I think that the Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlight Palette was probably the one that became the most popular, the one that seemed to be everywhere at some point and I feel so late getting this but, as I’m still new to using highlighting products, that’s today’s review. I already have the more dramatic Distorted Dreams palette from Sleek but got the Solstice one in a gift set from my parents for Christmas.
This palette has four different shades, one cream, one shimmer powder and two baked powders. They’re warm shades and definitely on the more subtle end of the highlight spectrum as they can blend out and give a sheen rather than full on glitter or colour. There’s 9g of product in the palette, though I’m not sure how it’s divided out for each pan, and costs £9.99 in Boots and Superdrug (though it’s half price there now) and £10 on the Sleek website.
The highlighting palettes are very different from a lot of the Sleek products in that they don’t have the matte black palette. The Solstice palette is a metallic gold and one that really does attract fingerprints, it takes a lot of wiping to clean them off. The Sleek logo this time is in a more matte finish so it’s still subtle but stands out. I’m not sure if the back of the palette is the same on this as if you buy it individually as they often have names on the back for each of the products, this one doesn’t.
I’m not sure how I feel about magnetic closing palettes, I’m sure they’re good but I prefer the reassuring click of a traditional palette to know it’ll stay closed. This one is a magnetic closure, which does feel firm and you can hold it upside down without it opening but I’d still probably put a hair band around it for travel.
Inside the palette is the large mirror I’ve come to expect with a Sleek palette, it covers the whole of the lid and it’s a nice quality mirror that doesn’t distort. I’ve also had others long enough to know that they’re not likely to fall out, if the glue has lasted nine years I’d say they’re safe! You also get a mini brush, which is nice enough and fairly soft but a bit firm for me. It’s actually quite a good size for precise highlighting so it may end up being one of those rare palette brushes that actually gets used from time to time.
I like the size of the pans for these, they’re a decent size, easy to get a standard highlighting brush into without worrying about going over the edges into another colour, and there’s not much spare space so the product fills the whole of the palette and you’re not paying for packaging.
As with all Sleek makeup this highlighting palette is cruelty free. There are three different formulas, and these are the ingredients given on the Sleek website:
CREAM INGREDIENTS: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Dimethicone, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylyl Methicone, Propylparaben, BHT, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).
BAKED POWDER INGREDIENTS: Mica, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben. (+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides)).
PRESSED POWDER INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)
The cream highlight is a slightly bronze colour though it has a cooler, silver sheen mixed in as the highlight when the light hits it. It’s very sheer and blends out very easily, you really don’t need much to get this to spread all over the area you want. It’s easy to work with for a while, especially the first few minutes, but does set in place and is hard to move around after ten minutes even with fingers. I did find that I didn’t like it so much using it on top of powder foundation, but then I don’t really get on with creams on top of powder in general so that may be my issue rather than the product.
The two baked highlights are probably my favourite formula, they apply evenly and easily with a brush and you really don’t need much for these to have a subtle sheen. The pink looks almost silver when applied and blended out and the peach one is a nice warm toned highlight that I can see looking amazing on tanned or darker skin tones. These do kick up a bit of powder when you use a brush, they’re so soft and creamy feeling it doesn’t take much pressure to get the product on there, but as long as you tap the brush to remove excess I didn’t have any problem with fallout.
The shimmer powder is really nice and soft too. It feels finely milled and a very light powder that applies evenly and there seems to be less excess than with the baked ones. This is the most subtle of the lot and it’s hard to really tell what colour it is when applied, it definitely doesn’t have much of a yellow tone on my fair skin. It just gives a bit of a glow that’s just off silver, slightly creamy but not the yellow it looks in the pan.
I think that these are great and can see why this is one that’s been everywhere and gets so many rave reviews. I think my favourites are the baked powders but I love the subtle sheen of the shimmer powder and the cream is so easy to work with and a great one for when you want to be quick as I found it works best with my fingers.
This is definitely one of those products that I would recommend if you’re into highlighting, no matter what your normal price point is, and a great one for people just starting out as it’s not too bright and you can build it up if you want but it’s not hard to get a subtle sheen. It’s also a great palette to try if you want to see what Sleek can do, definitely one of their best products for me. If you want a more extreme or colourful highlight then Distorted Dreams is more likely to suit you but this is a great everyday highlighting palette.
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