I was tempted to put this Zulu Eyeshadow Palette review into the mental health category of my blog because I seem to have developed a strong taste for colourful palettes, especially the ones that include blue(-ish) shades. My life-long fetish for blue makeup has been thoroughly documented in the following reviews:
Where I bought it: BeautyBay
Price: €23.50 (it’s much cheaper from the Juvia’s Place website if you live in the US)
Total weight: 32.4g (3.6g per shadow)
Ingredients: Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Mica, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Triethylhexanoin, Mineral Oil, Kaolin. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77494, CI 77499, Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77510, Manganese Violets CI 77742, Chromium Oxide Greens 772888, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Red 40 Lake. (source: Beauty Bay)
Official description: A bright, 9-colour eyeshadow palette with 6 matte and 3 metallic shimmering shadows, The Zulu Eyeshadow Palette combines a selection of bold, bright colours that create exciting, highly-pigmented eye looks. Perfectly pressed into a compact palette, use wet or dry, together or alone to beautifully enhance. (source: Beauty Bay)
Application: Overall, the application is not too bad, although I’ve noticed some patchiness with the matte shades (with and without a primer, even with my favourite MAC 217). The shimmer shades, however, were excellent. However, don’t do your foundation first because you can expect a bit of fallout (more from the mattes than the shimmers), which is perfectly normal. A lot of well-known and good palettes do this (all time favourite Modern Renaissance is one of them).
Pigmentation: I’d heard the shadows in the Zulu Palette were insanely pigmented and the rumours were founded. Of course, finger swatches will always look mind-blowing and picture perfect, but once you apply and blend the shadows with actual brushes, they are a bit of work. As mentioned before, the matte ones need more blending and re-applying than the shimmers. In my opinion, this is slightly visible in the picture below.
Staying Power: I have been testing the Zulu palette for a while now and have worn the shadows on several occasions and each time the staying power was impressive. As a matter of fact, some of these shades cause a bit of staining.
Final thoughts on the Zulu Palette
I would definitely recommend Juvia’s Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette because of the following:
- the value (especially in the US). There’s a lot of quality + product for the price.
- the range of shades and how different they are from most palettes
- summer is the time for bold looks
- the quality of the shimmers (which also happen to be some of the most attractive shades in the palette)
- it’s an indie brand
- despite the matte being a bit less beginner-friendly than the shimmers, the colour payoff is still huge
- blue eyeshadows
I’m considering picking up another palette from Juvia’s Place (probably the festival one).
Did you enjoy this review? Would you buy the Zulu Palette? Have you ever bought anything from Juvia’s Place?