For this week’s Shadow Saturday we will be having a closer look at one of my favorite eyeshadow brands: Zoeva. They do some stunning palettes and are one of the most underrated brands in the beauty world. They are a German based brand and therefore were ignored by a large part of the beauty community but now that they are more widely available slowly but surely more and more people are starting to know about them. I already reviewed many of their palettes. Since they keep coming out with new stuff all the time, by now I have a bunch more to review. Let’s have a closer look at the Eye See eyeshadow palette by Zoeva.
Zoeva Eye See eyeshadow palette // Review, Swatch, Makeup Look
As a brand, Zoeva has become pricier over the years. I bought my first palettes for €17.50, by now this retails for €23. That is not the worst price increase ever, but it did push the brand from drugstore pricing into more high end pricing. I like to by my Zoeva products from their official website. Even though I can get the products via Dutch retailers, I find the Zoeva website easy to navigate, they do some stellar sales throughout the year and there is free shipping over €40. In general, products will come out first on the official website and then the products will be distributed to other retailers. In short, I like buying mine straight from the source for several reasons.
Why did I buy this palette?
If you saw my Zoeva palette collection video last year, you may know that I already owned 9 Zoeva palettes. In 2019, the brand added a few new ones, pretty much right after I filmed my video. Since I am a bit of a completionist, I was curious after some of the new palettes Zoeva has to offer. The Eye See palette is one that definitely flew under everyone’s radar. When I spotted this on the website I definitely hadn’t heard anyone talking about it yet. By now, I still haven’t. So if you were looking into Zoeva palettes and this was one you were interested in, then hopefully this review can be helpful.
What makes this palette unique?
So why would you be interested in this palette? It is definitely not one that looks very safe or everyday. At first glance: as you will see when you see the eye looks this is a lot more wearable than you might think. As with any Zoeva palette this features a few duochromes (the pink, the red and the green!). You only get one matte and everything else has shimmer or at least a satin finish with a bit of shine. That may not be your cup of tea but as you will see below you can make this palette work quite well. I would say this palette is perfect for those of you looking for a jewel toned eyeshadow palette to complement your more neutral offerings that you already own.
What can this eyeshadow palette do for you?
This 10 pan eyeshadow palette looks quite haphazard in its color story at first glance. You get mainly cool toned shadows though. The red and the gold are the only two warmer tones, but as you will see depending on how you pair those two shades they can look more cool toned or more warm toned. Both shades keep the middle ground and are not overly warm. The red has a strong pink flash to it, meaning that pairing it with the pink or purples will make it look totally different and not too red. As you will see below, this is a perfect palette for creating colorful looks that are still very wearable for work situations.
How does this palette swatch?
Zoeva palettes always have amazing quality and this palette is no different. Their shimmer formula is divine and since you get mainly shimmers in this palette this looks amazing. As you can see the lighter shades are all different with one chunkier shimmer, one more metallic white and a duochrome pink with a lavender flash. The matte is so light that it pretty much disappears against my skin tone. The most impressive shades here are the green which is actually a green/ brown duochrome and the navy blue. That is quite possibly one of the best navy blues in my eyeshadow collection. But swatches do not tell the full story of course. So let’s have a look at 2 looks I created using this palette.
2 Looks, 1 Palette: Makeup Looks using all the shades in the palette
Look 1: cool tones
We are kicking things off with my favorite look with this palette. I used the purples, the pink/ lavender duochrome and the nave. The greyish undertones in the purples pair very well together with the blue and duochrome. And yes, I put a shimmer in my crease here to create a transition shade. As you can see there is no issue with that at all. Zoeva and Urban Decay I feel are the two brands with shimmers that can easily be used in multiple ways and that gives you a lot more options with a 10 pan color story that could seem quite limiting at first glance.
Look 3: warm tones
For the second looks, I decided to use the shades I had left. The red is in the crease which looks nice as it prevents your look to become too sickly. The gold is all over the lid and together they make for a warmer toned look. I used the green/ brown on the lower lash line to keep up the warm trend. However, I can easily see different combinations here. I think if you blend a purple or the pink duochrome together with the red you will be able to highlight the pink flash in that. And if you pair the gold with the green/ brown in the crease or the navy, it will instantly look less warm toned as it is not too yellow and is more of a middle ground in terms of golds.
My final thoughts
The Zoeva Eye See eyeshadow palette is one that was a bit of an unexpected one for me. I bought this to try out since I love Zoeva’s formula, but I ended up loving this a lot more than I had thought. I had expected this to be one I try and then instantly regret buying. However, I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how well these shades play together and how easy they are to apply. I still think it is a great option if you are looking for some nice jewel toned shades and duochromes to add something special to your looks.
Would I recommend the Zoeva Eye See Eyeshadow Palette?
Yes and no. I don’t think this is a must have palette that everyone needs. If you don’t like shimmers, if you don’t like duochromes or if you don’t like jewel tones, then this is not going to be right for you. However, if you are looking for some special shades to amp up your look or if you are simply looking for an eyeshadow palette that offers something uniquely different from many other palettes, then this is definitely a good option to look into. Since Zoeva is still quite affordable, you will still get loads of bang for your buck.