Name: Au Naturel I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Brand: Sleek Makeup
From Sleek Makeup’s website:
The Au Naturel i-Divine provides an array of matte and pearlescent eye shadows providing a subtle yet contoured effect for day, that can be built up for a smoky glamorous effect using velvety browns and shimmering fawns.
What I liked:
– shimmery and dark matte shades are very pigmented
– easy to blend
– shades aren’t powdery
– the packaging
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– the lighter matte shades are sheer
Neutral shades are very popular this fall. After Urban Decay came out with their Naked Palette, it seems like every brand is following suit and releasing its own version, which I think it’s great. I might be a fan of bright and bold shades but every girl needs some neutral eyeshadows in her stash. The latest brand to release a neutral palette is Sleek Makeup. Part of the Naked Collection (which is permanent, yay!), the Au Naturel palette features eight matte and four shimmering eyeshadows in soft and dark neutral tones, which aren’t neither too warm nor too cool and will suit most skintones. Let’s look at them one by one, shall we?
Taupe: shimmering peachy taupe
Toast: matte light peach, pigmented
Honeycomb: matte light yellow, pigmentation is ok
Cappuccino: matte light beige
Nubuck: matte light grey, sheer
Nougat: matte light white cream shade, nicely pigmented
Noir: matte black
Regal: matte reddish brown
Mineral Earth: shimmering dark brown
Bark: matte dark brown
Moss: shimmering military green with brown undertones
Conker: shimmering reddish brown
As you can see from the swatches, the shadows in the first row, which are mostly matte, are very soft. Toast and Honeycomb are a bit more pigmented than how they look in the swatch, but they all provide just a soft wash of color on the lids. They are good at creating barely-there looks (after all, this is a palette to create natural looks), but I prefer to use them to highlight the browbone area. If you have dark skin though, you may want to swatch the shades in the store before buying the palette to see how well they show up on you. Also, a primer helps improve the color payoff.
The darker matte shades instead, have great pigmentation (although not as good as that of the shimmering shades). All the shades aren’t powdery and blend effortlessly. They are also all very wearable and not boring at all. And I love how you can use the first row of shades to create really subtle looks or use the second one to create deeper, smokier looks that will last for hours. The eyeshadows start to crease on my slightly oily lids after about 8 hours but they’ll last longer if you use a primer underneath.
Available at: sleekmakeup.com
If you love neutral eyeshadows, you may want to check out Sleek Makeup Au Naturel I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette. It contains 12 matte and shimmery neutral shades which aren’t boring and will suit most skintones. They are all easy to blend and last long but while most of the shades are very pigmented, the light matte ones are quite sheer and may not show up well on darker skintones. They work very well as highlighters though.