Beauty on a Budget | Review & Swatches – Sleek Makeup

Hey Gorgeous Peeps!

Buying high end luxury makeup and cosmetics isn’t always affordable, in fact it generally isn’t. The only way most of us normal girls can really afford to get the “good stuff” and keep on trend 24/7 is by:

1. Marrying a very rich husband
2. Winning the lottery
3. Being blessed with loaded parents who give us everything our hearts desire
4. Having a trust fund (which would go hand in hand with point 3)
5. Good old fashioned hard work and making it to the top of the corporate ladder earning big $$

Now this list of options is obviously not life paths most of us would consider or have bestowed upon us. Well maybe the last point is feasible though. Yes let’s all strive to be women of power.

Banter aside, if you haven’t already heard of it, Sleek Makeup is an affordable (very inexpensive) UK cosmetics brand which ships to NZ at virtually next to nothing postage! This was still true as of a few months back when I last ordered from them so I have assumed the shipping is still the same.

This impresses me, because when shopping online, it’s usually quite hard to find stores and sites which will ship internationally for free or at reasonable prices. You generally have to spend some exorbitant amounts of moolah to even qualify for the free shipping. But at Sleek, you can shop to your hearts content knowing your shipping is not going to rip you off blind.

Gushing about postage all done now. Let’s get on to the really good stuff.

The quality of this brand is really good. The eyeshadows especially have great colour payoff and are really easy to blend out. So if you are a beauty on a budget and would like to start your own makeup kit this is probably a brand you want to try out. They also have a really great selection of foundation and blush shades which suit all if not most skin tones, and yes darker skinned gals can actually get contour colours which actually contour. The packaging is also really great quality and very (as the name suggests), sleek. It really has a very high end and luxury look and feel to it, so for the price, you are getting really great products.

I was naturally attracted to the great iDivine palettes and shades – they are just so vibrant and pretty. I have also invested in their Kajal eyeliners, foundation, blushes, concealer…pretty much most of the products they sell on their online store.

This particular review though is specifically so you get an idea of the colours for the palettes I happen to own and you can decide for yourself. Personally being darker skin toned means I was really happy with the fact that the shadows really popped.

I have featured my three iDivine palettes and my favourite blush from Sleek in this blog post.

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The blush is in the shade Rose Gold and looks really lovely on my skin. It gives the perfect amount of rosy colour payoff and the shade just compliments and highlights my cheekbones. The texture and the quality is very good too. I do believe that I’ve seen a few bloggers/vloggers mention this shade so it does seem to be a favourite. This costs around $9.65 NZD.

The iDivine palettes retail for about $15.95 NZD.

This is the sleek iDivine palette in Ultra Matte V2. The colours are obviously all matte shades and really pigmented. It’s silky and easy to blend as well. You can use this palette to create some pretty intense and bold looks for the evening or even go for a natural look using the paper bag, flesh, dune and maple colours. You really can be inventive and creative with this palette. The matte shades also mean you can create really wearable looks for everyday as well.

Ultra Matte V2

Ultra Matte V2

Ultra Matte V2 Palette Swatches

Ultra Matte V2 Palette Swatches

This is the Ultra Matte V1 palette which has more vibrant and spring inspired colours, and again as the name suggests, all the colour are matte. This is probably a palette I’m going to be using quite a lot this season. As with the previous Ultra Matte V2 palette the shadows are very easy to blend and really great quality. The only thing with this palette is the very last colour is a little bit chalky. (I apologise for the image quality, but it’s the one under the yellow shade). Β You can tell from the swatches as well that the shades are pretty true to what they look like in the palette itself.

Ultra Matte V1

Ultra Matte V1

Ultra Matte V1 Swatches

Ultra Matte V1 Swatches

This is the acid palette which I think was quite popular because of its intense and vibrant shades when it first came out. I like some of the colours in this palette but not all. You can tell from the swatches that the white and yellow are a little bit chalky looking and the neon shades like the green and pink on the bottom row do not have as much colour payoff as you would expect (given how much they pop out in this palette). My favourite shades in this palette are the dark pink, dark blue and light blue in the top row and the silver and charcoal/black shades on the bottom row. The first green on the second row also looks like it would be a great colour for some spring looks as well. This palette is a little bit different from the previous two – in that it has a checkered embellishment on the shadows in the palette and it didn’t come with a plastic sheet with the shade names on it. The quality is still really good bar the ones I’ve pointed out as chalky so I’m still happy with this purchase.

Sleek iDivine Palette in Acid

Sleek iDivine Palette in Acid

Sleek iDivine Palette Swatches in Acid

Sleek iDivine Palette Swatches in Acid

Overall, I really do love the iDivine palettes and I think it’s a really great way to get some great quality makeup and add to your eyeshadow collection at affordable prices. I do have other sleek makeup products and will add some reviews on the other products soon as well.

If you would like to take a look and purchase some sleek products yourself you can check out the website atΒ http://www.sleekmakeup.com/

If you have favourite sleek makeup products, please share these with me. Is there a must have iDivine palette you have? It would be great to hear about your experiences with the brand.
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7 thoughts on “Beauty on a Budget | Review & Swatches – Sleek Makeup

  1. Sleek is simply amazing! I love their products! But I have yet to try their blush in Rose Gold. They say that it is a dupe of Nars Orgasm! Great post! Hope you can check out my blog and follow as well! Thanks! Xoxo! beautybloggergoddess.wordpress.com

    • I know. I was pleasantly surprised with their shipping option :)very inexpensive πŸ™‚ I have a growing collection of sleek products πŸ™‚ X Just got the sunset palette and a lippy πŸ™‚

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