A few weeks ago I posted about the newest Zoeva Winter 2017 releases, which I was super excited about and couldn't wait to get my hands on. The item I was most thrilled about (and you guys as well) was their newest all matte eyeshadow palette. By now, I have tried out almost all of their eyeshadow palettes, which contained a variety of both shimmers and mattes. I know from personal experience that their eyeshadows are amazing, but I was really curious to see if the quality of their all matte palette would be as great as their other palettes. What I also know from experience is that finding great shimmer shadows is easy, but finding affordable amazing matte eyeshadows can get quite difficult. Often, matte shadows are dry, chalky and not the easiest to blend. So if you're curious to know how this new all matte eyeshadow palette by Zoeva performs, keep on reading!
As most of Zoeva's palettes do, the matte eyeshadow palette comes in a cardboard sleeve with the exact same design as the actual palette. The palette itself is made out of a sturdy matte cardboard material that is super compact and feels durable and sturdy. Since this packaging is so thin and compact, it doesn't contain a mirror or any brushes, just the 10 eyeshadow pans with their shade names right beneath each pan. You guys already know how much I love it when brands put the shade names close the actual pans instead of on some annoying plastic insert or on the back of the palette. Speaking of the back of the palette, the back has some additional information about the shadows as well as the ingredients list.
The design of this matte eyeshadow palette (and eyeshadow names) is clearly inspired by the late night city life. Both on the outside and inside the palette has black and white faded buildings on it and the 'matte' on the front has a rougher texture than the rest of the palette which is pretty cool. The black and white and faded buildings reminds me of the movie Sin City in a way.
This palette comes with 10 all matte extremely warm neutral shadows. Right off the bat, I noticed the shadows were a little bit on the lighter side, with only a few darker shadows but no dark brown or black. For me personally, that's something I don't really mind but it can be annoying for those of you who like a dark smokey eye-look.
Nighthawks was a little bit chalky but easy to apply. It didn't really show up all that much on my skin-tone but it's a great shadow to set your eyeshadow primer in place and highlight the brow-bone. Urban Culture & Through The Window were very smooth and pigmented and applied effortlessly. Cheap Bar was very rich and smooth but just a little bit powdery. However, it didn't apply powdery on the eyelids whatsoever. Lost In Thoughts wasn't powdery at all and was amazing to work with.
Across The Street (perfect blur shade) & Eerily Empty were extremely buttery soft with great pigmentation and color pay-off. Chat Late At Night was very pigmented and again, easy to work with. Lonely City & Two Clocks were the most powdery and chalky shadows in the palette. The intensity of both had to be build up, but they were easy to apply and blend out.
The formula of these shadows is extremely soft and smooth, with only a few exceptions that were a little bit powdery but only when swatched. The pigmentation and color pay-off is outstanding, this time without any exceptions. You definitely want to build up these shadows and go in with a lighter hand. The fall-out was minimal, but I do recommend tapping off the excess powder before applying the shadows. There's a little bit of powder kick-up in the pan when you go in with your brush, but I've definitely seen worse!
Aside from Lonely City & Two Clocks, which had to be build up, the shadows were super easy and nice to work with. They all blended out effortlessly and didn't need to be build up all that much.
I don't have anything bad to say when it comes to the lasting-power of these eyeshadows either. When using an eyeshadow primer, these shadows last all day long on my eyelids without fading away or creasing.
My favorite and most-used shades are definitely Nighthawks (to set my eyeshadow primer and highlight my brow-bone), Urban Culture & Eerily Empty (transitions), Through The window (warm up any look) and Two Clocks (darken up the look).
As I mentioned before, I do wish this palette contained a deep brown or black, but there are definitely enough darker shadows you can build up to look quite intense.
This palette is great to use on its own, but it's also a staple to use complementary to any shimmer palettes or singles that could use a matte shadow in the crease or outer V.
As always, the formula of the shadows in this palette is enriched with vitamin E and is 100% free of parabens, mineral oils, perfume and phthalates and is made in Italy.
What I also absolutely adore about this packaging is that when you stack the palettes next to each other, the name of the palette is also written on the side. That way you can tell right away which palette you're grabbing.
Urban Culture, Chat late at Night, Nighthawks, Across the Street, Cheap Bar, Eerily Empty, Two Clocks, Through the Window, Lonely City: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Mica (Ci 77019), Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauroyl Lysine, Dehydroacetic Acid, [May Contain. +/- CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 16035 (Red 40 Lake), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)]. // Lost in Thoughts: Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mica (Ci 77019), Magnesium Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cera Alba, [May Contain. +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides)].
Wearing the Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette on my eyes (tutorial).
This palette may look like an ordinary matte palette, but it's so much more than that! In my opinion, this is the perfect everyday basic eyeshadow palette you can grab to start off any look with or create an all matte eyeshadow look. Even though all of these shadows are matte, they are extremely smooth and easy to work with. Some of the shadows are a little bit on the dryer side, but they're all really pigmented and staple colors. This is definitely a gorgeous palette to add to your wish-list if you adore warm-tones!
The new Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette is now available exclusively on the official Zoeva website for €21,80 (15 g). Considering you get 10 gorgeous eyeshadows with great quality and equally amazing packaging, I honestly think this palette is a steal!