Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sleek Ultra Mattes i-Divine and Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes

It's been a long six months since Sleek released a new i-Divine palette but they made up for the long wait by releasing two this time around: the Ultra Mattes V1 Brights and V2 Dark. These normally retail for £6.99 each, but Superdrug is currently having a 3-for-2 offer on all cosmetics, so I got the Lash Out Mascara for free with my purchase.

V1 Brights is a mix of eye-popping vibrant neon shades and more discreet pastels like Floss, Chill and Crete. Pout and Strike are brighter in real life than they appear in the photo. These aren't shades that I would normally wear on a week day but they are fun to play around with for the weekend or nights.

The Acid and Curacao palettes contain some shades that are similar to those found in V1 Brights but both Acid and Curacao include shimmery shades.

V2 Dark is a more sedate palette of neutrals mixed with smoky shades of purple, navy, green and grey. I think this is the more versatile of the two palettes, as you can create an office-friendly neutral look as well as a variety of smoky eyes with this palette.

For this look, after priming with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I applied Highness along the upper lashline to the crease, Orbit in the outer corner and along the lower lashline, Pillow Talk over the browbone area, and Villain above the outer half of the crease. I also blended Sugar Sand from the Too Faced Summer Eye palette in the crease and along the lower lashline, and MAC Rave Pearlglide Eye Liner along the upper and lower lashline.

True to Sleek's usual quality, these mattes are incredibly pigmented, long-lasting and easy to blend. They also feel silkier to touch than the usual matte eyeshadows which tend to be dry and chalky. After nine hours of wear, there was just a tiny bit of creasing at the inner corners. There was also little fallout during the application process, which is a much appreciated improvement over earlier i-Divine palettes which often had powdery fallout that was difficult to clean up as the eyeshadows are so pigmented.

The other products used for this look include: Paul & Joe Shimmering Pressed Powder G 001 Midsummer Nights and Face Color G 001 Nymph, Lunasol Under Eyes Base 01 Natural Beige, K-Palette Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow 01, Clarins Crystal Balm 03 Crystal Coral, Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation #51 Light Vanilla and Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara.

I picked up the Lots of Lashes in Blackest Black as it was relatively cheap at CHF11 and has received positive reviews on some blogs.

While the mascara is a true black, I didn't find the heart shaped wand to be that user-friendly, especially when applying on the lower lashes. It does a decent job of lengthening and adding definition but not much in terms of volumising. It doesn't flake or smudge though, which I remembered to be the key flaw of the original Great Lash.


Jacqueline said...

Beautiful look Haru.

makeupmag said...

Interesting eyeshadow combination; love the dirty shades! ;)

sita said...

love the base makeup and lip color, makes your lip plump and kissable

Moni said...

Love the look you created :D
The Ultra Mattes palette looks absolutely eye-catching can't wait to see a look from there :D!