Zeee Ay. ZA. Truthfully, I haven’t used anything from this drugstore brand before. So, when these landed on my table, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try them out. I have with me Za Cheeks Groovy 01 Glowing Pink and Za Eyes Groovy 03 Icy Smoky. One performs better than the other, so if you’re interested to know more, read on after the jump to find out.
** I realised when looking at this photo NOW that I should have these palettes switch sides, but oh well, I’m sure you can figure out which palette is which.
Let me start this 2 part review with Eyes Groovy 03 Icy Smoky. It contains 4 colours – white, pale blue, teal and black. The colours swatch quite well on my hand and I was quite impressed at first sight because of the pigmentation. However, it’s a different story on my lids. I usually use my brushes to apply my eye shadows, and I find that patting on the colours works best. Blending makes them turn muddy and somehow, most of the pigmentation disappears along with very light blending too. So, I tried dabbing on more colour using my fingertips. This actually applies much better than brushes, but there goes any hopes of blending out harsh edges or putting on the black at my outer corners. Pray tell how to do that neatly using my not that delicate fingers… sigh 🙁 Then, after working so hard to get the colours to turn up, they disappear in about 2 hours.
Cheeks Groovy 01 Glowing Pink looks like NARS Orgasm at one glance, but when I compared the pans side by side, Glowing Pink is lighter, brighter and less shimmery. The powder is quite smooth, and my Lunasol blush brush picks up the powder quite easily. It goes on my cheeks softly and blends easily without turning muddy, which says so much more than the eye palette. Glowing Pink is buildable, and a few swipes of this blush on
the cheeks of my apples the apples of my cheeks give me a healthy pinky peach glow. Staying power isn’t that great either, because by the 4th hour, I couldn’t see any traces of blush anymore.
Let me now show you how these 2 Groovy-ness look swatched on my hand…
And here is how I wore both the Eyes and Cheeks Groovy…
On eyes: Teal on lids, black on outer corner, pale blue to highlight inner corner, white to highlight brow bone. No eye liner. Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara on curled lashes. Fill in brows.
On face: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua to even out the skin, before using Dior Nude Sculpt Powder over it. Za Cheeks Groovy Glowing Pink on cheeks.
On lips: Rouge Dior Nude in 459 Charnelle
In short, I’d say skip the eye palette if you have oily lids like me. Even eye primer doesn’t help. However, try the blush. True that staying power is very much lacking, but since the blush comes with a brush, you can always touch up wherever you are. I usually throw these brushes out and use my own, so it’s really up to you. Whatever rocks your boat 🙂 You can find Za at a Watsons near you.
Have you tried this? Are you as unimpressed about the eye palette as I am even though it costs less than RM30? Will you try the blush?
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