J. Cat Beauty Dia Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Around the beginning of the year, I reviewed the J. Cat Beauty Noche Palette. I didn’t expect too much from it but I was very pleasantly surprised. I liked it so much that I decided to pick up the Noche’s sister palette, the Dia Palette. Just like the Noche, the Dia is $8.00 and contains fifteen shades. Of those shades, there are five mattes, four metallics and six shimmers. I like this palette but it doesn’t quite hold up to the Noche. Let’s get into the pros and cons and I’ll tell you why that is.

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  • I love the unique color story in this palette. At first glance, it seems like light, spring-ish colors but it has a surprising amount of depth. I created a fall look with it that I absolutely loved and I really think this is a beautiful year round palette. 
  • J. Cat Beauty creates some of the best metallic and shimmer shadows that I’ve ever tried and the ones in this palette are no exception. 
  • The mattes are good. I wouldn’t say they’re the best but they have a solid formula. They’re very buildable, blendable and had no noticeable fallout.
  • The packaging is plastic but sturdy. There is no mirror, which is fine with me.


  • The metallic and shimmer shades have quite a bit of fallout. They need to be applied wet and with a flat brush or finger
  • The shimmers in this palette are more topper type shades. They’re pretty but I wish there would have been less of them and more metallics.
  • The Noche Palette had multiple foiled shades that were gorgeous and unfortunately, this palette doesn’t contain any. Those were my favorite shades from the Noche and what made it a unique palette so the Dia just isn’t on the same level. 
  • The mattes are definitely on the sheer side. They’re buildable to an extent and I do like them but I wish they were a bit more pigmented. 
  • The turquoise and purple metallics, Free Time = Play Time and Ring the Alarm, were very dull. 

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Here’s an example of the gorgeous metallics and shimmers in this palette. Picture was taken with flash.

Swatches & Shade Descriptions:

These eyeshadows do have names but no shade descriptions on the website so I’ll describe them to the best of my ability. I’ll be going from left to right, top row to bottom row.


  • Ready, Set, Go– matte cream
  • Ocean Drench– matte sky blue
  • Nap Time– matte brown
  • Sol– matte orange
  • Work Hard– matte olive green
  • Wanderlust– pink with silver shimmer
  • Wide Awake Mindset– berry pink with brown undertones and silver shimmer
  • Lost in the Daydream– silvery white with silver shimmer (very sheer)
  • Morning Glory– pale gold with gold and silver shimmer (very sheer)
  • Sweet Picnic– pale pink with silver shimmer (very sheer)
  • Free Time = Play Time– metallic turquoise 
  • OMW!– metallic orange 
  • Well Spent Day– pale champagne with silver and gold shimmer
  • Beam of Light– metallic berry red
  • Ring the Alarm– metallic purple 

Eyeshadow Looks:

I created four looks using primarily this palette alone. I always use the Profusion Eyeshadow Primer and set my primer with a cream colored shade. When explaining the looks, I will go in the order of the swatches on my wrist; left to right and top to bottom. You can click on the pictures to see them better. Since these eyeshadows do have names, I won’t be describing where they are in the palette or what they look like.

This was a very simple look and I was happy with how it turned out. 

  1. I set my primer with Ready, Set, Go. 
  2. I blended Ocean Drench into my crease and over half of my lid.
  3. I applied Lost in the Daydream over half my lid, in my inner corner and on my brow bone. 

This was my favorite look that I created! Every shade was beautiful. 

  1. I set my primer with Ready, Set, Go. 
  2. I blended Sol into my crease.
  3. I deepened my crease with Nap Time and applied it on the outer part of my lid.
  4. I applied OMW! over the rest of my lid.
  5. I applied Morning Glory in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  6. I smudged Work Hard on my lower lash line. 

I really like this look but I messed up and accidentally brought the shades a little further out on my eye than I wanted to. I hate when I do this because it just looks odd, in my opinion, but everything else was fine. I used the L.A. Girl Neon Eyeliner in Blackout on my waterline. 

  1. I set my primer with Ready, Set, Go. 
  2. I blended Beam of Light into my crease, onto my outer lid and smudged it on my lower lash line. 
  3. I applied Wide Awake Mindset on the innermost and outermost parts of my lid. 
  4. I applied Wanderlust in the center of my lid. 
  5. I applied Sweet Picnic in my inner corner, on my brow bone and lightly smudged underneath Beam of Light. 

I like the way this look turned out but it was A LOT of work. The shades Free Time = Play Time and Ring the Alarm were so lackluster and required a ton of building to even be noticeable. These shades also created a ton of fallout. I used the L. A. Girl Neon Eyeliner in Vivid on my waterline. 

  1. I set my primer with Ready, Set, Go. 
  2. I mixed Ocean Drench and Work Hard in my crease. 
  3. I mixed Free Time = Play Time and Ring the Alarm on my lid. I also smudged them on my lower lash line. 
  4. I applied Well Spent Day in my inner corner, on my brow bone and smudged it on my lower lash line. 

Brushes Used:

If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find these looks in my recent posts on Instagram.

Final Thoughts:

If you’re trying to choose between the Dia and Noche palettes, go with the Noche. The shadows in it are more unique and have more depth. However, this palette ISN’T bad. if you’re wanting a palette full of shadows that will give you a light wash of color, go with this one. Both palettes are very affordable and which one you like more will just depend on your preferences. Have you tried either palette or J. Cat Beauty’s shadow formula in general? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!




5 thoughts on “J. Cat Beauty Dia Eyeshadow Palette Review

      1. It was one of the 88 shimmer palettes . The purples and blues in your palette remind me alot of the those shades in the 88. It was pretty fun to work with as the shimmers were kind of sheer but could be built up and blended with some of the other colors.

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      2. I think everyone gets overwhelmed lol . I only used the bright rainbow colors and some of the silvers and smokey colors . The browns kind of got ignored lol . I do like that the pans were small so it worked more like a sampler than rather your standard palette pans .

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