smart is the new pretty

Tag: eyeshadow palette

Red Eyeshadows for Fall and Winter

Red Eyeshadows for Fall and Winter

I love red eyeshadow year round; I’m convinced it’s always in-season. However, for the majority of the population, red eyeshadow season is somewhere between September and December. Though the season is well underway, it isn’t too late for me to mention a few of my […]

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

I love pink. Call me extra, but there’s nothing that speaks to my soul like fuchsia (well, except for maybe millennial pink or a white furry throw). I don’t wear a lot of color (I tend to go for the all- black look whenever possible) […]

Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Eyeshadow Palette Review

Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’ve been infatuated with this eyeshadow palette since I first saw it. A Youtube favorite of mine, NikkieTutorials, was wearing the eyeshadows in one of her videos, and I thought “my gosh, what is she wearing on her eyes?” I had been looking for the perfect palette, with the right reds, oranges, and warm neutrals. I was planning on putting together my own palette with individual eyeshadows, but the price tag on a palette of hand picked eyeshadows can be hefty. A little research told me that Nikkie was wearing a palette called “The Nubian” Eyeshadow Palette by Juvia’s Place.Juvia's Place

I looked up Juvia’s Place online, and found that the palette had all of the colors of my dreams (and more). I was enticed, but not sold. I mean, I hadn’t heard of Juvia’s Place before. A few weeks later, Nikkie talked about the palette on her Youtube channel, and I decided I would give this palette a try. A couple of days ago, the palette came in the mail, and I have been in love ever since.

fullsizerender-10

The Juvia’s Place palette is packaged in a teal cardboard, with a cartoonish Egyptian-queen image on the front. Open it up and find a set of gorgeous shadows, mostly shimmery shades with a few mattes. It is just the right size: not too big or heavy, but with plenty of pans. I’ve heard this palette compared to Morphe eyeshadows, particularly the Morphe 35O. I don’t have the 35O palette, but I do have other Morphe shadows. I personally think that Juvia’s Place eyeshadows and Morphe eyeshadows are very different. The Juvia’s Place eyeshadows are much higher quality. Every single shade is beautiful, with vibrant pigmentation and a smooth, buttery texture.My only complaint is that I would have liked a higher ratio of mattes-to-shimmery-shades, but I have so many matte shadows already that it isn’t much of a setback.

fullsizerender-12

The Juvia’s Place eyeshadow palette might be my favorite eyeshadow palette ever. I definitely prefer it to Urban Decay, Morphe, and Tarte eyeshadows. If I didn’t love my Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter stack so much, the Juvia’s Place palette would definitely be my favorite. The Juvia’s Place palette combines quality with variety and beauty. I hope it never goes out of stock, because I could see myself repurchasing this palette for a lifetime.

fullsizerender-11

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes are iconic and popular. Their larger palettes (Naked, Naked2, Naked3, and Naked Smokey) are arguably some of the most coveted palettes in the game. But are they worth the hype? I was interested in purchasing the Naked3 palette, but I was […]

Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette Review

Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette Review

The Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte has been a go-to for me since Christmas. It is an ideal staple because of its varied neutral matte hues. The shades are all cool-toned or neutral; there are no warm colors in this palette. The palette can create many […]

Morphe Palette and Brush Review

Morphe Palette and Brush Review

Morphe is a small makeup company that has been making big waves in the social media makeup world. If you watch Youtube or follow Instagram, you have probably seen some of Morphe’s products, especially their 35O palette. The overall consensus is that Morphe makes great products, so I decided to see for myself.

I purchased the 35K palette, which features 35 beautiful shades: whites, beiges, browns, blacks, and blues. Most of the colors are matte, but there are a few with shimmer. You get a lot of product in this palette for a reasonable price. I got mine during a 20% flash sale, but they usually go for about $23 on the Morphe website.

There are definitely pros and cons to this palette. The colors are beautiful and plentiful. I recently brought it with me to a family wedding where I knew I would be doing a few people’s makeup for the event. I liked that I could bring one palette for a large variety of different looks for different people. However, it is a big palette, and I often don’t reach for it simply because it is bulky and hard to use. I have also found that the colors are inconsistent. Some of them are intensely pigmented, while others are hardly pigmented at all. I have also found that some of the colors are very similar to each other. I will continue to use the palette for certain occasions, but I don’t reach for it on a daily basis.

On the other hand, the brushes are among my favorites. I ordered a synthetic kit of travel size brushes, and they feel soft and luxurious. They apply makeup beautifully, because they are very dense, and they feel great on my skin. Of course, because they are travel size they also fit easily into their case and travel well. I prefer them to my travel-size MAC brushes, and because they are much less expensive, I will probably order Morphe brushes in the future when I am looking to restock my brush collection.