Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Matte

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($26.50 for 0.50 oz.) includes ten warm-toned, matte eyeshadows housed in a slim, cardboard palette. The eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and “easy to blend.” Overall, the eyeshadow formula was pigmented, silky, blendable, and long-wearing. It was an easy palette to apply, use, and wear, and the shades coordinated with each other well. It is going to work best for someone who likes richer, warmer shades along with matte finishes; it would also work as a complementary palette to a more shimmer-heavy palette to add more versatile transition and crease shades. There were two shades that could have applied better and been less powdery, though they were workable and if you normally use primer, the shortcomings were even less apparent.

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Nighthawks

Nighthawks is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth, lightly dusty texture that applied well to the lid and did not sheer out too easily, so while it felt dusty, it never looked or acted that way in practice. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

Urban Culture

Urban Culture is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was smooth, soft, and finely-milled but had substance, which helped it adhere well to bare skin with smooth, even, and opaque color coverage. The color wore for a solid eight hours before fading on me.

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Through the Window

Through the Window is a vibrant, medium orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, finely-milled texture that was a touch dusty in the pan but applied exceptionally well to the skin–blendable and no fallout at all during application. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

Cheap Bar

Cheap Bar is a muted, medium-dark reddish brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The eyeshadow had a subtle sheen to it–not quite as flat or as matte as other shades in the palette–but was still fairly matte. It had rich, opaque color payoff paired with a soft, silky, and blendable consistency that was a touch dusty in the pan but not on the lid. This shade wore nicely for eight hours before fading.

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Lost in Thoughts

Lost in Thoughts is a light-medium brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was soft without being powdery, blended out with ease, and sat well on the lid. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

Across the Street

Across the Street is a soft, buttery yellow with a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, which was buildable to full coverage in a layer and a half. The eyeshadow felt soft, smooth but not dusty, and applied easily to my lids. It wore well for seven and a half hours.

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Eerily Empty

Eerily Empty is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a smooth, velvety texture that wasn’t too soft or too firm in the pan. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color on the lid, and there was no fallout during application. The eyeshadow lasted for eight hours before fading on me.

Chat Late at Night

Chat Late at Night is a rich, medium-dark reddish copper with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. There was a very, very subtle sheen where it did not appear as flat matte as some shades in the palette did. It was richly pigmented, easy to blend out and work with, and long-wearing at eight hours of wear.

Lonely City

Lonely City is a deep, reddish plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was more powdery, though soft and finely-milled, and more prone to having some fallout during application if I wasn’t very careful about applying it. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading on me.

Two Clocks

Two Clocks is a deep, taupe brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable color payoff that could have applied more evenly to bare skin. When I used it as a crease shade, it seemed to apply and look better overall than it did when I tried patting it on the lid–I think the necessary opacity made it more obvious where it fell short. This shade wore well for just over eight hours on me.

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva Matte Palette Look | Look Breakdown

Zoeva Matte Palette Look | Look Breakdown

Zoeva Nighthawks Eyeshadow

Zoeva Nighthawks Eyeshadow

Zoeva Urban Culture Eyeshadow

Zoeva Urban Culture Eyeshadow

Zoeva Through the Window Eyeshadow

Zoeva Through the Window Eyeshadow

Zoeva Cheap Bar Eyeshadow

Zoeva Cheap Bar Eyeshadow

Zoeva Lost in Thoughts Eyeshadow

Zoeva Lost in Thoughts Eyeshadow

Zoeva Across the Street Eyeshadow

Zoeva Across the Street Eyeshadow

Zoeva Eerily Empty Eyeshadow

Zoeva Eerily Empty Eyeshadow

Zoeva Chat Late at Night Eyeshadow

Zoeva Chat Late at Night Eyeshadow

Zoeva Lonely City Eyeshadow

Zoeva Lonely City Eyeshadow

Zoeva Two Clocks Eyeshadow

Zoeva Two Clocks Eyeshadow

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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This reminds me of the Kat von D Ladybird palette. For the price, this looks like a great buy…I might have to get this. I love warm mattes, and anything with orange, burgundy, plum, warm beige, etc. shades looks good with my coloring (dark warm brown hair and hazel eyes).

