Zoeva En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

I had this palette for quite a while, and it is nothing new to the beauty community at all. I still think it deserves it’s own review. Firstly it is still available for purchase, and secondly I think it is good to review more than just the newest makeup. We got so much stuff in our drawers that deserves attention too.


Just to add to the list of why it is a good idea to review this palette I think it is rare to see a good cool-tones neutral eyeshadow palette lately. It is warm all over and over again, and the cool-toned palettes don’t get that much time in the spotlight.


I happen to like coo-toned palettes just as much as warm toned. I think I can pull off both. I actually kind of think cool toned makeup looks are slightly better on me during winter. That’s why I am lucky to have the Zoeva En Taupe in my project pan 2018. Because I get to use it a lot!


But, lets talk about the palette then! It has the usual sleek cardboard packaging without a mirror that Zoeva have on all their 10 pan palettes. I really like it because they are sleek and easy to store. In the mean time they feel quite sturdy and I have traveled quite a bit with Zoeva palettes and nothing ever broke. So that’s awesome.

The Shade selection is a mixture of mattes and metallics, with one shade with glitter.


Stitch by Stitch – Nice cream matte base shade. Not the most pigmented one but it does give a nice base and sets the primer or concealer nicely.

Handmade – Pale rose gold metallic. This one is very rich and pigmented. Very smooth and applies nicely.

Gallery – Greyish taupe matte shade. perfect as a very cool toned crease color. Match perfectly with the metallics on the second row.

Hour by Hour – Light brown matte. Another great crease color.

Old Master – Dark greyish purple with fine specks of gold glitter. This shade I didn’t enjoy that much. It had too much fallout and the glitter don’t show up that well on the lid, and it fades a lot throughout the day. The only shade in this palette I didn’t really enjoy. I rarely enjoy shadows with glitter in like this one though.

Spun Pearl – Very pale pearly grey. Perfect as an inner corner highlighter.

Sheers & Voilers – Light metalllic grey with a slight violet sheen. Buttery and smooth.

Outline – Mid-toned taupe. Rich. smooth and buttery. A stunning all over lid shade!

Wrapped in Silk – A more greyish taupe I would say? I find it very hard to describe this shade, but it is a nice smooth metallic that looks beautiful on the lid as well.

Exquisite – Matte mid-toned purple. Works well as a crease shade if you want a bit more dramatic look.


I think for everyday makeup looks this is really a good choice. There is a nice base shades, three different crease shades and some gorgeous metallic lid shades that you can easily create a fast but pretty makeup look for everyday wear.


This is obviously not your palette of choice if you want a dramatic evening look, but it strikes me how user friendly and easy this is to use. The shades blend fast and easy, which is great for busy mornings when you don’t have time to use blending as your cardio exercise. It is just a solid palette for easy-going everyday looks.


I got tons of palettes (almost literally) but I don’t have anything similar to this. This one stands out a bit from my neutral warm and colorful palettes. So if you are looking for your everyday cool-toned palette this is definitely one I would recommend!




Zoevs En Taupe Makeup Looks – 1 palette, 2 looks!

Since Zoeva En Taupe is one of the four palettes I have in my project pan 2018 I figured I had to present some makeup looks with it.

This is not a new palette, neither to me or to the world, but I want to do some looks and give a proper review of it anyways (coming soon!) because it is, in contrary to so many other palettes released lately, a cool-toned one. So if you are sick of all neutral palettes being loaded with warm shades, then this might be something worth checking out for you!


But before I get carried away and spoil the whole review, here are the makeup looks I made:


  • Zoevs En Taupe Palette – Stitch by Stitch, Hour by Hour, Gallery, Old Master, Spun Pearl.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Fair Neutral.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil – Zero.
  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Twinkle.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Colourpop Supernova Shadow – Now Or Never.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara – Black.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #8 Scarlett.
  • Zoevs Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro10.


