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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sleek Makeup 24K Gold Collection

Sleek Makeup 24 K Gold Collection (7)::: press sample :::

It's Thursday, and while I'd normally be pleased with the end of another week (and the promise of another weekend, obviously) I know I'm really just closer to more work. I've prepared myself a pretty epic to-do list for this weekend and I'm determined to get through everything. Groceries, errands (yay, the bank! said no one ever) bedding switch overs, laundry, vacuuming, dusting all the things... I'm getting ahead of myself though, since it's still only Thursday, and I have two new Sleek items to get to. Sleek has a new, limited edition, 24K Gold Collection that features, well, a lot of gold. Read on for all the details.

Sleek Makeup 24 K Gold Collection iLust Eyeshadow Palette The Gold Standard (1)Sleek Makeup 24 K Gold Collection iLust Eyeshadow Palette The Gold Standard (2)

The centre-piece of the 24K Gold Collection is the i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in The Gold Standard. The palette is long and slim, and home to a full mirror and six shadows (two of which are creams) in various forms of gold. The palette is notable tricky to open, as the clasp has a very strong grip. I've found that it is a touch easier to open now that I've used it a bit, but it's still really strong. I'm thinking it might be purposeful, as a way to keep the cream shadows from frying out, but you can easily rip off a nail if you're not careful.

Once you do get it open though, it does have some gorgeous shades with really great textures. Albeit, there is a lot of shimmer and glitter happening, so this isn't going to be optimal for shimmer avoiders. The shadows all have a buttery, smooth texture and a lot of pigmentation. They blend really well, but definitely need a primer to keep them from creasing. I almost never go without a primer, but did wear these without and had a lot of creasing. Primer kept them in place without issue though.

Sleek Makeup 24 K Gold Collection iLust Eyeshadow Palette The Gold Standard (3)Sleek Makeup 24 K Gold Collection iLust Eyeshadow Palette The Gold Standard (5)

The shades  have designer names (a cute touch) starting with Laurent, a plum kissed red-brown with golden sheen. Coco is represented by a warm, coppery toned gold with a more stain finish and gold sheen with Margiela following suit.

Margiela is the first of two cream shadows, and is a bronze-gold with golden shimmer and glitter. I was surprised when I first used it on my eye, as the glitter wasn't apparent when I swatched it, but it's in there. While the shade does retain most of it's pigmentation when blended out, it's better suited to use as a base due to the fact that it stays creamy and can crease some throughout wear. A powder shadow over it works to set it for better wear.

Sleek Makeup 24 K Gold Collection iLust Eyeshadow Palette The Gold Standard (4)
Sleek Makeup 24 K Gold Collection iLust Eyeshadow Palette The Gold Standard (6)

Continuing on with our designers, we have Vera, a truer gold, but with a dirty edge, and a gorgeous metallic sheen. Louis, the second cream follows, with a pink gold base and silver shimmer and glitter. There isn't much base colour when applied on lids, and is mostly glitter. I found this shade tricky to get even and is best used as a pop on the lids for added shimmer. Last up, Vivienne, a soft champagne-gold with the slightest hint of pink. This shade is a a bit thinner/sheerer but makes for a nice subtle wash of highlight.


The collection also includes three Glitter Me Intense Lip Glosses. I have the shade Money Talks, a sheer gold gloss with subtle gold shimmer. While it's not intense by any means- the glitter is quite subtle- I love the texture! It's a perfect gloss with zero tackiness and a weightless feel. It's nicely shiny and gives lips a touch of sparkle, but not much colour. I think this is a great gloss for pairing with lipsticks (especially mattes) for a bit of holiday glimmer. A pink (Uptown Girl) and red (Private Jet) are also available.

Overall, this is a great little collection. The palette is any easy way to add a touch of god and shimmer to your makeup bag (an dis easy on the wallet.) I think I would have preferred two added powders instead of the creams or at least cream shades that set. The collection also includes a new version of their Highlighting Palette, with some unexpected shades. What do you think? Are you a fan of gold?