Aha! I had long suspected that Sophie's (creator of Paul & Joe) favorite animal was the cat, given that it's made so many appearances in her past collections, but with the new Clair de Lune collection we have confirmation. From the website: "Cats are temperamental - just like the moon. Sophie Albou's most favorite animal, the cat, is now sculptured on the lipstick itself." Indeed! Fortunately for her, cats are all the rage this fall in the makeup world.
From left to right: Clair de Lune, Over the Moon, and Moon Shadow lipsticks.
And here's a close up:
While this is certainly an ingenious design, cat fans' and beauty junkies' feelings alike are mixed. While some thought it was simply adorable, others thought it was downright "creepy", or felt it was impractical. And several commenters on a cat lovers' blog indicated they'd feel remorse at slowly wearing away the cat's face with repeated applications.
What do you think? As a collector, of course, I am in love. Yes it's a little weird, but that's what makes it interesting!
p.s. A post about the rest of the Paul & Joe Clair de Lune collection is up next. :)