Product Review: Paul & Joe Spring 2014 Eye Color Trio in Cherry Blossom (and Cat Compact!)

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Sometimes, on a cloudy and frigid late-winter day when you’re feeling down, you just have to buy something completely self-indulgent and light-hearted. (Well, maybe you don’t, but I do!) This month, it was Paul & Joe Beauté to the rescue. I’m always fond of their limited edition cosmetics packaging, and this kitten design is a Paul & Joe classic.

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These cardboard compacts (with concealed magnetic closures) are sold empty and can be filled with Paul & Joe’s Eye Color and Cheek Color palettes. This spring, eight limited edition Eye Color Trios are available. My pick is Cherry Blossom (05), a pink-and-neutral grouping, although I was also tempted by Garden of Flowers (pastels) and My Little Cat (browns).

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Here’s a shot of Cherry Blossom in its new “home.” The pink shade applies almost translucently and contains very, very fine sparkles. The warm golden-brown has some very fine rose shimmer and applies like a light champagne hue. The cooler, rich-looking brown actually applies considerably lighter and sheerer than it looks in the pan, and it has a small amount of wine-tinted shimmer.

Here’s an attempt at swatches, although I’m never very good at them…

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You can see how delicate the light pink shadow is, and how wearable the two browns are. I’ve been pairing the pink and golden-brown shades for a simple, soft look, or adding the darker brown in the crease for a little more drama and definition. Paul & Joe’s eye colors are generally not very densely pigmented, and this trio is typically sheer. I did get some glitter “fallout” from the pink shadow, which was brushed away easily enough.

My go-to eye shadows for workdays are Laura Mercier and Sunday Riley neutrals in matte or satin finishes, but I like having something a little more fun and frivolous for weekends. This set just feels spring-y and happy and sweet, and that’s what I needed right now.

Product source: I purchased these items from B-Glowing. Paul & Joe Beauté is also available though Beautyhabit.

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