Spring has officially sprung and I truly craved a new eyeshadow palette in my life. In today's post I am going to talk about one of Zoeva's latest palette releases called Opulence Eyeshadow Palette, as well as swatch every single shade. So, if you are interested, please keep on scrolling!
Price: 26.50 USD // 116 AED. Made in Italy.
Packaging: just like every other Zoeva palette, Opulence comes in a very slim, cardboard case. Although I do wish there was a small mirror here, to make this palette that extra bit "handy" for traveling, I must say that I do like an overall look of this new collection. It is quite dark, yet feminine at the same time. You also get 10 eyeshadow pans here, each containing 1.5 g / 0.05 oz worth of product (a very good, standard size).
Colours & Finishes: now, colour scheme - is what excites me the most about the palette. You do get only one matte shadow (quelle surprise), while other nine are merely a mix of satins, frosts and subdued metallics. I wouldn't describe these shadows as high-shine metallic, they are (what MAC would describe) "Veluxe Pearl" (aka a cross between metallic and satin). That being said, these shadows will flatter ladies of all ages, so don't shy away - these will look good on every girl (and boy). You also get a nice variety of neutrals and cool tones here, as well as an odd pop of bronze, blue or wine-red. I do wish there was at least one more matte here, say a neutral-brown transition shade. "Golden Years" is the only shadow that doesn't swatch that well, yet looks quite opaque when applied with a flat brush.
R to L: Golden Years, The Only Delight, Queen For A Day, Sense Of Movement, Industrial Fortune, Koh-I-Noor, Imperial, Get Your Glory, Society Figures, High Chair
Textures: now, compared to the brand's Nude Spectrum Palette (review here) - Opulence has a totally different vibe. These new shadows are not as buttery smooth, but they still have that same Zoeva-esque high quality to them. They are pigmented, but you do need to put some muscle into it (in other words - you might need to dip your brush a little harder). There is practically no kickback or fallout; none of these shadows feel chalky, quality seems to be consistent, which is a great thing in my book. On a side note, the new formula is infused with Vitamin E.
Application & Wear: as I have mentioned earlier, although these are all very pigmented and beautiful shadows, you might need a good flat-shader brush to build up the intensity; that is (of course) if you want a nice opaque wash of colour on the lid. These blend really well and remain looking vibrant on the lid almost all day long; "Koh-I-Noor" (aka striking blue shade) in particular, unlike many other blue eyeshadows that turn into a dirty/sicklish off-blue in a short time, remains juicy and bright for up to 6-7 hours on me (even without a primer). Another favourite is "Get Your Glory", which is a rich, poppy blue-toned red that truly packs a punch when it comes to pigment; I often wear it as an eyeliner and it does last impressively well. Lighter metallics might appear a bit too similar in the pan, but in reality they look different enough.
Zoeva, yet again, did a great job with this new(ish) release. Opulence Eyeshadow Palette is a gem wrapped in a beautiful gothic-floral packaging and I think it will be great for those of you looking for a high-quality palette with a friendly price tag. I like that I can create a plethora of looks with this guy alone; be it something as simple as a wash of champagne-gold all over the lid or something more vampy and dark.
Available: zoevacosmetics.com and sephora.ae
PR sample; review is not sponsored, find full disclaimer here