Paul and Joe Pearl Foundation Primer, Bon Bon


I’m in love with this product! It was an eagerly anticipated product from Paul and Joe, who correlate the themes and colours of their make-up to match the current season of their fashion line. This season is called ‘Carousel’.  When I first saw the bottle that the primer came in, like everyone else, I was in awe, and knew that I wanted it on my dressing table. The clear glass bottle, that has a bevelled flower on the front, contains tiny pearls of multicoloured, pastel shades of primer. The bottle is a work of art. The ‘art deco’ inspired cap finishes the look off, but I was dubious about opening it as I wanted to keep it looking pretty, it wouldn’t look as nice, half full. But in the end I couldn’t resist giving the primer a go, and I’m so glad I did.

This is by no means an ‘all-bottle-and-no-results’ kind of product. Do you know the kind of product I mean? The type that lures you in with ostentatious packaging, but completely fails in it’s main purpose. This primer works! It evens skin tone, and  reduces pore size. When I apply foundation over the top, it glides onto the skin much smoother than before. The foundation stays in place and covers the face evenly, what more could you want?

It comes in a pump-action bottle which enables you to use the product sparingly, and a little does go a long way. When the primer comes out of the pump it has been mixed in the tube, so you don’t  end up rubbing  little pearls all over your face. The colours have blend evenly to ensure complete tonal coverage. A tip from my experience,  is that you can also use the primer as a highlighter on the cheekbone after applying blusher, it gives a dewy tone to the skin and just generally freshens the complexion.

Paul and Joe describe this primer on their site:

Infused with Paul & Joe’s much-loved ingredient of Orange Flower Water and a blend of White Lily Extract, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Extract this exquisite primer prepares skin for a flawless make-up application. Limited edition, Pearl Foundation Primer in Bon Bon is a universal shade that flatters every skin tone.

The primer usually retails at £23 but is currently on sale for £20 at Beauty Bay.


Photo credit: Secrets of A Beauty Addict

I give this product 9.5 out of 10, and it pains me to do so, because technically its a 10/10 product – I love it!  However, it does contain parabens, when there are alternatives out there. Sophie Machaly is a genius, and her designs and themes for these cosmetics are, simply put, amazing! The fact that the aesthetic of the products is influenced by Paul and Joe’s fashion line, each season, is so innovative! Paul and Joe are bringing luxury back to cosmetics, and are really pushing the boundaries with their unique themes. They have created some of the most beautiful cosmetics on the market, and I am eagerly awaiting  to see what they come up with next!