Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of the occasion, I want to talk about something unabashedly pink: Early on, I was lucky enough to discover the magic of a versatile peachy-pink blush that could be used with pretty much any and all lipsticks. But now I’m in a mood to get into specifics, so I shopped away for a blush palette that would suit my growing collection of lipsticks. The one that fit the bill, in price and performance, is the Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette (PHP 1,084 ; USD 19.50) from Sephora.ph.
Quick Specs: 4 x 3.8 g / 4 x 0.13 oz ; made in Italy
There are some brands that cater to makeup artists, and you can easily spot them by the way they design their packaging: No frills, easy access, and oftentimes sleek-looking. Zoeva checks the boxes here with a highly portable cardboard case with magnetic closure. The palette doesn’t include an applicator or a mirror, but the trade-off is in the slim, sleek look. Only issue is the rubberized coating that starts to look beaten down in a short span of time. (Should we call this the Nars Syndrome?)
Inside are four shades of pink ranging from warm to cool. PK010 is peachy-pink packed with fine gold shimmer. It reminds me of Nars Orgasm. PK020 is a light matte pink that leans slightly towards coral. PK030 is a cool-toned light pink with a sprinkling of tiny white shimmer bits. The shimmer is barely noticeable, and the blush appears more matte with just the slightest hint of chalkiness. PK040 is the statement blush in the group. It is a matte medium bold pink with a hint of red, quite similar to Bobbi Brown Blush in Berry, with Berry being slightly redder. From experience, the shades pop beautifully against skin that’s NC-20 and lighter, but I do think that this palette is versatile on most skintones. It’s all about experimenting with color intensity, which Pink Spectrum blush set allows for.
Overall, the four blushes are impressively pigmented and fairly easy to work with, though a lighter hand and decent blending skills do come in handy when applying PK040. I notice that a lot of powder comes loose when handling PK010 and PK030, so only light dips of a powder brush are recommended. That’s enough to pick up an adequate amount of pigment. With the exception of the bolder PK040, all three shades are highly blendable.
I often use a combination of two colors to add more depth: PK010 to highlight PK020, and PK040 adds a pop of color to a base of PK030. Sometimes I’ll use another combination of two colors, then use PK010 as a highlighter.
Longevity is good, with me going home after 8-hour days to see that over 50% of the colors still remain on the skin. The fading is subtle and even, and it still looks like I have blush on.
Verdict: I am all for the curation of this particular Zoeva blush palette. The combination of three highly wearable shades and 1 bold one makes for a challenging yet non-intimidating set of colors for pink-lovers. This goes to show that their makeup is at par with their rave-worthy brushes. Spoiler Alert: I liked this so much that I went back and bought the Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette.
*I received this palette from Sephora Philippines via shopping credits that were free-of-charge. I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.*