Sleek Make-Up Storm Palette

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…


  1. claire eloise
    October 31, 2009 / 12:23 pm

    ooh i have this palette and i have yet to stop using it! i am so in love with it! the colours are all soo perfect. please review the graphite one as i saw it but am torn as to whether i should get it or not! x

  2. Sarah
    October 31, 2009 / 12:58 pm

    I totally get your rant about Superdrug! They have lovely brands and the stores I’ve been to always seems to have yucky testers, poorly stocked units and in need of TLC. Such a shame as it has put me off buying and will continue to do so, or am I fussy?

  3. October 31, 2009 / 3:15 pm

    I know what you mean about all the sellotape at Supderug – I used to manage the makeup aisle there a few years ago and the head office were obsessed with getting everything tagged and taped. We had a lot of shoplifting so it did help on the security side but when I was doing it I did feel I was ruining the products as well as protecting them! 🙁

  4. Girl With The Golden Touch
    November 1, 2009 / 12:05 am

    I always think of SD as the lower end store, I usually wouldn’t go there and I find their stores grotty but I do nip in occasionally for Sleek and Gosh – although really annoyingly the nice new store in Leeds doesn’t stock Sleek and their Gosh counter is always FILTHY!

  5. November 2, 2009 / 9:54 am

    Totally agree, SD has always been the lower end store but I think it has really upped it’s game in terms of selection of make-up. More and more I’m finding it my first choice for guilt-free lunchtime beauty spending! Now I just hope they read these comments and sort out the state of some of thier counters and WIPE THEM!!!

  6. November 2, 2009 / 3:01 pm

    There’s something a bit more ‘fun’ about SD isn’t there, Boots is always a bit more staid in comparison. That palette is amazing value!

  7. November 2, 2009 / 5:15 pm

    I am thoroughly convinced that I NEED one of these now – well done!

  8. Alana
    February 5, 2010 / 6:57 pm

    I have recently just purchased the “Storm”, and also the “Original” palettes, and I am delighted with them both!
    They are extremely pigmented-Which is a complete shocker, due to the tiny £4.99 price tag!!

    I can promise you here and now-You will NOT get better than this!! I won’t mention names, but I have bought single shadows, from more expensive brands, and they are nothing compared to these!
    I will agree though-The matte colours (except the black) are not the best, but even so-ALL of the others are beautiful, and more than make up for it.

    These palettes remind me so much of the eye palettes that Kat Von D has brought out with Sephora-ALL of the palettes contain (these, and Kat’s) the matte black, and also the pale glistening gold/yellow.
    In Kats palettes, the black is known as Lucifer, and the pale gold/yellow is known as Tequila.
    The one big different between the palettes is the price-Kat’s retail for almost £20 each, and at that price you could buy all 4 of the Sleek Makeup palettes!

    Quality-wise, I would say that the Sleek palettes are slightly better. Yes-there is a little fall out with the darker colours-But that is to be expected with ANY dark shadow.
    I have used the Sleek palettes with, and also without a primer-which proves they are very well pigmented, as there is not much difference, with reference to colour. Using a primer is a good idea if you are wanting to create a dark eye-It stops a lot of fall out, and also holds the colour for longer, although-Saying that, the colour doesn’t fade without the primer.

    All in all-I’m going to buy the other 2 palettes in the collection. I know that the quality is great, and they’re extremely good value for money, and even though I wouldn’t wear the “Acid” colours on a regular basis, they would be great to have….After all-You never know when you might need them, and at those prices, there’s no need to worry what the bank manager might think!

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