Friday, 2 December 2011

Haul + Review: Paul & Joe Fall 2011 Collection - "Manhattan" + Swatches

I'd like to share a couple of eyeshadows that have been on heavy rotation for me of late. They're from the Paul & Joe Fall 2011 Limited Edition Manhattan Collection, and are named and inspired by none other than the Big Apple - New York City.

Featuring an undeniably chic chequered design, each eyeshadow pot consists of two complementary colours, and are fashionably named (in the below image from left): Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State, and 42nd Street. The only gripe that I had in relation to the packaging of the shadows was that they can get a little bit fiddly to use, when trying to pick up colour, thanks to the criss-cross design. This can be easily rectified though, with a sponge eyeshadow applicator or eyeshadow brush. If the colours do end up mixing, a quick blow will get rid of any loose bits of eyeshadow - hey presto!

I love the sleek packaging of the shadows, and the pretty prints that, as always, are prints from Paul & Joe's catwalk collection. Paul & Joe eyeshadows offer a soft wash of colour, which is really pretty and subtle, so when I saw the colour combinations for the Manhattan collection, I had to get them. It took a while of collecting and watching out for bargains, but I managed it in the end ^~^

The eyeshadows can be popped out (see below), by sticking a paper clip or similar pointy item into the hole on the back of the pot, and are interchangeable with any other Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color CS shadow. I call them eyeshadows, though they are technically okay to use on the face as well. (I'm guessing cheeks). That said, the lighter shades would do beautifully as a highlighting powder for cheeks and nose bridges - even decollete, if you so choose!

Brooklyn Bridge

Named after one of the oldest suspension bridges in America, Brooklyn Bridge is a really pretty combination of two pinks - a golden, dusty rose, and shimmery baby pink, that are really adorable together. I really love the darker shade just at the outer corners of my eye for giving depth, and the lighter shade for highlighting. Both colours carry a little shimmer, which give a sheer wash of colour to the whole eyelid when used together. I like to think the two shades can help create a dreamy look, like watching a sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge!

Swatch: Under natural light

Empire State

This duo consists of a sheeny, shiny light gold colour twinned with a dark, matte navy blue/black shade. I like how the colours are subtle enough to wear to work, but can be built up to add a bit of sparkle after office hours. The dark shade is good for use as an eyeliner, though you'll probably need a good liner brush that will pick up a good bit of shadow. As you can see in the swatch below, the darker shade can end up looking a bit patchy, as I swatched without using primer, and had to pat on the colour a good four times to get that swatch. Like the Empire State Building, these colours are reminiscent of the roaring '20s and Art Deco, and can be used to recreate the graphic, dramatic eye make-up of ladies during that period, like so:

Swatch: Under natural light

42nd Street

This was tough to capture on-camera. The shades are a light pink - not as light as the pink in Brooklyn Bridge (above), with pink glitter, and a twilight blue shade with blue glitter. The shadow is named after 42nd Street in downtown New York, right near the famous Times Square. I like how vibrant and buildable the two colours are, and when combined, create a shimmery eye that is just lovely. The sparkliness of the colours meant that the shadows didn't photograph very well, but they are definitely worth a look.

Swatch: Under natural light

As the colours are limited edition, this collection will soon be retired (if this hasn't already happened) , to give way to the Holiday 2011 and Spring 2012 collections. These are easy-to-use colours that will see you through the seasons, so if you come across them, it would be a shame to pass them up. Empire State can still be purchased here for £8.95. Since each pot retailed initially at £15 each, it's quite the bargain!

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