I wish this meant I saved my money on new makeup, but I see myself in the middle of beauty shopping for the new season anyway...I am not exactly buying the new season stuff, is all. (*sigh*)
I had some credit available from SkincareRX sponsorship, so I decided to splurge on some high-end base makeup items from Apothica.com.
I ordered Paul & Joe Powder Compact Foundation in Cameo, Light Cream Foundation in Alabaster and the oil blotting papers from summer 2012 collection.
my Paul & Joe haul from Apothica
(Some of you have already seen this pic from my instagram. :) )
I am not going to deny how this beautiful packaging played a big part in my purchase.
They are "grownup girly"! I am in love with this soft pink and white colors and embossed flower designs. :)
Paul & Joe Powder Compact Foundation
Yes, it provides sun protection. :)
comparison - Compact Powder Foundation & Pressed Powder compacts
I have their Pressed Powder compact in Vanilla (002) shade which is the prettiest illuminator in my opinion.
The powder compact is in lighter color but in the same design and size. :)
Comes with a quality sponge
Paul & Joe Powder Compact Foundation in Cameo (101)
It is a bright light ochre shade.
See the product description here.
I am not new to Paul & Joe base makeup and I've always liked them and even repurchased a few times.
It is sometimes hard to find a good color match, but their quality is great especially for the powder makeup.
(I don't know why Sephora stopped carrying this brand. ;-/)
The powder is finely milled and it stays for long time without oxidizing too much. It provides just enough coverage with added sun protection. This is perfect for me since I only use powder foundation for touch-up. :)
Now, moving on to Light Cream Foundation..
Again, beautiful luxurious packaging
It comes in white glass bottle with pink plastic pump and stopper.
About the color, I freaked out a little bit because Alabaster (00) looked too white and pasty on my arm. ;o
Very light white beige with yellow undertone
Once blended in, it is no problem! (whew;)
I tried it on my face to make sure and I see this color brightens up my complexion a little bit but blends in beautifully. I don't see any pasty masky face, if you know what I mean.
This is quite surprising and somewhat hard to understand because the color Alabaster is way lighter than any of my foundation.
1. Paul & Joe Light Cream Foundation Alabaster (00)
2. Maybelline Fit Me 110
3. L'Oreal True Match N 1
4. Revlon PhotoReady Shell (003)
5. Revlon ColorStay Buff
I guess it is all about blendability cause for example, Maybellin Fit Me 110 (swatch no.2) looks very ghostly on me although it looks darker than Paul & Joe Light Cream Foundation in Alabaster (swatch no.1).
The foundation itself feels light on and evens out the skintone very well. It seems to be water resistant.
This is lightly scented with faint white floral, fyi.See the product info here.
Lastly, the blotting paper..
pretty, huh? :)
It is not the most convenient design, though.
Price is not bad ($5) for these quality papers.
This is a refill but I don't think I would need additional case. It is pretty as it is. :-)
Overall, I am very happy with my haulage and it led to another purchase in the name of "fall beauty shopping", but that is for another day's post. ;)
Thanks for reading!
Have you hauled some beauty items for the new season? :)