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Take It Or Leave It | Juvia's Place Saharan Palette

I finally caved and bought a palette from Juvia's Place. If you haven't heard about the brand..where on Earth have you been? Their eyeshadows are popular among a ton of beauty including the wonderful NikkieTutorials. When I saw a friend of mine swatch her palette on IG stories, I knew I had to try them for myself. So I ended up picking up The Saharan Palette for a pretty good price (some of their palettes are still on sale!). 

To be honest, I've had this palette for months and this post has been sitting in my drafts for a hot minute, but I finally had the motivation to write it up and since I've been using it for a while, I can now give you guys my full thoughts. 


p a c k a g i n g
I love the cover art of the packaging. It isn't too over the top yet it packs a punch. The front and back is a salmon-pink colour with a beautiful drawing of a Fulani Queen (I assume?) as the palette was inspired by the vibrancy and vivaciousness of the culture. It has a cardboard casing which I feel like is okay for the price you pay. The eyeshadow pans are standard size. 

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I feel like I always gravitate towards the same kind of shades all the time, so there's no surprise that I picked up the palette with a burnt orange. If someone asked me to choose one shade to rock on my eyes for the rest of my life, a burnt orange shade would definitely be my immediate answer. Another thing I've been into lately is shimmers. I don't get to use them too often, but I appreciate a good shimmery eyeshadow. And this one has a mix of 4 mattes and 8 shimmers! 

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As you could see from my swatches below, the shimmers swatch beautifully and show up better than the mattes. Which I guess is fine as this palette is more focused on the shimmery shadows. But before we move onto those, let's talk about the mattes. When it comes to palettes, I'm usually impressed by the mattes and not so by the shimmers, but with this one it was the complete opposite. The mattes in this palette were very underwhelming. It takes a bit of extra effort to build the colour to match how it looks in the pan. I find that the black shade is the least pigmented of the bunch and I know everyone hates that. The shimmers however are very pigmented and go on amazingly. The only two shadows I have a slight problem with are Wodaabe, because it feels a bit chunkier than the other shimmers, and Iman, which is very chalky. 

Juvia's Place The Saharan Palette Swatches
Overall, I think this palette is just OK. In all honesty, I don't think the eyeshadows are the most amazing that I've tried and don't think they're as good as YouTubers hype them up to be. They're just average. Although I like the shimmery shades in the palette, I may just pass them on because I don't see myself reaching for it a whole lot in the future. I also feel like I have many of the shades in other palettes that I own as well. 

Have you tried anything from Juvia's Place?

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