I have heard lots of great things about the Zoeva eyeshadow palettes so I decided that it was time to try them for myself. Zoeva is a cruelty-free brand from Germany and while they aren’t what I would call a budget brand, they are certainly affordable. I purchased the Rose Golden palette as a first taste of the formula as all the shades looked like they would be very wearable for me.
These shadows come in a sturdy cardboard palette with very pretty rose gold decorations and shade names, but there is no mirror. There are 10 shadows including 3 mattes and 7 shimmer shades and the formula of all is beautiful: very soft, finely milled and blendable. They are certainly pigmented but I have been using these with a base like a satin ColourPop Super Shock shadow, or one of the E.L.F. smudge pots and on top of a shimmery base, these Zoeva shadows REALLY pop and they last all day without fading! Truely beautiful.
Some of the colours in this palette look quite different in tone on the skin than they do in the pan which is surprising. I love the light matte shade called Luster. It looks very light in the pan but on the eye, on my pale skin, this is a perfect crease transition shade!
Shining bright is actually much more pinky toned than this swatch would suggest – it is a very pretty rosey shade.
Just a Rose has a pink base and a gold shift which is unique. I use this with a gold cream-shadow base and that helps the duo-chrome shift really pop on the eye. Golden Rule almost has a green undertone to it which is interesting too.
Although I very much enjoy this palette, I do have a couple of cons to mention regarding the way it has been curated.
- The rose gold shades are all very mid-toned and to be honest, they look very similar on the eye. For me shades Reflective Elegance and Copper is King of the top row and shades Foil and Just a Rose of the bottom row will give you an extremely similar look.
- The mid-toned matte that has been provided in this palette is a cool-toned grey?? I find this confusing as the rest of the palette is very warm so it seems like such an odd choice. I do use it and it does work, but I would have much preferred a warmer mid-toned brown or marsala shade.
Overall, this is a lovely palette but I think it is helpful to remember that 4 of the shades are very similar. If I were to alter the curation I would have included a really pale shimmer highlighting colour and a mid-toned brown matte. But that is just me.
This palette has certainly sparked a love of Zoeva eyeshadow for me and I’m itching to try more from their range. I paid AU$35 for this palette and you can purchase Zoeva directly from their website here.
Have a glorious day!