Remember my promise to try out more colorful eyeshadow in 2018? Well I still have to make good on that promise. I certainly tried them, but I haven’t shared many of the fruits of my labor. Today all of that changes, because I am sharing my review of the ultra colorful, ultra fun The Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place.
Juvia’s Place The Zulu eyeshadow palette & 3 makeup looks
2018 was definitely the year I tried and discovered Juvia’s Place. It is an indie brand that I heard much about. The brand is owned by a person of color and that means that colors are intense and will show up no matter how dark or light your skin tone. The brand is available via their official website, but if you’re in Europe than Beauty Bay is one of the best ways to buy the brand. The prices are marked up a little bit but it is cheaper than ordering from the US. That said, another perk of this brand is its affordability. Take this palette: it retails for $20 and their shipping is not outrageously expensive. Moreover, they do very frequent sales, which is probably the best time to get some of their products.
Each palette by Juvia’s has stunning yet simple packaging. Simple, because all their palettes are super sleek and filled to the brim with product. Stunning, because each palette has a stunning image that fits the look and feel of the eyeshadows inside. Each palette also has a distinct color and most of them have the name written on the top of the palette so that when you store you palettes stacked like books, you can quickly identify which palette to grab for.
What is unique about Juvia’s Place is that they take their inspiration from different African peoples and traditions. Hence the vibrancy and stunning colors. When you buy the palette, the inspiration for the palette is explained on the back of the box. The Zulu palette is inspired by the arts of the Ndebele People located in South Africa. The result: a vibrant, fun palette with 9 shades that includes 6 mattes and 3 shimmers.
Look at that! This is the rainbow palettes of all rainbow palettes without doing too much. It is not a full rainbow spectrum, but a good selection is given for sure. I like how this palette has just 9 shades. Imagine have 12 or 15 of these colors. When I started using more colors I don’t think I would have been able to make such a large palette work. This is nicely curated and therefore makes for a very workable palette. To help you out if you are more of a neutrals person, there are two shades that are more neutral: a matte brown and a shimmering golden peach. You might think: ooh what to do with this one, but I gotcha. Below you can see three different looks I created using this palette.
Juvia’s Place is known for its fun colorful palette and unique color stories. The Zulu Palette is another one of those. These shades are super pigmented and super great to work with. The matte formula is one that needs to be build up: in swatch they don’t look great. But trust me, these work great on the eyes. Where Juvia’s truly shines is in their shimmer formula. Their shimmers do not need foiling to go on like they look in the pan and that is something quite unique nowadays. Blending is easy, these shadows wear well over an eyeshadow primer and whether you set your primer or not, these shadows will look punchy and vibrant no matter what you do.
Look 1 – The Peach Look
The first look is a warm toned centered around the gorgeous peach shimmer. That is applied all over the lid. In the crase I have used the bright orange and yellow to blend it out. You don’t need to use neutrals in the crease! To round off the look I have used the matte brown on the lower lash line with the red to ensure it is not too neutral.
Look 2 – The Purple & Green Look
That light green shimmer also called my name. To start off the look, I applied the matte turquoise in my crease. I then applied the purple to deepen up the outer V and create a smokey vibe. Then I used the green shimmer all over the lid to provide a nice bit of contrast. For a final touch, I used the light blue shimmer in the inner corner and on the lower lash line.
Look 3 – The Rainbow Look
But with this palette you of course need to make use of at least every shade in one look. Here I have create a cut crease halo eye look with the red, orange and yellow in the crease. I used the purple to frame the halo and I have used the turquoise and light blue to create the halo, which I have repeated it on the lower lash line. As a finishing touch, I added the peach shimmer in the inner corner. The only shade I didn’t use? The matte brown. This has to be one of my favorite makeup looks I created in 2018.
There is no doubt about it: Juvia’s Place The Zulu eyeshadow palette is one of the best colorful eyeshadow palette I tried in 2018. The looks I created are stunning, the palette works well and the quality is outstanding. There is not one thing I can say about this palette that is negative. It truly is a great palette and if you want to try more color, but don’t know where to start, I certainly recommend looking into this one.