Monday, 20 June 2016

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatches

I cannot even begin to tell you how long I've had my eye on the Sleek highlighting palettes. I spent a solid portion of my recent trip to London darting through the isles of Boots and Superdrug like a (perhaps slightly crazed) woman on a mission. Although I was initially sold on the Solstice highlighting palette, when I spotted the Precious Metals one in stock in about the fifteenth or so location I'd checked, I grabbed it and ran (to the till, not out of the shop, just to be clear). The Solstice palette really is sold out everywhere, but I managed to finally order it on Feel Unique, so hopefully I'll receive that delivery soon! I digress, I've been putting the Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette to the test for a while now, and thought I'd share my thoughts along with some swatches!

I think the packaging of this palette is very sleek (no pun intended) considering it's a drugstore product. The metallic plastic casing is very sturdy and means that the overall product is fairly lightweight. It houses four pans of highlighter that are pretty decently sized. All four shades vary quite a bit in shade and texture, so I'll go through each one individually!

Platinum - This is the lightest shade of them all and is pretty much a metallic, almost-white colour. When you apply it to the skin, you can see that when the light hits it there's almost a purpley-pink sheen to it, which makes it quite a unique shade. As it is very light, this does take a bit of work to blend into my skin without it leaving behind a stark white stripe. I find that dotting it on with a finger, blending it a bit and then going over it with my beauty blender helps to blend out any harsh lines.

Royal Gold - This is a rosy gold shade that has little flecks of silver glitter in it and feels slightly gritty in texture. I have to say that I'm really not a fan of glitter in face makeup, I find that it's fairly unforgiving and tends to settle in weird places. Unfortunately, this was no exception. Once the highlight had faded, the flecks of glitter remained stuck to my cheekbones. Not a great look. Although the shade is really pretty, I can't get on board with the texture of this one!

Renaissance Gold - As you can probably tell from the photos, this is fairly similar to Royal Gold in colour, but slightly peachier. This is just pure shimmer and sheen, without any trace of glitter. I absolutely love this shade and it's without a doubt the star of the show for me out of this palette. It applies really well, it's very pigmented and it packs a serious punch in terms of glow! I think the palette was worth the purchase for this shade alone!

Antique Bronze - I thought this was a really interesting shade choice for this palette, as it's definitely not the usual colour you see in highlighting palettes. I decided to give this a go and predictably, it looked like I had applied a stripe of bronzey eyeshadow to the top of my cheeks. I think that when I'm a bit more tanned in the summer and if I apply this with a very light hand, it could be very pretty. It's really pigmented and the shade is lovely, so I'd really like to make it work. I think this would also be a gorgeous shade for deeper skin tones!

From left to right: Platinum, Royal Gold, Renaissance Gold and Antique Bronze.

Overall I really love this palette and I'm glad I picked it up. Despite there being one shade that I'll most likely barely use, there really are some standout shades that are also fantastic quality. There aren't a lot of highlighting palettes available in the drugstore yet (not to my knowledge, anyway!) so Sleek is definitely ahead of the game here and I'm very impressed. If you're after a few affordable highlighter shades for the warmer months, give this a swatch! Have you tried either of the Sleek highlighting palettes? Let me know below!

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  1. This looks lovely. I do have the Solstice palette but I think I might prefer the Precious Metals one as the colours would be more wearable for me. Really lovely review :) x

    Rhi |

  2. This looks awesome! I wish I could get my hands on this beauty 😊


  3. This palette looks so pretty!

    xo, Liz

  4. Wow, they are so pretty!!

    Maia xx

  5. Oh my god this looks stunning! I definitely need to pick this up soon x
    Aisling | Aislings beauty bytes

  6. The packaging is absolutely stunning I've been hearing some really great things about it

    Beauty Candy Loves

  7. Literally seeing this everywhere, need to get my hands on it!

    Parie x

  8. The Renaissance Gold shade looks beautiful! With drugstore palettes I think if even one or two shades are good it is worth the money. Perhaps you could use the others as eyeshadows or bronzers?

  9. This seems like a great palette to try out! thanks for the lovely post :)
    Kathy x


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