Whether You Prefer Golden Or Gaudy, Juvia’s Place Has You Covered!

Published on August 1, 2018 by   ·   No Comments

Let me start by saying that I mean “gaudy” in the best possible way – no one, and I mean no one, does bright saturated colors like Juvia’s Place!

And this time around I’ve got 2 new palettes that will tickle your sense whether you prefer vivid showstoppers or more neutral golden glows: the Festival palette and the Warriors palette!

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These are the two most recent palettes from Juvia’s, and they have very different color stories.  Festival is very saturated, almost jewel-toned, with a pop of champagne, coral peach, and a shimmery white pearl.  Warriors, which is said to be the first of two palettes inspired by the heroics of the warriors from the fictitious African nation of Wakanda from the Black Panther movie, is a shimmery collection of browns and golds that is reminiscent of Juvia’s very first palette, the Nubian 1 (which I own, but somehow never included in a review – what am I doing with my life?!).

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L to R: Izafa, Uli, Ofala, Mmanwu, Iri Ji, Oro, Keleke, Aba, Odogwu

Izafa is a beautiful cool-toned cherry red, matte and blends gorgeously.  This is such a favorite – I’m not sure why I’ve been so drawn to red eyeshadow lately, but this shade has me living for it!  Uli is a bright pearl white shimmer, and it’s very pigmented.  This is a fairly dupeable shade, but you won’t always find this sort of color with this depth of color.  Juvia’s is really one of the best shimmer formulas on the market right now, bar none!  Ofala is a red-leaning matte orange that looks much more orange in the pan, but the red really starts to come through once you apply it to the skin.  Mmanwu is a creamy peach shade that looks a little more coral in the pan but definitely has a strong peach vibe when applied.  Iri Ji is a bright blue-toned fuchsia, the perfect 80s Barbie pink.  Oro is a beautiful mustard shade; if you had 90s grunge fantasies but were let down by the formula of the ABH subculture palette, this is absolutely the shade for you!  Kelekeis a gunmetal shade that starts with a black base and has lots of silvery shimmer to it.  Aba is a teal that leans more blue than green, and an amazing shimmer.  This one reminds me of straight up peacock feathers!  Odogwu is a champagne gold, very warm-toned, and is the one that will probably get accused of being a “repeat” shade the most.  I’ve heard a lot of rumblings from people that they feel like Juvia’s has too many shades that are too similar from palette to palette, and I do have to say that it’s not entirely off base.  But does it bother me?  I have every single palette they’ve put out so far, so you tell me?  The shades that people complain about tend to be basics like blacks of deep browns for deepening a look or various transition shades; while some people will be as obsessive as I am and buy every palette, they aren’t necessarily going to plan individual palettes with that consumer in mind.  It’s not like Too Faced where we see the same shades over and over in different orders (I’m looking at you, every Too Faced Christmas collection ever!) – there are single shades from palette to palette that have similarities, but not whole palettes or usually even more than one from palette to palette.  Each color story seems to be created on its own, and if it has some similarities to other shades in other palettes, then so be it.

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L to R: Amina, Idia, Mino, Ahosi, Moremi,
Kano, Dahomey, Bakwa, Benin

With the Warrirors palette, Juvia’s returns back to the brown/neutral landscape that first caught the makeup world by storm.  There will definitely be comparisons between this latest palette and their first, and some naysayers will stay away from this one because they feel that it’s a little too similar, but even though it’s working with the same kind of color story, I think the two palettes are actually different enough that they can give you a really wide-ranging collection of earthtones when used together.

Amina is a coppery brown that almost shifts rose gold when applied.  Idia is a brassy gold shimmer.  Mino is a deep, chocaltey, cool-toned brown – I love these kinds of browns!  I love cool shades in general, and I especially love a deep brown that tends more cool.  Ahosi is a light beige cream shade that is matte and more saturated than your typical bone/cream shade.  This one can be used anywhere, just build it up or sheer it out depending on desired application.  Moremi is a yellowy champagne shimmer that has a surprising amount of brightness when applied.  Kano is a medium warm leather brown.  Dahomey is a coppery shimmer brown.  Bakwa is a lighter, brighter version of Idia – where Idia goes more brassy, this one tends more yellowy antique gold, if that makes any sense at all!  Finally, Benin is a bright warm brown shimmer with some gold feel to it.

The warriors of Wakanda would be thrilled with this representation of their battle prowess!

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So what do you think?  Are you living for every damn thing Juvia’s Place puts out, or are you waiting for them to branch out into other cosmetic realms?  Do you feel there are too many similarities from palette to palette, or are you fine with similar shades popping up here and there?  Have you purchased a Juvia’s palette before or are you waiting for the perfect color combination in order for you to finally pull the trigger?  What color story would you like to see from the brand next?  Let us know in the comments below!

No matter what the color story, whenever I hear that Juvia’s has a new palette coming out I know they are going to end up taking my money.  Say what you will about shades that may or may not repeat, I love this formula – it’s probably my top shimmer formula ever! – and I’ve never had any problems with saturation of blendability with these shadows.  Sure, there are some palettes that I get more use out of than others; I’ve barely done more than swatch from the original Nubian, but there are shades in the Masquerade and Magic palettes that I wouldn’t be surprised if I hit pan on (and that’s pretty impressive given the large pan size!).  Whatever color story you connect with, if you haven’t tried out this great black-owned indie brand, I recommend that you do.  The formula is amazing, and the price will surprise you: most of the palettes retail for less than $30, and there are a variety of affiliate codes that you can use to save a little money (I don’t have a code, but I usually use code FUMI to support YouTuber Fumi Desalou-Vold or BEAUTYCULT to support the Beauty Cult Blog!).  The Africa-inspired palettes are all amazing and packed with beautiful, high performing colors.  If this brand expands their product line and keeps the quality at the same level, they could really become a force to be reckoned with in the makeup world.  Like Wakanda, they just have to be willing to tell the world more broadly about all of the treasures that lie inside…

Now Go Forth & Get Painted!

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