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As much as I am trying to back away from making impulse purchases, the Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette was definitely an impulse purchase on my part. I’ve seen the uber colour Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palettes floating in and out of my Instagram & Twitter page for MONTHS and I just felt like I had to own at least one of these palettes as they seem ridiculously pigmented.

In the end, I *somehow* managed to obtain 3 different Juvia’s Place palettes from Lustre Cosmetics – they don’t seem to stock this anymore, sorry – and as I’ve only opened the Mini Masquerade Palette, I thought it would be better to do a review on the eyeshadow palette I have actually used rather than a colour/swatch comparison post . . . . although I might do that in a few weeks.

The Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette – £28.00 via Juvia’s Place – is the smaller, limited edition version of the Masquerade Palette. Inspired by African Festivities – very ambiguous, I know – this palette is meant resemble the enormous joy and spiritual activities you find at African events by perfectly balancing bold colours (meant to represent the costumes used in festivals) with nude shades and browns (that represent the African soil and environments).

Being British-African I almost want to call B******* on the product blurb as it doesn’t seem very thought out and slightly annoys me as Juvia’s Place seems to have clumped all of Africa together rather cater this palette to any particular African culture . . . but then again it’s an American brand and most Americans seem to think Africa is a country not a continent

Yes, I’m being petty but I’m allowed.

Moving on, there are 16 eye shadows in this palette and each shade is named after an African city:

  • Chi – Royal Blue
  • Mali –  Torquoise
  • Dalia – Light Sweet Blue
  • Zola – Frosted Aquamarine Blue
  • Makeda – Deep Purple
  • Zobo – Matte Magenta
  • Calabar – Vibrant Burgundy with a metallic finish
  • Bori – Matte Pink with Embedded Gold Specks
  • Giza – Champagne Silver
  • Burkina – Cool Brown
  • Cairo – Orange Brown with Gold Specks
  • Ada – Red-toned Brown
  • Dahia – Champagne with Pink Specks
  • Zulu – Cool Brown
  • Casablanca- Copper Bronze
  • Fulani – Warm Chocolate Brown

Each eyeshadow in this palette are RIDICULOUSLY pigmented.  As the Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette was designed to work well with women of colour, every single eyeshadow is packed to the brim with colour. I did a quick look with the neutral shades in this palette and the eyeshadows blended beautiful and are a dream to work with.

I really like shade selection in this palette as it really allows the user to get creative and encourages them to mix & match the different colour families however  I do think Burkina and Zulu are VERY similar. Having both these browns in the palette doesn’t add anything. It would have been great if Juvia’s Place has replaced one of these shades with a black eyeshadow or something but this isn’t really a deal breaker.

I would definitely recommend buying this palette if you are in the market for a highly pigmented eyeshadow palette, you can find the Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette on the Beauty Bay website for £28.00.

Juvia's Place Mini Masquerade Palette
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