Monday, 5 March 2012

Sleek Au Naturel Palette

This is one of those palettes that seemed to escape me on almost every Superdrug trip. I managed to find on in my local Superdrug on my last shopping trip - finally!

I wasn't so pleased to see that the first one I picked up had five broken shadows. The one that was left had one slightly broken shadow, but it keeps popping out of the palette and probably won't last very long before it gets completely broken. The box that it came in was damaged, and taped up. I mentioned this to the staff who refused to give me a discount, and then looked like they couldn't care less when I mentioned the other broken palette. Luckily the palette itself isn't too bad with only one slightly broken shadow, but when I'm paying full price for something I expect it to be in at least acceptable condition, packaging included. I always keep the original boxes and packaging that products come in. The fact that someone had clearly taken the time to tape up the box implies that they knew it was damaged, and yet it was still left on the shelves and not marked down. Still, it's not too bad and it could be worse. I hope nobody unknowingly bought the one with five broken shadows!

Anyway...moving onto the palette itself. So far I have seven Sleek palette's starting with Bohemian (which I regrettably didn't buy a back up of, it's gorgeous). I love them! I seem to be wearing a lot of neutral eye make-up recently for university, purely because it saves time in the morning, so I was really excited to use this palette, especially since Urban Decay's Naked Palette is out of my price range at the moment.

The palette comes in the usual black Sleek packaging, and comes with a large rectangular mirror.

Top row. (L-R) Nougat, Nubuck, Cappuccino, Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe

Bottom row. (L-R) Conker, Moss, Bark, Mineral Earth, Regal, Noir

As always with these palettes, the shadows (the darker ones in particular) are very well pigmented. The lighter shades blend into my skintone, but Taupe is lovely and the swatch photograph doesn't quite show that very well. In particular I love Conker, Regal and Mineral Earth the most. Personally I think the palette has a really good range of both matte and shimmer shades, it's definitely usable for wearable everyday looks and the darker shades are perfect for evening wear or more dramatic looks. The wearing time is always good with Sleek palettes, especially on the top of a primer. I can usually go most of the day without having to touch up.

One thing that I would say before I finish this review is to be very, very careful with these palettes when travelling. I packed my Original palette to take away with me to Spain, and during the flight it got seriously smashed up. I opened it to find a shattered mirror and some slightly damaged shadows. It's not so much of an issue with the ones in the permanent collection as they're replaceable (and not too expensive) but for limited ones I'd be very careful. Just a warning if anyone is thinking of travelling with them!

Of course, one of the best things about these palettes is the price! They cost £6.49 each and you can buy them from either the Sleek website or Superdrug stores.

Do you own any Sleek palettes? What do you think of them?

Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself. 


  1. Oh no, so sorry it was in bad condition! I am the same as you, I am usually happy to buy things that are slightly damaged, even tops (missing buttons, small rips) as long as the store will provide a discount. Very disappointed that they would even have broken makeup on display but then to refuse a discount is a bit shocking!

    On a lighter note, I love the look of this palette! I use my MUA heaven & earth religiously but would seriously love some matte shades and this one looks perfect! xx

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    1. If I had been able to find the palette elsewhere I would have left it and picked it up another time, but it was the first one I'd seen for absolutely ages. I really hope nobody bought the really broken one. If you pay full price for something it should be in the condition it's supposed to be in!

      I've been looking at the Heaven and Earth palette, I recently bought Glamour Nights so I'm going to see how that goes. This palette really is gorgeous! x


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