Paul & Joe Beaute: Chic & Sophisticated Makeup for the Young at Heart

November 17, 2009

My readers know I love those hard-to-find brands with a unique flair, and Paul & Joe is a recent discovery of mine that is fun, chic and sophisticated all at the same time. Each item is cased in an adorable compact or cute bottle and comes in an equally delightful box. The quality of the eyeshadows (singles & palettes), blushes, pearl powders, lipsticks and glosses are all incredible and high in both pigment and quality. The compact designs are adorable and will appeal to those young at heart, but are sophisticated enough to appeal to any age.

I’m going to do a series on my Paul & Joe collection in the upcoming week to help my fellow readers get a better idea of what the products look like in real life. While I do have access to most brands, there are quite a few that I do not, so I understand the pain many of you go through of not having in-person access to some lines. I hope this series will help!

How I found out about the line: I have 3 Paul & Joe Beaute aficionadas to blame for my addiction: Haru at Rouge Deluxe, Parsi & Joeybunny – all of whom have been invaluable in answering my millions of questions about the line. In addition, I have found Japanese Beauty Magazines to very helpful in featuring great photos and how-to’s.

Purchasing/deciding on colors: Since I don’t have access to the line within reasonable driving distance, I’ve relied heavily on other makeup addicts, blogs, e-bay photos, and various Japanese magazines as well as over-the-phone descriptions to help me decide what to buy. Websites like dermstore.com and beautyhabit.com actually have a color description for each color you click on which has helped tremendously. Still there is no substitute for seeing and trying things in person, so often times it’s just biting the bullet to buy and hope for the best.

Where to buy: Since I am in the US, I will focus on the locations within the US. There should be listings by country on the Paul & Joe Beauty Website though. I have purchased my Paul & Joe products at the following locations (this is not all inclusive of all P&J retailers, just the ones I’ve bought from):

  • Bergdorf Goodman, New York: I love the girls at P&J Bergdorfs counter. Super friendly and fun, they are great at recommending colors. They have super-cute gifts with purchases at various events. Ask for Caroline or Hettie at the counter, they are fabulous! If you call them, also ask about their exclusive Paul & Joe Club Card program. The first week of December, BG will have their $25 off $100 purchase gift card event. They usually have really cute gifts with purchases featuring generously sized skincare samples.
  • The Primping Parleur: A salon/boutique in Brea, California. They have the largest selection of limited edition P&J products that are hard to find elsewhere (that I know of), along with all the regular P&J products. Right now they are having a 20% friends & family discount for November with the code NOVFAMILY. Fast shipping, nice samples and all packaged in a cute box. They also carry other brands like Becca & Kevyn Aucoin to name a few. Check out their website for events and boutique information!
  • Beautyhabit.com: Since the Beauty Habit boutique isn’t near me, I opted to shop online. They also carry various limited edition products and have some of the shades that have been discontinued too! They are also having a 20% discount with the code INSTYLE until the end of the month.
  • Dermstore.com: An online boutique that features a 10% discount on items that are part of your favorites list. They carry some of the older discontinued colors too.

What to look for in this series: I am going to do a feature per product item (ie nails, eyes, palettes etc.) with photos and swatches (when I can).

Any other resources, experiences, links you’d like to share?
Please let me know! I have found a few blogs that have featured a bit of Paul & Joe here and there. These are my resources, I’d love to hear yours:

Keep your eyes opened for the upcoming features! In the meantime, check out the Paul & Joe Website and their Facebook Fan Page 🙂 I have featured Paul & Joe previously, so click on the label/tag at the bottom of this post to see what I’ve featured so far. I’d like to invite any other Paul & Joe fans to submit any photos or reviews of their collection to be featured on The Beauty Look Book too! Just contact me through the side bar to discuss an idea with me.

Or, if you have your own blog and want to write about your Paul & Joe items, let me know and I’ll link you!

A few disclaimers: I am not affiliated with any of the retailers listed above (other than just being a happy customer). Also, you may notice that all the lipsticks are new. To address some questions I’ve been asked in the past, I am not just a collector, I actually do use the makeup. I try to take photos as soon as I get something before it’s used for a cleaner look.

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