I am a sucker for neutral eyeshadow palettes! I usually have to sit back and debate with myself as to whether or not I need another one, and I always lose that battle. That’s exactly what I did with the Jouer Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette. Did I need it? Did I really need yet another eyeshadow palette that contained a bunch of glorious, wearable shades that I can mix and match to create a variety of looks? Yes… yes I did….
The Jouer Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette is a chic, beautiful palette consisting of 12 neutral shades. The packaging is lovely. The golden box is a bit larger than the actual palette, which makes you really excited that the palette is larger than it actually is, so don’t be fooled. However, that wasn’t overly disappointing. When you open the box and unveil the sleek, travel friendly palette with leopard print casing, you’re in complete awe of it’s design. The beauty, however, is what lays inside.
When you open the palette you are greeted with 7 rich matte shades and 5 flawless shimmers! And let’s not forget about the glorious full-size mirror! I’ve never tried any Jouer shadows until this palette, so I didn’t know what to expect. The shadows are gorgeous… so pigmented and buttery.
At first, I was disappointed with a few shades when I swatched them with my finger, but I changed my tune when I applied and distributed with a brush. I didn’t love Matte Vanilla initially. I didn’t think it was pigmented enough, but when I picked up the product with a big fluffy brush and applied it to the lids, it was perfect! I was also disappointed with Macchiato. I thought it was going to be more intense, but again, once I picked it up with a blending brush, the color was beautiful! It applied smoothly to the crease creating a gorgeous, subtle transition shade! And lastly, there is Dew, which is a gorgeous shimmering cream, but I was hoping for it to pack a bit more of a shimmering punch. It’s lovely, don’t get me wrong, but I really love an intense highlight (big surprise). These were just my first impressions. I ended up loving every single shade. Sepia is my absolute favorite! It’s the most incredible shade! And Licorice is the most intense black I’ve ever used! I always have my guard up when it comes to black shadows because I sort of expect to be disappointed, but not with this one! I wish I saved my SnapChat story all about it, but if you did watch, you recall how pleasantly surprised I was. My enthusiasm may have been a bit dramatic, but I get really psyched when I find a perfect black shadow.
If you can get your hands on this palette, do so! It’s perfect for creating a variety of looks and I’m so happy that I decided to get it! I must say – Jouer is killing it lately! I’ve only really indulged in their products recently and I have yet to be disappointed! Keep it comin’, Jouer!
The Jouer Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette is available at jouercosmetics.com for $40.00.