Swatching Sleek's Au Naturel Palette

Who can resist neutrals? I know I can't! Even with both Naked palettes in stow, my insatiable desire to collect neutrals is endless. I've wanted to buy Sleek eyeshadow palettes for a long time now but their iDivine palettes wouldn't ship here because of ingredients... so I waited. I'm glad I did because I bought it off eBay a few months later.





Sleek iDivine Palette in Au Naturel (Nude)


Lots of neutrals to choose from! A very basic palette with earthy colors and a smooth texture.


If you can't tell, this was heavily swatched. Nougat is a really nice soft white shade that brightens the eye and works great as a brow highlight. It was also surprisingly the more pigmented of the three. Nubuck should be a leathery shade but instead shows up more grey toned. Cappuccino is a (very) soft sand shade with almost no pigmentation.


Honeycomb is a pretty yellow but it was very chalky and lacked pigmentation. Toast is a warm honey shade but it leans toward orange on my skin tone and not very flattering. I was hoping it to be a more "bronzey" color. Taupe is a soft shimmering grey-brown that's gorgeous in pigmentation and smooth in texture. The formula is a lot easier to work with than the previous 5.


Conker is a really intense brown with subtle shimmers. I loved the shade a lot but it had a bit of fallout. Moss is soft olive brown shade that I found to be super unique in this palette. I absolutely adore this color! Bark is a soft grey that leans toward brown.


Mineral Earth is a bronzed grey brown. Gorgeous shade and a really unique color altogether. Subtle shimmer. Regal is also a very pretty plum brown, very netural and smokey. Noir is an intense matte black, nothing rare or different to this color. Very basic.

I noticed that this palette had a lot of grey tones and a hybrid of mixed browns. It is essentially a nude palette so the colors are especially neutral but I found that it lacked uniqueness. I wish they had mixed their browns with more subtle golds and plums with greys or greys with copper or silver. It's still a nice palette overall and perfect for those wanting simple cool colors. Personally I like the colors in this palette, but wish the formulation and pigmentation were better. The first five shades very much lacked in pigmentation. It goes on as barely a wash on my eye but the last few were better by a long mile. The darker the shades, the smoother the formulation.


Pros
+ Affordable (retails for $9.99)
+ Neutral shades
+ Sleek, travel friendly packaging
+ 12 shades to use

Cons
- Lighter shades lack pigmentation
- Must order online if you live in the US
- Some fall-out (esp with taupe, conker)
- Formulation is not consistent throughout the palette

While the price and variety of shades are promising, I'd rather spend more money on better quality formulas. I'm actually really surprised considering their blushers are super pigmented! Would I repurchase? Probably not because I do love my Naked palettes very much. This one pales in comparison with the amount of unique shades and pigmentation.

Now YOU choose. Would you buy this palette for $9.99? :)







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