I feel like I naturally gravitate towards mid-priced brands these days; you get a lovely product in a pretty package without feeling like you’re spending a bomb and Zoeva fits perfectly into that category. I’ve been a huge fan of their brushes for a good while but their makeup is a more recent discovery. The standout makeup product from their range for me are the eyeshadow palettes, so today I’m giving you a breakdown of my collection with swatches and mini-reviews.
All the 10-shade palettes cost £15.50 and the 15-shade palettes cost £28.50 when bought through UK stockist BeautyBay or marginally less when bought directly from Zoeva, who ship easily and cheaply to the UK. The formula seems to vary slightly between the palettes, which I’ll outline later. Overall they are very pigmented and wear well throughout the day. They blend so nicely and the mattes in particular are some of my absolute favourites. Overall the formula is very creamy though slightly more powdery than something like Urban Decay or Makeup Geek.
Overall they are probably the best quality and most original eyeshadow palettes I’ve come across at this price-point. I love that they name the shades and give each palette a theme. There are some lovely, unique shades and original ideas in their line, which I love. I also do like the packaging; although it’s cardboard it isn’t flimsy and they’re very slim, making them perfect for travel.
The first Zoeva eyeshadow palette I ever picked up was the Cocoa Blend. Just look at it! It was also the product that opened the door to me experimenting slightly more with colour. It’s got a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades with some gorgeous neutrals but also these little pops of colour, which are what makes it really special.
My favourite shades to wear together are probably Pure Ganache (a bright gold shimmer that’s perfect as an inner-corner highlight), Substitute for Love (a warm caramel brown crease colour), Subtle Blend (a brown-bronze shimmer that can be worn as a lid colour) and Warm Notes (a deep pink shimmer I like to use to add a bit of colour in the crease).
This was my second Zoeva palette purchase – I know it’s kind of ‘safe’ but I work in an office so neutrals are always going to be the shades I have the most use for. I’d describe the colours in this as a sort of warm rosy browns. I find the texture of the eyeshadows in this palette to be slightly more powdery than the others; it’s nothing major though. It also has a couple of nice duochrome colours in there to mix it up a little. There’s a good combination of light and dark shades as well as of mattes and shimmers. All in all it’s a really well balanced palette and a great everyday staple.
My go-tos in this palette are Casual Elegance (a yellow-gold duochrome shimmery highlight) Smooth Harmony (a rosy lid colour with a slightly golden sheen), Soft and Sexy (a mid-brown crease colour) and Sweet Sound (a deeper caramel brown shimmer for the outer v).
I’ve felt for a while that my eyeshadow stash has been lacking in slightly cooler tones, and this fills that gap for me. I do tend to gravitate towards warmer tones as they naturally suit me better – a silver eye can sometimes look a little bit off on my colouring. However there’s just something about the balance of colours in this palette that seems to really work for me.
My most-used shades are Handmade (a light peach shimmer I use as a highlight), Gallery (a mid-taupe matte crease colour), Outline (a cool deep taupe-bronze shimmer) and Exquisite (a slightly cool-toned plum matte).
This was a great palette to inject a bit of colour into my stash without it being anything too scary or intense. You still have a few neutrals in there but I do really like that there are some pretty unique colours too. In the main I use this palette to create either a more plum-purple look or a more brown and orange-toned eye. The only think I don’t like so much about this palette is all the unnecessary variants of the off-white matte lid shade. I have to say I think Zoeva have improved their eyeshadow formula even more with these new 2016 releases; besides the white shades the mattes are even better than usual! Just look at the pigmentation of the dark shades especially.
My most-used shades are WR150 (a champagne shimmer to highlight the inner corner with), WR120 (a mid matte brown I like for the lid or crease), WR040 (a bright orange matte I use in the crease) and WR010 (a duochrome plummy brown shimmer I like on the outer v).
This is my most recent addition and I definitely didn’t need it but when has that ever stopped me? It’s just the perfect warm neutral palette that gives you everything you need in one place. I also love having a palette where I genuinely use every single shade! It’s a mix of brown, taupe and gold shades, which is exactly what I like to go for.
