Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

Thursday, November 02, 2017


I've heard so much about Zoeva's palettes and always wanted to try one. They are renowned for being as good quality as the likes of Urban Decay and Too Faced, but for a fraction of the price. Last weekend, when at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, I spotted a Zoeva stand and had to go and check out their palettes. I ended up purchasing one of their most famous, the Cocoa Blend palette, and decided to share my thoughts on it with you today.

The palette is encased in really pretty brown and gold packaging which looks and feels really luxurious. Although it may just be cardboard packaging, it's actually really sturdy and streamline, so a lot easier to travel with than bulky palettes like my Urban Decay favourites.


The palette includes twelve shades, I would describe two of them as true mattes, two as satins and the other six as shimmers. I feel like there may be a lack of mattes in this palette however it's really easy to pair it with another palette, such as the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics, if you need more mattes for the look.


Going shade by shade, the first in the top left corner is called 'Bitter Start' and is the first matte of the palette, and is probably best described as an ivory-beige. It would be nice all over the lid for a matte look or probably useful as a matte highlight, although a little too light for my skin tone.

Next is 'Sweeter End' which is a really pretty champagne-pink shimmer. This is gorgeous on the lid and it's actually unlike nothing I own, which is why I fell in love with it straight away. It works really well with the shade to the right of it 'Warm Notes', which suits its name because it is a really warm toned burgundy-pink. It reminds me a lot of my MAC Cranberry eyeshadow, but more pigmented so that is really promising!


Next up we have another shimmer (told you this palette is full of them) called Subtle Blend, a shimmery brown. I think this is so wearable, being a brown and it's an essential to own somewhere. The final shade on the top row is 'Beans Are White', a matte black which again is an essential to own. It's perfect to blend into the crease to smoke out a look.

Onto the bottom row, we have 'Pure Ganashe', a gold shimmer which is really pretty. Comparing it to Half Baked from Urban Decay, it's just as pigmented, and a little bit more brown toned. The two satin shades follow, 'Substitute For Love' and 'Freshly Toasted'. They are really warm toned browns and both have great pigmentation and super easy to blend.

*left hand side unfiltered so you can see exactly what they look like!

The final two shades of the palette are much more cool toned, 'infusion' and 'delicate acidity'. Because I love using warm tones in the autumn I've not actually had the chance to give either of these a try yet, but I'd describe one as a dark blue shimmer and one as a purple shimmer. They are both really pretty in the pan and I can't wait to use them when I start doing more purple looks in the winter months.

*and the right side!

I love how the shades are presented in the pan, the amount you get of each makes it really easy to get your brush into. I'm also really impressed with how pigmented they are while how little fall out you get. I also love how when you open the palette, the lid says 'Selected With Love', it really feels a lot of time has been spent to make this the perfect palette.


I would highly recommend trying out a Zoeva palette, for only £18 it's hard to say no - I'm definitely already planning which one I will buy next! The Cocoa Blend palette is full of gorgeous shades that make it really easy to create a shimmery, warm toned look which I think is particularly perfect this season.

Have you ever tried a Zoeva palette?

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14 comments

  1. This palette have been on my wish list for like weeks ! Time I purchase it :)
    I never tried any of Zoeva palette but I really do want.

    http://www.mariesconnections.com/

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    1. You definitely need to! I hadn't tried one until this and I was missing out so much! x

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  2. Such pretty shades, the price isn't too bad either - definitely want!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. I know! I think it is especially good for its price x

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  3. Awesome palette! I feel that this one is very similar to the original Chocolate Bar. If I didn't had that one I would buy this one for sure! xx

    Carolina's Makeup Life

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    1. Yeah I guess that is true! I don't own the chocolate bar but Zoeva is a fair bit cheaper so I'm glad I have this one! x

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  4. I have only every tried the brushes from Zoeva and am always intrigued by their palettes - this one looks gorgeous! Which eyeshadow is your favourite?
    Amber | www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I really want to try their brushes! But their palettes are a lot more affordable than the brushes some how! My favourite eyeshadows from this palette are most likely the shades 'Warm Notes' and 'Pure Ganashe', I've been using them loads! x

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  5. I always eye up the Zoeva palettes on Beauty Bay and this one is by far my favourite. Such stunning shades! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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    1. Isn't it! I think you would really like it Kate, the shades are gorgeous!x

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  6. Such a gorgeous palette! I haven't tried a Zoeva palette yet, but it's been on my wishlist for the longest time.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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  7. This palette had been on my wishlist for so long and I just want it even more now! I really want to try something from Zoeeva, I hear so many good things!
    Grace xx
    gracexkate.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Same, I feel like they have been raved about for so long that I just had to try one when I spotted the stand! And I haven't been dissappointed! x

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  8. I have never heard of Zoeva, but will definitely get their palettes, I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative to Urban Decay palettes. PS, love your Instagram feed
    Daisy-Lola

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