Cor, how fit are these two?! Both of these beautiful palettes recently made their way into my makeup bag – my friend kindly bought me the Barry M Natural Glow 2 Palette for my birthday last month, while Sleek’s Precious Metals Highlighting Palette somehow fell into my Boots basket on a recent ‘just popping in for some essentials’ trip – and they’ve instantly became new favourites.
As the number would suggest, this is the second Natural Glow palette from Barry M. I also owned the original palette, which as you’ll have seen if you read my Natural Glow 1 review, I wasn’t completely in love with. Thankfully, some of the problems of the original palette seem to have been sorted out for the new release. In contrast to the quite low pigmentation of the last palette, all of the eyshadows in Natural Glow 2 offer a good amount of buildable colour.
The shade range is also just as pretty, with some plum tones adding a bit more interest to the otherwise neutral palette. This time around, the blush has been replaced by a primer. I haven’t actually tried this out yet, for two reasons: 1. I’m far too in love with the Body Shop’s Wonderblur to try anything else, and 2. er, whose face is small enough to warrant such a tiny pan of primer? However, the eyeshadows are so nice that I’ll overlook the kind of pointless primer (I know, I have a heart of gold).
I had actually been after the Sleek palette for a good few months before I finally picked it up. Aside from the fact that it’s just shiny and wonderful and my inner magpie caw-cawed all over the joint when I first saw it, I’d also seen a few reviews comparing it to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. The Hourglass palette is something I’ve admired from afar for a good year, but at over £50 it’s not really something I’ve seen myself buying any time soon so at £9.99 this is a much more affordable version. Kaaaaa-ching.
The palette has three cream highlighters and one powder. With the exception of the top left shade, this palette is very rose gold toned. These wouldn’t usually be my first choices, but I’m actually really happy with how they look on the skin and I think all of the shades are perfect for the upcoming Christmas party season (which I’m completely panicking about by the way – WHERE ARE ALL THE NICE DRESSES, PLEASE?)
Have you tried either of these palettes? Let me know in the comments!