Although, as I said, I regularly use all the colours in this palette I do still have a particular look I tend to go for with this palette. My most-worn shades are ND140 (a champagne shimmer for the inner corner), ND100 (a mid-taupe matte), ND110 (a light nude shimmer with a hint of peach that I like to use as a lid colour – think MAC All That Glitters) and ND020 (a cool bronzy brown shimmer I use for the outer corner).
Update: Apologies, it seems the smaller palettes have increased in price to £18 between the time I scheduled this and the time it went up. Sorry for any confusion!
Have you tried any Zoeva eyeshadow palettes? Which is your favourite or the one that’s on your wish list?
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Great post! I have only just purchased a Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette. Been lusting over them for a while. Definitely going to purchase the spectrum ones soon, they look gorgeous. The pigmentation is dreamy!ReplyDelete
Sophie | It's Cultured
Great post! All these palettes look gorgeous!so many beautiful shades, I want to get my hands on one of them!ReplyDelete
Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com
I just won a £50 Beauty Bay voucher so i am definitely going to finally pick up the Cocoa Blend Palette, the shades look stunning!ReplyDelete
Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | GIVEAWAY | Win Makeup Geek, Morphe & More
Ooh lucky you ;) xxDelete
I love zoeva palettes so much! I use cocoa blend so much, and nude spectrum is basically perfect xReplyDelete
I love Zoeva eyeshadows, I think they are fantastic quality, especially the mattes as they're harder to get them right. I'm slightly disappointed that now Zoeva has became more popular they upped their prices and the small palettes are £18 and even the brushes start from £8 not £6 like before. xReplyDelete
Mummy’s Beauty Corner
Thanks for letting me know so I could add it into the post - worst luck ever that this would happen like the day before my post going up D: xxDelete
I am looking to buy on eof the Zoeva palattes however wasn't sure how shimmery they would be as I tend to prefer matte. This has been super helpful, thanks.ReplyDelete
No problem :) glad it helped! xxDelete
I can def aggree! Zoeva is my favourite brand when it comes to eyeshadow palettes!ReplyDelete
Love all of them!
I love their eye palettes as well!They've just released a cheek palette and I'm very tempted to purchase it!ReplyDelete
Totally agree! My friend bought me the Zoeva Rose Golden palette which I can highly recommend! The colours are beautiful and very pigmented, they all blend well together and are my go to colours for a party or when I'm on holiday! Love it! Very tempted by the En Taupe palette now...ReplyDelete
I still haven't tried anything from Zoeva. This needs to change pronto!! En taupe looks beautiful, well, they all do actually lol xxReplyDelete
Kate | kate emma loves.
You must! xxDelete
The pricing for the pigmentation is great! I would love to get Cocoa Blend to begin with! :) xReplyDelete
Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ
So far I only have the Cocoa Blend palette and I love it so much - I think they're the best shadows I've ever used. I will definitely be buying some more!ReplyDelete
Your swatches are so perfect by the way!! x
Aw thank you! And definitely check out Warm Spectrum or Naturally Yours if you love Cocoa Blend :) xxDelete
the zoeva brushes are already so amazing. this is crazy!ReplyDelete
This is making me want to spend all of my money on Zoeva palette's! I literally love all of these and I will definitely aim to own them all one day haha! Amazing post :) xoReplyDelete
Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk
These are freaking gorgeous, I want them sooo bad! But Beautybay won't even show them, perhaps they aren't available for my country and I'm raging! Ugh looks like I'll never be able to get them. xoReplyDelete
Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com
These all look so pretty! I never think to look at Zoeva for make up but I think I will now!ReplyDelete
They're one of my favourite brands, honestly so underrated :) xxDelete
I honestly want them all so bad. Everytime you post them I squeel. NEED TO ORDER THEM. argh lolReplyDelete
I loved this post, I've been wanting a Zoeva palette for such a long time! I love the look of the En Taupe palette, and I think Nude Spectrum is so much nicer than the Warm Spectrum palette!ReplyDelete
Kirstie | Behind The Scent
Need to get my hands on these palettes! Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Ellen | xellegirl.blogspot.co.uk
The only Zoeva eyeshadow palette I have is Naturally Yours but I never really reach for it! En Taupe looks gorgeous! Just saw Dagmara's comment about the price and I'm so disappointed! Such a hike on everything!ReplyDelete
Danielle's Beauty Blog
I'm really sorry about that! xxDelete
Lately I've been hearing a lot about these palettes but I haven't tried them yet! Those swatches make me want to, I think the Cocoa Blend palette would be my favorite.ReplyDelete
These palettes are so pretty! Im on a bit of a spending ban but maybe I'll habe to treat myself to one of these palettes in the next few weeks. ;) xReplyDelete
I have to try some Zoeva products, these palettes look gorgeous!ReplyDelete
xx, A Little Dose of Makeup
Wow I'm so jealous of you for having all of these. They're are simply gorgeous and are definitely on my wish list. Cocoa Blend looks so beautifulReplyDelete
Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'
I bought the 'Naturally Yours' palette a couple of weeks ago! It is my first piece from Zoeva and I absolutely love it, its perfect for everyday use!ReplyDelete
Great post - I think Ill try 'En Taupe' next!
