Sleek goes matte - Ultra Matte i-Divine

Yes, remember the blogosphere crazily requesting an all-matte eyeshadow palette from Sleek? Well, they have listened to their loyal fans and have come out with not one but two Ultra Matte i-Divine palettes.

They are called V1 and V2, V1 being bright, summery shades, pretty much primary colours and V2 being muted yet bold statement shades.

I quite like the selection of shades that make up the palette. A good mix of taupey browns, muted purples, exotic yet wearable greens and a nice selection of nude, skin colour shades. 

My favourite shade from the palette is 'Maple'. It's a caramelised brown with a hint of pink in it. A burnt mink, if that counts as a colour. It's actually a dupe of my all time favourite shade from the Dolce & Gabbana Eyeshadow Palette in Nude which I have hit pan on, so I am quite glad to get a replica of it. 

Even the rest of the shades are quite modern, muted and unique if you know what I mean. They are not repeated shades from other Sleek palettes hence even if you already own Sleek palettes, you might still want to invest in this one or swatch it in the store for sure!

So I got my brushes out, laid tissues all over and starting playing with the shades. I can gladly report that a majority of them transfer very well, in fact pretty exactly on the lid as they appear in the palette, besides the exception of 'thunder', a muted grey, that has no pigmentation at all for some reason. 

As for the texture of the matte shadows, Sleek has worked pretty hard it seems on getting them to appear silky and highly pigmented. They are not chalky at all but do stain and have a bit of a fall off. 

Besides the palette's modern take on the runway looks, here are a few traditional looks that I came up with whilst having a play with it. 
I shall try and do a few more 'modern' looks using the palette soon for those of you who don't like to sketch and blend and simply want a wash of colour all over the lid.

For now, the palette gets a two thumbs up!

Available from the 9th of May ladies.


FOTD featuring Clinique Chubby Stick

So quite a few of you girls liked the previous post on the Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony and wanted to see how it looks on.

Here it is! I know, I want to try out the purple one too, now that the pink looks so gorgeous.

The finish is pretty much like a sheer yet glossy lipstick right?

Not having the greatest skin day in the world but here's what I have on the rest of the face.

Cover FX Natural FX Water Based Liquid Foundation in M50
MAC Select Cover Concealer NC30
Vichy Dermablend Nude 
MeMeMe Arch Angel
MeMeMe Eye Sweep 
Jemma Kidd Rosy Glow Lip & Cheek Tint


Pudgy Peony - New Chubby Sticks from Clinique

Clinique Chubby Sticks have become pretty much of a cult product for everyone. I have never come across a bad review of the product online and I can see why when I got to try one myself.

I wouldn’t call it a lip gloss to be honest if that is how they are advertised as. It’s much of a glossy lipstick. Its fantastic how fool proof it is to slather it onto the lips without a mirror. Simply pop the crayon like thing in your bag. Reapplying is not much of a task as its super moisturising so I don’t feel like its drying out my lips.

They are known for their muted shades, a pigmented tint of colour across the lips, high shine and fun and quirky shades. Now to be honest, I wouldn't wear something like an orange, brown or even a hot pink lipstick outside but give me a tint of colour that I feel is muted and controlled and voila, I’ll literally wear out even a purple!

The one I have is Pudgy Peony which is a sumptuously glossy, cool toned fuchsia pink which is one of my favourite bright shades when it comes to lip colours. It works pretty well for my sallow, yellow skin tone and brightens up my NC35 skin tone like no other shade. 

I am not fussed out about longevity really but it lasts 2-3 hours after which it fades to a lovely tint.

Yes the usual range of shades for the Chubby Stick remain but in addition to them, 8 new shades are be released in June 2012, of course in time for the sunny days, so expect more fun and quirkiness your way from Clinique.  

Available for £14 each, they are not drugstore cheap but are worth every penny if just like me, you like lip products to be fuss-free yet glamorous.  I am hunting down more shades already.


The battle of black Eye Liners

Well it's not a battle technically as these are my all time favourite black liners compared to the rest I have tried and tested and have ended up in disappointment with.

Also, they are not very high-end unfortunately for the brand smugs out there but quite affordable ones that you can easily get on the high street, with the exception of the Le Metier De Beaute one of course.

Start with Liquid Liners

Me Me Me's Eye Sweep is a staple one and one which I have three back ups for already. It's something that's fool proof, easy to apply in seconds and also great to create something dramatic if I have more time on hand. It's an average black, not a carbon black but one that's good enough to show up in daylight and night time without looking overpowering or intimidating. It's also the fibre tip eye liner pen that hasn't dried up and is just as good as I bought it months ago!

Gosh's Long Lasting Eye Liner is one of the first fibre tip liner pens that I had tried, sometime last year when they came out with this range I believe. This one comes in a screw top container and although has a fibre tip, the application requires one to be pretty careful, much like with a standard liquid liner and that's the only reason why it does not get much use out of me. Besides that, it's a glossy carbon black, stays on for more than a day if you don't remove it. I don't think much of Gosh as a brand to be honest but if there's one thing they do the best, it's their liquid liners which you HAVE to check out!

Barry M's Liquid Eye liner is a cult favourite amidst all high street brands anyway and I can see why. It's the darkest black you'll ever come across in eye liners, it's very opaque so you don't see skin through it and it's absolutely matte. Not the best applicator that it comes with, its quite fat and absorbs a lot of product due to that. Besides that, its worth every penny that you pay for it. You just need to practice your liner skills to apply this precisely and in a crisp line.

Le Metier De Beaute liner in Noir is not the most reasonably priced liner and it's not meant to be as it is a boutique brand found in Selfridges. It's a dinky little liner, almost half the height and width of a normal liner which makes it very easy to grip and apply. It's the most easiest to apply comparatively and is a nice ebony black shade, great for a subtle everyday look.

Coming to black pencil eye liners, I am not fond of them to a great extent in general as they don't seem to perform very well with me. But if you are a fan yourself, these are the best I have found till date.

The Cult Favourite Urban Decay's 24/7 in Zero. It's super soft in texture and is an average brownish black shade, not a carbon black at all. I don't understand what the hype it all about to be honest but overall it stays put on the upper and lower waterline but not so great on the lash line as it's buttery texture tends to smudge a little.

Having said that, nothing smudges more than MAC's Eye Kohl in Smolder. It's not great for the lash line but again perfect for the waterline. Not as soft as the Urban Decay one but still quite soft and does not drag on the lid at all. This is more of a grayish, ebony black and quite matte.

Diego Dalla Palma's Waterproof Eye Pencil is in fact considerably better than both MAC and Urban Decay really. It's the perfect black colour, not grey not brown but black. It glides on like a dream, smudges the least and more importantly, stays put for hours without transferring on the lid. I would recommend checking this out if you like pencil liners.

Hope this was helpful for some! Also, I am looking for a good Gel Liner these days, if you have a suggestion I would love to hear your favourites. I have tried MAC and Barbara Daly but I have heard so much about the new Maybelline one and also about the Clinique one that I am tempted to give them a go.