This month, I have Paul and Joe Eyeshadow in #23 Boulevard. Yes, yet another Paul and Joe rave from Joey. I’m sorry I’m so predictable.
If you remember any of my past reviews, then you’ll know that Paul and Joe discontinued their original line of eyeshadows and brought out a reformulated eyeshadow palette system a couple of months back; my review of the new shadows can be found here. However, I was really quite fond of the old eyeshadows, and especially of #23 Boulevard. Even Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book shares my enthusiasm of the color! Look at what she tweeted to me about it:
(FYI - Sabrina did an amazing overview of her Paul and Joe eyeshadow collection a few months back on her blog. Click here to see her swatches of #23, which are infinitely better than anything I can produce - thanks Sab, for being so awesome!)
Yup, this eyeshadow kicks ass. The color is a very interesting pinkish-mauve-taupe.; the shimmer in this shadow is enough to create a glowing effect, but isn’t so much that it seems metallic or glittery. Yes, this is a sophisticated, shimmering pink-taupe. Sounds bizarre, but the color is just stunning. It’s neutral enough to pair with colors of all undertones, and alone, it makes a luminous eye-opening wash of color. I especially love it with warm browns or a deep cool purple. Also, it wears extremely well with or without an eyeshadow primer underneath.
The semi-annoying issue with the old Paul and Joe eyeshadows had to do with the level of pigmentation of some of the lighter shadows. If you’re as Casper-white as Elvira (sorry slutbutt!), then the shades would have been fine for you. However, I have an issue getting my small collection of shades to show up on me, and Boulevard is no exception. I have to use this shadow wet for maximum color impact; luckily, these shadows were formulated to be used either wet or dry. Even when I would get makeovers at Bergdorf Goodman, the girls would always have to wet the eyeshadows first. Despite my issues with the new eyeshadows (which has to do with the size:price ratio), the new eyeshadows are much better than the old because their pigmentation levels are so much higher.
Despite this shortcoming, I was still very sad to see the shadows go, and Boulevard was definitely one of the stars of the collection. Sadly, the new shades have no color similar to Boulevard. What a tragedy! If you can find this shadow, I recommend picking it up. I have no dupes of the color, and it really is too lovely to pass up.