Sleek Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette – Review and Swatches

Sleek Oh So Special Palette

With me just now posting this review and my Naked Palette review still in the works (whoops did I let that slip?) you guys must feel the need to point out how behind I am on the palette bandwagon. My response? It’s rude to point XP

Generic Information:

For $12.60USD this palette can be yours!! That and the $13.50USD flat shipping if you’re outside of Europe. Sleek’s palettes are only available online to us Stateside people so I suggest either planning a haul to make it hurt less, or splitting the cost and ordering in a group.

Of course I didn’t pay anything for mine. No. The lovely Adrienne from The Sunday Girl sent me this as part of my giveaway win (I am slowly but surely powering through her gorgeous goodies!)

Sleek’s company creedo is all about inclusion. They aspire to provide makeup to “underrepresented” women. I love it~ They are a High Street brand, the equivalent of a drugstore brand here in the states. Most women stay away from shadows in this price range, as they tend to be chalky, unpigmented messes. NOT SO with Sleek!

Their Oh So Special palette is one of their many palette offerings, each priced about the same as this and each containing 12 shadows! That’s almost a buck a shadow! Not shabby Sleek, not shabby at all!


I have to touch on this! For a high-street/drugstore brand product, Sleek really did a great job with their packaging. It’s a good sturdy black plastic with a lovely imprint on the palette itself and a super-cute box. The mirror inside of the palette is huge and I love the way they’ve indicated the names of each shade.

Color Accuracy:

Sleek Official Oh So Special Palette Image

My Oh So Special Palette Photo

I don’t think Sleek’s official image does Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Pamper, Gateau or Noir justice. However, I also don’t think that my own photo does Boxed or Wrapped up justice. Still – I think they did the best they could, these are some rather difficult to photograph colors (at least on my point and shoot!)


Most of the shadows in this palette are really well pigmented. The only disappointments were Bow and Pamper (they were a little chalky and hard to swatch.) Noir looks kind of gicky in the swatch but it’s actually a pretty great black. It’s not particularly creamy or buttery but it really packs a powerful black-punch when applied. You can see how nice and dark it is in my EOTD below.

From Left To Right: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz and Celebrate

From Left To Right: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir


Application varies from color to color. The frosty shades are a sweep and go masterpiece. I find that I have to pat on the chalkier and more neutral shades, usually on top of a color-boosting primer. Both types of shadow require 2-3 layers before I’m fully satisfied with the look.  There’s a good mix of mattes and frosts here, so application is about what I’d expect from a higher-quality drugstore brand.


With a primer, these shadows max out at about 5-6 hours. With a primer they stay on and on and on, the longest I’ve had to wear one was 12 hours and it was a little faded but still perfectly presentable. There can e some minor creasing if you layer it on too thick…so don’t.


Some of you might recognize the inspiration behind this EOTD: it’s Sara Hassan. Specifically, I ripped off imitated the look she did when reviewing this exact same palette.

1. I started off by using NYX’s Eyeshadow Base in White.

2. I applied Pamper to my inner corner.

3. Ribbon was used all along my lid.

4. I used Glitz along my inner and middle crease, blending it really well and sweeping it down a touch to my outer eyelid.

5. Noir found its way to my outer crease for a bit of smokiness (yes, I used tape to make sure the line was clean.)

6. I used a thinnish sweep of black liquid liner for more definition. I regret not having used a thicker line like Sara did!


Value: 4/5

Packaging: 5/5

Color Accuracy: 7/10

Pigmentation: 9/10

Application: 7/10

Wear: 8/10

Overall: 80% (B-)

Points off for the shipping (though it’s not really their fault now is it?) the sketchy color accuracy and the necessary layering for application. Points way up for their great packaging, beautiful pigmentation and wear. It’s a solid choice for eyeshadow lovers everywhere!

Do you own any Sleek palettes? What’s your favorite?

<3 EA

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11 Responses to Sleek Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette – Review and Swatches

  1. Dinah says:

    I have this palette. I love it. I really like the look you created. =)
    Dinah recently posted..Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette

  2. Sara Hassan says:

    Yaay! I am so glad you got this palette. And girl you created a VERY pretty look! <3 it!! This is one of my favorite palettes by Sleek. Now I just can't wait to see your look with NAKED :D I can't describe how happy I am after reading this post. Love you girl! <3

  3. great song you’re listening to ;) your eye makeup looks gorgeous! It’s really precise and the colors are stunning! I have only two eyeshadows :P I really need to practice how to apply it!

  4. Lilit says:

    I actually just bought this palette and haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. The colours are so lovely and wearable. And love the look you created with it, looks gorgeous!
    Lilit recently posted..My secret weapon for hiding my grey hair

  5. Stacey says:

    I’m so glad you got your hands on this palette! It’s got a great mix of matte and shimmer eyeshadows so it is perfect for you. :) Love the EOTD, I didn’t think this palette could go dramatic but you and Sara make it work!
    Stacey recently posted..Dior Addict Lipstick: Diorkiss, Miss Dior, Tango & Fire

  6. Holy moly gorgeous swatches! And I love pink e/s on you, boo! Also, I thought you asked “Do you speak Spanish?” at the end LOL. I need to learn how to read, DERP.
    Red Lips, Black Hair recently posted..FOTD-NARS Exhibit A and Illamasqua Intense

  7. AMber says:

    Eden! I love this! I need this palette in my possession like, yesterday!
    The colors are so nice, I wish I could get my hands on the Acid palette though. Bright colors are my calling. <3

    I miss you!
    AMber recently posted..Queen Of Blending inspired look

  8. LOVE the look you created!
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  9. adrienne says:

    I’m so disappointed that your posts don’t show up on my dashboard :( Sleek is great isn’t it :) I love the look you created and really agree with your review my favourite shade for the palette is gateau its quite an original shade isn’t it :) x
    adrienne recently posted..Barry M Limited Edition Nail Effects – Lilac Foil

  10. Celina says:

    Ooh, this looks like a really nice palette! I already have one on it’s way to me from Sleek so I’m really excited now! :D
    Celina recently posted..Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Review, Swatches and Photos

  11. Sharlynn says:

    Oh gosh, I NEED this palette…even if I have two neutral palettes on the way! Thanks for swatching! :)
    Sharlynn recently posted..Review: Canmake Check & Cheek blush duo in 01 (swatches!)

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