Your eye makeup says so much about you and your style – Laura Mercier
Hello, end of January! I would like to share with you an eye palette that I have been using for a month now. Yes, after contemplating to splurge and ended up NOT buying the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario — I was so lucky to receive the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette as a Christmas gift. Thanks to the mother-in-law! I have medium skin tone at around NC40-42 in MAC or any foundation shades with ‘honey’, or ‘golden’ on it. I believe the best shade that suits my skin, and my dark eyes is anything coppery, golden, or bronze. The Cocoa Blend palette comes in a gorgeous brown-gold cardboard packaging, and is consisted of 10 x 1,5 gr warm shadows.
Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette Cocoa Blend is available to purchase at GBP 18 in the UK, which I find pretty reasonable for what you get. Each of the shade here both the matte and shimmer ones have the same color payoff, it is super finely-milled and buttery.
From Zoeva website:
Formula: Paraben Free // Mineral oil Free // Fragrance Free // Phthalate Free // Superior pigmentation // Easy to blend // With vitamin E // Made in Italy
There 4 mattes, 5 of shimmer and pearl, and 1 satin shades in the palette.
- Bitter Start is a cream – almost white – matte shade great as a base all over the lid, and uses as highlight under the brows,
- Substitute for Love and Pure Ganache are two brown – orangey color and are very warm, perfect for the crease,
- All the shimmer shades: Pure Ganache (copper), Warm Notes (cranberry), Subtle Blend (bronze), Delicate Acidity (silver-y purple), and Infusion (glittery black) would definitely stand out beautifully on your lids,
- Sweeter End is rather satin than shimmer, this pale pink shade is great for inner corner for anyone who wants to achieve a refreshed and ‘rosy’ look.
- Beans are White, a juxtapose to its name – this one is a matte dark grey (almost black) which is always useful to have in a palette. You can use this to defined the outer corner, eye lining, and to smudge any glossy black or brown eyeliner.
Every shade is super pigmented, just look at this swatches I did on my hand with no primer underneath.
I would consider this palette as a complete one because it’s not all shimmery and the matte ones are very neutral and useful to have. You are (almost) able to create any kinds of look with this bad boy. I would highly recommend this palette for anyone who: is buying their first eyeshadow palette, for someone who likes to travel (like me), or for anyone who wants to have just one palette that does it all. However, for people with fairer complexions, or blue eyes, or anyone in need of a more cool-tone palettes, you can probably skip this or buy additional single shadows to complement this warm palette.
and now onto my eyes…
Here’s my first attempt using Warm Notes on the lid. Valentine’s Day look, anyone?
and another one using the Pure Ganache on the lid, and Freshly Toasted on the crease, and soft brown eyeliner for a summer-y, fresh, and glowing look.
Notes: both looks were taken using natural sunlight at a different time of the day, hence, the different lighting.
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