“ Brand: Sleek / Makeup Type: Eyeshadows „
I have recently fallen in love with this brand and the storm palette was received as a Christmas Present from my cousin. Here are my thoughts.
All of the makeup by sleek comes in black plastic and with outer boxes that display the type of colours. These do make them feel really special and that's why they work so well as gifts. There is one issue though: finger prints are obvious and won't budge. I was recently using foundation with my fingers and grabbed this set for the mirror this is now pretty much ruined. I just wish this was easy to wipe clean! Having said that the packaging is durable and the mirror is a really good size for a fairly small palette.
There is a small cotton applicator, which although I personally would never use it, it appears to be great quality.
This is mostly a shimmer palette and this is where it really excels. The colours are beautiful with a great sparkle and very little fall out. A primer really needs to be used to get the full effect and this definitely lasts a full work day. The mattes are a little grainy - I tend to stay away from these. I have slightly hooded eyes and shimmer always works better with my eye shape.
I have one problem with the shadows and that is the amount that you seem to get - the pans are only half full! I do not use these shadows everyday, however if I did these would very soon be gone.
The range of colours including browns, blues, greens and gold - alongside what isn't too far from a red is very good for a 12 pan palette. I have certainly been able to create a number of different looks and this could be used for both day and night.
This comes in at just £7.99 and can be bought online at the Sleek website and at selected Boots and Superdrug stores.
I do have a few issues with this palette however I feel for somebody starting out this palette might really work for them. The colour pay off is good - but please change the packaging and make it cleanable.
I've owned my Storm Sleek Palette for around a year now. I own a lot of eye shadows and eye shadow palettes, but I've used this quite regularly over the last few weeks, so thought I'd review it.
==About the product==
Storm is one of several eye shadow palettes made by cosmetics company Sleek. The Sleek brand was created with darker skin tones in mind and so their products tend to be highly pigmented. The high pigmentation is a fact that was picked up on by beauty bloggers, whose rave reviews inspired me to purchase this product. The palette contains twelve colours and all of the eye shadows are mineral based.
The palette is all black in colour and has a matte finish, aside from the Sleek logo which is glossy. It's quite slim line, opens easily and clicks back shut firmly. Inside there is a full sized mirror in the lid, as well as a double ended applicator with a long handle.
There are twelve colours in the palette, they are actually quite an odd mix, with some being quite samey, such as the three gold colours and others being totally different, such as the one and only green colour. Some of them are matte whilst others have quite an intense shimmer. I will give a quick run down of the colours...
*Mid Gold - The first shade is a medium gold shade, I am actually wearing this one today. This shadow has shimmer but is not too OTT on the sparkles once applied and I feel it is perfectly suitable for daytime wear.
*Light Gold - This is a lighter version of the first shade. This one also contains a shimmer, but again this shimmer is fairly subtle and again I think this is a good neutral shade for daytime wear.
*Beige - This is the colour from the palette I use the most. A simple matte beige, it goes on very pigmented and is great for a neutral, no fuss, daytime look.
*Dark Gold - Yet another gold shade this is the darkest of the three. It is also the most shimmery of the gold colours and is most suited to nights out.
*Pink - This is a medium pink shade and whilst I do quite like it, I think the shimmer is too intense. It sometimes looks almost metallic on the eyelids, which means it looks a bit too much to wear during the day.
*Plum - I'd have to say this is exactly the same as the pink in that I love the shade, but the shimmer is just too much. I don't like the highly metallic finish, so this is not a colour I use often.
*Dark Brown Shimmer - As it sounds, a dark brown shade with a shimmer to it. I occasionally apply a wash of this to my eyelids, but I prefer my brown colours to be more subtle in general, so again a colour that is rarely used.
*Mid Blue - I have blue-grey eyes and I don't 'do' blue eye shadow, so this colour has not been used, but I would describe it as a shimmery silver blue.
*Dark Green - Green eye shadow is not something I would usually wear, but I have tried this out. I have to say, although it goes on well and is quite pigmented with a hint of shimmer, I really didn't like the colour on me, so I've not used it since.
*Dark Blue - This is a navy blue colour with a shimmer to it. I actually quite like the idea of navy blue eyes, but again this is not a colour I've ever used, the blue shadow on blue eyes just makes me think of my mother in the eighties with her blue shadow and perm!
