Favorite Makeup Products of 2018

This post is a bit overdue. We are already in February (gosh, how did that happen?) and this could easily have been posted in December (except December being very busy for me). The reason why it’s so late is because I am convinced I will forget something very important and then that will annoy me…for the rest of the year. Because you need to know the best of the best during last year and I don’t want you to miss anything. This is obviously very important. We are talking about life changing things like makeup after all. I finally scrambled together some of my absolute favorite products, so here they are!

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Juvia’s Place The Magic Palette: Zulu was my first eyeshadow palette from Juvia’s and I really do like that, but the Magic Palette is the one that really made me convinced that I needed them. I needed them all! And then I started my mission of collecting all Juvia’s Place palettes there is. The Magic palette is HUGE and have a wonderful selection of so many stunning and interesting shades. It does hold a special place in my collection just for that reason that it is the palette that made me fall in love with the brand. If you want to read the review with swatches and all you can do that right here.

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Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter Molten Rose Gold: If you are in the mood for a super intense metallic highlight that is drugstore priced then this really is a fantastic option. This highlighter deserves all the hype it gets without doubt. I had this several times in my monthly makeup bag, and even though I always had more options to choose from, I always reached for this. I bet this will be reached for a lot also in 2018. I also have the shades Molten Gold and Sandstone Shimmer, but the Molten Rose Gold is the one that match my skin best.

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Zoeva Brow Spectrum: This must be the most versatile brow product out there. With 9 shades in a slim packaging where you get anything from dark, to cold to warm brow powders in addition to two shimmery highlighter shades that are beautiful as cheek highlighters and even one matte white brow bone shade. The brow powders also work fine as eyeshadows. Perfect for travel if you want to travel light because you have everything you need for your brows, for your highlighter and your eyeshadow all in one sleek 9 pan palette. I have been using this over and over and over again. If you ever read the list over product I use in my makeup looks you find this palette mentioned almost every single time. A true staple in my collection for sure! If you are interested to read more in detail you will find a review here.

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Essence Pure Nude Highlighter “Be My Highlight” : This is the same as the highlighter from Maybelline: One I have had in my monthly makeup bag several times and that I’ve just been reaching for over and over again. This one is very different from the Maybelline though in the sense that it’s more of a natural glow-from-within kind of highlighter while Maybelline is intense metallic. It’s nice to have both! The price of this one is also amazing, and the only downside for me is that it’s almost impossible to get (It’s not sold in any stores physically or online that ships to Norway) because I would like to have like 9. So I could have backups for life. This is one of the few highlighters I own that I am convinced I will go through eventually.

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Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter: This is an amazing product for glowy skin. It’s quite an interesting product too, because it can kind of be whatever you want to be. Use it underneath your primer, use it on it’s own with a bit of concealer and powder for a light but super glowy complexion, use it as a natural highlighter or use it mixed with your foundation. It just makes my skin look so glowy and healthy. I did already review this amazing little thing, so you can read the full review here if you are interested.

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BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette: This one deserves a spot on this list because this palette alone made me chance my impression of BH Cosmetics as a brand completely. Before trying the weekend festival palette I had already tried 4 palettes by the brand without being particularly impressed. I decided to give this one a try because every review I saw of it was nothing less than great. Off course I ended up falling in love with this palette, and the reason why this specifically is in my favorites is because this made me change my opinion about BH Cosmetics as a brand. I mean, if they can do something like this then they are bound to be able to make more good stuff in the future. This palette alone made me purchase even more palettes from BH Cosmetics, and it deserves a place among my yearly favorites not just because it sparked my interest in the brand, but also because it’s always inspires me to do something fun when I open it. And off course, the quality is great!

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Smashbox Always On liquid Lipsticks: With this one I don’t want to mention any specific shade, but the formula in general. I picked up my first one of these in 2018, and they went straight up to the top of my favorites list. Absolutely wonderful formula that is comfortable even though it dries completely. I am hoping to collect more shades in 2019. because these are just so wonderful.

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Certifeye The Tropical Wonders Eyeshadow Palette: The best of the best rainbow palettes! Can you see the little baby pan in the yellow shade? That was the first time ever I actually hit pan in a bright shade. The only shades I’ve hit pan on before are neutral shades I reach for for everyday looks. I have been reaching for this so much, and I love using it for anything colorful! i highly recommend this to anyone who need a full matte colorful palette because this is pigment!

