Hello everyone! I’ve been eagerly anticipating my Juvia’s Place order in the mail for almost two weeks. I’ve been looking forward to trying this cruelty free brand since it first crossed my radar and a few months back they had a 40% off everything sale. I jumped at the change to pick up & review the Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette!
I was leaning towards the original Nubian palette but I learned from an ingredient analysis video that there are a lot of not so nice ingredients in it. The Nubian 2 Palette is formulated to be paraben free unlike it’s predecessor so I chose it instead. It also contains double the amount of product!
Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette Review
The Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette retails for $25USD (currently on sale for $19) and contains 12 x 3.5g eyeshadows for a total of 42g of product. Juvia’s Place says 45 grams total but this must include the packaging or else their math is off. This works out to $0.71/gram or $2.50/pan. The Nubian 2 Palette contains four matte shades and eight shimmers/metallics in a paraben free formula.
Juvia’s Place is cruelty free.
Nubian 2 Packaging
The Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette is made of stiff cardboard with a depiction Nefertiti on the front. Nefertiti was an Egyptian Queen who reigned during one of Egypt’s wealthiest periods along with her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten. You can read more about her here if you’re interested in history!
The palette has a magnetic closure and doesn’t contain a mirror. I would have really liked a mirror in the palette for the size, it’s kind of a pain to reach for a separate mirror when I do my makeup. I think that most people do their makeup in a bathroom, but I always find my bathroom lighting sucks so I sit in front of a window to do my makeup. The shade names are printed underneath each pan which is awesome for makeup reviewers! I also love the contrast of the yellow outer packaging and pink inner packaging. It’s sooo instagramable.
And I also need to mention, these eyeshadow pans are freaking HUGE! I’ve gotten so used to ColourPop palettes so using this one is almost overwhelming. I’m never going to hit pan on these shades!
“I want colors that any woman of color can wear. A lot of the bigger brands don’t go that extra step and it shows. I want to be able to produce products that women of color can wear comfortably and not look like a clown” – Chichi Eburu, Source: BGLH Marketplace
The shades in the Nubian 2 Palette are a deeper than what’s in my current collection. Juvia’s Place creates shades that will complement any skin tone. I love that these vibrant colours are made for women of colour, there aren’t enough brands like Juvia’s Place out there. I’m caucasian and these colours work well for me too.
This colour story is rather interesting. I’ve had the palette for a while now and I find that I don’t always know what to do with it. There’s a lot of different combinations you can do but I still haven’t found a use for the shades Jezebel & Cleopatra. Jezebel is much more pink than it looks in the pan and Cleopatra has a grey-black duochrome flip that I don’t really think fits in with the rest of the palette.
I love the orangey bronze shades, I can create a daytime look with them or pair them with the golds for something a little more dramatic. Check out my makeup looks at the bottom!
Pigmentation, Blend & Fallout
The shades in the Nubian 2 Palette are sooo pigmented. They apply as well as they swatch which is refreshing after reviewing the Pür X Boxycharm Palette a few weeks ago. Jezebel is the only shade that I wish was more pigmented. It’s more pink on the eyes than it looks in the pan and less pigmented than the other shades. Purples are hard to get right in an eyeshadow, especially from a cruelty free brand. Most non-CF brands use carmine (crushed beetles) for their reds & purples.
The matte shadows are drier than I’m used to. They don’t feel buttery to me like ColourPop’s matte formula but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They blend and apply really well on the eye so I’m cool with it. I noticed that they’re harder to move across the eye if my base isn’t set so I make sure to set my primer with a translucent powder.
The metallic/shimmer shades feel almost wet when I swatch them with my fingers. They apply beautifully and blend across my eyes easily with a brush. The only downfall is that they have a TON of fallout. If you’re planning on using the darker metallic shades you absolutely need to do your eyes first. There’s no dusting these shades off of your under-eye area, you’ll need a makeup wipe.
Nubian 2 Swatches
These arm swatches were created with one swipe of my fingers. The pigmentation is really incredible!
Morroco: An orange matte transition shade.
Madagascar: A Matte brown/green transition shade.
Sheba: The metallic version of Madagascar.
Yaa:A metallic/shimmery bronze shade.
Jezebel: Pinky/purple matte.
Zuri: A white gold Metallic. This makes a FABULOUS face highlight!
Cleopatra: Metallic blue with a grey-black duochrome flip
Nefertiti: Warm gold metallic
Nairobi: Yellow metallic
Leyla: Purple-brown metallic
Kenya: A Brown matte that’s great for deepening the outer V.
Egypt: A forest green metallic shade with a TON of fallout.
Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Makeup Looks
I created 3 looks with my Nubian 2 palette for you. There are so many more colour combinations you can do with this palette, these makeup looks are just a taste!
Look #1: Sunlit Eye
How can you not want to use those delicious gold shades!? I diffused the orange matte shade Morocco through my crease and applied Kenya in the outer V of my eyes. Next I cut the half crease with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and pressed the yellow metallic shade Nairobi onto the inner 1/3 of my eyelids. The centre of my eyelids is covered in Nefertiti!
I love the warm and summery vibes this look gives off. It was the middle of winter when I created this!
Look #2: Did Someone Say Slytherin?
I HAD to make a Harry Potter reference with a green shade like Egypt! After some trial and error I realized that this green looked the best on me as a halo eye.
I find that the shade Madagascar works really well as a transition shade because it has a greenish yellow undertone, almost like a bruise. That sounds terrible but it really does work well as a transition shade when paired with greens and yellows. In the outer V of my eyes I used the shade Kenya again. It’s my go to for deepening the outer corners of my eyes.
For the Halo I pressed Egypt all over my eyelid and left a small gap in the centre where I pressed the pale highlight shade Zuri. I also used Zuri as a brow bone & inner corner highlight. Lastly I used a thin line of Leyla as an eyeliner!
Look #3: Daytime Bronze
My third look is the most wearable of the three. This is something that I would wear to work of if I just want a quick makeup look for when I’m running errands.
I used the matte shades Morocco and Madagascar as my crease transition and the shades Sheba and Yaa on my eyelids. I was really into combining two shades at once on my brush for this look. Just like the other two makeup looks I did with the Nubian 2 palette I used Zuri to highlight the inner corners of my eyes.
Which makeup look is your favourite and did you pick up the Nubian 2 Palette?
Overall I think this is a really good palette, especially for the price. Juvia’s Place frequently has sales so if full price is a little much you can probably just wait a few months and get it at a discount! My only issue with it is that I haven’t found a way to use all the shades yet… I’m still baffled about what to do with Cleopatra. Other than that I have no complaints. I hope you guys enjoyed this review, talk soon! x