The Beautiful Beasts in Paul & Joe’s Menagerie Are Wild About Laid-Back Color: The Spring 2015 Menagerie Collection Face and Eye Color CS Palettes

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Wearing the new Paul & Joe Face & Eye Colors in CS 0996 and CS 094 from the spring 2015 Menagerie collection

Wearing the new Paul & Joe Face & Eye Colors in CS 096 and CS 094 from the spring 2015 Menagerie collection

Paul & Joe’s spring Menagerie collection is not simply a collection of printed animals on powder pans. It is a representation of my not-too-distant future, a future in which I am a woman of advancing years living on a farm on the Big Island of Hawaii surrounding by cats (obviously) and various other fauna.

Despite El Hub’s protests, we adopt a hippo and an elephant, in addition to ducks (and cats), and all of them live together harmoniously, much as they do on these pans. πŸ™‚

Paul & Joe Menagerie Spring 2015 collection Face & Eye Color CS from the left: Elephanteau (096), Les Flamants Roses (094) and Girafe (095), $39 each

The $39 Face & Eye Color CS palettes from the left in Elephanteau (096), Girafe (095) and Les Flamants Roses (094)

I think I’m physically incapable of not smiling when I look at these limited edition palettes, and they’re also a lot of fun to use, especially on casual makeup days when I’m rocking a ponytail, white tee and jeans (with my ASPCA cat Vans).

Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color in CS 096

Face & Eye Color in Elephanteau CS 096

The powders are multifunctional eyeshadows/blushes/highlighters and can be used on your eyes and cheeks.

Paul & Joe Menagerie Spring 2015 Face & Eye Color CS in Les Flamants Roses

Face & Eye Color in Girafe CS 095

They also smell like candy hearts. πŸ™‚ And the scent is fairly strong (typical of Paul & Joe). Luckily, I like it.

Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color in CS 094

Face & Eye Color in Les Flamants Roses CS 094

Just like real life on a farm, these animals have jobs. The cat moonlights as an eyeshadow, the hippo works as an accent shade for eyes, the duck dances as a highlighter, and the elephant assists cheeks (while also doubling as an eye color).

Really, though, you can use any of them on your eyes or face, although Greta in the cube next to you might roll her eyes if she sees you wearing the blue hippo on your cheeks.

But who cares? Do it anyway. I did the other day, haha! I wanted to see how the eyeshadows would work on my cheeks, and they worked great. The smooth, easy-to-blend powders deposit a tiny bit of fallout, but it’s not enough to warrant calling the avenging makeup angels down to unleash their wrath of fire and brimstone. Nothing like that.

Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color in CS 096 Swatches

Face & Eye Color in Elephanteau CS 096

Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color in CS 095 Swatches

Face & Eye Color in Girafe CS 095

Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color in CS 094 Swatches

Face & Eye Color in Les Flamants Roses CS 094

Dude, these animals are chill. All they want to do is laze about and keep it casual, ma. Ideal for diaphanous washes of color and softly glowing eyes and cheeks; not ideal for bold, high-impact makeup, as the colors aren’t heavily pigmented. They’re more in the sheer-to-medium range.

Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color in CS 0996 and CS 094

Wearing Paul & Joe Face & Eye Colors in Elephanteau CS 096 and Les Flamants Roses CS 094 on my eyes and cheeks; MAC Please Me Lipstick on my lips

Each of the three palettes contains four color-coordinated shades.

Les Flamantes Roses CS 094, the box with the flamingos on the front, has a soft matte taupe eyeshadow, a sheer and satiny blue accent color, a shimmery light pink highlighter and a matte pinkish red blush.

Paul & Joe Spring 2015

Face & Eye Colors from the left: CS 096, CS 095 and CS 094

The box with the jungle cats is codenamed Girafe CS 095. It’s the one for animal lovers who like warm shades. Your eyes will glow with a shimmery brown and a sheer lemony gold, while your cheeks light up with warm beige and satiny copper.

Paul & Joe Spring 2015

OK, call me crazy (I know you want to), but I wish the design on the last box, Elephanteau CS 096, the one with the zebras and toucans, was also the wallpaper in my bathroom.

That would be so cool!

This one has a satiny grayish taupe eyeshadow, a shimmery teal eyeshadow (the most pigmented of all the shades), a pearlescent pinkish beige highlighter and a sheer satiny rose blush.

You’ll find all of them on P&J counters and online right meow at for $39 each.

PRICE: $39
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition for spring 2015, and available now at Paul & Joe counters and online at

Speaking of animals…

I passed a family of deer on my walk at lunch! They were just a few feet away, right around the corner from my house.

I snapped some pics with my phone, but le sigh… They didn’t turn out. I moved too slowly because I didn’t want to make the deer nervous.

Sometimes I get lucky, though, and get some pics, like these from a couple years ago of a (then) young buck who chilled out in my yard.


Apparently, he wasn’t interested in modeling as a career because he never came back, LOL!

Are there any neighborhood animals where you live?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Debra says:

    I like the Elephant and the Giraffe! Maybe Giraffe a touch more.

    We used to have a family of deer in our fenced-off “horse” property (that has not seen a horse in over a decade). They used to come to the patio and eat off of the row of ice plants like they were a buffet. I got to know Do-ey quite well and she’d watch me work in the sunroom.

    Her 2 little ones grew up I guess and the family moved away!! But for a couple of years I would visit with them, slowly at first and then the mother let the fawns come closer.

    They did eat all of my zinnias though. Naturally, I kept Bridget in another room during my deer time. (I sneak off to visit the c-a-t-s too but I think she knows it . . .)

  2. Colleen says:

    These are SO CUTE! Though, knowing me, I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to use them and mess them up!

