If there is one brand that can guarantee a good, colorful eyeshadow palette, it would be Juvia’s Place. This affordable brand does some great palettes and their color stories are always unique. I already reviewed The Magic, The Zulu and The Saharan palettes and did three looks with The Tribe. Today we will be having a closer look at The Festival palette.
Juvia’s Place The Festival eyesahdow palette // Review, Swatch, Makeup Look
Each Juvia’s Place palette is inspired by African cultures and stories. The Festival is a bold and bright palette that has a stunning outer packaging, but also 9 incredibly confusing shades. It’s why I bought it: to push myself out of my comfort zone and try something differently. And with Juvia’s Place that is easy to do, because not only are their palettes colorful, they are also affordable. The Festival retails for $20 on their official website and that to me, is a really good deal.
Juvia’s Place’s packaging design is always as fun and colorful as the actual palette itself. The Festival comes with bright orange packagingand two highly stylized African figures on the front. Other than that the packaging is simple: it is made of cardboard, there is no mirror or brush and there are no magnetic closures. This is about as simple as packaging can get.
Ta-dah! Isn’t she fun?! The Festival palette features 9 shades of which 4 are shimmers and 5 are matte. The first time I laid eyes on it I wasn’t sure what to do with it. All those bright shades, a mix of warm and cool tones and with no real neutrals in sight, I definitely had to figure this one out before I could use it. I will gladly admit that I put off using this and it was one of the last Juvia’s Place I put on my face, because I just didn’t know what to do with it. So let’s have a closer look and try to make sense of it shall we?
We have 5 warm tones and 4 cool tone. The peach and mustard can function well as neutrals and make for two great transitions in the crease. The shimmering white and the champagne make for great all over lid shimmers and inner corner highlights, while the blue and grey are great accent colors: to be used as liners or bottom lash pops. Which leaves us with the red, orange and pink: believe it or not they are what makes this palette pop. They are great shades that work well to add interest and since they are matte, they are a lot more versatile.
Let’s have a look at some swatches. These are intense fun shades. The red and orange are definite stand out shades and they are intense and only need a little bit to create a huge impact. The pink may look a bit lackluster in the swatch but all these shades build nicely and the shimmers in this are extraordinary. Especially that white is a shade that packs a real punch. These blend well, stay put over a primer and surprisingly combine well. Don’t believe me? Here are two looks I did using all 9 shades in the palette.
For the first look I tried to use as many shades as possible. I put the peach, mustard and orange in the crease. Alternating them created a stunning warm crease shade. I put some of the red in the outer V, the grey as a liner, the blue on the lower lash line. To finish it off I used the golden champagne all over the lid for a good pop of shimmer. I also used some of the white in the inner corner, but tried to not apply it to intensely.
My second look is a bit more fun and different especially for me. I went in hard with the pink and red. I used both to create a good gradient going from the lash line all the way up to the brow. I made sure to focus the red more in the outer corner and I even brought in a bit of the grey to deepen it up. For a shimmer this worked surprisingly well.
Next, I cut the crease halfway and applied the white shimmer all over the still tacky concealer. The shade popped and added a good deal of brightness. I pulled it around the inner corner and use the pink and red to blend out the lower lashline with a bit of the grey to prevent the look of pink eye.
My Final Thoughts
Juvia’s Place The Festival eyeshadow palette is a great one if you want something unique. The shades work much better together than you might expect at first glance. Is this the Juvia’s Place palette you will get the most use out of? No. However it is a great palette for more unique shades and therefore creating more unique looks. This one is not for the feint of heart and I am loving it for it.