Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sleek Glory i-Divine Palette

With the opening of the London Olympics just minutes away, I thought I'd review Sleek's latest i-Divine Palette in Glory which was released earlier this month as part of the 2012 collection. The collection also includes a Pout Polish in Pride and a bronzer/blush in Honour, which I did not purchase as the brownish hues did not appeal to me.

Brimming with vibrant tones in mainly shimmery finishes, Glory is a fun palette to play around with for the summer. The shades are named after the London Underground lines, with their corresponding color codes. The top row of neutrals helps to balance out this palette, so you can create more understated looks as well if you prefer. The only mattes are Platform and Central.

The texture feels quite different from Sleek's earlier palettes in which the eyeshadows were embossed with a waffle pattern and often tended to produce quite a lot of powdery kick up when touched with a brush. The darker shades also tended to have messy fallout that can be a pain to clean up. The eyeshadows in Glory felt similar to those in Accessorize You Are Everything. They feel slightly smoother to touch, but the level of color payoff varies depending on the individual shade.

These swatches were done on bare skin without any primer.

Some shades were very sheer, like Platform and Hammersmith & City. Picadilly and Central also take quite a bit of layering to show up well. Circus, Victoria, Jubilee, Overground and Bakerloo swatched the most smoothly.

Circle (sunny yellow) and Central (bright red) are two shades that I doubt I will ever use but the other ten shades are very wearable for me. District and Picadilly are the shades that I get drawn to invariably when using Glory.

For the first look, I applied Picadilly from the upper lashline to the crease, District in the outer crease, Victoria in the inner crease, Jubilee along the lower lashline, Northern along the upper lashline and outer half of the lower lashline, and Tube over the browbone area.

Picadilly is a lovely glowy mid-toned blue but it applied sheer and required a fair bit of layering.

For the second look, I applied District on the inner half of the upper lid, Picadilly in the outer corner of the upper lid, Victoria in the outer half of the crease, Jubilee along the lower lashline and inner corners, and Tube over the browbone area.

Used with a good primer, the eyeshadows stayed crease-free and smudge-proof throughout the day, without any fallout on the cheeks. My favourite shade in Glory is District, a clean, bright teal.

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Unknown said...

I want this!!

LauraLeia said...

District is indeed the loveliest shade in the palette! :D