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Zoeva Coral Spectrum Palette


Where would we be without eyeshadow and makeup palettes? Wealthier, I imagine.

Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes are up there with the best. The only downside – when lifting the new Naked Cherry palette to my nose I really wanted to smell cherries! However, looking at the array of gorgeous shades the initial, fleeting disappointment was soon forgotten.

If you too love the scent of cherries, don’t be disheartened, Urban Decay bolstered the launch aplomb by releasing a new Cherry Scented All Nighter Setting Spray so you can get your fix there. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, along came the Naked Cherry Vault which includes the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, plus, three lipsticks and two eyeliner pencils. The vault will set you back a whopping £92 so you may need time to consider that one. There’s also a Cherry highlighting palette all exclusive to Debenhams. However, I only found the palette, lipsticks and cherry eyeliner available when I checked Debenhams online just before publishing this post. You can, of course, buy the eyeliners and lippies separately, if you prefer.

In terms of eye colour suitability, looking at the colour wheel, opposites work.

Mauve shades tend to flatter and enhance the look of blues, greens and hazel/amber eyes but really, anything goes these days. Pinks can often give you that “not slept for a week” appearance if you’re too heavy-handed.  If full-on pink puts you off, mix the colours until you find a way of donning the wide-awake look.

My eyes are two-tone due to my Central Heterochromia meaning I have a mix of green and amber. These cherry tones really bring out the green in my eyes and are definitely shades I would reach for on a day-to-day basis. I’m favouring the nude end of the palette, preferring to go deeper for definition or evening wear.


Urban Decay Naked Cherry eyeshadow Palette


Urban Decay naked Cherry Palette


Naked Cherry palette eyeshadow shades…

  • Hot Spot (ivory matte)
  • Caution (soft neutral beige matte)
  • Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)
  • Juicy (soft warm peach)
  • Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)
  • Ambitious (metallic rose copper)
  • Bing (deep mauve matte)
  • Devilish (reddish plum matte)
  • Young Love (metallic cranberry)
  • Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)
  • Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)


Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette


“Use a wet brush for a more intense effect”.

Whilst beauty buffs around the world waited “impatiently” for the Naked Cherry palette to hit the streets, news of its imminent release was leaked in August 2018. This prompted Urban Decay’s pre-sale weekend a few weeks later where thousands of orders were placed.

Urban Decay’s renowned “Naked” collection of palettes are, as the name suggests, recognised for their “nude” appeal, with wearable neutral tones for a less is more approach. The Naked Cherry palette is the new kid on the block causing a frenzy when it launched in October of 2018 with its highly pigmented, unusually bold new mauve collection of colours.

The crimson-coloured compact feels luxe and features a full-length mirror inside; It’s tactile and reassuringly weighty. You’ll also find a double-ended, branded brush included for both precision application, and blending.

At £42 you might expect it to be above average in quality and formula – it’ll not disappoint. Finely milled for a soft, smooth texture and creaseless application – there’s not much to dislike here. That said, some reviews are a little disappointing for the Naked Cherry palette but since you can’t please all of the people, all of the time you’re always going to get a mix of opinions. However, the majority are going with LOVE IT, and I’m inclined to agree.

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free.

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Zoeva Coral Spectrum Powder Blush Palette

Liven up those apples with a pop of colour. The Coral Spectrum palette, first available in April 2017 features a vibrant coral, soft rose, delicate peach and a ballet slipper pink. Germany-based Zoeva’s vitamin e infused formula is free from fragrance, mineral oil and parabens leaving a satiny matte finish.

The packaging is sleek and slimline with a magnetic closure.

I can’t live without blusher, it’s the one product (aside from mascara), that I would say is my desert island product. Mainly because I look half-dead without some colour to my cheeks. My go-to blush shade tends to sit firmly between peach and pink for everyday wear, leaning towards peach when spring comes around.

The Zoeva Coral Spectrum palette has two pans in particular which I’m drawn to, and the remaining shades are literally unchartered territory for me. However, you can blend the colours together and come up with your perfect personalised colour. Without mixing them, the lighter of the four would be too pale for my skin tone but generally, the Coral Spectrum palette would suit the majority, including warmer and ethnic skins.

Zoeva Coral Spectrum shade numbers…

  • CR010 – Bright coral with orange undertones.
  • CR020 – Nude-tinged pink.
  • CR030 – Mocha pink with a golden shimmer.
  • CR040 – Pale beige with warm undertones.


Zoeva Coral spectrum and Contour Spectrum palettes


Zoeva Contour Spectrum palette

Described as “a complete powder contour kit including two contour shades, a highlight and a setting powder”.

