Many many moons ago, I picked up the Paul & Joe Powder Foundation at a sale. I’ve received many requests to review it and its not that I’m not listening. I just never got round to using it! I can’t do it justice if I don’t wear it right?
Well now I have so now we have a review of the Paul & Joe powder foundation :D
I’m not one usually swayed by packaging, but the foundation case dragged me in hook line and sinker! Its got a pearlescent sheen to it and is so pretty.
I’m pretty fair so I purchased mine in 11 – Natural. I find the colours tend to be in the safe spectrum to cater to the fair to medium skin toned. Too fair and you’d have a problem. Too dark and you’d have a problem too!
If I have one thing to nitpick about the packaging is the sponge. The powder foundation is a round pan as opposed to a rectangle pan. As a result, the space in the case is a little irregular. But the sponge does not fit :P So yes, nitpicking!
That aside, the Paul & Joe powder foundation is a dream. It feels silky smooth to the touch and applies light with medium coverage. One swipe with the sponge on my skin and I can see that its visibly evened out the skin texture.
One thing I noticed was that throughout the day, I did not get oily and my skin felt silky soft and velvety the whole day. Initially I didn’t know if its the Paul & Joe powder foundation, or my Vichy Pore Refine Essence so I wore the foundation without using the Vichy essence. It retained the same silky smooth feel – LOVE! :D It does work better together so I’m keeping them together.
As I said, coverage is medium which I’m happy with, and its a Dual Powder Foundation which means it can be used wet or dry. Wet gives you more coverage but I’m happy using it dry. You can also use a brush to apply for slightly sheerer coverage.
The compact with powder retailed for RM159 and can be refilled which is a bit of savings because the pan is slightly cheaper. I’m not sure if prices have gone up recently. I will however consider repurchasing this foundation once I run out because, yes, its THAT good!
In Malaysia, Paul & Joe is presently available at Isetan Lot 10, Parkson KLCC, Parkson Subang Parade or you can also purchase it off StrawberryNET.com for a nice little discount ;)
Pros: Soft silky feel, Light-medium coverage
Cons: Nitpicking about the sponge shape, Pricey
Paul & Joe vs Anna Sui powder foundation
Reader Monstro asked in a comment how the new Anna Sui Moisture Rich powder foundation compares to this Paul & Joe powder foundation. Just very quickly, I’m going to say that they are both good and comparable.
Both powders feel light and velvety on the skin and both do not dry my skin out. The Paul & Joe powder has a slight pink cast while the Anna Sui one seems to have a more beige/yellow cast. Paul & Joe has no scent while Anna Sui’s has a light rose scent. Paul & Joe’s compact is easier to tote around while Anna Sui’s is bulkier.
Otherwise, they are both comparable even in terms of pricing. I’d reckon you’d be happy with the quality of either powder foundation. They both have a firm place in my foundation collection. However, Paul & Joe powder pips it for me because of the lack of scent – its a personal thing :)