Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sleek i-Divine Palettes and Swatches

Finally I can resume back to the world of blogging, my exams have completely finished and although I don't think I can say I've done too well, it is still a huge weight off my back. I feel I'm a bit late on catching on the the hype of the Sleek 'i-Divine' mineral eye shadow palettes, I've loved Sleek since I discovered it but I've never actually purchased any of their palettes, seems crazy as they're so affordable though! I was browsing on Amazon last week and came across the Sleek palettes, and these two were on offer for £5.75, although it only works out as about £2.00 off I thought I'd go for them anyway, why not? Surely a girl can never have too many eye shadow palettes! I'd heard so many good things about these palettes, they're pretty much raved about all over the blogging sphere and YouTube so I was pretty pleased with my choice of investment.

Firstly, you all know I'm the biggest sucker EVER for packaging, and Sleek's packaging truly reflects their name - it is definitely Sleek. Sleek's packaging are my favourite from the drugstore, they remind me so much of MAC and NARS and they make their products look so much more expensive than what they actually are. Sometimes with drugstore packaging it can look cheap and tacky, but Sleek really have done well. If you can get past the fact they get dirty really easily (I've only had these since Friday), then these really are the perfect solution to your makeup collection. These palettes can be so easily stored, they remind me of little books actually as they can be stored literally like books on a shelf and its not hard to tell which palette is which either as they say the name on the back of them. The palettes themselves are so thin as well they are perfect for travelling, I'd say each palette is suited for different occasions - perfect for if you're going away to a wedding or on holiday.


The first of Sleek's palettes I chose was the 'Oh So Special' palette, I love the names they have given to both the palettes and the individual eye shadows as they really reflect the colours and finishes of the products. I've seen so many bloggers rocking the whole pink/coral eyeshadow trend and it seems bright colours are really in for this Summer due to Urban Decay's new 'Electric' palette sparking of creativity all over the place! The pinks in this palette are so buttery and creamy, they're so easy to work with - and the shades are all so blendable. I adore the shades in this palette as they compliment each other so well and like most of their palettes their is a range from light to dark and matte to shimmer.

Left to right: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate, Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped up, Noir.

See what I mean about the names? So pretty! As you can see the lighter matte shades are less pigmented than the others. I find this happens with most palettes I've used though even my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette has light matte shades which aren't very pigmented. You can see just from these swatches though that the shimmer and darker matte colours are very pigmented and buttery. The colours in this palette are absolutely gorgeous and for the price you really can't go wrong at all.

The second palette I got was Sleek's 'Au Naturel' palette, and again it reflects the earthy neutral colours in this palette. There are more matte shades in this palette than the other, particularly as this is more of a natural 'everyday' palette which seems to make sense as you aren't going to be rocking the disco ball look during the day time. I think of this palette as a day to night palette, as it has some gorgeous dark colours which are perfect for smokey eye looks in the evening time. 

Left to right: Nougat, Nubuck, Cappuccino, Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe, Conker, Moss, Bark, Mineral Earth, Regal, Noir.

Again you can tell the lighter matte shades are less pigmented and I would recommend using a colour correcting primer before applying these to get their true colour show. Also again the names reflect the idea of the palette being 'natural' and about the earth - I love eyeshadow's which are named because it makes the brand more appealing as they've clearly worked hard to achieve the best for their products. My favourite shade out of this palette would definitely have to be 'Moss', its a gorgeous olive green shade with slight gold undetones and a shimmer finish.

I would reccomend these palettes to anyone whether you're a beginner or professional, I find eye makeup difficult myself and these shadows are really easy to work with and of course fun to play around with! Each of Sleek's i-Divine Mineral Eyeshadow palettes retails for £7.99 on their website or in Superdrug and Boots, but of course you can find 100% authentic ones for a little cheaper on Amazon.

Have you tried these palettes? What are your opinions? What are your favourite
Sleek products? Happy shopping!