This palette just scream spring doesn’t it? The lovely pastels and shimmers are just THE spring shades in my opinion. Especially that green and those gorgeous pinks!
After falling so much in love with the Magic Palette by the same brand I got determined to collect every single palette I could get my hands on (you can read the review and see the 10 makeup looks I did with it if you want to know more about this stunner of a palette). Obviously The Douce had to be the one to add to my collection this spring because of the shade selection.
The packaging it true to Juvia’s Place unique style, and I have to say this is one of their most beautiful ones. The pan size is large. And the palette itself is the same size as Zulu and The Festival Palette if you are familiar with those. If not, them think of Sugarpill, because they are about the same size. So being a very reasonably priced palette this gives a lot of product for a low cost.
The inside is just as stunning as the outer packaging. The selection of shades are mostly browns and pinks with a pop of metallic grey, green and a gorgeous duochrome with a pink and lilac shift (Tart). You can easily go very neutral with the browns, but I would say this is mostly a palette for light and fun spring looks.
And as usual, pigmentation is definitely there! Juvia’s Place metallic shades are so buttery and rich it is almost unbelievable. One of my all time favorite formulas of eyeshadows, and they do not disappoint in this palette either!
The matte shades form Juvia’s Place are also generally good quality, but one thing I notice about them is that they usually appear more pale on the eyes than in the pan. If you look at these swatches you can see that the browns in the upper left corner (Chocolat) looks fairly dark, but after building up the swatch it did not look as dark. Same with the magenta shade in the center (Custard). It looks way more vivid in the pan than it does on the swatch or on the eyes. The light brown in the bottom left corner I had a hard time to get to show up at all. So it works as a barely there transition shade, but I do wish it had the same color as in the pan, because I am quite pale and if it does not show up well on me during winter, then I think it will be too light for medium skintones.
I usually find that Juvia’s Place mattes needs some build up to look as bright as they do in the pan, but this time I could not build them up as much as I would want. I prefer to get the shade I can see in the pan, and not a paler version of me, so unfortunately that is a bit of a drawback for me. They are very smooth and blendable though, so they have nice texture and are easy to work with, they are just much less intense than anticipated.
The metallics on the other hand are exceptional and makes the whole palette still well worth picking up. The green (Macarons) is the shade that I was most drawn to, and it is beyong gorgeous and just the way I want it to be. Also the silver metallic (Mont Blanc) impressed me. Even though I have silver metallics and shimmers from before I don’t have anything as rich as this one.
The duochrome also deserves a mention with it being the most unique shade in the palette. It looks like a pale shimmery pink with a lilac duochrome shift, but if you layer it over a black shadow you get a dark lavender shimmer that is absolutely gorgeous (and quite surprising because I expected it to be a lot more pink).
So even though the mattes are not exactly where I want them to be, the stunning metallics and unique duochrome and reasonable price tag still makes this well worth picking up in my opinion.
It also is a nice collection piece since the color story and packaging are both beautiful and one-of-a-kind.
I would pick it up again!