I am pretty new to Za Cosmetics, just had a few lipsticks some years ago as I received them as freebies with some eBay purchase.
Recently I scored a Dramatic Eye Color quad from eBay for around 10 bucks shipped as I was reading good reviews on other blogs and surely was curious to test this eyeshadow palette myself =D
To my knowledge Za is under Shiseido but is made in China. I am not sure if this brand is actually available in Japan but it seems to be widely available in Singapore and Hong Kong.
The overall design of the compact reminds me of Shiseido´s (discontinued?) brand ff as it´s a small transparent case with a silver mirror.
Each Dramatic Eye Color quad contains 4 colors from light to dark to define your eyes to make them look big, bright and well-defined.
The texture is silky albeit a bit powdery (which means it will dust a little when you pick up the shadows with the brush) and the level of pigment varies among the shades. The 2 darker ones show up well whereas the 2 lighter are very sheer (which is fine for me since they are mainly for highlighting!).
Staying power is ok though I found there was a little fading after a few hours of wear.
One thing I noticed is that for this specific eyeshadow palette you should use your own good brushes and an eyeshadow primer as I tried the sponge-tip applicator out of curiosity but it made an even application extremely difficult!
The Violet palette is really pretty, containing white, baby pink, lilac and a deep purple, all with shimmer.
These quads are affordable at about S$20, no idea of their retail price in other places.
Overall cute little palettes at affordable prices. To be very honest I´d rather pay a little more and get a palette from Kate, Majolica Majorca, Visée or Integrate. I think the Za quad is better than most Fasio palettes though!
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