I have a love/hate relationship with eyeshadow.
Love how much it defines and opens up my eyes when I blend it together. Hate how long the blending can take.
Love it when eyeshadows are buttery and pigmented. Hate it when eyeshadows are chalky and don’t stay put.
I’ve encountered my fair share of both over the years. Fortunately, Sleek’s i-Divine Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette in All Night Long* (v) falls firmly into the love category. Despite the good reputation Sleek‘s eyeshadow palettes have earned, I’d yet to try any of them until I got my hands on this one. All Night Long contains a beautiful mix of shades that are right up my street. In fact, Sleek themselves put it best: warm creams, soft golds, and shimmery browns that will take you from dusk till dawn.
Oh, and each one is named after an alcoholic drink. What could be better?
|Clockwise from top left: Bellini; Negroni; Martini; Prosecco; Cosmopolitan; Mai Tai; Spritz; Champagne|
Pigmentation: Good, and the shadows are also easy to build — you can create a soft wash of colour or lightly layer on the shadow to create more of an intense look. I find the shimmery shadows to be a touch more pigmented than the mattes.
Texture: Much to my delight, the shadows are buttery soft and blend out really nicely. I often use Mai Tai on the eyelid with Negroni in the socket line for some subtle definition, and I finally feel like I’ve mastered the art of shading the crease of the eyelid *pats self on back*.
Staying power: The shadows last a little longer with an eyeshadow primer underneath (I use the NYX High Definition Eyeshadow Base) but the staying power is still pretty good without it. I did a slightly amped up version of my usual Mai Tai/Negroni combination for graduation and it lasted for the whole day without any product underneath (except base). All I needed when I switched up my look for dinner that night was to top up the shadow with some sparkle (I love the shades Martini and Daiquiri for this).
|Clockwise from top left: Martini; Prosecco; Kir Royale; Mimosa; Manhattan; Daiquiri; Cosmopolitan; Mai Tai|
Packaging: The matte black casing you’d expect from Sleek, which I adore… until it gets dirty. Luckily the plastic isn’t rubberised, so it’s easy to clean. The palette also comes with a double-ended spongey brush, which I’d recommend getting rid of in favour of making more room for the eyeshadows. No one I know uses those brushes!
Price: £8.99, a bargain considering you get x (bloody good) shadows. If you’re a sucker for a pretty eyeshadow palette (and I suspect a lot of you are) then All Night Long could be a worthwhile addition to your collection.
Have you tried any of the Sleek eyeshadow palettes? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan