Get The Look: Mermaid Eyes feat. Juvia’s Place The Masquerade Palette

Summer is right around the corner and I’m absolutely ready! I’ve been planning a beach vacation and you can tell it’s on my mind by the number of blue eyeshadow looks I’ve done recently. Sorry not sorry! If you are just as ready for summer as I am, check out my most recent ocean blue eye look because nothing says summer quite like mermaid halo eye realness. Primary shadows used in this look came from the Juvia’s Place The Masquerade shadow palette. For full look details, keep reading!

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Review: Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette ‘The Saharan’

Intense pigmentation. Color diversity. Perfect formula. I’d say all this about Juvia’s Place eyeshadows. I have The Nubian, The Nubian 2, and The Masquerade palette and have come to expect nothing else from the brand. Did Juvia’s live up to the hype with the release of their latest palette – The Saharan? Keep reading to find out! (Hint: Take a peek at this look I did using the palette and decide for yourself!)

Juvias Juvia's Place The Saharan Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing ‘Kia’ (lid), ‘Chad’ (outer third), ‘Wodaabe’ (inner third), ‘Katsina’, ‘Jamila’, and ‘Sokoto’ (base & transition shades) from Juvia’s Place The Saharan eyeshadow palette.
I had INCREDIBLY high hopes for this palette when it was announced. After seeing preliminary swatches, I was positive I’d be purchasing because I couldn’t pass up some of the foiled shades Juvia’s Place included in this palette. Just looking at Kia and Wodaabe made me drool.

Honestly, truly.

I was overly thrilled, however, with some of the shades that seemed to be duplicates from other Juvia’s palettes – just renamed. Senegal heavily favors Sheba from ‘The Nubian 2’ and Jamila (although wonderful to have an orange brick transition shade, is nearly identical to Morocco, also from ‘The Nubian 2’. Finally, Bororo is a near identical dupe for Calabar in ‘The Masquerade’ palette. Just something to think about as you look for duplicate shades already in your collection. As you can see, this fact clearly didn’t deter me from purchasing. =)

The stars of this palette are really its metallic shades. This isn’t news to any Juvia’s lovers out there – Juvia’s consistently delivers amazing foiled shadows. As I said earlier, Wodaabe and Kia are drool-worthy and you can add Senegal and Iman to that category as well. The rest of the shimmer shades are lovely as well, but best applied over shadow primer as there was a lot of fall out when picking them up with a brush. To ensure the foiled and shimmer shades stay on your lid all ways, definitely use a top notch primer. I personally use Too Faced Glitter Glue primer for shadows like this. It is formulated to keep glitter on your eyeballs so it can definitely take on a shadow this pigmented!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed by the mattes in this palette as I have been with the mattes in previous palettes. I had a lot of trouble getting Jamila to swatch with my finger and even more trouble trying to get it on my brush. I felt like I was really digging just to get a tiny bit of product. I prefer Morocco from ‘The Nubian 2’ palette to Jamila. Also, for being a brand with such a reputation for pigmentation, I was disappointed with the performance of Chad. This was Juvia’s chance to make the black of all blacks, but it really fell short for me. Again, I had trouble picking this up with my finger and my brush. I’ll stick to Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Noir’ or Melt Cosmetics ‘Dark Matter’ for my smokey eye fix.

Overall, you cannot beat this palette for the price. I cannot stress that enough. For roughly $30 (use a discount code like DUPETHAT at checkout for $$ off) you get 12 shadows (8 amazing / 4 pretty darn good) and you can play around with a whole spectrum of colors and formulas till your little heart bursts. Meanwhile, I’ll just be waiting for The Saharan 2 to release so I can keep getting my Juvia’s Place fix!

Get The Look: Top 8 Valentine’s Day 2017 Eyeshadow Picks

How is it February 2017 already!? February means Valentine’s Day and I’ve put together a few of my favorite pink/red/purple shadows so you can get your V-day on! These are perfect for date night or GALentine’s fun! Even if you are anti-Valentine’s, you have to admit that these shades do have that special something. If you want to ask one of these shades to be your Valentine this year, I will fully support. Check out my picks below!

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Upcoming Collection: Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette ‘The Saharan’

Juvia’s Place ‘The Saharan’ eyeshadow palette will officially launch January 30th. Soft launched occurred with limited stock on January 25th and January 28th. Full stock will be available on the Juvia’s Place website on January 30th. The palette will retail for $28 USD. Affiliate code BEAUTYCULT will save you 10% off at checkout.

