I love blush almost as much as I love taupe eyeshadows. Blush makes me happy! There’s something about smiling into the mirror every morning and brushing on one of my shimmery colors with a soft blush brush that really makes my morning. I think it has something to with the fact that the act of smiling, even when it’s forced, that instantly boosts one’s mood. Or maybe it’s just because I love the pop of color and the glow that blush provides. More than anything, blush is the one cosmetic item besides concealer that really wakes up the face and gives it a certain freshness and appearance of youth your skin may not otherwise have.
Today I bring to you my two current favorite blushes: Paul and Joe Face Colors #12 and #16. As you all well know, I am obsessed with Paul and Joe Beaute. There’s something about the gorgeous packaging and presentation of the line that really appeals to me, besides the strong pigmentation and and soft textures of the products. When it comes to blush, I am very picky. My olive-tan skintone requires a strongly pigmented color, but I also cannot do overly frosty blushes for the same reason - they look obvious and fake.
I was introduced to Paul and Joe Face Colors by Lina and her genius swatches over at The Beauty Look Book. I remember one of her very first Paul and Joe Beaute posts featured Face Color #12 Chic, a neutral tan/mauve duo, and this blush ended up being my second Paul and Joe purchase. When Lina did an article featuring her mini collection of the Face Colors, I also fell in love with #16 Canyon, a shimmery sand/soft pink duo. I recently bought it as a Christmas gift to myself.
These blushes are awesome because you have the option to use either one of the two colors separately, or together. The smaller, crescent-shaped side is the more shimmery, highlighter-esque side. The larger portion of the blush is the more pigmented, blush-y side. Also, the powder itself is finely milled (but doesn’t fly away when you run a brush over it - a huge pet peeve of mine!) and fragrant, and the shimmery side does not contain a chunky glitter. Win! (FYI: In both pictures, #12 is on the left and #16 is on the right)
#16 is almost not pigmented enough for me - it shows up as a shimmery (but not glittery), very soft pink glow on my cheeks. #12, however, I have to use a light hand with as it can almost appear to be too much of a flush (I don’t want people to think I just got ravaged...or do I?). I tend to swirl both shades together, but I’ve tried using each separately and enjoy that as well. Also, I am pleased with the size of these blushes (4.5g for $24), and I love the adorable pink flowered compacts.
There are about 14 shades of Paul and Joe Face Colors to choose from, and they are available at Bergdorf Goodman, Dermstore.com, Beautyhabit.com, and PrimpingParleur.com. I have my eyes on at least three other shades!