The first thing to catch my eye on these beautiful gel blushes is that they comprise 80% water based ingredients. The second thing is that they don’t launch til 1st March but by then spring looks will be in full force and we’ll be absolutely ready.
As you’d expect from a water based product, there’s a cooling sensation as it goes on your skin and the water evaporates away to leave a skin tint. It doesn’t disappear so fast that you don’t have time to brush and blend but you do need to be quicker than if it were a crème blush full of oils. I think the nearest comparison I can make to the finish, after its brushed or finger-tip applied, is Benetint. The Paul & Joe Gel Blushes, even though they’re in a solid format, give that same natural, translucent hint of a flush.
There are five shades, and unusually for P&J, a deeper, almost burgundy tone called Sommeliere, (No.5) which would be good for deeper tones, as would Raspberry Coulis (No.4). My natural shade is Red Balloon (No.1) which will be perfect when my tone starts to warm again over the summer. They’re very minimal – a barely there kind of thing which you can, of course, build up, but you’ll always have a transparency that’s so good for a ‘real skin’ kind of look.
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Previously, I’ve seen gel blushes that go powdery when the water has gone – these just feel skin softening and even moisturising, which perhaps is no surprise when you know they contain both hyaluronic and jojoba seed. The Paul & Joe Gel Blushes are right up my street – exactly my kind of product – so I am delighted to have them. When they launch they’ll be £19. In the swatch from bottom to top: Sommelliere, Red Balloon, Mignonne, Raspberry Coulis and Poached Peach. Keep the lids on as tight as you can so they don’t dry out.
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