Paul & Joe, those purr-veyors of pretty products for makeup-loving cat ladies, have a new summer collection out, and in a shocking development, it features absolutely no cats (other than the one I hired to model for the top picture’s background).
As in NADA GATOS.
Wait — what?
That’s right! The theme for the limited edition summer 2015 collection is Midnight Sangria.
Obviously, this is throwing off my internal crazy cat lady barometer…so I have supplemented these photos with additional cats. 🙂
The collection includes five nail polishes, three eyeshadow duos, three lipglosses, five mascaras and again, zero cats.
Despite the lack of kitty action, I still think the collection is beautiful, and the products are easy to wear.
For starters, in terms of application, you can leave your brushes behind, because Paul & Joe designed the eyeshadow duos (which combine a shimmery neutral shade with a shimmery pop of blue, green or bronze) and sheer glosses to be applied quickly on your lids and lips with a finger. Just add one or two coats of mascara, and you’re done.
Then, with all of the time you will have saved applying your makeup, you’ll be able focus on your claws/paws by painting them with one of the collection’s five nail polishes.
After playing with all three eyeshadow duos, one of the glosses and four of the five nail polishes, I like the nail polishes and eyeshadow duos the best.
The bright polishes are so BOMB. They dry quickly (10 minutes, give or take), shine brightly, and the creamy shades (the red, yellow and pink) are filled to the brim with pigment. Just as a heads up, though, the one that appears to be the darkest based on the bottle, Crushed Grapes 006, is actually sheer.
As for wear time, all of them last a while, even without a base or top coat. Like three or four days, which seems pretty good to me, seeing as how I’m rougher on my nails than a cat’s tongue.
Oh, and this is nice: they smell really great! I believe the polishes are scented, because when they dry, I smell jasmine on my claws.
As for the eyeshadow duos, also great. Paul & Joe normally does moderately pigmented shadows, but Mambo Mambo 001, Ole 002 and Argentine Tango 003 are all a little more pigmented than usual for the brand.
Yes, they’re also shimmery, but the shimmer particles are fine, so my fine lines are like, “It’s coo’, baby girl. It’s coo’.”
I’m not head-over-heels in love with the lipgloss, to be honest, because the formula feels a little too sticky for my taste, and I swear that my lips feel drier after wearing it, but at least it doesn’t disappear in a flash. I get three or four hours of wear time.
The Paul & Joe summer 2015 Midnight Sangria collection includes…
- Eye Color M in bronze and gold Mambo Mambo 001, teal and pink Ole 002, gold and plum Argentine Tango 003 ($28 each)
- Lip Gloss M in red and yellow Midnight Sangria 001, pink and green Strawberry Kiwi 002, red and yellow Sanguinello 003 ($26 each)
- Nail Polish in sheer grape Crushed Grapes 006, creamy orangey red Annattoo 007, creamy tropical pink Dragon Fruit 008, creamy yellow-green Bitter Lime 009 and milky beige Creme de Cacao 010 ($16 each)
- Smudgeproof Mascara in vivid blue Blue Hibiscus 001, vivid pink Pink Samba 002, black Noir 01, brown Brun 02 ($26 each)
- Waterproof Mascara Duo in Noir ($30)
You can find the limited edition Paul & Joe summer 2015 Midnight Sangria collection online now and at Paul & Joe counters.
It’s BYOK (Bring Your Own Kitties).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,