OOOOOOooooo I just can’t stop with the Juvia’s Place love at the moment. I am such a sucker once I find a formula I love I just want ALL THE THINGS! And The Nubian 2 does not disappoint. I would describe this as a neutral palette with a few jewel tones. Its very wearable just like the first Nubian palette but with a bit more colour. I think it is a nice sister palette to the first release. This palette is a 12 pan palette but don’t be fooled – these pans are HUGE compared to the first version. Like always, I love the cover artwork and very much enjoy the mustard and pink packaging colour combination.
There are a four mattes in this palette and at first glance they all seem quite dark but actually I was surprised to find that all four are actually more mid-toned but buildable. They certainly blend very easily and are nowhere near as daunting to use as I imagined on my very pale skin.
The shimmers are delicious. They are so creamy to the touch and definitely work best when you apply them with a little fixing spray or with your finger. Seriously though, if you want some PIGMENTED shine do yourself a favour and just pick up the pigment on your brush and then spritz the loaded brush with some fixing spray. Lordy lord – these are beautiful. Like that is some high shine business. And they last all day for me without primer in the tropical summer weather and look just as beautiful when I’m removing them at night.
Sheeba (row 1) is a really stunning cool-toned brown and is quite unique within the Juvia’s Place range which leans very warm in its brown shades. Zuri (row 2) is what champagne shimmer dreams are made of. But, the shade that really surprised me though is Leyla which is the deepest, richest aubergine shimmer and is really stunning. I wore this as part of a plum smokey eye in combination with Jezebel and Kenya and Zuri and it was gorgeous. If I was being picky I would say that Nairobi is the weakest shadow in this palette with a much sheerer pigmentation when compared to the other shimmers. It is also a bit too similar to Nefertiti in tone so I could happily trade it for something different – perhaps a really cool-toned, lighter matte? But honestly, that is just me dreaming my dreams.
I think if you are into neutrals but want to experiment with some jewel tones you will be hard pressed to find more beautiful shades. I really enjoy this palette. Its really versatile while also being very wearable (if that is what you want). Saying that, I have worn some VERY dramatic looks from this palette and loved every second of it 😉
If you haven’t tried Juvia’s Place then follow them on Instagram because they are always having sales but even at full price these are very budget friendly.
Have a glorious day!