  • Zoeva En Taupe – Stitch by Stitch, Hour by Hour, Exquisite, Sheers & Voiles, Outline, Wrapped In Silk, Old Master.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Fair Neutral.
  • Etude House Oh M’Eye Line – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara – Black.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #8 Scarlett.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70, Bro10.


  • Zoeva En Taupe – Stitch by Stitch, Gallery, Old Master, Spun Pearl, Exquisite, Sheers & Voilers.
  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Twinkle.
  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick – Druglord.
  • Wet N’ Wild Photofocus Concealer – Light Ivory.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro70, Bro20.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.


  • Zoeva En Taupe – Stitch by Stitch, Hour by Hour, Exquisite, Handmade.
  • Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow – 15.
  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Kiko Eye Pencil (name rubbed off, but it it pink).
  • MakeupGeek Pigment – Wild Fire.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • Eylure Definition Lashes – 121.

I hope you enjoy the looks, and stay tuned for the upcoming review!



4 looks 1 palette – Zoeva Offline!

I don’t see many people talking about Zoeva compared to how much attention I think they deserve, and I see even fewer people mention the Offline eyeshadow palette. Truth is I think it is a pretty cool palette, with the first row of shadows being neutrals and wearable shimmers, while the second row has some nice pops of colors that work well together. In these looks I focused on the second row, which is hardly surprising to you if you have been following me for a while.

List of products are under each photo. Hope you enjoy them!


  • Zoeva Offline Eyeshadow Palette – Ring Ring Ring, Pause, Contact, Unavailable, No Connection.
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer – Fair.
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick – Drug Lord.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 h – Black.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara – Black.
  • Ardell Fauxmink Lashes – 810.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into The Blue.
  • Nail art gems from Ebay.


  • Zoeva Offline Eyeshadow Palette – Ring Ring Ring, Pause, Contact, Pasithea, Interpersonal, 404.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kôhl Eye Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Ebay Lashes.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro40, Bro70.
  • Lancôme Volume-à-Porter Mascara – Black.


  • Zoeva Offline – Ring Ring Ring, Contact, No Connection, Unavaliable, 404.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 h – Black.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Silver Jade.
  • Tarte Shape Tape – Light Neutral.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro10.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #8 Scarlett.


  • Zoeva Offline – Ring Ring Ring, Pause, Human After All, Contact , Pasithea, Interpersonal, On/Off.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kôhl Eye Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #8 Scarlett.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro40.

I think I prefer the third look myself, but don’t be fooled by these looks because I used this palette a lot for everyday wearable looks for a while, and it works just as good for that purpose. So this palette can be both fun and work appropriate. But stay tuned for the upcoming review!




Zoeva Brow Spectrum – The ultimate brow palette!

Yes, you hear me right. This is not a small duo or compact for you brow. This is a full 9 shade palette with a shade for almost everyone! I was not really that much into brow powders in the beginning, Because I much preferred pomade or pencils, but I read some great reviews about this and figured I had to give it at go. Spoiler alert: you may have seen it in my December favorites post and I LOVE it!


There is one thing about this that I find to be so unique for a brow product, and that is that when I get creative and do colorful, crazy, dramatic makeup looks I always have something to match. If I do a very warm look with red shades I can use the red-toned brown in the middle. If I just want something light for my everyday makeup I have some very wearable options. For that dark smoky eye I also have a really dark powder to vamp things up.

One really cool feature of this palette is that they also added brow-bone highlighters. One cool-toned with shimmer, one warm-toned with shimmer and one matte. Those shimmery guys are no joke. They are among the most intense shimmer shades I’ve tried. and a small amount really gets the job done. They are so smooth and creamy too. They really are small highlighting gems!


That’s not all though, things can still get better, because there is absolutely no problem using these as eyeshadows! They blend pretty decently and with medium pigmentation. If you find the right shade to use as a contour, it works for that too. And the highlighters are absolutely blinding on the cheekbones. So even though this is a brow palette, it is such a great multi-tasking product. If you bring this or travel you have almost all the face powders you need, you just need a setting powder and a blush in addition!


