Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Paul&Joe Meow! collection swatches

This collection was puzzlingly released in two parts. Three shades each of Face and Eye Colour CS (pressed trios) and Lipstick C in January, and the three epic kitty-head (now with added top-hat and vaguely disquieting smirk) Blusher Sticks and Matte Pressed Powder in Feburary. The full range is now available at counters in Harrods and Fenwicks, and online at and Every item in this collection is limited edition.
All pictures taken in natural light, click to enlarge.

Visionary Beauty has already swatched/reviewed all three shades of Lipstick C (£16 each). Based on a quick play at the counter, I would agree that they are the sheer and the slightly waxy kind which usually ends up drying my lips out.

The Blusher Sticks (£21 each) were again fairly sheer and not particularly creamy (they have much less slip than the Addiction or Shiseido cheeksticks, let alone potted cream blushes by Illamasqua or Stila) -- satin-matte bases with visible shimmer. On my very dry skin, they dragged a bit upon application and tended to look uneven once built up -- possibly issues which normal or oily skin wouldn't experience. Each swatch is 4 layers, unblended.
Top to bottom:
001 Glamour Puss -- golden beige
002 Minou -- soft warm pink
003 Cat Fight -- warm coral-orange

Face and Eye Colour CS (£19.50 each) are pressed eyeshadow trios in gradational tones. You get a generous 12g in a pretty printed cardboard box. The textures of these were somewhat inconsistent. Siamese Please and Kittycat were smooth and highly pigmented (superior to P&J's permanent range in my opinion), but Purr-Fect was noticeably drier and much sheerer.

076 Siamese Please (one swipe each)
satin-matte beige
very pigmented metallic warm gold
pigmented chocolate brown satin base with silver glitter

077 Kittycat (one swipe each)
pigmented warm matte peachy beige
pigmented peachy pink satin with sparse silver shimmer
very pigmented warm plum  with silver glitter

078 Purr-Fect (three swipes each)
sheer ivory shimmery satin
sheerish sage green satin with sparse silvery shimmer
moderately pigmented greyed olive satin-matte with sparse silvery shimmer


  1. I bought all 3 shades of the lipstick C online and i didn't like them at all! They were really drying and waxy. :-( I had initially wanted the blush sticks but after reading your post on the texture, I will give them a miss.

  2. I've got the face powder and one of the lipsticks - wearing lip balm underneath is a must!

  3. I can't help but giggle at the names. Still not sure I could use a kitty lipstick, though.

  4. Thanks very much for the mention/link :)
    I am wondering if I should leave the blush sticks now as I have dry skin as well.
    I had to laugh when you said about the "disquieting smirk"