The last time I was at a Paul & Joe counter, I wrote about how the SA shadowed my every step until I gave in a purchased all the items she wanted me to. This time, I was in the same store (Fenwicks, London) but the staff were new and they totally different.
I was excited, so excited about going to a Paul & Joe counter to pick some Select Eyeshadows for a palette. I am mad for custom palettes you see! When I got to the counter it was empty, and I was looking forward to having some advice from SA.
This is what I hauled. See, I still hauled?!
The compact (which you buy separately):
The palette open:
Back to the SA. She was so moody. So indifferent. Had to rolled her eyes any more I would’ve thought she had been possessed by a demon.
Me “What colours would you recommend for quite a smoky palette?”
Me “What colours are your bestsellers?”
SA “All of them”
After 15 Minutes of playing I knew there was no chance miss sulky pants would do me a quick eye make over so I just quickly picked 3 shades. I didn’t exactly go with logic – a neutral shade, and two smoky shades. It probably took so long because despite the range of colours, nothing was that eye catching.
The neutral is a very neutral all over the lid beige with a light subtle shimmer. The blue is a sparkly deep navy and black is a rich matte black. I picked one from each texture – pearl, shine and matte *
“What different textures have you got?”
In the palette:
There are 25 shades to choose from.
Oh well, the nude and black are highly useful and I wanted to pick one fun shade (the navy!). The texture is nice, creamy and pigmented. No complaints but I’m not dying here of excitement.
The texture is fine, creamy and pigmented, not hte best I’ve ever had but still very good.
The prices are quite frankly, far too steep.
I paid £12 each per eyeshadow. The eyeshadows are tiny, smaller than the old shadows and have no packaging with them at all (they are in fragile plastic and need to be in proper casing).
The case for a Trio is £8. So the total I paid for a 3 shadow palette is £44! That’s a lot of money, it’s steeper than a Chanel, Dior or YSL Quad/Quint. I could understand the price point for a brand like, say, Suqqu – something with an extra bit of luxury but not Paul & Joe which is more ‘cute’.
For that reason, I like my palette but I will not be purchasing another one for that steep price – plus, I don’t think it’s a great sign that it took me so long to choose my shades. I am quite instinctive with colours and a range with stunners leaves me spoilt for choice – with the P&J I wasn’t blown away with any colour, I just went for what I felt was wearable.
Anyway there is a blessing in all of this – I got a free gift! Actually it was a bit cheeky, because there was a choice of this small bag or the bigger one (I had spent enough) but naturally Miss Friendly didn’t let me choose:
In hindsight this is not so great – the bag has ZERO stretch so you really can’t squeeze that last lipgloss in! Gah!
Verdict: Too expensive for what it is, but it sure is pretty.
*I purchased these items