I’d decided to buy a highlighter for my tan skin tone this summer, so that the glow looked natural.
At first I wanted to purchase the most affordable Essence or Catrice highlighters But the sales assistant showed me four types of Sleek palettes, and after testing I picked up the Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighting Palette.
Weight: 9 g
The palette is really beautiful with golden packaging and matte writing. However, it stains so easily. All the fingerprints are visible
Inside you can see a big mirror, a brush and 4 highlighters. Delta and Dynasty are creamy highlighters and Sphinx and Goddess are baked powders.
The product comes with a brush, which is so bad. It’s uneven and coarse.
I had my own brush, which is slanted and thin, so it’s very nice to apply a highlighter with it.
So, let’s move on to the product itself.
The swatches by different lighting:
On the back you can find the directions to use:
Sphinx is meant for under brows area, Delta for the bridge of the nose, Dynasty for cheekbones and Goddess for the cupid’s bow.
I always highlight my cheekbones, browbones and sometimes the bridge and tip of my nose. I don’t emphasize the cupid’s bow at all, as I don’t see any sense of doing it. No matter how many tutorials I’ve seen and how much I’ve tried, I haven’t noticed any difference. So, I use only one shade at a time
The palette is fragrance-free. It’s neither good or bad, it’s just a fact.
In the further pictures I’ve used only a powder foundation, as I haven’t found a perfect foundation for me yet
☆ Sphinx ☆
The texture is dry and has an intense golden color. The shade has a fine shimmer to it and picks up with ease.
Here are the swatches with/without flash:
I certainly do not apply such a thick coat to my skin.
Here are the photos with a flash:
I’ve blended it out very easily for you to see the highlighter without a flash or sunlight.
☆ Goddess ☆
It’s the lightest dry shade in a palette. It has a pink undertone. As opposed to Sphinx, the texture is sturdier.
There are quite big specks of glitter here.
The pictures with and without a flash:
Now the shade on my face. Here, the highlighter is noticeable on my brows:
And here it’s visible on my cheekbones:
☆ Delta ☆
It’s a creamy shade that is more brown than gold.
The swatches with and without a flash:
I apply and blend out the creamy textures with my fingers. The shades seems to be too dark, but it looks very natural in reality.
With a flash:
Without a flash:
☆ Dynasty ☆
It’s a creamy golden highlighter.
The shade doesn’t blend out very well as Delta, for example. I think the reason is that this hue has bigger shimmering particles.
A picture with a flash and minimal blending out:
More highlighter applied:
Without a flash:
All the shades from the Cleopatra’s Kiss palette can be used both for evening and daily makeup. It all depends on how intense you apply the product. Delta and Sphinx are perfect for a tan skin tone. Dynasty and Goddess can be used all year round.
I don’t like glowing very intensely, so I blend out the highlighter properly. This is the reason why all these shades look more or less similar on me. I understand that the manufacturer wanted to created a golden highlighting palette, but it would be better to add a colder shade.
To sum up, I give it 4 stars and recommend this palette when everything I’ve mentioned is factored in.