Whenever budget beauty brand Sleek releases a new iDivine palette, a ripple passes through makeup fans everywhere but their latest gem, the Vintage Romance palette, seems to have gripped people even more than usual. I, myself, was drawn in by the gorgeous warm colours which looked perfect for the Autumn season.
The packaging is the usual sturdy black palette which is thin and a grand size for travelling with. I always find these a little tricky to open but that attests to their stability. There are no worries that this will open in your bag.
I am delighted that Sleek has begun to name all of the shades in their palettes which makes them easier to identify. I am not so thrilled about the names being on a removable acetate sheet as it is so easily lost and it pains me to remove and replace it after every use. (First world problems, eh?) I just wish the names were printed on the back of the palette or something, but I digress…
To fit the romantic theme of this palette, all colours are named after a romantic moment and a city such as ‘Honeymoon in Hollywood’ and ‘Love in London’. While this is cute and I like that they carried it across all twelve eyeshadows, I prefer when names of shades are more relatable to the colours themselves, such as ‘Mint Madness’ for a pale green shade or ‘Cranberry’ for a warm red. It makes them easier to remember. I feel like I will never know the names of this palette off by heart because of this. Again, this is all just my rambles.
As I mentioned before, the palette contains twelve eyeshadows and a silly double-ended sponge tip applicator which I have since disposed of. It features a mix of shimmer, glitter, satin and matte finishes. The emphasis in this palette is on golds and pink/purples which are some of my favourite colours to wear if I am branching away from neutrals. I think they are easy colours to begin with if you are only just testing the waters with shades beyond browns.
I swatched all colours by pressing my finger into the shadow once and then swiping it on my hand once. As you can see Pretty in Paris and Meet in Madrid are quite light and sheer while A Vow in Venice swatches a little muddy.
In these swatches I think it is possible to see the minute difference between Court in Cannes and Lust in LA although they are still obviously very similar colours. Bliss in Barcelona is the dud of this bunch.
As you can see here, Romance in Rome is not a great swatcher and I was disappointed by how Propose in Prague swatched as I have found it very easy to work with in general.
I am going to break down the colours individually from left to right, top to bottom:
Pretty in Paris
Sorry to start on a bad note but this is definitely my least favourite shade in the whole palette. It is a high-frost, silver-leaning white. I feel the frost finish makes this difficult to apply evenly, it is quite patchy and flaky. Beyond that, it is not a very wearable shade unless you want to look like an eighties’ throwback or your granny. I have reserved it to use as an inner corner highlight but even then, I find I need to layer it up to get the pigmentation I want.
Meet in Madrid
This is a yellow-toned gold with a pearlescent finish. The colour is so light that it can look sheer or as if it has poor pigmentation. As bizarre as it sounds, I think that adds to the beauty of this shadow. It is so easy to wear and not at all overpowering which I think really pigmented golds can be. This is a gorgeous every day shade, worn alone or with browns. It is not too yellow-leaning that it becomes garish or bright.
Court in Cannes
This is a taupe brown with a gold duochrome and pearlescent finish meaning it can resemble a dark bronzey-gold in some lights. This again is another very wearable every day shade. Although I am sure I have a million dupes for this in my collection, I like it in this palette as it is so easy to create a look with.
Lust in LA
This is another brown with gold duochrome although it is slightly darker than Court in Cannes and has less of a pearly sheen to the finish. This is wearable too. As it is a bit darker than the other two golds, this would be my favourite to wear alone if I was going for an all over eyeshadow as I need the definition but that is just a personal preference. To be honest, this is close enough to Court in Cannes that I don’t feel both need to be in this palette. A matte taupe or soft brown would have been a preferable replacement.
Romance in Rome
This a dark grey-leaning navy shade with a pearlescent sheen. I found this one really difficult to work with. It was patchy to apply and in some lights, it just looked like a dull charcoal grey colour. I really wanted to love this as I like colours that can be used as an alternative to a plain black smokey eye but this just didn’t really work for me. Even if you were merely using it to darken the crease or underneath the eye, I believe it would just show up as a dull grey rather than a navy. It also felt a little out of place among all the warm pinks, purples and golden browns in this palette.