You’ll have everything you need to contour and define your face with the Contour Spectrum palette. Create your camera-ready complexion with the four finely milled, highly pigmented shades that blend seamlessly. As with the Coral Spectrum, two of the shades are right up my street but the other two I’m less drawn to. My go-to’s are the two darker pans and in particular, CN040 (the cooler-toned brown) is the perfect contour shade. Warmer tones personally don’t work so well for me when contouring, however depending on your skin tone, may be perfect for you.


Zoeva Coral spectrum swatches

Zoeva Contour Spectrum shade numbers…

  • CN010 – A yellow-toned setting powder.
  • CN020 – A warm brown contour shade.
  • CN030 – A pearlescent champagne highlight.
  • CN040 – A cool-toned brown contour shade.


Makeup palette picks Zoeva contour Spectrum palette

In terms of repurchase, given the fact that only two shades of each palette really appeal to me, I’m not sure I would.

Using a powder contour is new to me as I generally use a crayon product to do the job. I’ll see how I go but may stick to what I’m used to in future. Both palettes wear quite well and are priced at a respectable £15 so, between them, they’ve not broken the bank.

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  1. January 14, 2019 / 6:33 pm

    Such a great post! I’ve seen the Urban Decay Cherry palette everywhere, but it doesn’t jump out at me. I’m kind of glad it doesn’t to be honest as I really don’t need any more palettes haha! I thought it smelt like Cherries though, so it’s weird that it doesn’t xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • Samantha
      January 14, 2019 / 8:17 pm

      Oh, ok that’s interesting! Eyeshadow is such a personal choice isn’t it? I love neutrals but actually own several singles in aubergine and berry shades so this palette has a bit of everything I like. You’re right though. We must stop buying more palettes! Thanks Hannah x

  2. January 14, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    I’ve yet to try the UD Naked Cherry Palette but I always hear such good things! I’ve actually been contemplating picking up the Naked 2 or the Naked Reloaded (when it launches). I love how the UD formula doesn’t have as much kickback as others do!

    Also, I really love how you’ve searched those Zoeva blushes! ☺️

    • Samantha
      January 14, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      This one is the first I’ve tried from UD but I’d love some neutral tones too. The Naked 2 is definitely on the agenda. I’ll have to have a look at the Reloaded when it’s launched as well. Thanks lovely! x

  3. January 14, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    The Cherry palette looks like it has some fab shades for some the eye looks this year. I’m quite hooked on the Coral Zoeva palette, I have one of their bronze palettes. Great choices and lovely photography!
    H x

    • Samantha
      January 14, 2019 / 8:14 pm

      So glad you love the coral! I’m going to look at the bronzer. Does it come as a quartette too? I go through bronzer like nobodies business so I’m always up for recommendations. Thanks Heidi x

  4. January 14, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    Such a beautiful palette, but berries shades aren’t my fave and I feel like I have a lot of similar shades already. The powder blush palette from Zoeva looks super pretty though!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    • Samantha
      January 14, 2019 / 8:06 pm

      That’s the thing isn’t it!? With palettes we can end up with lots of similar shades along with some we won’t use. I tend to prefer berry shades so this one was a must. Thanks lovely. Have a great evening x

    • Samantha
      January 14, 2019 / 8:11 pm

      Ohh so pleased you found a way of loving it. Mixing the colours is something I do as some are a bit pink to wear on their own. I can look really terrible with too much pink overload! Thanks as always lovely x

  5. January 14, 2019 / 9:14 pm

    Great post, Samantha! I love what you said about where would we be without eyeshadow palettes! We’d definitely be wealthier haha! I’ve been eyeing the Urban Decay Cherry palette for a while now. Those shades are just too pretty!

    • Samantha
      January 14, 2019 / 10:38 pm

      So true though! These palettes are so hard to resist aren’t they! The shades are so pretty. Thanks lovely x

  6. January 14, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    The Name Cherry palette has been everywhere! Even though I haven’t been tempted by this one I must just say I do like the quality of the Urban Decay eye shadows! I’ve never tried Zoeva but hear they’re a very affordable brand and do some lovely eyeshadow palettes themselves! Great post lovely xx

      • Samantha
        January 14, 2019 / 11:09 pm

        Haha name actually works in that context! I agree that the quality is fab and I find the colour pay off is pretty good too. The Zoeva are much more affords like you say. I’ve got my eye on the Zoeva bronzer now! Hope you and the bump are keeping well! x

    • Samantha
      January 15, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you lovely. Yes, the shades are very pretty x

