Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Review: Paul and Joe Protective Fluid Foundation

Clear (30) - 30 ml
$38 / PhP 2, 350

Put your best face forward with Paul and Joe's Protective Fluid Foundation. This new and improved liquid foundation combines precise quantities of water repellant powder, oil absorbing peppermint and oil to create an ideal matte finish that stays fresh all day long. Paul and Joe's Secret D'or produces a sensuous glow while a specially developed poreless powder conceals all. With SPF25 PA++, this foundation protects skin from harmful ultraviolet light allowing you to make the most of your day - inside and out!

Lush and sensual matte skin.
Who said you can't make a good thing better...
PAUL and JOE want you to get ready for your close-up!
- Lush and light texture makes your skin feel light and airy.
- Keeps refreshing, sensuous skin free from makeup deterioration all day.
- Creates a super sheer finish and conceals pores for a alabaster look.
- Protects skin from harsh ultraviolet light in spring and summer.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentisiloxane, Alcohol, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Talc, C14-15 Dialkyl Carbonate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3, Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Tocopherol, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, BHT, Cellulose, Dextrin

Directions: As this foundation is double-layered, shake well before use. Take desired amount on your palm and spread evenly across the entire face.

Cute design on the cap!

Online swatch of 30 Clair/Clear via Beautyhabit

On paper

On skin

Blended well

My take: I bought this baby from Hedley because of the glowing reviews - matte (or semi-matte?) finish, staying power, fluidity and blendability. The shade I got is the light-medium shade (03). This is also Paul and Joe's choice for oily skin, and it has sun-protection too (at SPF 25, the highest I've ever tried when it comes to foundations)!

This is so sheer I think it functions best as a tinted moisturizer - which means that I can actually use shades from 10-30 without any problem since it blends well with skintones from NC20-30. You can amp up the coverage a tiny bit by allowing the foundation to dry up a bit on your palm before patting it on your face.

Some people say it's even the best foundation they've ever used... I guess that's believable, if these people have nice skin to begin with! It doesn't cover spots particularly well, but the pores are semi-covered (you still have to put primer underneath).

What I do like about this foundation is the finish. It has a very slight sheen to it (not oily) that makes your face glow upon application and even after setting it with loose powder. If you use Guerlain Meteorites in Mythic, then this is the foundation version (at least for me) when you want a very similar candle-lit finish on your face in one step.

Since the coverage is pretty light and this poses the possibility of fading mid-day, what I do is that I stipple this foundation a bit on cheeks, bridge of the nose, and the chin after my usual MAC studio fix. This gives a barely there glow that's not as garish when you use Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick or similar products.

Bottomline, Paul and Joe Protective Fluid Foundation is worth checking out if you have nice skin that you want to elevate it a notch closer to perfection! If this isn't the case, you're better off with other long-wearing foundations.

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  1. it really looks sheer noh?! grabe ang mahal ng P&J.. wala pa ako kahit isang product nila LOL

  2. Interesting! P&J stuff is soooo pretty. I love their stuff for its packaging, but ouch on the budget, haha.

  3. Khymm and Lizz - Argh expensive talaga. That's why I keep an eye on good deals on the net :) I dream of using Jill Stuart next time.

  4. now i regret not taking this off of hedley's hands. hahaha!! great review sis. i love the cleansing milk of paul and joe. one of the soothing and most effective cleansers i've tried so i'm sure i'll love this as well. :)

  5. now i regret not taking this off of hedley's hands. hahaha!! great review sis. i love the cleansing milk of paul and joe. one of the soothing and most effective cleansers i've tried so i'm sure i'll love this as well. :)

  6. Hi Shen - Hahaha so I'm the lucky one pala in that case! =) This foundie has a super nice finish talaga :) Tho I don't think I can afford a P&J cleanser, eek.