Sleek Makeup (aka Sleek to many) came up with 2 more new limited edition i-Divine eyeshadow palettes this year. They seem to be doing it quite often don’t they? The first of these was available about a month ago in the limited edition Spring 2013 Aqua collection. The eyeshadow palette, which you can see on your right of the image above, is the Lagoon i-Divine palette.
The other palette that has just become available online only for a limited time this month, is the Showstoppers palette. You can see the palette on your left in the photo above, and what it is, is a collection of shadows from the various i-Divine eyeshadow palettes launched by Sleek Makeup. Ostensibly, its the best of the best – the best shadows from each of Sleek’s best palettes to date. I think that’s a nice little concept but… yes, there is a but.
I’ll run them down quickly for you with swatches so you have an idea of what to expect. That said, if you are familiar with Sleek Makeup i-Divine palettes, you should already know what to expect, right?
Lagoon i-Divine palette (Aqua Collection, Spring 2013)
This is the limited edition Lagoon palette from the Aqua Collection for Spring 2013. As befitting the season, the colours are bright but keeping to a fresh pastel tone, and drawing from the aqua theme, has a beachy vibe to it. I must confess when I saw this, that I thought it looked very familiar.
I looked back at the various colourful palettes I’ve featured so far – Glory, Aruba, Sparkle 2 – and realised that although it looks familiar, there was no one palette that was exactly the same. That said, I’m sure the people at Sleek would have done their homework else people would be rightfully pissed Still, it does remind me of some of their previous palettes if not the combination of colours, perhaps the colours themselves. Just something I can’t quite put my finger one.
Like most of the Sleek Makeup i-Divine palettes, the shimmer textures stand out remarkably. There are only 2 matte textures in this one, and to be fair, the quality wasn’t too bad.
I forgot to label and name them, so please bear with me as you do a bit of legwork. Descriptions are mine, names are theirs, and we’ll be running this down from left to right. All swatches correspond to the layout in the palette.
- Sassea – a turquoise/teal with golden shimmer. This is my favourite colour in the palette and sums up the whole palette perfectly. It channels the ocean or a blue lagoon with sunlight glinting off its surface. Very lovely.
- Deep Water – Matte deep violet. This turned out to be quite pigmented for a Sleek Makeup matte and didn’t have too much fall out. The strong red tones in this do not flatter my skin nor eyes so its not a colour I like.
- Reflection – A shimmer pale pink that makes a pretty highlight and brings out the colour when you layer it over the mattes.
- Emerald – A shimmer green that isn’t as deep an emerald as I’d like but it keeps to the Lagoon theme by channeling the deeper depths of the lagoon. A pretty colour
- Oyster – A high shimmer white that can pretty much only work for a highlight or for going out partying. Not for the faint hearted unless blended out very very well.
- Black Pearl – A pigmented black with a little shimmer. The colour is strong and easy to blend. Beware fall out though.
- Pink Jewel – a shimmer fuchsia that I personally find very hard to wear.
- Sand Dollar – a shimmering pink-beige shell shade that is very pretty worn on its own or as a highlight. One of the more easy to wear colours.
- Underworld – A light blue with a little shimmer, that if you aren’t careful can channel the 80’s so use sparingly.
- Sea Shell – I thought it would be a pretty shimmering camel but it somehow swatches on my skin bronze. A bit too warm to flatter me but it will be very flattering on warmer skintones.
- Night Sky – A matte lilac that is the night sky at twilight. For a matte, it is quite pigmented and smooth to apply.
- Ariel – a bright satin coral that I can’t bring myself to wear on eyes but which, if used with a VERY light hand, could work as a blush.
I haven’t been very wow-ed by many of the Sleek Makeup palettes but this one does have merit. There is usually a dud in there somewhere in the form of a matte, but the mattes in this palette perform quite well. I think its a fun little palette for someone starting to experiment with colour. For those who prefer something a bit more neutral, you may find this one too bright. Yet, if you don’t wear colours a lot and just want a palette for that occasional wear, this makes the cut. Quality is fairly good and the small pricetag adds to the allure.
Showstoppers i-Divine palette (Online exclusive)
The Showstoppers palette is an online exclusive so you won’t be able to find it in stores, only at the Sleek Makeup website. This one is a combination of the best picks from each of the best Sleek i-Divine palettes that have been released so far.
For those who found Lagoon too loud and brash, then the Showstoppers palette may sit better with you. It looks like Sleek picked out most of the more neutral colours from each of the featured palettes and put them together so you have a palette that is at once neutral yet with colour.
Again, you have to do a bit of legwork. Swatches correspond to the layout of the palette and descriptions are mine. Please view from left to right
- Paraguaya – The colour is Sandstone from the Paraguaya palette. I couldn’t get any colour to show but ideally, its a matte beige. Waste of time, if you ask me
- Sunset – Unnamed shade from the Sunset palette which is a shimmer burgandy in pan that applies on my skin a warm copper. Pretty on the right skintone, not so pretty on me.
- Me, Myself & Eye – We fall into a bit of confusion at this point. On the plastic insert, it says that this high shimmer white is from the Me, Myself & Eye palette but from other sources, this is supposed to be Innocence from the Bad Girl palette. Either way, its a high shimmer white that only has one function which is to highlight. Prone to fall out.
- Bad Girl – Another bit of confusion as this one is labelled Bad Girl in the insert but which is apparently the colour named Primal Green from the Me, Myself & Eye palette. The colour is a very pretty shimmer olive that you can easily wear on its own with black liner. My fave colour in this palette.
- Noir – Confusion again, as Noir is supposed to be the last colour which is a matte black. Unlike other matte blacks I’ve come across in Sleek i-Divine palettes, this is fairly pigmented with less fall out. Might they actually be improving?! As for the colour labelled Noir in this palette, it is a shimmery charcoal gray that is quite wearable.
- Ultra-Mattes V2 – Matte black. In fact, at this point, I’ve discovered that the names printed on the insert may have been jumbled up so I’m just going to tell you what they are based on what I see.
- Oh So Special – A matte grey that is horrible. No colour payoff at all. Waste of space
- Bohemian – A bright matte coral-pink that could work as a blush with a very light hand.
- Storm – A matte dark blue that was fairly pigmented.
- Sparkle – A shimmer beige-cream that can be worn on its own or to add shine to one of the deeper matte shades.
- Au Natural – A matte maroon shade I could never pull off.
- Graphite – A shimmer brown but the red tones in this one makes it hard for me or anyone with cooler skintones to pull off well.
I can’t say I’m impressed, nor that I’m unimpressed with these palettes. They are quite typical of the quality found in Sleek Makeup i-Divine palettes. When I do wear them, the colours do last and the vibrant colours are very vibrant. But as always, their strength lies in the shimmer colours. They did improve the matte shades in the Lagoon palette but the matte shades in the Showstopper palette were duds.
Which of the 2 palettes catch your eye? Have you tried any Sleek Makeup i-Divine palettes?
The funny thing is, if I were to just look at the palettes, I would actually pick Showstoppers because it looks more neutral and easier to wear. But after swatching them, I’d personally pick Lagoon. Granted, the colours are a bit bright and perhaps, harder to pull off, but the quality of the product is so much better colour for colour. Showstoppers pulled out 2 duds in the form of Parguaya and Oh So Special which really pulled down the ranking of this palette as far as I was concerned. The attractive price point however, is what Sleek has going for them so most people will be willing to overlook the duds.
Sleek Makeup Lagoon i-Divine and Showstoppers i-Divine Price: £7.99 Availability: SleekMakeup.com and at Superdrug stores. Showstoppers is only available online Limited Edition: Yes