Sleek Ultra Mattes Brights Palette: Review & Swatches

Hi guys and girls. Today I have a review for you, this one was kindly requested by the lovely Hannah!
I am a huge fan of the Sleek palettes and have pretty much all of them excluding some of the older rarer ones. I really like the quality of eyeshadows for the price and the actual feel and design of the palettes are really...well sleek looking! I use the Sleek palettes really frequently for my make up looks and they always do a fantastic job, I'm always left happy with their quality and formula. 





  I'm not going to dwell on the packaging too much, I really like the sleek black outer case and its pretty sturdy and travel proof. They look nice in my drawers and have a big mirror. I think we all know and love the Sleek packaging :)







Onto the swatches!


Shell - had a tendency to be a bit on the sheerer, chalkier side. It wasn't very buildable and a little too easy to blend so the colour disappeared very easily.
Pout - Very bold vibrant pink. Pretty decently pigmented especially for a pink, which tend to be a bit of a hit or miss in the eyeshadow world.
Sugarlite - I really wanted this to be bold and pigmented and crazy but it just lacked. It was patchy and had a sheerness to it where it just wouldn't build up. A little disappointed in this one :(
Dragonfly - This bold green has great pigmentation and blendability. Easy to build up and just generally a nice formulation.


Pucker - A little bit too similar to Pout for me, although this is the better performing pink. Its really vibrant and pigmented which you don't often get in pink eyeshadows like I said. Very nice indeed.
Bamm! - I really didn't think this would be very good. Decent yellow eyeshadows are really hard to come by, but Sleek surprised me! Its really nice, buildable and blendable, with not a hint of chalkiness or sheerness. Well done Sleek!
Cricket - Another green. Greens aren't my favourite colour of eyeshadow but I still quite like this one. It has nice pigmentation although I prefer the buttery formula of Dragonfly. I think this one has a "sheerness" to it, but would make a nice blending out colour.
Bolt - I really like this blue shade. Its pretty intense and has great colour payoff and formula. Its easy to blend and build up. Really nice!


Strike - This orange, just look at it! Its crazy, I'm really impressed! Its pretty opaque and easy to get this brilliant colour payoff. Amazing!
Floss - I'm a bit confused by this salmony pink colour as I don't consider it particularly "bright" like the palette suggests.  Its nice to throw in an easy to use shade, but anyone buying the palette is probably looking for brights so... I'm a bit confused why this is in here! Its pretty sheer and "tame" but nice all the same. I can see that maybe by this point, Sleek had covered all the colours, but I would have liked to have seen another purple perhaps. Just something brighter!
Crete - This is a pretty sheer grey shade. I really want a nice pigmented grey so I was pretty disappointed. Its hard to build up and goes on patchy.
Pow! - Some might be disappointed by the inclusion of this matte creamy white, but I'm quite happy as I like colours like this. They are great for "blending" and especially with brights like this, it does come in handy! Not crazy pigmented, but very usable and makes the palette versatile. 

 The palette itself is pretty nice. The eyeshadows are decently pigmented and there is a nice range of bright colours to make this palette very true to its name. I do think the eyeshadows require a sticky base to reach full potential but for the most part, the pigmentation is there as is the formula. Sleek did pretty well in creating a matte palette, as most mattes especially from drugstore brands fall short. In fact I would go as far to say these are the best mattes you can get on the high street and for £7.99 its not bad! 
Only a couple of shades disappointed me. I do have to say, having had this palette a few months, I do barely reach for it. I don't know why, but I find it hard to create a complete look from it. Its something I'm gonna work on for sure, as every palette I review I like to do a look or two from it. But its not my most used palette and probably not something I will reach for until I've played with it more. I am going to make it my mission this week to try and create something from it but until then, I would honestly go to Lime Crime or Sugarpill if you are looking for bright eyeshadows. Their formulations are flawless, but Sleek did a really nice job if you find these brands too expensive or inaccessible! 

The Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 palette can be purchased at any Superdrug that stocks Sleek or the Sleek website here for £7.99

Also anyone miss the waffle print Sleek used to have on their eyeshadows?! I do!



Comments

  1. Wow, I saw previous posts on this palette complaining about the pigmentation and included "crappy" photos. I'm quite surprised at the difference between their photos and yours. Now, it seems like they didn't even try! I love reading your shadow reviews. I always end up wanting to buy them! This is next on my list of Sleek products.

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    1. Aww thanks Ash :) I did use a primer under these swatches, I always do because I think thats the way i'd use the eyeshadow on the eye. Without a primer they didn't fare quite as well but still pretty good! :)

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  2. Haha great minds and all that - I wrote a similar post about this palette last night :')
    Your swatches are intense though, did you use a primer under them?

    Pout really disappointed me it took so many swatches to build it up to get any colour showing. :( I wasn't impressed. The rest of the palette I loved though. I got this from a blog sale for I think £3 so I am super impressed.

    Juyey xx

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    1. Haha great minds indeed! I did use a primer :) I always use a primer in my swatch photos just because I'd use a primer with them on the eyes so :) Pout was a tricky one without primer but with I really liked it! :) £3 is a bargain though! You definitely got a great deal! :)

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    2. That's a good point, I think I'll have to start doing that as these swatches look soooo much more vivid than mine do, which makes them prettier to look at haha.
      I definitely did, I was made up when I saw Shona from FreshBeautyxox was selling it, had to snap it up quick xD

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  3. Thank you SO much Marvelle!! Been swayed to pick this up on my next trip to the city. That orange really sold me!!
    Thank you so much my sweet, really appreciate you popping this up for me!! :D
    <3
    x

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    1. Maybe you can pick it up when we meet up ;)

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  4. Wow, so incredibly vibrant and pigmented! Sleek are great at creating such bold, unique, yet wearable shades. Thanks for the swatches! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  5. Good matt eyeshadows are very hard to find and a palette filled with good pigmented matt ones is a dream! Sleek surprises me always, one day I'll buy one palette!!! :)
    xoxo

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    1. You should treat yourself :) They are a steal!

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  6. Oh my gosh what a scarily amazing palette.. the colours are just wow! I can't wait to see the looks you create with this bad boy! xx

    Gemma ♥ | MissMakeupMagpie

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  7. I wish Sleek was available in the states! The colors look really intense! xx Rena

    Kiss and Make Up

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    1. I think they do ship internationally :) Not all products because some of the ingredients are not allowed in the US or something but a lot of products can be shipped :)

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  8. I for one have no problem with "primer swatches". I have so many shadows that I love that are much nicer over primer than without, and since I always wear it it's that performance that is important to me. I really prefer non-patterned shadows though, although they look pretty I find they interfere with even application onto my brush in use.

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    1. I really miss the waffle print on sleek eyeshadows, I thought it was quirky and never found any interference with my brush, I think because sleek eyeshadows are so incredibly soft :)

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  9. Wow, those colours are pretty incredible!

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