An Eyeshadow Palette That Looks Good Enough to Eat



I’m not short of neutral eyeshadow palettes, but let’s face it – who can say no to a compact of warm-toned bronzey eye goodness that’s also a bit of a bargain? If you can, then I bow down to ya’. You’ve got more willpower and no doubt a better edited makeup stash than I.  You’ve got your Urban Decay Naked’s, your Smashbox Full Exposure and your Lorac Pro Palette, to name just a few, but they can be a bit on the pricer side of things and up until now there hasn’t really been anything under £20 that’s floated my boat in the way that what I’ve got rolled up my sleeve for you today has. Say hello to Zoeva’s Cocoa Blend Palette

Isn’t she a beauty? I can’t say I’d ever given much from the Zoeva makeup range a look in. Sure, their brushes are fab and competitively priced too, but their beauty bits left me a little underwhelmed, until the Cocoa Blend made its appearance. Though the packaging is cardboard it’s nice and slim, and the absence of a mirror is compensated by the fact that you get a decent whack of shadow weight in there. There are 10 colours in total and I reckon realistically there’s only one that will get a little left out (sorry Infusion!). There’s a warm vibe to all the shadows and formula is creamy, seriously pigmented and grit-free (it actually really reminds me of the Makeup Geek ones).

If we’re talking favourites, Sweeter End is a good everyday rose gold-y wash and it pairs nicely with Substitute For Love, one of the four mattes in the palette, in the crease. Subtle Blend is one of those colours that looks good enough to eat and can be sheered out or built up to an evening appropriate bronzey eye. Warm Note is another cranberry stunner and Delicate Acidity – one of the stranger named shadows of the 10 – has a touch of MAC’s Sable about it, which is always a good thing in my books. In the picture above I’m wearing Subtle Blend all over the lid, with a touch of the ‘almost black, but it’s actually a brown’ matte Beans Are White along the lashline.

If you can’t say no to yet another neutral palette (welcome to the club), then this line-up is available from the Zoeva Website for £15 (but you get whacked with a £7.50 delivery charge) or BeautyBay for £15.50. At a ‘need‘ level it’s iffy, but if we’re talking ‘want‘ then it’s a whole different story. Even, just looking at it makes me hungry for a bag (or three) of Diary Milk Giant Chocolate Buttons…