It’s been awhile since you heard me speak on Juvia’s Place cosmetics, so I was inspired to do so today. I recently splurged on a few more eyeshadow palettes from them over Independence Day weekend, so I wanted to (finally) start reviewing the palettes I already have. Today, I’ll be talking about The Zulu palette. For information on my experience ordering from Juvia’s Place, check out my First Impressions post. The following is a list of the Juvia’s Place palettes I own (or await in the mail) and plan to talk about in the future:
- The Zulu Palette
- The Tribe Palette
- The Festival Palette
- The Warrior Palette
- The Saharan Palette
- The Saharan II Palette
- The Magic Mini Palette
The Zulu palette is a 9-pan palette that features a fun and fruity color scheme. I purchased mine for $14 USD during a sale, but it’s regular price is $20 USD. I highly recommend waiting for a sale.(At the time of this post it is now only $10!) It’s versatile for all skin tones with both bold and everyday wear colors that come in matte and metallics. I found it odd that the colors are not named in this palette, like in some of the other JP palettes, but simply labeled on the website as Shade 1 – 9. Here are my color descriptions based off the actual look of them in pan and on the eye:
- Shade 1 – Yellow orange matte shade.
- Shade 2 – Golden yellow matte shade.
- Shade 3 – Chocolate brown matte shade.
- Shade 4 – Jade green/blue matte shade.
- Shade 5 – Lime green metallic shade.
- Shade 6 – Aqua/Teal metallic shade.
- Shade 7 – Rose gold/peachy metallic shade.
- Shade 8 – Cranberry red matte shade.
- Shade 9 – Royal purple matte shade.
Without question, the metallics in this palette pack a punch and color payoff is easy, without using a lot of product. I will admit that the metallics are so buttery, they can crumble and kick up a bit if placing too much on the eye with a brush. I’ve found good results using my finger, to keep the shadow from clumping on my eye lid. Wetting your brush prior to use isn’t necessary with these metallics!
The palette’s downfall (with most of this eyeshadow type at JP) is the mattes. They are extremely dry and take several swipes/scrubs with the brush to pick up pigment. Nonetheless, they are easily buildable with patience. They blend very well with other mattes, too. The only color so far that I was slightly disappointed in was Shade 1 (yellow). It showed more like a yellow orange/mustard color on the lid; even with a white base. If you’re very fair skinned, it may show closer to what you see in pan, if not, marigold is what you’re going to get.
I wanted to showcase my makeup with the best representation possible. So, no fancy lights on the first two looks. Just cellphone pictures in natural light or regular office lighting 🙂 The last look’s photo lighting is front of my Hollywood glamour mirror lighting. In each photo I’ve been wearing the look for over an hour.
4 / 5 Stars
Overall, I really like this palette and the color scheme of it forces you to try new and different color combinations. A lot of people don’t care for that or feel like the palette is lacking, but I honestly can get quite a few coordinated looks from it. I also feel like JP’s palettes are meant to be complimentary with other palette’s in their collection; just a tad bit of buying enabling on Juvia’s part! The matte shade formulations definitely leaves something to be desired, but because they are easily buildable and blend relatively well, I won’t complain much. The palette is a great value if you snag it during a sale!
All this week I plan to dig into my Juvia’s eyeshadows, keep checking back for more pictures and posts 🙂