After watching everyone rave about the release of the Nubian & Nubian II palettes by Juvia’s Place, I have finally purchased one! I went with the new Saharan palette – despite it’s unconventional colors outside of what I would commonly go for, I loved how soft and pigmented each of the shades was (which made up for the fact I’ll probably only use it once a month). The swatches were probably the clearest on camera I’ve ever done (especially the shimmers, which us glitter girls know is rare).
The black in this palette is LEGIT to die for. It’s the blackest-black eye shadow I’ve seen since ‘Blackout’ in the Urban Decay Naked II Palette was released. It’s so deep and rich, if you’re looking for a dramatic and dark smokey eye shade, this is the place to find it.
Now, onto what I didn’t like so much.
I did a few looks last night just to play around, and I found that because the pigment is so rich that it doesn’t really blend very well with the other colors in the palette – meaning you can only use a very very tiny bit (especially if you’re going to pack on one of the shimmer shades over the matte shade for an all-over-lid base). Meaning, you’d need to do some transitions with other palettes before even digging into this one. I find that kind of crummy, mostly because when I’m traveling I don’t want to be taking three palettes with me just to get one eye look. Once I did my crease, covered my lid, highlighted my brow bone and moved onto the outer corner, I felt like the shadows were just caking
onto one another as opposed to creating an artistically gradient result.
I think though, I may have missed the point. The shades in this palette don’t really go together, so maybe I’m just doing it all wrong. I think the whole idea behind this particular palette was for it to be complemented by the other Juvia’s Place collections. It should also be duly noted, I used concealer to prime my eyes instead of a ‘traditional’ eye shadow primer. However, because of the thick, cakey result I kept getting, no priming at all was just horrendous – my eyelids looked as shriveled at the old Wicked Witches feet under the house in the Wizard of Oz. Gross.
Has anyone had a really great experience with these? Or just a similar one? I’m contemplating grabbing one of the more neutral options in their arsenal, but who wants to try something again they didn’t even really like the first time?
Overall, three stars. Sorry, Saharan.
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