This palette was on my wishlist for so long, I kept reading great reviews on it from some of my fave (and trusted) bloggers like Laurzrah and Adrienne and so when I was home at Xmas I finally placed a Beauty Bay order and picked up this, the Rose Garden palette and some more brushes from Zoeva. Zoeva brushes are amazing-as good as MAC for sure at a fraction of the price. I've only really tried eye brushes but they are The. Bomb.
I also own the Mixed Metals palette and this blew me away when I tried it. You can read my review here. I was so impressed with the texture, the pigmentation and the lasting power. Writing about it makes me want to use it again and that's the sign of a great make up product.
I feel like the Cocoa Blend is another great palette with only one 'miss' shade.
Let me break down the shades:
Bitter Start-a matte cream shade that is perfect for cleaning up the outer edges of your eyeshadow and also using under the brow bone. I also mix it with Substitute For Love and use it in my crease as a transition shade-I find that the cream colour tones down a little of the orange in Substitute for Love making the combination perfect on my pale skin.
Sweeter End-for me this is the dud. It swatches beautifully and I was awed by it-its a cool toned mauvy, lilac with a yellow undertone but however hard I try I can't get it to show up well on my lid. I've tried various primers but it just kind of looks like nothing. I will try pressing it over a creamier base and using it like a pigment to see if that amps up the colour pay off but at the moment it's a miss from me.
Warm Notes-I have seen comparison after comparison with MAC Cranberry and it's hard to deny the similarities. Personally, I prefer Cranberry, I think it's a little more pigmented but this is a good dupe and the whole palette is around the cost of one MAC eyeshadow.
Subtle Blend-absolutely one of my favourites in the palette, this is a rich and warm mid toned bronze. This is the sort of colour I adore. Very easy to blend out and any fall out cleans up easily from under the eye.
Beans are white-matte black. I honestly don't tend to use matte black eyeshadow as I find it very stark on me but it is good to have an option if I want to use it as a liner.
Pure Ganache-my favourite-it's just the perfect golden tone for me. It's so pigmented and so easy to work with. It has a slightly metallic finish and there is some fall out but its very easy to clean up with a sweep of a large fluffy brush. Been using this a lot.
Substitute for Love-an easy to use matte shadow I use in the crease. For a subtle eye contour I mix this with the cream shade to knock out some of the orange in the undertone-it's a perfect mix.
Freshly toasted-Another really good matte crease shade-still quite warm and again can be toned down my mixing it with the matte cream shade. I'm using it a lot.
Infusion-a really dark brown matte shadow but with golden glitter. I have used this on the outer corner but you could also press this along the last liner for something a little more subtle (but glittery)
Delicate Acidity-the worst name for an eyeshadow ever? Delicate Acidity is a darker mauve than Sweeter End with good pigmentation and a little microshimmer. I'm not a huge fan of these type of tones on me but it is very pretty.
I bought my palette from Beauty Bay for £15.50. I think the quality, pigmentation and lasting powder of these shadows make this an absolute bargain and a very versatile palette.
Have you used anything from Zoeva?