This palette contains 10 eyeshadows that really are everything you’ll need to create a number of different eye looks: the color selection is spot-on and there’s a good balance between shimmers and mattes (6 vs. 4). Its warm hues are ideal for rich autumnal looks, as well as a stunning summer bronze eye, while its wide color spectrum makes it both daytime and nighttime-appropriate.
The eyeshadows are all amazing quality for such an affordable palette, but my top picks would probably be Warm Notes, Subtle Blend and Pure Ganache (my absolute favorite), which are so buttery and pigmented that they definitely give many high-end shadows a run for their money. As you can see in the swatches, the two lightest shades are the least pigmented, but they definitely perform better on top of primer.
The shimmers are plain beautiful, while the mattes provide anything you might need to create a well-balanced and multi-dimensional eye-look. Let me explain! I use:
- Bitter Start to set primer and highlight the brow bone (which I only like matte) and inner corners;
- Substitute For Love as a transition shade;
- Freshly Toasted in the outer corners, to intensify the crease or smoke out the lower lash line;
- Beans Are White to intensify the outer corners or as a liner.
Blending is a pleasure and longevity is outstanding: yesterday I wore Bitter Start, Substitute For Love, Sweeter End, Subtle Blend, Freshly Toasted and Beans Are White for over 10 hours and they did not crease AT ALL (on top of Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer).
Let me tell ya, if I had to choose between Zoeva Cocoa Blend and Urban Decay Naked, I’d definitely pick Zoeva’s palette (there, I said it). Not only because it’s a fraction of the price, but especially because it’s more varied and self-sufficient. If you were debating whether to buy this palette or not, I say get it, in my opinion it’s worth a lot more than its price tag.
Do you have the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette? Do you like it as much as I do? What is your favorite neutral palette?