The Paul & Joe Spring 2016 Collection: Sometimes Versatility Comes in Small, Lovely Packaging

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Paul & Joe Spring 2016

My makeup looks tend to be simple. As I don’t often wear a full face of makeup, I opt for what I know, and what I find suits my lifestyle, as I’m sure most of us do.


What I’m talking about, I guess, is convenience, and convenience is just one of the many things that makes these few products from the Paul & Joe Spring 2016 Collection special.

Launched as a cosmetics line in 2002, and named after owner Sophie Mechaly’s two sons, feline-fabulous brand Paul & Joe has been a French staple since 1995, when it began as a menswear company before expanding into womenswear and children’s fashion.

Now available in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, the line has expanded significantly since its start.

Their philosophy says it all:

“Thoroughly enjoying life, valuing every moment- that is the philosophy of Parisians and Sophie Melachy herself. PAUL & JOE BEAUTE projects a lifestyle that brims over with a sense of happiness and well-being.”

Happiness is a present element when it comes to the packaging of these gorgeous spring products. This week I got my hands on the beautiful #11 compact, as well the #101 face and eye color combo, the #2 cream blush, and the #7 powder blush.

The compact itself is sold separately, and the products, such as the blushes, are designed to be interchangeable with the compact. This packaging is incredibly convenient for touchups throughout the day.

Paul & Joe Spring 2016 Creamy Blush and Powder Blush

The Face and Eye Color Palette, the largest of the four products shown here, is also my favorite.

It’s stunning! And although I’m really not a fan of perfumed cosmetics, I can’t help myself. I like it here (it’s faintly citrusy with a hint of lily).

Paul & Joe Spring 2016 Face and Eye Color Palette

One of the few French words I can actually remember is the word for butterfly (papillon)

How adorable is that?! Give me pop-up packaging in everything I buy, please.

Eye color P and Cheek color P are both intense, but once applied and properly blended, can lend themselves to a multitude of looks. Blush #07 feels like satin and leaves a beautiful shimmer.

Paul & Joe Spring 2016

Like a sunset in a compact…

Of the three cheek colors, this duo is my favorite. It provides a stunning glow that doesn’t leave me feeling like an oompa-loompa.

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From top to bottom: cheek color P, powder blush #07, cream blush #02

The first look I tried was reminiscent of my go to — a simple cat eye and a bold lip.

I enjoy using eye shadow to line my eyes, mostly because at the end of the day when my wings are smudged, they tend to just look like a smokey eye, instead of a botched eyeliner job.

Paul & Joe Spring 2016

Eye color P as an eyeliner

This is probably my overall favorite of these products here to wear. For this I used the copper shade as an eyeliner, wetting an angled brush for application. I do this regularly because I like the effect it gives.

Often, with this method, my eyeliner eventually smudges and fades, but with this formula, it stays put. I’m wearing cheek color P in these photos as well, although I’m afraid with my red lip, it might not have been the best choice…

Paul & Joe Spring 2016

It matches my glasses! NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies on the lips.

My last look with this duo is wearing the copper shade all over my lid with the pink buffed into the crease. On my cheeks I’m wearing the cream blush in #7, using Carolina’s “lit from within” technique. I have a tendency to look rosy anyways, and I didn’t want to look too red!

Paul & Joe Spring 2016

Eye color P in action

These colors are vibrant and exciting, and wearing them every day definitely puts me in the mood for spring.

Unfortunately, the snow that hit New York on the first day of spring dampened that a little, but the sunshine immediately after helped. Working with these colors the past week to see how they can be worn has reminded me to look for versatility in the colors that I wear. I’m excited to go through my collection and see what I can work with. 🙂

I even tried a curling wand this week!

I even tried a curling wand this week!

Do you own any Paul & Joe makeup? Do you like French beauty products? And are you as intimidated by new hair tools as I am?

Marcella Yakalis

Marcella Yakalis is a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York, with two cats, one snake, and one very patient boyfriend. She writes about family, relationships, and oppressive retail culture. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.


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  1. Nivedita says:

    Can it get more spring than this? The collection is remindind me of flowers and butterflies fluttering around.
    I love how simple the looks is, with a pop of color here and there.
    I have to get the Cherry Skies now. Looks like it would work across several skin colors.
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    • Marcella Yakalis says:

      Right? It’s so much fun. Cherry Skies is sooo nice. It is a little drying, so make sure to have some balm on hand!

  2. Even though I’ve never actually tried a Paul & Joe product I really loooooove the look of their products. The packaging is always so darn pretty! The shades in this season’s collection look really nice.
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  3. Chris25 says:

    The packaging is beautiful and so French! Definitely helps to put me in a spring mood,even with the chilly weather. Also, I love those colors on you. The coppery wing was a fabulous touch.
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  4. Fran says:

    Paul & Joe packaging always looks like so much fun! There isn’t anywhere near me to take a look at the products in real life before buying, so I’ve yet to try them.

    You had much better luck with your curling wand than I’ve had with mine so far! My hair is reluctant to take a curl, I’m reluctant to use high heat, and what curl does take falls out really, really fast… maybe there’s a product or technique out there that will help…

    • Marcella Yakalis says:

      My hair NEVER holds a curl. The curling wand has been the first time it’s ever held one. I have one from Bedhead brand, it’s wider at the top of the barrel and thinner at the bottom for an overall better curl. It doesn’t have adjustable heat settings but I use a heat protector spray beforehand and don’t hold the curl on the barrel for very long. Also, a good hairspray afterward!

  5. I am incredibly intimidated by new hair tools!
    The packaging would be too “cute” for my taste, but the No 07 blush looks absolutely stunning!
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  6. Allison C says:

    The blush duo is gorgeous! I’m awaiting the pressed powder. I’m eager to try it because I’ve never used any Paul & Joe makeup before
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  7. Joyce says:

    Paul and Joe always have fun and cute packaging. I remember they came out with a highlighter a couple of years ago with a butterfly print and it was too gorgeous to use. Reminds me of spring, so lovely.
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  8. Rachel R. says:

    Beautiful products and packaging. That pop up butterfly packaging is everything. I love butterflies. I have a huge butterfly tattooed on my arm, some on my foot, and a fairy with butterfly wings on my chest.

  9. Erin says:

    I always love their packaging!
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