Sleek MakeUP Curacao Palette: Photos, Swatches

As I’m sure a lot of you know, Sleek MakeUP can’t sell the Acid Palette to the US because of FDA regulations (it’s NOTHING to worry about, makeup companies just can’t sell neon eyeshadows in the US. This is a reason you might see multi-purpose items, such as MAC or Makeup Forever Pigments have a little insert that says a certain color is “not meant for use on the eyes”. Because Sleek’s palette is an EYE palette, they technically can’t sell it in the US.) My friend was able to buy it for me a few months back, but I guess the must have started to really enforce this rule because a lot of you have been unable to order it :(

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**EDIT** I’ve been reading the comments and see that a lot of you have still been able to order this palette to the USA. I also wanted to post up here a comment left by my friend Jessica, as a LOT of you have been asking why the colors aren’t FDA approved:

I’ve done a good amount of digging into the issue of why fluorescent colors aren’t approved for eye use, and so far, I can’t find a reason. I have contacted the FDA requesting more information on the matter, and have searched the archives of the US National Library of Medicine, and have found nothing that explains why. To be clear, there are several fluorescent dyes that are FDA approved for use in cosmetics, just not around the eye area. Many of these colorants are approved for use in food, and in both general & topically applied drugs, even toothpaste & mouthwash, so it’s not at all clear why they aren’t considered safe for the eye area.

When it comes to FDA approval, the burden of proof, as I understand it, lies with the product manufacturer. They must be able to establish that a given colorant is safe through any necessary means. This can cost a lot of money, and it’s possible that since the demand for fluorescent eye shades isn’t high (in the grand scheme, even though it may seem like it is in our makeup junkie circles!) the companies just aren’t willing to put the money into the research necessary to prove that they are safe for use around the eyes.

Keep in mind, as I mentioned in a previous comment, these colorants are considered safe and legal for sale in eye products by the EU, where Sleek is manufactured, and EU regulations are typically much more stringent than FDA.

A bit more food for thought: currently, there are NO colorants that are FDA approved for injection into the skin, so if you have tattoos or permanent makeup, your ink is NOT FDA approved. Is it a big deal? Thats up to you to decide, but I’ve had ink for 15 years & haven’t lost a limb yet, so I think I’m OK ;)

Hope that is somewhat helpful :)

 

Luckily, Sleek has just released a new palette called Curacao, and although it isn’t neons, it still has some amazing bright colors :) All of the shades have an islandy name and are very fitting for the theme of this palette!

 

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If you’re unable to get the Acid Palette, I would definitely check this one out. There’s a nice mix of frosts and mattes, which I love in a palette. These swatches were over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and you can see they swatch really nicely!

 

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49 comments

  1. Jae says:

    Aieee~
    such pretty colors. x3

    A question about the FDA thing…why is it you can’t sell neons in the US? What’s in neons that’s not in other make-up?

  2. Orion says:

    This palette is really pretty, I love it! Is there any particular reason the FDA has a problem with neon eyeshadows? That’s so strange!

  3. stacey says:

    these colors are cool! i really want them, but exactly….where do u get these, there’s no website or anything on this post that shows it =/

    • jaylin says:

      you can get these at http://www.sleekmakeup.com :) but just a heads up so you aren’t caught off guard, shipping to the US for sleek palettes is $13.50!!!! Me and my friend and sister are planning to each buy a couple palettes and split the shipping cost! Hope that was helpful!

  4. Meg says:

    SO glad my friend was just in London and picked up the Acid palette for me! But I love the brights in this one, so I might be ordering it!

  5. Melissa says:

    I was able to get the acid pallette on UK eBay for about $17 USD including shipping…I’m hoping it’s legit, I’ll find out in a few days!

  6. Rachel says:

    I just ordered 5 palettes from Sleek including the Acid palette, they were shipped and received in about 2 weeks. I didn’t have any problem recieving them thru USPS. Nor did I see anything on the site about the neons being a problem for US consumers. I love all the palettes I ordered and would recommend them to all, esp for the price. I got the acid, Monaco, bad girl, sunset, and the primer palette.

