Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review: Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes Version 1 Brights Palette

I have been pretty consistently impressed by Sleek makeup. Although the products are rarely perfect, their quality pretty much always outstrips their inexpensive pricepoint. For color addicts, the Sleek Ultra Mattes Brights palette is the perfect example of their kickassery.


The palette contains twelve matte-as-hell shades that generally fall into the "bright" color range, with a couple of exceptions. In theory, this palette doesn't ship to the United States because it uses color additives that are not eye-approved in the US. Still, for what it's worth, I have never had problems with Sleek refusing to ship things I ordered. It's up to you, of course, to research and determine if you feel comfortable using non-FDA-approved color additives. It's also up to you, ethically, to decide how you feel about using a product that is maybe-a-little-not-100%-legal.


The colors are very soft and, as a rule, pigmented (with a few exceptions). However, it should be noted that, if you drop this, it will shatter. Some palettes can take a little bit of abuse; this cannot. (Hence a few of my shades being lumpy and not-so-pretty!) I wouldn't throw this in my carry-on, if I were you.


Like any bright, matte shade, you're not going to have a fuckload of luck with these guys unless you wear them over a white base. Still, they look pretty nice when swatches, even primer-and-base-free!

The colors are as follows:

As always, two swipes, no primer.
From left to right: Chill, Pout, Sugarlite, Dragonfly, Pucker, Bamm!
Chill is the color of the sky on a really awesome vacation.
Pout is a saturated hot pink.
Sugarlite is a cool-toned purple that is halfway in between a "medium" and a "pastel". It is one of the weaker colors in terms of pigmentation, but it still looks pretty good over a white base.
Dragonfly is a cool, forest-y medium green.
Pucker is another hot pink. It's a little bit redder than Pout, but it is unnecessarily similar.
Bamm! is a Big Bird yellow. It is very impressive in terms of saturation.

Two swipes, no primer.
From left to right: Cricket, Bolt, Strike, Floss, Crete, Pow!

Cricket is a yellow-leaning grassy green.
Bolt is the color of blue glass cleaner.
Strike is a Crayola-esque orange.
Floss is the worst shade in terms of pigmentation. It's still very soft, but it leans more sheer than its fellow shades. Plus, the pastel pink doesn't seem to fit in with the "brights" theme.
Crete is a light slate gray.
Pow! is a lovely white.

If this palette were perfect, I would have subbed out either Pout or Pucker for a shade that is not already included in the palette, I would have picked something else in place of Floss, and Sugarlite would have been pigmented as hell. And if I paid $30+ for this palette, those things might make me a little grumpy. At a $10 pricepoint, though, all you can do is shrug your shoulders. That'll do, pig. That'll do.

Here are a few looks I've done with the Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Palette:


The Sleek i-Divine palettes retail for $9.99 for 0.36oz of product, putting it a breezily cheap $27.75 per ounce. This makes it perfect for people who are just trying to incorporate color into their eyeshadow for the first time, because you didn't make a huge financial commitment if you decide, "JUST KIDDING. I HATE GREEN." It's great quality, though, so it is a good investment for color-fanatics of all levels of experience. PURPLE, RED, AND ORANGE FOR EVERYONE!

36 comments:

  1. By Corellon, I need your skills + those last two looks RIGHT NOW. Especially that second to last one. I'm not kidding. I actually squealed a bit with delight when I saw it...

    This palette looks like incredible value! I've been eyeballing Sleek stuff for a while now, and at some point I'm going to go in for the kill...you're not making it any easier! :-D

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    1. I'm glad you like that one, haha! It's one I actually struggled with a fair bit.

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  2. Holy hell, that second last look is incredible.

    And I'm curious, how do you get your eyeshadow to look so great? Primer and practice? You use brushes, right?

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    1. I second this question, it seems like you have a really good grasp of whatever technique it is you're using. These are all great looks, but I'm sold on the first one, it reminds me of parakeets and that's adorable X]

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    2. Definitely primer and practice... good brushes help a lot, too!

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  3. Wowee, I saw the review on the Sleek Acid Palette and was already sold then. Maybe one of my Brit friends can smuggle these in for me? Also, what are those last three lipcolors you've got on? They're absolutely stunning.

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    1. I want to say the third-to-last one is an OCC Stained Gloss in Rhythm Box...? Then Maybelline Color Elixir in Vision in Violet and NYX Antwerp.

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  4. I really want a BUNCH of Sleek makeup. I discovered, pleasantly, that shipping to Canada actually is really reasonable as well.

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    1. They have surprisingly excellent shipping prices!

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  5. The second last look is HOT! This palette looks amazing as well. :)

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

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    1. I'm actually totally surprised that that one is the crowd favorite!

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  6. I would buy this in a heartbeat (and pay good money for it, too) if it included a bright, matte red. Alas. I'll stick with Kid You Not (from Scaredy Cat Cosmetics) for now.

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    1. One of those pinks should totally have been a red. :)

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  7. Do these shades last any longer than those from the Acid palette?

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    1. I think it's just the green that really gives me problems with the acid palette... but yeah, these are all totally fine!

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  8. You make colourful eyeshadow look so amazing and natural! Beautiful

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  9. wow - your eye shadow application skills are amazing!!

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  10. Those looks amazing! I just purchased the Ultra Mattes V2 and Au Naturel palettes after seeing how reasonable their shipping is. Can't wait!

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    1. I'm definitely eyeing a few other Sleek palettes, as well!

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  11. Are the non-FDA-approved color additives anything to be worried about? Does the FDA think there's something potentially harmful about them?

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    1. I think they just hate happiness sometimes, we're not allowed Kinder Surprise (chocolate balls with adorable toys inside) over here, either.

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    2. The FDA's position, essentially, is that the evidence isn't in. They have pretty strict rules with regards to color additives (e.g. no tattoo ink has been FDA-approved... but I personally would have no safety qualms about getting a tattoo in a well-regarded tattoo parlor that is taking all necessary safety precautions).

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  12. Why is it I hear Beavis in my head chanting, "Breakin' the Law! Breakin' the Law!" when I order this?

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  13. These are pretty tempting, but I probably have enough eyeshadow to last me through to my eighties...

    I had a beauty bullshit request, pH balanced/reactive lipgloss. MAC came out with some, Physician's Formula have them and I've seen a lot of brands have products designed to adjust their colour because of your pH level somehow. Is there anything scientific to this at all and would it make any difference on one individual compared to another?

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    1. I have had this in mind for a Beauty Bullshit (specifically Stila's Custom Color Blushes) for ages. I will get on it!

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  14. Just in case anyone is curious, you can buy this palette from Amazon for, I believe, $12 with free prime 2-day shipping. I don't know if the FDA changed their minds or if they got around it somehow, or what, but I purchased it just a little over a month ago from Amazon with no issues. :) This is one of my favorite palettes! Love that next to last look you did with it.

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  15. WOW! When I first saw this palette, I wasn't too keen but now, seeing the looks you've created with this, I WANT IT! Great makeup skills! x

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  16. Love your blog!! Is this a comparable palette to UD electric?

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  17. wait, what I should say is should I buy this one for the few neon times instead of cashing out my inheritance for UD?

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  19. What I meant to say was that despite me spelling "palette" two different ways, this is (I think. So far at least) the most stunningly gorgeous use of the colours. I have eyeshadow-envy.

    (Also, I found your blog after Googling "does that smart foundation shit really work?"; now I no longer care about the foundation, but I'm digging the everlovin' blog to the Nth degree)

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