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:
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:
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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