If you haven’t tried Juvia’s Place eyeshadows yet…what are you even doing with your life?
I’ve written a lot of reviews of Juvia’s Place in the past, and it’s a brand that I really do love. When I saw that they had a collection of four 6-pan mini palettes, I knew that they were going to end up in my collection. That was a given. So far I have every palette from Juvia’s except the newest palette, Wahala (Drama), and that order has been placed and is just waiting to ship (expect a review coming soon). I don’t mind a big palette, but I know a lot of people prefer having smaller options and I thought the 4 mini palettes were an interesting way to give people Juvia’s quality without having to buy a big palette.
The mini palettes came in 4 color stories: The Violets, The Nudes, The Berries, and The Chocolates.
All of the swatches are done over the ABH primer with a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch on the right. The top photo is under my studio lighting with no flash; the bottom photo is the same lighting with a flash. The shades in these palettes don’t have name, so I’ll start at the top of the palette, left to right, and then the second row, left to right, and refer to the shades in that order as 1 through 6 with a letter to represent which palette it is (V for Violets, etc.).
L to R: V1, V2, V3
V1 is a bright purple shimmer, a little more red-leaning that balanced purple. It has a nice metallic shine to it, but it’s a little more subtle than some of the other shimmers. V1 looks much more purple in the pan, but it applies as a bright silvery mauve. It has a lot of reflect. V3 is a blue-toned deep purple matte. This one was a bit of a disappointment. It doesn’t feel particularly dry, but it went on fairly patchy and really needed to be built up. I got an ok finger swatch, but the brush swatch is still a little inconsistent after being built up. This is definitely not the typical Juvia’s quality; this one (and another one from the bottom row that I’ll get to next) are like some of the mattes in the Afrique palette, which were definitely disappointing.
L to R: V4, V5, V6
V4 is a gorgeous lilac shimmer with lots of metallic reflect. This is probably my favorite of the palette. V5 is a more of a balanced purple, similar in depth to V1 but more balanced between red and blue, maybe leaning the slightest toward blue. V6 is a lilac matte, and this one was also a bit chalky and inconsistent. As you can see, you can work with it and get to fairly decent opacity, but I’m not used to having to do that much work with a Juvia’s Place palette (except, again, for those bright mattes in the Afrique palette).
I love Juvia’s Place shimmer, and I don’t mind at all that this has 4 shimmers and only two mattes. I prefer shimmers to mattes, and I’ve never been a one palette wonder, but that’s something to keep in mind in terms of your own style and preferences.
L to R: N1, N2, N3
N1 is a lovely buttercream gold shimmer, with tons of metallic shimmer. It’s a little thicker and flakier, and it almost has a little bit of a pale, peachy duochrome hidden in it. N2 is a pale peachy matte, better than the mattes in the Violets but still a tiny bit finicky to work with. It’s not something I would use as a centerpiece in a look anyway, more for transition or blending out, so I’m not bothered by this one. N3 is a slightly deeper yellow gold than the first, definitely much stronger yellow tones and more satin metallic than shimmery. It’s a pretty color, just less flashy than the previous shade.
L to R: N4, N5, N6
N4 is another peachy beige matte, a bit deeper and less yellow-toned than the other matte. I’m not sure why these two shades both needed to be in here. I get that these mini palettes are meant to be companions of other palettes (or even each other) but there is no real benefit to putting both of these shades in the same palette. This one is a little darker than N2, but not enough that it brings in transitions for a wide range of skintones. it just feels like a waste in a small space, and I like N2 better, so this is the one I would give the boot too. N5 is a deep champagne gold shimmer, very shiny and metallic. N6 is an oddball for this collection, a mustard brown matte, very yellow-based and pretty good pigmentation.
This one has an even balance between matte and shimmer, though like I said the two mattes seem repetitive. The mustard shade doesn’t seem to fit, but I don’t really mind it. I think it helps bring out the yellow tones in other shades in the palette.
