Several weeks ago I had the chance to attend a spring launch preview featuring products from Stila, Cargo, and Paul and Joe. It was such a fun opportunity to take a look at some new products, swatch them, and have an in person and in-depth walk through all about each product. I was especially interested to hear about the Paul and Joe beauty line because it was new to Canada and I had not heard much about it yet. In Calgary you can find Paul and Joe at the renovated Shopper Drug Mart in Chinook Centre. I find Stila to be an accessible brand, but Cargo can be a bit tricker to find. I find my Cargo beauty products at London Drugs or at Murale.
What's new from Paul and Joe
Each year Paul and Joe comes out with limited edition items with unique packaging that reflects the season's patterns from the Paul and Joe Fashion line. The cosmetics packaging can be linked with the seasons fashions by coordinating patterns and colours with the current fashion. In the photos above you can see the limited edition custom packaging in the compacts that can be used for blush or eyeshadow, and in the lipstick tubes. I think custom packaging is such a fun concept!
Another limited edition collection that we were introduced to was the Midnight Sangria collection. This collection was inspired by designer Sophie Mechaly's travels through Spain, and includes a beautiful set of lip glosses (second photo), eye shadows, and nail polishes in vibrant hues inspired by the colours of a sunset and the spanish sky.
Other new launches to check out are the Moisturizing Foundation Primer L, the Gel Foundation, and the Waterproof and Smudge Proof Mascaras.
What's new from Stila
First of all, I'm loving the new packaging from Stila. Some of the new products introduced for spring were a whole line of brow products including the Stay All Day Brow Gel and brush, Stay All Day Brow Glide Pencil (which I find to be similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz), and the Stay all Day Waterproof brow colour (a brow pen). Next up, contour. Stila introduced The Shape and Shade custom contour duo, as well as the Shape and Shade Custom Contour Brush. The contour duo are a cream contour and highlight and come in three colours. There are also several videos on the Stila website with tutorials on how to achieve a contoured look with the duo. Finallly, the lip products. Stila introduced three nude lip colours to correspond perfectly with each of the contour duos. The also introduced the Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer
What's new from Cargo
Finally, some of the new spring launches from Cargo. They've added two new palettes, the Essentials Eye Palette, and the limited edition Summer in the City Eye Shadow Palette. Both are full of colours any neutral eye shadow lover would adore. The launches that I loved the most were the lip launches, including the Gel Lip Colours and the Matte Top Coat, which I'll write more about in a later post.
Other new releases include the HD Picture Perfect Concealer, HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation, the Double Agent Concealing Balm.
I also had the chance to test out a few of the new spring launches, so watch out for some reviews coming up from Paul and Joe, Stila, and Cargo!
Have you tried any of these spring launches from Paul and Joe, Stila and Cargo?