I discovered Zoeva probably about 2 years ago, when it wasn't even available in the UK yet and it's become my go to brand for makeup brushes. They're now available in BeautyBay.com and Selfridges in London, which is very exciting. After hearing a lot of good things about their makeup I thought it was about time to bite the bullet and buy the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette.
As the name suggests, this is a palette dedicated to the nude lovers. It's got a stunning array of 15 shades, going from matte and shimmery beige (nearly white) shadows to copper, golden hues and a matte black. It's so hard to find good palettes that also include a descent variety of matte shades and a black, so I was very pleased with this one. And let me tell you... the quality is INSANE!!! I mean, for such an affordable palette, retailing at £28.50, you get something that's just as amazing as the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. In fact, I think this is my new favourite nude palette of ALL TIME! Yeah, you heard it right! (hides Urban Decay palette in bottom drawer). I'm seriously impressed because not only the shades are beautiful and super pigmented, but they're all very wearable. In the Naked 1 for example, I never touch the blue metallic shade nor the black because it's got bits of shimmer and has a lot of fall out. In the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Palette, however, I love all the shades and can see myself wearing them all equally. It's simply the best palette for beginners and overall neutral eyeshadow lovers. Wow! I'm as excited as CAPS LOCK LETTERS AND ENDLESS EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!!!!
But wait... every rose has its thorn. The packaging, although very sturdy and slick (making it great for travelling), is a bit like Nars in a sense that it feels rubbery and gets grubby easily on the outside. It doesn't come with a mirror either, which may bother some, but I personally don't mind either of those things. If anything actually bothers me in this palette is the fact that the shades don't have names. Instead, they all have just codes/numbers which is very hard to memorise. Imagine talking to your pals about the palette and going "oh I love the shade ND110". What?! It sounds like the lovechild of Star Wars' BB-8 and C-3PO. haha Do you guys agree?
Anyway, the names are bad but the colours are stunning. And that's what matters most, right?! So let's have a look at the shades.
ND010 - Shimmery mocha with pink undertones ;
ND020 - Shimmery chocolate ;
ND030 - Matte black ;
ND040 - Antique gold, very vibrant. Looks amazing paired with ND050 ;
ND050 - Matte rich chocolate brown. Great for the crease or outer v ;
ND060 - Golden shimmery brown ;
ND070 - Matte taupe with purple undertones. Very similar to Mac Quarry and MUG Unexpected ;
ND080 - Purply shimmery brown. One of my favourite shades for an all over the lid kind of look ;
ND090 - Warm coppery shade. Simply stunning! Another favourite ;
ND100 - Shimmery champaign that feels very buttery and incredibly pigmented. Beautiful all over the lid or as an inner eye corner highlighter. Similar to Mac Naked Lunch ;
ND110 - Shimmery beige with peach undertones - Identical in colour to my all time favourite Mac All That Glitters. The only difference is ND110 is a bit less reflective / shiny ;
ND120 - Shimmery bronze. Also amazing all over the lid ;
ND130 - Pale matte pink ;
ND140 - Shimmery pale cream ;
ND150 - Pale matte brown, perfect as a transition shade.
So as you can see, this palette is an absolute dream! Even with the silly lack of names and mirror + the grubby outer packaging, I'd say the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette still gets ★★★★½ (4 and 1/2) from me, because the colour selection and overall quality is INCREDIBLE! I highly recommend giving it a try and will certainly go back to buy more from Zoeva's makeup collection.
Have you tried any of the three Zoeva Spectrum palettes? What are your thoughts? X