Saturday 23 July 2016

Sleek i-Divine eyeshadow palettes in A New Day and Oh So Special! Review + swatches

Hey, jelly beans! Today, I'm really excited to talk to you about these gorgeous i-Divine eyeshadow palettes by Sleek MakeUP. I mentioned these briefly in my recent drugstore haul, and promised to do a full review and some swatches. As some of you may already know, eyeshadow palettes are my biggest weakness when it comes to makeup. I absolutely love collecting them, although it's rare that I end up liking every shade that's included. Still, after hearing so much about the super affordable Sleek MakeUP palettes, I just had to try them! There are about twenty different palettes available in the i-Divine range, and the two I've picked up are A New Day (which features basic, soft nude shades) and Oh So Special! (which is more rose-toned with shimmery finishes). Hope you enjoy!

The packaging is simple, slim and sturdy. Each palette contains twelve different shades, with a combination of matte and shimmery finishes. At first glance, these look a lot more expensive and high-end than they actually are, with a lovely range of versatile and vibrant colours. All of the i-Divine palettes come with a nicely sized mirror, and a double tip sponge applicator to help you apply and blend the eyeshadows. Personally, I prefer to use my own brushes, but it's still nice to have one included!

The eyeshadows themselves turned out to be a little hit and miss. I really like the shimmery shades - they have a creamy, velvety texture, and are incredibly easy to blend. The pigmentation is also surprisingly good, rivaling some of the more expensive brands. However, I'm quite underwhelmed by most of the mattes - they're not as pigmented, and appear a little chalky and bland when applied. There is also quite a lot of fallout when working with some of the darker shades, although the overall quality is pretty good - especially considering the low price. The eyeshadows don't have much lasting power on their own (about two to three hours before they begin to crease), but they look beautiful and last all day when combined with a good eyeshadow primer. I personally recommend Urban Decay's iconic Primer Potion, which really brings out the vibrancy of these colours.

A New Day. As you can see, this is a very basic, simple nude palette. It features some lovely shimmery browns and soft beiges, although I'm not a huge fan of the mattes - some of the lighter colours barely show up when applied. I think this palette would be a good choice if  you're just starting out with makeup, and want something that's quite easy and safe to work with. You can create some lovely everyday looks with these shades, and the darker colours are nice for a classic, brown smokey eye.

Oh So Special! I think that this palette is much more interesting than A New Day. The shades seem a little more thought-out, and there's a nice selection of more unusual colours that can be used to create both casual and bolder looks. Again, I'm not too crazy about the mattes, but the shimmers are gorgeous and really easy to work with. I especially adore the light pinks, which are perfect for creating some fun summer looks. I'm definitely getting some Naked 3 vibes from this palette!

Overall, I think that the i-Divine palettes are pretty good value for money. I'd especially recommend them if you're looking for a nice set of shimmery eyeshadows, as these are gorgeous, creamy, and lovely to work with. Unfortunately, the matte shades leave a lot to be desired in terms of pigmentation, and the general lasting power just isn't up to par (they look beautiful and last all day with an eyeshadow primer, though). Having said that, I think I'd have a hard time finding a palette that's any better for under £10! I can definitely see myself purchasing more of the i-Divine palettes, since they are so affordable and offer a lovely range of shades.

Have you tried any of the i-Divine palettes? What are you favourite, budget-friendly palettes?  


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