Friday, 18 May 2012

Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette- review and swatches

Hi everybody!

I am very excited to have a brand new product to review for you guys today, and it's one I was so excited about getting. I am a huge fan of Sleek, I have four palettes already, and when I saw they were releasing a bright matte palette, wild horses could not have kept me away. I picked this up off and it cost €9. I preordered it about a week before it arrived just to make sure I would get my hands on it as soon as possible. I missed out of the Curacao palette when it came out a while back and I was not taking any chances with this one! There is also an Ultra Mattes palette in Darks but it didn't really appeal to me.

This palette consists of 12 matte colours in a variety of matte bright shades from white, pinks, blues, greens, even a very vivid yellow and orange colour. And as if the name doesn't give it away, it is a completely matte palette. 

The packaging is pretty simple and almost the same as every other Sleek palette I own. It came in the little cardboard box, and it is a small matte black palette with 12 shadows, a double ended applicator and a huge mirror. There is also a little plastic insert with colour names on it. The face of this particular palette is different to other Sleek palettes I own- the branding is just a bit different. 

As you can see, the colours are pretty poptastic. The pigmentation of each shadow is very different however. Some of the shadows are really well pigmented and others, particularty the three colours in the bottom right corner, Floss, Crete and Pow!, I found it really hard to pick the colour up in these. Cricket and Bolt were very chalky, really soft, I think the fallout would be quite bad with these colours. There is not much of a difference between Pout and Pucker- they are both hot pinks, so I resent the duplication a bit.

These are the swatches below, and as you can see, for the most part these are pretty nifty shadows, and the pigmentation is quite good. For the whole entire front line, I swatched the colour just once, which means if you want a more vivid effect, you can build the colours up to a higher intensity if you would like. The bottom right three colours were harder to swatch however, I swatched a few times for the purposes of this review but, as you can see, despite the heavier swatches, the pigmentation is lower. I was disappointed by this, I like matte white shadows and was excited to try this one out, but it was a bit of a let down to be honest.

Overall, I like this palette, but I don't love it. Out of all the Sleek palettes that I own (Storm, Bad Girl, Original and Oh So Special), it is definitely my least favourite, I just can't see myself reaching for this as often as the others. Overall as a palette, it didn't really tick all my boxes, three of the colours are poorly pigmented, two of them are very chalky and two more are too similar in my opinion. If you're looking for a palette of bright popping eye colours, this is the one for you. I personally wouldn't say I regret buying this, but I wouldn't repurchase.

Hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading!



  1. wow, beautiful colors. I think this palette will be my next purchase :-)

  2. I want to get V2 Darks , but now that I see better the colors in V1 , I want them both :)


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