Do you ever just admire a brand from afar? Paul & Joe is one of those brands for me. The incredibly feminine packaging with a perfect mix of modern bold shades and a look from eras past. Each product from the Paul & Joe range just whispers to me but it's always been a brand I lusted after, but didn't dip in to. Recently I was kindly sent a variety of Paul & Joe products to try and today I am going to be sharing my thoughts with you on four of their nail polishes. Each of these four shades are part of five polishes in the Summer Creation 2013 collection.
032 Caribbean is a cool toned aqua blue, which is right up my street for Summer. I love blues in the Summer because they just add a touch of colour that I normally wouldn't opt for unless it was a deep navy blue in the Winter. This shade is delightful because it's not too vivid nor a neon, but you could instead almost imagine this shade as the depths of a Caribbean ocean; a wise name choice from Paul & Joe. 033 Bermuda is a a gorgeous pink with undertones of peach. The shade almost makes me think of the vivid pinks you see in sunsets over oceans and beaches on holiday. In the bottle it can look quite bright, but on the nail it's a more relaxed pink with lots and lots of depth to it. I really like this shade. Of the four shades I have been trialling, 035 Rio is my favourite. Like a lot of people I am really going through a coral stage at the moment where anything remotely coral or orange grabs my attention and has me lusting. This is a beautifully bright, cheerful coral shade which I have been really enjoying particularly on the toes. It's one of those shades you can pop on and you instantly feel happier, ready for Summer and set for Summer fun. This is definitely my favourite. Last but not least we have 034 Mauritius. Having put this sheer milky shade with slight, slight pink undertones to the test, I have decided this is a polish everyone needs in their collection. It's sheer so unlike the other shades in the range which require just two coats for a really opaque pop of colour, 034 Mauritius will still be sheer on the nail after three coats. But it's the kind of sheer shade which just looks right and natural, it works. It just has this really elegant and natural feel to it, a lovely change from brights and pastels over the Summer period. The final shade in the Summer Creation 2013 collection is 031 Miami which although I haven't personally tried, looks like the perfect purple shade and I am going to be adding this one to my collection to make the perfect set!
I've tried quite a few brands whose makeup is high-end and really great quality, only to find their nail polishes are made as an after thought and are nothing to shout home about. But these polishes have proved me wrong. All of the shades apply evenly, effortlessly, and although the more sheer 034 Mauritius is sheer on the nail even after three coats, the more vivid and brighter shades are the perfect opaque colour after just two. With a slight sheen to them as they are, add a top coat over and you have beautiful crisp, glossy shades which last for a good six days plus without chipping. Quick to dry and even easier to take off than I am used to with polishes, I am quite a fan. Each of the shades as with the entire Summer Creation 2013 collection are limited edition. So they are definitely ones to pick up before it's too late. You can find them on ASOS, Selfridges and BeautyBay where they are £12 each. I just ordered 031 Miami from ASOS, I just couldn't resist.
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