The Mini Masquerade palette is one of Juvia’s Place original palettes but is actually a recent purchase for me. First of all, the palette itself is sturdy cardboard (which is my preference over plastic), no mirror but stunning cover art. I find the bright yellow internal surround does distort the eyeshadow colours in the pan a bit, but it is, non-the-less, very pretty.
This palette is a nice balance between warm neutrals and some fun pops of colour. I appreciate the internal layout with the more colourful shades grouped together at the top and the more neutral shades at the bottom. There are 9 shimmers, 5 mattes and 2 mattes shades infused with glitter.
Initially I wasn’t very inspired by this colour story as the colourful shimmers are all cool toned but the mattes are mainly very warm but once I started to play I found I was able to make some gorgeous looks.
The green shade called ‘Mali’ and the burgundy called ‘Calabar’ are a slightly thinner formula than the other shimmer shadows in the palette. They are a little more sheer but are very buildable. ‘Chi’ and ‘Makeda’ are super beautiful – so pigmented and impactful on the eye.
The bright pink shade ‘Bori’ and warm brown shade ‘Cairo’ are the matte/glitter formula which is my least favourite formula in ANY brand so I do wish these were just straight mattes. They feel drier than the other matte shades in the palette but I think this is because of the glitter. I do use them in the crease but I recommend doing your eyeshadow first if you intend to do this as the glitter will fallout when the shadow is blended with a fluffy brush. It is easy to swipe away as long as you haven’t done your base yet. I haven’t attempted to pack either of these on the lid so can’t speak to how the glitter adheres when used that way but on principal I’d use a glitter glue.
The more neutral shades in the bottom two rows are very wearable for everyday. Like all Juvia’s palettes the mattes are buildable and blendable rather than being too pigmented off the bat.
I found these neutrals SO user friendly – if you want something more neutral/brown go ‘Burkina, Fulani and Dahia’. If you want something warmer and more red toned go ‘Zulu, Ada and Casablanca’. Or if you want berry run some ‘Zobo’ through the crease with one of the brown mattes and then ‘Calabar’ on the lid. All very pretty looks.
Overall, I think this is a versatile and fun palette. You can do beautiful wearable looks and then really fun colourful looks (which I also rock daily!) and the quality is excellent. This isn’t my favourite Juvia’s palette just because I prefer the colour story of other palettes in their range better, BUT, if you don’t own anything from their range it is a great place to start.
Juvia’s Place are cruelty free and really budget friendly. They often have amazing sales on their website so wait for one if you are interested in making a purchase.
Have a great day!