Propose in Prague
This is a matte burnt orange shade and the only matte in the palette. This has surprised me by becoming my favourite shade in the whole palette despite the fact I am not a fan of oranges. This makes the most beautiful warm crease colour and I have been teaming it with both the golds from this palette and shades from other palettes too. I have even been rocking it alone in the crease with a slick of liner. This is everything I wanted Mac’s ‘Texture’ eyeshadow to be but on my pale skin, ‘Texture’ was too bright an orange. This is perfect and I haven’t got a single other eyeshadow similar.
A Vow in Venice
This is a deep pink with a satin finish. It surprised me by being more wearable than I originally thought it would be. It has just enough of a plum leaning so that it doesn’t look too garish or pink. It won’t leave the eye area looking tired or sore even on pale skins although I would always pair shades like this with a darker shade in the crease and lashings of liner on the waterline and lashline to prevent that. This is a great Autumnal shade.
Marry in Monte Carlo
All the reasons I like A Vow in Venice are the reasons I dislike Marry in Monte Carlo. It is also a dark pink but has much more of a pearlescent finish. It is that little bit too pink and the sheen finish makes this quite garish in my opinion. I just wouldn’t wear a shiny hot pink eyeshadow – at least I haven’t since my teenage years. It is like a slightly deeper version of Mac’s ‘Hepcat’ – another I own but avoid like the plague. This is also so similiar to A Vow in Venice that its presence in the palette is unnecessary.
Honeymoon in Hollywood
This is a matte plummy-purple full of specks of silver glitter. Finishes like this are usually not my favourite but the glitter is very fine and disperses quite evenly. I didn’t notice any major fallout of glitter either which is a common problem with these types. I love colours like this – it is reminiscent of Mac’s ‘Fig 1’ and is super flattering on green eyes. Look at how the colour of my iris stands out in the second picture! This also works as a nice one for the crease with a gold on the lid, especially because of its almost-matte finish.
Bliss in Barcelona
This is a very cool-toned blue-leaning dark purple which is quite a contrast to the rest of the palette. This again has a slight pearlescent finish but it applies very patchily and the pigmentation is poor which I think the photograph demonstrates well enough. This is definitely one I am avoiding but even if the quality was better, it doesn’t really go with most other shades in the palette so I don’t think it belongs anyway.
Forever in Florence
This is another warm plummy purple with a matte finish and specks of silver glitter although it is considerably darker than Honeymoon in Hollywood. As I said already, I love shades like this and I think this would be great worn alone all over the lid and underneath the eye as a simple twist on the smokey eye. This colour screams Christmas party season to me.
Love in London
This final colour looked quite green-leaning in the palette to me so I was afraid to use it but it is in fact a matte black full of silver glittery flecks. While not the blackest black of all time, I was quite impressed with the colour of this and think it is a perfect addition to the palette. It is great for darkening any look you create or using as an eyeliner. Perfect if you are trying to pack light!
All in all, I was impressed by this palette. If I were recreating it, I would definitely exclude Pretty in Paris, the garish silver-white and replace it with a matte white or cream shade as I feel that is the only thing that this palette is really missing! I have to reach for another palette for a base or highlight shade meaning this palette does not suffice alone – a major bugbear of mine. I would also ditch Romance in Rome, the poor grey-navy and Bliss in Barcelona, the blue-leaning purple but all nine other shades in this palette are winners. They are all lovely warm shades that work great together and are perfect for warm winter looks.
As you may know, Sleek is not easily available in Ireland but I picked mine up on the Beauty Emporium website for a crazy cheap €9.99. While it is not the most perfect palette of all time, the quality of most of the shades along with the variety and mix of golds and purples make this an absolute steal and well worth the low price.
And just in case you missed it, I did a tutorial using the palette which you can view here:
What do you think? Have you picked this up yet? Do you think you will? What’s your favourite Sleek palette?