14 September, 2015 The Autumn Palette: Zoeva Cocoa Blend
I have a confession to make: I’m an eyeshadow palette hoarder. My endless collection of palettes in various neutral tones is quickly overtaking all other collections in my makeup stash, and I have resorted to keeping them in a shoebox – my drawers are just too small to house them all! Today, I’m talking about the gorgeous – and Autumn-appropriate – Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette (£15.50 here). Affordable, pigmented and stunning to look at, this palette is my current favourite for this time of year.
Featuring a mixture of shimmer and matte shades, this 10-piece palette has something for everyone. From Sweeter End, a shimmering pale grey-lavender, to Pure Ganache, a pure metallic yellow-gold, you can create a myriad of warm or cool-toned looks, or mix the two colour families for a completely new take on the palette altogether.
Below, I’ve swatched the top row of the palette and taken photos in natural light, and with flash.
From left to right, we have Bitter Start (pale matte nude), Sweeter End (shimmering pale grey-lavender), Warm Notes (cranberry-rust with glitter), Subtle Blend (deep bronze-gold) and Beans Are White (intense matte brown). My two favourite shades in this row are (no surprises here), very warm and rich shades. Warm Notes is a stunning, rich cranberry, that looks gorgeous blended into the centre of the lid, or used to create a red-based smoky eye in the outer corners. Subtle Blend is similar to MAC’s Woodwinked, and makes a perfect all-over lid shade.
Next, the second row.
From left to right, there’s Pure Ganache (pure metallic yellow-gold), Substitute For Love (camel-brown with a hint of gold shimmer), Freshly Toasted (matte mahogany brown), Infusion (black-gold micro-glitter) and Delicate Acidity (grape-purple with intense shimmer). Pure Ganache is so bright and pigmented, that all you need is to dab your finger into the centre of the lid for an almost wet-look effect. Freshly Toasted is a gorgeous brown that makes the perfect transition colour for a smoky eye, and Delicate Acidity is a fantastic lid shade when paired with MAC’s Satin Taupe in the crease.
Autumn to me means jewel-toned, chocolate hues, and this palette has more than enough of those delicious shades. I can wear this everyday with just Substitute For Love in the crease and Subtle Blend in the outer corners, or vamp up the look with Delicate Acidity and Warm Notes blended together for an intense, duo-chrome effect. The versatility of the shades and formulas means that your options are truly endless, and for £15.50, it’s well worth every penny.
What eyeshadows are you reaching for this Autumn? What do you think about this lovely palette? Let me know in the comments below!