more careful otherwise you could accidentally apply too much and have it look too heavy and thick?) and get very close to the lashes without having to pull the lid upwards or having the product get caught up in/clumped in my lashes (anyone else experience that with the softer pencils? Drives me crazy!). The liner is not dry or brittle and glides across the eyes easily without tugging or crumbling, distributing an even line of product.

The Eye Crayon feels much more like the liners that I was talking about above. It’s very soft and pigmented and applies smoothly. However, be careful not to press too hard when you’re applying it–it’s borderline too soft. The first time I used it, I broke the whole tip off because I pressed it too hard. Then when I re-sharpened it, the sharpener made it too thin and pointy and it broke again :/ I suggest just barely keeping it sharpened so it’s kinda short and stubby–it’ll work much better that way.

Still the color is really lovely and the formula blends out beautifully. However, I would not call this Eye Crayon waterproof or even smudge-resistant. It’s not the worst cream shadow I’ve tried but it definitely does not last for very long. At least not on my oily lids. Even though the Eye Crayon wasn’t specified with a “WP” in the name like the Eye Liner was (which I’m assuming means “waterproof”), Paul & Joe did state that both products were waterproof in the description :/

Over primer, the Eye Crayon lasted about 2 1/2 hours before creasing along the inner corner. Without it, it creased in about a half an hour. As for the liner, it held up much better, clocking in at about 3 1/2 hours without a primer, 6 hours with.

I definitely see this duo working best for those with dry to normal lids. I so wish it were longer wearing on my oily lids because the shades are just beautiful and work so well together and for summertime! Ah well…can’t win ‘em all, I suppose. All in all: like the shades, concept, texture, pigmentation, packaging, everything except the wear-time–especially for the Eye Crayon. It’s definitely still worth checking out though–I can never resist Paul & Joe, anyway :)

»»Pricing: $31/Eye Liner WP=0.02 oz. (0.7 g.) -and-Eye Crayon=0.02 oz. (0.7 g.)


»»Recommended for: those with dry/normal lids; anyone looking for a simple, effortlessly pretty 2-in-1 eye product

»»Overall Rating: B+ Eye Liner/B Eye Crayon


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.

26 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Eye Liner WP & Eye Crayon Duo in 002 Fiji (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Chris June 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Call me weird but your shells are so pretty! Says the gal who collects sea shells.

    • becca June 25, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Really–you do it?!! :D :D I know I LOOOVE shells! My brother is currently camping in Big Sur and I told him he better bring me an assortment of beautiful shells and rocks (I collect rocks too :P Such a nerd! haha) when he returns :P

  2. Tracy@Beauty Reflections June 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Awwww, too bad because this is a really pretty duo! It wouldn’t last on me either. :(

    • becca June 25, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      I know bummer huh? I am SO in love with the shades. The dash of mauvy-plum in the brown is just stunning and the lavender is ooooooh. If only it would stay :*(

  3. Lily June 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Too bad about the wear time. Love how you described the hardness and softness of the pencils though :-) Oh, and those shells!! Very summery indeed.

    • becca June 25, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      YEah the hardness of the liner and softness of the Eye Crayon is absolute perfection. Wish the wear time could be described the same way though :/ This is DEFINITELY one for the dry/normal lidded gals :/ BLAST my oily lids!!!

  4. Icaria June 25, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    Oh that’s a little disappointing. I probably would get even shorter wear out of this since I have deep set eyes with a little droopiness. The colors are so lovely but it would be a waste for me. Still, I so wish this brand was available where I live, I love their girly presentation. :)

    • becca June 25, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Me too! Seriously, no matter WHAT they put out, their packaging and presentation ALWAYS wins me over!! :D

  5. Sunny June 25, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    Aww I’m so sorry to hear about the lasting problem! Doesn’t look like something I can wear, either. When liner creases on me, it always creases BAD!

    • becca June 25, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      Oh yeah…it wasn’t so much the liner but the Eye Crayon, which was disappointing because the color was INSANELY beautiful!! :(

  6. Catherine @ bcrueltyfree June 25, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Your photos are so summery and beautiful, Becca! I love the brown in this duo, though I have pretty oily lids, so I imagine it wouldn’t be the best for me

    • becca June 25, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Thank you, my dear Catherine!! :D Yeah, this is definitely not the ideal combo for very oily lids. I am so jealous of the girls with dry/normal lids that can pull this off. LOL!

  7. Liz June 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Bummer on the pencil but I’ll join you on that tropical beach vacation, wifey! :D Nice job with the seashells – the pictures are so pretty!

    • becca June 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      AW thank you my love! And YES–we are long overdue on our honeymoon. TAKE ME TO FIJIIIIIII!!!! :P hahaha

  8. Meryl @ Memoiselle June 26, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Those are super gorgeous pictures, Becca! I adore your snapshots :D Honestly eye shadow pencil is not really my thing, so I think I shall skip on this. Your swatches looks drooling though :p

    • becca June 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Thank you my sweet Meryl!! :D

      Yeah the eye shadow pencil really didn’t do much for me but I thought the color and concept were really great! Ahh, if only the formula were more long-lasting…:/

  9. Toya June 26, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Hmm, this is an interesting color combo – not really for my skin, but they’re pretty nonetheless! And yes – definitely enjoy the fact that you have nice weather year-round, we here in Canada don’t get that luxury!! (though…when it’s nice here, it’s GREAT and all is right in the world :)

    • becca June 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Yeah definitely a gorgeous combo–I LOVED it but definitely wanted more wear-time!!! :(

      And yes, I definitely do feel lucky about the weather. I do really want to visit Canada though–I know from pics how GORGEOUS it can really be there and of course, I’ve never really been in snow so it would certainly be an experience to go there for the winter! :D

  10. Jacqueline June 29, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    The colours are gorgeous but too bad they don’t stay on your lids. Perhaps you can well this for short going out sessions or keep it with your for touch ups.

    • becca June 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      I know it really is a shame :/ but I agree–it’s the perfect kind of product for just toting with you to the beach or pool for when you kinda want a LITTLE bit of makeup and since it’s a convenient duo, it takes about 2 seconds to reapply :)

  11. Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty July 3, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    those seashells in the background are beautiful! they caught my eye instantly – which is funny because P&J was supposed to be the eye-catching one due to their quirky prints and packaging!! :D I like the combo of pink and brown!

    • becca July 4, 2013 at 12:53 am #

      Aw thanks Jenni!! :D I tried my best to capture the summery mood that these P&J duos put me in :P They’re so fun!

  12. svetlana July 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Beneath the ocean! Sand! Tan! Waves! Sea salt! Breeze! Frolic! Warm sunshine! Sea shell pink! Sunkissed! All captured in your pictures and in paul and Joe’s newest whimsical goodies. :D (pssst… can u tell I love summer?)

    • becca July 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Hahhaa awesome imagery. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! And YES–who doesn’t love summer?!! (except when it gets crazy hot then all you can do it blast the AC and stay and indoor and be cranky :P lol)

  13. Beauty Box July 12, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Love the way you styled the photo… but too bad about the average performance of the eye pencil duo. I guess this category of product is not Paul & Joe’s strong suit. I do think their eye gloss duos are excellent though…

    • becca July 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Aw thank you so much for the kind comment! How have you been? We haven’t spoken in a while!

      I don’t think long-wearing is Paul & Joe’s strong suit either but MAN do they make me want EVERYTHING they put out!! :P haha

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