The Nubian eyeshadow palette by Juvia’s Place is one that I had my eye on for a while. I passed it when I went to ULTA and the neutral shades drew me in. They are the shadows I wear the most. The one thing that kept me from picking it up was that I thought the shade range might get a little dull. Then the world changed and most of my purchases (makeup and otherwise) ended up being on line. Without passing the display, I sort of forgot about it.
However this palette came in an IPSY box so even though I forgot about it, the palette, it seems tracked me down anyway. This is a twelve pan palette that retails for $20 so you are looking at $1.67 per pan of shadow, which is not a bad price at all. Surprisingly, of the twelve shades only five are actually mattes. One of the shimmers is very low shimmer and can pass sort of as a matte though. we’ll get to that though. The shadows have no names so we are just going to number them 1through 12. I will go through the palette left to right starting the numbers with the top row.
The first row shadows one and four are shimmers while two and three are mattes. The first shimmer is a very subtle shimmer that was fantastic for a low key work look, while shadow #4 was a brighter silvery shimmer. The two mattes in this row were interesting. Shadow two is a brown with an orange hue to that I really couldn’t wear. It sort of made me look jaundiced. Shadow number three worked really well but it is almost identical to shadow #10 in the third row.
The second row is all shimmer and they are honestly stunning. They are smooth and fantastically easy to work with. They blend well without fading away or becoming muddy. There are two bronze shades in this row and while I adore bronze, they are close enough in tone that one could have been substituted for something else. they are however a great formula.
And then the third row. Shadow #9 is a shimmer. It is a subtle shimmer that can be used as a matte. It does have more shimmer on the eye than it does in the swatch though, so care is needed. The # 10 shadow is almost identical to #3. There is more difference in the swatch than there is on the eye. I did pair this shadow with the darker #11 for a lot of my looks and it was fantastic. Shadow #11 and #12are only different by minor tones and when applied and blended out tend to look identical.
I absolutely loved the formulas of these shadows. Both mattes and shimmers blend beautifully and I adore browns for an every day look. These colors are very much in my wheelhouse and I loved using them. The thing is so many of the tones are so close to each other that when applied and blended they looked identical. Which made me wonder why they were there. It is a great neutral palette and I will reach for it when I need a quick office look (and because I love the browns and bronze) but it does tend to be a bit boring. It is a good palette, but it is hard not to look at it and think that with just a few pan swaps, it could have been amazing. The formula is great, but the shadow selection is good, but not quite great. I am happy to know now that I really do love the formula of the Juvia’s Place shadows and I will be picking more of them up in the future.