November 18, 2011

Review: A palette that's Oh So Special!

It seems to me that everytime I feel the need to review something with a bit of colour in it, Sleek MakeUP eyeshadow palettes are the first thing that cross my mind. And for pretty good reason too.

Of the many wonderful things Sleek MakeUP has to offer, the thing that really gets to me are their palettes. And today, we'll be looking at their Oh So Special palette.

As with the other palette I reviewed which cooked up quite a Storm, this palette quite rave-worthy too.

In their trademark 12-pan, this palette consists of mostly neutrals, but with a little added kick with two shades of pinks. There are five shimmery shades, and seven matte shades, to take your makeup from day to night.

Texture-wise, as oft repeated by others, the shimmery shades tend to fare better than the matte ones, but I haven't had any real issues with this. As you can see from my swatches further down, the matte swatched just as well. As for pigment, I must say I'm pretty impressed. This little palette packs quite a punch.

And this time, I noticed Sleek MakeUP has started naming all the individual shades. Does make life so much easier, doesn't it?

And now for the swatches.

L-R: Bow, Organza and Ribbon.

L-R: Pamper, Gateau and The Mail.

L-R: Gift Basket, Glitz, and Celebrate.

L-R: Boxed, Wrapped up and Noir.

Of the 12 shades, the ones I really like are Gateau, Gift Basket, Glitz and Celebrate. Celebrate is a plum brown and a real beauty, and possibly my fave here. I must be honest though, to say that I'm not quite sure how to work in the matte pink shades into my eyemakeup routine. Haven't quite gotten there yet.

If you're still hemming and hawing over whether to pick this palette up, it's a decent neutral palette with some fun tossed in. And for USD12.60, it can't be beat. Personally, I think I would have loved it a wee bit more if they had tossed in two green shades instead of the pinks, but that's just me.

While it's not available here in Malaysia, you can easily pick it up online from the Sleek MakeUP website.

So. Are you gonna be getting something Oh So Special? *winks*

Note: This palette was provided for review.


ksuan said...

Hey Syen, thanks for the review :) I've been debating whether to get this or the Storm palette, and since you have both, was wondering if you could offer your thoughts on which is better and why :)

Kahani said...

When I saw this palette I thought the Pinks would suck as eyeshadows on me (they'd make me look like I have a hangover) but rock as blushers. Have you tried it out that way?

Askmewhats said...

Wow ! Super pigmented! The Sleek palette I own is the Graphite one so they're all dark and I thought only their dark shadows are pigmented! Boy was I wrong!

Syen said...

ksuan: Hey chica! Personally, I still kinda prefer the Storm palette as I feel I'm more likely to use all the shades there. Oh So Special has some really lovely shades, but there are also shades that I won't be using much. There is another one I quite like the look of - the Au Naturel palette. What exactly are you looking for? Colours or a basic neutral shade?

Syen said...

Kahani: LOL. Me too! I did think of using them as blush, but each shade is about the size of our 10sen coin. It's gonna be hard to get my brush to pick up the colour evenly.

Nikki: Oh yes.. they're quite pigmented alright! =)

Annette said...

Ooh, just got this palette too. The payoff is one of the best I've ever seen: just dip brush in and you get a lot! As for matte pink, I use it to do a punk rock princess kinda thing - grey on inner to half lid, matte pink on outer corner up to socket, then layer another darker color (maybe Celebrate) on outer corner again, but not covering the matte pink and giving it a gradient effect. That's one idea. You can reverse it and put matte pink on lid, darker color on outer eye and go heavy on eyeliner. Just take the sweet edge of the pink, and it'll work. :)

Syen said...

Annette: Hello! Thanks for the tip. Will give it a try. Although another issue with pink eyeshadows with me is that being very warm-toned, pink usually ends up making my eyes look puffy. But will likely give it a shot anyway. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

This is one of the best neutral palettes ever! And affordable to boot! For those who don't really know what to do with the pinks in this palette, I like using Pamper and Ribbon to blend out the darker colours so they are more "office friendly" and also use them to shade the inner corner of my eye. All the colours are pretty versatile!

Syen said...

lyn: Glad you love it too! =) And thanks for the tip. Although I don't think I'll be playing with this palette much longer. Kahani's asked to adopt it! LOL.