Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Precious Metals Highlighting Palette
Sleek Makeup Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

Precious Metals Highlighting Palette ($14.99)

This multitasking must-have creates a gorgeous all-over shimmer that instantly enhances the complexion with a fresh, radiant glow. This versatile face and body highlighting palette complements all skin tones and includes three luxurious velvet cream formulas and one powder. The iridescent, metallic finishes add a luminous polish to the skin.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is a limited edition set of twelve eyeshadows in shades of “deep tones of green, blue and gold.” The i-Divine Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “super-pigmented [and] long-lasting.” I think this is a worthwhile palette at this price point; there are a few misses, but there are enough hits to make it compelling. If you typically use primer, I think some of the misses will be more manageable. When Sleek nails it, they REALLY nail it, but when they miss, it’s usually by a fair amount, and I usually find their satin/matte shades to be a bit drier, which results in sheerer color payoff compared to their more shimmery shades that are usually amazing.

FYI, Sleek lists this as unavailable to ship to USA due to shipping regulations on their site, but it is also available for $9.99 (plus $2.50 shipping) via Amazon (I’ve only ordered Sleek via Amazon, and I’ve never had any issues–pretty quick to arrive, too!).

Scheherazade’s Tale is a light-medium, beige-brown with a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a texture that felt almost creamy, so it applied very smoothly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold Souk is a light-medium, sparkling yellow gold with warm undertones and a glittery, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture seemed to stick together, despite it being a more glittery shade. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours and had a smidgen of fall out (surprisingly little, though!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aladdin’s Lamp is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend out. I was able to get nine hours of wear before it showed signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sultan’s Garden is a dark, smoky green with soft green and gold sparkle/shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a sheerer, drier texture that just didn’t yield good color payoff. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hocus Pocus is a rich, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a frosted, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly intense, while the texture was buttery and smooth. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before it was showing slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simbad’s Seas is a bold, rich bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had amazing color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, buttery texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genie is a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with a high-shine, metallic finish. This shade was very soft and intensely pigmented, so it was easy to over-apply, which made the metallic finish appear almost chunky. It was easier to apply on the lid knowing that, compared to when I initially swatched it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Magic is a blackened navy blue with a satin finish and subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly dry and stiff to work with. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before there was fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stallion is a medium-dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was dry and stiffer in the pan, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as other shades in the palette. On me, the shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sorcerer is a blackened navy blue–just a darker version than Black Magic–that has a faint bit of purple-ish micro-shimmer and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was still blendable, but the powder was a little drier and thinner. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Valley of Diamonds is a rich, medium-dark wine with gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had really good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of creasing until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

1001 Nights is a rich, deep black with a pearly sheen. It had the creamiest texture of a powder I’ve ever experienced–it really felt like a cream eyeshadow. It was smooth and richly pigmented, and it lasted for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

I love colorful eyeshadows, and there have been some interesting palettes that have released over the years! If you’re in the market for something that’s not just neutrals, you may want to check out some of these. Too Faced Pretty Rebel and Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren both deserve honorable mentions; two of my favorites, but they are limited edition. I try to make these lists stand the test of time and avoid limited edition inclusions, but at this moment, both palettes are still available for purchase if they interest you. For now :)

  1. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry — a set of four, cool-toned shades
  2. bareMinerals The Elements — beige, orange, green, and blue for a particularly unique color combination
  3. Urban Decay Electric — for bold, bright near-neons
  4. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical — if you love purple, this one’s for you
  5. Sleek Sunset — bright golds, yellows, and coppers
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Acid Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek MakeUP Acid Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek MakeUP Acid Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) consists of twelve eyeshadows with a neon theme. This palette has been restricted for purchase through Sleek MakeUP directly due to the neon pigments used in some of the eyeshadows, as they are not FDA approved for use on the immediate eye area. Sleek MakeUP is a UK-based brand, and the palette and its shades are considered eye-safe in the EU and Canada. At present, I didn’t see any information indicating any of this or that it might not be deliverable to the U.S.; I was able to get all the way to payment info and didn’t see anything rejecting me, but it might happen on the final step.

With Urban Decay’s Electric Palette due out next week, I thought now would be a good time to review this palette from Sleek. There is slight overlap (Savage and Jilted), but there are some differences as well; I think if you’re looking for more of a genuinely neon and matte palette, the Acid palette is a better option, though I’m not keen on the quality of the palette. The quality of the Acid palette is more hit or miss with the more matte, neon-hued shades–they have a chalkier texture that prevents them from binding and yielding really good pigmentation. The more frosted, shimmery shades are really lovely to work with, as they have almost creamy textures and fantastic color payoff.

Acid #1 is a vibrant, fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and this shade is prone to staining but wears without fading or creasing for eight hours. Urban Decay Jilted (P) is very similar. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter. Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #26 (P, $20.00) is matte, more magenta. See comparison swatches.

Acid #2 is a neutral-to-warm white with a matte finish. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff to work with, which resulted in semi-sheer color payoff. It wore well for six and a half hours before it started to fade. As it is a basic shade, there are plenty of variations available — see comparison swatches.