Looking for a Dior quality palette at a drugstore price? Check out Juvia’s Place. In a matter of months, I’ve collected all three available palettes (Nubian, Nubian 2, Masquerade) and now a new beauty is set to take the stage this January: The Saharan! Juvia’s is known for rich pigmentation and HUGE pans so you can play in this forever and it will last equally as long. Keep reading for more pictures and swatches on different skintones!

Juvia's Place The Saharan Palette

Juvia’s Place The Saharan Palette
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First Impression: Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette ‘The Masquerade Mini’

A few months ago, I was gifted Juvia’s Place ‘The Nubian 2’ eyeshadow palette for my birthday and since then, I haven’t been able to get enough! I thought it was about time to make another purchase so I snatched up The Masquerade Mini during the Black Friday frenzy. Now that it’s here, I can say I am officially obsessed. I’m proclaiming it PALETTE OF THE YEAR. I’d say that’s love at first swatch, wouldn’t you? Keep reading to find out why I’m so infatuated!

Juvia's Place The Masquerade Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Juvia’s Place The Masquerade Mini shadow palette with normal pans (left) next to The Nubian 2 shadow palette with jumbo pans for comparison.
Juvia's Place The Masquerade Mini Eyeshadow Palette

To say I’m obsessed is an understatement. I feel that I’ve written that exact phrase more than once on this blog, but it’s meaning has never held the weight this instance has. The Masquerade palette achieves what no other colorful shadow (matte or shimmer) has done for me: it gives a whole new meaning to color intensity on melanin enriched skin. From Kat Von D to Urban Decay to Lime Crime, I’ve tried a bunch of bright, blinding color palettes, but this is the first to deliver on the color that I crave! If you don’t believe me, just check the swatches. Even the mattes stand out. 

I was able to snag the mini version of the larger palette for about $20 during the Black Friday sale + the discount using the code DUPETHAT (available year round). The mini is perfect for my needs as I have enough eyeshadow to last 25 years and I have no need for mega pans. At least that’s what I thought when I ordered this. But if my obsession holds up, I might be ordering a back up sooner than I thought.

Juvia's Place The Masquerade Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Get The Look: Favorite Eyeshadows for Winter 2016

Winter is my favorite season because I love being all bundled up! Whether that’s in my favorite sweater or in my favorite blanket, I’m all about being hugged up in some of my favorite things! However, my eyelids haven’t quite given up the dream of a colorful summer and they are having a hard time adjusting to the cold. So with that, I bring to you my pics for a much more colorful season than last year’s picks!


Juvia's Place Nubian 2 Egypt

Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 Palette ‘Egypt’
I’ve become a huge fan of this palette since receiving it for my birthday and this is one of my favorite shades! It’s very bold for winter, but considering that emerald green is considered one of the official colors of Christmas, I’d say you can get away with it. Juvia’s Place, $30.
Ultimo Cosmetics Persia

Ultimo Cosmetics Loose Pigment ‘Persia’
Ultimo Cosmetics pigments are among the first reviewed on my blog and they are still my favorite loose pigments. The quality, color selection, and fact that you can get a sample for $1 is mind blowing. But I’d say go with the regular size on this purchase, you’ll use it. eBay, $10.
Looxi Beauty Bohemian

Looxi Beauty Single Shadow ‘Bohemian’
Looxi Beauty is my favorite indie shadow brand. I have almost their entire collection and this one is a standout. It performs more like a pressed pigment than a shimmer shadow and a little will go a long way. For best performance, use over an eyeshadow base. Looxi, $5. (Use code SPENCE10 for 10% off)
Viseart Dark Mattes

Viseart Dark Mattes Palette ‘Blue #2’
Viseart shadows are my favorite high end shadow because  they are just as pigmented upon application on brown skin as they are in the pan. The entire Dark Mattes palette has become a staple in my collection and I use all the shades as transition colors on just about all of my looks. Sephora, $80.
Lorac Unzipped Unbridled

Lorac Cosmetics Unzipped Palette ‘Unbridled’
Lorac Cosmetics palettes are some of the most loved palettes by both makeup artists and enthusiasts alike. Their Unzipped palette is a rose gold lover’s dream. Even though the palette’s shimmer shades really make the product, I selected this shade because I love it for everyday wear. Ulta, $42.
Essence Cosmetics Metal Glam Sparkle All Night

