I’ve heard wonders about the Zoeva brushes and lately also their palettes. Some of my favorite bloggers and friends rave about them. So I decided it was time I tried one of them out. After much consideration, I decided on the Cocoa Blend Palette. My thoughts on it can be founds right below!
The palette costs 21,95€, with 10 eye shadows. If you compare it to the Urban Decay Naked palettes, which retail at 42€ for 12 shadows, it is much cheaper. It has 10 eye shadows from matte to satin, with no glitter shadows (which I don’t like anyway). The color ranges from a very light shadow do and a very dark almost black matte shadow – which every palette needs.
Bitter Start: a very light beige shadow, almost white. It’s matte and perfect for highlighting, if you have darker skin than me. To me it is a good blending color, to use under darker shadows and helping them blend into the skin.
Sweeter End: a light cool purple. I love this color, as it it’s too purple and since it is pretty cool, it goes really well all over the lid. It’s one of my favorites in the palette.
Warm Notes: a gorgeous shimmery burgundy color. Nothing more to add, it’s a beautiful color that makes a statement.
Subtle Blend: a shimmery copper color. Hands down my favorite in the palette! I like to wear it all over the lid, as it brings out the green in my eyes.
Beans are white: don’t ask me about the name, I don’t get it either. This is the darkest color in the palette – a very dark brown, almost black, with some little specks of red. You can only see them if you’re up close, but it brings warmth into the color.
As you can see in the swatch, the first color almost disappears on my skin and the two brown ones look pretty much the same.
Pure Ganache: the first color in the second row is a very warm gold color. Personally I only use it as a highlight in the center of the lid, over another color, because it is a tad to warm for my skin tone. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful gold color.
Substitute for love: or as I call it “the perfect blending color”. It’s the color I use the most to blend with this palette. It’s a warm matte rust shade, which I love pairing with Subtle Blend.
Freshly Toasted: is a darker reddish copper color and really looks like dark rust. It’s also a matte color, so perfect to blend with one of the shimmery ones.
Infusion: this is pretty much “Beans are white”, but in a shimmery version. I think it could have been expended and another color could have been used. I don’t think I ever used this shade (except for swatching) and I believe I’ll reach for the matte version more often.
Delicate Acidity: is a warmer, darker purple version of Sweeter End. I love both of them paired together, but I would have preferred to have a shimmery and a matte version, instead of two shimmery shadows.
My opinion: for 20€ it is a good palette, especially for people who are still getting into makeup and trying things out. However, I did get a bit disappointed…I don’t think the shadows are very good quality, the are very powdery, difficult to blend and also don’t show up very well unless you smack on a lot in your lids. Yes, I am used to the Urban Decay shadows, which are a lot more expensive, but you also get better quality. What I noted with this palette is that if I use a flesh colored eye shadow base, the colors look brighter, compared to using just my normal eye shadow base from Artdeco. Even though the quality isn’t the best, the colors are gorgeous and I will definitely keep using this palette in the future.
Have you ever tried the Zoeva palettes? What did you think?