  7. Camille says:

    I live in new York and I was able to purchase the acid palette off of the sleek make up website. I just got it a few weeks ago, I didn’t have any issues ordering it

  8. Clodagh says:

    I have the Acid palette but I haven’t used it yet. (haven’t got much time at the moment to play around with makeup but I definately will when I get time) And yeah I was able to get it because I don’t live in the US.

  9. christina b. says:

    @Melissa: I just bought the same Acid palette from eBay for $17 too! I was skeptical hoping I wouldn’t get ripped off but I got it today and it is definitely legit! I am already so in love with it! :) Enjoy yours when it arrives!

    • LaLa says:

      Well, they definitely sell it to Australian’s because I just ordered it a few weeks ago and it arrived last week :-) It’s great btw.

  10. Jessica Allison says:

    I’ve done a good amount of digging into the issue of why fluorescent colors aren’t approved for eye use, and so far, I can’t find a reason. I have contacted the FDA requesting more information on the matter, and have searched the archives of the US National Library of Medicine, and have found nothing that explains why. To be clear, there are several fluorescent dyes that are FDA approved for use in cosmetics, just not around the eye area. Many of these colorants are approved for use in food, and in both general & topically applied drugs, even toothpaste & mouthwash, so it’s not at all clear why they aren’t considered safe for the eye area.

    When it comes to FDA approval, the burden of proof, as I understand it, lies with the product manufacturer. They must be able to establish that a given colorant is safe through any necessary means. This can cost a lot of money, and it’s possible that since the demand for fluorescent eye shades isn’t high (in the grand scheme, even though it may seem like it is in our makeup junkie circles!) the companies just aren’t willing to put the money into the research necessary to prove that they are safe for use around the eyes.

    Keep in mind, as I mentioned in a previous comment, these colorants are considered safe and legal for sale in eye products by the EU, where Sleek is manufactured, and EU regulations are typically much more stringent than FDA.

    A bit more food for thought: currently, there are NO colorants that are FDA approved for injection into the skin, so if you have tattoos or permanent makeup, your ink is NOT FDA approved. Is it a big deal? Thats up to you to decide, but I’ve had ink for 15 years & haven’t lost a limb yet, so I think I’m OK ;)

  11. Julie P. says:

    oh my goodness those colors of so bright and beautiful, Ah I been wanting to try these palettes for quite sometime but I think the shipping was just outrageous. Haven’t been able to justify the shipping costs yet, but I just might consider it due to this palette!!!

  12. Ruth says:

    I have this (and also plan on giving a second i picked up away on my blog soon along with the lipbalm and blush to match so watch out everybody ;) ) can’t wait to try it out. I’ve been busy with work and haven’t had the chance yet. By these swatches am I ever glad I got this one. I let Circus get away from me at the time… may have to order it online! x

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  14. Olivia says:

    I think that the colors are great but somehow this palette’s appearance looks kinda…cheap to me. Maybe it’s the pattern on the shadows? I’m not really sure but if I were at a store and saw these I would look right past them. But in reality, they seem amazing!

  15. Maxine says:

    I just purchased the ACID palette off of ebay as well. Thank for the great idea, I hope that I won’t get a rip off!! Oh the things us girls will do for makeup ;D

  16. Isabel da Silva says:

    LEESHA!!! I was so amazed when I saw the name of this pallet. I”M FROM THE ISLAND “CURACAO” and YES!!! The island is full of colours like the pallet. Google “curacao handelskade” and see for yourself!!

  17. Courtney says:

    I got so upset when I realized this palette wasnt avalible in the US, because this year for Halloween I was going to dress up as Rainbow Brite and I thought the Electric Pop look would have been perfect for that outfit. :( Do you know if the Look would work with the Curacao Palette? If not, can you do another look similar to that one with a cheaper palette since I cant afford to buy a whole bunch of MAC products?

  18. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE the bright green shadow on the lower left omg that’s my favorite shade of green! Luckily for me, I ordered this and the Acid palette off ebay last week and I’m awaiting their arrival. :D

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