Hello hello! I am finally getting to swatching and reviewing of the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette that I won from the lovely Reify’s Sweet Treat Giveaway. You should check out her blog and give her a follow if you don’t already!
This is my very first palette from Zoeva, so I was super thrilled to get this in the mail since I’ve been drooling over the palettes and brushes for awhile now!
First off, look at the packaging – STUNNING!
Here’s what it says on the Zoeva website:
Our ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Palette results out of a world of sweet sins. Inspired by warm truffle colors, delicate nougat shades and shimmery marzipan tones for a seductive glamour makeup.
Formula: No parabens // No mineral oils // No fragrances // No phthalates // Superior pigmentation // Easy to blend // With vitamin E // Made in Italy
This palette has ten different shadows in various finishes (matte, satin, metallic, duochrome, pearl and matte with glitter.
Let’s take a look at each one, starting with the top row – swatched without primer:
Bitter Start – matte cream
Sweeter End – metallic, light taupe with peachy golden shift
Warm Notes -metallic, cranberry with rose gold shift
Subtle Blend – metallic, light bronze toned brown
Beans are White – matte, dark brown almost black (like espresso)
Pure Ganache – metallic, gold
Substitute for Love – matte / satin, warm caramel toned brown
Freshly Toasted – matte reddish brown
Infusion – matte with glitter, dark brown with golden glitter
Delicate Acidity – metallic / duochrome, purple based taupe
My experience: This warm toned palette has a great balance between matte and shimmery / metallic shades. All are highly pigmented and gorgeous. I found all of the shades to be buttery and smooth in application except for Beans are White, which was a little grabby, and Infusion, which was drier and was prone to fallout due to the glitter. Very wearable for both subtle and dramatic looks.
Also, they are cruelty-free, and free from parabens / mineral oils / fragrance / phthlates. So yeah, I might be a little bit in love and cannot wait to try more from Zoeva.
A little bit about Zoeva, taken from the website:
ZOEVA is a German brand, founded in 2008 by Zoe Boikou. The brand name ZOEVA is composed of ZOE, the Greek word for „life“ and EVA, the very first woman. From a basic range of only 10 makeup brushes, ZOEVA now offers a professional portfolio of over 50 makeup tools and 100 colors for a full face makeup routine. Our products are designed to make a real difference in the way women experience their beauty rituals.ZOEVA is dedicated to the self-confidence and unique beauty of all women. Every ZOEVA product is made with love and designed with conviction and passion for makeup. Our ultimate goal is to offer luxurious, high quality products. Helping every woman to discover her individual beauty is our highest ambition. ZOEVA means celebrating yourself and being aware of your individual beauty.Women in need have a special place in our hearts. We feel responsible for women suffering from domestic abuse or have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. It is our highest ambition to strengthen their self-esteem and to give them more self-confidence and awareness of their own individual beauty. In women we trust. From the bottom of our hearts.