They're both lovely everyday options! xxDelete
I love Zoeva Palettes! I think i actually prefer them to UD. Cocoa Blend is my favourite. The Nude Spectrum is next on my list xxReplyDelete
I still don't have any Zoeva palettes, it is really hard to try which one to go for as all of them are gorgeous :) xReplyDelete
I have En Taupe & Cocoa Blend and love them both! If I didn't already own so many palettes, I would be all over those larger palettes but I just can't justify buying one at the moment. I definitely want to get one of their blush palettes & some brushes xxReplyDelete
Their brushes are my absolute favourite - definitely do :) xxDelete
These look amazing, so pretty! I want them all! ;) xxReplyDelete
laura | lauzylouu
These palettes look great, unfortunately I already own way to many to justify another!ReplyDelete
Never tried anything from Zoeva, but everything looks so beautiful. The Nude Spectrum palette looks perfect for a neutral lover like myselfReplyDelete
Emily xx | emilyclairewrites.com
Lovely post, Jasmine! I found the swatches really helpful. I've had my eye on the 'en taupe' palette for a little while now, but I've been resisting the urge to spend!xxReplyDelete
Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle
I'm not usually one for cool tones but I really like this one :) xxDelete
I love Zoeva as a brand, the cocoa blends palette is one of my faves!ReplyDelete
Lucy | Forever September
I rarely wear eyeshadows yet here I am Jasmine, convincing myself that if I owned Nude Spectrum, I would be set for the rest of my life :DReplyDelete
i really love the look of the palettes! i saw you talking about the increasing prices on twitter earlier and i think it's so bad that now they've got popular they've hiked up the prices! i was thinking about getting one of the palettes but am now thinking twice about it!ReplyDelete
It was such annoying timing for me! They are certainly worth the increased price - tbh they are better than palettes I've tried that cost upward of £30 xxDelete
The En Taupe palette is calling my name! I look through their site all the time but can't decide on the palette I want to try!ReplyDelete
She Likes to Shop
Damn! I've really been wanting these and this post doesn't help! Wish I could get my hands on these in the states!ReplyDelete
Your swatches are amazing and have definitely made me want to buy all of those palettes! I'm still yet to purchase anything from Zoeva, even brushes (bad blogger!), but I now have a wish-list as long as my arm!ReplyDelete
Alice / Alice Grace Beauty
I think I've loved everything I've tried! xxDelete
oh my god I need to get naturally yours and en taupe! love love love them!ReplyDelete
I have the Cocoa Blend palette and I absolutely love that, I've got my eyes on the Naturally Yours palette now!ReplyDelete
Lauren Ashleigh xx
This is for sure palette heaven right here! Amazing swatches as always- I genuinely can't pick a fave!ReplyDelete
They look beautiful! With my birthday round the corner I might just have to have a cheeky splurge...ReplyDelete
If I had to pick one to buy, it would be the cocoa blend palette but I think for my first Zoeva order it's gonna be all brushes, I feel like I'm missing out on something without them!ReplyDelete
I didn't realize how inexpensive these palettes actually are, especially the 10 pan ones! There's me thinking that they're around £30-40! I love the en taupe palette the shades are gorgeous however they would not suit me at all!ReplyDelete
Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com
I definitely reach for these more than many of the high-end ones I have! xxDelete
I was so close to buying the Zoeva eyeshadow palettes the other day because they look so good and have heard many great reviews!ReplyDelete
Lee | thatbellemakeup.blogspot.co.uk
These are all so beautiful! I'm in love with the Cocoa Blend shades...gorgeous! xReplyDelete
Wow! These palettes look gorgeous. I've never tried anything from Zoeva *hangs head in shame*, but I have wanted to try their brushed for a long time. Having seen these palettes next to one another with each of the shades swatched, they're definitely on my wish list now too! I seriously don't think there's a single shade in any of the palettes you've shown that I wouldn't wear. That's HUGE for me!!!!!!! XxReplyDelete
Tania | When Tania Talks
Beautiful photo! I have a brush set from Zoeva that I love but I have yet to try their eyeshadows. Everyone loves the Cocoa blend palette and looking at the swatches side by side with the other palettes, that would probably be my favourite too.ReplyDelete
The 15 pan ones seems like a great alternative to the big MAC ones if you can't be bothered building your own.
