A few weeks ago Juvia’s Place had a 40% off sitewide sale. Juvia’s Place already has very affordable eyeshadow palettes so I was super stoked to order the Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette for even less at $11USD. Today’s post is my first impressions of the Nubian 2 along with swatches and a few makeup looks. *My full review is up now, you can find that post HERE!*
Juvia’s Place Nubian 2
At A Glance
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. Nubian 2 contains four matte shades and eight metallics in a paraben free formula.
One of the reasons I went with the Nubian 2 palette over the original Nubian palette is that the N2 doesn’t contain parabens. I watched Jen Luvs Reviews’ ingredient analysis of the original Nubian palette on Youtube and there were some pretty questionable ingredients in the formula. I don’t know if Juvia’s Place has since changed the formula, but the product description at Juvia’s Place for the N2 specifically indicated no parabens. I’ve been trying to be more ingredient conscious lately.
The one thing I would change about the packaging is that I would put a mirror in the palette. I know that would up the price, but it would make the palette that much more user friendly for me. I don’t have a vanity in my house and the bathroom lighting is terrible so I do my makeup sitting on the floor in my bedroom where the light is best (The things we do for beauty!)
The mattes in the Nubian 2 Palette are drier in the pan than I’m used too. They don’t feel particularly “buttery” or creamy like I’ve gotten used to from brands like ColourPop and Too Faced. They didn’t swatch on my arm as easily as the metallics did but with a brush they apply beautifully to my eyes. They’re highly pigmented and blend well so I’m not particularly disappointed that they aren’t the buttery formula I’m used to.
The metallic shades do swatch well when applied with my fingers. Some shades felt different in texture when I swatched them, some are creamier, drier, grittier, smoother etc. BUT they all apply well and that’s what matters. There is one shade that I was disappointed in and that’s the blue shade, Cleopatra. When I swatched it there was a blackish/grey undertone that comes through more than the butterfly blue I was hoping for. It’s still a pretty shade but I need to build it up more than shades like Egypt (the PERFECT Slytherin Colour) and Nairobi.
Nubian 2 Swatches
Holy moly are these shades pigmented! Even Cleopatra has good pigment, despite the blue not being quite what I wanted. The colour scheme is really interesting with the Nubian 2. You get a good mixture of browns, coppers and yellows, but there’s also a purple, blue and green. When I swatched everything it reminded me of one of those primary colour paint sets we were given in grade school.
Look #1: Cut Crease
For the first look I attempted a cut crease. I swept the shade Madagascar into the crease then placed Kenya slightly below Madagascar. Next I used ColourPop No Filter Concealer to carve the crease. I applied Zuri all over the lid and deepened the outer corners with a mixture of Jezebel & Leyla. I still have a lot to learn about cut creases haha!
Look #2 Golden Sunset
For this golden sunset look I combined the ColourPop Double Entendre Palette (see my First Impressions Blog Post) with the Nubian 2 Palette. I started with the Double Entendre by setting my eye primer with Locked & Loaded and sweeping the shade Send Noodles into the crease to serve as a transition. I deepened the crease with Madagascar and applied Nefereti from the Nubian 2 all over the lid. on the inner third of my eyelid I applied Nairobi to bring out the yellow. Lastly I dipped back into the DE palette and deepened the outer corner with the shade Hard. I know, I still can’t pose for photos!
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