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick: Again, not a specific color. I have around 20 of them and they all work great. I have a hard time picking which one I like the better of this and the Smashbox Always On. The formula is equally good but I think the Jeffree Star ones gets a few extra points for their amazing shade selection and the fact that they are eye safe! I love using these in the water line when I want something that really stands out (and won’t budge). I am sure I will pick up a few more shades of this in 2019 as well. These are just hard to beat!

I am sure there are many other things I could’ve mentioned. I do love all my Juvia’s Place palettes, and Colourpop palettes and Natasha Denona palettes are also big big hits for me. I just don’t think I have been using them often enough for them to be in my yearly favorites even though I can think of a whole bunch of eyeshadow palettes that I love the color and quality of!

And you, what was your favorite makeup items in 2018?

Remember I do also exist on Instagram by the way!

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December 2018 Haul!

Or actually, this is not a December haul. Because everything I ordered in December haven’t arrived yet due to postal services being so awfully slow here around Christmas time, or around black Friday, or anytime really. Point being, except one little thing I picked up in store I didn’t get any of my December hauls yet. But I did get a few things I ordered in November, so we will have some new stuff to go through anyway.

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So this is everything I added to my collection in December. Only pretty things off course, but this looks very modest compared to my November haul which I recommend reading if you 1.Like makeup porn or 2.needs a confirmation that I am not sane. Because I did some serious hauling that month!

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My Violet Voss Flamingo palette finally arrived (I think I ordered it in October actually). I fell in love with the looks of it since it was released and I aaaalmost made an order from Sephora because ages before it reached Europe. But I forgot about it, and thought I didn’t really need it. Until I found it on sale at BeautyBay! Now I am very happy I picked it up. It’s so fun and summery. In other words perfect for the season right!

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The Juvia’s Place Serafino blush is a gorgeous peach blush. It’s so pigmented but blends nicely on the face. I have really been loving this! The Balm Mary Dew Manizer was the only thing I picked up in store. I do love the powder version so I decided to give this liquid one a try. It looks very similar to the original, just a bit more subtle.

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This beautiful Mary Kay blush was a Christmas gift from a friend. I just think the pattern is so lovely I barely want to use it, but it’s a gorgeous color! A toned down peach with a satin finish. So lovely!

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And last but not least came some contributions to my Juvia’s Place collection! When I get my December order I will have all the palettes except the Warrior II. So my mission of collecting all Juvia’s Place palettes are soon completed. These palettes have such an amazing formula and the quality is so consistent! Not to mention all the gorgeous color stories. Forever a big time fan of Juvia’s Place palettes and I am so happy to have the Festival Palette, The Afrique Palette and the Nubian Palette in my collection.

Did you pick up something fun this month? Or are you doing a low-buy as a new years resolution? I am going to try to not pick up as many palettes, but it’s so hard!

Also, please add me on Instagram if you haven’t. I would love to see you there too!

Top 3 Affordable Makeup Brands in 2018!

I did this blog series last year too, where I do three different blog posts talking about the top 3 affordable brands, top 3 high-end brands and top 3 luxury brands. Since it’s always a lot of fun evaluating favorites I decided to do the same this year.

Today we go through the 3 affordable brands I have been using and loving the most throughout the year. Making this little list was soooo easy this year. I just knew right from the top of my head what the brands would be. So let’s talk some makeup!

My top 3 affordable brands (in no particular order:

1st – Makeup Revolution/Revolution Pro

I group Makeup Revolution and Revolution Pro in once because many people (including me) don’t really know the difference. I think it’s been a couple of years now since my first Makeup Revolution order, and it was not the best success. I mean, some products where OK, some where below average, but I did not find anything that amazed me within the first orders. But lately, since they did their re-branding, I am under the impression that the overall quality has improved a lot! I found several gorgeous highlighters, some everyday staple lipstick and even some quite good eyeshadow palettes. And everything it cheap as chips as well!

Things I love that I would like to mention is theri highlighters. They have so many good ones but the Highlighter trio and the Radiance highlighter stands out a bit from the crowd in my opinion. They also released some really good lip toppers with their holliday collection, and off course I cannot forget to mention their big big hit, the Conceal & Define concealer!

2nd – Colourpop

Off course I had to mention Colourpop. I thing this is the brand I have purchased the most items from throughout the whole year. Partly because the constantly put out new releases, and partly because they are super affordable with great quality. Most of the things I’ve tried from them I have enjoyed (a few exceptions do exist though).

