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I absolutely love these pallets! One of the best eye shadow invention by far! I have always loved cosmetics by Superdrug but this really is one of there best! I hadn't really heard of the brand "sleek" before, but from these I can tell they are definitely one to trust!
What more could you want, 4 palettes (Occasionally more depending on the season) with every colour you could ask for. Original, storm, sunset and acid, hold every look you could ever need when doing your make up. The average price is around £4.99 which I think is very good considering you get so many colours to try out and individual eye shadows can be £2-£3 each.
The quality of these is also great, the colour stays on the lid for much longer ensuring a beautiful eye look all day and not having to reapply. The colours all blend and compliment each other well which is good seen as though you have dark to light shades in each set.
I would definitely recommend this product if you love using eye shadow. Also, this would make a great gift for someone who is interested in make up!
Words cannot express my love for these palettes.
Again, this brand is TOTALLY exclusive to superdrug stores. It's only available in larger 'city' stores, (Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London etcetc) but you can buy it online from Superdrug, or direct from Sleek. (Just google Sleek Cosmetics.)
Sleek is a make up range developed for black skins. As black skin tends to be oilier than caucasian or asian skin, these products have been specially developed. They contain faaar more pigment than you would find in any other eyeshadow. This means that they last longer, and give a deeper, more intense shade.
They are so easy and look amazing on any skintone, the brighter colours especially really make your eyes pop. They are a complete bargain too, they retail at around £4.99 each from Superdrug, I'm not sure of the direct price. For your MASSIVE investment you get 12 fabulous shades.
Currently, there are 4 colourways available.
This contains some amazing basic colours, all with a subtle shimmer. My favourites are the dark navy blue, and deep emerald green. Amazing on any complexion, and always good for a smoky eye.
This is all about the smoky eye, these shades are all variants of beautiful browns. The palette looks quite dull if I'm honest, but the colours are totally amazing, and look great every day.
These are hot hot hot! Not my shades, I'll admit, but I can see the beauty there. They are mainly reddish browns, but also contains an amazing bright blue, and yellow. Perhaps more for brown shadow lovers!
This is far and away my favourite. The clue is in the name, each shade is a NEON slice of pure magic. They look amazing blended together, I like them particularly for an 80s theme...
There are 'seasonal' palettes, they are no longer in store, but you might be lucky enough to find them online.
Jewels - Rich, shimmery jewel colours.
Graphite - Amazing range of blacks and greys.
Rainforest - Beautiful greens
Bohemian - Some amazing graphic shades, perfect for summer.
I would recommend these palettes to anyone!! These colours compliment any skintone. The colours are amazingly pigmented and all palettes have both shimmery and matte shades....that are easily blendable and highly pigmented. Twelve beautiful shades for £4.99 was such a bargain I bought all 5 palettes :D
Shadows come in a beautiful durable black case fitted with a built in application mirror, fits perfectly in any makeup bag!!! Palettes also come with a sleek makeup two sided brush.
The palette I have gotten the most use out of has been the 'Sunset' palette, as it mostly has brown and gold tones, which I tend to gravitate to. Although throughout all the palettes gold and brown seem to be the general theme. The colours throughout all palettes do seem to overlap, and you may find if you own more than one palette, that you end up with more than one of one particular colour.
Either way Sleek is a great established brand (mainly in the Hair Extension Industry) which has started a great makeup line that compliments any makeup collection!!!
After being pleasantly surprised by the Sleek Ink Pot Gel Liners (already reviewed), I was curious to try one of the Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes which I had heard so much about on the internet. Priced at under £5 in selected Superdrug stores (I say selected as a lot of people have trouble getting hold of Sleek products), I thought this was a complete bargain for 12 mineral based eye shadows.
The packaging is gorgeous and sleek - of course! A black matte finish plastic casing with Sleek written across the top. The packaging is very sturdy and the clasp at the front is very secure. I have no worries when I put it in my makeup bag that I will end up with eye shadow everywhere.
The mirror in the lid is huge and fills the whole lid. Perfect for those on the go and want a good selection of eye shadows and a good, large mirror to put them on in! A double ended sponge tip applicator is also included but I always end up binning these in favour of my brushes.
The palette doesn't look anything like the picture above. There are two rows of eye shadows each consisting of six shadows with the sponge tip applicator along the bottom.
Onto the shadows themselves. I have the Storm palette which includes a variety of colours. This is the most neutral out of the palettes I saw on this visit to Superdrug. There are mainly browns, beiges, pinks, a green and a blue shade. A matte black eye shadow is also included in the palette.
