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Product Reviews: Paul & Joe Beaute Primer and Foundation

I have used almost every fall release of Paul & Joe’s base makeup (primer and foundation) since 4 years ago and have not found much difference from one year to the next; not that it’s a bad thing. Like most Japanese brands, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter base makeup formulas are very different – the Spring/Summer (referred to as S/S) foundations and primers are much lighter in texture and aim at oil control, while the Autumn/Winter (referred to as A/W) formulas are richer and more moisturizing. There is not a whole lot of difference even in other brands when it comes to one A/W release from another – simply another marketing campaign in the highly competitive beauty market in Japan. Read more…

Product Review: Anna Sui Whitening Moisture Mask (18 ml x 10)

Whenever I cannot find Japanese whitening products easily locally (not a big fan of Shiseido’s international release White Lucent), I always opt for Anna Sui. Anna Sui Beauty is manufactured by none other than one of Japan’s top beauty manufacturers, Albion. Having used some of Anna Sui’s skin care and cosmetics, I have great faith in its whitening products. Read more…

What’s New: Anna Sui’s 2009 Cosmetics Beach Collection – Black Diamond

Looking for something a different from pastel pinks and greens for Spring? Try the new Black Diamond collection by Anna Sui!

The 2009 Cosmetics Beach Collection Black Diamond is a dazzling, colorful point makeup collection with several limited edition lipglosses and nail kit. There is also a new mascara range – base, full, volume and long – which is going to be around for awhile.
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New Summer Base Makeup By Paul & Joe Beaute

What I love about Japanese cosmetics is its consideration for seasonal changes and skin needs. Usually, J-brands will come out with summer base makeup with a stronger sunscreen, lighter texture and longer wear (usually more sweat and heat resistant), and in autumn and winter, the base makeup tends to be more hydrating with a richer texture and weaker SPF. Paul & Joe, a French designer brand manufactured by Japan’s Albion, is no different; the new base makeup for summer 2009 fits all of the criteria for the usual summer base makeup. Read more…

Product Review: Light Cream Foundation N by Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe’s Light Cream Foundation N claims that it will create a porcelain finish – and it does just that. The lightweight foundation – somewhere between a liquid and a cream texture – feels like you aren’t wearing anything at all, and has just the right amount of coverage to create the flawless, no-makeup makeup nude face look that is highly sought after.

I tried both #20 and #30 (this comes in 6 shades) and while I find that #20 is lighter and slightly more pink while #30 is an exact match. It has an SPF 15 which is ok since this is a winter product. However, I find that the staying power is not as strong as I had hoped – it smeared a little even though I don’t have oily skin. I think this is more suitable for drier skin types like mine – on oilier skin this may be a tad too emollient, although in no way does this feel greasy.

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Product Review: Moisturising Foundation Primer by Paul & Joe Beaute

I shopped at Sephora very frequently years ago when it was selling Paul & Joe cosmetics, and was sad that they discontinued the distributorship. Paul & Joe is one of my favorite brands – it is made by Albion in Japan, and boasts not just an array of beautiful cosmetics and skin care products, but also gorgeously designed packaging as well as accessories by the famous French designers.

Albion, which is a cosmetics giant in Japan, also produces Anna Sui cosmetics. I must say, Paul & Joe’s cosmetics are by far better than Anna Sui’s – quality wise at least. I love the elegant and feminine designs of Paul & Joe’s but of course Anna Sui is more fun.
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Jill Stuart cosmetics

[ad#ad-3] The most attractive new brand that launched last year has to be Jill Stuart. Just like Paul & Joe and Anna Sui before it, Jill Stuart is a designer clothing brand that ventured into cosmetics, and produced by a major Japanese manufacturer. Read more…