Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sleek Makeup Review and Holiday Gift Guide

Sleek Makeup (a popular brand from the UK) offers a variety of affordable cosmetics and beautiful pigments with the versatility to create endless looks to suit your mood, style and personal taste. From eye shadow, lipstick, blush, concealer and bases you can find whatever you’re looking for and the brand ships internationally.

With Christmas just around the corner we are all looking for the perfect gifts and some of my favorite products are the i-Divine palettes which include 12 silky mineral shades with mica particles that illuminate and enhance the eyes. These lightweight, travel friendly palettes come in a gorgeous range of colors and cute themes with trendy seasonal hues and rich, sultry finishes. 

The Enchanted Forest palette is inspired by fairy tales but the colors are anything but neutral and tame. The shadows are bold, sexy and deep with a pretty combination of warm and cool tones.

Colors from left to right: Glass Slipper (matte cream), Beatrice (matte pink/mauve), Perla (light shimmery purple), Fairy Godmother (pink champagne), Grand Duke (deep purple/blue), Drizella (bronze/grey), Pumpkin (shimmery gold), Prince Charming (matte teal), Happily Ever After (frosty grey), Anastasia (matte plum), Daphne (Shimmery teal/grey) and Lady Tremaine (shimmery brown/bronze).

I like inclusion of both matte and shimmer textures and the smooth formula applies well with little to no fall-out and good pigmentation. The shades in the palette are also well matched, long lasting and quite buildable especially with a good primer. The deep hues sculpt and contour beautifully while the others sweep across the lids effortlessly for flattering enhancement and highlight. The i-Divine palettes retails for just $11.99 so they make great gifts or stocking stuffers!

For people like me who have an obsession with gold eye shadow the limited edition 24 Carat Gold Standard Palette has a range of glamorous, glitzy hues that are perfect for party season! The luxurious pigments take holiday bling to a new level with four shimmer powders and two rich cream formulas.

I will admit that I am not a huge fan of many cream shadows because I usually find them a bit tedious to apply, prone to creasing and slick in texture. This formula however isn’t too bad because the creams are actually more like light glitter accents, the base color is simply sheer and the silver and gold sparkle shows up like a highlight. I don’t apply them over the mineral shadow because it tends to mess up the application but you can use them on their own if you prefer shimmer with no color or dab them onto the cheeks and lips.

The dark shimmery purple, yellow gold, medium gold and champagne silver are powder shadows with the same silky softness as the i-Divine shades but with a creamier, denser texture that makes the pigmentation more intense and vibrant. These shadows definitely make up for the lack of color in the cream hues and look stunning on the skin with a hint of metallic brilliance that really pops! The palette retails for $11.49.

The Barekissed Illuminator is available in four soft shades and the pearlized pink I have below is called Casablanca. This liquid highlighter can be mixed into foundation or applied directly to the cheekbones and body for luminous, glowing skin that has a healthy lustre. Unlike some powder highlights this one doesn’t settle into the texture of skin or lay flat on the surface, the formula provides a natural, multidimensional sheen with a hint of color to brighten dull complexions. I also like that it provides light, seamless coverage and blends wonderfully! The Illuminator retails for $13.49.

No look is complete without pretty lip color so today I’m sharing two options: bright and dazzling for party girls or tame and sophisticated for a neutral effect.

The limited edition Glitter Me Intense Sparkling Lip Gloss in the shade Private Jet is a bold pink embedded with golden glitter! The color goes on sheer to medium coverage and makes lips appear full and pouty. The creamy texture disperses the glitter evenly so it doesn’t feel chunky, sticky or cumbersome and the particles are very fine so the sparkle doesn’t look too loud. This hydrating, plush shade is fabulous for the holiday season and you can wear it alone or on top of lipstick. It retails for $7.49.

When I watched the Adele Live in London TV special recently I was impressed by her effortless beauty and I noticed that her nude lipstick looked amazing with thick winged liner. The Tinted, flesh tone Balm below in (Bon Bon) reminds me of the lip color she wore on the show with a pretty hint of soft peach. These creamy balms are enriched with fruit oils to keep lips soft and moisturized all day!

You can find these fabulous products and more by clicking HERE


  1. Adele's TV special was amazing! Her makeup is so flawless ALL THE TIME. These look fab!

  2. These Sleek products look amazing!


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