I love Sleek Makeup. In fact, I love it so much that I’m ready to pick up my three dogs and husband and move to the United Kingdom so I can visit the aisles of Superdrug in endless abounds. Of course I’m just kidding — but in all honesty, I am completely in love with Sleek and their products. They make incredibly high quality, pigmented makeup for extremely impressive prices. The catch is that they are not sold here in the United States, and you must pay for international shipping online through their website. The Mediterranean Collection is limited edition for summer 2011, and contains three brand new products: the Monaco i-Divine Palette, Santorini Blush, and Monte Carlo Pout Polish. I skipped out on the Pout Polish because I heard from several beauty bloggers that it had barely any pigment to it, but wait until you see the gorgeousness that is the other two items of this collection…
Upon opening the palette, you will be met with twelve gorgeous eyeshadow shades that have the signature Sleek criss-cross pattern on them. Knowing how pigmented and rich Sleek’s eyeshadows are, I just about salivated when seeing how beautiful these shades were in person. The palette contains a lot of sunset oranges and browns, as well as some major pops of color to accentuate your summer tan.
Sleek i-Divine palettes always come with a plastic overlay that contains shade names for each eyeshadow in the palette. It’s definitely a fun way to remember names, but I’m personally more likely to use the palette and point to the shade I’m using rather than remember twelve different eyeshadow names. In a lot of ways, that is what makes the Sleek i-Divine palette’s so attractive. Name the Sleek palette you’re using, point to the shade in the palette, and everyone will be able to readily access that palette and shade.
Since the shades in this palette are pretty self-explanatory, I’m just going to let you experience the beauty that is Sleek Makeup. I appropriately labeled each set of swatches to the names they came with on the plastic overlay in the palette. I broke each swatch up into trio’s so you can accurately see each and every color up close and personal.
Top Row of Shadows:
Bottom Row of Shadows:
As you can tell, you get a wide variety of eyeshadow finishes and shades in this palette. Every single color that I swatched was velvety smooth and had rich, pigmented color in just one small swipe. I am always pleased with Sleek Makeup’s palettes, and this one is beautiful.
This is my first time working with a Sleek blush (though I want them all!), and I am very impressed with the color payoff. A teeny dab of this product will result in dramatic color, so be sure to use a little at first and add on as you want.
Gorgeous. I love this color because it’s perfect for the summertime when your skin has a little bit of an extra glow to it. Of course, I’m not going outside to get my color because the heat indexes have been 105 degrees, but I always use my Jergens Daily Glow Moisturizer for some added color!
Overall this collection is the bee’s knees. I skipped out on the Monte Carlo Pout Polish because many beauty bloggers said it had little to no pigmentation and was essentially just a lip balm. I have tried out the Pout Polish before, but was sent a gorgeously pigmented shade from my friend Annabella. The only downside to this collection is having to pay for international shipping from the Sleek website if you live anywhere other than the UK. Sleek Makeup did a bang-up job shipping my package quickly, and it arrived at my door less than a week after I ordered it, but I do wish the international shipping cost was not $10.50 (what I paid for these 2 items). The shipping was as expensive as the entire palette, and almost double the price of the blush. If Sleek Makeup was somehow able to lower their shipping prices internationally, I’d be much more compelled to go on a shopping spree there. Of course, with all the positive buzz and high quality products they have, people will purchase anyway (including myself).
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