I’ve been a fan of Zoeva for over 2 years now, so when I first saw they were launching their first concealer and contour palettes, I knew I had to have them ASAP. Luckily, I live in Berlin so accessing the German cruelty-free brand is not difficult, and as soon as I got my hands on these palettes, I was instantly charmed!
Since this is a new product, I don’t want to rave too much about it, but I wanted this article to be as informative and objective as possible, in case any of you are interested in getting one of the two palette or both. So, here goes!
The Concealer Spectrum Palette
The first thing I noticed was the sleek matte packaging design. It has a luxurious feeling, and the black colour with gold lines and text gives it an understated charm. The palette contains 9 concealer shades ranging from a deep brown to a neutral peach. Each concealer pan weighs about 1.13 gr, so for about 10.13 gr you pay 25.50 USD / 21.80 Euros. As a point of reference, the Maybelline Fit Me concealer contains 8.50 gr for 7 USD/5 Euros, while the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer contains about 5 gr for 28 US dollars/ 23 Euros. This places the palette closer to the high-end price range, although Zoeva isn’t considered a high-end brand. The palette opens comfortably but with a slight resistance; it feels secure enough not to open by accident, which helps promote the longevity of the product (12 months).
Each column in the palette includes 3 shades, going from neutral (cc010, cc040, cc70), to cool tones (cc020, cc050, cc080) and finally warm tones (cc030,cc060,cc090). Needless to say, there something for most skin tones out there, and most importantly, endless possibilities of mixing shades to create your own custom concealer. Additionally, the shades cc010 and cc040 can double as corrector shades, and the shade cc090 can also be used as a cream contour.
In terms of texture, the concealers are extremely creamy and offer medium to high coverage, although they barely crease when used under the eyes. I have dry skin around my eyes and was quite satisfied with the finish and wear. The concealer did not move even when I did not set it with powder, which is usually the case with most concealers. I also found them comfortable at the application and easily blendable, which is a big plus since the skin under the eyes can be sensitive to excessive tugging and pulling.
The Spectrum Contour Palette
I like that Zoeva went for an identical design for both palettes, with the only subtle difference being the shade of the text which in this palette is more of a bronze. The contour palette comes with 4 powder pans; two highlighter shades and two contour/bronzers. With a net weight of 14 gr/0.48 oz retailing at 18.80 USD / 17.80 Euros, you are going to be paying roughly 4-6 USD/Euros per pan. Comparing this to NYX Pro Contour & Highlight palette (25 USD/20 Euros for 25.5 gr) and the ABH Contour Kit (18 gr for 40 USD/ 55 Euros), this palette remains on the affordable side, but is not quite drugstore price range.
This palette is more limited in terms of shades, although it does offer cool and warm toned options in the contour shades. The shade cn020 is more of an orange based contour powder, which is perfect for olive and medium skin tones, while the shade cn040 is more geared otward pale/pink toned skin types. The shade cn10 is an satin finish highlight, though I found it to be “matte” enough to use under the eyes as a setting powder. Last but not least, the shade cn030 is a unique yellow based highlighter with very fine shimmers.
The powders feel quite soft and buttery, which I suspect is why the blend easily without moving face makeup too much. I also did not notice any dry patches after using the yellow highlighter shade as an undereye setting powder, so I can confidently say they are suitable for dry skin types. The contour shades are slightly more pigmented than the highlights, so I can foresee myself running out of the highlighters faster.
For a full 57 second video on how I used both palettes, checkout my Instagram account here.
From the Concealer palette I used the shade cc060 Under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose, forehead and on the cheek bones. I also had this horrible period spot which I camouflaged using the shade cc080.
To contour the hollows of my cheeks and forehead, I used the shade cn020. Then I used cn040 to contour my nose and lips. I always go for a cooler tone shade in these areas as to not make the contour it too obvious. Finally, I overdosed on the highlight shade cn030 which I am absolutely obsessed with, applying it everywhere from the top of my cheekbones to the bridge of my nose, Cupid’s bow, forehead and chin.
Although I’ve never had anything bad to say about Zoeva products, I was once again pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products; the brand made a good, innovative product that is worth its price. The cherry on top for me was the fact that both palettes worked well with my dry skin, which is usually a struggle with cream as well as powder products. I will be using these consistently for the next few weeks, and plan on taking them on an upcoming holiday since I think they are quite travel friendly. Overall, this was a hit!
That’s it for this review guys! I hope you found it helpful! Let me know in the comments if you tried either one of the palettes and what you thought about them! As usual, this is not a sponsored review and my opinions are purely based on my experience with the product. Thank you for reading, and until next time!
The Foundry girl.