Neutral with a Twist

I joined Twitter on Friday (come and follow me @Super_Gorgeous), where one of my fellow bloggers, Modesty Brown was involved in a conversation with a few other bloggers saying that they would all post a picture at 9pm on Saturday night of a neutral eye with a twist. Kenneth Soh mentioned purple and bronze, and with that, I was inspired! I hadn’t even realised it until I was getting ready to go out for the evening and deciding what make up to wear, it popped into my head.

I know I’ve not had all that good things to say about The Original Sleek palette, but I actually rather like it now. It’s a great way to try out colours you want to play around with before buying a high-end brand.

I should mention I did have a bit of MAC Sable still left on my eyes that I’d been wearing during the day.

First I swept the lid with the purple from The Original Sleek palette, then patted a bit of the gold to the middle third of my eyelid. I then used a light shimmery pink (shade 09) by Paul & Joe in the inner corner of my eye using a thin brush.

I used the same brush to take a small amount of the purple under the outer part of my lower lash line. I used a blending brush and dusted some of the dark brown Sleek colour into the crease of my eye, then adding some of the black, lightly went over the outer V.

I then lightly swept all over the colour with the pinky gold Sleek colour.

I applied Smoulder kohl liner by MAC to the upper lid, then using a wet eyeliner brush, some of the purple Sleek colour over the top. I finished off by lighty lining under my lower lash, and then applying MAC Zoomlash mascara in Lofty Brown.

Thank you for the inspiration guys, this is something I probably wouldn’t have tried if it wasn’t for your Tweets!

Sleek i-Divine Palette – The Original 594 – Swatches

I have wondered about the Sleek palettes for a while and this week I decided to go for it. For £5.99 it would be rude not to! At the time of writing there are six different palettes in the range. I bought The Original 594, and also wanted Storm, but tried 3 different Superdrug stores and didn’t have any luck – it must be popular!

The palette is sleek, matte black, with the Sleek logo shiny across the top. It opens up as a compact with 12 different colours inside, a double ended sponge applicator, and a mirror on the inner lid.

It’s really hard to take swatch pics when they’re on your own arm but I did my best! Here is the top row of colours

The colours don’t have names but I will do my best to describe them. From L-R first of all there is a matte black which I guess I’d liken to Carbon by MAC. I mean, how many different shades of matte black can you get?! Then a really metallic purple. In fact all of these colours (other than the black) are really really metallic looking. The next along is a navy with a silvery teal shimmer to it. Fourth along is a really bright vibrant turquoise with golden tones. Then we have a teal, then more of an olivey green again with golden tones – really really pretty.

The second row colours are as follows

From L-R there is a light gold colour which annoyingly goes on quite speckled, it doesn’t look smooth when its on, in my opinion. The second along is my favourite of the palette, a gorgeous light pink and gold shade, so super feminine and completely worth the £5.99 on its own. The next is a metallic dark peach, then a real proper burnt orangey copper, a little of a dirtier copper then an olive green which is lighter and more olivey than the top.

All of the colours are highly pigmented but seem quite soft. As you can see in the second photo there is already a bit of fall out from the pans, and once I’d applied them once to do the swatches each pan looked really powdery, apart from the black. Maybe that’s something to do with the finish of them, which as I’ve said before, are really metallic.

Here is a look that I did using The Original palette

I used the 3rd of the bottom row (metallic peach) over the lid of my eye, then brushed the middle of my lid using the gold (first of the bottom row). I then used the dirty copper (fifth along on bottom row) in the crease of my eye then blended the harsh line at the edge out with the light pinky gold colour (second of the bottom row) as well as applying a thin line of that under the outer corners of my lower lashes.

Other make up used:

  • Sheer Cover mineral foundation in Buff
  • Sephora Concealer Palette
  • Benefit Stay Dont Stray eyeshadow primer
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • MAC Stereo Rose MSF as blush
  • MAC Smoulder kohl under lower lashes
  • MAC Earthline Technakohl liner on upper lid
  • Diorshow Maximizer lash serum
  • MAC Zoomlash mascara in Lofty Brown
  • MAC Hue lipstick
  • in the pic below I added MAC Call My Buff lipstick over the top as I felt Hue was a bit light on its own with this look

Hmmm, I’ve just noticed my eyebrows are completely non-symmetrical!

On the whole they are a nice, cheap range of shadows – if you have a limited budget, then go for it – they do the job, but in my opinion they certainly don’t come any where close to the quality you’d pay for a mid-range brand such as MAC. The shadows are powdery both on the skin and palette and I know Im going to get my bedroom carpet in a mess using these! They are very highly pigmented though, and seem to last. I will probably still search out the Storm palette, for interests sake but not entirely sure how often I will use these (other than that goldy pink,  it’s to die for!)