Omg, these palettes look absolutely incredible. I've never tried anything from Zoeva before but I'm pretty sure after seeing this post I have to purchase a few of these! Great blog post Jasmine, x!ReplyDelete
Becky, xx // http://undertheseabeauty.blogspot.ca/
Aw thank you and yes you totally should :) xxDelete
These all look beautiful, and agreed that the palettes all look very considered. I love the look of En Taupe, I have green eyes and I always find purple-taupe colours very flattering!ReplyDelete
The Makeup Directory
I bought my sister the rose golden zoeva eyeshadow palette for her birthday last year and I've wanted one ever since! I definitely want to try out En Taupe, the colours look amazing! xxxReplyDelete
Thank you for your comments - hope this introduced you to something new :) xxReplyDelete
OMG I keep seeing Zoeva eyeshadow palette reviews everywhere and keep trying to resist them, but after seeing your swatches I think I have to invest in atleast one Zoeva palette!! The pigmentation looks amazing, I'm so impressed! I love the look of Cocoa Blend especially, so I think that might be the first one I pick up! oxoxoReplyDelete
I recently had every single Zoeva palette, though I sold most of them on Depop due to the move. I still have the Natural Yours and use it every week on Mondays.ReplyDelete
Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
I have to agree with the 'obsession' element of this post, for the price of Zoeva shadows they are amazing. I only own the Cocoa Blend and the Rose Golden however I seriously want to pick up the warm spectrum palette, it looks right up my street and the pigmentation as always is great:) I was really wanting to pick up the En Taupe palette but I think it may be slightly too cool toned for my complexion:( Thanks so much for sharing. xxReplyDelete
It's so easy to justify buying them all when they're so good and under £20! xxDelete
I'm not familiar with Zoeva, but these look really great for a mid-range make-up brand! :) I would say I'd gravitate immediately towards Cocoa Blend, but I'd probably try out En Taupe just for a change.ReplyDelete
These shadow palettes look amazing. I am dying to try some of these, they look gorgeous and so so pigmented! <3ReplyDelete
The Dazzle Guide
Oh my Goodness these palettes are gorgeous! Love the pictures! *Need*ReplyDelete
A Girl's Fancies
I literally love them all and could see myself using so many of the colours, they really nailed the colour combinations. I noticed the price increase recently too! That sucks :( Just bought loads of MUG shadows though so I'll hold off on one of these xDReplyDelete
Nicole | ...What Nikki Did...
Count me in on obsessed! I love this palette so much! So many war, caramel, buttery summery colors! Love it all! Them swatches though girl lol! How long did it take to take it all off ahaha<3ReplyDelete
I only own Cocoa Blend and it's pure perfection! Nude Spectrum has definitely caught my eye, but I really don't need any more neutral shadows. I would love to pick up one of the blush palettes though! xxReplyDelete
Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net
I've always been curious about the Zoeva palettes because they seem like great value. Now that I've seen your review and those beautiful swatches, I think I need En Taupe in my life!ReplyDelete
Emma | Rosy Disposition
I really want to get more use out of En Taupe looking back at this post! xxDelete
For beginner is it better to try this palette or the balm nude tude/dude? Can't really decide :(ReplyDelete