I impulse bought this palette, and then agonised over it for days until I decided it was one of the best makeup decisions I have made.
Well, dramatic, but I do have a flair for it. Either way, the En Taupe palette is actually fantastic.
I like the fact it includes a white and not a black. As a fair-skinned girl, I find white is really useful to have rather than some strange off-yellow colour that most palettes seem to contain. I was worried the colours would be ‘too’ cool and taupe-y but actually, there is some variety and the shimmery shades are really lovely, though the mattes steal the show. My favourite colours are Stitch by Stitch (matte off-white), Handmade (light pink with a gold shimmer – stunning), Gallery (purple matte taupe), Hour by Hour (matte dusty pink) and Exquisite (red-taupe matte, very unusual, looks more or less purple depending on how you layer). Perhaps the least impressive is ‘Old Master’ which does not have the best colour pay off.
The shadows are:
Stitch by stitch – matte off white
Handmade – pink with gold shimmer
Gallery – purple taupe matte
Hour by Hour – matte dusty pink
Old master – purple with gold shimmer, (fairly disappointing not a lot of colour)
spun pearl – white silver shimmer
Sheers & Voiles – silvery violet duo chrome, if anyone is interested it is an exact dupe of Makeup Geek’s ‘Rockstar’.
Outline – shimmery brown taupe
Wrapped in Silk – more lilac-y shimmery taupe
Exquisite – red taupe
The colour pay-off is pretty good on all of them, some better than others but for £18 (definitely increased in price, btw – I remember buying the Cocoa Blend Palette for £15 a few years ago), It’s not a bad palette. The packaging is nice, cardboard but sturdy, and nicely slim. The design is very pretty and actually reflects the colours in the palette. Overall, it’s a great palette and I do not regret purchasing it, I urge you all to give Zoeva a try.
Zoeva can be purchased from Beautybay.com or Selfridges.