The ultimate autumnal palette: Zoeva Cocoa Blend

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the things that bloggers love most about Autumn – aside from the numerous photo ops. afforded by falling leaves, hot chocolates, and cute mittens – is the abundance of warm-toned eyeshadows that are suddenly everywhere. One of the best palettes for this time of year is the Zoeva Cocoa Blend – an oldie (in a world where new palettes arrive every week) but definitely a goodie.

I used to much prefer cooler tones on my eyes, but I’ve warmed (sorry, sorry) to the reds and golds this year and as most of my shadows are cool, including my Makeup Geek collection, the Cocoa Blend palette called to me. If you haven’t tried any of the Zoeva shadows, you really should – the formula is really brilliant, especially for the price. They’re easy to blend, especially Substitute for Love and Freshly Toasted, and have really fabulous pigmentation. I also love the packaging, which is only cardboard but is one of the slimmest palettes I’ve seen, and it feels pretty sturdy.

 Zoeva Cocoa Blend swatchesBitter Start: this is basically an off-white matte, which only just shows up on my ghostly skin. Useful for setting primer.

Sweeter End: a pale shimmery pinky-beige, which is quite subtle on my colouring, and has a very slight duo-chrome effect.

Warm Notes: this colour is both my favourite in the palette and the most frustrating to photograph. In reality, it’s richer and deeper than it appears here, more like the pan colour you can see in the background. I adore it; it’s what MAC Cranberry should be.

Subtle Blend: an easy-to-wear bronze that’s a tiny bit powdery, but nothing that a quick sweep with a big fluffy brush under the eyes won’t fix.

Beans are White: this is the only disappointing shade, I think; it’s a dark matte brown that’s a bit patchy and underwhelming, although it can be used as a liner with a wet brush.

Pure Ganache: such a bright gold, I think this is actually the only shade that I struggle to make work with my colouring. It is gorgeous, though, and would look fabulous as liner with a shit-tonne of mascara.

Substitute for Love: surprisingly, this is one of my favourites. It’s a super warm toffee with a slightly odd sprinkling of glitter, which doesn’t really show up on the eye, thankfully. This is such a good crease colour, and is great for under the eye.

Freshly Toasted: another winner, this is what I wanted Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear too look like. It’s pigmented, blendable, and works really well as a smudgy liner or in the crease.

Infusion: this is such a dark brown that it looks black, and has a golden micro-glitter, which is twinkly rather than chunky. It’s far better than Beans are White, and I wish that they’d used the same formula without the glitter for that one.

Delicate Acidity: finally, a dreamy purple/taupe/grey shimmer that’s perfect as a wash over the lids. It’s the most powdery shade, but a quick tap of the brush before applying it sorts it out.

In conclusion, this is just such a great palette with brilliant formulation and amazing colours, especially for £18. Zoeva have just come out with two other palettes in the same family, Caramel Melange and Blanc Fusion, as well as all three together as the Plaisir Chocolate Box; Dorota from iDorottka has swatches of the new two here and they look amazing.

Have you tried any Zoeva palettes? Will you be picking up any this autumn?

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