Thursday, 6 February 2014

In the Garden of Eden...

I love eyeshadow palettes, and I particularly love Sleek palettes so it won't be a surprise to anyone when I say that for me one of the most anticipated makeup releases this Spring was the Sleek i-Divine (£7.99) Garden of Eden, a beautiful colorful palette with three matte and nine shimmering eye shadows in earthy, muted purple and green shades for a vibrant, dramatic look. I love the whole concept of using the Garden of Eden as an inspiration for the nature inspired color range and the colors have fabulous tongue in cheek names like Fig, Eve's Kiss and Python.

The Sleek palettes are exactly that - sleek! The packaging is thin, light and since it has a large mirror in the lid, it's great for carrying with you in a handbag and it's so slim that it'll easily even fit into an evening clutch bag. Like many other palettes there's a double ended sponge applicator included which unfortunately is very stiff and unpleasant to work with, and I find that sponge tips that are this hard and inflexible usually break off after only a couple of uses. Saying that though, the quality (or lack of) of the applicator isn't a big deal for me since I'll use my growing collection of Real Techniques shade brushes in the morning when I apply the eye shadows, and I'll only ever use the sponge applicator for on the go touch ups.
The pigmentation in all of the twelve eye shadows is very intense, and even surprisingly so in the lighter as well as the matte shades. The consistency of the eye shadows is very creamy and because of the strong pigmentation you only need a light dab of the brush in the pan and you've got enough product to cover the entire eyelid. If like me you're a bit heavy handed sometimes and you swirl the brush around a lot in the pan you will notice that some of the eye shadows (particularly the green colors) very easily start to crumble - so best to use a light touch when you apply. Because of the creamy formula the product sets very quickly without creasing and once it's set - it stays put all day, so although the formula isn't specifically smudge- or waterproof it has great long lasting qualities.

So, let's have a closer look at these paradisaical, organic colors: Gates of Eden - Shimmering golden sandy brown, Eve's Kiss - Shimmering lavender pink, Paradise on Earth - Shimmering mulberry, Python - Shimmering muted plum, Forbidden - Faint shimmering dusky mute mauve, Flora - Matte maroon, Entwined - Shimmering light redwood, Adam's Apple - Matte green yellow, like a Golden Delicious apple, Fig - Shimmering light olive green, Evergreen - Shimmering grass green, Fauna - Shimmering jungle green, Tree of Life - Matte dark pine green
 
From left to right
Top Row - Gates of Eden, Eve's Kiss, Paradise on Earth, Python, Forbidden, Flora
Bottom Row - Entwined, Adam's Apple, Fig, Evergreen, Fauna, Tree of Life

It's plain to see that you can create very bold and vibrant looks with this palette, but even if you usually shy away from color and are more comfortable with natural shades this palette also allows you to create soft, subtle and dreamy looks using the shades in the top row. My favorite day time look using these colors is combining Gates of Eden with Entwined, and if I need a pop of color, I'll add Fig for a subtle green finish. For evening wear you can create a heavy smoky effect using e.g. Python, Flora and Tree of Life and you could even use this palette to follow the pastel trend by using Eve's Kiss and Adam's Apple. I've really enjoyed experimenting with the palette; it's a great concept, the eye shadows are wonderfully pigmented, long lasting and pleasant to wear. Regardless of whether you love color or prefer a natural look these heavenly shades are too much of a temptation to resist!

104 comments:

  1. Oh wow! The colours are so amazing! I love this palette!
    I am loving the greens!

    Relationships.College.Love
    New post on the blog: Valentine's Day OOTD: Look 1

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    1. Thank you so much - the colors are actually really wearable and I love to combine the golden sand and purples :o). Xx

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  2. Oh my, the colours in this are stunning! I love the soft greens, they are gorgeous! Will be getting this one for sure!

