Zoeva products hold a special place in my heart; they’re affordable, they’re varied and most importantly all of the products I’ve bought and tried (and that’s a lot) have been of very good quality. When I saw their latest batch of releases a few months ago, I knew I needed the Matte Spectrum Palette (one of five new additions to the pre-existing ‘Spectrum’ line). Mostly because, although I love a good shimmery/foiled shadow (and in my mind the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette features some of the best), having hooded eye lids my go-to shadows on a regular basis are matte – they’re frankly easier to use and quicker.
Aside from my attraction to the palette being fully matte, the shades also intrigued me – the deeper jewel tones are very promient here meaning that the Matte Spectrum palette doesn’t just contain basic neutrals. The description on the Zoeva website states:
The Zoeva Matte Spectrum Palette comes packaged in fancy soft touch packaging (think Nars), with a prismatic striped affect. Above is a size comparison with the Cocoa Blend Palette, as you can see the Matte Palette contains an extra column of shadows.
Shades and Formulation
MT010 – White
MT020 – Light Stone
MT030 – Light Beige
MT010 is a perfect shade to set eye shadow primer with on my fair skin tone. Has a hint of grey to it, and is pigmented for a white shade. MT020 is a very interesting shade unlike anything else in my collection, ideal for cool-toned crease work. Swatches poorly on my skin tone, but blends perfectly. MT030 – Again, another shade that is unusual. It has very even colour pay off on the eye and is again a perfect shade for the crease.
MT040 – Pale Muted Yellow
MT050 – Pale Muted Orange
MT060 – Tangerine Orange
MT040 has brilliant pigmentation for a very pale yellow – smooth and soft. MT050 – Not the most pigmented shade in the palette, but my favourite transition shade here. MT060 has a more dry formula than the rest of the shades, which can make it difficult to blend and can make it look patchy.
MT070 – Light Dusty Rose
MT080 – Brick Red
MT090 – Pink Cranberry
MT070 – In love with this colour! It goes so well with so many lip shades that I own that are this colour – very soft and buildable. MT080 has soft pigmentation and is my ideal matte formula for a strong red shade, as it’s easy to blend. I find MT090 to be one of weakest shades in terms of pigmentation in the palette (along with MT120), but it still blends very well – despite not looking at all like in the pan.
MT100 – Deep Lilac
MT110 – Slate Blue
MT120 – Deep Blue
MT100 is very pigmented, but nonetheless blends very well. MT110 is an unusual shade – almost a muted periwinkle colour. I find this shade takes some more to blend than the others. MT120 lacks pigmentation and is very dry – easily my least favourite shade in the palette.
MT130 – Deep Turquise
MT140 – Forest Green
MT150 – Deep Khaki
All intensely pigmented, soft, buttery and unusual shades. My favourite row in the palette! The wear time on these shades is also fantastic, to the extent that I can find my eyelids slightly stained and in need of some serious makeup remover.
To me, this is the PERFECT palette to pair with any other. I oftentimes find that palettes can lack in their matte shade selection, but if you own this little treasure that’ll never be a problem again. The price is also right at £28.50 for 15 shades – bargain !