The palette has 1.5 g of product for each powder, which is a normal eyeshadow pan size. With 9 shades the total amount of product is 13.5 g. That’s a decent amount of brow product! With a price tag of 20.5 Euros (around 27 USD) you can’t really go wrong.

This product just have so many pros and I have a hard time finding any cons. I don’t really find anything bad about it at all. If you like brow products I am sure you will love this.

Hands down one of my best beauty finds ever!



Zoeva Matte Spectrum Palette – Swatches & Review!

The Zoeva Matte Spectrum palette is an interesting one. It stands out compared to the other Zoeva spectrum palettes which has mainly neutral and brown shades. This one is a fun rainbow palette with all matte shades.

If you like to play with color I think a good all-matte palette with bright colors are essential, and there are a few ones out there to pick from. I bet most people have already seen the NYX Ultimate Brights which has a lot of matte brights (but, it’s by no means an all-matte palette), or the Certifeye Tropical Wonders palette (that I really recommend you take a look at here). This one is a bit in the background, but for all color-lovers I would say this is a must-have!


This one stands out a bit, because even though the colors are bright and fun, they are somehow muted. So even though they are colorful, I don’t think you would have any problems creating perfectly nice daytime and work-appropriate looks with this! Just pair it with a palette with your basics, and there is a ton of thing to do with this palette even for more neutral looks. A unique quality for a palette without a single brown shade!

And when you feel like it, you can go all in….Peacock-style!



The layout of the palette is beautiful, and just a pleasure to look at. The packaging is black, sleek and easy to store or travel with. The inside is easy to keep clean if needed. So packaging-wise this is good, simple and classic without looking cheap. Just a nice, clean, simple design.


I wish the shades had proper names though. Zoeva usually give the eyeshadows in the 10 pan palettes proper names but these are just letters and numbers….boring!

Oh, well. They are just names and the shadows perform nicely. Pigmentation is medium but buildable. They apply nicely without being patchy, and even the blue shades are easy to blend. They are a tad on the dry side, without it messing up with the performance. They remind me slightly of the formula in The Balm Meet Matt(e) palettes, just a bit better.


Since Zoeva is quite affordable this palette is a steal. If you don’t fancy this exact shade range Zoeva has a large number of palettes to choose from. You will definitely find something for every taste in their collection. This brand was featured in my Top 3 Affordable Brands of 2017 so I apologize for my shameless bragging, but this is after all one of my favorite brands, mainly because of their eyeshadow palettes and fantastic brushes!

Do you have a Zoeva favorite? I would love to know!



Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

One of the most instagrammable (yes, that is a word now) palettes from Zoeva that I’ve seen in a long time! The packaging is absolutely stunning with the dark background, flower decor and gold details. It is both eye-catching, unique and beautiful!


If you have seen my eyeshadow palette collection you know I have a weakness for Zoeva palettes (if you haven’t and you are curious you can find it here. There are tons of goodies to look at here, not just Zoeva Palettes). I am really fond of their packaging. It is so sleek and easy to store, and since they are quite compact I feel confident about traveling with them without them breaking. There is no mirror, which off course is a drawback for some of you, but that helps to keep the packaging so slim.


The inside is sooo pretty too. Not just the pretty decor and delicate gold detailing, but the inside also reveals the gorgeous selection of shades.

The shades are mostly shimmers, except one shade (the red) which is almost matte. The obvious thing about this palette is that it needs a companion, a sister palette, to create a full look with this palette. You do lack a base shades, crease shades or that dark matte do deepen the look.

You can however use this palette for simple daytime looks. This palette is filled with those easy going one-and-done eyeshadows where you can just put one of them on as a lid shade, blend out the edges and run off to work. So in that matter this is really great for every day of you are one of those who likes a wash of shimmery lid color o\on your eyes and call it a day. I found that except form the red, the blue and the really dark purple all the other shades are prefect one-and-done shades.

But, the shades that drawn me in can offer something more exciting if you want to get adventurous. The red and the blue are standout shades that offers the possibility to create really different, bold and unique looks.