    Sarah Lilly
    The Lilly Mint Blog

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    1. You won't be disappointed - the pigmentation is amazing and it's a very good price too :o). Xx

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  3. Ah so many great color, perfect colors for spring. i like the purple shades

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    1. They're wonderfully long lasting and creamy - a great palette :o). Xx

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  4. So beautiful! I like the most light green's!
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    1. They're beautiful aren't they - I love the pistachio color :o). Xx

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  5. Den ser ju bara sååååå fint ut, måste köpa på mig den. :-)

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    1. Det är jättehärlig kvalitet och superbra pris :o). Xx

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  6. What gorgeous colours! I love Sleek palettes - feel like I need this one for Spring now! xx

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    1. It's so lovely and the quality is excellent :o). Xx

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  7. Lovely palette xo

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad I bought it, I just wish I'd gone for the limited edition snake print packaging instead :o). Xx

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  8. Your are right, this palette is sleek! I love its light shades.

    Jasmine xx For a Real Woman

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    1. It's really wearable and I just need to find a great matching lip product now :o). Xx

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  9. I love Sleek palettes, and this one looks amazing for the spring!

    Arianna, Nymphashion ♡

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    1. It's very beautiful and I love that it's so different from most other palettes on the market at the moment :o). Xx

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    1. I think it would be perfect for a smokey look :O). Xx

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  11. Those earthy tones are perfect for me, great review x

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    1. That's so nice of you, thanks a million :o). Xx

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  12. Beautiful colours, such gorgeous greens. You cant beat a bit of sleek xx

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    1. That's so true and their range of shades is just fab :o). Xx

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  13. I haven't tried any Sleek eyeshadow palettes but love their blushes and the price are amazing!
    I am very tempted to give this palette a try as I love the different shades and tones.

    Jessie @ www.allthingsbeautiful-x.blogspot.com, xx

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    1. The formula is great and I don't think you'll be disappointed :o). Xx

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  14. Good review, this palette is amazing and the colors are very gorgeous!
    Kisses
    The Indian Savage Diary

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  15. beautiful my dear!!!!! wow!!:)

    www.borsadimarypoppins.com

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    1. Thank you so much - I highly recommend this palette :o). Xx

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  16. I adore sleek shadows & this set looks gorgeous love the green shades.
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh xx

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    1. They are so wonderful and pigmented aren't they :o). Xx

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  17. Love this palette, Its a great way to start using colour in a subtle way.

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    1. Yeeay, They're so gorgeous to work with - a complete bargain for £7.99 :o). Xx

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    1. The pigmentation is amazing - as with all Sleek palettes, highly recommend it :o). Xx

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  20. I've been really wanting to try this! Thanks for the post, I think my mind has been made up! x

    http://hepburnspixiecrop.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. If you do get it, let me know what you think of it :o). Xx

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  21. What a bargain! Fauna is such a lovely shade.

    Tara x

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    1. Perfect for an intense dramatic look :o). Xx

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  22. Wowieee how pretty is that?!? I'd love to see what looks you can create with the green shades!
    Def one to look out for

    Rosie xo
    rosiemickhaiel.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a great palette and I'm so happy with it, will do a look with it at some point in a few weeks :o) Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, it's definitely different from what's most popular at the moment :o). Xx

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  24. Love those colors!!

    <3
    Pamela
    http://sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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    1. They're really lovely to wear and the pigmentation is fantastic :o). Xx

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  25. I've only found out about Sleek a while ago and I absolutely love their eye palette collection and personally I'm looking forward to checking them out in person this weekend. Knowing me, I'll probably end up buying a couple cos I love the Vintage Romance as well.