*Dark Brown - This is a dark matte brown and I sometimes use this alongside the beige on the top row, as it's a good shade to add to the crease of the eye.
*Black - This would be a good colour to achieve a smoky eye effect. I've used it a couple of times, but I'm not great at doing a smoky eye to be honest, so again it's not had a lot of use.
==Application and Results==
I tend to apply the eye shadow with my own brush rather than the applicator supplied. I did actually try the applicator this morning and it's actually not bad. I think the fact that the handle is long helps with control and the sponge is quite soft and not at all scratchy as these things tend to be.
The brush picks up the eye shadow quite well, but as they are mineral based I would recommend being quite gentle as if you press too hard there is a risk that the shadow will crumble. I usually use a primer underneath my eye shadow, but have applied these without too. They go on really well and even without a primer, the every colour looks strong and pigmented. As most of them go on with a strong colour to begin with, there is no need to build up the colour with multiple layers.
Probably the best thing about these shadows (other than the strong colours) is that they really last well. Even without primer I find that they will last pretty much all day, they don't slide off and don't crease either. I must admit, I do sometimes just put the primer on anyway as 'insurance', but I'd say that this is one product that doesn't really require it.
==Price and Availability==
The Sleek Storm Palette is available from Superdrug for £6.49, slightly higher than the £5.99 I paid for it last year. If you want to buy online I'd recommend going to Superdrug's website first as they don't charge postage and other retailers, such as Amazon are charging slightly more for the product.
This is a really good set of eye shadows and would make a great little gift for someone. The colours are all vibrant and although personally I don't wear the blues and the green shade, I don't think the colours are too out there or OTT. The shadows are great quality, last well and look great on, so I would definitely recommend this palette as it's something I use regularly and it's a good price too.
I purchased this particular palette over Christmas as an impulse buy, simply because Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on and I wasn't sure what to buy. I'm pretty familiar with the usual make up brands: Rimmel, Maybelline etc, but I was drawn to this particular brand as I was not familiar with it.
The Sleek range can be purchased either online or in Superdrug, and it has some really good quality, cheap makeup. I was particularly drawn to this palette as I mainly wear brown, neutral shades which are the main colours in this palette. The price of the palette is £6.49 which is a fab price anyway, but with the 3 for 2 offer it was even better! There are a couple of different Sleek palettes, but this particular one is called the Storm pallette.
The packaging of the palette is black, and the casing itself is very chic and classic, a surprising factor considering the price. I have purchased make up which is over three times the price of the Sleek palette, and it honestly is not as nice as this casing. It is also very hardwearing, which I can vouch for after dropping it a couple of times over the months!
The palette contains 12 eyeshadows, which are all really lovely. I have worn them both individually, or used them together in different combinations. To give a quick run through of the colours:
Black - a really strong pigmented matte black which I've used with a slanted eyeshadow brush as an eyeliner or as a crease colour to add shadow.
Brown - there a couple of of different shades of brown, some matte some glittery. The dark matte brown is a particular favourite of mine which I tend to use as a crease colour. There is also a lovely shimmery brown colour which I use all over the eyelid. Finally, there is a light brown which is only a couple of shades darker than my eyelid colour. This is a matte colour, and I always think that it looks very sophisticated when I wear it.
Cream and Gold - there are three shimmery colours which always look pretty and sparkly on nights out, but they may be a little too much for daytime use.
Pink - there is a light pink and dark pink/cranberry colour which always look so pretty and summery. I always think the pink shade looks especially pretty during the day.
I sometimes find that cheaper eyeshadows sometimes don't last very long, or I seem to find that lots of it has fallen down when I look in the mirror after a few hours. Despite the price, I have definately not found this with the Sleek palette. The shadows last all day, and they are not at all chalky. I also find that the colours are very pigmented, so I only need to use a small amount.
If you are a fan of brighter colour then this may not be the palette for you, although after having a quick look I found a couple of different Sleek palettes with brighter, neon shades. However, if you like neutral shades then I would definately advise you to have a look. Over the past six months, I have cast aside a lot of my other eyeshadows and have mainly used this palette, and because there are 12 complementary colours there are lots of different combinations. As a final point, it is fab for getting ready in friends' houses and holidays as you only need the one palette. The only disadvantage is the sponge applicator which I never really use to apply the shadows, however for £6.49 I definately would not expect anything else. I have literally had to scrape the barrel to find a disadvantage as I love it so much!
