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Paul & Joe loves NYC

More charming prints from Paul & Joe for fall 2011.  New York is great inspiration for any makeup collection, I just wish Paul & Joe had been a bit more literal with it.  I think Nathalie Lété did a great job with the Bourjois Paris collection - it would have been great if Paul & Joe had done something similar for New York.  Nevertheless the prints are always pretty!

The theme:  "Manhattan-Autumn 2011 is an entertaining, fast paced urban experience that artfully mingles the high-fashion opulence of uptown with the edgy, alternative spirit of downtown.  Take a turn and see where Eastside meets Westside with a vibrant interpretation of color, texture, structure and design.  Discover why this city never sleeps and explore this metropolis of indulgent delights with Paul & Joe Beaute."

Here's the text for the face and eye powders:  "Inspired from the streets of Manhattan, a place where Sophie Albou loves so much.  Different blocks, different colors, Manhattan is the last place where you can get board [sic].  Two shades can be used alone or mixed together.  Either way you can get a gorgeous look like the night view of the city."

Here they are - 073 (42nd Street), 074 (Empire State), and 075 (Brooklyn Bridge):



With flash:


And because I was such a good customer, spending $50 or more on Paul & Joe, Beautyhabit gave me this adorable little bag:


The same print appeared on a blouse and skirt from the Fall 2011 women's collection:

Blouse skirt
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There is also another part to the collection:  the palettes and face powder.  I didn't purchase any because I wasn't sure they were Museum material, but they have a somewhat interesting look about them.

The palettes have a pattern reminiscent of the famed NYC skyline:

Paul joe manhattan palette

The face powder was apparently "inspired by skyscrapers that soar above Manhattan...the product surface is engraved with an Art Deco design."

Paul joe art deco
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It does indeed look art deco and skyscraper-ish - the curving lines remind me a little of the top of the Chrysler building:

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So, still undecided about whether to get those.  The face powder in particular might look very nice in an exhibition next to Cle de Peau's 2010 holiday vintage palette (which, mind you, I managed to track down last year along with the 2009 one so stay tuned for posts on those around the holidays!) so I am a bit tempted.  We shall see.

In any case, a good effort from Paul & Joe - maybe not as ground-breaking as their cat head lipsticks from last year (or nearly as kooky) but some nice prints and inspiration.

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