The quality of the shades are very true to Zoevas usual great quality. The metallics are very rich and buttery, and easy to work with. There are no true mattes in the palette. The closest you will get it the red shades, with has a slight pearl finish when swatch, but basically looks matte on the eyes.


Overall I find this to be a very pretty piece, bot inside and outside. If you love soft metallics I think this will definitely be a hit!



1 Palette, 2 Makeup looks- Zoeva Opulence!

There should be no secret that I am a fan of Zoeva eyeshadow palettes. The brand was even featured among my top three affordable brands for 2017, and you can have a read about it here if you fancy it!

Opulence is a beautiful and different palette. Whats great is that you can do both wearable and daring looks with it. So I tried to do one of each, with one using the popping red and blue from the palette, while the other look I think would be suitable for very many occasions.

You know the drill, the list of products are under each picture.


  • Zoeva Opulence Palette – Get Your Glory, Koh-I-Noor, Golden Years, Queen for Day, Imperial, High Chair.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro10, Bro60.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
  • Kiko Kajal Kôhl Pencil – 109.
  • Lancôme Volume-a-Porter – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – Scarlett #8.


  • Zoeva Opulence – The Only Delight, Sense of Movement, Imperial, Industrial Fortune.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro70, Bro50, Bro,20, Bro30.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Lancôme Volume-a-Porter – Black.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – Scarlett #8.

There will soon be a full review of the palette in use by the end of this week, so stay tuned if you are interested in that!



Top 3 affordable brands of 2017

I already shared my top 3 luxury and top 3 high-end favorite brands of 2017, so now it is time to present the best affordable brands! Even though I really know how to appreciate a nice luxurious makeup product, nothing is better than finding cheap but great makeup!

These three brands are my favorite because I find that so many of their products are hits despite their low price-point. Normally I get both hits and misses with drugstore brands, and I actually more often than not get a bit disappointed. All of these brands really deserve to be on a top 3 list because I rarely find misses among their product range (there been a few, both no-one is perfect right?). Just three solid brands that I love!

KIKO Milano is an Italian brand that I got to know many many years ago on Holiday in Italy. At that time I could only get anything from the brand while traveling since they did not ship internationally, but they have since expanded their reach and I am (thankfully) able to order online now.

KIKO has so much good stuff! They have exciting releases during the different seasons with fairly affordable prices, but you can very often snatch up things for sale for an unbeatable price!

There are so many things I would like to recommend from this brand I barely know where to start. If you have been paying attention to my makeup looks you know that I use their eyeliner pencils fairly often. The cream eyeshadows, both in pots and stick form, are incredible and will stay put all day without budging. They also have some very good blushers and lipsticks as well.


My Colourpop collection has been growing at an impressive speed in 2017. I just got my first Colourpop products in late 2016, but with their affordable prices and tons of new, exciting releases this year I got to try plenty from the brand. From just shadows and lip-products my Colourpop collection has now grown to a collection of  everything from blush-palettes, highlighter-palettes, concealer, setting spray, custom eyeshadow palette, regular eyeshadow palettes, lip-liner, bronzer, liquid eyeshadows….well, to almost everything! I am just sitting here waiting for their release of a foundation or two, because I really enjoyed the concealer.


Off course Zoeva had to be mentioned as well. Even though they are mostly known for their excellent quality brushes, they do have some high quality makeup for a great price! I am adoring their eyeshadow palettes. As you can tell from the picture I’ve collected quite a few, but you are not even seeing it all! The quality of the shadows are really really good, and the sleek packaging is really nice to store or travel with. I highly recommend that you check out their eyeshadows because their are highly underrated and I just can’t understand why people don’t talk more about them!

The Zoeva Brow Spectrum palette is also worth a look if you are into brow powders! With 6 brow shades and 3 highlighter shades you really have all you need for some great brows!

And off course. Their brushes are incredible!

Do you have any favorite brands for 2017 that stood out for you? Let me know in the comments!