Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Askmewhats Reviews: Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer UV

I had this P&J Protective Foundation Primer UV for the longest time, I just didn't have the chance to review this as true to what Gracie, my dear friend said, I am a primer lover, so I have loads of primers to try daily! It is quite difficult to stick to one! lol But I guess after several usage, now is the right time.

I've always been a P&J brand lover as it really works for my type of skin, sensitive, dry and just plain weird! lol Do you think I'll rave about this product as much as I've raved the Protective Dual Powder foundation? Read on!

Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer UV says ---

Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer UV gives a cool, sensuous finish and enhances the natural beauty of your skin tone without any chalky or cakey texture. Holds tightly to the skin and is super long-lasting. A makeup base that shields against the damaging UV rays of spring and summer.

size: 26.9ml

made in : Japan

Benefits are:

  • No cakey texture. Gives cool, sensuous skin.
  • Applies smoothly and is super long-lasting.
  • Protects the skin from UV rays.
  • Supple makeup layer lasts all day.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 3.0%, Titanium Dioxide 5.9%, Zinc Oxide 8.1%
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isothidecyl Isononanoate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bht. Butylene Glycol, Cellulose, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg/Ppg-19/19 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Polysorbate 80, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Ultramarines (Ci 77007)

AMW says ---

  • has SPF and it's just not regular SPF, it's SPF 40 baby!
  • non-drying
  • For scent lovers: this has a hint of flowery scent
  • thicker in consistency as compared to the previous primers P&J came out with
  • skin felt moisturized all day
  • cute simple packaging, easily to take along
  • gives out a nice dewy glow
  • for dry skin: I can use cream or powder foundation without the flakiness
  • no heavy feel
  • no silicon feel, felt just like regular sunscreen
  • not the bad-ass oil controlling primer as you've expected
  • for super oily skin: you may need to retouch
  • I am not a fan of flowery smell for primers, so it's a no no for me, I'd rather have the citrus-y scent that P&J skincare has
  • if you're into matte looking skin, this is not the one, this primer gives out a bit of glow
  • does not fill in lines like other primers

This makes our makeup routine quicker. This acts both my Primer and Sun Screen. I love that I don't need to pile on products to get the result of 2! Again, I am just not a fan of fragrance/scents for my primers, I'd rather have them just a tiny bit, as the scent stays til half a day! or maybe it's just my nose?

Overall, this works well for dry-skinned, mature skin. I love that this primer is non silicon base and it makes my foundation application easier. I have tried this primer to my "oily" friends and so far, it still works good but not as great as the Smashbox Photo Finish Light.

  • I prefer to use clean fingertip to apply all over the face
  • making sure the product absorbs to the skin before you go to foundation application
  • if you will be taking a lot of photos, try not to use this as this contains high SPF which makes your skin glowy on photos (or oily to some)
  • a little definitely goes a long way, try using a small pea size first and increase as needed.
  • do checkout sales every now and then
Will I repurchase?

Yes, if they're on sale :)

Where to purchase and how much?

At P&J Rustan's, Makati for Php1,650 (approx $34.00)

A close up on the cute box

Size comparison with
Smashbox Photo Finish Light

Light Beigey Pink shade
L- no flash R- With flash

See the shine it gives on photo?

But this can be fixed with a pat of powder

I've used P&J Dual Powder Foundation

This isn't as expensive as compared to other primers available in the market as this is a 2-in-1 product. And 1 tube will last me months as I don't need to use too much. I know a lot of my dear friends have tried this and loved this. Share me your thoughts! :)

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. Wah! This looks awesome but I'm allergic to the octinoxate in it. =/

  2. Ahh... thanks for this review! I always hear lots of raves about this product! ;)

  3. Wow! Such a high SPF! I don't think I've ever seen cosmetics with that high of an SPF! LOL @ "has SPF and it's just not regular SPF, it's SPF 40 baby!" Too bad it's not yet available in Canada!!!

  4. thanks for the review.. this one is nice! =) im not using any primer coz I have normal skin. I tried the famous Smashbox primer at the counter and I really love the gel like texture..

  5. sis, i really think that P&J should get u to be their ambassador :P i would really like to try their stuff too after reading so so so many raves on yr blog!

  6. you primer queen!! :D LOL...looks interesting for sure...hmm...must go check it out..

  7. aww it looks like this primer is not for me :P

  8. Catherine, wow, at least you've already pinpointed what you're allergic to! You need to steer clear from this then!

    Jess, no worries, my pleasure, I've got people requesting me to do this review, I'm getting a bit lazy at times lol!

    Lisa, hahahah I wish you have the brand there in Canada soon!!!! Shipping is quite pricey for online orders right?

  9. Khymm, Smashbox Photofinish dries up my too dry skin, so I needed a primer that's both moisturizing and primes the skin!

    Prettybeautiful, hahaha it would be great to be their ambassador! lol thanks for suggesting, but I'm not, I'm just someone who bought so much P&J stuffs!LOL

    Bee, seriously, I am not supposed to be a primer queen as I don't need any primer! what's wrong with me????? lol HELP????!!!!

  10. Thanks for this review Nikki :)

  11. ive tried this a few times
    and agree with you that it does make me look a bit oily.

  12. I like the dewy finish!question though, if I don't use foundation can I still use this primer?

  13. Thanks for the review! I will be looking into the P&J!

  14. Thanks for the review, it looks interesting. Too bad it's not available here.

  15. Yay! Looks good. :-) Paul & Joe----I've always said I'd try their line but there are gazillion beauty products out there that one lifetime is not enough to try them all. :-D

  16. Wow sis! This sounds promising! Absolutely right! I've never met anyone who has a fetish over primers the way you have hahahahahaha!

  17. crystal, you are a Monistat or Smashbox primer gal!

    CHARRY , no worries, my pleasure

    Angela, but its not really oily but it's the shimmer that makes it look oily :)

  18. Hana, I believe so, it still works as sunscreen, maybe if you oil up, you can just use an oil control film or pat with a face powder :) it'll be ok :)

    JC, yes yes, you should look into this! :)

    Gio, I know, just like me lemming for those Barry Ms that aren't available here, you just can't have everything lol!

  19. Liza! I know what you mean! There are still so many makeup brands out there I haven't tried!

    Gracie, I won't forget you when you gave me the gift, you said: "When I think of Nikki, I think of primers" lol..why???? hahahha

  20. Oh wow, it sounds like a really good primer, erm more like the primer i've been looking for :D
    I am into dewy look, and it's a big plus for having SPF 40. I'm a little paranoid when it comes to sun exposure. I love being under the sun, but with enough protection. No way I want all of my freckles back lol
    Thanks for the review Nikki! I think I'm going to get this once I run out of my current primer..

  21. Yay love this one too! :] I love the glow it gives!!

  22. Shuu, I'm glad this review is helpful, yes, if you're looking for primers that doesn't give a very matte finish, this is it! :)

    Fuz, yay to P&J! You are a P&J lover like I am :)


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