These little 10-pan palettes are such fun collectables since they are of a handy size, and usually have beautiful and decorative packaging. I got my fair share of these palettes by now. Most of them I really really like the quality of, but a few has been just OK, while one (Sweet Glamour) was just not my thing at all. So usually I really like them, but they are not as solid in quality as Colourpop where I rarely find duds in any of their palettes. There are both hits and misses in Zoeva’s line of palettes for me personally.
The last palette I reviewed was the Eyesee palette which I think is decent but not good enough to give a raving review. So I was a bit excited where this one would place itself.
First of all, the packaging is as always beautiful. This time its black, with simple, elegant gold details. As usual it’s made out of cardboard, holds no mirror and is nice and sleek. A+ for handy, sleek and beautiful appearance.
Inside are 10 different shades. I kind of find this color story to be unique. It’s like a neutral palette but it does not have a single brown shade. Instead you have toned down blues, greens reds and oranges that are all very wearable shades despite not being your usual brown. The colors are matched in pairs with one matte and one shimmer. I think this setup is kind of genius. It is super wearable colorful shades with a very logical set-up. I think this one is perfect for people who want to wear color, but want it to be toned down. Or people who want to wear color but don’t really know how to. This palette tells you what crease shade would work with what lid shade to make a nice wearable look. I had this palette in my monthly makeup bag, and I wore the shades times and times again as a wearable look for work.
To begin with I was honestly a bit underwhelmed, but in the end I ended up being impressed. The reason for me being underwhelmed was a few. Firstly it’s just not my favorite color scheme. It’s nothing wrong with it, and it’s a nice selection of shades for everyday looks, it was not just that pops that you get drawn to. You know, like that intense blue in a brown palette? I also get easily swayed by high shine metallics and intense shimmers, and that’s not what you get here. You get 5 mattes, one satin and 4 shimmers. They are not very intense shimmers, more of that subtle shine on the lid without any extra shine or glitter. So the reason why I was underwhelmed was not because the quality is not good, I just had to see through the fact that this palette does not have my personal favorite kind of shimmers and colors, without meaning there is anything wrong with the quality.
The five mattes are very buttery and nicely pigmented. As you can probably tell from the swatches even the lighter shade has some pigment to them and they easily show up on the eyes. Even that pale, pastel matte blue. Most of them perform nicely as well, and blends easily. The only exception was the matte blue because even though it is pigmented I found it a bit chalky and dusty. It made it a bit hard to blend without blending the color away and the result could be a bit patchy. I sticky base is necessary with this shade, at least no my lids. The rest of the mattes I did not have any issues with.
The four shimmers are nicely pigmented, but without that high-shine you often see now a days. Nothing wrong with that, they just gives a more subtle look to the eye. I think this formula matches the muted colors because it makes the palette very wearable. Even the blue shimmer has a grey base that makes it look more muted than it appears in the pan, and makes the shade much more wearable.
I am under the impression this is a great palette if you are into more subtle looks, but you want something else than the regular browns. This palette offers some colors in a very sophisticated way. It’s also aligned in a way that makes it very easy and obvious what shades to match, or you can off course mix them all together. But the reason why this impressed me in the end was because it seems like a very thought through palette.
I would say this is a good palette to try if you are a bit afraid of color, but want to try to widen the horizon, or if you just want something wearable and are tired of those boring browns. It’s also great if you want a palette that is really easy to put together a look with, because the palette is design with a crease shade and a matching lid shade in pairs all the way down the palette. For being just 10 shades it’s also surprisingly versatile as you get both greens, reds, oranges and blues. All in very wearable hues.
If you love bright colors and metallic intense shimmer shades, then this may not be your cup of tea. But the palette own is great!