Sleek Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette – Review and Swatches
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
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.
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.
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!
Color Accuracy: 7/10
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?