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After playing around for a whole week I’m concluding our Sleek i-Divine Vintage Romance week with my review of the palette itself. By the way this is my first Sleek palette ever. I put off trying out this UK brand despite all the good reviews for the one simple reason that I already have enough eye shadow palettes to last me three lifetimes. But then a new cosmetics web store that was opening up in Croatia hosted a giveaway and I entered thinking, oh, why not, and I won :)).
The palette is available from sleekmakeup.com at the price of 9.99 $ + shipping.
The first thing that surprised me when I opened up my package was the size of the palette (just another confirmation how when it comes to size, photos on the web can be deceiving). I was convinced, I don’t know why come to think of it, that these palettes are bigger. Well, they’re not. They fit right onto the palm of your hand, which ultimately makes them very practical for travel or for just carrying around in your makeup bag for touch-ups during the day. The palette is made from sturdy black plastic and I love the simplicity of such packaging. It also includes a large, functional mirror.
The palette contains 12 eye shadows, 1.1 g each, which means you’re paying less than 1 € per shadow. In my opinion the shades this palette has to offer are perfect for creating romantic smokey eyes which are especially popular for fall and winter, and they have romantic names after big international cities. As far as the finish of the eye shadows is concerned you get 9 shimmer shades, 1 matte shade and 3 matte shades containing somewhat larger glitter particles (although they don’t really stick to the lids).
I won’t describe each shade for you (this time I’ll spare you my sometimes somewhat ridiculous attempts at describing colours :)), but rather give you my thoughts and impressions for each. So let’s take a look:
Pretty in Paris – beautiful silver with shimmer finish, a very pretty highlight for the inner corner and for the inner part of the lid;
Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes, Lust in LA – gold shimmery shades, the first is the lightest, pure gold, while the second and third are somewhat darker, Court in Cannes with more pronounced brown tones and Lust in LA with taupe tones; they all apply and blend beautifully; the lightest shades do look more intense over a primer which you’ll be able to see on the swatches;
Romance in Rome – cool grey-blue; for this eye shadow I would’ve liked it to be a bit more intense, but I guess that’s a matter of taste; it’s a soft shade which has more of a satin finish to it and has a beautiful sheen;
Propose in Prague – the only completely matte shade in the palette and I’m totally in love with this brick red; perfect for the crease for making blending of other colours easier;
A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo, Honeymoon in Hollywood – burgundy coloured shades, the stars of this palette in the very trendy colours of this fall/winter season. Honeymoon in Hollywood is matt with silver glitter, which however doesn’t stick to your lids so a bit more careful application is required. It’s also a bit more difficult to blend and it turns pretty intense red on the lids which you really wouldn’t say from just looking at it in the pan.
Bliss in Barcelona – purple satin shade with a texture similar to that of Romance in Rome, and just like that shade, a bit lacking in intensity as well.
Forever in Florence – this one and the last shade are also matte with glitter so take care to tap off any excess before application; beautiful deep reddish brown shade.
Love In London – dark grey which looked a bit greenish in the pan but (unfortunately) when you apply it to the lid there’s no green visible; excellent for deepening the outer corner of the lid in any combo.
The first swatches were made in daylight without an eye shadow base (how I always do them). The second swatches are done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. You can see that even though the pigmentation of these shadows is pretty impressive on its own, certain shades (especially the lighter ones and the two satin finish ones) profit quite a bit from using a primer underneath so I would definitely recommend it.
So what’s my conclusion? As far as the combination of colours and textures in this palette are concerned, I think you can put together some really beautiful burgundy, brick-red and purple combinations like the ones you could have seen in this week’s FOTD: Soultry in Split, FOTD:Pretty in Pula and FOTD:Kool in Karlovac. I think this palette would also appeal to those of you who usually wear only neutral shades because the colours are pretty soft and you can wear them by introducing just a pop of subtle dusky colour on the lids. What’s missing from this palette is a light matte shade for blending and highlighting the brow bone. And personally I would’ve been thrilled to see a dark green in there, but that’s just me :).
As far as quality goes, I was very happy with the soft-like-butter texture of these eye shadows and their excellent pigmentation. Most of them, with the exception of the couple already mentioned which are a bit problematic, blend beautifully and there’s no fallout. But do use a primer underneath, it will make the colours even more vibrant. Going back to the price of this palette which is just $9.99, all I can say is that value for money in this case is really terrific.
And since this is obviously my first, but not my last Sleek palette, give me your recommendations…which one should I get next?