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Afrique by Juvia’s Place

If you follow my blog at all then you know I am currently having a love affair with Juvia’s Place eyeshadows. I didn’t initially purchase the Afrique palette when it was initially released as the bright, colourful mattes were a little intimidating for me. I mean, I love makeup, but I am no makeup artist.  But eventually my love of the formula won out over my anxiety about being inept with the shades and I’m so glad I did decide to pick this up. It’s so fun, and so beautiful!

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Afrique by Juvia’s

First off, the packaging is stunning.  I adore the artwork from Juvia’s and very much appreciate that the palette is sturdy cardboard rather than plastic.  There are five shimmer shades and seven mattes. I would describe the mattes as buildable but very easy to work with.  The colourful shades – particularly the blue (Cote d’lvoire), red (Dakar) and Green (Niger) will kick up just a bit of powder in the pan but nothing terrible.

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row 1: Cote d’lvoire, Dakar, Niger, Togo

The shimmers are very pigmented and I love them applied with a little setting spray on the brush or applied with a dry brush and then intensified with a little additional shadow tapped on with a finger. These steps aren’t necessary but they will make the reflectivity and colour POP.  Stunning.

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row 2: Bintou, Cotonou, Aya, Cameroon

At first the colour story was a bit difficult for me to negotiate. I felt like I spent a lot of time looking at the palette without knowing where to start,  but after playing with this for a few weeks I now find the colours quite inspiring and have really enjoyed experimenting with those colourful matte shades.  The extremely bright yellow (Aya) is the most daunting to me.  I just kept thinking – what am I going to do with that??  But actually, this is a really nice blend-out shade for the other warm mattes in the crease.

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row 3: Angelique, Kisi, Fifi, Kofi

I think the greatest surprise for me is how wearable this palette can be.  If you want to wear a berry look, or a very neutral everyday look, you can achieve it with this palette. In fact if you cover those more colourful shades, suddenly the Afrique becomes EXTREMELY approachable for the neutral lover.  On that note the matte shade Kisi is my perfect rosey-brown transition shade but I imagine it would be a beautiful brow highlight for people with dark skin tones.

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Look what happens when you cover those five really colourful shadows!  Suddenly those neutrals really jump out at you.  Kisi, Bintou, Fif and Angelique make a really pretty rosey look.

Overall, this is actually a super fun, surprisingly versatile eyeshadow palette that really balances colour and neutrals well. The formula is excellent and the price is affordable.

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Transition: Kisi,  Crease: Cameroon, Outer V, lower lash and lid: Bintou,  Lid and lower lash: Cotonou (layered over Bintou), Inner third of lid and lower lash: Fifi and Inner Corner: Anglique.

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Transition: Kisi, Crease, lid and lower lash: Cote d’lvoire, lid: Cotonou, Inner Corner: Angelique.

I love Juvia’s place and if you are looking for something a bit different, then definitely give the Afrique a go.  

Have a fantastic day!

(p.s. the code ANGELICA will get you 10% off Juvia’s Place and is an affiliated code for the youtuber Angelica Nyqvist who was my inspiration for trying the Juvia’s brand.  She is a joy to watch so you should check out her channel if you haven’t already)

 

The Warrior by Juvia’s Place

Golden deliciousness.

These are my thoughts when I look at The Warrior palette.  Golden deliciousness.  I can’t even begin to imagine how gorgeous this must look on those of you with medium to deep skin tones but even I can rock this colour scheme on my fair and freckled face.  The Warrior is seriously lush and if you love golden tones I really do think you will love this.

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Row 1: Amina, Idia, Mino

The shimmers here are really stunning.  Like REALLY delicious.  If you apply these with a dry brush they look lovely.  If you apply these with your finger or a wet brush they look STUNNING.  We are taking liquid metal.  Idia is quite possibly the most spectacular pressed shadow I have ever worn.  It is so pigmented, so reflective, so metallic and it LASTS without fading and I didn’t get any fallout.