I’d be interested if I weren’t already committed to buying Viseart warm mattes palette. Warm neutrals are my core, and so the most consistent high quality through the palette is the best option for me. But this keeps Zoeva on my radar for other things.

This is gorgeous. I love it. And it’s fairly priced. But…. I’m not really itching to buy it for some reason. I guess because I have some warm neutrals that mimic some of the high points here. MAC Red Brick, Deep Damson, MUG Desert Sands and Cocoa Bear. I might need MUG Chickadee tho!

I’m really tempted to try one (or more) of their cooler-toned palettes!

Have you had to pay customs duties on the palettes you’ve ordered?

I haven’t! I believe in the U.S. as long as the total is under $800 it’s fine if I recall correctly from Selfridge’s policy!

…and another Modern Renaissance “spin off”….as I said the other day, if this continues, I’ll be saving a lot of money since I’ve already got my “red/orange” eyeshadow needs (which are few) well covered by things like Vice3 and KvD Monarch and Shade+Light. There are a few cooler tones in this one that are quite inviting (Two Clocks, Lost in Thoughts, Across the Street) but I have dupes for them. But for those who really thrive in these sorts of shades, it’s so nice to see these collections coming out from several companies. But, like I say, if this trend continues, I’m gonna be saving a lot – maybe I’ll put it toward building a real estate portfolio 😉

Thankfully I have dupes similar to all of these shades except Two Clocks. But, this is a really nice palette.
Cheap Bar is my favorite out of the palette, I’ve been loving colors like that lately.
I also love the eye look you created Christine!

Duped up again! Between having ABH MR palette, plus so many of the super warrm or neutral MAC Pro pan shadows, it happened again! But for those who do not own a virtual motherlode of very warm heavy neutals and bright warms too, this looks quite nice really. Well, except for the last 2 shades. Good matte auxiliary palette.

2x C+s, and it still gets an A-? What that says to me is very strong rest of the palette! Already have the 2 Zoeva redder pencils, and the light neutral ones..and no Mod Ren (yet). This is rapidly gaining front burner status. Very nice, I’d do it year round, but what a fall palette! Beautiful! Haven’t checked dupes yet. Hope it is’t highly represented in the stash….

Iv been planning a zoeva order since Christmas. And I would use all but one shade here! I might have to seriously think about this!!

I’m trying to build up my matte collection, because I have just SO many shimmers in my collection!! 😛

I don’t need more matte shadows atm, but if I did I would definitely be considering this palette. I tend to use primer anyway, so I think I could work around the fallout issues.

Christine – have you had to deal with extra fees when ordering overseas from Zoeva? It’s something that’s held me back from ordering. I’m not sure it’s consistent across all states? Im not sure but wow this palette looks too good to pass up!

I haven’t ordered in awhile, but I have placed two or three orders in the last couple of years and did not have any fees beyond the shipping fee (which is high, as it is flat rate, so my orders were usually $200ish).

Love this brand! Their eyeshadows are the best. I currently own 6 or 7 and love them all. My favorite is probably Cocoa Blend 🙂

Not a bad palette at all. It’s quite inexpensive as well. I think I might get this for exactly the reasons you mentioned. Compliment, crease, transition. Yes!

This is a really decent matte palette of all the rich orangey red shades that are so popular at the moment. I guess the biggest disappointment is Two Clocks. Lonely City is also a tad patchy, but with primer it would be OK.
Lovely eye look Christine.

This morning I woke up to an email that this was back in stock on the Zoeva website. I am in the market for some matte warm neutrals and my heart gravitates towards orange/reddy tones so I am excited to get this! My love of makeup has recently reawakened and I am pretty much starting from scratch so I feel this will be an excellent (and affordable) building block for my collection 🙂

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