After Urban Decay came out with their Naked Palette, every brand is following suit with their version. I’m not complaining, every girl needs a neutral eyeshadow palette in her stash.
If you’re on a budget, Sleek Makeup i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel seems like a good dupe. But is it, really?
- What’s In Sleek Makeup i-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette?
- Staying Power
- How To Use It
- Performance & Personal Opinion
- Who Is This For?
- Who Is This Not For?
- Does Sleek Makeup i-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette Live Up To Its Claims?
- Price & Availability
- Do You Need It?
- Dupes & Alternatives
What’s In Sleek Makeup i-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette?
Sleek Makeup I-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette features 8 matte and 4 shimmery eyeshadows in soft and dark neutral tones.
The shimmery finish is courtesy of mica. It’s a naturally occurring mineral that gives sparkle to products. The bigger the size of the mica, the shinier the eyeshadows.
The best thing about the neutrals in Au Naturel? They’re neither too warm nor too cool, so they’ll 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
Soft, non-powdery, and easy to blend. Yes, even the mattes.
Not as pigmented as we’ve come to expect from Sleek Makeup. Toast and Honeycomb are a bit more pigmented than how they look in the swatches, but the first row of eyeshadows provides just a soft wash of colour on the lids.
The darker matte shades fare better. They have good colour payoff – the shimmery hues way more than the mattes.
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. I always do, just in case.
How To Use It
With your own brushes. The one that comes with the palette isn’t very good. And don’t forget to use an eyeshadow primer underneath to make the matte shades more vibrant and long-lasting.
Performance & Personal Opinion
Sleek Makeup I-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette is my least fave palette from Sleek Makeup. For starters, half of the shades aren’t as pigmented as we’re used to.
Sure, they’re good for creating barely-there, natural looks. This palette isn’t called Au Naturel for nothing, ya know? Me, I prefer to use them to highlight my browbone.
But not everyone digs this style. If you have dark skin, for example, I recommend you swatch the shades in the store to see how well they show up on you. You don’t want to buy a palette only to discover you can’t use half its shades.
What about the other half? You can use the darker, more pigmented shades to create deeper and smokier looks for night time.
Either way, use an eyeshadow primer underneath. I didn’t experience much fallout, but a primer does improve the colour payoff.
Who Is This For?
- Anyone who likes no-makeup makeup looks.
- Fair skintones
Who Is This Not For?
- Anyone who is into colourful eyeshadows
- Darker skintones (not every colour will show up well on you)
A sleek black case with a big mirror (handy!) and a double-tipped sponge applicator (useless!).
Does Sleek Makeup i-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette Live Up To Its Claims?
|Super-pigmented.||Half of the shades in this palette are sheer.|
|Long-lasting.||Yes, the eyeshadows lasts for hours on the lids.|
Price & Availability
£8.99 at Asos
Do You Need It?
I personally think there are better palettes around. But if you’re a pale princess and looking for a neutral eyeshadow palette that can take you from day to night without breaking the bank, Sleek Makeup i-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette is worth checking out.
Dupes & Alternatives
Mica, Talc, Kaolin, Magnesium, Stearate Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propylparaben and Methylparaben, +/- [CI77510, CI 77289, CI 77491, ,CI 77492]