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Row 2: Ahosi, Moremi, Kano

Despite the palette colour story seeming extremely warm toned at first glance, you can actually get quite a neutral-toned look from this palette if you want.  Amina, Mino, Moremi, and Benin are more neutral toned.  Benin is actually extremely stunning and very wearable – it is my most used lid shade from this palette.

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Row 3: Dahomey, Bakwa, Benin

Overall, I really enjoy this palette.  I’m not suggesting the tones here are somehow revolutionary because I know they aren’t.  If you have a bigger collection of eyeshadow you most certainly have something similar to these colours in your makeup bag right now but the formula of Juvia’s Place really is special and if you are looking for a palette that will make you look like a golden goddess well – The Warrior is your girl.

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The Warrior retails for USD20 but Juvia’s Place has regular sales which bring the price down even further.  You can also use the code ANGELICA for a further 10% off.  This is an affiliated code for youtuber Angelica Nyqvist who is the fabulous woman who got me onto Juvia’s Place and for that I am very happy to support her by using her code.  (plus – it will save you some money too!).  If you aren’t following Angelica you should certainly look her up as her makeup looks are inspiring and she is so much fun to watch.

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Juvia’s Place is most well known for colourful palettes so if you are a neutral lover this might just be your chance to try these shadows for yourself.  And if, like me, you love colour and neutrals do yourself a favour and check out Juvia’s Place.

Have a wonderful day!

ColourPop: You Had Me At Hello – eyeshadow palette

I’m not going to lie.   I am really enjoying the ColourPop pressed eyeshadow palettes. They are budget friendly and cruelty free and a lot of fun.  I actually received the ‘You had me at hello’ palette for free as part of one of the ColourPop holiday sales and I am so glad that I did.  This is a great little palette.

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First row swatches: The Knot, Moon Struck, Two Peas, Candygram

Firstly, there are equal numbers of mattes and shimmers.  Woot!  Secondly there are two really great transition shades in ‘Two Peas’ (warm tan brown) and ‘Winning Ticket’ (cool mauve brown).  And then a nice selection of mid-toned mattes for deepening up the crease in both warm and cool tones as well as a pigmented, dark neutral brown if you really want to smoke things out for a more dramatic look.

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Second row swatches: Winning Ticket, FBO, Look-See, Fool’s rush

I very much enjoy the berry vibes of some of these colours which I think are complemented well by the warmer shades provided.  Plus, the shimmers are really lovely and in such a nice range of colours!  There is a great taupe, a berry, bronze, copper, gold and champagne, all of which are pigmented and reflective and apply beautifully with your finger or with a little fixing spray on your brush for a stunning result.  You really can get multiple very different looks from this one little palette.  I also want to note that this palette doesn’t have any glitter shades which I personally appreciate.  It is well curated in my opinion.

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Third row swatches: Pulling Strings, Want U Back, DTR, Sparks Fly

These shadows wear really well for me without creasing or fading.  I have been impressed.

Oh – and this palette has a mirror!  If that is important to you – then score!! (You do pay extra for the privilege though.  Their standard palettes are $16 and this one retails for $18)

I think my only word of warning in regards to this palette is that the matte shades really do give a LOT of kick up when you dip your brush in.  A LOT.  This isn’t a deal breaker for me as they blend really nicely and as long as I tap off my brush I haven’t had any issues with fallout.  But if loose powder in the pan drives you nuts then you won’t like this.  (To be fair, this can be an issue across the whole ColourPop matte eyeshadow range but I noticed it more in this palette than others I have tried).

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I love the novelty of being able to rearrange the shades in these magnetic palettes – this is how I placed my shadows so they made more sense for me.  I think that option is such a cool feature!

If I was to change one thing in this palette I would swap ‘Pulling Strings’ which is a medium mustard brown matte, for a light cream matte as this would make this an all-in-one perfect travel palette for me BUT that is based on my fair skin preferences. The good news is that these palettes are magnetic so I can always swap out a pale matte from another of my ColourPop palettes if I want to take this one travelling. Bonus.

Overall: great little palette.  If you like these shade colours then I would definitely say it is worth the money.

Have a great day!

