Paul & Joe Protective Powder Compact Foundation in #30 Clear

I have been very interested in trying more Paul & Joe's base makeup items after the good experiences with Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer in #03 Creme.

Creamy Powder Compact Foundation (SPF15 PA+) in #10 Ivory and Protective Powder Compact Foundation (SPF 20 PA++) in #30 Clear are the recent new additions to my Paul & Joe base makeup stash.

Paul & Joe Protective Powder Compact Foundation

In March 2010, Paul & Joe revamped Protective Dual Powder Foundation to release Protective Powder Compact Foundation. The upgraded version is designed to have a better adherence, oil control ability and lasting power.

It features Paul & Joe's signature Secret D’or, which is a champagne gold frost with "nine color gold shimmer" in various tones from white, pink, yellow, blue, green, silver, gold, red and purple.

Paul & Joe Protective Powder Compact Foundation in #30 Clear


Protective Powder Compact Foundation with SPF20 PA++ is available in 8 shades in the US. In Asian markets, it
comes in only 6 shades, and contains SPF22 PA++, however. Of all the options, I chose #30 Clear that has a light beige ocher shade. #30 Clear looks darker in the compact than what it shows on my face. The color matches my slightly tanned skin in the summer.


Unlike most of Paul & Joe's base makeup products that are known for their sheer, luminous finishes and light, moisturizing feels, Protective Powder Compact Foundation is matte with a full coverage. It is build-able, and covers the pores, redness, pimples and other blemishes very well.

It can be used wet or dry. The powder goes on light, smooth, and adheres to the skin very nicely.

Paul & Joe Protective Powder Compact Foundation in #30 Clear


When applied dry, it gives a powdery matte finish, but not cakey or lumpy. When applied wet, the foundation adheres more closely to the skin, blends more easily, and covers the imperfections more effectively, which really gives a more natural, satin matte finish.
It starts to impart a soft matte finish with a luminosity after an hour. Throughout the day, it does not turn dark or dull, and controls sebum and sweat nicely.


I prefer to use it wet than dry. It tends to give a more powdery matte finish when applied dry. On the other hand, it looks softer and more natural when applied wet. The strength of this powder foundation is its good oil control ability. The color doesn't turn dull, yet remains luminously matte and fresh over time. Overall, I think Paul & Joe Protective Powder Compact Foundation is a good choice for hot, humid weather.

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