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!
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!
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!