The Sleek MakeUP Del Mar i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette £7.99* is Sleek‘s most recent, limited edition Sleek MakeUP Del Mar couldn’t be any more perfect for Spring and Summer thanks to being packed with pretty pastels. The Del Mar palette is packaged within special themed packaging, which depicts an Ibizan Sunset complete with instructions on how to use the shades. Each of the 12 shades within the Sleek MakeUP Del Mar Palette are said to be inspired by the tranquil, calm feel of Ibiza’s chilled out atmosphere, with soft coral oranges of the sunset, deep aqua blues of the sea and sublime greens of the picturesque view.
The palette contains a combination of shimmer and matte shades. Although these shades are bright and undoubtedly out of my comfort zone, they’re a lot more wearable than the likes of the Urban Decay Electric Palette. I feel like the UD Electric Palette is packed with almost neon shades, whereas these shades are more pastel than they are neon so I think that this palette would get a lot more use than the Electric Palette for a lot of people.. plus it’s only £7.99 whereas the Urban Decay Electric Palette is an eye-watering £38.
Lounge Lovers: The only metallic shade in the palette, Lounge Lovers is a super pretty gold shade which makes a gorgeous all over the lid shade.. almost a base shade to use with any of the other colours through the crease. It has good pigmentation, and is quite creamy with no fallout whatsoever. I like that Lounge Lovers is more of a cool-toned gold rather than a warm tone, and I think it works well against my skintone.
Poolside: a matte, sky blue shade which swatches and applies a little darker than it appears with the palette. The pigmentation is pretty good for a shade of this nature, especially when used with a base. I imagine this shade looking amazing on those with blue eyes, even just applied along the lower lashline, to make the eyes pop. I really love how Poolside and Lounge Lovers look together.. it’s such a tropical blue. It does have quite a lot of fall out which can be minimised with pressing the shade onto the lid, rather than blending, but matte shades tend to be the worse culprits when it comes to fall out.
Sunset Strip: a bright, matte orange shade which like Poolside, is impressively pigmented. I think Sunset Strip would make a perfect transition shade on light to medium skintones as its not too bright nor is it insipid. Compared to Poolside, Sunset Strip has next to no fall out which I found impressive as it has the exact same consistency. The shade name is perfect, as it really is a sunset orange.
Ambience: a dark, matte grape shade which works well at being used to give definition to any of the other shades as it isn’t particularly bright. The pigmentation isn’t the best, however with a primer underneath, it really helps to intensify the colour and improves the texture. I like using this shade alone, smudged into my lower lashline for a soft yet smoky look.
Chilled Out: is the biggest letdown in the entire palette for me, as it’s just so chalky and difficult to apply. It’s so ironic that the colourful, matte shades apply beautifully yet a plain white is barely visible. Due to the below par formula and inability to apply to my eyelids, I’ve found Chilled Out to be best used as an inner corner highlight.. which it does nicely. Although this is a disappointment, this is the only disappointment from the whole palette which is pretty amazing.
Blue Marlin: is a dark, almost teal shade rather than blue.. it leans more green then it does blue. This shade is amazingly pigmented, and what’s more, it just doesn’t budge. I’ve enjoyed using this shade, similarly to Ambience, but smudging it into my lashline. Blue Marlin is a real, unique shade that I’ve not got any duplicates of in any of my many palettes. It is slightly chalky in terms of texture, but the pigmentation is just so impressive.
Opening Party: is one of my favourite shades from the palette, it’s just beautiful. Super pretty purple, with a sheen like finish rather than shimmer. On the eyes it almost has a duo-tone appearance to it, where it pulls blue in certain lights. Opening Party looks insanely beautiful paired with the very last shade in the palette; Paradise.. with a lilac to purple ombréd effect look. Just like most shadows, Opening Party performs so much better when teamed with a primer, and really becomes a lot more vivid.
On The Rocks: is my second favourite shade alongside Opening Party. They have identical textures, and have the same, unique sheen-like finish. On The Rocks is the perfect coral, with the right balance of pink and orange. On the Rocks looks particularly pretty when used with Sunset Strip and Feel Euphoric. Just like Opening Party, On The Rocks has a lovely, smooth and creamy texture which applies and blends beautifully.
Talamanca: does stand out quite a bit alongside so many bright pastels, but I’ve found Talamanca to be the perfect shade to use alongside any of the coloured shades in the palette albeit as a lid shade or a crease shade. It’s quite a pale, sandy, beige colour which barely shows up on my skintone, and took some pretty heavy swatching just to be able to capture it on camera. Talamanca is an Ibizan beach, so the sand coloured shade is very apt.
Feel Euphoric: has the same dreamy formula as the aforementioned Opening Party and On The Rocks in that it’s creamy, smooth and pigmented. Feel Euphoric has a shimmery finish and looks really pretty as a lid shade, when worn with the other two peachy coral shades. It’s a soft, petal-like pink which is flattering enough without making my eyes look sore, which some pink shadows have the tendency to do.
Balearic Beat: is probably the shadow I’m the most stumped with, on how to use. It’s quite a bright, punchy yellowy green shade with a slighty matte-satin finish. It has a good formula without being chalky or difficult to apply, I just don’t know how to use it with the other shades in the palette. It looks amazing next to Paradise, but I can’t say I’m planning a lime and lilac eyeshadow combination, anytime soon. I imagine colour lovers will adore this shade as it’s so unique and it performs well too.. whereas the very similar Adam’s Apple (from the Garden of Eden Palette – reviewed here) wasn’t as good quality as this shade is.
Paradise: The last shade in the palette is a stunner.. a seriously pretty, pastel lilac with a matte finish and intense pigmentation. When I swatches Paradise, my jaw dropped at how amazingly pigmented it is, and also how creamy it was for a matte shade. I love this shade so much, and can’t wait for the Summer to be able to wear it with Lounge Lovers. I think Paradise will be the shade which wins people over, and gets people buying this palette as it’s so stunning.
Overall this limited edition Sleek MakeUP Del Mar i-Divine Palette is amazing. The range of shades within the palette is so diverse, however as they’re all pastel, I feel that they’re just easier to use and wear. There is only one letdown shade for me in the whole palette which is Chilled Out, which I think is pretty good as palettes as brightly coloured as the Del Mar usually struggle with pigmentation and texture, but this doesn’t.
It isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but what I would say is if you’re a colour-phobe like myself, this is the ideal palette to own so you can practice, and go softly-softly with colour without making a bold statement. It is limited edition, so if it’s something you need to own, you can buy it right now from Vanity Palace here… or you can read below.
As I mentioned yesterday, Vanity Palace have very kindly given me an extra Sleek Del Mar i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette to give away here on my blog to one very lucky winner which is amazing. If you would like a chance at winning your very own beautiful, pastel heaven palette then please ensure you read the terms and conditions below and enter through the Rafflecopter widget.
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This Sleek MakeUP Del Mar giveaway is open internationally. There will be one lucky winner who will win the Sleek MakeUP Del Mar i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette, which is being generously provided by Vanity Palace. Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering. The winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter, and all entries will be verified and moderated with any false, incorrect or duplicate entries being removed from the competition entirely. The winner will be announced within 48 hours of the competition closing, and will be emailed. The winner must reply to the email within 72 hours to claim the prize, or an alternative winner will be selected. The prize is being fulfilled by Vanity Palace. This is not a sponsored giveaway.