 

ColourPop: Double Entendre Eyeshadow Palette

I stalled for the longest time before ordering any of the ColourPop pressed shadows.  It seemed like making a first purchase could have the potential to release an avalanche of future buys so I put it off, and I was right to do so.  I really enjoy the formula so when ColourPop held a number of site wide 20% off sales before christmas 2017 suddenly I found myself putting in a second order!  Oh man.

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First row swatches: Locked & Loaded, Uninhibited, Hot Bod, Flasher

I have enjoyed all the palettes that I have purchased from ColourPop so far, but by far the one that I have enjoyed the most for everyday wear is the ‘Double Entendre’.  It has a combination of shadow formulas including 7 mattes, 3 metallic shades, 1 satin shade and one glitter shadow.  It is a warm colour palette for sure and reminds me very much of the vibes coming from the Tarte Toasted palette which has been really popular.

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Second Row swatches: Nekkid, Extra Curricular, Hard, Draft

So lets review the pros and cons of this little guy:

Pros:

  •  Cruelty-free.
  •  Compact and travel friendly.
  •  12 x 0.85g shadows.
  • Sturdy cardboard packaging (which I prefer to plastic)
  • The mattes blend beautifully – so easy to use!
  • The metallics are really pigmented and apply beautifully with a finger or some fixing spray for a very reflective look.
  • These last well on the eye.
  • Budget friendly!! These retail for US$16
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Third Row Swatches: Keep it PG, Nip Slip, Send Noodles, Teddy Bare

Cons:

  • The matte shades will kick up a lot of product when you dip into them.  Take a light touch and tap off your brush well.
  • The satin shade ‘Flasher’ lacks pigmentation and is very firmly pressed.  I find it picks up better with a brush than on my finger.  It is a pretty brow highlight or inner corner highlight but it is more glossy than metallic. It is a bit of a dud in my opinion.
  • I don’t dig glitter shades so I’m not about ‘hot bod’ BUT the glitter does transfer well when applied so if that is your jam you may love this shade.
  • Two of the three metallic shades, ‘Uninhibited’ and ‘Draft,’ are really quite similar.  I would have preferred two really distinct metallic colours here.
  • The shade names are pretty tragic…
  • This palette has identical packaging to the ‘I think I love you’ palette: a bit annoying if you own both.
  • There is no mirror included in this palette – totally not an issue for me but worth mentioning.

As a final note, these palettes are magnetic which means you can easily rearrange the shades to your own order preference OR if you own multiple 12 pan palettes you can mix and match between them.  I decided to reorganise my Double Entendre palette in terms of formula and tone and it now looks like this 🙂  Just a bit more user friendly for a novice like me!

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Overall, I think this is a great little palette.  Excellent quality at a great price and ethically produced.  If you haven’t tried the ColourPop pressed shadows I would say give them a go for sure but just know that they release new things all the time so you might be opening the door to a new addiction!!

Have a glorious day!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: U R The Best Thing.

So we are finally, (many months later than expected!) finishing the series of I Heart Makeup ‘Theme Palettes’ and I think we are ending with the best of it!

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The formula of these shadows is in keeping with the range and for more details on the formula I encourage you to read my range overview here. This post, however, is a dedicated swatchfest for the ‘U R the Best Thing’ palette.

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Row 1 swatches: mattes

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Row 2 swatches: mattes

The matte selection in this palette is super practical with a tone range from cream highlight through to a very pigmented black.

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Row three swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

I love the taupe shades on offer in the third row. SO pretty on the eye.

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Row 3 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

The final pink shade in the row 3 shimmers is really flakey and is difficult to work with, it is really a dud shade.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

The first six shades of the 4th row are very reminiscent of the Naked 3 palette – pink tones and very pretty.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

Overall, I think the colour selection in this palette is super practical and very everyday wearable. Of the three ‘Theme Palettes’ from this range this is the one I have gotten the most use out of. Admittedly these are mainly cooler tones but I think this is a very pretty shade selection and extremely travel friendly.

So that brings this series to a close.  Apologies that I have been MIA but I hope you have enjoyed the swatchfest and I look forward to posting more frequently.

Have a wonderful day!