The one Colourpop product that are closest to my heart is off course their eyeshadow palettes. The quality is unbeatable for the price. Their eyeshadow formula is among my top three formulas, and that’s including every brand I’ve ever tried from the cheapest drugstore to the most high end luxury formulas. Their palettes have become like Pokemons. Gotta catch them all!

3rd – Juvia’s Place

On more brand that offers amazing quality eyeshadows for a low cost is Juvia’s Place. I fell in love with their formula when I tried the Magic palette, and I have made it a mission to collect every single eyeshadow palette since then. I am actually doing pretty good on that mission, and I will soon have them all. This brand does not dissapoint. Not only do they have a killer metallic formula, they also have an amazing price point. The palettes are cheap in the first place, but you find them on sale so often you can get them for even less than a Colourpop palette!

I love their eyeshadow palettes and are also a big fan of their blushes. The packaging is also so quirky and fun! Can’t wait to see what this brand has planned for us in 2019!

If you had to pick one or three favorite affordable brands this past year what would it be? I am curious to know!

I at least am very excited to see what all these three brands have in store for us in 2019.

XOXO

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Juvia’s Place The Saharan Blush Vol.II

This one have been hanging around in my drawers for quite some time. Over a year and a half to be exact. But I have been using it quite frequently the last couple of months and I felt like writing a review for you. I do think that it’s a good thing to take a deep dive into your collection sometimes to find something to review. I really don’t think people who blogs or does YouTube and write reviews should feel forced to pick up only the new stuff to review. As makeup lovers we often have plenty of stuff laying around in our drawers, and the best thing is that these are products we often know very well, which makes them excellent review items. As long as they are not discontinued off course. If you are also a creator I challenge you; Next time you need to review something, open your drawers and have a look instead of heading over to your closest makeup store. I am sure we all have plenty of stuff laying around that deserves some attention.

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But now maybe we should stop wasting time rambling and get on with the review? (I like to write, I can’t help it!).

The blush palette has a similar appearance as the eyeshadow palettes with those fancy funky ladies on the cover. The packaging is their standard cardboard with no mirror. It feels sturdy and are quite slim and easy to store. Inside you get a selection of 6 different shades.

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The reason why I have been using these blushes more lately is because I got a bit of a tan this summer and I maintained it with self-tanner through fall. Many of these shades are too dark for me during winter, but during summer they are quite nice. The Vol.I blush palette I find to be too dark for me, so I did not pick it up, but I really like that they have an option for darker skin as well. I would however like to see one for fair skin too. I mean, there is so many makeup options for fair skin, and way to little for dark skin, so no need to complain really, but I think a third palette would be a fantastic addition! Imagine the Vol.I for darker skintones, Vol.II for medium skintones, and a Vol.III for light to fair skin tones! That would have been something! (We can dream right?).

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The colors in this blush palette has a very nice variety!

Yara is a warm brown. Not the right color for me as a blush but it works really well as a warm bronzer if I have a bit of tan. It looks less orange on the skin than it does on the arm swatch, so I quite like it for the purpose.

Sola is a gorgeous dark rose gold with shimmer that would look just as amazing on the eyes as on the cheeks. This is too dark for me in winter, but it’s a beautiful summer time blush and I used it a lot lately.

Tau is a matte orange blush. This is actually so flattering on the skin, again this is too dark during winter but it’s a stunning warm matte blush for a bronzed summer look!

Bee is maybe the shade that works the least for me. I don’t feel it’s too dark for me during summer, I just feel it’s not the right tone. I can even make it work during winter with a super light hand, and if I really buff it out, but it’s just not my favorite anyways. This is the shade I get the least use out of. That being said there is nothing wrong with the quality and I bet this looks stunning on medium or even dark skin!

Zoba is my favorite. This one works all year for me, and is together with Leena the only two shades that are usable for me all year (I have light skin, but not fair). It’s pink with a golden sheen and looks amazing as a glowy blush!

The final shade, Leena, is a matte peach. This is just a great all year, all looks kind of blush. I often use this with a little bit of Zoba on top to give a very soft sheen. Perfect if you feel a bit pale and dull to brighten up the face.

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The quality on these are great. They are quite pigmented though, but blend fairly easy, so with a light hand and a little bit of buffing they work really nicely. They don’t have any kickback in the pan so they seem fairly firmly pressed. Which means they are easy to control and they will last you for ever. I know I have used this palette quite a bit for the 1.5 years I’ve owned it and it barely shows any wear. So with Juvia’s Place reasonable pricing added to the equation you get a cheap, great quality palette that will last you almost forever. If that’s not a good deal I don’t know what is!

