Thursday, June 21, 2012

Paul and Joe: Midsummer Nights (Summer 2012 Collection)

Paul and Joe's Midsummer Nights Collection is due for release, and having seen these beautiful pictures, I just know I'm not going to be able to resist.
There is something really stunning and ethereal about these photos, and everything about the products makes me think of fairytales. Apparently, the collection is actually based upon Shakespeare's  A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I can 100% see the influences this has had on the packaging and the products themselves, not to mention the spot-on photography.

So, onto the products.

Shimmering Pressed Powder G (Limited Edition)
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Paul and Joe say:
"Softly shimmer, like moonlight on a fairy's wings, with this exquisite, spellbinding 3D shimmering powder, designed to captivate and charm."

For me, this looks to be the most beautiful of all the products in the collection. And isn't that just the most delightful description? It comes in a sturdy pastel-green compact, complete with mirror, and has such a pretty, delicate butterfly design upon the powder itself. I'm definitely going to be adding this one to my collection, and I can't wait to do so.

Face Color G (in Nymph, Nubile and Faune)
Paul and Joe say:
"Each one of these limited shades is a summer fairy breath of colour that would inspire a blushing rose with their loveliness."

Nymph is a soft rosey-pink, Nubile is a peachy-nude beige, and Faune is a darker, chocolatey chestnut tone.
I'm not really sure from looking at the promotional pictures whether any of these three shades will be for me, but the pretty pink of Nymph is certainly in-keeping with the magical fairy theme.

Lip Gloss G
Paul and Joe say:
"These three magical, limited love potions guarantee sweet, delectable kisses that will keep you both enchanted all summer long."

Available in 001 Love Potion, 002 Fairie Kisses and 003 Dream A Little Dream, these pretty glosses look as sweet as sugar.
I am particularly intrigued by Fairie Kisses, which comes across as an unusual lemon-yellow shade. Love Potion is a candy pink, while Dream A Little Dream is a light coral-beige. Of the three, I'd be more inclined to go for Dream A Little Dream, being the coral lover that I am, although I do generally go for lipsticks over glosses.

Nail Enamel (Limited Edition)
Paul and Joe say:
"Like imaginary fairies dancing on your fingertips, these three beguiling shades are inspired by the enchanted forest to help you weave and cast your magic."

Available in three shades (028 Fairie Queen, 029 Sprite and 030 Pixie), these little beauties all look to be right up my street.
Fairie Queen is a shimmering translucent shade with flecks of pink, purple and blue, and it looks pretty amazing. It can get on my nails now, if it doesn't mind, please.
Sprite is a pearlescent pastel green which reminds me of an antique opal ring my grandmother used to wear. I always thought it was stunningly beautiful with the unique way it reflected the light, and so this is a shade that has the potential to become very close to my heart.
Last but not least, we have Pixie, a sparkling silver polish with a holographic effect. I said not least, but actually it is, as despite being gorgeous, I'm not usually one for silvers - I'm a gold girl every time.

Shimmering Body Lotion G (Limited Edition)
Paul and Joe say:
"This intoxicating green floral bouquet will cool the skin and calm the senses, while shimmering, irridescent fairy sparks of lame' will ensure you continue to sparkle every summer night".

This, again, comes in beautiful packaging and just sounds so pretty and luxurious. I'm pretty sure most of us would invite a little bit of shimmer into our lives with open arms, and I'm really looking forward to trying this out.

Self Select Eye Colour
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Paul and Joe say:
"Most dreams fade in the morning light, but these six colours will remain a constant reminder of a Midsummer Night's magic."

Available in 26 Gipsy (bold purple), 27 Mon Chapeau (bronze brown), 28 Casablanca (orange-gold), 29 L'Artiste (silver-grey), 30 Plumage (teal) and 31 Chestnut (self explanatory). These all look like lovely colours and would be very welcome to join my collection! I particularly like the look of Plumage, L'Artiste and Casablanca.

        Self Select Eye Colour (Limited Edition)
   Paul and Joe say:
  "Inspired by the delicate wings of fairies, these three limited shades of ethereal colours are inspired by the delicate wings of fairies that magically transform into the otherworldly tones - when layered                                        over other colours."

001 Under the Stars, 002 Love-in-Idleness and 003 Moon Beam all appear white/translucent powders to look at. I really am intrigued by these so will need to try these out, too. I hope my budget will stretch this far!

What do you think of the collection? Will you be adding any of these products to your shopping basket?

Hope everyone is having a lovely week so far - almost Friday, yesss!



  1. wooooow -- without looking at the title, the first thing i thought of when i saw these was a midsummer night's dream -- how ironic! (i actually love that play. it's one of the only shakespeare plays i can actually stand to read. you know, as an enligsh major, i really don't like shakespeare. or really english literature for that matter. i guess i've always gravitated towards american. anyway, i'm rambling now.)
    when are they due to be released?


  2. I'm the same as Alexandra - instantly thought of a midsummer nights dream, especially with the promo shots!

    I keep saying I'm not normally one for collections but this is so pretty that I am tempted! X

    1. I know what you mean, I usually find collections to be a lot of fuss about nothing, but this one is just lovely! Still, only a couple of bits are actually things I would wear, but they've done an excellent job with the packaging and promo.
      Mel x

  3. The nailpolishes are so beautiful!!♥


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