I’m currently having a love affair with Juvia’s Place. As my proficiency with makeup improves (ha!) and my inhibition regarding colour decreases I’m finding myself drawn to their palettes like a bee to flowers. Even just a year ago I would never have purchased The Saharan II palette because the blue shadows are a little intimidating but actually these are the very shades which drew me in.
This nine pan palette is stunning to look at. I love the purple and yellow colour combination of the packaging and the cover art is stunning. These pans are HUGE. Like, surprisingly big, so I’m glad I love this palette because I’m never going to pan it. You get 6 metallic shades and 3 mattes and I think the balance works extremely well.
Despite there being a few pops of colour in this palette it is actually very wearable for every day. The pigmentation is stellar. I do foil these with a fixing spray but only because they look SO STUNNING that way, not because it is actually required. There is a beautiful bronze (Hadiya) and light gold shade (Aziza) as well as a truly stunning peachy shade (Marrakesh) that is deliciously pigmented and SO beautiful on the lid. I love the tone of the blue called Berber (it is like a powdered version of ColourPop’s super shock shadow in Coconut if you are familiar with it) and the duo chrome light blue/green shade called Chefchaouen is also really beautiful and quite unique to my collection. The surprise shade for me is the burgundy shimmer (Nomad) which seems a bit out of place in this palette but it is actually such a nice addition because it really does mean you can use this palette for such a diverse series of looks. I love the berry pop it offers. The Saharan II really has surprised me with how dynamic the colour story is.
As for the mattes, I think the three shades work so well together. The warm, mid-toned brown (Taza) really does blend out well in the crease, even on my pale skin. The dark brown (Fez) is very blendable and perfect for darkening up the look although it is not as deep and dark as I expected. The same could be said of the burgundy matte (Zohra) which looks extremely dark in the pan but is actually more mid-toned and bright on the skin. This colour is a little dry to the touch compared to the other two matte shades but it doesn’t seem to impact its performance on the eyes.
Overall, I really like this palette. It is beautiful, a bit unique and the quality is stunning. I used this palette to make a peacock inspired look which I really loved and I’m so happy with the way the blues played against that burgundy matte. So beautiful.
Juvia’s Place is cruelty free, pretty budget friendly and available through a number of sellers including their own website which does ship internationally. They do regular sales so if you are keen to try this palette wait for a deal. This palette retails on their website for USD20 but I got it during a 40% off sale! I really think this formula is worth a try.
Have a wonderful day!