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4 Jun 2012

Sleek iDivine Ultra Matts v2 (Darks) Review

Seeing as how I purchased these some weeks ago, it's high time I got around to reviewing them!  This review is for the Dark palette...

Sleek iDivine Ultra Matts v2 (Darks)
I love Sleek makeup and I think their eyeshadows are generally great quality.  The brand was originally aimed at darker skinned ladies, as I believe, hence the uber-pigmentated super-saturated colours.  The eyeshadows are mineral-based.  Sleek is a UK brand with branches around the world and has been growing rapidly in the last number of years.

I have quite a few Sleek products, including seven of their eyeshadow palettes.  Mostly I love the palettes; what's not to love?  On the plus side

    + they are inexpensive (usually around €9 for 12 shades)
    + the colours are beautiful
    + they are reasonably long-lasting
    + they are very pigmented
    + work either dry or wet.

On the down-side

    - they're hard to source in Ireland (we don't have too many Superdrug stores in the Republic), so you're left purchasing directly from Sleek or from (a great Irish website that stocks a lot of hard-to-get brands, shipping is inexpensive and fast)
    - they're very soft shadows so you usually see quite a bit of fall-out when working with them (no big deal, just clean up afterwards)
    - you frequently need some nude/mid-tone matte colours to blend their eyeshadows into
    - quite a lot of the shades (to-date) have been quite frosted, so not ideal for everyone.

So, it was time for Sleek to produce some matte palettes, and I recommend the offerings; both this one, which is the darker of the two palettes, and this one, which has brighter shades).

As with all other Sleek eyeshadow palettes that I have, this features twelve shadows, all (in this instance) matte.  All are very pigmented.  All work well over primer or on their own.  All work well dry and wet.  I was a bit disappointed in the formula as I felt that all of these matte shades are a little "chalky" and a little more difficult to blend than (a) shades from other Sleek palettes (b) other eyeshadows I have.

"Difficult" but not impossible, however!  To get around any eyeshadows that are not easy to blend, there's a simple trick; make sure that you use a good quality nude base shadow on the lid, and a good quality mid-tone shadow into the crease.  This will give your "difficult" shadows something to blend into.  Given the price, the pigmentation, and the "lastability" of these shades, I definitely recommend.

Sleek Ultra Mattes v2 (Darks) - Swatches
The shades are, left-right:

Top row: Orbit, Ink, Highness, Noir, Dune, Pillow Talk
Bottom row: Thunder, Maple, Flesh, Paper Bag, Villan, Fern

Orbit is a dark green-blue teal
Ink is a dark indigo-blue
Highness is a medium purple
Noir is a charcoal-black; note that I found the "Noir" from the mattes palette to be less pigmented then the Noir from any of the other palettes I have (weird, but there ya go)
Dune barely registers above, but it looks a bit like a very creamy banana shade in real life
Pillow Talk is a flat white that had the tiniest hint of a baby pink to it (not showing in the image above)
Thunder is a medium grey shade
Maple is a red-pink cranberry shade
Flesh is hard to describe; in real life it looks like a kind of beige-peach
Paper Bag is a warm rich chocolate brown
Villan is a medium-dark purple
Fern is a medium-dark forest green

In theory, you have your base shades (Pillow Talk, Dune) and your mid-tone shade (Flesh), a black (Noir) (can also be used wet as a liner) and then a bunch of colours for your accents.  In reality, as I have found, you need to use a better base and mid-tone shade, to help blending.  Otherwise, this is a great palette and well worth the spend.

This review is part I of II - click here to see the review of the Sleek Ultra Matts Brights palette, and click here to see these palettes on the Sleek website.


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