The colour comes out exactly as it is in the palette. I was so surprised at how pigmented these shadows were for such a cheap price!
You get a good amount of eyeshadow for the price, each eyeshadow is 1.1 grams. The Storm palette is perfect for creating a smoky eye, the matte black in the palette is the shadow I have used most (believe it or not!!). I use the Sleek palette almost every day and the black eyeshadow is the only one where I can see the metal pan beneath.
Most of the shadows in the palette are quite shimmery and have some glitter to them; there are only three matte shades in the Storm palette out of 12. I don't mind the shimmer at all so this didn't put me off at all. The Storm palette has to be my favourite out of the other two which are available - The Original and Chaos. Chaos has more bright colours rather than neutrals whereas The Original seems to be a mixture of the two others, with some bright colours and some more neutrals.
The Storm palette is perfect for creating a smoky eye, the matte black in the palette is the shadow I have used most (believe it or not!!).
The colour lasts for a good while alone but with an eye shadow base they last well on into the evening. The colours blend so well together making it look seamless. With the right knack and technique you could create something that looks like a professional had done it for you!
These eye shadows apply like velvet; there is no chalkiness to them and almost no fallout upon application.
The eye shadows are very easy to remove and no hard rubbing is needed to get them off. I just use a makeup wipe or eye makeup remover on a cotton pad.
If you can't tell already, I absolutely adore this palette and from the two Sleek products I have, these seem to be a very good brand. I have no doubt about buying other products from Sleek in the future.
Firstly let me say that DooYoo have got the wrong picture for this product - I nearly made a new product suggestion as I scanned the pictures before checking the product titles. Sleek I-Divine Palettes have 12 pans of eye-shadow in them, come in a matte black rectangular case (but wider than the pic as it's two pans deep), with the Sleek logo in shiny black on the top, resulting in a classy looking palette. It contains a large, good quality mirror in the lid once opened, and those typical plastic applicators that are pretty pants.
A little bit about Sleek the company
Sleek are not that widely available at the moment, stocked in Superdrug stores they only have a stand in the larger stores. I personally had to go to the one in Birmingham's Bullring while visiting my brother and his wife-to-be. This is very frustrating, on their website (http://sleekmakeup.com/wordpress/) they do list which stores carry the stock, they are going to be available in 132 more stores nationwide in October.
They don't yet have an online shop, although it's been promised for some time. You can buy Sleek from Afro-Caribbean beauty and hairdressing salons however, where it has been sold for almost 20 years now. No doubt there are also a few available on E bay as well.
I first heard of Sleek on beauty blogs, which have become something of a guilty pleasure of mine recently. They're raved about all over the place, and when I found how much a palette costs I was itching to get my hands on one. Ladies and gentlemen, you'll get change from a fiver with these eyeshadows!
I wanted the 'Storm' and 'Acid' palettes when I first walked into the Bullring's Superdrug store, however they had neither of those in stock, and I couldn't bare to walk out empty handed so I bought the 'Original' one instead. There are four different palettes to chose from, 'Storm' contains neutrals and darker shades for creating the ultimate smokey eyed look, 'Chaos' contains a mishmash of colours that are more muted than the 'Original' palette which has rich jewel like colours. 'Acid' is the newest palette and houses bright neon colours, not for the faint of heart. I've just discovered that they've bought out an even newer limited edition palette called 'Curious' that I haven't seen yet.
'Original' has 12 beautiful colours, a matte charcoal black shade, while the rest are all shimmery, some more shimmery than others, a vibrant purple colour, a teal blue, a bright blue, a greeny-blue, an earthy green on the top row, on the bottom row it has a shell colour, a cool pink and a warm pink, a coppery bronze, a gold-brown, and a gold-green shade. There are endless ways in which you could wear more than one of them together as they complement each other well.
Using the palette
They're very highly pigmented, a simple rub of a brush will apply the shadows beautifully, the texture is creamy and luscious to apply to the eye area. I can't describe just how wonderful they feel to wear, the rich pigmented colours are just stunning and look terrific. I'd be pleased spending £30 on this palette for eyeshadows of such quality, the fact that I paid much less leaves me excited with the bargain I got.
They don't crease, even when worn without an eye-shadow primer underneath, and they're long lasting - easily lasting me a good 16 hours after first putting them on.
I don't recommend using sponge applicators to apply any eye-shadow, and these are no different, they apply and blend much better with a brush (even the cheap ones I use). They're not difficult to blend, although I admit I do own easier to blend eyeshadows.
