I‘ve been a big, big fan of Zoeva since the day I started doing makeup. I got my first brush set from the brand and ever since then I was a big fan. Back in the day they mainly focussed on brushes, but the last couple of years they are working on some great makeup products as well. So far I didn’t really feel the need to try any of their makeup products, but when I walked into Sephora and saw this palette on the counter I was in love. I ended up buying it and today is the day I’m going to review it! So, if you’re interested in finding out whether or not I think this palette is a win and just as good as their brushes, make sure you continue reading!
The Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette comes in a black little box that is very minimalistic looking. When you open it up you’ll find the palette itself that also has this minimalistic look. It doesn’t have much going on, but I do like the way it looks. I think that the black creates a very professional feel and the palette itself feels pretty good too. The packaging is made out of this cardboard-like material, so it isn’t the most luxury feeling product. But still I do think that it feels pretty well made and that it’s good looking.
The one thing that I do not like about the design of the packaging is the fact that it doesn’t come with a mirror. These days most palettes have a mirror on the inside of the lid and I do think that that’s a very convenient thing to have in your eyeshadow palette. It’s handy for on the go but even at home I do regularly use these mirrors. If there was like a see-through lid thing going on I would’ve understand why there isn’t a mirror. But in this case I don’t really get why they didn’t do it.
Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette – €35
Enough about the packaging, let’s take a look at what’s on the inside of it. This is called the Nude Spectrum palette so you’d definitely expect it to be packed with neutral eyeshadows. And it is. The inside actually reminds me a bit of the MAC x15 Warm palette. Just like that palette this one comes with 15 shades, most of which are neutral and warm toned. There are some slightly more cooler toned shadows in it as well.
The over all look of the colours does look very appealing to me. It looks like you’ve got a lot of options in here and it also seems like the colours will go really well together. In addition to that I also like the fact that there are a few more out-there shades like the bright honey gold one and the cranberry colour, that you can use to amp up your look and make it a little bit more unique and out there.
The last thing I want to say about the colours in this palette is that I like that there’s a good balance between mattes and shimmery shades. There are 9 shimmery eyeshadows in this palette and 6 matte colours. That’s a pretty decent balance in my book.
Before we get into the swatches, I first want to talk about the quality. And with that I mean the texture of these shadows, the way they blend, how easy they are to work with and how well they last on my lids. In terms of texture I’m very happy with these eyeshadows. They have a really nice soft, rich and creamy texture and therefore they are very pigmented and easy to work with. They are very easy to apply and look very smooth on the lid.
Because of the softness of the texture these shadows blend really well as well. They don’t create harsh lines or whatever and if you ever feel like something is too harsh or too much, it’s very easy to blend it in a way you will eventually like it.
In addition to that I think that these shadows are quite high-quality for the price you pay. This is a rather affordable palette compared to for example the MAC x15 palettes, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously it isn’t very budget proof either. In the end I definitely think that it comes close to very high end palettes. The only thing that does disappoint me a little bit is that you do really have to be careful that you don’t over-blend them and make it look like one blur or colour. Aside from that the quality is great and the shadows do stay very nice throughout the day.
Moving on to the swatches. Let’s start with the first row. I used my boyfriends arm to swatch these shadows on and since he has a little more hair than I do, some shadows will look a tad bit powdery. But that’s 100% because of the hair. The colours don’t have funny names, but they do have numbers. Because it’s easier to talk about them this way I will mention those numbers.
ND130 – This is the first shade of the bunch and it is a matte highlighting shade. It has a bit of a yellowy tone to it, which makes it very flattering on my skin tone. I love using this underneath the brow bone. Because it’s this pigmented it does really make a difference and it will make your brush look more clean.
ND100 – Next up is the first shimmery shade. I do think that this isn’t as pigmented as some of the other shadows in the palette, but it is very nice. It’s a shade I’d wear all over the lid. It’s pretty wearable and light, so you could wear it in the inner corners as well as a highlight.
ND70 – Then we have a matte mauve shade. At first I thought this would be great as a transition colour, which it is, but it is really pigmented. Because it’s rather pigmented and therefore darker than I expected it to be, this could work great as a crease colour as well.
ND40 – Next to that is a very warm honey gold shade. It’s very pigmented and intense and on the swatch it almost looks like it leans towards a more bronzy gold shade. In real life I do think it’s a bit more bright than it seems to be on the swatch.
ND10 – The last colour in the first row is a very pretty orangy, pink shimmery shade. I think colours like this are very hard to describe but I do think it’s a very pretty eyeshadow. I’d personally use this all over the lid, but it could work in the crease as well if you want to keep things really natural.
ND140 – Moving on to the second row. This one starts off with another matte highlighting shade. This one seems to be a bit more towards the brown side than the previous one, but on the eye they don’t differ all that much. For me it is a little bit too light to use as a transition shade, but it could work.
ND110 – Then we have another warm bronzy shimmery colour. This is a great shade to use all over the lid if you’re going for some kind of rusty look. I do think that it looks a bit darker on the swatch than it does in the pan, but in general I do prefer using it as a lid shade.
ND80 – Next up is one of my favourite shades in this palette. It’s a very pretty warm brown shade with a really pretty golden shimmery to it. I love using shades like this in the crease, but if you’re going for a more smokey/festive look this might even be great to use all over the lid.
ND50 – This next shade is one that didn’t really impress me. It’s one of the only matte dark brown shades in this palette and it isn’t as pigmented as the other shades. It is pigmented at the top, but it doesn’t go on as smooth as the others. On the eyes you don’t notice it as much, but you do have to make sure it doesn’t get blotchy.
ND20 – Lastly in this row we have a more cool toned deep brown shade. In the pan it looks like it’s going to be a shimmery colour, but on the swatch I don’t you can tell that it is that. In terms of pigmentation it is okay, but not as great as some of the other shadows in here.
ND150 – Moving on to the last five shadows. I do think that this row looks very pretty and pigmented and I’m all in for that. This first shadow is a very pretty light brown shade that is matte and works great as a transition shade. It does come across a little lighter than it does in the pan, but I like it.
ND120 – Next to that is a golden medium brown shade with a warm undertone to it and a nice bit of shimmer to it. I love using this all over the lid and I think this is the perfect colour to start off every autumnal look. It has a really nice amount of pigmentation to it and it is very smooth.
ND90 – Then we have one of my favourite shades in this whole palettes which is this stunning and very pigmented cranberry colour. It is really rich and full of pigment and I love that. I do think that this colour goes very well with the over all theme of this palette and I love using it to add a touch of colour to my looks.
ND60 – This is another favourite of mine. It’s a really pretty rich brown shade with a satin sheen to it. I love using colours like this in the crease. This goes amazing with every look and is, again, perfect to create very autumnal looks with.
ND30 – The last shade in this entire palette is a nice matte black. I like using colours like this to darken up the lash line or even to darken up a look with. I don’t use it very often, but I don’t hate that it’s in there. It isn’t as rich and smooth as some of the other shadows, but on the eyes it’s just great.
All in all I am very impressed by the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Palette. For the longest time I just didn’t know whether I wanted to get it or not but I’m really happy I ended up getting it anyway. I think it’s one of the best rather affordable eyeshadow palettes I have tried so far and I love the colours that come in this palette. It’s the perfect palette for everyday with some option to take the look to a more intense level. The textures of the shadows are amazing and over all it’s just totally worth it and just as good as I hoped it would be!
That will be it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post, and be sure to let me know what you think of this palette and whether or not you’d buy it!