Friday, July 31, 2009
Review: the "crave and rave" of Sleek i-Divine Acid Palette
Hello lovely followers,
as the constant readers of this blog know already, the lovely Leon from Sleek MakeUP became aware of my search for the limited edition Acid 570 i-Divine palette, and decided to send it to me as a way of wish me luck with my blog. What a lovely gesture!
My anticipation started to grow in big proportion, and when I came back home for the holidays yesterday, and found the package on my desk, I felt like a child on a Christmas day.
I imagined in my mind these palettes were bigger, but I'm actually quite happy with the real dimension. You can fit the palette in your purse - even in the smallest one - to bring it with you for touch-ups. Isn't that great?
Now, on to the real review. The first thing I have to say about this, is that the colors are vibrant and groundbreaking. The twelve eyeshadows in the palette range from matt to shimmery, and from dramatic to...neon colors!
Scared already?! Aaah, it is definitely not something for the faint-hearted, but with those pretty neon colors, you can DARE, DARE, DARE. If you are still skeptical about them, and need to get used to the "acid" in the palette, Sleek has a white highlighter that allows you to tone them down, or a matt black that enables you to blend them (or you can use it as an eyeliner).
I have tried the neon pink and the neon orange today, but I haven't taken pictures of my look, because it was just an experiment.
The other colors are: an uber-cute shimmery fuchsia, a lovely matt purple which is "warmer" the the usual purple you find in stores, a shimmery green that I fell in love with immediately, and three ultra-shimmery colors such as a silvery grey, and two blue shades. Here are my swatches. First one with flash, second one without flash:
I didn't put much of eyeshadow on my finger for the swatches, because I wanted to test the real intensity of the colors, and I was extremely surprised! How lovely are these colors?
As far as the color pay-off is concerned, I am impressed: the colors you see in the pots are exactly what they look on your eyes! These eyeshadows are really velvety to the touch, which allows you to blend them effortlessly. For some reason, I have found the acid pink to be the one that "writes the most" amongst the neon shades. The shimmery colors are surprising: so pigmented, so visible, so easy to blend.
I still have to test how much these colors last, but I am pretty sure the shimmery colors will last long.
In conclusion, Sleek is one of those brands that you crave, and then rave about when you get your hands on it! The colors are vibrant, groundbreaking, pigmented, velvet to the touch, fun to play with. The staff is amazingly kind (I mean, who else would see your blog and offer to send a palette to wish you good luck with it?! They're awesome!), the prices are totally affordable, which allows you to buy a nice amount of stuff (and possibly become addicted to it, because you know you can buy more, and more, and more...)...what more can I say? I LOVE IT!
The only downside is that they only sell in the UK at the moment, but their site will soon have an online store section, and they will ship worldwide!!! I am kind of afraid of it, just because I know there will be lots of us beauty bloggers whose addiction will develop strongly and fast, but I will definitely be their client.
I encourage beauty addicts worldwide to visit the Sleek MakeUP website to check out for all the products, and keep track of the online stores updates.
In the next days, I am going to get creative with the palette, and do different looks using every color, just to "tickle your fancy"...