Today’s blog post is a review of the Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette. I’ve been really excited to try this brand since it first crossed my radar and a few months back they had a 40% off everything sale. Naturally I had to snag one of Juvia’s Place’s already affordable eyeshadow palettes.
I was leaning towards the original Nubian palette but I watched an ingredient analysis video and found out that there are a lot of not so nice ingredients in there. I decided to go with the Nubian 2 Palette which was formulated to be paraben free unlike it’s predecessor and also contains double the amount of product.
Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette
The Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette retails for $25USD (currently on sale for $19). It 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 metallics in a paraben free formula.
Juvia’s Place is cruelty free.
Nubian 2 Packaging
The palette is made of stiff cardboard with a depiction Nefereti on the front. Nefereti 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. The shade names are printed underneath each pan. I love that the look of the palette is totally different from anything else in my collection, when I reach for it I know it will be easy to find.
“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 because Juvia’s Place tries to create shades that will compliment any skintone. It’s nice to see these bright, vibrant colours and know that a lot of women can wear them. You can check out the article I’ve quoted by BGLH Marketplace for some insight into Juvia’s Place.
I was disappointed with the blue shade Cleopatra after having some time to play with it. It doesn’t really seem to fit with the rest of the shades in the palette and has a silvery grey duochrome flip that I don’t really like with a deep blue.
Morroco: orangey brown matte
Madagascar: Matte brown with a yellow-green undertone.
Sheba: Metallic brown with a yellow/green undertone. Similar to Madagascar but metallic.
Yaa: Bronzey Shimmer/metallic
Jezebel: Purpley-pink matte
Zuri: Metallic white gold. Makes a fabulous highlight on lighter skin tones!
Cleopatra: Metallic blue with a silver-grey duochrome flip
Nefertiti: Warm gold metallic
Nairobi: Light yellow metallic
Leyla: Purple-brown metallic
Kenya: Brown matte
Egypt: Forest green metallic
Pigmentation, Blend & Fallout
The shades in the Nubian 2 Palette are sooo pigmented. They apply to the eye just as well as they swatch which is refreshing after reviewing the Pür X Boxycharm Palette a few weeks ago. The only shade that isn’t exactly the way it appears in the pan is Jezebel which looks like a deep purple matte in the pan but is more of a pink with a purple undertone on my skin.
The matte shadows are drier than I’m used to. They don’t feel buttery to me the way Too Faced shadows do but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They blend and apply really well on the eye. The metallics have an almost wet feel to them when I swatch with my finger. They take a little bit more work to blend than the matte shades but that’s not surprising to me considering they aren’t as dry as the mattes.
I haven’t noticed any real kick-up in the pan but the metallics have a lot of fallout under the eyes.
Juvia’s Place Nubian 2
Look #1: Sunlit Eye
The gold shade Nefertiti is my favourite shade in the palette. It’s rich, warm toned and I don’t have anything like it. The shade Nairobi is a lighter yellow metallic/shimmer shade. When I use them together they really aren’t that different from each other, I would rather have seen a red for something different.
There isn’t a shade to set my eyeshadow primer with in the Nubian 2 palette. For this look I set my primer and laid down a nude brown transition using shades from the Too Faced Natural Love palette. Next I took the shade Madagascar and placed it just below that first transition. I applied Nefertiti on the outer two thirds of my eye and filled in the inner third with Nairobi. Next I deepened the outer corner with the shade Morocco and accented the inner corners with Zuri. I finished the look with mascara, no eyeliner.
Look #2: Did Someone Say Slytherin?
I knew I needed to create a green look when I saw this palette! After some trial and error I realized that green looked best on me as a halo eye. I like to keep my halo eyes simple. This look only uses three shades.
In my crease is the shade Madagascar. I find it works really well with the green because it has a greenish yellow undertone, almost like a bruise. That sounds terrible when I put it that way, but it really works well as a transition shade when paired with greens and yellows. The green shade all over my lid is the Egypt and the shade in the centre of my lid is Zuri.
Which look is your favourite &
have you tried Juvia’s Place eyeshadows?
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