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!