Sleek makeup was originally developed for darker skin tones in their foundation and concealers, but since us pale toned ladies wanted some of the action as well Sleek expanded their range and now have a range for all skin tones.
Sleek are mostly famous for their i-divine eye shadow palettes, with a range of six pallets to choose from there is something for everyone, whether you want a more natural look or full on glamour Sleek is right up your street and with other cosmetics to choose from at good prices you can see why Sleek are a good choice.
Sleek i-Divine Storm palette is one of those all rolled into one. With a choice of twelve colours it is easy to see why.
Sleek say this eye shadow palette is mineral based, with twelve rich earthy shades for a neutral look or a more glamour look to accentuate your eye area.
Sleek sell this palette and others on their website for £6.49 at sleekmakeup.com , it is also sold exclusively at superdrug.com for the same price.
The packaging I find sleek (funny enough) the thin palette is rectangle shape, the covering is matte black with Sleek Makeup written at the top in shiny black, simple yet effective. Back of the packaging tells you what the name of the palette is and Sleeks website in white writing.
The clasp to get inside the palette is easy, simply pull both sides apart and it opens easily and closes securely with a click.
Inside the palette you are greeted with twelve circler eye shadows on the bottom of the palette and you also have a big mirror that takes up the top half of the palette at the top, which is impressive for a palette. All eye shadows are pressed and have lines going up and down them for that engraved effect. You also have a section that holds your included applicator, which has a sponge on either end; I have binned this as I don't like using sponge applicators for eye shadow.
These eye shadows are perfect if you like to create a multitude of looks including natural day look or play it up with a glamour smokey eye in one easy palette.
The top row of colours you will find are more neutral toned going left to right you will find:
Light warm gold with shimmer, pale almost champagne shimmer (I find this lovely as a highlighter), medium matte brown, light cool gold, pink shimmer and a lovely cranberry shade.
The bottom row of colours consist of:
Deep copper bronze/red, deep blue sea blue, dark forest green, deep navy blue, dark matte brown and a matte black.
You can create a load of different looks with this palette; the lighter colours can be used for the inner corner to brighten your eye area, use them on the whole of your lid and to create a crease. The darker shades can be used all over the lid for a full on smokey look, as an eyeliner and to use on the outer corner to help give your eyes depth and definition.
Although these eye shadows are cheaply priced I find the quality not to be the same. All colours glide on the lid smoothly and have great colour pay off. As the eye shadows are soft you may experience a little fall out that drop down onto your cheeks. All shadows feel light on the lid and feel like velvet to the touch, all blending beautifully with a lovely full coverage.
I find when using a good eye shadow primer you will not encounter any creasing throughout the day and my eye shadow has still been looking perfect after eight hours of wear. Even though a lot of them are shimmery you will find you don't have shimmering cheeks as the day goes on.
All colours can be built up for full on glamour or a natural wash of colour.
Washing off at the end of the night is easy and comes off with nearly one swipe of eye makeup remover.
They have never irritated my eyes nor have I ever felt like they we're scratchy like some cheaper eye shadows can.
I have had this palette for over six months and haven't made a dent in them yet so I can see these lasting a very long time.
Absolute supper buy from Sleek.
I bought my first Sleek Palette after seeing it advertised in Superdrug's free magazine. I had seen the small write-up and was curious to see for myself as I had recently begun to spend more time on my make-up.
On first impressions in the store I was really impressed! The colours were lovely and when I lightly pressed my finger into one of the shadows I was impressed at how ell the colour transferred, as often with cheaper make-up the colour looks fantastic in the pot but never goes on quite as bright or strong.
As soon as I used it for the first time I love it! The colours go on as they look on the palette. The colours also blended easily when applied! I liked that all the shades on the palette worked well with each other and that a variety of looks could be achieved with just this one palette! As to buy 12 seperate eyeshadow colours it could cost £30 plus for even the reasonable prices brands, therefre I foudn the price very good. It was £6 when I purchased it but prices have since risen but I still think the price is very reasonable for what you are getting.
