Friday, 28 May 2010

FOTD with Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer UV

A few readers asked for reviews of the Paul & Joe Foundation Primer UV so I tried it out today as the base under Maquillage Lasting Powdery UV EX foundation in Pink Ochre 10.

The light beige primer has SPF40 and PA++ but surprisingly, the texture is a very light cream that spreads very smoothly and absorbs easily without any whitish cast or greasy feeling. It does help to even out my skintone and reduce the appearance of small pores. The coverage is light, so you will need a separate concealer for under eye circles and blemishes. It is moisturising enough that I can skip applying a separate moisturiser after cleansing my face. (If I apply a moisturiser, plus a primer and foundation on top, it's virtually guaranteed that my T-zone will be shining like a disco ball in less than an hour. So I usually skip moisturiser if I am using a primer.)

Here's the ingredient list (not paraben-free). It does contain silicones but it's not a glue-like silicone-heavy primer like Smashbox Photofinish. The Paul & Joe primer costs S$49 for 26.9ml but you can get it as part of a S$90 set right now that also includes a Face Color and a lipstick.

The Paul & Joe Foundation Primer did help to create a smooth canvas that made it easier to apply and blend my powder foundation. In terms of oil control, it was actually better than I expected because the previous Paul & Joe primers that I've tried were usually not good at preventing shine. With this primer, I had to blot about every 2 hours. After trying out the Maquillage Lasting Powdery UV EX foundation for a week, it's safe to say that it's definitely not as good as the Maquillage Lasting Stick Foudation. The Lasting Stick Foundation provides much better coverage, lasting power and a more flawless finish.

I am wearing only Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Purple on my lips. As you can see, it gives a lovely wash of colour. It is quite moisturising and non-sticky. I also liked the Paul & Joe Face Color #7 very much but it's difficult to capture it accurately in the pics.

I liked how the liner turned out here! First I used MAC Fly-by-Blu Pearlglide liner on my upper lashline and the outer half of my lower lashlined. Then I layered Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Liner over the upper lashline, drawing it out to create the upward flick. The glint of blue that you see on the lower lashline is Fly-by-Blu. I have tried using the Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Liner on my lower lashline but somehow it always ends up looking messy so I usually end up wiping it off. The eyeshadow is very simple, just Beaute de Kose Eye Fantasist SP063 Dark Cherry from the lashline to the crease and Chantecaille Menthe Iridescent Eyeshadow over the browbone area.

Thanks for reading!


Unknown said...

wow.... now I really would like to get the blush, it so pretty! Paul&joe colors sometime look more vibrant than others and this face color is gorgeous. I like the way you lined your eyes.

Thank you fopr sharing this look with us ^^

. : * justine * : . said...

I really love this FOTD - your skin looks fantastic and the winged liner is awesome! I've never tried liquid on my lower lash line as I am afraid it will look too harsh, so do let me know how it goes (and take a picture)!

Anonymous said...

the lip butter looks really nice on you. Probably worth checking out at the korres store! :D

Michelle said...

I LOVE this look on you Iris! So simple yet SO PRETTY!

Jasmine said...

Thanks so much for your sharing. Love the lip butter! Btw, just wondering which foundation do you prefer, the Maquillage Lasting Stick Foudation or Maquicake UV Infinite?

Haru said...

hi Jasmine,
That's a really difficult one! Lancome Maquicake is easier to apply and takes less effort to blend (especially in areas where I have acne scars and large pores) but the Maquillage Lasting Stick Foundation gives a slightly more flawless finish and better coverage.

Anonymous said...

love your look here. Will need to find the time to do some makeover myself too! :)

Jasmine said...

Thanks for your reply! I'll try out the Maquillage Lasting Stick Foundation. If I like both Maquillage & Maquicake, I'll use them on alternate days!