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REVIEW: ZA DRAMATIC EYE COLOUR (PART 1) - SWATCHES AND SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS (WARNING: PIC HEAVY)


Jan30

Hello hello!

You might know that ZA has very kindly sent me some of their latest offerings to try - I received 2 eyeshadows in VIOLET and BLUE from their new Dramatic Eye Colour range and 2 mascaras in ROSE and BLUE from their Wide Eyes Mascara range.  I've decided to split up the review into at least 2 parts instead of jamming one entry with 500 pictures and a 5000-word essay.  This entry will feature pictures of the eyeshadows, some swatches and some initial observations.  The subsequent parts of the review will feaure the mascara and hopefully, decent EOTDs =).  Here we go!

 

Products used in swatches:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • MAC Paintpot in DELFT (teal blue) and FRESCO ROSE (light pink)
  • ZA Dramatic Eye Colour in BLUE and VIOLET

*** I do apologise for the dry skin on my hands; I didn't notice till after all the pics were taken =/

 


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ZA DRAMATIC EYE COLOUR in BLUE - SWATCHES

 


Extreme Close Up of palette in BLUE - NO FLASH. 

The Extreme Close Up reveals that the eyeshadow is shimmery and sparkly

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NO FLASH

Top Row: BLUE with NO BASE

Middle Row: BLUE over thin layer of TFSI

Bottom Row: BLUE over DELFT paint pot

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WITH FLASH

Top Row: BLUE with NO BASE

Middle Row: BLUE over thin layer of TFSI

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WITH FLASH

Bottom Row: BLUE over DELFT paint pot

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ZA DRAMATIC EYE COLOUR in VIOLET - SWATCHES


Extreme Close Up of palette in VIOLET - NO FLASH. Again, the Extreme Close Up reveal that the eyeshadow is shimmery and sparkly

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NO FLASH

Top Row: VIOLET with NO BASE

Middle Row: VIOLET over thin layer of TFSI

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NO FLASH

Middle Row: VIOLET over thin layer of TFSI

Bottom Row: VIOLET over FRESCO ROSE paint pot

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WITH FLASH

Top Row: VIOLET with NO BASE

Middle Row: VIOLET over thin layer of TFSI

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WITH FLASH

Bottom Row: VIOLET over FRESCO ROSE paint pot

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INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 

When I eyeballed the eyeshadows, I thought they looked like they were hard and dry, like some drugstore eyeshadows are, where you have to rub and rub to get some colour off.  However, I was pleased to find that the ZA Dramatic Eye Colour eyeshadows are NOT hard and dry - they are pigmented enough for the colour to show up easily.  The swatches above are a minimum of 2 swipes each.



In fact, on the contrary, the eyeshadows are a little on the powdery side - the 2 pictures above show that the eyeshadow has 'crumbled' (for lack of a better word) where I've swiped the shadows.  One thing that I'm not crazy about palettes like these, where the colours are not separated by dividers, is that if you're in a hurry or a little careless, you can accidentally blend the colour strips into each other; I use my MAC Mineralised eyeshadow (the pinwheel design one from Colour Craft collection very gingerly).  If the eyeshadow is a little on the powdery side, this problem can be exacerbated. Perhaps using a brush will eliminate this problem since a brush can be narrower than a fingertip; alternatively, using the eyeshadow wet might help.  I have yet to try these eyeshadows wet though and I will likely experiment soon.  

From the swatches you can tell that using a base is definitely a better option; the colour pops when layered over TFSI and the paintpots. Besides, I use ALL my eyeshadows (MUFE, MAC, STILA, etc) over bases so it would be unfair not to use bases on the ZA ones.  Looking at the swatches, there doesn't appear to be too much of a difference whether the eyeshadows are layered over TFSI or the Paintpots; both enhance the colour of the eyeshadows.  However, the colour of the Paintpots interferes with the lightest shade (highlight shade)

Incidentally, the highlight shades appear to be just silvery-white - they are actually white-blue and white-pink but the duochrome edge to these are rather muted; I would have absolutely loved it if the duochrome tone was actually noticeable - it would really be a cool palette to have.  The remaining 3 shades in the palettes are as follows:

  • BLUE: baby blue, grey-toned blue and navy blue with cobalt micro-glitter

  • VIOLET: baby pink, bright lilac purple and dirty eggplant with light teal micro-glitter

  • All 4 shades are shot through with silver micro-glitter. 

I shall reserve any other comments for the next part of the review - swatches on the hands and application on the eye are completely different. 

Hope you enjoyed the swatches! Look out for the next parts of the review =)

DISCLAIMER: The products featured here were sent to me by the company for review purposes.  I did not pay for the products and I am neither affiliated to, nor is this a sponsored / paid advertisement by ZA or Shiseido.

 


posted by
1/30/10

I love the tone(greyish) of the blue palette.. but it look abit chalky! Like you say... it different when it was swatching on the back of the hand and on the eyelids (Both have different skin texture, lolx)


posted by
1/30/10

Chantana: Nope its not chalky; it may seem a little powdery but it blends nicely as you can see from the swatches - they are definitive strips of colour =) I regret a little not using them wet. Its ok, i will do that later =)


posted by
1/30/10

wow! great comprehensive review! can't wait for yr thoughts on the 2nd parter of the review.. :)


posted by
1/30/10

I really have no idea why are they called "Dramatic Eyes". I bought the Blue and Gold ones, and on lids they come off as rather neutral, due to the chalky texture.


posted by
1/30/10

Amyrleex: thanks! I hope the pics turn out clearly =)

AngMoGirl: Sorry to hear that. Did you try them with a base? I use all my eyeshadows with a base


posted by
1/30/10

wow very comprehensive review, but i'll wait for your part 2 before deciding ;p


posted by
1/30/10

Based on e swatches.. I do kinda like the colours... :)


posted by
1/30/10

Great comprehensive review, Kaslove! And yeah, same as Lin, i kinda like the colors too. ;)


posted by
2/01/10

All: Thanks! =)



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