My final thoughts
I've worn almost all of them already in the month that I've had the palette for day wear, but I love bold colours even during the day, and I realise not everybody does so there's a selection of day and night looks possible with this palette. All of them are easily wearable and will suit all kinds of skintones.
I've raved on and on about this palette to all of my friends and several of them have fallen in love with it after swatching it themselves - they beauty is in just how highly pigmented they are and the rich colours. If you get the chance to pick one of these of up then I urge you to do so!
Hopefully they will be more readily available to buy soon with the extra Superdrug stores stocking them from October onwards, and I can't wait for the website to open the online store, although I don't expect that to be any time soon. That is the only complaint I have about this product - more women need to be introduced to it and that just isn't going to happen while it's so difficult to get hold of.
I've become a bit of a you tube addict over the past few months and all the beauty gurus have raved about sleek eyeshadow palettes. They say they are pigmented, long lasting and generally great quality for the price. I have hunted high and low for these and finally found them. Sleek itself raves that their makeup suits all skin tones.
So why the difficulty finding them?
Sleek is sold at selected Superdrugs. As i live in a fairly small town my little superdrug didn't have them and a few others i visited didn't have them either. Finally after a visit to the Trafford centre i got them at the superdrug in there. Sleek have their own website which is under construction and there is a 'shop' heading so they may be soon available to buy online there.
The palettes cost £4.87 and you get an amazing 12 eyeshadows in the palettes. I chose the 'original' palette, there were a couple of others (chaos and storm) but i found the colours in them to be less varied and a little dark. The original comes with a seelection of blues, purples, golds, and bronzes. You get a little, pretty useless applicator which is standard with most palettes like this.
What i think?
The eyeshadows are amazingly good quality. They go on smoothly and without any dragging of the eyelid. The colours are super vibrant and really do last. I apply all my shadows with urban decay primer potion first and i know that helps with the staying power, however i tried without and these were great too. Without the primer they did crease after a while but i think this is because the shadows are quite soft and almost creamy, whilst still being a powder shadow. The thing i need to mention is that these are ALL shimmers. I love anything sparkley and the brighter the better, however there is a limit sometimes. I don't usually wear too much shimmer to work, so for me these are a little OTT for day wear. They do look amazing at night though. The shimmer is picked up by lights and really sparkles. The selection of colours was great, something for practically every look i wanted to do. I wear contacts and have fairly sensitive eyes but this didn't at all irritate me. In fact i am really impressed. I swatched the colours on my hands whilst having a coffee at Trafford and loved them so much i went back and got a palette for my sister. Testimony enough!
I buy lots and lots of eyeshadows. Any formulation is fair game cos I'm game! I always have the one rule with this though and that is to only buy only brands I've heard of and trust and not only because I have very sensitive eyes and therefore am looking for stuff to slap on my eyes that won't kill me but also I want eyeshadows with durability that can last on my face as long as I need them to. The last thing I want to do is apply stuff to my eyes, get all pleased with the results I've achieved and an hour or so later humidity has killed my eyeshadow and left me with to slats of colour! Course I know about this it has happened!
So when I saw this Sleek range in Superdrug yes I was very compelled to look at the funky stand and was intrigued by the funky looking products on display. This to me appears to be a youngish range with a nice selection of colours that appealed to my fun side. At 34 I'm very careful not to try get that 'I'm Mutton dressed as lamb kind of look'. I believe women over 25 years old need to start being careful not to apply to much glitter or wear to many garish colours on the face. I believe less is more and believe if you are going to go for something a bit funky looking try to keep it to a minimum and don't go overboard! It shows age and like you've got some kind of cover up going on!
So I did decide with them principles in mind that I would try a couple of these eyeshadow palettes out. I liked the colours and in total there are 4 different colour combinations available to purchase and like I say I was torn between two sets so nabbed them both! Now before I continue on I have no idea why Dooyoo have put that photograph on this review. It isn't the one that I requested and that style I actually haven't seen and the one's shown only contain 6 eyeshadows where as mine contain 12 in a set so I assume you can purchase the 6 style palettes if you desire but as I say mine have 12 in (each lol).
All 4 of the 12 colour combination palettes are of course the same in appearance. Black matt plastic of which is recyclable (there is a symbol displayed on the bottom). Oblong in shape with a small 'lip' to the front to open (which is tough, so it secure!). On the front integrated into the design the word sleek adorns it. On the bottom of the casing I'm told it is Divine, Mineral Base Eyeshadow Palette. I'm then told whatever the name of my chosen palette is (in my case I own The Original and Storm). I'm then given a list of ingredients (which isn't very big), size is stated (12x 1.1g) and contact details for Sleek cosmetics are given.
