Sleek – i-Divine Palette in Storm
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Sleek is one of my favourite make-up brands at the moment (you may have recently read my review of Blush By 3 in Pink Lemonade). I love Sleek’s smooth, streamlined black packaging and the range of both neutral and bright colours they offer, plus the prices are affordable without the feeling that this is a budget beauty brand.
I was lucky enough to receive this i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Storm for Christmas and I have been playing with it ever since.
I love that i-Divine Palette shadows are in 2 rows, the top row is mainly pale neutrals and the bottom row is choc full of the smoky stormy shades that give this palette its Storm name. The palette includes a small double ended sponge applicator which I don’t find very good for applying the colours, the sponge ends are far too hard. The individual shadows have not been named, so in this post I will describe them using their row and the number from the left (e.g. ‘Bottom 4’ is the dark blue shade on the bottom row, fourth from the left).
I have found that the shimmery shadows are all really nice, they are creamy and easy to apply with very little powder drop off. However, the matt shadows (Top 3 and Bottom 5) are a bit chalky and I find it difficult to build up a lot of colour on the skin using these. The other shades all have some shimmer to them though, and are lovely to apply with a gorgeous buttery texture.
Two of my favourite shades are Top 2 – a pale shimmery highlighting shade – and Bottom 2 – a dark grey perfect for adding shadow to the lashline.
The darkest colour, Bottom 6, is very dark and a bit gritty/powdery and you need to be very careful with this one, only applying a tiny amount and then blending it really well.
I found the green Bottom 3 shade a bit disappointing, it looks like a lovely dark olive green in the palette but applied to the skin it turns a bit murky and loses its green-ness.
The first eye look that I created using the Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Storm is a gentle smokey eye look suitable for every day (image above). I started off by applying the palest shimmery shade Top 2 all over the eyelid and right up to the brow. I then followed this by applying the dark grey Bottom 2 all over the eyelid and into the socket crease. I added a smudge of black eyeliner to the outer corner of my upper lash line (you can’t really see it on this image) and finished off the look with a light touch of black mascara.
The second look that I created is one of my new favourites (image above). It starts off with the golden shimmery Top 4 applied all over the eyelid and right up to the brow, then using a good stiff brush I applied the rose pink Top 5 into the socket crease and blended it really well. Again I used my favourite grey Bottom 2 applying it to the outer corner of my eyelid using a fine eyeshadow brush. I then finished off the look with a smudge of black eyeliner on the outer portions of both my upper and lower lashlines and black mascara.
I found with both of the looks that I created there was very little creasing of the shadows at the end of the day, and the colour was still looking good. All of the colours are very pigmented (apart from the 2 matt ones I mentioned earlier) and you only need to apply a very small amount particularly with the darker shades.
Overall I’m really pleased with this palette and I am looking forward to creating some more brighter eye looks with it. The ingredients do contain 2 different types of paraben though, and I would like to see Sleek replace these with alternative ingredients.
Sleek have 17 different i-Divine eyeshadow palettes available, I’ve got my eye on the bright tweedy shades of Original and the muted sky colours of Garden of Eden.
What do you think of the 2 looks that I have created using this palette? Have you tried any other Sleek make-up products?
i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Storm is priced at just £7.99 and is available from Sleek Makeup.
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