All of you matte eyeshadow lovers out there, boy you’re going to love this one. Sleek MakeUp is at again, releasing two new iDivine eyeshadow palettes, Ultra Mattes V1 Brights and V2 Darks. Both palettes consist of 12 fully pigmented matte shades, no shimmer, glitter or frost over here at all. If you love bright eyeshadows then V1 Brights is for you, but if you like to keep it a bit more muted then V2 Darks is for you. You know what I say? Just get both! Here is a look at the iDivine Ultra Mattes V2 Darks Palette.
The first thing that I noticed is that the writing on the package is very simple compared to the older palettes, I like it. The shadows are also pressed flat instead of the original waffle print, which I also like. Since the Bad Girl & Good Girl iDivine Palettes, each shadow has a name and the same goes here. The colors in the palette are beautiful, a mix of dark jewel tone shades with complimentary neutral shades.
Top Row: Orbit, Ink, Highness, Noir, Dune, Pillow Talk
Orbit, matte dark teal
Ink, matte navy blue
Highness, matte blue-based purple (almost a dupe for MUFE #92)
Noir, matte charcoal black
Dune, matte beige
Pillow Talk, matte eggshell white
Bottom Row: Thunder, Maple, Flesh, Paper Bag, Villan, Fern
Thunder, matte deep grey
Maple, matte burgundy red
Flesh, matte pale peach
Paper Bag, matte chocolate brown
Villan, matte blackened purple
Fern, matte forest green
Orbit, Ink, Highness
Thunder, Maple, Flesh
Noir, Dune, Pillow Talk
Paper Bag, Villan, Fern
The shadows in the Ultra Mattes V2 Darks palette are buttery smooth with great pigmentation, with the exception of Noir, Dune and Pillow Talk. Sleek usually includes a matte black shadow in almost all of the iDivines and it is usually hit or miss. I have 12 other iDivine palettes and the pigmentation and application of the black shadow is not consistent between them. Noir has to be layered to achieve the pigmentation shown above. If not, it does not appear as dark and looks uneven. Both Dune and Pillow Talk are slightly chalky and sheer, and must also be layered. Other than that I had no problem with the shadows in this palette.
For maximum wear and pigmentation I suggest using a primer prior to application. To make the shades pop more you can also use a cream eyeshadow base in a nude or similar shade. Also, I find it best to pat the shadows on instead of sweeping when applying for minimum fall out. There are some gorgeous shades for Fall in this palette but it can be used all year long with many different looks.
The Sleek Makeup iDivine Ultra Mattes in V1 Brights and V2 Darks launches on May 9th in Superdrug stores nationwide and online at www.sleekmakeup.com $10 each