It’s that time of the year when things get out of control and I want to buy everything I don’t need. And despite the fact that my eyeshadow palette collection is getting out of hand, I wouldn’t qualify Juvia’s Place Douce Palette as something I don’t need, though. As a matter of fact, I’ve been dreaming (yes, dreaming) of picking up another Juvia’s Place palette ever since I bought, tried, and reviewed the Zulu Palette.
Price point, packaging and quantity
Price: $20 (on sale at $11 at the time of writing) on the Juvia’s Place website, €23.50 on Beauty Bay (but got a 30% discount during the #beautybaydidgood campaign, which is basically their Black Friday sale, so it was €14.09).
Quantity: there are nine shadows of 3.6g each. Price per gram: €0.75.
There are 5 mattes and 4 shimmers (2 of which are extremely pigmented and would better described as metallics).
Juvia’s Place Douce Palette is cruelty free.
Packaging: Typical of Juvia’s Place: simple and elegant unicarton with a cool design on the cover. There isn’t a mirror and it doesn’t come with a double-ended brush.
Kaolin, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Triethlhexanoin, Zinc Oxide, Talc, Dimethicone, Silica. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), FD&C Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), FD&C Blue 1 Al Lake (CI 42090).
Review and swatches
Texture: all the shadows feel creamy and soft to the touch, unlike the Zulu palette where some of them felt a bit dry.
Pigmentation: Juvia’s Place’s eyeshadows are well known for being super pigmented. As a matter of fact, some might say they are the most pigmented eyeshadows on the market. I was surprised at how subtle (in a good way) some of the mattes were. Chocolat looks like it’s going to be an extremely dark and in-your-face shade, but it isn’t. It blends into a soft chocolatey (duh) brown (see swatches) and looks extremely sultry and sexy all by itself. I was a bit disappointed by Custard because it needs a ton of building up to show on the lid. I can’t imagine how much work it would be on a darker complexion. I love the whole ‘subtle’ vibe, but that particular shade is wonky in my opinion.
The shimmers Tart and Mont Blanc are more on the subtle/inner corner side while Macarons and Puffs are extremely vibrant.
Application: the mattes blend extremely well all by themselves and with each other while maintaining a good level of pigmentation (except for Custard). The metallics apply wonderfully, with a dry brush, a wet brush or just the fingers. I’d recommend using a wet brush for Tart and Mont Blanc or applying them with your finger for more colour payoff.
Staying power: the staying power is great and the shadows stay put for hours. None of them stain the lids.
Would I recommend Juvia’s Place Douce Palette?
Absolutely. This is by far one of the most interesting, surprising and versatile palettes I have in my collection. It does look like you’re not going to be able to do anything ‘wearable’ with it at first, but as you play with the shadows, you quickly realise how many soft, sultry, work appropriate, or even party looks you’re going to be able to create with it.