Today we have something different on the blog – a guest post by Joyce of Local Girl Foreign Land! Her blog is primarily about travel, with smattering of lifestyle and snack subscription boxes. Back in July, we got chatting about the possibility of doing a cross-over type of post, whereby she reviewed a makeup item on my blog, and I post about a travel destination on her blog. And here we are! Here’s Joyce, in her own words:
Sleek Solstice Palette – Rough Condition Review
The colours are BEAUTIFUL and beam like there is no tomorrow. All 4 are metallic highlighters.
- Ecliptic – champagne (cream), brow bone & cupid’s bow friendly, finger application is the best friend, easy to blend
- Hemisphere – purple/lilac (baked powder), HIGHLY pigmented, hard core mirror-like metallic finish & not easy to blend, use with caution, animal hair brush recommended
- Subsolar – yellow (feels like pressed powder), fine but bright metallic finish
- Equinox – orange (baked powder), a very flattering soft highlighter *Sleek recommended this for cupid’s bow. If you do use this for cupid’s bow, re-apply is necessary after drinks / food.
From a NC25 perspective, the most ‘daily’ make up friendly colour is Ecliptic and Equinox. Hemisphere is WAY too bright. It is beautiful for instagram or photo shoot, but for regular everyday it is too much? Subsolar has a more powdery finish than the other 2 powders. It is still creamy, but feels more dry than the other 2. I hope that makes sense.
Below is a friend who kindly modeled for the post 😉 On her cheek was Hemisphere… This was WITHOUT flash and WITHOUT any special lighting.
- Secure metallic closure with a satisfying sound.
- Golden plastic that attracts finger prints.
- Fully mirrored lid
- Rubbish complementary brush ==> straight to the trash is recommended
- 2 colours survived 6 hours both Scottish wind and intermittent rain – hemisphere/purple & ecliptic/champagne
- Without any rain, all 4 survived 6 hours and no flakes / crease
Trial conditions explained
Day 1: Outdoor at Glencoe (Highland, Scotland), 15 degrees + random shots of heavy rain + highland infamous wind
Day 2: Arthur’s seat hike and walk around Edinburgh, 18 degrees + sunny + wind
Test subject: Me, 30+, combination skin, NC25
Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Magnesium Stearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Nylon 12, Caprylyl Methicone, Paraffinum Liquidum, Polybutene, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red Iron Oxide (Ci 77491), Yellow Iron Oxide (Ci 77492), Black Iron Oxide (Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).
Highlighted in red are:
• Paraffinum liquidum – mineral oil (aka marketing euphemism for petroleum)
• Parabens / preservatives – aka potentially cancer causing and hormone disruptors. **Propylparaben is banned in Denmark for any below 3 years old children’s product.
Production country: China
Sleek is an UK drugstore brand. In UK, this palette sells for £10. Watch out for their specials!!! I got this palette from the 2 for £10 deal i.e. I got this palette for £5
There are 2 major drugstores in UK: superdrug and boots
As usual, zero affiliated links, all links are for readers’ convenience 😉
Guest post by: Joyce Belfort
In short: I’m an avid Stashy stalker and really wanted to collaborate on something with her. One problem… I am a travel blogger.
I love how Joyce lugged this palette all the way out to the Scotland Highlands to do a wear test! 😆 I’ve been to the Highlands and those winds are no joke. Thank you Joyce for this! My post on her blog will be up soon – Joyce recently moved to Paris and is experiencing challenges with getting her internet set up! Stay tuned. 😉
Do you have the Sleek Solstice Palette? Do you own a palette of just highlighters? Those seem to be so popular now – I’ve been eyeing this Sleek one and the Anastasia ones.