Essence Cosmetics Metal Glam Single ‘Sparkle All Night’
I’m always here for any outstanding drugstore beauty product and I find some of the best hiding at Ulta! Essence Cosmetics foiled Metal Glam shadows are incredibly pigmented and I love this particular gunmetal shade as an alternative to the traditional black. Ulta, sold out. (Makeup Geek ‘Galaxy’ is similar, $5.)
Looxi Beauty Gravity

Looxi Beauty Single Shadow ‘Gravity’
‘Gravity’ is the duochrome sister to my favorite Looxi Beauty shadow ‘Urbane’. Since I’ve talked your ear off about ‘Urbane’, I thought I’d throw this one out there as a cool bronze alternative to the ever so popular gold eye / red lip holiday combo. This shade gives off some especially serious shimmer under twinkling holiday lights! Looxi, $3.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario Muse

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario ‘Muse’
I’d be absolutely crazy if I didn’t include a shade from my most loved shadow palette of 2016. I love this palette so much that I really had trouble picking just one shade, but went with the one that was most used out of my palette. This is another shade that I can throw all over my eyelid and walk out of the door. No frills about it! Macy’s, $45.

Review: Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 Eyeshadow Palette

If there was one indie brand that really burst onto the scene this year, I’d have to say it was Juvia’s Place. Their three eyeshadow palettes have been blazing through the internet – from blogger reviews to traditional media taking notice – these palettes have been everywhere! Now that I’ve finally got my hands on one (thanks to my bestie JLat), I’ve got the whole scoop on The Nubian 2 palette. Keep reading to find out this one is now the love of my life! 

I’ve been playing with this palette way more than I’d like to admit over the weekend! In fact, I love it so much that for my lunch break today, I used it to do my eyes instead of eating. I gave up food for this palette! That is TRUE love. 

But I just HAD to see how Jezebel looked in my crease as a jazzy daytime look, and I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love it. This palette has everything in it. Bold mattes, transition colors, sparkling shimmers, you name it, this palette has it. I’d read reviews by other bloggers and seen swatches, so I’d already made up in my mind that this was a 10/10, but swatching it with my own fingers was literally an amazing experience! And I’m so delighted that this product is produced by a B.O.M.B (Black Owned Makeup Brand).

Getting into my favorites, I’d have to say that Cleopatra and Egypt stood out to me the most the second I opened the palette. I’m a sucker for bold colored shadows! But I think the stunners for me, after I began to play with it, are the mattes! There are a ton of palettes out there that do shimmers really, really well only to throw in 2-3 matte shades as an afterthought because consumers expect them. That typically leads to a huge discrepancy in formula since they were not in focus from the beginning.

However, with this palette, you can literally feel the attention to detail in the pigmentation of everything. Morocco and Madagascar (which matches my skin PERFECTLY) are definitely going to be in heavy rotation for me as I start off every look I create with a color that matches my skin and an orange shade to add dimension behind my transition shade. It’s truly become a habit and I’m thrilled to have some huge pans I can dig into! 

The Nubian 2 Juvia's Place Eyeshadow Palette

Daytime Chic : ‘Jezebel’ in the crease is perfect paired with a dusty rose / mauve shade all over the lid. Pair with a nude lip for brunch.

Now if we go back and talk shimmers a minute, I’m loving Leyla and Nefertiti. These are two shades that weren’t stand out to me in the packaging (although super gorgeous still), they applied so beautifully and were the first shimmers I picked out for my first eye look with this palette. 

If you are a shimmer fiend, you must truly consider this palette. It’s super affordable and the huge pans will last you a lifetime. Unless you are like me and you are going to devour this palette like no one’s business. I’m already plotting my next look with this bad boy, are you?

The Nubian 2 Juvia's Place Eyeshadow Palette

Nighttime Glam: I used ‘Nefertiti’ on my lid for the halo effect, ‘Jezebel’ in the transition area, and ‘Kenya’ in my crease for more depth. Snazzy right?

Upcoming Collection: Juvia’s Place Masquerade Eye Palette

 The Masquerade Eye Palette by Juvia’s Place will launch August 5th online at Price TBD.

One of the products at the top of my wish list right now is The Nubian 1 &2 eyeshadow palettes by Juvia’s Place. If you haven’t laid eyes on these beauties you are SERIOUSLY missing out. Before I could get my paws on those two, Juvia goes and releases ANOTHER palette that takes my breath away! Get ready for The Masquerade this August. For more product shots and swatches, keep reading below!