Have you tried Juvia’s Place blushes?

Remember you can also find me on Instagram!

XOXO

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Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 Palette – Review & Swathes!

I only needed to try one palette from Juvia’s Place to realize that this was a brand for me to collect, and I’ve made it a mission to collect every single palette they have available one by one.

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This one is similar to the other palettes in style, but as you may know the Juvia’s Place palettes vary quite a bit both in the size of their palettes and their eyeshadow sizes. This palette has the huge eyeshadow pans, but since it only holds 12 shades it’s not obnoxiously large like the Magic Palette (Don’t get me wrong, I love The Magic Palette always and forever, but it’s…not small).

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I still have yet to pick up the Nubian palette, which is only neutrals and I feel more drawn to the colorful palette. Even though the Nubian 2 has some pops of color it still have many neutrals and earthy tones. This is the perfect Juvia’s Place palette to start with if you are more into neutrals but want to start dipping your toes into colors. Because even though it has some nice colors I would still say they are quite muted and beginner friendly, without compromising their beauty! Still for a color lover like me there it lot’s of room to play around and be creative.

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As always, Juvia’s Place metallic shadows are truly amazing with their rich pigment and buttery dense texture. I have said this before, but good things can’t be said enough; Juvia’s Place has one of my absolute favorite eyeshadow formulas. In this palette you have 8 shades in this delicious formula, and the rest is matte. None of that matte base with glitter rubbish that I don’t like (I know, I know, they can still be good or work basically as a matte, but I get annoyed by the looks of them). The matte formula in this palette is also good. Medium but buildable pigmentation and great blendability. There are no bad shades in this palette. Not at all, just a through and through solid great quality.

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The packaging it the usual fun and quirky type of design and nice orange and pink cardboard palette. This palette holds the large sized eyeshadows so you get a lot of product in these 12 shades.

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For me personally, I love the quality, and I like that the color selection is still very suitable for everyday use. It’s very easy to make completely neutral looks with this, so I think this is the perfect Juvia’s Place palette to pick up it you have been wanting to try the formula, but think the colors in general are a bit to colorful for you. if you look at the palette there are mostly neutral shades with the exception pf Cleopatra (blue), Egypt (green), and maybe Nairobi (yellow gold). The rest are colors that could easily be incorporated into e neutral daytime look

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As usual I really I would highly recommend this because I am always so impressed with the quality, especially the affordable price considered!

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XOXO

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Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 Palette – 8 Makeup Looks!

Another addition to mu Juvia’s Place palette collection and one step closer to having them all. Yes,I love them so much I need to collect every single one of them.

I played around with it, had some fun, and these are the looks I came up with!

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  • Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 – Morocco, Madagascar, Kenya, Jezebel. Yaa, Sheba, Zuri.
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – Nudie.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Eylure Exaggerate lashes 143.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeava Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.

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  • Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2- Jezebel, Leyla, Cleopatra, Egypt, Nairobi.
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – Nudie.
  • BKR Cosmetics Pressed Glitter – Green shade (name is not written on the pan).
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Eylure Exaggerate lashes 143.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeava Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 413.

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  • Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 – Morocco, Madagascar, Kenya, Yaa, Zuri, Egypt.
  • Colourpop Super Shock Shadow – Glow.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeava Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40, Bro70.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 413.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – Scarlett #8.

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  • Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2- Morocco, Madagascar, Kenya, Egypt, Nairobi, Zuri.
  • Colourpop Super Shock Shadow – Glow.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeava Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40, Bro70.
  • L’Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – Scarlett #8.

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  • Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 – Madagascar, Kenya, Cleopatra.
  • Kiko Kajal Kôhl Pencil – 109.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Sleek Highlighting Palette – Distorted Dreams (blue glitter shade).
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
  • Zoeava Brow Spectrum- Bro30.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.

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  • Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2 Morocco, Madagascar, Kenya, Yaa, Nefertiti, Nairobi, Sheba.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H – Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 403.
  • NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown
  • Zoeava Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro40.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.

I don’t know what to say. Those Juvia’s Place palettes are just my thing. I made it a mission to eventually collect all of them, so wish me luck on that!

Which look did you prefer? I think I like the second look the most, mainly because I had so much fun adding the small details. But the colors in this palette is so good that I enjoyed every single shade.

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Juvia’s Place The Douce Palette – Review & Swatches!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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!

XOXO

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