Review: The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette – with swatches and looks

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that a few weeks ago I bought the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette as soon as Beauty Bay restocked it. Yep, it was so popular that after a tonne of YouTube gurus like Kathleen Lights recommended it, Beauty Bay sold out of it. I patiently waited and waited and waited and them Boom! Purchased 🙂

As soon as I received it I knew I would like it for so many reasons (listed in no particular order below):

  1. the price is pretty hard to beat for a palette
  2. the quality it amazing
  3. the colour selection is fantastic – a warmer toned palette which is right up my alley, but also punctuated with a pop of bright colour as well as a couple of cool tones to balance it out
  4. the packaging is stunning – gold, gold and more gold
  5. the colours are so richly pigmented and easy to apply and blend out
  6. there is a black and a brow bone highlight – so many palettes don’t come with these two necessities
  7. it has a balance of shimmers and mattes
  8. it’s the perfect size to take travelling with you
  9. almost all of the colours have no fall out – there is one (warm notes) that does fall out, but you can manage that with a shadow shield or similar
  10. colours last all day without creasing
  11. you can use this palette without needing any other separate shadows or pigments
  12. Zoeva is a brand I really like, having bought some stellar quality brushes from them. From Germany, they are well known overseas, but less so here in New Zealand.

And the list goes on …

If you can’t already tell, I really like this palette.

I decided to use the palette all on it’s own for an entire week (I’ve included some pics at the bottom of this post) and found that I didn’t even get tempted to go elsewhere.

Here are some swatches of the colours on my skintone (currently NC40 in MAC foundation colour) and outside, in the sun. The interesting thing is that this seems to be one of those palettes that doesn’t swatch as well as it applies.

The top row is below:

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The bottom row is below:

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My favourite colours are:

  • Substitute For Love, for a lovely warm toned crease colour
  • Bittersweet, which I use to set my eye primer and also for the perfect brow bone highlight
  • Pure Ganache, which is a beautiful true gold colour
  • Delicate Acidity which is actually a muted purple with a shimmer in it an great for a cool toned smokey eye

Here are some looks that I wore for work during one whole week. Unfortunately I took the pics on my iPhone so the colours aren’t as vibrant as in real life. Plus, I took them in our kitchen at work, early in the morning before anyone to catch me taking selfies lol.

If you’re in the market for a great ‘all rounder’ palette, then I’d recommend giving this one a go.


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