Around August (or a bit earlier than that) of last year, the Juvia’s Place eyeshadow palettes got a lot of love from so many beauty influencers and of course, being the make up fiend that I am, I also wanted to try it but I didn’t want to go through the hassle of ordering it from their website and having it shipped here. I saw someone offering the Nubian eyeshadow palettes for pre-order on a make up group I am a part of, and her prices for the palettes were amazing so I thought, hey, why not?
Oh my gosh, the whole purchase process was disappointing. I originally ordered the Nubian 1 – the green palette – paid the 50% down payment for it and excitedly waited for it to arrive. We were told the original ETA was the first week of October. The seller kept saying her supplier was slow to process her orders since she got a lot, so the ETA kept getting pushed back and pushed back. I wasn’t happy about it but it was what it was so all I could do was wait. I understood that as disappointing as that was, it happens but on top of that, there were other hitches too – first she asked me to claim back the down payment from Palawan Express because she lost her ID and couldn’t claim it. This was 2 months after I paid, which to me was insane. I paid in August, and she told me in November, and asked that I send the payment to her BPI account. Fine, I let that go. Then a few days later, she said her supplier messed up her order and she had no Nubian 1 but a lot of the Nubian 2. UGH. At this point, I was really disappointed and I was contemplating on just cancelling the order, but in the end I decided to go for the Nubian 2 because I really wanted to try this brand and see if the hype is true and then had to pay for the third time for the price adjustment. Hay so much effort for an eyeshadow palette LOL! After 3 long months, I finally had the palette delivered. It was a mess of a transaction and a big lesson learned for me – if I ever do pre-order purchases again, I will do so with established online stores only.
Because of the disappointment I experienced buying the palette, it took away the joy and excitement I had for the actual palette. Would you believe that I didn’t even try swatching these until I took photos for the blog – about 2 months later? *gasp* When I received it, I just checked that it was in good condition, put it back in the box and kept it in my make up storage. LOL I just couldn’t get over the hassle I had to go through to get it so until I was ready to look at it and not remember the purchase experience, I didn’t want to touch it. #DramaQueen
I am glad I got over that feeling because let me tell you – all the hype that you hear and read about these are true! The eyeshadows are insanely pigmented and every time I use this palette, I always ALWAYS get compliments. They are super smooth, very creamy and just all around amazing. I love how easy they are to use, and the longevity is great as well. I used this for the Yeppunonie PH Jay Park in Manila event and my eyeshadow was still as beautiful and as pigmented at 3 AM as it was when I left the house.
The packaging is made out of cardboard, and I really like that. As much as I love cute, interesting and innovative covers, I can also appreciate a functional, no-frills packaging. It’s pretty sturdy and it has a magnetized closure as well. No mirror, but I don’t mind that since I don’t use the mirrors attached to palettes anyway. The Nefertiti drawing on the cover is beautiful.
You also get a LOT of product. It doesn’t say on the packaging how much each pan weighs but just based off of the size of the pans, it is bigger than a MAC eyeshadow – I think almost twice it’s size. You get 12 beautiful eyeshadows which are a great mix of neutrals and pops of color. My favorites would have to be Egypt which is a beautiful rich green shade, Morocco, a very nice matte orange and Leyla, a deep purple-plum.
In the end, I guess all’s well that ends well because I am happy I got the Nubian 2 instead of the Nubian 1. It’s a lot more versatile and some of the shades in the Nubian 2 are colors that I don’t currently have in my kit such as the blue, the yellow gold, the green, the rust and the matte plum so this works really well in supplementing my current collection. I think the total amount I paid was Php2120.00, which included the 70pesos shipping fee – I got a really good deal price-wise. On the Juvia’s Place website, it was originally priced at $35.00 but is now on sale at $28.99.
I highly recommend the Nubian 2 palette – for the price, you get so much value! I have my eyes on the Saharan palette which they came out with recently but I am trying to find a fair-priced, reputable seller. If you find one, please let me know ha!
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