Happy Wednesday, today I want to talk about my first, or rather my first handful of impressions from using the Sleek i-Divine Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Storm 578‘, although you may just better know it as the Storm Palette if you’ve heard of it from back in the early days of YouTube. It was quite popular then, and it was around this time that I picked it up, but it sat benched for… a ridiculously long time.
Bear this in mind for the presentation of the packaging in my photos, as it’s moved with me just under half a dozen times, and I also want to apologise as the lighting got worse and worse as I tried to make the best of the natural lighting on this dreary, rainy day.
I’m going to address this quickly, but as far as I can tell, Sleek as a brand is cruelty-free, and they do make this claim on their site. Sites that curate lists of cruelty free and vegan brands seem to have a mixture of opinions on this, so take this into consideration if you aim to only support cruelty-free or vegan brands, as there seems to be some debate on this. As I haven’t bought any Sleek products since going cruelty-free, this is something I’m still forming my own consensus on, but ultimately I encourage you to trust your instincts for how you want to approach this issue.
With that dealt with, let’s look at the product itself. The palette contains two rows of eyeshadows with six eyeshadows on each row. There are three matte shades (third shade on the top row, and the last two shades on the bottom row), with the rest of the shades containing shimmery particles in them.
At a glance, I was really attracted to the variety of deeper shades, ranging from deep burgundy, to dark green and some brown shades, but also the trusty crease shades and my go-to champagne tones. So it had a lot of shades that really matched my tastes, although the two bluer tones – the second and fourth shades on the bottom row, I knew weren’t going to get much use from me. The golden tone that’s in the fifth spot on the top row also seemed a bit too warm for my skin-tone, but overall I felt like there was enough in this palette for me to make good use out of it.
I swatched all of the shades for you, but bear in mind, it’s the performance on the eyes themselves that are more important, and I’ll discuss that a bit later. I did mess the swatches up a little by leaning too hard mid-swipe since I was rushing to photograph while there was some natural lighting left, so bear that in mind as well.
I found the lighter shades struggled to swatch properly on my arms, but when applied with a brush on the eyelids, they look much more impactful. I rarely use my fingers to apply eyeshadows, but you can see from the darker shades they swatched a lot better.
My favourite shades to work with are the matte shades, but the champagne shimmer shade is also a stand-out shade for me. I was particularly excited about the dark burgundy shade and the dark green, but I find they’re quite muddy on the eyes and don’t give as much impact on the eyes as I was hoping for. I haven’t really played with the blue shades much aside from swatching, but I can tell they won’t be complementary on me sadly. The black shade is fairly pigmented, but I reach for that shade as a setting powder for pencil eyeliners rather than using it as an outer corner shade. I have very pale skin, so I find black is a shade that doesn’t look too flattering on me when applied that way.
The light pink shade is extremely bright and high impact, but sadly without the help of the dark burgundy shade, risks making me look like I have pink eye. So I find I reach for that shade less and instead use the second shade from the left.
I created a burgundy based look from this palette today, starting with the light-medium brown matte shade in my crease. I used the burgundy shade on the top right all over my eyelids. I use the light pink shade to the left of it to lighten up the centre of the eyes and the inner corners to add some dimensions. I touched up the crease as I went along to keep the look soft. I found on its own, the burgundy shade didn’t have enough depth in my outer corners, so I reached for some other eyeshadows in my collection to make it look a bit more complete, and I’ll talk through those individually shortly. To brighten the inner corners, I applied the champagne shimmery shade with a pointed smudge brush to keep the colour contained to the eyelids. I tried applying the burgundy shade from the palette along the outer third of my lower lashline, but I think a matte version would have worked better. I found the shimmers took away some of the impact.
So for the shades I brought in to help finish this look, the extra burgundy shade I mentioned before is the E.L.F. Single Eyeshadow in the shade ‘#D30‘ (useful I know…) which is ever so slightly darker than the burgundy in the palette, and just added the extra depth that the look needed. There are shimmers in this shade, but it’s much more subtle, which made me realise that I only really enjoy the matte shades the most, although I make an exception to the champagne shade as I’ve referred to already.
To soften up the crease of any harsh edges, poorly placed shadows (I’m still learning) I used The Body Shop Colour Crush Single Eyeshadow in ‘Sand By Me‘ to subtly soften with a fluffy brush. I also pulled out the Essence The Velvets Single Eyeshadow in ‘01 Fluffy Clouds‘ which is a really soft matte near-white shade, which I applied towards the brow bone, just to see how it looked. It looked quite subtle in person, but it doesn’t seem like my photograph picked up on it at all, which may just be the lighting playing into it.
If I had my way, I would have replaced some of those darker tones with matte versions, to give more reasonable depth, or in the very least refine the shimmers down. I only started to consider this when I pulled in my E.L.F. single shadow which had much smaller, finer shimmers and when I compared them side-by-side, it was much more obvious how chunky the shimmers are. Chunky shimmers aren’t necessarily a bad thing all the time, but I do think slightly smaller shimmers would look more flattering on more people. Considering this palette is several years old at least, it’s possible newer versions of this palette address this issue – if you have this palette, please let me know!
Overall I think the eyeshadow look I achieved today was okay. By no means am I that good at using eyeshadows, so that does impact the overall look, but I do wish there was more pigmentation to the shades, particularly with the darker shimmery shades where I’d want to see the colours stand out from each other more. But the matte shades and the champagne and pink shimmery shades, do have that pigmentation, so the palette overall is more inconsistent rather than being bad overall.
It’s because of the lower pigmentation, that I plan to pass this palette on to my mum and offer it to her as a gateway palette to play with eyeshadows, including ones outside of her comfort zone, as the pigmentation is more forgiving. While I don’t aim for dramatic or super-pigmented eyeshadow looks, I do have enough palettes in my collection now, that I can attempt to replicate the shades in this palette elsewhere. I know I have similar matte browns from this palette in singles, so I think this palette deserves love elsewhere. The burgundy shade partnered with the pink, inspired me to create the look you see above as the Christmas period is just around the corner, and it might give mum a chance to try a look of her own.
So would I re-purchase this palette? Honestly, I need to swatch it in-store to see if the formula has been changed. My palette is one that has been with me for years, and although I’ve kept it sanitary and clean over those years, Sleek may have improved the formula overall. But I wanted to write up this first impression just in case it hasn’t, so consider my thoughts with an open mind, and I encourage swatching this palette in-person to see where my experience agrees with yours. If the palette does have an improved formula, better pigmentation, etc, then I would consider re-purchasing it. But I have more than enough eyeshadow palettes right now that this is a long time away.
But thank you for reading my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.