Open the palette up and it's hinged at the back. The top part is a full mirror (proper one) and the bottom layer has 12 small round circles of colour. Under that there is a black plastic double sponged applicator that sits in there and is provided with every set. It's neat and tidy packaging. Well thought out I do love the mirror it really is great but the sponge applicator...erm....no. It is weak and cheap.
The problem here is that the colours are highly pigmented with colour and they stain the applicators as you can imagine so along you come with lighter shades on the applicator and the problem is you get a darker, grubbier look on your eyes because the applicator holds old used colours within it. So I tried to rub the sponges with some tissue and they come out the plastic holder part and I couldn't get them back in for love nor money. So they lasted a few times I used them and now I have one sponge on one applicator in each palette lol It's not a major issue as we all tend to use our own applicators anyway but it's just with as I say the colours being so strong that it would be nice to have some applicators in there that are easier to look after and keep for just working with these colours but never-mind.
I was blow away by the colours which was the main reason of course I bought them. It all depends on what palette you buy of course so I'm not going to go on and try to describe each colour to you in depth. I could be here for a week after all but no matter what palette you go for all have a good selection rather than I'll buy these for pinks or blues you simply seem to get a mix of everything. In the two palettes I have I have a selection of darker and lighter colours in equal amounts. Both of my palettes have at least two greens in them, both have a very dark grey of some kind and then one has a turquoise the other a purple sort of thing so each palette has something different on offer.
All colours when you first see them look thick, and they are. The first time you see them they appear to look like a thick but pressed powder and then as you use them they lose that powdery look I think and they become, well to look damp and a bit stodgy really. Again they are and they do make a right mess out of the palette when your using them so you do need to wipe after use really but it's easy enough to keep clean so I'm not moaning about this.
To apply them is easy enough but not like many other powder eyeshadows that I use or ever have. Rather than gently brushing colour on, these you have to sort of dab on and for this I feel some kind of sponge applicator is best even though I'm not a fan of them lol. Once you know to do this your fine but first few times I used them I thought I needed a little bit of powder on a supplied applicator sponge. Well that doesn't happen. No matter how hard you try you get rather alot of product on whether it be on the sponge provided or a brush or anything you choose to use.
It may go on the applicator of your choice heavy but that means that it doesn't flake or go bitty everywhere and then as I say you dab the colour on and it's too thick (in my view) to spread about so you have to work in achieving evenness.
The colour is highly, highly coloured and appears on your eyes as it does in it's little holder in the palette so what you see is what you get type of thing. Most colours are very shimmery (but none I know of contain glitter particles) and although thick in application the colours don't appear too thick on the the eyes. Due to the shimmer you do need to be careful that you have covered the eyes completely as you think you have because imperfections once this is all applied are quite hard to rectify. Once done though my eyes look amazing! I use eyeliner and mascara for a stand out effect and people have commented on my eyes since going out wearing these!
Once on you can forget about them being there. I wouldn't advise rubbing your eyes cos you gonna go panda like but if you accidentally touch your eyes type of thing your not going to do much damage but bear in mind because the colours are quite heavy and shimmery you do need to be a bit careful.
Once on my eyes I get about 8 hours of perfect, none fading colour even in the hottest clubs etc after this though I do find I lose it and I end up with two small lines of colour in the creases of my eyes but I'm sure if you wanted it to last longer you could try brushing on some pressed powder when out etc and although you'd dampen the colour down a little it would give you longer wear time I think.
Ok they are not dead easy to apply at first but application soon becomes second nature. Modern looking, all of the palettes have great mix and match combination colours but in my view you do need to mix and match the colours rather than say using one of the colours from a palette and then thinking I want to use say some Urban Decay or something and that's simply because of the thinner textured powders not really matching up with these. These for me are essential for evening use and even more so for Christmas time ladies. I love the colours and the wide eyed look I can get!
To remove is simple. Just use your usual make up removing technique as that's all it takes. When removed no after effects are felt and job done! Great make-up, great professional looking results (if you take your time!) and in my opinion so affordable for a palette of great shades of which you really are spoilt for choice with.
Recommended? Certainly I couldn't live without them now, they really have uplifted my make up routine! I've only seen these in Superdrug but they must be available in other places as this brand is not exclusive to Superdrug.
Do look out for offers on these as well. I can't remember the exact price but I think it was about £4.49 per palette.