Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette Review Swatches
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Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette | REVIEW + SWATCHES

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette Review SwatchesL to R: Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Beans Are White, Pure Ganache, Substitute For Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion, Delicate Acidity.


Among my October Favorites, the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette was definitely the most commented upon, so today I thought I would talk about it in a little more depth.

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?


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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Candice
    November 3, 2015 at 9:51 am

    This palette is so pretty! I like that gold shade

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    LindaLibraLoca
    November 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

    How did you swatch them, brush or finger? They really look lovely and vibrant.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      November 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Finger, but you get can get the same intensity on the lids with a firm brush over primer.

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    Gemma
    November 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Such a perfect palette! The colours are gorgeous. Gemma xx
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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    Agata
    November 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    This palette is gorgeous, like I said in the October Favorites post. I really really wish I could get a hold of this palette! I am jealous you have it, lol.

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      Carol in a
      November 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Haha, I’m jealous of so many US brands! 😉

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    Kelly
    November 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I very much appreciate your honest perspective here! I have only used the Naked Palette and I thought it was great, but if there is something better.. sign me up! 🙂 Happy Shoesday Tuesday to you!

    XOXO
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    Lulle
    November 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I really wish I had easier access to Zoeva! Maybe we should do a Zoeva vs ColourPop swap?

    Beaumiroir

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      Carol in a
      November 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Haha, we commented on each other’s blog almost at the same time!
      We totally should!!! Zoeva does offer worldwide shipping, though…

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    Selena
    November 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I love how this palette looks, it seems the perfect one for fall, and as you’ve said, also perfect for a shimmery bronze summer makeup.. The only downside is that Zoeva is a little bit difficult to be bought, but maybe I’ll ask for something form their website for Christmas.
    Nice post Carol! xx

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    Sangeeta
    November 4, 2015 at 7:43 am

    The shades look lovely. Love the glittery bronze-gold shade.

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    Laura
    November 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Beautiful shades, all of these are very me and perfect for Winter 🙂 So warming 🙂 http://www.shehearts.net x

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    Mary
    November 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Very nice review)

    mary-tur.ru

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    Wendee Isaacs
    November 4, 2015 at 11:28 am

    beautiful palette
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    Rachel | Beauty and the Bird
    November 4, 2015 at 11:57 am

    OMG, the shades in this look amazing and so versatile!! I may have to get my hands on this!! x

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    Jecelle
    November 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    great pieces!
    http://jecellekate.blogspot.com/

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    Diana Cloudlet
    November 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Beautiful!

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com

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    S
    November 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    That palette is gorgeous! Perfect for autumn season!
    Love especially the gold shade!
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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    Tiffany May
    November 4, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    OMG I need this like NOW! Great post!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers award! Here is the link.. http://www.tiffanymay.org/2015/11/the-versatile-bloggers-award-2015.html

    Have fun!

    xo | tiffany

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    Megan
    November 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous palette, I want to get my hands on this so so much!

    Megan X
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    Danielle
    November 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    What a nice palette! Love these colors! I’m looking forward to the looks you will create with these shades.

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

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    Keen On Beauty
    November 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    The eye shadows look so pigmented and the colors are beautiful too. I see on the photo you have a Zoeva brush. I’d like to try some of their brushes soon. If by any chance you have any recommendations, I’ll highly appreciate it 🙂

    http://www.keenonbeauty.com

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      Carol in a
      November 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      The brush you can see on the picture is the Petite Crease Brush and it’s the only one I have from Zoeva. I especially like it to smoke out my lower lash line as it’s not too harsh.

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    Kay
    November 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    These shades look gorgeous! I remember seeing this palette in your October favourites and thinking wow, I totally need this in my life, haha! Thank you for sharing the swatches. 🙂 I’m going to have to add this one to my Christmas wishlist! x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.com

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    Chaste & Beautiful
    November 5, 2015 at 1:17 am

    OMG! I think I’m going to swoon seriously. The swatches betray how creamy those shades must be and the color range is awesome plus easily wearable! Loved, loved this post:)

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    Emma
    November 5, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Fab post lovely! I really like the colours in the palette! I’ve been contemplating buying the Naked one for ages but I am put off by the price tag. Perhaps I’ll have to try this one instead! Xx

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    veebz
    November 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    This palette looks so beautiful, and your stitches were done beautifully too! I love how the pink and gold shades look the most. I’ve really wanted this for a while now. So I think I need to get it, as they look like the perfect Christmassy colours.

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    hira khan
    November 8, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    this looks very elegant and shades are very nice perfect for Asian tones.

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    Gul-e-Zehra
    November 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    This palette is so beautiful and so versatile. Naked palette overwhelms me sometimes. I have my eyes on this one ever since Kathleen Lights used it and now after I reviewed I think I should definitely get it! Great review xo

    http://www.GULEZEHRASBLOG.blogspot.com

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