Lately I’ve been feeling uninspired by my eyeshadow collection. It seems all I have are warm neutrals, 15 different shades of black and not enough glitter. This caused me to do some research and see which new palettes are on the market. I decided I needed a colorful palette with just a handful of neutrals. I debated on the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette but ultimately I landed on the Juvia’s Place Masquerade Palette.
I have seen several video reviews of JP’s products and I felt confident that the quality is worth the price, even though Juvia’s Place isn’t a household name just yet. I was too impatient to order online and was able to find a local store that stocks online retailer’s beauty products.
The palette costs $30USD for 16 shades, all of a generous size, so that prices the eyeshadows at less than $2 each which I think is very fair.
Design wise, this palette feels high quality. It has sturdy casing in hot pink with their signature African themed female logo. I don’t believe the lid is magnetic. The shadows come covered in a plastic film sheet and the palette itself is bubble wrapped inside the box.
All of the eyeshadows in this palette have beautiful exotic, authentic African names which I love. When I use them it makes me feel like I’m going on safari or something, or at the very least like I’m about to achieve a bomb look lol. The shadows themselves all swatch smoothly and pigmented when using a bare finger, but I did have some trouble with them using a brush which I will talk more about below.
As I mentioned before, the palette has 16 shades, divided up as follows:
8 jewel tones and 8 neutral shades
4 matte shades and 12 shimmery, metallic and glittery shades
Whenever I am applying eyeshadow, I always apply it onto my face before doing the rest of my makeup. I have pretty dark/pigmented lids, so I use an eyeshadow base to neutralize that. Currently I am using the NYX full coverage concealer pot in the shade Beige as a base. (It is very full coverage but must be set with a shadow or powder almost immediately otherwise it creases and looks oily). I did not experience a noticeable amount of fallout on my face when applying these eyeshadows, but I did notice some kickup in the palette itself.
The first time I used this palette I was going for a look that is out of my comfort zone. I was attempting a green, sort of smoky eye, so I used the shade Mali.It didn’t go well for me. I used a flat synthetic brush, slightly dampened, to get a vibrant color. On JP’s website they advertise that the shadows can be used wet to build up intensity. I found that it created a sort of sealed texture on the surface of the shadow which prevented me from achieving a very pigmented look.
I went in to the color again with a dry brush and got slightly better results but overall I think the Mali shade in particular is less pigmented than some of the other colors.
The next day I used this palette to get a very warm, pink, blown out look and I used more of the shadows in my application than the first time around. I incorporated the shades Zobo, Bori, Ada, Zulu, Casablanca and Dahia into my look. I did notice that these applied better with my natural hair brushes than my synthetic brushes, which could have been why I did not have the best experience when using Mali. I feel that the second time I attempted to use this palette I achieved a much better result and the application was a lot easier.
The matte shades apply and blend beautifully, so no issues there. I would recommend using a finger to apply the shimmery/metallic shades, or at the very least a natural hair brush if that is an option. With a price of less than $2 per eyeshadow, even with the pigmentation issues I’ve experienced, this palette is still worth it in my opinion. I also feel it would be wise to use these eyeshadows with a shadow shield, a heavy under-eye bake or bare skin to prevent shadow fallout on foundation. I think that Juvia’s Place is a great, up and coming brand and I am happy that I purchased this palette. I would definitely look into buying more of their products in the future.
Here’s the link to the palette I purchased:
Let me know if you guys are interested in a pictorial or eyeshadow look ideas. I’d love to play around more with this palette. Do you own any Juvia’s Place products? What has been your experience with them? I’m really very curious to hear–please leave your comments below. Thanks for reading!