Well, I said I needed to try some cheaper makeup … and here I am! Again, like Illamasqua, Sleek MakeUP isn’t a brand I feature often, as a lot of the collections don’t “speak” to me. This one, however, very much did. I don’t get the packaging much, it says “Autumn” rather than “Romance” to me, but the contents are delightful:
The eyeshadow shades are named after honeymoon destinations, l-r on the top row we have
Pretty in Paris – silver (metallic)
Meet in Madrid – gold (metallic)
Court in Cannes – taupe (shimmer)
Lust in LA – olive (shimmer)
Romance in Rome – blackened navy (shimmer)
Propose in Prague – terracotta (matte)
And on the bottom row (l-r) we have
A Vow in Venice – maroon (shimmer)
Marry in Monte Carlo – fucshia (metallic)
Honeymoon in Hollywood – purple (shimmer)
Bliss in Barcelona – blackened purple (shimmer)
Forever in Florence – matte purple (glitter)
Love in London – matte black (glitter)
I found the shadows to be deeply pigmented, even without primer, but the pans are a little prone to kicking up dust, and they’re slightly “glazed” after just a couple of uses, but for the price (£7.99) these are extremely minor quibbles.
I found the two darkest non-glitter shades were the hardest to swatch, both Romance in Rome (blackened navy, and Bliss in Barcelona (blackened purple) have a slight duochrome effect, but neither are as pigmented as any of the other shades, which is a shame, but this still leave ten really rich, pigmented and pretty colours to play with.
I created this look with the palette:
I used Court in Cannes all over the mobile lid up to the crease, and Lust in LA to line the lower rim. Then I defined the crease and outer corner with A Vow in Venice, and then patted a little Marry in Monte Carlo onto the lid to brighten. Then I liked the upper lid with Love in London. The look lasted all day over primer, and I was really pleased with it.
Antique is a bronzed-rose with a large amount of silvery-blue shimmer in the formula. It’s pretty, but a little too glittery for me for everyday wear. Be a great shade for evening wear though. I’m an idiot and forgot to swatch this separately. For £4.99 though, this is a great bargain, it’s very reminiscent of Sin by NARS. I’ll try and swatch them side-by-side next week.
The Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance palette and Antique blush will be available from September. You’ll be able to find it at Superdrug.
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