Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer in Sweet Bon Bon Review

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer in Sweet Bon Bon Review

Next month, Paul & Joe are releasing their Spring 2017 Collection and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  Japan have enjoyed an early January release but internationally, Paul & Joe fans have been eagerly awaiting the new launch and the images that have been floating around online have only added to the anticipation!

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the collection, Les Petits Noms d’Amour which celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Paul & Joe Beaute and pick out my favourites.  I wanted to share this one with you in particular before its release as if it takes your fancy, you’re going to have to have your bank card at the ready;  the Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer is sure to be a sell out!

The Pearl Foundation Primer is one of my favourite pieces from the new collection because it makes my skin look dewy, healthy and radiant, making it the perfect canvas for making up, without encouraging my oily skin to show its true colours any sooner than it usually does!

Paul & Joe fans may remember a similar looking primer that they released many years ago in the shade (001) Bon Bon which was such a massive hit that they’ve brought it back but this time, as (002) Sweet Bon Bon.

This style of primer is unlike anything that I’ve tried before.  It is formulated with water-soluble polymers and lightweight powder particles that burst and merge together with Paul & Joe’s Signature when dispensed.  When I first tried out the primer, I unscrewed the pump and tried to squash the pearls; they’re actually tougher than you’d think.  Very cool, a unique concept and not a gimmick as the primer works really well.

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer in Sweet Bon Bon Review

The original Pearl Foundation Primer had pastel shades of lilac, blue, pink and yellow in it which, when combined together, looked milky, a little golden and gave the skin a glow whereas the new Sweet Bon Bon primer is made up of four varying shades of pink pearls which have a beautifully radiant effect on the skin.

Blended with Paul & Joe’s Secret D’Or formula, this primer also contains skin loving ingredients such as Orange Flower Water, White Lily Extract, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Extract.

The Sweet Bon-Bon shade is designed to flatter all skin tones which I do think is possible as it doesn’t colour the skin so to speak, rather it imparts a radiant glow that leaves the skin looking hydrated, dewy and healthy.

As you’d expect from Paul & Joe, the packaging is stunning, very pretty and oh so feminine; a dressing table perfect glass bottle that enables the pink pearls to be seen, with a vintage inspired pink lid.  There’s a touch of Artdeco about it.  A pump dispenses the primer and as it does so, the little pearls are smashed and merge with the clear solution.

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer in Sweet Bon Bon Review
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I apply it once I have completed my skincare routine and have applied my SPF for the day; 1 to 2 pumps is all that is required to cover my full face.  The primer feels so lightweight, smooths effortlessly onto my skin and dries down within a minute.

I have oily skin and tend to wear particularly mattifying foundations such as the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation (review here) which often doesn’t sit very well on top of a primer.  However it blends really well and sits nicely on top of this one, which is something that I’ve also found when I’ve tried it out with my other foundations (Dior, Too Faced and Chanel).   While my skin is oily, it is also dehydrated so this primer is perfect for combatting that.

It has been particularly helpful since I have returned from my Maldives holiday as my skin does feel drier across my forehead, presumably because of the sun.  This is a rarity for me as my skin is generally so oily and I’m so pleased that I had the Pearl Foundation Primer on hand as it has been giving my skin a real boost of hydration, helping my foundation to appear much more even and not cling to the dry patches.

I don’t find that the primer prolongs the wear time of my foundation (I rely on choosing a mattifying foundation and setting powder for that) but it doesn’t make my skin become shiny or oily any faster than it usually would.  This may sound like a strange thing to mention given that this is a primer and it is intended to be that sandwich layer between the skin and the makeup to create a great base for application and encourage longevity but in the past when I have used hydrating primers on my skin or ones that have left my skin looking dewy, my foundation hasn’t lasted as long as usual whereas with the Paul & Joe primer, my makeup lasts as long as it usually does without it.  Of course with the added benefit that my skin looks visibly more hydrated and radiant which stops my base from looking flat. 

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer in Sweet Bon Bon Review

When the collection launches at the beginning of February, the Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer will be available online at Beauty Bay.

It is a LIMITED EDITION release and it is guaranteed to be a sell out so if you love the sound of it, make sure you keep your eyes peeled when it goes on sale next month.

Paul & Joe products are also stocked on ASOS and Selfridges as well as being available in plenty of other stores; you can check out stockist information here.

The countdown to February 1st is on… will you be the cat who gets the cream?


Do you think that this primer is so pretty too?  What base products do you like to use?  Can you recommend any Paul & Joe products to me?


  1. MissSparkles
    February 4, 2017 / 10:31 am

    What a gorgeous primer! I have never heard of this brand before but I will be keeping an eye out when this is released!

  2. theurbanrealist
    February 4, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I've never heard of Paul and Joe cosmetics before, but the packaging is so pretty, I'll have to check it out!

  3. Jodie Whitham
    February 4, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Always trying new primers – this sounds fab. Your skin looks lovely x

  4. Seeing Spots
    February 5, 2017 / 12:43 am

    What a beautiful looking product. I would never normally look twice at something like this but i would be interested in trying this. My skin is combo but dry and oily in the same places so i'm wondering how this will work for me x

  5. Anosa Malanga
    February 5, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Though I have seen Paul and Joe products before I have never tried them. I don't normally wear primers but when I do its always from the same brand but would be nice to try another brand that promises to keep my oily face at bay

  6. Stephanie Merry
    February 5, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    Oh wow this has to be the prettiest primer out there – it's gorgeous! x

  7. Rhian Westbury
    February 6, 2017 / 9:22 am

    This looks so good, I love the pinky look although I would worry a little that it would be a bit bright for my skin. Definitely one to add to my wishlist though x

  8. Lavender
    February 6, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    This is so pretty! I usually never use products like these but I almost feel like buying it cause it's so cute 😀

  9. Lubka Henry
    February 7, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    This is so cute and I love the shades of pink it makes 🙂

  10. Angela Ricardo
    February 10, 2017 / 3:43 am

    That looks absolutely beautiful!!! I love the packaging and touch of feminine style.

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