I would say the line consists of mostly neutral shades, though there are a few colored pastels and darker jewel tones. Fun factoid: the fashion line started off as a menswear brand and the Beaute line launched in 2002. Currently there are 25 single eyeshadow shades though the line is launching a palette system this spring.
I found the texture of these very silky and smooth. They glide onto the fingers that I used to swatch effortlessly. Some have more pigment than others, but I would call those colors sheer but buildable. I didn't experience any chalkiness with any of the shades.
#1 Secret of Gold - This is a slightly dirty gold. Would work well for cool complexions especially those that think they can't wear gold.
#6 Velvet Ribbon: A bit of a chameleon. Looks like a silvery taupe in some lighting and a pale silvery lavender in others sometimes with a blue quality. Interesting shade and curious how it appears on the lids. I bet this would take on different qualities when combined with different base shades.
#7 Blue Bird: pale baby blue with a hint of silver sheen
#9 Sakura: pale pink
#16 Cocoa: This is one of my favorites! Not sure why it's named cocoa since it is slightly olive and has a bit of a metallic quality to it. Gorgeous color.
#17 Bitter Chocolate: Love this one too. A mostly neutral brown possibly pulling a little on the cooler side. This is one of the ones I would consider sheer but buildable. It also looks a bit different in different lighting.
So that's all of the Paul & Joe eyeshadows from my Soft Surroundings haul. I found the ones that I purchased to be more on the cooler side though I'm not sure if that's reflective of the entire line.
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