Juvia’s Place randomly dropped 2 new blush palettes on us last month and the makeup world spontaneously combusted! Okay, it wasn’t that massive of a launch. But it was still a huge deal because now we get matching blushes, highlighter and bronzer to pair with our favorite Juvia’s Place eyeshadow palettes like Masquerade. When I first saw the announcement, I squealed out loud like a true fan girl because I knew these blush palettes weren’t going to disappoint–and they didn’t.
Juvia’s Place may be a black-owned brand but that doesn’t mean that they’ve forgotten all about the other side of the spectrum. Rather than releasing just one blush palette suitable for deeper skin tones, Juvia’s Place went the extra mile and whipped up two Saharan Blush Palettes. The first, Volume I, is a dream for dark skin divas. Volume I features rich, vibrant blushes and deep golden bronze highlighters that’ll flatter even the darkest of chocolate cheeks. Volume II is a bit lighter and less vibrant so it’s better suited for light to medium skin tones. Of course, I opted for the luscious melanin-magic filled Volume I.
The Saharan Blush Palette Volume I features:
- Zara deep golden bronze with chunky golden shimmer
- Neo rust red brown matte
- Lila soft warm bronze with fine golden shimmer
- Zane vibrant magenta pink matte
- Toby bright tangerine orange matte
- Aby blackened brown red
In true Juvia’s Place fashion, the Saharan Blush Palette Volume I is extremely pigmented and not for the faint of heart. Or melanin deficient. I’m not saying you should avoid the Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette Volume I. But you should be very careful with this beauty if you’re new to blush (or makeup in general) or have lighter skin. These blushes are crazy intense! They’re so pigmented that using a lighter hand is a must. I even tread lightly when using the Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette because it’s very easy to go overboard. Even if you’re a chocolate cutie like myself.
For dark skin divas, the intense pigmentation is a plus because these babies have no issues at all showing up on brown skin. However, if you’re new to makeup or just starting out with blush, you’ll want to grab a stippling brush and tap extremely lightly so you don’t overdo it and end up with that dreaded clown cheek look. That’s exactly what I do some days when I want a barely there, natural flush of color.
Thanks to the extreme pigmentation, the Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette Volume I may seem hard to work with or use but it’s actually amazing quality once you get the hang of things. The blushes are smooth, soft, easy to blend and last all day long without noticeable signs of fading. The highlighters are also amazing quality as they’re buttery smooth and deliver the most phenomenal glow that looks stunning on brown skin. Zara is definitely for the hardcore highlighter junkies who like a more pronounced “highlight on fleek” look. While Lila is more laid-back, subtle and natural for a soft glow that’s great for everyday. I’m even obsessed with Aby, the deep “contour” shade that actually works amazing as a bronzer too since it’s much more warm and red on the skin than in the pan. Ready for the best part? You can also use the Saharan Blush Palette Volume I as eyeshadow! Yaaaas!
Speaking of everyday, I haven’t been able to put this baby down since I got it! The Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette Volume I has become my go to cheek palette because it has literally everything I need to complete a look and the colors are absolutely perfect for my skin tone. The blushes never look chalky or ashy, the highlighters compliment brown skin so well and the contour shade is actually deep and warm enough for us warm toned chocolate cuties to use without fear or looking muddy. Juvia’s Place absolutely nailed the Saharan Blush Volume I! Honestly, I think they’re underselling themselves pricing it at just $18. It’s truly a steal!
Zara, Neo, Lila, Zane, Toby and Aby