Review: Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer in Orient

By Voxy  

Among the 19 (!) lip products I discovered in my purse yesterday was Paul & Joe’s Lip Lacquer in Orient, a fiery neutral-to-warm red. I bought this awhile ago but never ended up posting a review because I’d forgotten to take a picture with the complete packaging, including the world’s tiniest lip gloss instruction manual. Seriously, how cute is that? (In case you are wondering, the instructions, printed in both English and French, are as follows: “Directions for Use: Take an appropriate amount of product with your fingertips or using a lip brush and apply onto your lips. Usage Precautions: After use, wipe the opening of the container thoroughly, with a tissue for example, and close the cap tightly.”)

I suppose I fail at reading directions, because I just recklessly applied it willy-nilly straight from the tube! What was I thinking? Someone could have been hurt! or killed!

I like the color of this quite a lot. It’s possibly the warmest red I own that works on me. I can see that you would probably get more precise coverage if you were to follow the directions and use a lip brush, but really for casual use it’s just fine to slob it on right out of the squeezy tube. I think if brands don’t want you to apply their lip products without some sort of implement, they oughtn’t to put them in squeezy tubes. And lip brushes are a pain. I know some of you have great patience for them, but I do not.

You would probably also be advised to use a lip liner if you want a fuller-coverage look. You can slop on a lot of this stuff and get a pretty intense red, but if you do that without a liner ’round the outside of the lip, it’s likely to migrate. So if you want to avoid the vampire-in-search-of-a-napkin look, use a liner. Almost any will do. It does not have to match the intense red of the gloss — often with reds I think it’s just as good to use a shade that’s somewhere between the lipstick shade and the natural shade of your lips, so that as it wears you are sure not to be left with ring-around-the-lips. What you really want the liner for is to provide a waxy barrier at the lip’s edge to prevent the gloss from traveling into little lines and feathering out.

Like most glosses, this has a wearlength that is somewhat shorter than Charlie Sheen’s remaining acting career. Such is life. It also ain’t cheap, but it’s a nice red (which is hard to find) and if you’re ordering some other things from Paul & Joe, then it’s worth throwing into the cart.


Naked lip:

Lip with Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer in Orient:


Paul & Joe Beauté Lip Lacquer in Orient: $20 (via — in the US at least, you cannot order directly from the Paul & Joe website. There does exist a page for the brand on, which makes me hope that they’ll be offering P&J products at some point in the not-too-distant future.)

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. Come on, $20 for a squeezy tube?

Purchase again? Probably, though I’ll try another shade.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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One Comment

  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well, OCC lip tars come in a tube but DEFFO need a brush. However, they really do *need* a brush, and they’re worth the effort. This does not look like it either needs the precision of a brush nor pays off the effort of carrying/using one. SINCE IT’S PRACTICALLY CLEAR.


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