    Toria (toria-creativemine.blogspot.co.uk)

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    1. Ah yes - that's another beauty, in fact I could probably buy all of them too :o). Xx

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  26. i am loving this palette !! the colors are great :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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    1. It's a great affordable palette, definitely recommend it :o). Xx

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  27. I love that this one has a lot of green in it! My favorite shade to work with :-)

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  28. Beautiful palette! What amazing colors!
    Alessandra
    www.alessandrastyle.com

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  29. Love this palette, even the name of it is so pretty!

    http://starsandspaceandstuff.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. And the names of the different shades are so fun and cheeky :o). Xx

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  30. Amazing post!!!

    xoxo

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you VERY much :o). Xx

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  31. I'm currently loving all sleek products, they're such good quality for the affordable price tag x

    daisy-drops

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    1. Couldn't agree more, and with every new product I try I love the brand even more :o). Xx

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  32. Beautiful palette! The shades are gorgeous :)
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

    Goodie Bag giveaway!!!

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    1. It's a lovely combination of colors and the pigmentation is excellent :o). Xx

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  33. so pretty really get you in the mood for spring. Can't wait !!

    http://allaboutevesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Me neither, I'm so fed up with all the winter storms and rain - bring on the sun! :o). Xx

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  34. Cannot get over how beautiful this palette is.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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    1. It's colorful but lovely and subtle too :o). Xx

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  35. I have never really ventured into the greeny eyeshadows but this palette looks so tempting! x
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  36. I so wish we had Sleek in the US! All of the products look so lovely!
    xoxo Lauren
    www.willsingformakeup.com

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    1. Ah that's a shame when there are so many beautiful palettes to choose from :o/. Xx

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  37. The palette is great, so beautiful colors.

    xoxo, Sarah
    http://modemarathon.blogspot.com/

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  38. I really love the colors of this palette! Great colors for Spring this year! Thanks so much for your comment earlier dear and have a good night!
    Easy Outfits, by Pip

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    1. It's a gorgeous unusual combination and it's an excellent value for money product :o). Xx

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  39. Such a beautiful palette, I keep eyeing it up! x
    notanotheroneamy.blogspot.com

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  40. Love this pretty palette, such stunning shades! Happy End of the Week!

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    1. Same to you and have a great weekend :o). Xx

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  41. That's a beautiful palette to have in one's makeup kit!

    Have a great day.

    ~ Seepz
    That Sassy Girl

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    1. I agree, it's so lovely to use and the formula is fab :o). Xx

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  42. I love sleek pallets, and this one looks really great!

    btw, a have a cute giveaway on my blog, you can win 100$ to spend on sheinside.com. I would be so happy is you joined HERE

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    1. It's beautiful - thanks for letting me know :o). Xx

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  43. I picked up this palette last week - absolutely love it!

    Amy xo
    www.vondork.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. This looks so good! I only recently heard of sleek when I did a beauty swap with someone in the US. I will defo be shopping for some for myself, and for future swaps in the near future. This palette is divine!
    Love Vicky
    http://aroundandupsidedown.co.uk/

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    1. And the quality of all the shades (including the matte ones) is great - which you don't often find with palettes :o). Xx

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  45. I'm not sure if we have this brand in Canada or not, but I love those colours! I can see myself having so much fun experimenting with that palette.

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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    1. I'm fairly sure that Sleek delivers internationally - might be worth looking into :o). Xx

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  46. Lovely palette & affordable too. I wish we had this brand in the US, but I haven't seen it

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    1. I hope you can get hold of it, maybe order online -. it's well worth it and they also have amazing blushers :o). Xx

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  47. woah all those colors are great. The evergreen id love in a eyeliner.

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  48. What beautiful colors! I love the Sleek palettes..economical and such good quality

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    1. Oh definitely - I'd recommend them to anyone who hasn't tried them yet :o). Xx

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  49. Gorgeous-looking palette! I especially like the purple shades. xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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    1. It's very versatile - you can go either bronzed, purple, green or a combination :O).

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  50. I am loving the greens in this palette! It's definitely something different :)
    lipstickandlightening.blogspot.ie

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  51. Wow this is so gorgeous palette and shadows are pigmented and its perfect for spring time! <3

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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    1. I'm so happy with it and would recommend any of the Sleek palettes :o). xx

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