Thursday, July 1, 2010

Paul & Joe Eye Glosses: Celestial, Halo & Murmur

I've been eyeing the Paul & Joe Eye Glosses for over a year and finally decided to purchase them to try them out. Another lemming-inspired purchase influenced by bloggers I adore and trust. I am a skeptic by nature and for me reviews are sometimes hard to decipher. We all have different tastes, opinions, and preferences, so what works for some might not be my cup of tea. I don't have immediate access to Paul & Joe in person, so these reviews gave me a good idea of what to expect. Each have their own unique style, but there are multiple items they've reviewed on occasion that I love, so I found their perspective and descriptions extremely helpful. Check out their reviews:
  • Lotus Palace's review of Halo 04 + eye swatch here
  • Josie's review of Celestial 01 and Murmur 05 + swatches here
  • Gaia's review of Moonlight 03 and Murmur 05 + swatches here
  • Tali's review of Celestial 01 + eye swatch here
The Eye Glosses retail for $24 each and come in a tube with a sponge tipped application with a whipped gel type of formula. My picks from Beautyhabit (online) & Bergdorfs (instore) in 01 Celestial (sparkling pale gold), 04 Halo (light frosted cool pink), and 05 Murmur (shimmering grey-taupe) are shown below:






The first one I played with was Murmur 05, a shimmering grey-taupe. It took some experimenting before I could get the application right. My first tries left me with either a finish that was too sheer or lop-sided (because they dry pretty fast). I found this one works best when applied in light layers. They dry and set pretty fast once brushed onto the eyelid, so I had to use my cream eyeshadow brush to apply in quick strokes blending fast. I like this one just by itself with mascara.

Next, I tried Celestial 01, a super sparkly pale gold. When it comes to shimmer, we all have our own personal preference for how much shimmer we feel comfortable with. I have to say this one is a lovely shade of pale gold, but the sparkle factor is extremely intense! Gaia from The Non-Blonde described it perfectly when she says it's more for date night. We have similar tastes in brands and products, just typically pick colors on different ends of the spectrum. I'm all about shimmer, but I'm pushing 30 and this seems a bit over the top for conservative-me. It's borderline glittery. Gorgeous, but it's definitely out of my comfort zone.

Halo 04 was the last one I tried out, a cool pale pink shimmer. It's sparkly as well, but the finish is less glittery than Celestial. This one blends to a lovely pink shimmer wash.

So the verdict - I like the packaging and the lasting power. They dry fast, but once they are set, they stay put. Murmur is lovely when layered properly on the eye and is subtle enough for everyday wear. Halo and Celestial are a few notches up in the shimmer factor. I think these are better suited for going out. I could possibly wear Halo (the pink one) for every day, but only when applied with a light hand.

If you've tried these - what are your thoughts? Are there any other colors you feel are must-haves or must-try-outs? If you've reviewed it feel free to link in the comments below :)

Or if you have any suggestions on what you coordinate with these I'm all ears!

7 comments:

  1. Lovely shades! I love goldy pastels!!

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  2. Thank you for review, I wanted to get these myself but now I am not even sure because I am also not a huge fan of too shimmery eye shadows!

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  3. I got all 5 eyeglosses and a huge fan of them cos it's so easy to use. I use 04 halo as a base then layer with my normal eyeshadows.

    From what I hear these eyeglosses are now discontinued by p&j so i'm surprised u managed to get them.

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  4. Very nice shades! Maybe too shimmer for me ;)

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  5. omg these are gorgeous colors! thought they were lippies at first..hehe.

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  6. Paul & Joe makeup is always so adorable. It is my favorite brand that I've never tried, haha. Great swatches, btw. I'd love to pick up this eye gloss in all of the colors you've shown. Thanks for the review!

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  7. Aw shucks =D I always get so flattered when you mention me in a post.

    Celestial is incredibly sparkly and I found that it works best under a matte shadow - it changes the dimension of the shadow, but the matte shadow knocks down the intensity of the shimmer!

    xoxo

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