It’s spring and that means we need to talk spring eyeshadow palettes. And I couldn’t think of any better palette than The Douce palette by Juvia’s Place. This is a pretty palette with soft shades, a handful of bright pastels and some stunning shimmers. It is not my favorite Juvia’s Place palette as it is such a specific color story, but it is a good quality palette that I think needs more love and attention.
Review: Juvia’s Place The Douce eyeshadow palette
Juvia’s Place have great affordable palettes and for the price point, it doesn’t get much better than that. Sure there are a few shades in some of their palettes that are a bit tough to work with, but every brand has that. In general the quality is on point and this is no different. The Douce palette retails for $20 via the official website or €23.50 via Beauty Bay. That is perhaps the only downside to this palette: it can be a bit difficult to find if you are not located in the US.
What does The Douce palette have to offer?
The Douce palette is definitely a palette with a unique color story. It has a few neutral mattes, but also some pastels that add a fun touch of brightness. There are four shimmers and five mattes. What makes this palette so special is some of these shimmers. That white? Not a white, but a pink duochrome. That charcoal? Not a charcoal, but a bright cool toned shimmer that has a taupe undertone. The combinations you can make with this are super pretty. In the mattes you get a few great neutral shades that work well in the crease and to deepen things up.
What is the shade selection like?
How gorgeous is this palette? You get a soft pinky peach and a bright lavender pink. That purple shade in the middle does not pull purple though: it is more of a pink. The green is perhaps the weakest shimmer of the four, but it is still a good shade once applied to the lid. The shade that I like the least is Crepes. This is more of a warm toned, while the rest is either neutral or cool. So for me that is the most challenging to use. It still works well as a crease shade but I have found that if I reach for this palette this is a shade I am not drawn to.
How does this palette swatch?
How pretty is this? It’s the shimmers where this palette truly shines so whenever I do looks with this I need to put one of them center stage. That pink shimmer is one of the most gorgeous shades in the palette and I also like that peachy pink matte. Just those two shades put together is a look. But as you can see below, combining that green with the lavender pink is also stunning. Juvia’s Place shadows are super blendable, intensely pigmented and they do not fade. These shades are also perfect if you are a beginner. Some Juvia’s Place palettes are so intense that they need a bit of practice, but this one is pretty foolproof if you get the hang of the color story.
Looks with the palette
Look 1: Warm & Shimmer
That warm shade may be my least favorite shade in the palette, but it is one that works well in the crease. It is not too overpowering. Here I combined it with the pink shimmer all over the lid. That makes for a pretty basic look that is wearable but still adds a bit of something different. I also used the matte peachy pink to blend out the crease shade. That is why this looks so diffused and well-blended. The trick is to mainly keep the warm tone away from your direct lash line if warm tones aren’t too flattering on you. The same thing goes for brights by the way: if brights are difficult, use them in the crease or a lower lash line only.
Look 2: The Bright Look
Of the two looks I did for this review, this is my favorite. That bright lavender pink is stunning in the crease and it works well with the green. I put the charcoal shimmer on the lower lashline, the dark brown matte is used as a liner and I used the duochrome shimmer in the inner corner. This look features all the shades that I use this palette for. This palette has some unique shades that are difficult to dupe.
My final thoughts
The Juvia’s Place The Douce palette is a stunning pastel/ bright palette that can offer a lot for people with paler skin tones. It is not a very deep toned palette so if you have a warm undertone or if you have a deeper skin tone this may pull ashy on you. On my fair skin these shades look bright and vibrant, if you have a darker skin tone, you may want to use a light or white base color to layer these over.
Would I recommend the Juvia’s Place The Douce eyeshadow palette?
When it comes to quality, then this palette is a definite recommendation. When it comes to color story, this has to be your cup of tea. This is not for everyone, even though I think it is a lot more versatile than it may seem at first glance. Is it a must have palette that everyone should own? I don’t think so but if this appeals to you then this will be money well spend.