Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette: Review, Swatches & Eye Looks

I’m sure everyone’s heard of this palette and this brand. They have taken social media by storm so say the least, charming everyone with brilliant shades, highly pigmented eyeshadows and for a fairly inexpensive price tag.

I currently own 2 of their palettes, obviously this one and the very popular Masquerade palette, filled with all sorts of bright colors, matte and metallic.

Today we are talking about the Nubian 2 Palette which is mostly a neutral palette with a few jewel toned metallics and deep plums. I love the color selection in this palette. I think this palette is very well-rounded and well made. It has 4 mattes and 8 shimmery metallics, I personally could use maybe 2 more mattes, just because a couple of the metallic shades are similar.

I made a video on this palette a couple weeks ago and I came up with this look centering on the royal blue eyeshadow called “Cleopatra”, I have a couple more looks for you below but let’s talk about this palette a little bit more, shall we?

As mentioned, this palette has 4 mattes (Morocco, Madagascar, Jezebel & Kenya) & 8 shimmery metallic (Sheba, Yaa, Zuri, Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nairobi, Leyla & Egypt).

It normally retails for $35, I got mine on sale for $28.99, they’re doing further reductions on the website right now, I believe they’re only $19.99 now and if you use an affiliate code, it’ll get you another 10% off. Perfect time to sample this palette or get a backup!

The ingredients are as follows: Talc, Mica, Mineral Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Kaolin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, May Contain: Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Greens, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, FD & C Red 40 AI Lake, FD & C Yellow 5 AI Lake, FD & C 1 AI Lake

If you are sensitive to any of these, then I suggest you to skip this palette. You will find these listed at the back of the box of the palette, but not the actual palette. I am happy to report that none of these caused me any irritation or inflammation, contrary to my experience with Morphe shimmer eyeshadows.


The mattes are genuinely great. They are highly-pigmented, easy to work with and they blend with each other very nicely. I find that some mattes, when blended with another matte eyeshadow tend to get patchy or they skip and won’t lay on the skin despite using a primer. These mattes go on and last great with or without a primer. I’m certainly hoping for an all-matte palette from Juvia’s place in the future.

The metallic shades are gorgeous, super pigmented. Literally, one swipe, BAM! Full color. They work best with a synthetic flat brush or with your finger. They are very soft, almost creamy in texture, I attribute that to the mineral oil included in the formula and because of that you will feel that some of them are gritty and will cause some fall out when you blend it out.

Other than that, I think this palette is a total win.

If you liked that blue smoky eye I did above, here’s a couple more looks I did with the palette:

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