Acid #3 is a bright pop of neon yellow–think highlighter yellow–that leans almost a little green-ish. It had a matte finish with semi-sheer color payoff. It pops a lot more if patted over a white base, but the chalky, powdery texture keeps it from being easily used on its own or over a regular primer. This shade stains somewhat, and it lasts about seven hours before there’s noticeable fading and light creasing. MAC Bright Yellow (P, $15.00) is warmer, more muted. Inglot #370 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Acid #4 is a brightened, tangerine orange with a matte finish. The texture was soft–just a smidgen powdery–and very blendable, while the pigmentation was good. This shade wore well for eight hours before showing slight signs of fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is a touch darker. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is very similar. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is more orange, less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Acid #5 is a vibrant, medium-dark cornflower blue with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is less frosted, so it appears darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #6 is a light-medium, sky blue with a glittery, frosted finish. The texture was chunky, so it didn’t apply smoothly, though it still managed to have fairly good pigmentation. It wore well for about eight hours, but I had noticeable fall out. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is more muted, less frosted. MAC Styledriven (P, $21.00) is lighter, less frosted. MAC Divine Blue (LE, $19.50) is more muted. Make Up For Ever #25 (P, $23.00) is a cream product, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Acid #7 is a medium-dark, magenta purple with a matte finish. The texture was really dry and stiff to work with, so it was difficult to get good color payoff and blending was challenging. It started to show signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is darker, purpler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Infamous (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is warmer, more muted. MAC Infra-violet (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Statement (LE) is darker. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #8 is a light-medium, yellow-toned green with a chartreuse sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture wasn’t as stiff as the previous shade, but it wasn’t as smooth or as easy to use as a really nice eyeshadow is. The color began fading at the eight-hour mark. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Browbone (LE, $2.29) is less warm-toned. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals Icon (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Acid #9 is a neon magenta with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was dry, chalky, and powdery, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer and uneven, which made this shade difficult to use. It will stain the skin, and it wears seven hours before I noticed some fading and creasing. Urban Decay Savage (P) is very similar. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is more muted, less magenta. Make Up For Ever #75 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #10 is a neon, light-medium green with a matte finish. Unfortunately, the texture was dry and chalky, which meant the pigmentation was semi-sheer and less blendable. The color managed to stay on for about seven hours, but it also stained. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, shimmery. Illamasqua Fledgling (P) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #11 is a medium, cool-toned silver-shimmered gray with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth but a little dry. It wore well for eight hours before lightly creasing. Another more basic shade with lots of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Acid #12 is a deep, dark black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was soft, though powdery, so it was more blendable and buildable in color. It wore well for almost nine hours before starting to fade along the edges. Like the white eyeshadow in the palette, it’s a basic shade, so you’ll find plenty of options available — see comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.45 oz.) includes three shades of cream blush, which means there’s no worries about powder shades getting into the cream blush shades. If you love corals, this is a palette designed for you; it features a pink-coral, peach-pink, and coral-orange, so it covers all of the bases.

Newport Peach is a light-medium, pink-coral with a luminous, dewy finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was creamy, blendable, and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is a powder. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, powder. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, powder. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is a powder. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Flaming Chic (LE, $25.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

The Surf is a light, peachy-pink with gold shimmer. It applies lighter than it looks in the pan, and the color coverage is semi-sheer–though it is somewhat buildable–so if you have a medium-dark or deeper skin tone, I suspect this will work primarily as highlighter. The shimmer isn’t too large and only slightly emphasized pores if I was really looking up-close. It wore well for seven hours before starting to become patchy. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $24.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OC is a medium, coral-orange with a satiny, slightly dewy, finish. This shade was more buildable on the skin, and the color coverage seemed more semi-opaque and truer-to-pan. It dried down to less of a luminous finish than Newport Peach. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is a powder, more orange, darker. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is a powder. MAC Something Special (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph (P, $28.00) is more orange, darker. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.68 oz.) includes three shades of blush. This particular palette has two powder blushes and one cream blush. Icing Sugar was unfortunately a huge miss in this palette–dry, powdery texture with little color payoff and was quick to fade, while Pink Mint was nicely pigmented with a lovely texture and better wear. The cream blush, Macaroon, in the middle was average in regards to wear but was easy to apply and had good color payoff. Because of just how powdery Icing Sugar is, it is very easy to get powder from it into the cream blush, so the palette can get a little messy.

Icing Sugar is a muted, medium pinky-plum with cool undertones and a silver sparkle over a satiny finish. I was quite disappointed by this blush, because the texture was dry, crumbly, and powdery, which resulted in really poor color payoff that was somewhat uneven. The powder just didn’t want to adhere or stick to the skin in any way–I packed and packed it on then blended furiously to get any color on my cheeks. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is brighter. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is less shimmery, brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted, less sparkly. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Macaroon is a cool-toned, medium pink with a creamy, luminous finish. It is a cream blush, and it had good color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy and easy to blend on the skin. The color lasted for just over seven hours on me. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is lighter, powder. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Pink Mint is a medium-dark, muted orange with a rusty, reddish tone and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me before showing signs of fading. (Really wish Icing Sugar had been half as lovely as this shade.) It just slightly emphasizes pores. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is browner, more muted. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less frosted. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $25.00) is darker, bolder. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

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