I am absolutely thrilled with my purchase of the Sleek MakeUP 2012 Collection Glory I-Divine palette. It’s one of those times when I thought it was going to be good, but it was actually brilliant. Love when that happens
It comes in a Britannia-themed box which I really like. The box shows medals in shades similar to those featured inside but doesn’t give much away about the brights concealed within.
The back of the box – the ingredients are listed. They are mineral eyeshadows and they contain minerals, pigments and preservatives.
Out of the box, the Sleek palette is the shape and size of the usual I-Divine palettes but it is a special edition so the design is slightly different. I love a special edition, I’ll admit it. I love tie-ins with the Olympics, the Jubilee, the Tour de France, whatever! Why? Well, I think it’s especially this year. As a Sci-Fi obsessed kid, I’ve been looking forward to 2012 since… the eighties probably. Now it’s here, everything that is happening in this year is happening in two thousand and twelve and I’m still not “over it” so, if you’ll forgive me, I’ll fangirl squee everytime I see a special edition with the year on it, for at least the next five and a half months.
Of course, specialness and squeeful packaging only goes so far. If the product doesn’t match up, it’s no good. So, I opened the box…
Wait! What’s this? The Packaging Is Not Done With Squee Yet! In possibly the greatest confluence of things I like in one place in the history of make up, the shade names are all inspired by or named after lines of the London Underground! If there’s anything I like more than a 2012 special edition, it’s a city map with cultural resonance and significant use of colour. You may not have known that about me, to be fair, it’s quite difficult to squeeze in to a conversation, but it’s true. And this is the makeup of it. Oh yes!
The colours are brilliant. I particularly love the lower row, District, Hammersmith and City, Picadilly, Circle, Victoria, Central, all the colours of their line on the map, all beautiful.
Ok, now the fangirl squeeing is definitely over, what is this palette actually like?
Like all Sleek I-Divine palettes, it comes with a big bright mirror which is brilliant and a double ended sponge applicator which is just about ok in a pinch. The shadows are mostly glittery/shimmery except Platform which is a matte grey and Central which is a matte red.
I love the combination of “Naked” style neutral/nudes and amazing brights. I hadn’t realised how excellent the pigmentation of Sleek’s mineral shadows was. This was probably because the other Sleek MakeUP palette I have is the Sleek Storm I-Divine palette of which I’ve only really used the pale shades. These eye shadows revel in their pigmentation. They’re buttery, blendable, easily buildable to total opacity, long lasting, non flaking, non smudging, true to their colour and just fabulous.
Below is a sneak peak of the silver shade from the palette in action. It’s so metallic and reflective! Bam!
I’ll be back with a Face of the Day with a different shade from this palette later on.
Before I go though, here’s the summary…
At £7.99 for 12 brilliant eye shadows, this product is excellent value and I really recommend it. The eyeshadows themselves are wonderfully pigmented reminding me of the very best that Urban Decay have to offer. The Sleek MakeUP 2012 Collection Glory I-Divine palette can be bought from Superdrug. I give this palette 5/5 – or an appropriately corny Gold Medal, if you will.