Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette | First Impressions

Juvia's Place Nubian 2 Palette | First ImpressionsA 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 Palette First Impressions

Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 First Impressions

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. 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 Nubian 2 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. Currently the Juvia’s Place product description for the N2 specifically indicated that it was paraben free.

Juvia's Place Nubian 2 Palette First Impressions


If I could change one thing about the packaging I would put a mirror in the Nubian 2 palette. I know that would up the price, but it would make the palette 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 lighting 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. I was disappointed in 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.

Juvia's Place Nubian 2 Palette Swatches

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 just below it. Next I used ColourPop No Filter Concealer to cut 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 with the Nubian 2 Palette. I started with the Double Entendre Palette 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 Nefertiti from the Nubian 2 Palette 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!

Do you have the Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette?

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  1. March 17, 2018 / 3:29 am

    I need to look into getting more Julia’s Place palettes, I have Zulu and it is amazing. These colours look gorgeous

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 17, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      I want them all lol! The magic palette looks so pretty, and the masquerade!

  2. March 4, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Omg! How did I miss this sale?! I love how pigmented their shadows are.

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 4, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      I don’t think they promoted the sale very well, I’m hearing from a lot of people that they missed it! The quality bid amazing!

  3. March 4, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Juvia’s Place has never really been a brand I’ve wanted to try (I feel like their palettes are a little too “out there” for me), but their eye shadow palettes looks super high quality!
    I love both looks you did, but the cut crease is my favourite!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 4, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      They do have a lot of vibrant palettes, this one at least has some nice transition shades!

      Thanks!! It turned out better than I expected, I still have a lot of experimenting to do with colours 😄

  4. March 4, 2018 / 7:28 am

    OMG I did not know about this sale! I have always wanted to try Juvia’s Place palettes! Ughhhh I can’t believe I missed it!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 4, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Hopefully they have another sale soon 🙁 On the bright side their palettes are already pretty affordable but it sucks to miss the sale!

  5. March 3, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    You look stunning!! Really like the Golden Sunset look. That color looks great on you! 🙂 <3

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 3, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂
      I like the yellow look the best too =) There’s so much you can do with this palette.

  6. Melina Elisa
    March 2, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I’ve never bought any of their eyeshadow products, but their brushes are to die for! I’ve had my brushes for about 2 years, and they still look and feel brand new! Great review Cleia xxx


    • AlwaysCleia
      March 2, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      I’ll have to try those! I was looking at them during the sale 🙂 Thanks for reading! xx

  7. Makeup by Erin
    March 2, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    I keep meaning to pick up one of their palettes because of all the hype, I just keep forgetting. Love the looks you did! xx

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 2, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      Watch for a sale, they have them often! I hope to order the Masquerade palette soon too!

      • Makeup by Erin
        March 2, 2018 / 7:51 pm

        Good idea! Thank you!

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