Another point which I found really helpful for this product is that I watch a lot of make-up tutorials on YouTube and my favourite channel, Pixiwoo, use Sleek Palettes a lot in their videos. I found this very encouraging about the product as they have their pick of all the more expensive brands. It was also good to see new ways of using the palette.
I have found for this palette it can be used for eye shadow as well as for shading in brows! (Another feature which makes this product great it that it has a good sized mirror in the lid of the palette. Normally I struggle to use small compact mirrors as it's hard to check your whole face or oth eyes (to check make-up is even on mboth sides), but as this mirror is the same size of the palette you can check both eyes when you apply or reapply the make - up.
It also comes with a handy like eyeshadow brush, but I prefer to use my own brushes as I find the eyeshadow sponges quite hard to blend with.
It's also very slim line which means it fits nicely into handbags should you take it on a night out for topping up throughout the night!
Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone! As it is inexpensive and great quality.
**There is slightly more info on this palette and some images to accompany this review on my blog which has been set up especially for reviews. http://dizzywithwonders.blogspot.com **
I got my sleek palette today and I have to admit i'm over the moon with the colours.
The palette arrives in a cardboard pack and when you open it up you have a very professional looking black palette with sleek embosed on the top, on opening the palette you get 12 highly pigmented eyeshadws and a huge mirror, it also has a sponge double ended applicator. These applicators are rubbish but I used it just to see what the colours looked like and was very surprised at how well they picked the colours up.
The colours are gorgeous and instanly pop when you apply them to eyelids, my only concern was if you are a mature lady (or man) they are quite shimmery and stick in creases but with a good primer this can be over come.
The eyeshadows are quite soft which I found made it easier to work with and move around the eyelid, these colours as I say are very pigmented and with a good primer I can only imagine how fantastic these eyeshadows will look.
Price wise these are very cheap (3.50-5.00) but are sometimes hard to come by, I understand Superdrug sell them but I've never seen them in any shops, they are on the website, ebay and amazon also some alot of afro carribean shops sell them I understand.
I would recommend these in a heart beat to anyone!
As a woman of colour, I often find it very difficult to find makeup that really suits my skin colour. Although many makeup brands often CLAIM to have developed products especially for women of colour, more often than not the colours fail terribly. Sleek however has worked so well for me so far. I am a particularly happy with their range of concealers which truly match my skin colour.
I therefore felt sure that their range of eyeshadows would work just as well for me. I was wrong. I really prefer my makeup to look natural, you know I want to fool everyone into thinking I have incredibly perfect and flawless skin. I simply refuse to be one of those women who walk down the street with their faces looking 2 shades darker (or lighter) than the rest of my body and the same goes for my eyeshadow. I want it to make my eyes sparkle and look beautiful, and I'm happy enough to experiment with a smokey eye, but cannot leave the house looking like the dinner ladies who served me lunch when I was 7, with their bright purple and turquoise eyeshadow that went all the way up to their eyebrows. I therefore chose the palette that had the most neutral and natural shades and came up with the storm palette.
Although the colours look natural in the palette once applied onto the skin they glittered and sparkled so much that I looked like I had taken a jar of my little sister's glitter and thrown it all over my face. Now, I'm no complete novice when it comes to applying make up but somehow, the glitter always went all over my face!!! Now if you have or are thinking about purchasing this palette I challenge you to try this... Apply some eye shadow onto your eyes as you would to go out (use the testers in the store if you don't own it), then go outside into full natural sunlight and take out a mirror and look at your face you will sparkle more than a 10 carat diamond!
Now the palette is incredibly well presented. The box is cute, a nice size. with a good choice of 12 complementary colours. There is a beautiful peachy pink colour on the top right corner of the palette that is to die for, but unfortunately I just don't like the way it looks on my skin.
At about £4.88 from superdrug for 12 colours the it's really great value for money. So even though the colours don't really work for me I'm not too disappointed and still really believe in the sleek brand! Perhaps the other eyeshadow collections will work better on my skin... they have so many.
Overall I would have to say that if, like me, you prefer natural makeup, then this product really isn't for you. However, if you're a little more daring and crazy with your makeup then go for it, when you're paying under a fiver for 12 colours, there's really not much of a risk! Just don't forget the sunlight test!!!