Sunday, 23 August 2015

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette Review

Last week I was ordering some brushes from Zoeva when I made an executive decision that I needed a palette - stuck between Cocoa Blend and Rose Golden, I did what any smart girl would do; ordered one for me and one for Katy, knowing that we'd likely share them and end up with both between us. Sneaky, but effective. When they arrived, I fawned over both - but eventually let Katy choose which one she thought suited her better, so off she went with the Rose Golden and left little old me playing with the Cocoa Blend.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette Overview Picture

There's been so much talk about this palette - but honestly, I was dubious. It's gorgeous, sure, but I've never had a really good palette from a company that specialised in something before it moved into make-up, up to this point. I'm sort of glad that Katy left this beauty in my capable hands, although Rose Golden is super pretty, it's full of shimmery pastel tones that I'm just not sure I'd know what to do with - and although these reds lean a little brave for someone as pale as me; this is a palette I think has proved itself really versatile.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette Swatches
(L-R) (Left) Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Beans Are White
(Right) Pure Ganache, Substitute For Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion, Delicate Acidity

I have been pleasantly surprised, I'll swallow my pride and admit it. These shadows pack quite the punch - the shimmers more so than the mattes, in my opinion; but both are certainly pigmented, soft and easy to work with. My standout shades are all shimmers, which is really unusual for me - but warm notes is an intoxicating colour, and pure ganache and subtle blend are so versatile that I can imagine working with them on a daily basis. In fact - I've barely reached for the mattes at all, although Freshly Toasted has definitely caught my attention more than once.

Zoeva Palette Close Up Pictures

This isn't a perfect palette by any means - I hate cardboard packaging for a start, but that's just a personal niggle, and this is super pretty on the outside however it doesn't have a mirror, which I find really frustrating. For the price, I think the shadows are amazing quality, however I will say that at first I found "infusion" quite hard to work with, but the more I use it the more it seems to work for me so I'm not sure if it's maybe got some sort of denser glitter overspray. I picked this up for €17.50 on the Zoeva website, plus their shipping charge - so although not the cheapest palette on the market, it's far from expensive. What I do hate though is that the font of the shade names inside this palette and inside the Rose Golden palette are different - it irks me a little when sets don't match in little ways like that (is that just me?)

All in all, I really like this. I reach for it often and I think it's a really versatile palette, with some good warm colours as we slowly slip into Autumn. Don't expect the best palette you've ever tried, but do expect an underdog that will take a solid place in between your higher end palettes.

Have you tried any of Zoeva's palettes?

Sammy xo.

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