The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette is possibly the best mid-range palette out there
I've already featured the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette (P1,106 at Sephora.ph) in passing, but this time I wanted to talk about it a little more. It deserves a conversation - in my opinion, it's one of the best palettes you can get at that price range in terms of quality and color selection! There are so, so many neutral palettes out there but there are only a few mid-range palettes that can keep up with your next stage eyeshade ambitions.
I actually reviewed the Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette previously and found it lacking in terms of the shade selection. They were much too similar when worn, so I only pick it up when I'm looking for a specific color. The Zoeva Cocoa Blend is a completely different story though; it has ten great workhorse colors that can take you from day to night, anywhere to a casual coffee date to a wedding, if you will.
Like the Caramel Melange, each color is incredibly smooth and satisfyingly pigmented. They look great even without an eyeshadow base although I would still recommend using one just to make sure they stick on all day! Here are my swatches and a look I did with the Cocoa Blend.
Gorgeous, right? There are no "filler" shades here! There are cool shades and warm shades that play off well together, as well as transition shades to keep the look unified. Beans Are White and Infusion looks similar in the swatch, but Infusion has a cooler purply tone and gold flecks. Beans Are White is a darker cocoa with a matte finish.
The sleeper hit for me is Sweet End, a pale rosy beige with fine gold shimmer. I thought it'd be too pale for my skin tone at first, but it makes for a pretty novel brow bone shade or as a lid wash. I don't have anything like it in my (extensive) collection!
Here's a look I did with Cocoa Blend yesterday. I wore this to an event so I wanted a dark, bold look that would show up in photos. I actually shot a get ready with me video for this but I just haven't edited it yet sorry! It should be up on the Project Vanity YouTube Channel next week.
I used Delicate Acidity on my lid, followed by a thick smudged line of Infusion near my lashes. Then, I applied Substitute For Love on my crease, then blended it up with Sweeter End. I love how it turned out!
Overall, I highly recommend the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette to just about anyone who's still on the lookout for a gorgeous neutral yet striking eyeshadow palette. Granted, the colors aren't particularly unique if you have a bunch of other neutral palettes, but I feel that Cocoa Blend does a fine job of curating the best, most universal eyeshadow shades for any occasion. Currently it's out of stock at Sephora, but just have yourself waitlisted as they restock pretty regularly. ^_^
Let me know what you think! What is the best, and I mean THE BEST eyeshadow palette you've ever tried?