8 posts tagged "Paul & Joe"
Eye gloss is tricky business. It’s one of those backstage beauty techniques that looks so good on the runway but becomes a sticky mess when you try to duplicate it at home. That fact does not deter us from pursuing the coveted texture, of course—especially in the summer months, when it works particularly well (wet eyes and bronzed skin go together like cutoffs and crop tops). Paul & Joe is feeding our frenzy with new limited-edition eye glosses that—get this—come in a dual-ended tube with a corresponding shade of lip lacquer. Each is named after a sun-drenched vacation destination: Santa Monica offers two variations on rose gold; Nice pairs a shimmering lilac for lids with a watermelon pink for pouts; Monaco proves that two sandy beiges are better than one; Maui partners a bright tangerine with a glimmering icy lemon; and Bahamas groups a pale pink with a silver shimmer. The lip glosses are a bit…glossier than the more cream-based eye pigments, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The formula’s jojoba and sunflower-oil base ensures gleam without tackiness, which means it doesn’t necessarily offer the kind of Plasticine shine we often long for—but is all the more wearable because of it.
Burgundy, bordeaux, oxblood, mulberry. Whatever you want to call it, the deep wine stain that made waves at Fall shows like Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Rochas, and Viktor & Rolf—and continues to dominate the red carpet (Kristen, Scarlett, Jessica; you know who you are)—is the lip color of the moment. Finding the right berry tone, however, can be just as difficult as, say, finding the perfect red. But as luck would have it, there are plenty of new options on the market for you to experiment with. Here, we’ve selected our five favorite bullets for studying up on the dark arts.
The Long-Lasting Love
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam
Known for its arsenal of richly pigmented, brightly hued pout perfectors, Nars has a matte-as-can-be slim-line lipstick that does not disappoint. This berry tone has just enough red to work for both light and dark skin tones, and its stay-put finish never needs to be touched up.
The Deep End
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Impatiente
The newest shade from Chanel’s much-lauded Rouge Allure Velvet collection is thinly pigmented so it goes on sheer and shine-free but can be layered for opacity. A combination of hydrating agents and antioxidants like green tea and sappon extracts leave lips supple while hydrating shea butter ensures easier wear.
The Leader of the Pack
Paul & Joe Lipstick in #306, Avenue Montaigne
Best known for its adorable packaging, Paul & Joe know a few things about color, too. Not only is this shade one of the most perfect brick red/purple hybrids we’ve ever come across, the France-based brand also offers the option of encasing it in a series of vintage-inspired lipstick cases. Simply choose your shade, and then decide which packaging pattern you prefer, from a 1930s-inspired green and cream option to floral and even kitten motifs.
The Glam Slam
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir
With so many advances in lipstick formulas, your bullet should do more than provide a wash of color. Lancôme’s newest formula, L’Absolu Rouge, is infused with Pro-Xylane (a moisture-rich cell booster), vitamin E, and SPF 12, all of which work to moisturize and protect lips with a dark red-plum color that is more glam, less goth.
The On-Set Stunner
Dior Addict Extreme in Black Tie
We were obsessed with the color Dior’s international makeup designer, Yadim swiped on model Kendra Spears for a burgundy-themed shoot in November’s Paris Vogue—and were equally ecstatic when we discovered the exact shade he used. That’d be Dior’s latest Addict Extreme, a thick waxy formula that is heavy on the color, and provides a sexy wet look upon impact.
When Paul & Joe Beauté launched its Cat Lipstick line last summer—mouth-flattering pigments with bullet tips in the shape of cat heads—women the world over let out a collective purr. Just when we thought the Parisian beauty brand that’s partial to vintage-inspired floral print packaging couldn’t get any cuter, its design team completely outdid itself. A hit with cat lovers—and those of us who have never much cared for felines (we are sworn dog lovers; always have been, always will be)—the lipsticks were instant collectors’ items that provided many hours of painted pout fun long after those pointy ears and embossed whiskers wore away. The lipsticks’ limited run ended way to soon, if you ask us, which is presumably why the brand is bringing them back, although this time it’s cheeks that are getting the kittenish treatment. Paul & Joe’s new Blusher Sticks feature a cream-to-powder formula in three different shades for all of your face contouring needs: Glamour Puss is a pearlescent beige that adds light to the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and along the cupid’s bow of lips; Minou is a classic rose that creates the perfect pink veil; and Catfight is a bold coral that will amp up the apples of your cheeks accordingly. The fact that each boasts a faint, floral scent thanks to an infusion of moisturizing and aromatic orange flower water and white lily extract makes them that much more endearing.
$28, available February 2012 at www.b-glowing.com.
The fashion and beauty teams at the definitively French Paul & Joe may be more familiar with neighborhoods like the Marais, Montparnasse, and Montmartre, but creative inspiration doesn’t have to come from Paris’ streets alone—especially when Manhattan is ripe with it. The brand’s new Lipstick C collection is an ode to three New York neighborhoods, in bullet form: Uptown Girl is a distinctly feminine pink; SoHo, our personal favorite, a punchy coral; and Lower East Side, a mellow café au lait. All three pack a super-emollient formula that’s doused with moisturizing jojoba, apricot seed and olive oils, white lily extract, and orange flower water, which make the pigment apply more like a soothing balm than a lipstick. And as to be expected from Paul & Joe—the label that brought you cat head-shaped lipstick tubes last year—the packaging is adorable. The pretty prints are plucked directly from the Fall 2011 runway collection.
With all of the seventies-era, free-flowing, middle-parted tresses on the Spring runways, we’re leaning toward losing our asymmetrical bob and regrowing our locks past the shoulders. We mostly credit Roberto Cavalli for our newfound lust for length—and Sophie Albou’s Paul &
Joe. Watching Karlie Kloss trot down Albou’s runway in two different bell-bottomed, halterneck jumpsuits sporting a particularly epic, middle-parted blow-out with slight height in the back was, in a word, inspiring. It’s something of a quandary, though, as there were also a few strong arguments for keeping things short. The first came via Keira Knightley, who sported a brand-new chin-sweeping style for her front-row appearance at Chanel on Tuesday, and the second debuted backstage at Miu Miu. Rather than fashion actual undercuts, hair stylist Guido Palau went with the faux bob at Miuccia Prada’s Paris finale—a look that is easier than you’d think to re-create and gives you the flexibility to dabble between cute-and-cropped and long-and-lovely. Prepping hair with Redken’s Blow-Dry Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer, Palau created center parts and brushed hair into low ponytails before rolling them upward and inward and securing with bobby pins. “Pull a few pieces out around the face for softness,” Palau recommends, to give the whole thing a more natural effect. It remains to be seen how our “to cut, or not to cut” dilemma will resolve itself, and until we sort it out, we’ll continue to neglect making an appointment with our stylist for a much-overdue trim. What about you?