Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: Paul & Joe Color Powder in Inseparables

Paul and Joe's blush in Inseparables is the epitome of spectacular packaging. The blush is adorned by pelicans. PELICANS! Pelicans are not only beautiful birds, they are biologically and historically fascinating. Pelicans were first described by Linnaeus in 1758. If you are trying to remember why that name sounds important, Linnaeus is the person who came up with our current system of scientific nomenclature. If someone tells you that a species is Pelicanus onocrotalus, it was Linnaeus's idea to name them in that manner.
In ancient Egypt, pelicans were associated with death. They were depicted on funeral texts to symbolize protection. In medieval Europe, the pelican was seen as a symbol of Eucharist.


Pelicans eat a diet of fish that are up to a full foot long. They also eat amphibian, turtles, and even other birds. Although their diets don't really overlap with the fish eaten by humans, the perceived competition for fish has led many to slaughter them. This, combined with pollution (especially DDT and oil spills, to which they are particularly sensitive) has led to three pelican species being at risk.


Recognizable pelican skeletons are a solid 30 million years old. Now, there are eight living pelican species, spanning every continent save Antarctica. Judging by the coloration, the bird on the Paul and Joe packaging is almost certainly a stylized version of the Australian pelican, P. conspicillatus, which is native to Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, Christmas Island, and New Zealand.

This is what the Australian pelican looks like in real life.
Source: http://twearth.com/images/pelicans/australian-pelican-0bf7ef640fc00c84bbf511165bc071d9.jpg
The Australian pelican was also an important character in the mythology of the Murri people, indigenous Australians from the Queensland area. According to the legend, the pelican was originally completely black. During a flood, he made a canoe to save a drowning woman and subsequently, he fell in love. However, she tricked him and ran away. He decided to go to war, and began to paint white paint on this body to incite terror. However, mid-way through the process, another pelican saw him and, in fear, killed him. Subsequently, all Australian pelicans have had this distinctive black and white pattern.

Given how fascinating these birds are, I am sure it has been your lifelong dream to own a blush covered in a pelican print. This two-tone tangerine blush is perfect.


The blush comes with a brush, which is suprisingly not terrible. Although it is nowhere near as good as a full sized brush, it will do in a pinch. I usually just end up dumping the brushes that come in the package in the trash. I won't be doing that for this product. That means that this is a product that is much easier to throw in your bag and carry with you, since this brush is certainly suitable for touch ups or traveling.


The blush is a combination of two colors. The outside color is a dark, rich coral with a little shimmer. The inside is a creamsicle orange with a finish that is almost frosted.


Although these tangerines and oranges look dramatic in the pan, this blush looks like a gorgeous coral on my face. It's very wearable, and it blends to absolute perfection.


This blush costs $30 for 0.21oz, making it $142.85 per ounce. That makes it a bit pricey. A Benefit blush comes in at $100 per ounce and Stila Convertible Color is $166.67 per ounce. However, given how beautiful it blends, how unconventional the color is, and how amazing the packaging is, I would say that this is absolutely worth a couple extra dollars.

3 comments:

  1. great review, love the info about pelicans! so random but funny to read because i honestly thought it wasn't going to end up being a blush review LOL

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  2. p.s. imma cry now because this product has been discontinued. NOT IMPRESSED :-(

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    1. You have to grab Paul & Joe products quickly.... basically (maybe literally?) everything is limited edition.

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