KOLWEZI QUEEN is a 12 pan palette inspired by the rich colors, culture, diaspora, and BLOODLINE of our MeeraTeam member SM's Congolese heritage. All of the colors and names are a reflection of SM's Congolese upbringing and this palette is our Love letter to all of the children of the Congolese Diaspora 💖
Each shade in this palette is ultra-pigmented and formulated for rich and vibrant pay-off on all skin tones. This palette includes:
May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide (C177491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Ultramarine Blue (CI77007), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), FD&C Yellow No.5 Al Lake(CI 19140), FD&C Red No.40 Al Lake (CI 16035)
Did you know all of the colors and names for KOLWEZI QUEEN were curated by our team member, SM, who was born and raised in D.R. Congo? Below is the description of each color and what exactly they mean to SM:
Kimya: A royal blue pressed glitter shade. Meaning PEACE in Lingala, Kimya is inspired by the blue color in the Congolese flag used to represent peace and harmony.
Shaba: A bright pink matte shade. Named after the Ex-Shaba province of D.R. Congo where the city of Kolwezi is located.
Lwej: A soft pink shimmer shade. In honor of Queen Lwej - Hululations up for the first Queen Mother of the Lunda Empire.
Mwamikazi: A vibrant brown shimmer shade. Meaning QUEEN in Mashi, Mwamikazi represents all of the beautiful QUEENS of the Bushi Kingdom. We see you all and we LOVE you all!
Damu: A rich red matte shade. Meaning BLOOD in Swahili, Damu is inspired by the red color in the Congolese flag used to represent the blood of the brave martyrs who fought to restore D.R. Congo's independence.
Lignée: A deep berry matte shade. Meaning BLOODLINE in French, lignée is dedicated to all of the members of NM’s ancestral BLOODLINE.
Royale: A rich gold shimmer color. Meaning ROYAL in French, Royale is a testament to the natural beauty of the Congolese people! Skin as soft and as precious as gold.
Copperbelt: A rich copper shimmer shade. Inspired by the color of the pre-colonial “handa” currency, made from the region’s copper, which is one of the highest-grade in the world.
Bubanji: A vibrant yellow pressed glitter shade. Meaning WEALTH in Tshiluba, Bubanji is inspired by the yellow color in the Congolese flag used to signify the country’s richness of cultures and natural resources.
Odi-Odi: A soft brown matte shade. Inspired by the age-old Swahili greeting used by guests when they enter the home of a family member or close friend.
Starehe: A soft orange matte shade. Inspired by the inviting response to the “Odi-Odi” greeting in which the host extends warmth and comfort to their guests.
Nzinga: A deep black matte color. In honor of the strong black Queen Nzinga Mbande of Ndongo and Matamba who is remembered for her intelligence, her political and diplomatic wisdom, and her brilliant military tactics used to protect her people from the slave traders.