    As for neighborhood animals, we have groundhogs, turkey, and deer (depending on the time of year). It’s funny, it never occurred to me that there are different kinds of deer throughout the US! I live in Maine and the deer here don’t have the interesting dark brown patch on their forehead like the one you have pictured here!

  3. You look so springy-fresh in these shades! I picked up Les Flamants Roses but haven’t used it yet. I’m excited about these leaning sheer because sometimes there is beauty in the quieter finishes. The design alone is so cute and unique!

    Wow! Deer! We just have birds. I’m happy to say we have a brown thrasher (the state bird of GA!) who eats breakfast and dinner on our porch which is pretty cool!

    Happy Monday, Karen!
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  4. Vero says:

    OMG these are so cute! I’ve been looking for a pink like the one in CS 094 and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t get this.

  5. Fancie says:

    I just love animals so I think these palettes are like the best thing since sliced bread lol. I’d love to get my hands on that Girafe palette! And take some cool animal shots like the ones you captured. How beautiful is that first shot?!
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  6. astou says:

    I Love the Girafe colours !!! So pretty.

  7. These are basically toys for grown-up girls, I love ’em πŸ˜€ Girafe is the prettiest of ’em all imo.
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  8. Kim says:

    I do realize this is a makeup blog and not a packaging blog but I literally squeed when I saw the cartons for these. The cut-out elephant and little, gold butterfly? Too cute for words. πŸ™‚

    Wildlife abounds in our neck of the woods but we live in the village so our yard usually only sees bunnies, skunks, raccoons, foxes and other small animals. We do have a ton of deer and turkeys in the area, though. Last year we even had a swan in the lake. This fall was amazing for geese. We had thousands, packed like lemmings!

    PS Not a super start to the day. I knew I should have put in a Sephora order 6 seconds after seeing that a Tom Ford lipstick was a 100 point reward. Naturally, it was gone by this AM. πŸ™

    • Majick says:

      Kim, I feel ya on the Tom Ford 100 point reward. I got the email for it about 8 hours after I put in my birthday order. UGH! I always feel like I miss out. LOL I guess I should be happy that the VIB b-day gift is a few NARS lippies.
      I’m sorry you missed out on the lippie.

      • Karen says:

        I find it interesting that they had a Tom Ford lippie as a treat since Sephora doesn’t carry the makeup. I wonder if they’re going to start carrying TF soon!

        • Kim says:

          You’re right. I had hoped to find the brow pencil there but was disappointed they didn’t carry any of his makeup. It would be nice if they started. Well, not for my wallet. πŸ™‚ Depending on the number of freebies they had, if this was a test to gauge interest, I’d say it was a success!

      • Kim says:

        Thanks, Majick! That’s a bummer that you missed it, too. Good deal on the b’day gift – mine is coming up next month so that will be something to look forward to. Thanks for the head’s up! πŸ™‚

  9. Kelly B. says:

    I have always loved Paul & Joe simply because of the detail and time they put into their packaging & presentation, it definitely makes a difference!
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  10. Jenny says:

    I would love to own any of these, just to look at them. I don’t know if I could ever disturb their pretty patterns! Also, that deer has antlers. Me thinks he can’t be so much of a baby, right? There’s about 8 deer that camp out in my yard each night and eat all my shrubbery. I give up on landscaping!
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  11. Vonnie says:

    Those are so cute I’d just want them as decorations for my vanity! I’d bee too afraid to use them and mess it up πŸ™‚
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  12. I was disappointed in the lack of pigment except for the blush–wowza!
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  13. Majick says:

    ANIMALS! Love every last one of them…LOL. We have a very animal friendly yard. Raccoons,possums, skunks, all kinds of east coast birds including a sharpshin hawk, red tail hawk, and a bald eagle.
    there are also aquatic critters and such because we have quite a few ponds also. Across the street is a wetland and there are geese, ducks, and a pair of swans. OH and seagulls, cn’t live near the beach and not have seagulls.
    Our neighborhood also has Big Grey (the govenor of the street cats), Tiger (aka pink nose), little grey girl (she’s new), and the big black and white tuxedo (think this cat belongs to our neighbor Kevin). All these cats belong to someone but also visit us regularly. It’s really hilarious but they all have their habits. Big Grey comes to our pond EVERYday for a drink, he jumps over our neighbors dogs to get into her house for a nap, and he visits everyone. Everyone loves him too.
    Tiger used to come home with “so many pretty fish, I don’t know where he gets them” – hey lady, how about OUR POND! lmao, the fish finally got a little bigger and smarter and Tiger is a little older now. LOL But he still visits our yard EVERYday, his favorite spot is under the pine tree by the gargoyle statue (he particularly likes to knock the gargoyle off his stand).
    THe raccoons we see almost every night. The skunk only a couple of times recently and the possum is usually nightly too.
    My husband watched the sharpshin hawk eat a bird in our back courtyard the other day. He said it took him 13 minutes to pluck and eat him. Not such a great story but everyone has to eat.
    sorry for the long blurb but animals are really exciting to me. I love that you are also animal friendly.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Majick,

      I LOVED reading about the animals in your neighborhood, especially the cats. What’s Little Grey Girl like? Is she friendly?

      Funny, but I give the kitties in my ‘hood nick names too.

  14. Erin says:

    Maybe the buck came back but Tabs threw him some shade?

    I love the ethereal eye look you have, it’s perfect for spring!
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  15. I saw theae on insta and I was smiling an blushing seeing those cutie animals in a makeup collection. The palettes are just so pretty to be put to use πŸ˜‰

    I loved the blue pink combo the most which u used for but eyes.. Looks fantabulous.. I am still wondering how would the blue cheeks look like. πŸ˜‰

    I shall get these.. May be just as a cute addition to my makeup collection πŸ˜‰
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