  7. January 15, 2019 / 9:47 am

    I’ve resisted buying the Naked Cherry palette……. so far! I’m lusting over it though! xx


    • Samantha
      January 15, 2019 / 5:10 pm

      Ah! It so hard resisting, isn’t it? In reality, we probably have very similar shades in other palettes and singles already but when a new one comes out it catches our eye! x

  8. January 15, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    The Naked Cherry palette looks gorgeous, wow so many pretty shades! I’m also loving the names, especially ‘Drunk Dial’ that is brilliant. I’ve never tried anything from Urban Decay but it does sound like a fantastic brand – high quality, great range of colours and 100% cruelty-free. I also love that you can mix the Zoeva shades together to make your own personalised blush colour. I don’t know much about makeup, so it’s great to read posts like this to know what is out there and what’s good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Samantha, gorgeous photos as always! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Samantha
      January 15, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      Oh, girl! You need to get on it! UD is a fab brand, especially with it being one of the bigger brands who’re actually cruelty-free, always an important factor! I have a few other UD bits but only the one palette so far. I’d really like another Naked palette though! I’ve found mixing the Zoeva pans together is working well for me to give me the peachy pink I love.
      Thank you for your lovely comment and words, as always. x

  9. Melissa Kacar
    January 15, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    I love this post! The Naked Cherry palette looks so pretty! I love wearing pink/red toned shadows like that and the packaging is so cute too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Samantha
      January 16, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      If you love pink/red tones it’s right up your street! I do too, so it’s a perfect choice. There’s a couple which a little too pink for me but I mix them and that works well. Thanks for reading x

  10. January 16, 2019 / 1:01 am

    The Naked Cherry packaging is so pretty. I love the colour range.d Young Love sounds positively magical. :]

    // Carmen

    • Samantha
      January 16, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      Hi Carmen, I agree with you, the packaging is gorgeous and feels luxurious! Thanks for stopping by x

    • Samantha
      January 16, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      What I love about the coral is that it’s actually quite pink toned so you get the best of both worlds! Thanks lovely x

  11. January 17, 2019 / 10:17 am

    I want that Naked Cherry palette! Not really into their palettes before but I want that one because I can really wear all their shades in it 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

    • Samantha
      January 17, 2019 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you lovely. You should go for it! If you think you could get use out of it, it’ll be worth the investment. Love to know how you get on if you do decide to. x

  12. January 18, 2019 / 10:59 am

    I don’t think you can go wrong with Urban Decay palettes either- I’ve been lusting over the cherry palette for a while so this might just be the push I need to make the investment haha! I’ve still never tried any makeup from Zoeva and have heard so many great things so I think one of those may have to make the list too!

    Soph – x

    • Samantha
      January 18, 2019 / 12:20 pm

      If you do decide to invest, let me know if you love it! The Zoeva palettes are the first I’ve tried from the brand but for the price, the colour pay off and quality is excellent. Definitely, one to keep in mind. Thanks lovely, have a wonderful weekend! x

  13. Lauren Brooker
    January 18, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    I love this in depth post! The Naked Cherry palette has some gorgeous shades. I wasn’t a massive fan of the quality of the Naked 3 palette I own so I’ve not bought one since except from the basics palettes. The Zoeva palettes are so lovely and something I’ve always wanted to try!x

    Lauren |

    • Samantha
      January 18, 2019 / 6:53 pm

      Ah, I can’t compare the Cherry as I t’s my first UD palette. I’m surprised to hear you were disappointed with the Naked 3. How annoying! The Zoeva are worth a try! Good quality for the price. X

  14. January 19, 2019 / 1:33 pm

    Cherry tones do bring out the green in one’s eyes beautifully. I’m always fascinated by colours, and I love reading about colour theories of all sorts, both when it comes to make up and clothes. I think that we can all find certain shades that look best on us and this applies to everything really. Naked Cherry palette has some gorgeous shades, it seems great. These Contour palettes you showed also seem wonderful. Have a fab weekend.

    • Samantha
      January 19, 2019 / 10:47 pm

      I agree. We do find certain colours which suit us in clothing and makeup, we then tend to stick with them. Thank you! Have a lovely evening x

  15. January 21, 2019 / 9:56 am

    The Naked Cherry palette is absolutely gorgeous! Love the swatches! I’ve always heard great reviews about the Zoeva palettes but I never bought them, I need to check them out! Loved this post x

    New Lune |

    • Samantha
      January 21, 2019 / 2:36 pm

      Thanks, lovely, it is a great palette. I found the Zoeva great quality for the price and well pigmented x

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