Sleek palettes are usually incredibly pigmented and of a quality much higher than its pricetag suggests, so to come across a palette that's all matte and has gorgeous deep colours is pretty special! I couldn't wait to see how Sleek performed.
First of all, they've really improved the packaging. The lid closes more firmly now and feels less flimsy, the mirror will actually stand up whereas in previous versions it would just kind of flop uselessly and snap shut. This feels much more controlled now. They've also gotten rid of the pattern on the eyeshadows itself, which I really like because I feel like they're now smoother to the touch somehow. The full size mirror is definitely handy and when closed the palette doesn't take up much space at all.
I'm not going to pretend I'm enough of a smart cookie to actually know much about ingredients, but I thought it would be good to include them anyway. I do know that Mica is the pigment most eyeshadows are made with, and having it first in line is awesome because it promises awesome pigmentation. Talc can be either good or bad, it can make eyeshadows scratchy and prone to fallout but it can make them feel softer as well.
Personally, I really like the colour ranges. There's some really warm colours in there, but also some interesting cool tones and even a pure white! It's pretty damn hard to find a matte white that's nicely pigmented. I'm not convinced about the two yellow colours, they look a smidge too similar to me. Let's see how everything performed in the swatches though.
I made sure I did the swatches in the same order as the palette itself, so it should be a piece of cake to figure out which swatch belongs to which eyeshadow. As always, swatches are made with one application of eyeshadow but I've gone over my wrist multiple times to distribute the colour properly. No primer was used.
All of these colours performed really well, even the lighter ones were awesome! I especially like Orbit and Pillow Talk. Ink and Noir were a little bit scratchy and might cause some irritation on the eyes, but the rest of the colours were soft and buttery.
Good news here, I experienced no scratchy textures in any of the eyeshadows from this row! The pigmentation is - yet again - amazing, I can't believe the palette was this inexpensive with the quality I'm getting. Keep in mind that this is only one swatch, so if you build them up the opacity is going to be through the roof! I especially like Villain, Maple and Fern. Thunder is quite handy as a blending colour, Flesh and Paper Bag are good too but they're not that interesting. Still handy to have though.
Here's a look that I made with the palette to try out the colours in action. I used Orbit all over the lid, with Pillow Talk in the inner corners and on the browbone. Fern was used in the outer corners, crease and lower lashline and Ink was applied in the outer corners.
I am so very pleased with how it turned out! The colours blend easily and are so very pigmented. Fallout can be an issue, so use a light hand and make sure you tap off any excess product. The eyeshadows themselves are very true to pan and easy to combine. This is definitely a great palette for those who like dark, smokey looks!