ZOEVA has quickly become the new "go-to" brand for makeup brushes amongst many beauty gurus. They are well known for their high quality, super soft and luxurious brushes as well as their colour cosmetic products such as eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks. After hearing a lot of hype about the ZOEVA brand, I decided to bite the bullet, and purchase a few products to trial the brand and decide for myself. If you're interested to hear what I purchased and my first impressions, keep reading!
According to the ZOEVA website, ZOEVA is a German brand, founded in 2008 by Zoe Boikou. The brand name ZOEVA is composed of ZOE, the Greek word for "life“ and EVA, the very first woman. From a basic range of only 10 makeup brushes, ZOEVA now offers a professional portfolio of over 50 makeup tools and 100 colors for a full face makeup routine.
I ordered directly from the ZOEVA website which is German-based, but offers international shipping. Be sure to convert the prices from EUD to the correct currency so you can know exactly how much you are paying for each item. Shipping to Australia took less than 2 weeks, and everything was extremely well packaged! You can also purchase ZOEVA products from Beauty Bay who offer free international shipping, however they don't have the full range of makeup brushes or the eyeshadow palette I was after so that is why I ordered directly from the ZOEVA website.
To trial some brushes, I ummed and ahhed over lots of different sets but finally settled on the GORGEOUS Rose Golden Vol 2 Luxury Set ($65 EUD) which includes 8 essential brushes for face and eyes. I had been lusting over the Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette ($17.50 EUD) which is extremely hard to source here in Australia, so I also picked that up. It includes 10 shades. Finally, as these are quite pricey, high-end items the last thing I picked up was a single Luxe Cream Lipstick in Faith & Love ($8.50 EUD).
There is no denying that the packaging of these products is very luxurious, feminine and high-end. The brushes are housed in a metallic pouch that can easily be used as a clutch and I will certainly be using mine this way considering the high pricetag of the brushes. I can't imagine just storing the pouch away and not taking advantage of the durable material with rose-gold hues. I will probably use mine as an everyday clutch that could easily fit my wallet, some makeup items, my keys and my phone.
The lipstick is housed in a metallic casing with ZOEVA inscribed along the side of the tube. It's no magnetic NARS Audacious Lipstick, which is by far the most luxe packaging I've come across, but it definitely feels high end. The Cocoa Blend palette is very sleek and travel friendly but still feels very high quality.
104 Buffer: Apply and blend foundation
109 Luxe Face Paint: Contour and shape with powder
126 Luxe Cheek Finish: Apply powder, blush and bronzer
226 Smudger: Softly apply and blend eyeshadow along the lash line
228 Luxe Crease: Blend transitions to a seemless finish
234 Luxe Smoky Shader: Apply and blend eyeshadow for a smoky finish
317 Wing Liner: Apply eyeliner with the perfect flick
322 Brow Line: Apply eyebrow products for perfectly shaped brows
The brush set itself would be great for travel since you can complete an entire makeup look with just these 8 brushes. I've been using mine for about 6 weeks now and I can say they are excellent quality. I personally don't feel they are any better quality than my favourite Sigma Brushes*, but I would say they are both on par. I loved the eye brushes of this set more than the face brushes, especially the Luxe Crease and Luxe Smoky Shader. I don't do a lot of contouring but the Luxe Face Paint is also quite good for getting a perfect line. I thought the Buffer would be my favourite brush, but I actually prefer my Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush*. I am glad that I got this set to try, however I don't think they are the best brushes I've ever used.
For my lipstick purchase, I wanted a shade that was something a little different but one that I could get a lot of use out of every day. Faith & Love is a warm, peachy nude shade that is gorgeous!!! It is definitely a true peachy nude, and leans more orange than beige or brown. It really is gorgeous on the lips and I have been loving it. It is a creamy, luminous finish and feels really nourishing on the lips while still being extremely pigmented. I love the "Color.Love.Makeup" quote along the side of the tube as well. So cute!
|Zoeva Cosmetics Luxe Cream Lipstick Swatch in Faith & Love|
Finally, the Cocoa Blend Palette is just so gorgeous. I really like how this is a neutral palette with some pops of colour to keep things interested, and I always love having a good cream shade and black shade included as these are so useful to create a variety of different looks. These shades didn't disappoint, they were extremely buttery and pigmented and blend out really well! I really can't fault these. The more glittery shades, had some very slight fall out, particularly infusion and subtle blend.
Swatches Top to Bottom & Left to Right:
Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Beans are White
Pure Ganache, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion, Delicate Acidity
My favourite shades are Subtle Blend, Substitute for Love & Delicate Acidity.
This palette definitely leans more warm, but there is a large variety of looks you can create from natural daytime makeup to intense, metallic smokey eyes.
Overall, I'm really happy I went ahead and ordered these products from ZOEVA, the brushes didn't change my life, but they are a happy addition to my collection and are great high-quality brushes that perform really well and blend out makeup seamlessly. I probably liked my lipstick purchase the best and will definitely be purchasing more of these. The eyeshadow palette is a really unique little palette that is highly pigmented and very travel friendly. I definitely would try more from this brand!
Do you like Zoeva Cosmetics? What are your favourite products from the brand? If you haven't tried them, what do you think you would purchase?
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