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It feels like after the success of Urban Decay’s Nude Palette, scores of brands are vying for our attention with their own versions. Sleek has one due out this September called the Au Naturel palette from the upcoming Nude Collection (due out August 31st). I was sent one for review consideration.
Sleek eyeshadow palettes come pre-made with 12 shadows. They’re wildly popular as many come in very bright shades and priced at about $10 per palette, they’re a makeup lover who loves a deal’s dream. The Au Naturel palette has seven matte shades and four shimmery shades all that can be used on a wide variety of skin tones. I like that the matte shades glide on smoothly and don’t appear chalky (aside from the very light shades as they’re too light for my NW47 skin tone but on someone lighter they work). The shimmery shades aren’t overly so making them perfect for this soon-to-be 30 year old, but it’s also not totally boring. You can create depth and drama with this palette by using the darker matte shade and can even create several variations of the smoky eye.
The eyeshadows themselves are smaller than what you might be used to if you use brands like MAC, NYX, or Make Up For Ever, but you get twelve of them for $10 and by my guess even if you used each shade everyday, your palette would still last at least six months. But no one really uses 12 shadows everyday (unless you’re a makeup artist) so you definitely get a good value that I would say exceeds the $10 price tag.
As far as wear, any eyeshadow I test I do so without a base underneath to see how pigmented a shadow is and how long it will last on its own. These show up beautifully on the eyes on their own—even the lighter matte shades. I was able to get these to last with very little signs of creasing after 7 hours without using any type of eyeshadow base. So with a base or primer, they will last even longer.
It comes with a double-ended eyeshadow applicator, but do yourself a favor and throw it away…lol. I find those type of applicators to be irritating to the eyes and they don’t properly blend the makeup. Instead use an eyeshadow blending brush.
Overall this is a great palette if you love nudes. I found this to be more wearable for me than the Urban Decay Naked Palette which has mostly warm toned neutrals. The Sleek Au Naturel Palette reads more neutral toned so it works on both warm and cool undertones.
And that’s that! What do you think of the palette?