Hello my lovlies! This has been long overdue, I know... But since I had the package shipped to my folks' address and not mine, it took me a while to get to the package. :P
As far as the international shipment - I couldn't ask for more. I practically live halfway across the world from Sleek Makeup HQ and whatnot, and the shipping took EXACTLY one week to get here! The package came with the lovliest pink tissue paper (I felt it was so fancy, I took pictures of the products with it, lol...) lining the inside and bubblewrap on the relevent products. Most of the stuff came in smaller cardboard boxes though, inside a very nice sized (and pretty stiff) cardboard box - so nothing broke while it travelled!
My shopping list was:
Sunset i-Divine Palette ($10.00)
Molten Metal Gold Leaf & Pewter Cream Eyeshadow Duo ($10.50)
Oh So Special Palette ($10.50)
Kohl Pencil - in Black ($4.00)
Translucent Pressed Powder - in Light ($8.00)
Blush - Rose Gold ($6.50)
Waterproof Mascara - in Black ($6.00)
** I also got a Mini High Shine Crystal Glaze as a gift! **
International Shipping ($13.50)
- Total: $69.00 (Super worth it! Look how much stuff I got!!!)
And now the moment we've all been waiting for... Pictures and swatches! I'll go by the shopping list order just to make it easier on both you and myself while looking at the stuff.
*Sunset i-Divine Palette:
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-! The colors came nameless and I couldn't find their names on the Sleek Makeup website either, but here's the product description:
"The Sunset i-Divine palette contains 12 highly-pigmented complementary shades representing the sun, sea and sand. With a blend of shimmering golds, reds and blues, this palette is perfect for that sun-kissed look.
The velvet-touch consistency gives full and shimmering coverage to the eye lid for maximum effect. Each shade can be applied alone for a dramatic effect or mixed to create a personalised look."
Honestly, I couldn't agree with it more. The colors are insanely pigmented, the texture is smooth and light on the skin, and after dipping my fingers in for swatches the eyeshadows stayed put and the palette didn't get messy at all (unlike my Smashbox In Bloom palette that turns into a hot mess if you only breathe in its direction...). It also has a huge mirror which I like, even if I don't use very often. The applicator is quite useless in my opinion though.
This palette comes with 12 "neutral" eyeshadows from dark to light colors. The description on the site says that:
* Molten Metal Gold Leaf & Pewter Cream Eyeshadow Duo:
These are just incredibly fun! I bought them so they'd use as base colors for my everyday looks or just go solo. I'm loving the shine and creamy effects they have. Their descripion on the website says:
"Molten Metal is a highly pigmented metallic cream eyeshadow duo.The palette consists of 2 gloriously rich and highly pigmented metallic creams that ignite the skin with intensity. The formulation is soft and fluid-like allowing easy application."Again, Sleek are spot-on. Pigmented, creamy, intense and smooth eyeshadows. I do think the mirror is quite useless.
* Oh So Special Palette:
"It’s the ultimate i-Divine that every woman should have in her possession, with 12 flattering on-trend shades to suit all skin tones no matter what the occasion, the Oh So Special palette will always deliver the perfect results.
Take your look from day time chic with matte browns and creamy beiges, through to sultry evening glamour with shimmering grays and smokey plums. A make-up bag staple and a must-have i-Divine you can rely on, so no matter where you are or what you’re doing you’ll look Oh So Special!"
I have to say that while taking the pictures after swatching, some of the colors looked a little "washed out". This is NOT how it is in real-life though: the colors really are so pretty and the texture.... I feel like a broken record repeating myself, so I'll go no further - you know what I'm about to say. :)
*Kohl Pencil and Waterproof Mascara:
I haven't actually tried these out yet and I want to try them and write a full review, so bear with me. Sleek's site says:
"An ultra creamy-matte formula pencil used to define the eyes.
Can be applied on the lower and upper eyelid for long-lasting, stay-in-place colour which glides on effortlessly, to achieve a perfect look."
and as for the mascara:
"A long-wearing waterproof mascara with conditioning and softening properties. Defines the eyes without flaking, clumping, smudging or smearing and yet is easy to remove."
We'll just have to wait and see.
*Blush - Rose Gold:
"Aruba blush provides the ultimate colour of paradise, sweep on lightly for a tropical wash of coral or layer to build an intense holiday hue. Team with the Curacao i-Divine and Bonaire pout polish to complete your colourful Caribbean inspired look."
This blush is so pretty! It has a very golden undertone to it and when it hits the light it just shines and twinkles! So cute! The peachy color is also awesome, although when I swatched it it kind of made my arm look like I have a rash on it.
*Translucent Pressed Powder:
This is something I got so I'd have SOMETHING to set my makeup with and finish up my face after my whole routine. Living in hot and humid Israel DOES NOT do justice to the face, no matter how longstanding and high-end your foundation is. I'm tired to having my foundation melt off when I touch it after walking outside for more than 30 minutes. Sleek says it's:
"Suitable for light to medium skin tones, this ultra-fine powder provides an even, natural finish whilst ensuring make-up stays in place and eliminating shine. For best results use a large, clean powder brush and apply in light strokes over New Skin Revive Foundation."
Again, this is something I want to try out first and write a full review about it.
All in all, for a first ever online shopping experience I have to admit I'm pleased. The stuff came within the time limit they said it would in tiptop shape and I totally feel like I got my money's worth. All I have to do now is wait for my MakeUp Geek's Stippling brush (which I ordered about two weeks ago and it still hasn't got here... *sigh*).
Tomorrow I'll try on the eye pencil, mascara and some of the eyeshadows and the blush and powder (and take pictures, of course!) and let y'all know what I think.
Have a great weekend, everyone!