I adore everything about Paul & Joe Beauté makeup, but a couple of things really stand out for me.
First is their adorable, feminine, fanciful packaging. Recently, I reviewed a couple of their eyeshadow quads in charming print compacts here as well as their girlie primer here. Second is the heavenly scent that the brand fragrances many of their products with. I often apply their Silky Pressed Powder (reviewed here) just so I can get a whiff! I wish I could describe the scent because it’s unlike anything I have ever smelled. It’s sweetish, slightly floral, slightly powdery, and totally unusual. And for a scent-lover like me, it’s wonderful that it doesn’t disappear immediately. I love that it lingers a bit.
So I mention those two Paul & Joe Beauté characteristics because their new Gel Foundation and Compact fits that bill to a T!
Like the eyeshadow quads that I mentioned above, the Gel Foundation and its Mirrored Compact are sold separately.
After you finish up the foundation, you can buy the foundation on its own and just pop it into the pretty pearlized plastic embossed compact. Environmentally-friendlier and no need to buy another compact.
BTW, it comes with a handy mirror and flat blending sponge that is a useful tool and that is fairly easy to clean.
The water-based gel foundation has an amazingly lightweight solid creamy texture. P&J refer to it as a “veil”, and I think it’s a perfect description. It’s great for summer because it feels like I’m not wearing any foundation at all!
Although Paul & Joe describe it as full coverage, I’d say it’s medium coverage that looks very natural on me. My freckles do show through, but maybe I could do a second application. On other people, it may provide more coverage. Another thing I love about it is its easy to carry it with me to touch up.
Paul & Joe Beauté Gel Foundation is sooooooo hydrating. It really feels like wearing a skincare product rather than makeup. Although I just said that it’s great for summer because it’s so lightweight, it’ll be terrific for winter too because it’s so hydrating. It’s got about a million hydrating ingredients in it. The key hydrators include:
- a dual form of marine collagen that has hyaluronic acid and amino acids
- theanine, a constituent of green tea that retains a high degree of moisture in all environmental conditions
as well as Great Burnet extract, oyster extract, pearl calc, green tea extract, and zostera marina extract. A number of ingredients that I am unfamiliar with but cool nonetheless.
The foundation is also formulated with two different powders that:
- both even and brighten skin tone
- diffuse reflected light
- make pores less visible.
I chose the lightest shade (10) of five available shades that range from Fair to Medium or so IMO. The shade looks darker in the pan than it does on my face or in a swatch.
It’s a good match for my face which because I wear sunscreen is now slightly lighter than my neck and chest though I wear sunscreen on them too!
In addition to loving the lightweight feel, I just love the scent of Paul & Joe Beauté Gel Foundation. In fact, I often reach for the Gel Foundation because the lovely scent is so calming.
Paul & Joe Beauté Gel Foundation is priced at $32 and the Gel Foundation Case/Mirrored Compact is $18. It is sold on BeautyHabit.com. Made in Japan.
All in all I found Paul & Joe Beaute Gel Foundation to be quite similar to IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream: it comes in the same form, it’s about the same weight on the skin and about the same coverage. Although Confidence In A Cream offers 7 shades to P&J’s 5 shades, I found the IT Confidence In A Cream shades to skew a bit yellow for my more pink-toned skin. The key differences are that Confidence In A Cream contains a substantial sunscreen, and I don’t think Paul & Joe Gel Foundation has sunscreen. But I love the Paul & Joe fragrance. Glad I have both!
What do you think? Is this Gel Foundation from Paul & Joe something you’d consider?