L to R: B1, B2, B3
B1 is a deep berry pink that comes off lighter and brighter on the skin than it does in the pan. It looks really fuchsia when applied and blended out. B2 is a bright bubblegum pink matte, very much in the 80s Barbie sort of wein. This one is very consistent and beautiful. B3 is a berry pink shimmer with almost a mauve/purple reflect in it. Very lovely, and lots of shine.
L to R: B4, B5, B6
B4 is a bright cranberry red shimmer, has a sort of rusty copper base and around the edges when fully blended out. B5 is a hot fuchsia pink that seems to have a very microfine milled glitter in it, though you don’t really see it when applied (and the glitter doesn’t really seem to end up anywhere….I don’t know what happens!). It’s a pretty shade, but with the way B1 blends out it feels a little repetitive. If B1 looked more like it does in the pan when applied, I think I wouldn’t have this complaint, but in practice they end up fairly similar. B6 is a deep brownish plum matte, almost satin in finish.
I would have liked one of the mattes in this palette (probably one of those fuchsia pinks!) to have been a shimmer instead, making the palette more balanced, but this is a great option for those who want more matte options.
L to R: C1, C2, C3
C1 is a deep rich brown, a little warm-toned and a little sloppy around the edges, but not too much work. C2 is a warm bronzey brown shimmer. C3 is a deep brown, similar in tone to B1 but definitely more cool-toned. I love these kinds of cool browns, so I’m not mad about it.
L to R: C4, C5, C6
C4 is a very warm medium brown with a hint of red tone in the base. C5 is a yellow-infused camel shade, like basic beige had a baby with a banana yellow. C6 is my favorite of the palette, a coolish taupe shimmer with some vintage golden metallic reflect.
I was surprised that I like this one as much as I did, as brown/beige eyeshadows are my least favorite thing. I think you could use C3 and C6 to create a simple but very beautiful cool-toned brown look with just two shades. Simple and elegant. Again, I would have liked another shimmer in this palette, but for neutral matte lovers, this palette has some great options.
Overall, I think these palettes are very well designed. You can easily get a couple of looks out of each palette individually if that’s your thing. The looks will be fairly similar, but there is enough variation in depth and tone to at least get a couple of good, solid looks. But, in addition to using them with other palettes in your collection, I think you can also pair them together nicely. You can choose the tones that you like best, but I’m most inspired by pairing The Violets with The Nudes, and The Berries with The Chocolates. The Violets have some great cool purples and the pastels would pair beautifully with the pale buttercream yellows in the nudes. Purple and yellow are contrasting, so you could get some really lovely mixes that are striking. The Berries and The Chocolates are warmer palettes overall, and I think you could get some amazing “wine and chocolate” kind of combinations from these palettes. They are all pigmented enough that I think a range of skintones could use any of these (darker skintones might have some issues with those slightly chalkier mattes in The Violets, but the shimmers should be fine), but I think The Violets and The Nudes are best suited to lighter/medium skintones, and The Berries and The Chocolates are best suited to medium/deep skintones.
Those are just two combinations that I see. Obviously, you could take The Nudes and The Chocolates and create a really gorgeous neutral look with a wide range of depth. You could combine The Violet and The Berries for a pink and purple floral fantasy. There are a lot of combinations with these, and that’s before you even start looking at pairing them with other Juvia’s Place palettes, or any other palette in your collection.
I was a little bummed that some of the mattes seemed to have the rare quality problems that I saw in the Afrique palette, and I always prefer shades to have actual names. There are only a few palettes in Juvia’s Place history that don’t have shade names (the original Nubian, the Nubian 3 Coral, the Zulu, and the Nomad) and I definitely hope they keep giving us shade names in the future. I know it’s a small thing, and it doesn’t affect the quality, but it’s part of the whole experience. I love seeing the different names, and I often google a shade name to learn more about the cultures and traditions of Africa that they are celebrating.
I have a video on my YouTube channel where I rank all of the Juvia’s palettes (except Wahala…since I don’t have it yet, obvi!) I’ll include it below so you can see where these palettes ended up in the overall mix!