Before I launch into the full review, I have to say how increasingly impressed I am with the make-up selection on offer at Superdrug. Even in the smaller stores, the make-up aisle is huge and packed with a range of brands – many of which I wouldn’t know anywhere else to get them – including GOSH, Sleek, Make-Up UK, Bloom… the list goes on and on, and all on top of the ‘usual’ brands of Maybelline, Rimmell, Collection 2000, L’Oreal.
It is impressive stuff, but one of the things I do notice about Superdrug is that there does tend to be a distinct difference between them and Boots in the way that the counters are maintained. All too often, I have visited Superdrug to find the shelves sparsely stocked and grubby. Totally understand that having make-up out to test can lead to some mess but nothing the occasional wet wipe wouldn’t solve. My other bug bear in Superdrug (at least my local one) is that they sellotape up all the products to prevent clumsy fingers from poking around and ruining products for sale – fair enough – but as a consumer this is a little annoying as then my brand new foundation/powder/mascara is covered in sticky gloop. Not pleasant.
Anyway, rant over and onto the review of one of my new favorite brands- Sleek Make-Up. I have had a look at their palettes before and never bought, but then I saw the ‘Storm (578)’ palette and it was love at first sight. I love the mixture of golden, pink, bronze, and rich blue shades. All of which I would happily use on a regular basis. The design of the palette’s packaging also defies it’s less than £5 price point, although it doesn’t feel ‘high-end’, it certainly doesn’t feel flimsy.
Onto the colours, all the shades in the palette are mineral based and surprisingly, highly pigmented. There is some fall-out when applied, especially the darker colours but once on they last really well, with minimal creasing (I did use a primer though).
In the picture, the paler shades aren’t really a true reflection as the flash makes them too pale. But I would describe the colours as follows:
Left line, top to bottom:
Bronze, shimmering grey-blue, deep shimmering green, shimmering dark blue with a hint of purple, matte brown, matte black.
Right line, top to bottom:
Shimmer pale gold, shimmer light ‘champagne’ gold, matte pale brown, shimmer dirty gold, shimmer pink, shimmer ‘cranberry’.
My personal favorites are (in my names): shimmer pink, shimmer pale gold, shimmer light ‘champagne’ gold, bronze and shimmer ‘cranberry’. I also like the shimmering dark blue with a hint of purple as a lash line color for definition.
I don’t really like the matter colours as I find the colour pay-off isn’t as good and they are hard to blend, so these haven’t had much use.
For a bargain price of around £4.80, this palette is mightily impressive. I have also picked up the new limited edition ‘Graphite’ palette and plan to get more, although I will probably skip the ‘Acid’ one, neon’s are not really my thing…