The blush sticks have not arrived at the counter last I checked, and I am starting to feel quite anxious indeed. In the meantime, allow me to introduce the aptly titled Lipstick C in 076 Meow!
I think a huge part of me chose this because of the packaging. I am absolutely in love with this... this red tube stamped with various women's heads. All the women look different and they have matchsticks in their hair. Seriously.
The nifty thing about Paul & Joe limited edition packaging is after you finish the lipstick/get bored with the hue, you can detach the pretty outer section and replace the inner tube with any of the lipsticks in their permanent line.
Meow! swatches decidedly different from how it appears on my lips. I did a double take when I saw the photos and had to check and see if I made a mistake. I didn't, but it still feels odd. On my hand it looks like a regular pink shade while on my lips it is much lighter and cooler in tone.
The lipstick features a semi-matte finish. It is advisable to prep your lips prior to application because while it contains olive oil (among others), it does not claim any moisturizing benefits. My own experience is while it is not drying, it is not moisturizing as well. Considering that this is a semi-matte formula, color me impressed. The lipstick is also lightweight and comfortable to wear. It's another one of those lip products I would forget I had on till I smeared it on an unsuspecting tissue. Lasting power to my best recollection is about 3-4 hours.
I'm wearing Paul and Joe Face and Eye CS in 076 Siamese, Please on my eyes and Cle de Peau Cheek Color Duo 02 on the cheeks. Review forthcoming for both.
Here are the ingredients for those who like to know what they are putting on their lips. You can click on the picture below for the enlarged version:
In an attempt to be reasonable I only purchased one shade out of the available three. I'm now convinced I must have been out of my mind. I will visit the counter again soon to rectify this situation, and hopefully by then the blush sticks will be in.
Paul and Joe Lipstick C in 076 Meow! retails for $20 and is available at Paul and Joe counters and beautyhabit.com. I purchased mine from Bergdorf Goodman. I apologize for not getting the contact number of the Paul and Joe sales associate who helped me, but if you know what you want, Dustin (212-872-8612) should be able to help you!