Hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!
A couple of weeks ago, while I was in Seoul I received a beautiful eyeshadow palette as a birthday present from my best friend Yuki, and after using it almost the whole duration of my trip to Seoul (since I adored it so much), I finally will swatch and share it with all of you!
The palette that I received is none other than the Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette from Zoeva Cosmetics!
Packaging & Colors
The packaging itself is pretty straightforward–it’s like a book or a folder in appearance, and is held together by a magnet so the packaging doesn’t open unexpectedly. Additionally, the packaging also has a sleeve to further protect your product, but you have the option of not using it since it takes extra time to put it on and take it off.
Opening the package is fairly easy and leaves no room for suspense. Inside, you can find 10 quarter-sized (2.6cm) eyeshadow pans! Each shadow is pressed powder in form, and they’re generally arranged from lightest to darkest. There are four types of shadows: matte, matte with glitter, metallic, and satin.
Personally, out of all of these, my absolute favorite is one of the matte with glitter shades–Substitute for Love. The color is coffee-like in color, almost like a latte or a cappuccino with elegant (yet subtle) gold flecks. It comes out as a beautiful multi-purpose shadow. One layer of the shadow makes up for a perfect base, but if you stack and add a couple more layers it also highlights the crease and outer third of your upper eyelid.
As opposed to other palettes I own (ex. Etude House Play Color Eyes, Urban Decay Naked 3), this palette is very pigmented.
I was used to the pigmentation of Urban Decay products, so this was a complete surprise for me. I am not kidding but when I first used it, I swished my brush around in a lot of the product (I was using Freshly Toasted at the time) before brushing it over my eye and I looked like I had a huge bruise on the upper right third of my eye.
Although the high level of pigmentation is great, always be sure to keep a light hand when using this product (unless you want to end up with a bruised looking eye like I did).
As with most eyeshadow palettes, I find that there is significantly more fallout in the glitter-laden pressed powders than its matte or matte with glitter counterparts.
Among the colors, I use the following shades the most often (Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Pure Ganache, and Substitute for Love) and I have found that Pure Ganache and Sweeter end have way more fallout than the two other shades.
Pure Ganache, the gold glitter shadow in particular, now has some of the shadow lining the rim of the palette, and which is quite saddening. I don’t like seeing the sparkle of my shadows spreading outside the pan, and I’m not very keen about wiping the product off of the palette itself because it feels sort of like a waste.
I used this palette in Korea for almost the entirety of my trip, in the sweltering summer heat and I have to say that I’m very proud of how well the shadows stayed on my lids! Usually I would apply my makeup at around 8am, and even up to 9 or 10pm in the evening it doesn’t budge one bit! Sweat also doesn’t really affect it, and I think it’s main enemy (as with any makeup product) is the human touch.
That all being said, I would definitely recommend this palette to all of you! I’m actually looking into purchasing another one of these in a different set of colors, since I adore the formulation so much (and it’s 100% free of parabens, mineral oils, perfume and phthalates too).
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette can be ordered from the following websites:
Official Zoeva Website – around 27USD (+ 14USD shipping fee), totals to around PHP2000
Sephora Philippines – PHP1106